The Fashion Magpie Fashion

This, That, + the Other Thing: Fashion Edition.

Today, a miscellany of fashion finds I’m into ATM…

+Having a jumpsuit moment. I wish I’d gotten this hot pink ditty from Rachel Comey before it sold out in my size, but I love this army green one from VB, and Madewell always has great styles for less (also this). I like the idea of pairing these with an unexpected Hermes scarf around the neck and a designer bag (seen above) to balance out the utility vibes.

+Speaking of that Celine bag: I haven’t bought a new designer bag in awhile, but feel that now that my children are older and we are out of the baby days, I would like to have something that is somewhere between a crossbody and a tote. I think this Celine is it. Big enough for some kid diversions, a packet of wipes, etc., but small enough to look like it’s a dedicated part of my outfit. I really like it in this unusual forest green color. Then again, this gray style with the dramatic gold hardware?! Ugh. Delicious. I think I will marinate on this for awhile but may take a trip to the store to investigate size (it appears there is a smaller one, seen above, and a larger one) and color more closely. Honestly, I haven’t coveted a designer bag in awhile, but all of the sudden, I can’t stop thinking about one of these new Celine bags.

+I also want to note that there are two lovely-looking look-for-less variations on the Celine here and here. I might be inclined to swap out the straps they come with for one of these webbed ones (quality is so good for the price — I have one of these and I think the hardware looks much nicer than what you’d expect for the price). I am half inclined to buy one of these to see how I like the size/style before making the Celine plunge. Either way, a great “midway” bag for those of us between baby and big kid years. Another possible option: this ultra-chic Oroton. such a great shape and size.

+I think these boxy striped shirts are going to be a part of my new daily uniform rotation. A new silhouette for the new year. Imagine with layered gold necklaces (love this one as a starting point) and fun sneaks like these or these.

+Kule makes socks that make me so happy. I know a lot of us have talked about realizing that constant happiness is not possible but that finding small slivers or pockets of joy throughout the day is, and I don’t know what it is about a pair of happy new socks that brings me a little lift. I first discovered this with my Alo running socks. They are thick and warm and soft and come in the cheeriest colors, and I love the retro fitness Barbie vibes they serve up. Every time I look down while running, I feel the tiniest bit happier. (Also, Wahoowa.)

+Isabel Marant meets SEA at J. Crew prices. I saw this and immediately imagined a cool street style starlet picking up her children from school in it with hair loose and probably that Celine bag I mentioned over her shoulder. So cool!

+Still loving fair isle and found two great options: this pink Kitri and this brown Meadows.

+This $29 top, in the beige color, gives me Carolina Herrera energy.

+If I were pregnant, I’d be all over this dress. Would work with bump and also post-partum (buttons for nursing and a nice loose fit). Also, it looks super soft.

+The colors on these warm boots are fab. They’d totally make an outfit! They also come in a classic neutral. The minute I saw these and wanted to pair them with this fabulous dramatic puffer coat. If you waltzed by me in this look, I’d be mesmerized. Who is that woman? Such great and unusual pieces/colors.

+Adorable bi-fold wallet. Such great colors! I feel like Mark Cross is an underrated genius.

+Not fashion but have to share this random thought: I have been heavy into the “organize and purge everything” mode (ahem) and just discovered this tea bag organizer. Have I gone off the deep end or does it feel curative to imagine transferring the mish-mash of loose tea bags currently hanging out in a big zippered baggie into organized rows in this? I don’t feel the need to always move things from the boxes they came in into tidy clear bins — that feels wasteful to me at times. But here is an instance where I have tons of loose bags in a jumble…

+Also not fashion but could use some intel: is anyone passionate about a kitchen rug/runner (preferably both – we like to have one long one by the sink/dishwasher, 2×6 or 2×7 or something, and one smaller one by the stove, 2×3-ish)? We had this great pair I bought on a crazy sale at OKL that felt right out of the pages of S&L — blue and white stripes and so happy! But they are horribly stained now and cannot be laundered or cleaned. I did find this $15 one (also comes in a cute gingham) that is machine washable and very happy-looking and, at $15, would not make me feel sick if we end up ruining it. (Also, note the non-slip underside.) But the pastel colors are giving me pause — we work hard in our kitchen! And I wish it came in a matching longer runner size. Another thought would be a woven/sisal type but I’d prefer to add color! Any thoughts? Help!

P.S. Great bags for everyday adventures.

P.P.S. Under-$110 thrills.

P.P.P.S. Are you good at negotiating?

18 Comments

  1. Glad you went for the tea organizer. I bought one during 2020 lockdowns and (this is silly) but it is one of my favorite home improvements! Certainly the easiest and I use it and am glad for it every day.
    Also, check out Annie Selke for kitchen rugs. She has a lot of options to choose from, in terms of materials and colors, but I find both her cotton rugs and her indoor/outdoor material to be soft and wear really well. Also, easy to clean! You just might want a good rug pad underneath for a little cushion.

    1. V excited for my tea station upgrade. Merci! Thanks also for the nudge to look at Annie Selke! I have bought a few of her rugs and am so impressed with the quality compared to price — and such fun, colorful styles! Will take a look. Merci!!

  2. Hello again! We purchased a Ruggable runner for our kitchen, with the upgraded pad. Their patterns are more like traditional rugs, but they are washable and durable. So far, it’s been absolutely perfect. I highly recommend!

    1. I’ve been wondering about this brand — I’ve heard so much about it and it’s been so marketed to me. Thanks for the vote — will take a closer look!

      xx

  3. Always such a great round up from you, Jen! Keep us posted on your kitchen runner search. We, too, sling a lot of tomato sauce- I’ve thought about just giving up and keeping a rotating re-purchase of a Safavieh sisal runner every six months system going but that just doesn’t seem right.

    1. Hi Brianna! Thank you so much! Will absolutely keep you posted. I was just sharing some of the reader-surfaced options with Mr. Magpie and we’re intrigued by those ones from Noa/Frontgate that are sort of a padded vinyl situation. Seem sturdy and practical but attractive, too. I will keep you posted on where we land!

      xx

  4. Buy the tea bag organizer!! I have a 3 story?tier?level? one and I LOVE it. My boxes were always falling out of the cabinet, I’d forget about a certain kind, I’d run out of my favorite — no more! It’s such a nice little way to start my day. 🙂

  5. I have the larger Celine bag (the Sangle) and adore it. I have the black but my sister has the green and it’s lovely. The bag is truly a bucket so I do find myself having to dig around at the bottom but pouches help to corral things!

    1. Thank you so much for weighing in here! I’ve gotten a few notes about this bag — everyone LOVES it, but there have been quibbles…size, strap falling off shoulder, etc. Will definitely go into the store to examine more closely since I am super short and don’t want dimensions too off!

      xx

    1. +1 for House of Noa mats! Love the rug-like prints and the cushioning. We have their play mats too.

    2. Thanks so much for chiming in! I see you and Mia agree on this brand! Just sent a few links to my husband for input!!

      xx

  6. Re: kitchen runners – we have one from Food 52 that has now spread amidst our friend group. It’s more flush with the floor (less plush/rug-like, but personally, I don’t want anything thick to harbor crumbs, spills, etc. in the kitchen), but stays in place, is incredibly easy to clean, and a true workhorse. People always think we have fun tile inlaid, but instead, it’s this mat!

    https://food52.com/shop/products/4544-mediterranean-vinyl-mats

    1. Wow! Thanks for the rec! I noticed a few other recs for House of Noa below that look similar, too. Thanks for turning my head this way!

      xx

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