Obsessed with MENswear

Obsessed with MENswear

 

I am totally obsessed with these Givenchy slip-on Derby shoes. There are few things sexier than baring a little ankle when wearing menswear-inspired shoes. Pair them with sleek black ankle-length pants or boyfriend jeans for the most obvious ensembles. But slip them on with a full-skirted, feminine dress for an altogether eccentric combination that still works!
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Daily Covet: Lilly Pulitzer Target Collaboration

I am so excited for this Sunday, April 19th, I can hardly stand it.

Sunday is the day that Target launches it’s latest collaboration with the well-known Lilly Pulitzer label.

It’s true, Lilly purists are dismayed by the brand “lowering” itself to the likes of Target’s fashion for the masses, but I think it’s awesome. It brings southern belle charm and sophostication to all women, who want to look good even if their bank accounts aren’t as full as the average Lilly Pulitzer wearer.

I haven’t always been a huge fan of the busy prints in a rainbow of bright colors, but I have as of late found more and more prints that I really like and Lilly’s shift dresses are practically perfect in every way.

So without further adieu, here’s a quick edit of my most absolutely favorite pieces not only for women… but for the home and children too.

WOMEN

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BEAUTY

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What are your thoughts on the Lilly Pulitzer brand collaboration with Target? Do you think it devalues the brand’s reputation or do you think it’ll give people who wouldn’t have otherwise known or been able to afford access to this fun and vibrant brand?

Purging: Not for the faint of heart

Over the last few weeks, I have spent much of my weekend (and some school days too) trying to purge the 20+ year collection of gorgeous clothes, shoes, accessories and plain old stuff – some expensive, some not so much so – from all of the closets I have monopolized for almost nine years.

Deep down I always knew it, but I forced myself to really confront the fact that I have a deep emotional connection to clothing and shoes.

While not being quite on the level that some might call “hoarding,” I have saved a lot of items that I knew I’d never wear again simply because it brought me joy knowing they were still mine.

I’d get such a sense of nostalgia when I travel down memory lane to a time when I’d wore them, remembered fondly who I was with and/or perhaps what the special occasion was when I wore them last.

Take for instance these square-toed, strappy, satin sandals. These great sandals went on a serious wedding world tour the summer of 1999. I think I attended nine weddings just that summer and perhaps 13 for the calendar year. These go-to satin sandals were the perfect way to show off my summer tan and manicured toenails, not to mention they went with every one of my LBDs!

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Another pair of black shoes I’ve had a problem parting with are these super cool patent platform slingbacks. Seriously, look at those cool heels! I bought these specifically for a girls’ trip to Vegas. I wore them to dinner at Michael Mina, in the front row of Cirque de Soleil’s “Love” show and for bottle service at Tryst. This was such a fun (and dare I say glamorous) weekend with one of my absolute favorite traveing companions, I just can’t help reminiscing every time I lay eyes on them.

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This little black (do you see a pattern here?!) Ralph Lauren number is NOT going anywhere. This is probably my all-time favorite dress. You wanna know why? Because I don’t have to wear a stitch of clothing underneath it, and you can’t even tell. That’s not to say I don’t, but going bra-less these days is a hard-to-come-by thrill in my middle age. And I have worn it at every size. It shows and hides all the right parts simultaneously. Definitely a keeper.

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This jean jacket is also tough for me. There’s not so much sentimental value as much as I just like certain things about it that would be hard to replace. The cut is perfect – cinches in for a great shape. The color is perfect – it’s the ideal shade of washed-out dark-ish denim. The style is perfect – not too western, not too glam. The sleeves and collar fold up and stand up perfectly – probably because… there is no stretch. This is the downside. It’s not super comfortable when you can’t really bend your arms! I haven’t made an executive decision on this one yet. Thoughts?

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I wanted a cotton, lace blouse my whole life… O-kay, maybe just for a few years. I chose this one with a matching snap-in cami underneath thinking I’d dress it down with nude sandals and jeans, but it just doesn’t fit right. I even had it altered once, and I don’t think the new tailor got my drift because it still doesn’t fit right in the shoulder seams. So that has thrown off the rest of the blouse altogether. I may take a risky stab at fixing this myself, but the chances are likely that it won’t be good for anyone when I’m done with it.

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These little totes are just cute. And personalized. My oldest son was just nine months old when we met some friends off the coast of South Carolina for a lovely week on Kiawah Island. My dear friend had these made for my son and I and packed them with snacks, sunscreen, lip balm, toys and more. While they have proven too small for my now three sons and myself to tote along all of the stuff (read junk!) we lug to and from the pool, I haven’t been able to part with them. If you know of an “Amy” and a “Jackson” that would make better use of them, hit me up!

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Some other items in my rather large to-go pile were a black, satin formal from BCBG that I wore to a black-tie wedding in D.C., a white and silver mod-ish dress, a crazy-expensive black sateen suit that I splurged on and only wore to funerals, a champagne-colored Calvin Klein skirt and some duchess satin pants that were so hard to put in my donate or consign piles. Anyone else have an emotional connection with something (or seemingly everything) like I do?

Daily Covet: Pleated Leather Skirt

Ok, enough with the workout speak. It’s January 2nd, and I’m no doubt half way to giving up on my New Year’s resolution to get in shape. But I am certainly not giving up shopping or coveting, so let’s get on with it, shall we?

As much as I love to ooooooh and oggle over items from the famed fashion houses, H&M never lets me down in my real life. I found this adorable pleated leather skirt before the holidays and absolutely forgot about it. In perusing the post-Christmas sale at H&M, I rediscovered it – sadly, not on sale yet.

While it’s certainly not overly expensive, it’s hard to justify a $200 leather skirt for this mom of three that lives in black yoga pants 360 days out of the year. However, it’s a pretty reasonable wardrobe investment with a pretty versatile playbook. The color and pleats lend a soft twist to a traditionally rocker-type piece.

I may just have to treat myself now that the holidays are over.

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Back to School

I’m sending my first born to school in 6 days.
He’s excited.  I get knots in my stomach just thinking about it.
He’s ready, but I can’t believe he’s going to be gone all day, every day.  He’s been with me for almost 6 years… my buddy. my associate.  my Tomas the Train enthusiast.  my personal shopper.  my lunch date. my baby.
So, in honor of my little guy’s first day of school, I’ve put together a fun collection of “Back to School” items that any girl could show off — in class or otherwise!

Where have you been all my life?

I have been introduced to a website that is beyond my wildest dreams.  If I was any kind of technically-savy, I would say that I should’ve made it up myself a long time ago.

Everyone knows I’m mad about scouring the Internet, stores and what have you, to find and post things that I really, really need.  Ok, want.  But sometimes it feels like I need them.  And it’s my blog.

Yesterday, I posted this little ensemble I put together on Polyvore.com.  Polyvore.com has everything a girl could want in their virtual closet, PLUS backgrounds, text, different fonts and more.  I can’t even tell you how much time I have spent on this site, in under a week and CANNOT believe that I didn’t know about this sooner.

I blame my high-maintenance children. Always wanting to eat…or to bathe….or to be dropped off at school.

But right now, I have time to myself to simply put great outfits together – complete with handbags, jewelry, shoes and other great accessories.

I worked on this little number this week.  Enjoy!

Weekend Chic, littleblacksweats on Polyvore.com for more info