just a mishmash of fall inspiration.
hello friends! i'm back with another intriguing look inside my shopping cart(s): the things i bought and what i left behind. today's list is definitely longer than my last post, but it's packed with some top-notch finds including this amazing embroidered circle bag from claire v. (below) and a really really good pair of white mary jane sides that have a cool heel. i've also include a few goodies for your home (clearly still inspired by my most recent post), because everyone needs a watermelon pillow to complete their living room, right?
go on, take a peek!
this embroidered purse is so lovely, and definitely on my wishlist -- i adore the Mexican floral design and bright emerald handle.
embroidered circle clutch / claire v.
arguably the perfect leopard pumps. and therefore a wardrobe requirement (because #leopardgoeswitheverything).
jane mid heel leopard pump / loeffler randall
jute placemat / hm
mornings just got chicer with these modern minimalistic mugs -- can you believe these are only $7? i love the golden yellow.
stoneware cups / hm
just perfect. love the wooden heel -- it makes this mary jane slide feel so fresh.
white mules with wooden heels / matiko
ideal for a day at work, a garden wedding, date night, or all of the above.
floral mini dress / marc jacobs
watermelon pillow / target
i've gushed about boston designer artemis design co on this blog before, so you may already know i'm a big fan. i was thrilled when they teamed up with another fashion love of mine, madewell, for a cheery collection of slides. i love the stripes -- fun colors!
artemis design co kilim slides / designed for madewell
this may give you deja vu, but i wanted you to know that i really like this vase.
brown vase / cb2
lately, all i want to do is shop. need supply co is one of my favorite sites to browse -- it's incredibly curated, and the pieces always feel special and fresh. during one of my last online window-shopping sprees i stopped by need supply co, and found myself wanting everything, even things i usually don't think i'd like. for example, i never thought i'd have a pair of blue ruffle trousers on my radar, but now i need them in my life! so today i wanted to share some of the pieces i liked the most from need supply's new spring arrivals because it's too good not to (and let's be honest: this doesn't include the home section, that's a whole different story):
hi there! we finally got a preview of spring this friday (including 65 degree, sunny weather!), and i've started getting excited for a new season -- that means easy fabrics, colorful patterns, and shoes that are not boots! it's been a while since the last "collection with" post, so when i saw norvis' fall ready to wear for 2018 i knew it was worth sharing. this collection was designed for fall but the bright colors, breezy silhouettes and florals makes this feel perfect for spring. my favorite look is definitely the floral gown -- it's positively striking, and i wish i had a garden party i could wear this to.
who knew tulle and a chunky grandpa knit would go so great together. i also love the playful scallop d'orsay pumps -- a shoe didn't know i needed in my life until now.
two perfect floral gowns.
i lovvvvve this look. the scarf is enormous, almost comically so, but it looks so cool with a structured plaid dress and undone ankle tie flats.
there are a few recurring patterns in norvis' collection, including plaid, polka dots and florals. my favorite print is this yellow floral -- it's so versatile!
collection via ... novis fall 2018 ready to wear
straw bags are all the rage this summer, and i'm fully embracing it. in fact, a straw bag is the perfect finishing touch to a casual summer dress, and is every beach goer's must-have accessory. these natural beauties have been on my wish list for the past few months, and i think i'm close to finding my perfect match. since there are so many great options out there, i wanted to share ten of my favorites -- from stripes, to fringe, and polka dots, i kind of want them all:
SHOP STRAW BAGS
1. yellow with navy tote by Nannacay / 2. stripe clutch from J.Crew / 3. pom pom tote by Nannacay / 4. zig-zags by Nannacay / 5. rainbow clutch by Rebecca Minkoff / 6. round straw bag from Bembien / 7. classic stripes with fringe by Kayu / 8. hello tote by Nannacay / 10. belly bag from Bembien
you could call me a full-fledged fan and frequent customer of J.Crew (and can check out my past J.Crew musings here). in fact some of my most cherished pieces likely came from Jenna Lyons' creative mind. so when she announced her departure from J.Crew last month, many wondered what the future of J.Crew would look like or what kind of plans Lyons had up her impeccably rolled chambray sleeves. personally i'm wishing for a Jenna Lyons clothing line, but that's just me. one thing that's certain though: this gal has left a legacy filled with great patterns.
since her legacy at J.Crew was kind of a big deal, i've pulled together 11 of the most memorable print moments from the Jenna Lyons Era -- according to MP of course.
01 / SEQUINS FOR DAY
some say sequins are not a pattern, but i disagree. at J.Crew, Jenna introduced the idea of sequins for daytime. to avoid looking like a disco ball, she often styled sequins with contrasting casual pieces like cargo pants and slouchy tees to achieve a wearable look.
02 / MATCHY-MATCHY PRINTS
matching prints is arguably one of the easiest ways to mix patterns. it's practically foolproof. obviously Jenna took the art of matching prints to the next level for J.Crew -- so much so that matching sets became a styling secret sauce of sorts. my favorites include polka dots, head-to-toe leopard, and the Jenna-famous stripes with stripes with stripes.
03 / HEAD-TO-TOE PATTERNS
remember when clashing prints made you look like a fashion victim from What Not to Wear? with the Lyons touch, crazy combinations (like this) transform into something fresh, exciting, and most importantly, very cool. i'd be so bold to say that Jenna changed the pattern mixing game for a modern gal's everyday wardrobe. she made mixing prints approachable by crafting collections with pieces you could easily play around with and make your own.
04 / LADY-LIKE POLKA DOTS
i distinctly remember purchasing my first polka dot item of clothing ever, and it was from J.Crew.
i bought a top very similar to the dress pictured here about 6 or 7 years ago. since adding this ladylike piece to start my collection, polka dots have carved a place in my wardrobe -- as easy to wear as black and white.
05 / STRIPED PANTS
these pants may be J.Crew's greatest statement piece. striped pants could be intimidating, but Jenna managed to take that fear away. she treated striped pants with the ease of a striped tee.
06 / SHINY PONIES (AKA: THE SHOES!)
what would Jenna's legacy be without mentioning the shoes! from ballet flats, to block pumps, her collection of shoes came in an exciting array of yummy prints: gingham and plaid, florals, stripes and lots of leopard. thanks to her, J.Crew offered some of the best shoes in the biz. each season i need to add another patterned pretty to my wardrobe -- it's an easy way to spice up a simple look.
07 / LIBERTY OF LONDON FLORALS
these tiny Liberty of London florals have made multiple appearances while Jenna was Creative Director at J.Crew. from quilted jackets, to utilitarian button downs and the perfect pump, even swimsuits and hats, there is usually something available in this English classic print.
08 / STRIPES + LEOPARD: THE PATTERN POWER COUPLE
Jenna definetly made a strong argument for why stripes and leopard should be in every gal's wardrobe -- look how chic this mom of two is! and together, leo and stripes make one of the most classic pattern-pairings in women's fashion. it also happens to be one of Jenna's most signature combinations. and for that, i thank her.
09 / CAMO CAN BE A PATTERN NEUTRAL
strange but true: camo is wildy versatile and pretty much goes with everything. i was super excited when J.Crew reintroduced this "pattern neutral" into the spotlight during their nyfw show earlier this year. but what i love most about camo is how it can take something extra-girly, like lace, tulle or pretty bows, and make you look laid-back yet chic.
10 / COOL-GIRL PLAID
like stripes, plaid is a clear staple for J.Crew. it's safe to say that there is plaid on their shelves at all times. Jenna loved pairing this practical print with something glamorous and unexpected: a polished pencil skirt, bright lipstick, a sparkling statement necklace, or piles of patterns.
11 / COZY FAIR ISLE SWEATERS
when i think of the ultimate cozy pattern, my mind often goes to this particular Fair Isle print. Jenna made Fair Isle a perfect choice for wearing around the holidays. i love it's simplicity, and i especially like the look of layering these sweaters with a button-down, scarf or even a blazer.
and this is just the tip of the iceberg. did i miss anything? trust me, it was a challenge to narrow down 26 years of patterns to one short list, and it made me realize that i really will miss Jenna's creativity and playful eye the most. let me know your favorite print moment in the comments!
images via J.Crew
sharing my favorites for February at last! better late than never, right? i've been fighting a pretty bad cold the past few weeks (you know the one that everybody had?), and it wasn't fun. but thankfully, after plenty of chicken soup and warm tea, plus tissues and sleep, i am starting to feel like myself again.
this month's favorites are heavy on fashion, including new trends i love and a couple of pieces i've been coveting:
i have always loved browsing runway shows, and earlier this month i wrote about the Rochas pre-fall collection. i was drawn in by the presentation; the photos are just. so. good. i love that they've captured motion, but focused on those awkward in-between moments. the mix of textures, colors and prints worked so well, with a couple of delightful surprises thrown in: velvet, a canary yellow, soft florals, turquoise silk and a good amount of silver snakeskin.
FAUX FUR COATS
faux fur muppet-inspired coats have been mentioned a number of times on here, so now it's time to make it official: for February, fuzzy outerwear has earned it's place on this list. i have been passively looking for a one to call my own, hoping that eventually i will stumble upon the perfect one. Shrimps makes some of my favorite faux fur options -- they're playful and fresh, how can you go wrong with black and pink stripes?
THE GLASS CASTLE
i really enjoyed reading this book: a story about the author's childhood, and her relationships with her parents and three siblings. it was both heartbreaking and heartwarming, definitely reccomend picking up a copy!
lately, i've been focused on finding a pair of mules for spring. mules seem to make anything you wear look effortless, (like magic!) and who doesn't want that? i bought a pair of Marais slides late last summer, and can't wait to finally wear them. mine are in the color cherry, and now i want sky too, ha! if you're considering a pair, i found they do run a full size small.
CAMO IS BACK
i was excited to see camoflage in J.Crew's fall collection. to be honest, i completely forgot about camo! i have an old utility jacket from Club Monaco that i'm going to pull out and wear with stripes and/or polka dots. maybe a dash of leopard too. check out the rest of their collection for more inspo.
meet my must have accessory this season: the statement earring. i talked about my new obsession with earrings last month, and since then, i have added quite a few to my wishlist.
shop my favorites below!
1. needlepoint hearts by Shourouk Heart / 2. polka dot earrings by Oscar de la Renta / 3. pink pom poms from bando / 4. glitter star posts from Gorman/ 5. statement toucans by Elizabeth Cole/ 6. leather circles from Anthropologie / 7. acrylic triangles by Rachel Comey / 8. handmade Matisse-inspired by Benu / 9. beaded tassels by Oscar de la Renta / 10. beaded 'Os' by Oscar de la Renta / 11. round drop earrings by Rachel Comey / 12. rainbow earrings by Elizabeth Cole
a little Bridget Bardot print-mixing for your Friday morning!
i especially adore these abstract paint swatches by New Orleans artist Logan Ledford. you may have spotted her work on Pinterest (at least that's how i stumbled upon this piece!) and it is all fresh and inspiring. i especially love her unapologetic use of color. Logan is seriously cool so be sure to visit her website here. am considering writing a MUSE feature about this lovely lady; it's been awhile since i did one of those! stay tuned..!
this outfit is something i would wear out in the city: running errands, shopping or meeting friends for lunch. i am really on board with the frayed edge denim, and love how they look with sleek booties. don't even get me started on that fluffy polka dot jacket -- as you know i've got fuzzy outerwear on my mind -- it's perfection! scroll down for details on how to get this look:
inspiration photo via