Dis + Dat.

In Accessories, Beauty Products, Black, Bombshell, Dream Wear, Fresh Combos, Gym Gear, Home Decor, Magpie Nest on August 30, 2016 at 9:12 am

You know the drill…this week’s medley of things I been eyeballin’.  (I won’t mention the Fendi backpack again, promise.)


Found a bunch of cool home pieces at Target in a similar brass / modern look, including this round mirror (nice size! — $49), this end table ($89), and this little globe lamp ($34).

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Also, I’ve previously mentioned the eternal quest I’ve been on for petite club chairs, preferably that swivel, for the little breakfast area in my home.  I was ecstatic when I came across this style ($389) and at a far more affordable price than I’d been anticipating — a lot of the styles that even came remotely close were well over $1500 per.  It’s still a tiny, tiny bit too big for the space, I fear, but we’re going to put some painter’s tape down to see exactly how they’d work.  If these are still a touch too big, I’m just going to bite the bullet and buy these much cheaper ones (on sale for $161 each!) without swivels/wheels (wahhh) because I just need something there, and they are pretty darn close.

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I have a ton of Truffle pouches already — great for travel, great for your run-of-the-mill Type A lady who wants everything in her bag organized — but these new clarity pouches ($60) with coordinating coin purses are too good.  I think I might buy a few to give away as Christmas gifts to girlfriends.

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GUYS I am freaking out over this new jewelry line I discovered, Mignonne Gavigan.  I almost had a heart attack and ordered like 23 pairs of earrings.  My top picks are these tassels (big surprise — $275), these embellished brass lovelies ($250), these dramatic feather-effect earrings ($225), and their mini counterparts ($125).

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Calling all glitter girls — these flats ($70) have your name all over them.  So fun for holiday parties.  Yes, I’m already thinking about those.

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Holy hell.  This cashmere wrap sweater thing from Banana ($348) is everything I’ve ever wanted.



My love for all things rose-infused has been well-documented on this blog, and I may have even featured this rose spray, but I just overheard a makeup artist RAVE about this stuff ($32).

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I have long loved the look of brass pendant lighting in a kitchen.




I had pinned these mounted pendant lights ($205) — but you can get the look for a helluva lot less with this World Market lookalike ($55!!!)

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And from home design to personal style — check out gold orbs in the fashion world in the form of these fab KJL drops ($40)!  I’m thinking I’ll wear them to an upcoming wedding.  Fab.

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Apparently Kourtney K only rocks APL brand sneakers when working out.  And I can’t totally blame her — these rose gold / lilac ones ($160) are so pretty!



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Back to School.

In Accessories, Americana, Black, Fresh Combos, Gold on August 29, 2016 at 9:57 am

I used to love going back to school, for two reasons: a) new school supplies and b) free dress day on the first day of school.  I went to Catholic school from 1st-12th grades, so “free dress days” were prized — the handful of days you could show off your personal style.  Though you’d be surprised how much personality we still managed to show in uniforms — length of skirt, footwear, compliance (or non-compliance) with school regulations (and the degree thereof), backpack, overall tidiness (generally, the sloppier the better), outerwear.  In high school, the footwear of choice was clogs (!) or some sort of lug-soled oxford you’d transformed into a mule by habitually jamming your foot into the back and wearing down the back of the shoe.  (So elegant!)  It was cool to wear boxers underneath your skirt and have the tiniest bit of hem showing, and if you skirted the standard-issue banana yellow polo/oxford by either bleaching yours to the point of unrecognizability or swapping in an illegal Polo or Lacoste brand variation, you were FRESH.  Sweatshirts from local colleges or the nearby all-boys schools were the ultimate.  (Thank God for big brothers because I definitely wasn’t cool enough to have a boyfriend in high school.  I was a late, late, late bloomer.)

So every year ’round this time of year, I get a little twinge of nostalgia.  The feeling of starting something new, of wearing something fresh, of transition.  Below, some back-to-school looks that channel the feeling of crisp, put-together, fall days.

+Ruffle blouse ($115).

+Pearl-accented flats (Nicholas Kirkwood, $550).

+Zipper-front jacket ($69).

+Krewe du Optic shades ($195).

+Bell-sleeved blouse ($102).

+Balmain skirt ($980).

+Loafers ($160).

+Sophie Hulme leather backpack (on sale for $1,057).  Guys, backpacks are it for the fall.

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+My personal favorite recent wardrobe addition ($100) — those gold buttons, though!  A fraction of the Balmain price.

+The Chanel look at a fraction of the price ($125).

+Pocket leather notebook ($60).

+Double-ball earrings (KJL, $40).

+Tie-front blouse (Frame Denim, $230 — get the look for less with this).

+Red Valentino trousers ($595).  Get the look for less with these from J.Crew.  #LOVE

+Leather backpack (Anya Hindmarch, $1,100).

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+Add some flare to your accessories with these pins ($15 each).

+Bow-front blouse ($118).

+Captoe heels ($258).

+Backpack (on sale for $149).

+Joshua Sanders varsity sneakers ($315).

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Ruffle + Stripe.

In Americana, Fresh Combos, Patterns on August 26, 2016 at 8:33 am

You probably saw this one coming based on some recent posts, but the hottest look right now are all of these striped, ruffled, frilled, cut-out-beladen tops.  And we can thank Johanna Ortiz for setting the trend here: her ruffled, be-volumed pieces have built quite the cult following.  Below, some ladies getting the look:






Get the look yourself with these picks:

+The OG — Johanna Ortiz’s top itself ($545).

+The lookalike ($52).

+Cute + frilly from TopShop ($58).

+Caroline Constas ($521).

+Asymmetrical from Zara ($35).

+Cold shouldered from TopShop ($65).

+Shoulder-tied from Pixie Market ($65).

+JCrew’s Edie ($59).

+Straightforward + affordable ($25).

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For the purists out there, a few styles in stark white:

+Frilled and cold-shouldered ($46).

+Minus the cold shoulders ($25).

+Ruffle-front ($68).

+Love the high collar ($15).


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Finally, in dress format:

+Victoria Beckham ($630).

+Asymmetrical, drop-hem from Zara ($40).

+TopShop ($90).

+Back to the OG: Johanna Ortiz ($590).

+Your basic shirtdress ($50).


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Finally, you might also like…

+This voluminous dress ($89).

+Striped + tiered from MDSStripes ($395).

+Bell sleeves from Theory ($265).

+Gingham ($395).

+And more gingham, for cheaper ($150).

+Major style + bang for your buck ($89).

+Johanna copycat ($98).

+Striped + OTS ($72).

+Bell sleeves ($55).