Summer Vacation Packing

Having experienced a few glimpses of sun this week, I’m ready to fast-forward to summer. In fact, I’m so already there that I’ve already picked out the things I’ll be wearing on summer vacation.

I recently discovered designer Dodo Bar Or and have been lusting after her tassled beach gypsy creations (see 2 and 8 below). I’m also hanging around on several waitlists for the perfect color Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. Despite the fact that I have a heavy rotation of black handbags, I’d be willing to welcome this perky pink one (4) into the mix. And obviously, no summer vacation packing list would be complete without the requisite bathing suit, sun hat, denim and selection of warm-weather footwear!

 

Accessories for Spring

Springtime in London is only marginally different than all the other seasons (grey with a splash of color). As I’ll probably still be repeating a lot of my winter wardrobe, I’ll be looking to some new accessories to spruce things up. Here are a few newcomers I’m particularly excited about…

Black bag: Sure, so doesn’t really say ‘spring’, but who doesn’t need a new black bag. These Mansur Gavriel bucket bags (5) continue to be all the rage.
Tango pump: They’re back! These Valentino pumps (3/4) have been out of stock for ages. The sales associate at Valentino in Paris (so I trust them) recommended wearing the pastel colors with black, obviously I was sold.
Mirrored sunglasses: These Dior “So Real” sunglasses (8) are REAL(ly expensive), however, I will accept them as a gift. Olivia Palermo is a big fan and I’m quite happy to copy whatever she’s wearing.

 

Accessories for Spring

Need it Now: Metallic Accessories

Looking to invest in some precious metals this winter? Well, here are 11 shiny options for your consideration. I will definitely be purchasing budget-friendly #9! In the meantime, I will just have to lust after the others…
 

Metallic Accessories

 

Wine O’Clock

Wine. Burgundy. Oxblood. Call it what you want, but this lovely rich shade should be making an appearance in your wardrobe this fall. Here are a few key reasons why:

  1. It makes for an easy (but interesting) outfit. Pair any of these items with classic neutral pieces and voilà!
  2. Unlike other trendy fall shades, this one looks great on everyone.
  3. It gives you an opportunity to wear a red-ish shade during the holiday season without looking like a Christmas ornament.

All sound reasons. I’ll definitely be stomping around in #6 soon!

Wine for Fall

Need it Now: Velvet Blazer

Velvet blazer

 

It’s November. Shocking. What that also means is that the holiday season is nearly upon us, and I know what you’re thinking – presents, trees, lights, snow… and obviously velvet.

A bit too heavy for the warmer months, velvet clothing and accessories are a great addition to your winter wardrobe. I have been lusting after a velvet blazer for quite some time now and believe the option above from Frame would be a very versatile piece for the colder months. Wear it with dark denim, wear it with a classic work dress or go seriously boho and wear it over a dark floral/lace dress (a la Chloé). Regardless, it’s a great texture to add into the fold each time winter rolls around.

Work Wear: Suede Skirt

Suede Skirt - Theory

 

NEW SKIRT ALERT. The skirt above is a recent purchase I made from Theory (but in black). I thought it was a good first foray into the suede skirt world. It’s only half suede which means I’m half as likely to ruin it if I spill my coffee! It’s still available on their site here.

A suede skirt will look great in fall, winter and spring with slim fitting sweaters and blouses. But remember, wear this luxe look cautiously! Here are some other options…

Dream Shoes: Gucci

When I first saw Gucci’s kangaroo loafers my first thought was, “These are the most ridiculous shoes I have ever seen.” And my second thought was, “I secretly want them.”

Regardless of where you stand on the kangaroo loafer debate, there are some amazing things happening at Gucci right now in relation to feet. Above are 9 awesome examples that come in a range of colors. I may give in and purchase the basic black loafers (you know, out of necessity), and then proceed to wear them with everything I own.

Going Green

Going Green

This fall I’m going green.

I’m normally not that into color, but I’m considering this lovely shade of army green a neutral. It will look great paired with grey, black, white, tan… all the regulars.

I used to have a canvas green jacket from Urban Outfitters which I wore to pieces, and I think the adult version might be the Tory Burch jacket above. It’s a great staple, especially if you’re traveling. I find that sometimes a sweater is a bit too fancy and a leather jacket is a bit too heavy – that’s where this canvas jacket comes in. The green skirt is from Topshop. I am planning to wear it this winter with all black and transition it to spring/summer with brown booties and a white tee. Army green is going to be in rotation for a while!

Need it Now: Chunky Grey Sweater

Acne Sweater
 
I have been lusting over this chunky grey Acne sweater since last fall and I think the time has come to finally make the purchase.

I’m planning to wear it with flares and block heels at the weekend, but it would look equally awesome with a mini skirt, opaque tights and some flat boots. For work, I’m going to be pairing it with pencil and A-line skirts and a pair of booties. Below are a few other chunky grey knit options to consider… I may need more than one!

How to Wear: The Flare

They’re back… I know, I too am surprised. I am also realizing that I’ve reached some kind of life milestone: a trend I used to wear has gone out of style and come back again (Frankie B.’s anyone?!).

So now that they’re back, how does one wear the flare? Well — for starters — don’t do that doubled up tank look a la the 2000’s.  A pair of flares will make for a great fall look with some open-toe wedges and a turtle neck or slightly tucked in blouse. I am also a massive fan of vests at the moment and this Theory one would make the perfect topper to any fall look (plus it’s on sale, score). If you’re in need of some hard and fast rules about the new era of flares, or interested in a late 90’s flashback, check out this entertaining article.

 

HOW TO WEAR THE FLARE

 

1. Chloé sweater (can probably find similar at J.Crew, Gap, etc.) / 2. Saint Laurent bag / 3. Stella McCartney flares / 4. Maje top / 5. Chloé sunglasses / 6. Theory vest (on sale!) / 7. Lanvin wedges / 8. Equipment shirt / 9. Chloé bag / 10. Gianvito Rossi shoes / 11. Topshop sweater / 12. Rag & Bone hat