One dress, two seasons

Dress: Madewell (this season’s)

Left// LOFT sweater (similar), vintage necklace, J.Crew boots, SPANX tights Right// J.Crew flats

I am all about purchasing items that have staying power through multiple seasons. This Madewell dress was one of the few garments I have purchased at full retail price and was definitely hesitant about it at the time. However, it has proved to be one of my most comfortable clothing pieces, and I have found countless ways to style it from Spring to Fall and Winter.

I particularly love that it is collared which allows for some fun pattern mixing, and that the material is thin enough to be layered with just a light sweater. The black and white polka dot lends itself to pairings with almost any color; from vibrant blues to neutrals like silver and gold.

In other news, i’m really getting into blow drying out my hair to give it this swooping, voluminous effect. I have been trying out countless haircare products and am thinking about doing a post about it soon. Stay tuned!

Andrew Marc leather jacket

Cyber Monday was really really good to me this year. To say the least, I was on my game. I have been searching for the perfect leather jacket for what seems like years. I had very specific requirements and was unwilling to settle on any one detail. I wanted a lamb leather jacket with black hardware, an asymmetrical hem, knuckle length sleeves with no zipper, and “biker” -esque details all around. This Andrew Marc jacket from Nordstrom fit every requirement, and at 40% off retail I couldn’t ask for more.

Along with all of the above details, this particular jacket had curved seaming along the front and back giving it a curve-hugging lady like shape; something I really appreciate as a curvy girl. I am wearing a size L and the sleeves fit with ample room for sweaters and the length and shoulders fit beautifully. The sides also come equipped with adjustable straps allowing for an even tighter fit when pulled.

And, if its possible, the jacket looks even better zipped. 100% in love. Score!

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.”

Thank you for reading!

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

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