We know the holiday season is upon us when we start dreaming about velvet and velveteen. But these two are almost nothing alike. Velvet is “a closely woven fabric of silk, cotton, or nylon that has a thick short pile on one side”. Of course, it is also the “soft downy skin that covers a deer’s antler while it is growing”. (Frankly the latter stirs my heart more than the former.) Velveteen on the other hand is really just an imitation usually made of cotton.
Unfortunately velvet and velveteen remind some people of Elvira/goth or Victorian steampunk. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Tell me you don’t think these looks are gorgeous, sumptuous and perfect for sparkly holiday gatherings.
Every retailer seems to call this color something different: burgundy! wine! oxblood! I’m just glad that, in the final analysis, they all seems to be the same. I love this little top from Banana Republic because it is not too boxy and even flares a little bit at the hem. And couldn’t I just wear these joggers every day? The combo of burgundy and plaid makes me instantly happy. Check out the darling burgundy-wine-oxblood we’ve pulled together below!
I love the color mustard. In fact, I have to restrain myself from buying apparel in this color on a regular basis. Do NOT ask how many mustard items I returned once I came to my senses. And then there is purple. You probably can’t tell, but these trousers are very purple. I guess I am just a sucker for vivid color. The style silhouette here is a universal one – at least this year. A loose tunic-y sweater over slim pants – flattering to many women and fun to wear.
Well, first of all, this is NOT my challenge (c’mon people, I switch my handbag almost every day!). But someone I know asked about this the other day and it got me thinking: what constitutes the perfect neutral handbag? I have a few ideas:
First of all, there isn’t a single perfect bag of any kind. Each of us has our own needs and desires based on how we live, how we dress, and what we carry around. For example, whatever I buy has to have handles I can fit over my shoulder but I also want crossbody features – and that’s only one characteristic I seek. So the first step in picking a bag is knowing YOUR non-negotiable requirements.
Probably the most universal neutral hues are black, brown, gray and beige. But remember that other unconventional neutrals are out there. First, leopard or animal print can act as a great, chic universal choice, as can a multicolored snakeskin print or even faux fur. Don’t forget about a tweedy wool-like fabric or a bag that combines two neutrals – black and brown or black and gray, for example.
Don’t confuse the word neutral with the word bland. Always look for a bag you can fall in love with, not just the most practical one. BTW, backpacks are a great and versatile solution these days: practical as all get out, but as easily slung over the shoulder as strapped to the back, and available in some very cute fabrications.
Don’t forget to include eBay, Poshmark and The RealReal in your search. Pre-owned luxury bags sold by women who used them a few times – what’s not to love?
Hope these ideas helped. See if you like any of the options we’ve collected below!
It has taken me a long time to pull together a handful of green clothes and accessories that I love. The latest round of green was inspired by these earrings that I found on a flash sale somewhere. I adore throwing all my greens together – from grass green to olive to forest green. And it’s another color that “plays well” with many other colors – navy, black, brown, yellow, and even red at a certain time of year!
I found this er …. elongated shirt in the Zara store at Tysons Corner (similar on line) and it took me about 30 seconds to buy it. My favorite plaid in a long, flowy top – what’s not to love? Putting together the rest of this outfit was pretty easy. I can also see this shirt with jeans or leggings.
The fact that I already have wonderful black cuffed trousers and a great blazer is only the result of good online sale shopping. Seriously this long shirt look is good for almost any figure especially if it is grounded with a blazer with a little shape.
Argh! It’s that time – to go on the hunt for a chic, but still very warm winter coat. Kate and I have different goals here. Let’s be clear: I already have many coats – each one serving a different temperature gradient….and my mood. I’m always looking ahead to the next style and the latest sale. Kate is considering replacing one out of her collection of coats – it’s always fun to add something new! She doesn’t need the heaviest coat, but she is looking for style and color.
My dream coat:
Yes I want to be Victoria Beckham.
Kim does have some great coats:
Kate’s dream coat:
Bright – check; 3/4 length – check:
Love these details!
But back to reality. Check out some more realistic choices below. My criteria: on sale or priced like it is on sale; full length preferably, a collar preferably. Kate’s criteria: Color or interesting details, probably 3/4 length, style.
What’s not to love about a red and navy combo? I am especially enamored of this jacket purchased from Asos in the summer of 2014. It is sublime! I am becoming accustomed to the idea of a longer loose top with a tailored moto jacket. I have to say that I am gravitating towards more navy as opposed to black. It is a refreshing option and every bit as universal as black!
If you follow our blog, you already know that I cannot resist camo (insert Kate rolling her eyes here). A few years ago camo had a real “trend” moment and, after purchasing a skirt, a tee, a sweater and skinny jeans, I decided I had enough camo in my closet. Then Banana brought out this slightly sheer shirt and I had to have it. The current rule is: only sleek sophisticated camo for me.
Also let me tell you about these shoes. I had them in black suede – SO comfortable although I know they may not look it. When I found them in this metallic finish on MyHabit for about $50, I couldn’t resist. Maybe I should have entitled this post “Irresistible Finds”!