Want. Need. Must have. {Christmas list edition}

christmas wish list

I never got around to putting together a gift guide this year (I blame it on the baby), but I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve got on my own wish list. If you don’t know me personally, I am pretty much like a child when it comes to gifts — I love giving them and I love getting them. #sorrynotsorry

First up is the L.L.Bean Ultrawarm Coat. I have a similar coat that I got on Ideel several years ago, but I’ve worn it to death and it’s definitely not the same quality as Bean’s. I posted back in September about my love for beautiful coats, but when it’s freezing outside and I’m just going to and from work or running errands, I’m more interested in whatever keeps me the warmest.

I’ve got a couple of Everlane items on my list: the Drape Tank and the French Terry. The tank would be a great layering piece for under my many open cardigans — not too clingy around my post-baby body. And the sweatshirt looks like comfy, but not sloppy. Perfect weekend wear.

My stylist recommended Denman brushes to me as a MUCH MUCH cheaper alternative to a Mason Pearson brush, which I was considering splurging on. She likes the combination nylon/boar bristle versions, so I’m going to give it a shot.

While wandering through Nordstrom recently, I came across the Barefoot Dreams ‘Bamboo Chic’ Drape Front Cardigan. I’m not sure what drew me to it, but I reached out and felt one of the most luxurious fabrics I’ve ever felt. Soft doesn’t really do it justice. This was in the lingerie section near the robes, so it’s intended to be lounge wear, but I think if I get one I might never take it off.

I wear a lot more yellow gold jewelry these days, so I’m in need of a gold-tone watch to go along with it (not that I’m opposed to mixing metals in some cases). This Kate Spade Gramercy watch is big, which I like, without being too heavy.

What are you hoping to see under the tree (or next to the menorah) this year?

{Shop the trend} Pantone 2015 Color of the Year

After a few years of bright and bold colors of the year like Radiant Orchid, Emerald, Tangerine Tango, Honeysuckle and Turquoise, Pantone has gone in what feels like a more grown up direction for 2015 with Marsala, a deep reddish-brown wine shade.

I’ve pulled together some items that are pretty close in color to marsala. What do you think — will you be rocking this shade? Even though it’s technically part of the trend forecast for spring 2015, I think it’s perfect for this winter (and more of a winter color than a spring color).

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Cargo // Tinley Road // Three Dots // Wilt // Joe’s Jeans // Myne

{Sale alert} Get your Cyber Monday on!

Happy Cyber Monday, a.k.a. one of the least productive work days of the year. I can’t say that Cyber Monday has quite the same appeal this year, as it seems that every retailer is extending these sales for more than one day, but there’s no doubt that there are deals to be had. I’ve pulled together a bunch of things I’m loving that are all on sale (at least for) today. I’m trying not to shop for myself less than a month before Christmas, but it’s hard!

Happy shopping!

Hello, world!

After a long nine months Audrey Grace made her appearance a week and a half ago. Her daddy, big brother and I are all thrilled to have her here (and I’m thrilled to not be pregnant any more!). We’re settling into life as a family of four, but I’ll be back to blogging soon! In the meantime, here are a few pictures of our little lady :)

{Sale alert} Shopbop friends and family is here!

Just yesterday I mentioned that Shopbop is one of my great shopping loves, and today they have rewarded me with their Friends & Family sale! Today through Thursday (10/14-10/16), take 25 percent off sitewide (with a few designer exclusions) with code FAMILY25. And if you’ve got any men to shop for, the code is good on Shopbop’s sister (brother?) site East Dane.

Because I’m nothing if not generous, I’ve taken the time to pull out some of my favorite picks, some of which are in my shopping cart as we speak.

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Happy shopping, and let me know if you buy anything!

What’s new in my closet

Since I’m pretty inconsistent with my OOTD posts, I thought I’d start periodically sharing the new things that I’ve added to my wardrobe. That will tell the story of my style better than the occasional outfit posts.

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{one} I included this Chelsea28 coat in my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks, and it ended up being my favorite piece from everything that I ordered. I know that the very low neckline might not be the most practical for winter and that the plaid isn’t the most versatile, but I don’t care. and I CAN’T WAIT to wear it.

{two} I really really really don’t need any new costume jewelry, but when a friend is hosting a Stella & Dot party, I can’t walk away empty-handed. I picked up this pretty ikat scarf that will make a nice addition to my collection. Other than my Theodora & Callum scarf (which is more red than pink) I don’t have any in the pink family, so I’m looking forward to wearing this one in the fall.

{three} Two of my biggest shopping loves are Rebecca Minkoff and Shopbop, so when they combined the two together in this “Shopbop Fund” pouch, there was no way I could resist. Not my most logical purchase, as I already have another RM pouch in the same size, but sometimes logic doesn’t come into play when it comes to fashion.

{four and five} I’m really sick of a vast majority of my shoes. Part of it is that a lot of them are really old (and some pretty worn), and part is that they just don’t represent my lifestyle anymore. I have this great shelf setup in my closet that showcases all sorts of cute heels….which I never wear. Instead, it’s my flats that get pulled out 90 percent of the time. So, I decided it was time to refresh a bit, especially since I’m limited in my fall fashion purchases this year. I picked up these Report Signature pointy toe flats and the French Sole ‘Stella’ loafers from Nordstrom and I’m in love with both. The Report flats are the most gorgeous shade of blue and shockingly comfortable, thanks to a soft suede upper and the tiniest of heels. And walking in the French Sole loafers is pretty much like wearing slippers. They’re definitely pricey, but I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of them, both during maternity leave and when I’m back at work.

Next up on my shopping list is a new open cardigan or two for winter. I’m thinking styles like the Tildon sweater I featured last week — the kind of thing that you can throw on over anything and feel cozy.

The Third Annual “I Hate Wool And Cashmere” Shopping List

It’s a bad time of year to have sensitive skin. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might know that I am completely intolerant of both wool and cashmere, no matter how high quality and soft the fabrics might be. Every year I find myself trying on at least one gorgeous sweater, telling myself that this will be the year I can handle it…but I can’t. If you’ve got the same issue, you know how hard it is to find nice fall/winter pieces that don’t contain at least some of these fabrics that make me want to scratch my skin off. So, for the third year, I’ve pulled together my “I Hate Wool and Cashmere” shopping list. I focused on pieces that first and foremost I loved visually, and things that should be decent quality. I’m certainly not going to recommend that you go buy a $20 acrylic sweater that will pill beyond recognition after a few washes.

So, without further adieu…

sweaters

525 America Hi Lo Turtleneck Sweater // Glamorous Slouchy Boyfriend Sweater // Splendid Open Cardigan // Madewell Tracklist Side-Zip Pullover // Two by Vince Camuto Saturday Sweater // Tildon Fuzzy Cardigan // Anthropologie Sabine Pullover

More finds below (some of which are really closer to sweatshirts than sweaters, but they achieve the same purpose):

 

If you’ve found any great non-itchy sweaters, leave a comment with a link!

Sneak peek at baby girl’s wardrobe

In case you’re not counting down like I am, baby girl is due to make her arrival in less than three weeks. So, as you can imagine, my life is fairly consumed with baby prep — packing the hospital bag, putting finishing touches on her room, washing and arranging her many adorable clothes, etc. Since my life is all baby all the time right now, I thought I’d share some of that with you. Fear not, as I promised before D was born, this will not turn into a mommy/baby blog — but this is just where I’m at right now!

Anyway, shopping for girly things is fun and dangerous (for my checkbook) — much more so than boy stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found some ADORABLE things for the little man, but the selection is just so much more limited. Below are a few of my favorite things that are already in the baby’s closet, for those of you who are interested in that kind of thing!

baby girl

Marimekko // Gap // Hudson // Ugg // Etsy // Gap // Children’s Place // Carter’s

Let me know if you have any favorite sources for cute kids clothes that you want to share!

Want. Need. Must have.

Sweatshirt materials, long-sleeved blouses, jeweltone bags….FALL IS HERE, PEOPLE! I almost don’t want to say it out loud (or type it), but we are having some glorious fall weather here in the Philly area. The kind of weather that makes you pull out a light jacket, but is warm enough to spend time outside in the afternoon, and then requires bundling up under a blanket at night. At eight and a half months pregnant (!!), I’m more than happy for the heat to be gone, seeing as I have a built-in heating system right now.

Anyway, I’m still not doing a lot of shopping for myself since this fall will be largely spent at home on maternity leave, but it’s really hard because I love love love everything fall fashion.

For instance…

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{one} Tell me that this Kate Spade Saturday “sweatshift” dress doesn’t look like the comfiest thing you’ve ever seen outside of maybe flannel pajamas? Super basic, but would look great with leggings and boots and a fun chunky necklace.

{two} This Rebecca Minkoff Spike Ring Pendant would be a great layering necklace with a shorter piece, and I like that it’s a little bit edgy without being too punk rock for me to be able to pull off.

{three} The first thing I’m going to do when I’m back to some reasonable pre-pregnancy size is a major shopping spree at Everlane. This Silk Pocket Blouse is one of their new pieces, and I think it’s a great dress up for work/dress down for the weekends kind of top. (Plus, front buttons mean easy access for nursing/pumping. The realities of my life.)

{four} I don’t know how it’s possible that I don’t own a single Marc by Marc Jacobs bag because I’m always drooling over them, but it’s true. This ‘Washed Up – Billy’ Hobo looks like the perfect size, and I like the slightly-but-not-too-structured shape of it. And of course that blue is a fabulous color.

{five} And because I didn’t have enough Rebecca Minkoff styles to obsess over, she had to go and come out with the Bowery Crossbody, which I now need to own immediately. The front has the same look as the MAC clutch that I own several of, but it’s got a flap closure and that super ladylike handle that changes the look. Darn you, Rebecca Minkoff!

Have a great weekend, and happy shopping!

When did I become a coat person?

For years (as in, several), my primary winter coat was a very basic gray peacoat from…wait for it…Costco. Let me tell you, I wore that thing into the ground, and never had any issue with the name on the tag (I don’t even remember what the brand was, to be honest). To me, coats have really been more utilitarian than anything else. But sometime in the past year, that seems to have changed, because I CAN’T STOP OBSESSING OVER GORGEOUS COATS.

Last Christmas, I got this really pretty raspberry colored wrap coat from Banana Republic that I got tons of compliments on. This year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I picked up an awesome oversized plaid coat that I’m absolutely dying to wear. But apparently that’s not enough, even though I also have several older coats in my closet and have zero need for any more — that’s not stopping me from swooning over new coats pretty much every day.

If you’d like to swoon with me, I’ve put together a collection of some of the beautiful coats that I can’t stop staring at.


Gorgeous, am I right?