Happy New Year Y’all! I know some of you might still be digging out after some pretty serious winter storms over the past month, but we are in the throes of our own blizzard here in Middle America.
You can only imagine what I do when it’s cold and snowy outside and my kids are home from school for the third time since they went back after their holiday break. Yep, virtual window shopping. Nothing brings me more joy than filling up virtual shopping carts all over the Internet. Well, checking out would actually be pretty joyful but not to my bank balance.
Today, my favorite thing is this Clare Vivier foldover clutch. Part of the reason I love it is because I have already taken another one for a test drive. I actually own the same Clare V. clutch in black leather with laser-cut pinholes on the part that actually folds over. It is a little rock ‘n roll and a lot versatile. I use it almost exclusively when I go out for a non-cocktail or formal affair.
But this particular Clare V. foldover clutch is drool-worthy. The tan snake print is actually embossed on leather and the bold navy and red stripes are done in suede. I love that it gives an otherwise “going out” bag a sporty vibe – not to mention a “Gucci” one at that! And since it’s in mostly brown neutrals, it’s perfect for a whole other segment of my wardrobe that is not as well-paired with my black one. I’m already envisioning this cute clutch with my navy-flowered embroidered jeans and some sweet suede sandals. Now if we could only bring on spring!
I just looked back at the time stamp on my last post and realized I’m failing miserably at maintaining this blog. I sortof wish I could say I have got my covet-ing in check, but that wouldn’t be true. I still spend a lot of time “window shopping” online. That is to say, filling up my virtual carts and leaving them to sit un-checked out.
But this time of year, I’m taking special note because I have several people who ask for lists or just a few things that I may have my eye on for Christmas. And so, to make their lives easier and also to get a much-needed post on the books for the end of the year, a few of my favorite things is here!
“A few of my favorite things” is generally what I title this post each year, but it is also the song lyric from one of my favorite movies, “Sound of Music.” The movie also reminds me of the holidays because it used to be shown on public TV the night of Christmas. My family would cuddle up at my grandparents’ house after the dinner had been eaten and the packages had been opened.
Anywho, let’s get to it. From creamy tunic sweaters to spency designer watches and key fobs that will also charge your phone, here are a handful of items I love this year.
Michele Deco Diamond Dial – Nordstrom.com
Tory Burch Fleming Quilted Lambskin Shoulder Bag – Vonmaur.com
J. Crew Cotton Poplin Pajama Pants and Top – JCrew.com
Nine West Bootie – Ninewest.com
Mark & Graham Power Up Lightning to USB Tassle Keychain – Markandgraham.com
Mark & Graham Elisabetta Slouch Handbag – Markandgraham.com
I know it’s so not original to be back into Birkenstocks these days. Style blog after style blog is telling you how to reinvent your Birkenstocks because why not wear these comfortable and newly styled sandals with literally everything?
I had several pairs of Birkenstocks, both obtained in the late 80’s when they made their post-hippy re-emergence. I held onto them long after I ever considered wearing them. And finally took them to the Goodwill long after the leather had hardened and the soles had broken down.
I was certain that this was a bandwagon I was not going to jump back on. But then the old-school “Arizona” and the more flip-flop-like “Gizeh” started showing up everywhere. And in the best colors and textures.
To say I have a mini obsession with this Metallic Copper pair with the Soft footbed is a understatement. I mean, how tan could my feet look in these adorable sandals after all? And more importantly, what color polish should I get at my next pedicure? “Mirrored” is hard to accessorize!
On a more serious note however, since the U.S. loser-in-chief doesn’t see it necessary to look after our environment, it’s nice to know that companies like Birkenstock have been using more environmentally friendly materials and pioneering ways to reduce energy consumption since the 80’s. What better reason to wear Birkenstocks is there?
The pool deck, that is. We all look forward to the first holiday weekend of the season because our pool opens for the summer.
I’ve been digging out my millions of swimsuits that I’ve been curating for years only to find some pretty ratty coverups – stained with sunscreen, or overwashed or just plain falling apart. While I’m good on swimwear, finding something a little less revealing for the to/from trips is turning out to be a little more difficult.
So my hunt for a cute coverups begins…. of course, I hit up Anthropologie because they are always good for unique styles that you won’t find on thirty other pool goers. But Bloomingdales and J. Crew are some other favorites and neither let me down.
With coverups this cute, I may skip swimwear altogether! (Hover over pictures to find brand/shopping info)
So I was walking through Homegoods the other day trying to kill time before picking my littlest one up from pre-school, and I found this amazing lucite bar cart. It was all see-through and squatty and kind of bubble-y looking and I loved it.
But for $300 at Christmas time, it was more appropriately put on my Christmas list and NOTmy shopping list. Boo!
But it quickly became the inspiration for a hot chocolate-fueled frenzy of bar cart searching the following evening. Not only did I find an even more perfect bar cart, I realized that $300 in the world of bar carts is pretty reasonable after all. Who knew?
If any of you remember my absolute addiction to all things Mad Men (see here… and here…and here), you may understand my retro bar cart obsession a little better.
So, this is the bar cart I landed on and my $300 obsession is now a healthy $1700 obsession… leave it to me to inadvertently pick the most expensive item on the page every. single. time.
With that said, my bar cart search also led me to another little bar-specific covet: an agate bottle opener. How sweet and petite is this little opener at Anthropologie?
Is it too early to think about Christmas Wish Lists? Judging by the fact that all the department stores have been decked out since the day after Halloween, I’d say wish (or perhaps shop) away!
Clearly, this list is for the mostly casual girl that likes a little sparkle and a nice, red lip from time to time. Hmmm, I wonder who I was channeling when I put this together.
Take a look at some of these can’t fail items, if you need inspiration for your own list (I’m sorry, I do not comprehend this concept) or if you are shopping for some special chick(s) this year. (Shop them on my Polyvore page.)
Anything I’m missing? What’s at the top of your list? Let me know in the comments below!