I usually go for really low necklines—all the better to lengthen a short torso—but Vivienne Tam has me reaching for this Silk Sequin Butterfly Dress. The color is divine for summer, and the sequin detail at the collar is superb. What I really like about this kind of dress, however, is that I can see it going so well with a nice tailored suit jacket for a more casual office look (if one worked in one of those creative-type workplaces) or even by itself for a great date look. Hair up, of course, is a must.
Still, because not all of us have $179 (down from $420) lying around, Forever 21 has a surprisingly effective option that stops short of being a complete knockoff. Although I wish it came in a color other than black, the F21 version touts some lovely beading around the neckline and hem, and slightly different criss-cross straps in the back (pro: won’t slide down your arms all evening). Now magically turn into teal, and I’m set :3
So, I hesitated to publish this because guys, this is a $165 tote, and it’s not even on sale, but then I realized the infamous LV Neverfull tote is like, a bajillion dollars, so … anyway, this is pretty scarf company Leigh & Luca’s newest foray into bags, and I’m actually really digging this Peacock Flock tote.
The pattern is really classy but also casual enough for daily wear (of course! this is why I never understand things like ‘croc skin shoppers’), the chain strap detailing is fabulous, and I’m liking the removable superfluous little chain strap. But what really moved me, forgive the pun, is the interior. Brilliant lining, and that kind of pocket, from personal experience, is absolutely ideal. I only wish the pockets had maybe been on the other side of the inside, or that they had had more pockets … I love pockets … but clearly a lot of thought went into this, and props.
Gilt is offering this exclusively before it hits stores, so grab it now.
Today is the day that I finally admit: even though I love wearing silver in real life, there is no arguing with the fact that gold looks so much prettier in photos. Such is the case with this Burberry Gold Etched Paisley Necklace. I love the concept, because the rectangular danglies are very Art Deco, but the paisley pattern makes it much more amenable to pairing with softer, romantic looks. I think I would have preferred it more if it was more of a damask pattern (aside: I loves me some damask), but since it’s heading on spring/summer, why not?
The only possible hurdle, and one that should be expected when you see over-toted brands like Burberry, is the price. I feel like if I tried hard enough I could find something similar in some sordid Chinese alley for approximately 10% of the current price, on top of which the real thing isn’t even made of real gold. It’s made of brass! Somehow, I don’t think the price justifies the product.
Bottom line: if you’re OK with buying this overpriced piece of jewelry for $358 (down from an even more asinine price of $895), then feel free to head over to Gilt.
Full disclosure: this dress is already sold out, but that doesn’t stop me blogging about it. I also am already fully aware that the gigantic floral shape on dress forms has been done and done (see: Carrie, Sex and the City movie), but again, see above.
I like how Temperley London has taken a new spin on things. Instead of a floaty chiffon nightmare, the petals become more grounded with the black edging. The sheer under-petal keeps the blossom from looking too flat, and the little pop of color in the middle is a nice cherry on top. Heck, what with the studs, this might as well be the rocker-chic version of the giant flower dress, and if this is the new direction rocker-chic is going, I am so on board.
I will say this though—I’d much rather have had a thick strap instead of the three dainty ones on the back.
$799, down from $2,295, over at Gilt.
I can’t decide if I like this jacket because of its presentation or because I actually like it—but since it must be a combo of both, I’m just gonna run with it. This Royal Oak Hooded Jacket from Twinkle by Wenlan is delightfully twee and practical at once. I’m really digging longer lengths in upperwear these days and the length of this jacket is seriously perfect as shown (with shorts and knee socks—can I just say I DIE) or even over a pair of jeans and a overworked cotton tunic piece a la Anthropologie in a nice cream color. The only thing I’d want to change is the color. How CUTE would this be in a dark red? Can anyone say Little Red Riding Hood? Yummy. What a great fall/spring transition piece.
Over at Gilt for $98, down from $438.
PS: So apparently Wenlan Chia, founder of Twinkle, also writes knitting and sewing books on the side, if one were so inclined to translate her styles into clothing for yourself. I’m impressed. Asians represent!
So how do I explain this … I was cruising FB a month or so ago and saw a friend of a friend wearing these amazing heels. Basically, the heel and ankle part were covered in an interesting way, and the toes were exposed with narrow straps. Ever since that day, I’ve been looking for more of this “not alotta heel, alotta toe” look, and while this Barbero T-Strap Sandal from Camilla Skovgaard (yes, she of spiky sole notoriety) is still outside of my price range sale or not, it definitely fits the bill otherwise. I particularly like that little strap detail across the front of the upper that isn’t actually a buckle-fastened thing, but a doubled up leather strap with a buckle attached.
This white gold, diamond-encrusted ring from Vendoro is so iced-out and ostentatious that it falls on this side of the fabulous fence for me. This is so totally the ring that you pair with some dark understated (yet incredibly draped) strapless gown as you casually waltz down the red-carpeted stairs of some unspeakably rich gala, during which the ladies who lunch glare enviously at your obscure yet amazing jeweler’s work. The description also claims that some part of this construction is “rotating,” and any piece of jewelry that has working components basically doubles in value in my eyes (who doesn’t love blingy toys??). Which is to say, I would totally drop 5Gs on this if I could.
$4,875, down from $9,750, over at Gilt.
God knows how you’re supposed to wear a bra with this thing, but there is something irresistible about this Dolce Vita Nellie One Shoulder Sequin Top. One shoulder dresses/shirts/etc are such the rage these days, and I’m seriously loving the deep drape back. Clever tailoring abounds, and the sequin detail is a nice finishing touch.
Gilt, $54, down from $143, and totally worth the price in my opinion.
I actually did some research on this and Garrard Jewelry solicited the help of Jade Jagger (rocker daughter of legendary rocker Mick Jagger) to whip up some new and exciting pieces to augment this legendary British company. The Orrery line (from which this Diamond Ovals Ring derives) comes from this collaboration. I’m not sure about the practicality of having a bauble on a ring that is so very large, but this is negated by the fact that it’s such a shiny pretty toy, and I am but a magpie. Guys, the rings move. (I had to google to be sure, and now I am.)
Shiny pretty toys, however, are never cheap. :( $1,350, down from $3,000, over at Gilt. (Yes I know … AGAIN.)
Although known primarily for their (awesome, crystal-studded) jeans, Rock & Republic also has some fingers in the shoe pot. I won’t lie—up until now I didn’t really think any of it merited attention, but my opinion might be changing with this Sabra Ankle Boot. I like the mix of suede and shiny patent leather, and the mix is subtle enough that the style isn’t too trendy. I’m a little iffy on the peach-colored trim (wouldn’t it have been WAY better in a dark brown?) but I could see an argument for a lighter pop of color. At any rate, ankle boots are so effing useful (I don’t know how I could live without my current pair), and you could certainly go a lot more wrong than to invest in this pair.
Also available in black, with all black trim.
$118, down from $350, over at Gilt. (Yeah I do seem a little Gilt-centric these days eh? I’ll try and mix it up soon.)