Daily Covet: 3.1 Phillip Lim Collection

Years ago, I stopped in to this little boutique while on a girls’ trip. I ran across the most gorgeous fuchsia 3.1 Phillip Lim dress with hand-beaded crystal trim around the collar.

That was the day I fell in love with Phillip Lim.

So here I am today perusing old Phil’s totally gorge spring collection and feeling overwhelmed at the thought of choosing just one piece (or even one outfit) for the “Daily Covet.”

I mean, look at this amazing lineup of just a few of my absolute objets de désir!

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Daily Covet: J.Crew Hummingbird Florals

I received J.Crew’s stylebook catalog today, and got a better glimpse of a print that has been catching my eye in ads for the past several weeks.

The J.Crew Hummingbird Floral print, which is part of their “Collection” line (read $$$), has absolutely stolen my heart.  I love the pale blue background.  I love the pops of red, black, white and bits of pale pink, green and purple against the rich silk/cotton blend fabrics.

And the Hummingbird Floral-print Etta pump with glitter heels are an absolute stunning combination that will be hard to go without.  But then again, that little minaudière would be a treasured piece for many years to come!

In fact, I want virtually every piece in the collection.  But at J.Crew’s inflated “Collection” prices, I may have to just choose one!

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Daily Covet: Doupioni Silk Ankle Pants

Doupioni Silk, one of the most delish fabrics on the face of the earth.

Ankle pants, one of the few pairs of pants on the face of the earth that fit this petite girl.

With that said, these amazing Doupioni silk ankle pants from Talbots are so rich and so fun for holiday dressing.

Add a beaded top or soft, cashmere sweater and it’s a go for virtually any occasion of the season.

Daily Covet: J. Crew in Retro Jade

J. Crew again?!

And the answer is YES! for a very good reason.

If you follow me on Pinterest or caught the post on handbags in my favorite color, you have probably picked up on the fact that I UH-DORE turquoise.    J.Crew sent me an email with their fall lookbook (Thanks J.Crew!) and says that I can even pre-order.

Of course, I had previously checked out pics from the J.Crew Fall 2012 show (see here), so I knew that I was going to be coveting half the store this season. (Is this different from any other season?)

My two favorites:  the Wool Cafe Capris in Retro Jade and the Tippie Sweater in Jade Snake Print.  J. Crew is calling it jade.  Green?

Nonetheless, both are completely drool-worthy!

Daily Covet: Isabella Oliver 365

I discovered Isabella Oliver when I was pregnant with my first baby.  She has an amazingly adorable maternity collection.  You should check it out when and if you are at some point, in the “family way.”

But her ready-to-wear collection has some amazing options too.  Zulily has many of her spring-y (and a few fall/winter) pieces and they are discounted  A LOT!

Here are a few of my favorites…

Stone Classic Trench Coat, zulily.com $140

Pillar Red Cape Jacket, zulily $150

White Lace Easy Fit Pencil Skirt, zulily.com $60

Blue & White Breton Knit Dress, zulily.com $60

Blue Chambray Cigarette Pants, zulily.com $60

Daily Covet: Shoe & J.Crew Review

Let me first warn you that I am on a little bit of a rampage today.  And those close to me know that this generally means, I am occasionally handing out my unsolicited opinions, in a not-so-subtle way… ok maybe more than occasionally.

First, I’m going to start out with the positive.  I ordered my first pair of Pour La Victoire platform pumps.  I always love the look of platform pumps in ads or on celebs, but feel a little “pole dancer-y” in them myself.  But trust me when I tell you that I need the height, and these Irina II pumps are sky high, which generally means you have to be “high” to wear them!

Pour La Victoire Irina II pumps, lastcall.com Sale $175

But I am here to tell you that these are amazingly comfortable.  The insole of the shoe is padded and the 5″ heel is offset by a nice 1.5″ platform.  The toe is rounded, which means that your toes have plenty of room.  The upper provides a snug fit, which is obviously important when you are walking around on your tip toes for extended periods of time.  And since they are so high, they make your legs look fabulous as any good platform pump should.

While these are not a particularly cheap pair of shoes, they aren’t in the out-of-reach Louboutin segment of the shoe population either.  And wait for a good sale at lastcall.com (read almost daily) and you can pick these up for a song.

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Daily Covet: Standout Trousers

Café trouser in wool, J.Crew.com $99

I don’t know what my preoccupation is with red these days.  I posted that cute cherry clutch the other day, and ever since the Talbots catalog showed up with their early fall line last year, I have been coveting red pants.

Then in a moment of weakness, I perused the sale selection online at J.Crew and there they were – the café trouser in wool, in the petite length, in my size….AND in maraschino cherry!

I had to have them!  And they arrived today, but I have yet to unpack my cherry red beauties.

I hope to God that I love them, because as perfect as they are, they are also a final sale.