Here is this week's look that I styled to wear to work. The look is a real high-low mix with items ranging from just under $20 to just under $3K. I like the mix of neutrals with just a pop of bright burgundy on the lip.
I don't know about you, but I get way too many shopping related emails. It is sometimes overwhelming to attend to them all, but I have this organizational need to keep my inbox tidy. So, I end up going through them, keeping interesting ones and discarding the others. In my most recent review, I noted a few interesting sales happening over the weekend - I guess it is kind of a holiday weekend with Columbus Day on Monday so it makes sense. Here is a list of what I found:
- Steven Alan: 20% off select styles through Friday, October 10th. Use code OCT20
- Club Monaco: Extra 30% off sale styles and extra 40% off clearance styles through Monday, October 13th. Use code FALLSALE
- Madewell: 30% off select styles through Monday, October 13th. Use code OHFALL.
- Theory: Friends & Family sale, save 25% off through Monday, October 13th. Use code THEORYFF2014
- Helmut Lang: Friends shop 25% off through Monday, October 13th. Use code HL25FW14
- Barney's Warehouse: Extra 30% off select styles and extra 40% off clearance styles through Monday, October 13th
- J.Crew Factory: 50% off women's and men's styles and 40% off girls and boys styles through Sunday, October 12th
- (Malin + Goetz): Free shipping through Monday, October 13th. Use code SOAP14
Steven Alan is a well-curated boutique filled with pieces that walk the line between classic and modern. It is a gamine style dream! The shop features a range of items including clothing, shoes, bags, and jewelry, from select designers including the in-house line. This is a place where you can go to get quality, everyday pieces with beautiful details, like an embroidered top or simple elegance, like a turquoise ring. It is this combination that speaks to gamine style: quality, every day, beautiful detail, and simple elegance. There are 20 boutiques in the US, a showroom run by Steven Alan, and the in-house line is sold in over 200 stores worldwide.
These images are from the Boston outpost. The visual merchandising in the boutiques is brilliant! Whomever Steven Alan employs to do their visual merchandising excels at creating an airy, open concept. There is a light, spacious feel to the boutiques, and it is felt from these images. I am also biased to the image above because it features my beloved CV simple tote. It is practical yet luxurious, and it is striped! That was a great purchase and so gamine.
Ballet flats are a year round staple in many wardrobes. I love the ease of this look and the casual elegance that ballet flat brings to it. It would be perfect for a weekend day outing with friends, perhaps to brunch or shopping. As the weather chills, you could change it up a bit with dark tights and ankle boots, like the model. You could also add a navy pea coat for extra warmth.
What I love about the particular ballet flats shown above is that they remind me of my first pair of ballet flats that I got with my mother during a visit to see family in France. I remember being fascinated by the little heel, comforted by the smooth, supple leather, and delighted by the resemblance to my ballet slippers. I wore them with everything! It goes to show that a classic never goes out of style.
Rag & bone shot their FW15 campaign with Winona Ryder in Coney Island, NY. I love the candid shots and, it turns out, that the campaign was shot this way on purpose - allowing Winona to behave as she naturally would. The images have that cool, urban feel that reminds me of rag & bone and Winona looks beautiful. Winona forever, pretty much sums it up.
The FW2014 runway show featured a few stand out pieces that were embroidered with the names of the models who wore them on the catwalk. These are the items of the season from the rag & bone show.
For the remainder of the month of September, select rag & bone boutiques will be offering customization of the pieces seen on the runway plus a hoodie they added to the line up. You can get more information on getting an item customized here.
As I contemplated the chances of my dream color not coming true, I reflected on what I could take from this exercise, if not a win. The voting process was intense, so it was a real possibility. The thing that I arrived at was gratitude. It all clicked. Even if I did not win, the voting process showed me that I had the support of many people. I was floored by how many people showed up for me. I was genuinely touched by the outpour of positivity, well wishes, and desire to assist me to reach my goal. It was and is inspiring.
I am thrilled to say that we did it! My dream color will be made in collaboration with Rescue Beauty Lounge for The Fan Collection 3.0 along with six other sure to be beautiful colors. There is no way that it all could have happened without all the people who rallied for me. I am filled with gratitude, and I will cherish this feeling. Many thanks to everyone for their support!
This morning I was thrilled to discover that my submission for the Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 3 was selected as a finalist! I recall my reaction as jumping up, yelling out YAY! So proceeding to jump around my kitchen. I have been a fan of Rescue Beauty Lounge, Ji Baek, and her beautiful polish creations for years - dating back to my trips to the lounge and falling hard for Grunge.
Ji now focuses her time strictly on color mixing and has a loyal fan base, called ReBeLs. Isn't that a fun name! In her color mixing, she has taken on helping to make some lucky ReBeLs' polish vision come true via a series of fan collections. In each collection, Ji and her team accept submissions and sort through them to select finalists. Once finalists are selected, they are announced via her blog and social media platforms. Then voting begins. After the vote, the submissions with the most votes are made for distribution on the Rescue Beauty Lounge site.
The Fan Collection 3 has 14 finalists; I am finalist #3. Per Ji's blog post "the 48-hour voting event on Monday 9/15th and it will end Wednesday 9/17th noon EST. Each ip address is eligible for one vote ... the top six winning colors will be produced."
Here is my inspiration board for my color submission. Its working name is Tarocco. The description is as follows:
The color I crave is a juicy jelly a la Starfish Patrick with a bright burgundy base. It is luminous like Poco a Poco, illuminated by a soft, peached pink glow and subtle flashes of orange. The color is vibrant, bold, and spirited. At once bright and sparkling and mysterious and dark.
I cannot express how honored I am to be selected as a finalist to have my dream nail polish created by Ji and, if I am lucky, it just may happen! Read more about the other finalists here.
Recently, T magazine published this article about the return of the flat. It is an enjoyable read, arguing that the modern woman now finds confidence via a flat shoe instead of only through a high heel. In a cute illustration, it shows about ten women in fashion seated presumably at a fashion show, in their signature looks which include flats.
Flats, specifically ballet flats, are a mainstay of the gamine wardrobe and shoe game. They maintain a simple, feminine, youthful allure that is necessary for the overall gamine look. They provide a girly, grounded aspect to the overall look. Ballet flats can be worn with a variety of items ranging from cropped pants to minidresses. A person pursuing gamine style would choose the ballet flat even for a formal look opposed to a stiletto heel (think Sophia Coppola at an awards show).
I have been fond of flats for years. In fact, there was a time a few years back when I swore off heels altogether, strictly wearing flats for work, play, and in between. Now, I still have love for the flat and keep a pair in my wardrobe. I integrate my flats with other styles, like a conservative heel (like 2") to a high heel (for me at ~4"). However, if I am honest with myself I will admit that I am a flats girl too.
When I saw this necklace on the j. crew website, I was immediately smitten. It has a simple, yet unique hook closure. The closure can be worn in the front or back to change it up. There are hinges on both sides that make it easy to take on and off. Best of all, this necklace will add an elegant touch to even your most casual of outfits. I'll be wearing mine with grey tee shirts, as well as silky blouses.