Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bag Lust in Orange, Mint and Black

What is it about handbags that women find so alluring? Every time I buy one I swear that it will be my last, but then I find a new bag that catches my fancy. Bags are sort of like Lay's potato chips: You can't just eat (buy) one! Here are some of the bags that have caught my eye as of late. I have different reasons for liking each of them, as well as reservations for why I shouldn't purchase them, all of which you will find below.

Bag Lust in Red, Mint and Black

Here's a brief description of my thought process regarding each bag. I think this is more for me to figure out my own thoughts, but perhaps you will find it helpful too.

I'm drawn to the color dark orange, borderline red, Henri Bendel satchel, but it seems a little pricey for a bag that's not made in Italy. The black Zara cross body is clearly inspired by Chanel's boy bag. To be honest, I would like the real thing, but at $159 compared to $5,000+ for the Chanel, perhaps I should let the price decide?

The kate spade bag Love Birds Wink clutch is super cute, but I have way too many quirky, whimsical bags! (Maybe if it goes on clearance?) Last of all, the Furla mint bag is probably the best bang for your buck. It's made at Italy and priced right at around $500. My only reservation is that I might eventually tire of the mint color? Perhaps I just shouldn't buy any of the bags!

Shop my bag picks below:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Floral Fireworks

Fireworks and flowers are not things that I would normally associate with one another, but J. Crew found a way to incorporate the two into a print aptly named "Firework Floral". I guess now that I think about it, flowers do burst forth from the dirt during spring, sort of like fireworks bursting into flames in the air, but I digress. I waited a long time for this skirt to go on sale, but when it did I knew it would be well worth the wait. First, the graphic is fun and bold and can be easily styled numerous ways. Second, the weight of the skirt is substantial, allowing for it to be worn all year round. My only concern was the fit, which was quite high up on the waist. For a tall person such as myself, this equated to a skirt that was a little on the short side, so I sized up from a 2 to 4 for this one.

On a side note, I really like the location for the pictures today. I am going to rename it "blog alley". When I went to take these photos, there was another woman who was also taking pictures nearby. She had three men with her, one holding the camera, one holding one of those big silver light reflecting circles (sorry, I don't know the technical name for it!) and one directing. I'm not sure if it was for a blog or not, but it was quite the production. Then there was little old me with my husband (he's all the crew I need), not so professional camera in hand, and no silver disc thing. It might not be so professional, but that's just how I roll!

Skirt: J. Crew Fire Work Floral Skirt here
Shirt: Target similar here
Denim Jacket: H&M
Bag: Channel Cerf Tote
Shoes: Christian Louboutin 70mm Simple pump
Necklace: LOFT similar here

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

You're Three, Colonel William van Winkle!

Yes, I am one of those people who celebrates pet birthdays and today just happens to be William's third birthday! I guess in dog years that means that he's 21 so perhaps we should take him out to a bar? In honor of his birthday, I put together some of my favorite pictures of him and compiled a list of seven interesting facts about my favorite English Springer Spaniel, William.

1. William was born in Bardstown, Kentucky, which is near Louisville and his full name is Colonel William van Winkle the Bard of Bardstown. It's a mouthful. I am not really sure how much Bourbon my husband and I had before coming up with this name, but we thought it was funny. We had to pay extra to have it put on his AKC certification because it exceeded the letter limit. Also, because the long name is just too long, his name tag simply reads "Colonel William van Winkle." If William ever runs away we are waiting for the phone call to begins with, "We found the Colonel!"

2. William loves lobsters. Maybe a little too much. His first stuffed animal toys were all lobsters. The "love" affair has continued ever since.

3. William is really good at getting into all sorts of trouble, but when he does, you just have to forgive him. He is really, really proficient at making a great sad face as evident by the photos below.

In the picture below William interrupted a croquet tournament by stealing the ball and using it as his personal chew toy, which is just further proof of the mischief he is capable of.

4. William's great grandfather won best in show at Westminster. I think the puppy pictures below show off his profile and breeding nicely. We try not to mention his champion lineage too much though, to prevent him from getting a big head. Well, he already sort of has a big head so we don't want it to get any bigger!

5. William loves to run. Because he is a hunting dog he likes to chase after birds, although most of the time he chases after butterflies, which I personally think are his favorite. (My husband doesn't like me to mention this because it doesn't sound "manly" but I don't judge!)

6. Red is William's favorite color, although he is color blind, so how does he really know? Well, I think against his black and white coloring, a pop of red is always a great accessory, just like the bandanna shown below.

7. Speaking of great fashion sense, my last interesting tidbit about William is that he is very much like me. It's funny how dogs all have their individual personalities, just like people. William is sometimes messy, a little crazy, and carefree, just like yours truly. Plus, I secretly think he really likes fashion, as he always does a little happy dance when he likes my outfit!

Well, that concludes my birthday tribute post to William. I hope you learned a little bit about my furry four legged friend and why he is so special to me. As I wrote in a previous post, a dog really is a girl's best friend!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Something for Saint Patty's Day

I thought it was only fitting for today to feature something with green in honor of Saint Patrick's Day, and, as a matter of fact, this is what I wore to work today in celebration of the holiday. I was actually a bit surprised that not that many people were donning green, but perhaps that's because I am from New York where Saint Patrick's Day is a pretty big deal.

I personally don't usually make a big deal of the holiday, although I do like to cook something like corned beef or shepherd's pie in honor of the occasion and maybe have a Guinness. Probably my most memorable Saint Patrick's Day story is when I lived in NYC and I parked my car in an area that needed to be cleared the next day for the infamous Saint Patrick's Day parade. Well, in the morning when I went to get my car, it had been towed! So I  tracked it down and when I did, I discovered it was parked outside of a bar, which was open with tons of drunk people (even at 7:00 in the morning) streaming in and out. To make matters worse, I discovered my car would not start, so I had to call AAA and had the pleasure of watching said drunk bar goers enjoy the festivities. Needless to say, I didn't make it to work that day due to everything that happened and so my students assumed that I was also out partying, which was very far from the truth! 

Sweater: J. Crew
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Brooks Brothers here
Bag: Dooney and Bourke similar here
Sunglasses: Prada

Linking Up With: Because Shanna Said So
Shoe and Tell 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pattern Upon Pattern

As an extension of my last post, I would like to continue professing my love for Target. I've been in the market for a new "work bag" for a little while now. I considered everything from kate spade to a bag made from the Cambridge Satchel Company (cute, but too small) or one from a small made in the USA manufacturer. Ultimately I decided on this one from Target and it definitely takes some style cues from kate spade, especially with the big bow. My reasoning for settling on this is as followed: the bag is cute, the price is right ($34.99), and because I didn't spend an arm and a leg for it I am not going to mind when it gets damaged. As you can see from this purchase, shopping at Target is a pattern with me, but how can you resist such a cute bag. (It comes in purple and red too!)

Also, as you may know, wearing a great pattern print, is also a "pattern" with me. I am still trying my hand at mixing and matching patterns, but I thought this grid print blouse went just perfectly with the graphic nature of my Clover Canyon skirt. I love it when a pattern comes together!

Skirt: Clover Canyon "Case Study"
Blouse: J. Crew Factory
Bag: Target/Merona Bow Tote here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simple Pump 70mm
Necklace: J.Crew
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"

Linking Up WithHow I FallStill Being Molly
Shoe and Tell
  Style to Inspire
Style Sessions

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Curse of Target

My blouse for today is from, you guessed it, Target. Years ago when I was growing up on the East Coast, Targets were nonexistent. So when I traveled across the country to go to college in California (where Targets are aplenty), Target was like a veritable Garden of Eden with all sorts of delights to behold. From trendy clothes at affordable prices to colorful dorm decorations to midnight snacks, it was easy to spend hours in the store. Not only did the shopping excursions there eat up hours, it was impossible not to come out with a basket full of stuff, much of which you don't really need, thus eating a hole in your wallet as well.

Some things never change. Last month I was in line at Target and my favorite checker asked me if I found everything I needed. "Yes" I responded, "and then some!" To which the checker told me, "Well, that's the curse of Target." And indeed it is. My blouse today, with its flowers and lovely hues, was too cute to pass up. If leaving with one or maybe two extra things in my cart at Target is a curse, then I am guilty as charged!

Linking Up With: A Labour of Fashion and Thursday Fashion Files
What I Wore to Work and Fun Fashion Friday

 Blouse: Target/Merona here
Skirt: J. Crew Factory no. 2 pencil skirt
Sweater: J. Crew
Shoes: kate spade
Bag: J. Crew "Claremont"
Necklace: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Prada