1989 Vintage Chanel Flats

Andrew Marc leather jacket, Ann Taylor jeans, LOFT lace tee, Vintage Chanel flats, Zara collar (similar)

Last week I stumbled upon the holy grail of vintage Chanel. Charlotte isn’t exactly known for its consignment boutiques but when a new one popped up on my neighborhood I had to check it out. Upon walking into this teeny tiny shop, the first thing I spotted were these gold gap toed 1989 vintage Chanel flats. I wandered over to them thinking they would either be much too expensive for my budget, or not even close to my man-sized shoe size. Lo and behold, the shoes were on sale for 40% off, and were an exact 39.5 (my ideal European size). I was shocked. Stunned. And knew immediately they would be coming home with me.

The owner of the boutique is a Chanel collector herself and had these shoes fit her she would have purchased them personally. They had come into the store only days before and were in near perfect condition. Made of 100% italian leather soles and cap toes with a suede upper, these flats are simply stunning. They are the most beautiful gold, almost mustard yellow or rust color and pair well with almost everything. Unlike most Chanel flats that require some breaking in, because these particular ones are suede they are comfortable from the get-go.

These shoes were my first ever Chanel purchase and I am so incredibly in love. I can only imagine passing these along to my future daughters and explaining “these were Mommy’s first Chanel.”

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Making a pencil skirt causal for everyday wear

Banana Republic vest, J.Crew skirt, Theory sweater, thrifted necklace, J.Crew flats

As I progress more in my current job, I am finding that loud and vibrant clothing (such as this pencil skirt) are becoming more inappropriate. Faced with the challenge of toning down my work wardrobe, I have had to find new and creative ways to wear the pieces that aren’t suitable for the office, in more casual settings. This purple pencil skirt is one of the favorite pieces in my closet and I find that it acts almost as a neutral, pairing well with almost anything. I felt very fabulous in this outfit complete with gold chain and fur accents.

This necklace was a find at the Brooklyn Flea Market last time I was in New York and I have fallen in love with it. It pairs well with my other chunky necklaces and even doubles as a bracelet when wrapped properly.

P.S. You may have noticed more indoor photos as of late. My boyfriend and I have had such different schedules that finding time to take outfit pictures has become increasingly difficult. Bear with us as we navigate our crazy work schedules during this holiday season! xo

Washington, D.C. with the bests

Prior to this last weekend I had never visited Washington, D.C. While I lived in Philadelphia for four years for college, and spent many months in NYC for internships, the stars never aligned and I never made it out to our nation’s capital. A few month’s ago one of my closest friends from college moved to D.C. for work, and we determined it was the perfect place to have our bi-monthly college girlfriend meet-up. We had an absolutely amazing time galavanting around the monuments, reliving old memories of college, and capturing every last moment with each other before parting ways once more.

^My complete awe and joy in seeing the White House for the first time.

Wearing a Loft coat (similar splurge worthy style), borrowed sweater, ASOS scarf (similar), random boutique top, Levi’s jeans

Every monument was more breathtaking than the last (my personal favorite was the Lincoln memorial, made even more impactful after seeing the movie a few weeks ago).

My friends are absolutely stunning and we have such a close relationship that I cherish deeply. Seeing them only every couple of months is saddening but I know that regardless of where we end up around the country, we will always manage to get together in new and exciting cities. In other news, how preppy and gorgeously styled is my friend Olivia above?! With her Barbour jacket and J.Crew boots, she looks so D.C. chic.

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Review: J.Crew Wide-Calf Harper Leather Boots

Nordstrom sweater (similar), Gap skirt, SPANX tights, Nordstrom belt (similar), J.Crew Harper boots (ordered up to a 9.5)

Traveling so much for work means that my wardrobe has very little consistency. I spend the work week in different cities around the country and my weekends in Charlotte, and as such have a closet that looks more like a mismatch of items than anything cohesive or weather appropriate. But if there was one item that transitions well from the chilly (albeit dry) weather of North Carolina to the freezing Winters of the Northeast and beyond, it is the riding boot. Boasting calves with a nearly 17″ circumference  finding a pair of boots that fit my feet, narrow ankles and wide calves has proven nearly impossible, until now.

J.Crew is one of the few retailers that sells wide-calf boots. I have tried a number of other pairs over the years and never found them very comfortable or of particularly great quality. During their last 25% off sale I decided to try again with these gorgeous side-zip Harpers, and couldn’t be happier with the purchase.

First and foremost, the leather is of amazing quality. I can see them lasting for years and being incredibly supple and molded to my foot shape over time. The sole is 100% leather and the gold zipper detailing and snap closure above are also of top quality.

The boots have a 17.5″ calf circumference leaving just about a 3/4 of an inch of extra room for me at the top. This doesn’t bother me at all as I have never liked the look of boots that were so tight they appeared painted on. The leather of these is stiff enough that they stay up on my calf regardless of the extra space. The toes are a beautiful almond shape and very comfortable for all day wear. If leather isn’t your thing, the boots also come in a gorgeous suede that also looks so supple and comfortable. One final note, I did size up from my normal 9 at J.Crew to a 9.5. I wanted a bit of extra room for thicker socks, but upon receipt have found that these boots do run slightly small. While i can tell that the size 10’s would be much too big, the 9.5 leaves just a smidgen of extra room for thick socks.

In other, completely random news: I purchased my first clip-less curling iron and loooove the result. I have naturally very frizzy, curly, and unruly hair and on days when I don’t want to blow dry or straighten it into place, this iron makes my natural waves bouncy and frizz-free. I highly recommend the iron I purchased and particularly love the quickness with which I achieved this look.

Have you found any wide-calf boots that you’re loving?

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