5 Must-Have Shoes from the & Other Stories US Launch

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 • Permalink • 

In case you missed the big online shopping news last week, much-loved Swedish retailer & Other Stories finally launched their US online store. Fashionistas coast-to-coast rejoiced. This store is a treasure trove of mid-priced style finds that look super high-fashion.

Honestly, I’d have zero problem replacing my entire wardrobe with finds from & Other Stories. Their selection is that fabulous. But, in the interest of creating useful post, I narrowed my focus to shoes. Gorgeous, wonderful shoes. I carefully reviewed the 150+ pair currently available on the new US-facing site. Here are my top picks…

The reptile texture on these leather flats is heavy on the white detail, which is fairly unique among faux reptile finishes. I like that. If you are going to emboss leather, go for a reptile that doesn’t exist in real life.

& Other Stories Anaconda Slippers

→ Buy the & Other Stories Anaconda Slippers, $120.00, at stories.com.

Loving This Week: Designer Bag Deals + Clinique Free GWP

Monday, October 20, 2014 • Permalink • 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag - Rebecca Taylor Blouse - Prada Handbag - Clinique Free GWP - Hayden Cashmere Sweater

The Saks Fifth Avenue online outlet just got a fresh shipment of handbags from the Saks stores, resulting in some pretty great deals on high end bags. I found two classic shapes that turned my head.

In other department store news, it’s Clinique free gift with purchase time at Macy’s. I’m not a huge Clinique fan, but their free gifts are some of the best in the business thanks to generous use of full-size products. I can usually find something I need that will net me the gift, which means brand new free eyeshadow, blush, mascara, and more.

Here’s what’s floating around in my online shopping cart this week…

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Globetrotter Calamity Satchel, $265.99 (was $498.00)
This pebbled leather satchel is one of my favorite sale finds this week. It’s a roomy black leather bag, in a classic shape, with nicely restrained use of gold hardware. Everything about this handbag screams “your new favorite workday bag.”

New Label Love: PB 0110 Does Luxe Ultra-Minimalist Handbags

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 • Permalink • 

While I often discover new clothing labels by floating around my favorite indie-friendly sites, it’s rare that I discover new handbag labels. But, this week I learned about PB 0110, a line of luxurious handbags and accessories crafted in an ultra-minimalist style. No obvious branding or superfluous detail here – just gorgeous design.

PB 0110, first presented in 2013, is the work of designer Philipp Bree. The Bree name may sound familiar to world travelers. Philipp Bree’s family brand – Bree – is a prominent maker of handbags, luggage, and leather goods in Germany. Philipp left day-to-day involvement in the company in 2012 to focus on his own label.

In creating the PB 0110 brand, Philipp Bree chose to focus on natural, vegetable-tanned leather, pure linen, and brass. The idea is that these particular materials become even more beautiful over time. The bags and accessories are then crafted by European manufacturers selected for their skill in processing high quality materials. The result? Truly timeless bags that just keep getting better.

Check out some of my favorite PB 0110 finds…

This structured tote is the absolute ideal bag to complement a minimalist wardrobe. I love that it’s a mere 3.25” deep – the proportion sets off the 15.5” height perfectly – and that the adjustable strap becomes part of the design detail. Stunning.

PB 0110 Black Structured Leather Tote

→ Buy the PB 0110 Black Structured Leather Tote, $810.00, at ssense.com.

Loving This Week: Bargain Chunky Cardigan + Scarf Splurge

Monday, October 13, 2014 • Permalink • 

Uniqlo Ultra Stretch Jeans - Taiana Scarves - Sephora Favorites Superstars - Zara Cardigan - COS Cardigan

I inadvertently cover both ends of the fashion value spectrum this week by featuring a cardigan that looks much more expensive than it really is and a scarf that, while super chic, is a super splurge. In the middle, a few fall finds that will add lots of fun, but won’t drain your bank account.

Check out what’s lurking in my online shopping cart this week…

1. Uniqlo Ultra Stretch Ankle Length Jeans, $39.90
I’ve covered my unabashed love for Uniqlo’s bargain-priced Ultra Stretch jeans in detail in this blog. They are one of the best fashion values on the market, and I own them in literally every color. Uniqlo has recently expanded the Ultra Stretch line to include high-waist and ankle-length versions. I’ve been waiting to buy until I could see them in person, which I accomplished this past weekend. The ankle-length fit is available in the same versatile denim shades as the original, with the exact same body-loving stretch fit, just a slightly shorter inseam. They’re perfect for showing off shoes, or just creating a different silhouette. I’ll be wearing them with chunky sweaters and booties this fall.

Kim Picks Go-To Skincare and Makeup Products

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 • Permalink • 

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Since I get a lot of questions about my go-to products, I decided to feature several products I cannot live without. I think every woman should have her own classic items that make her feel comfortable and will enhance her appearance. Today, I decided to feature my sunscreen, my under eye cream, my mascara, and my eye shadow.

Sunscreen is my must have daily product. This EltaMD sheer, paraben-free sunscreen is amazing. It’s very light and doesn’t feel heavy on my face. It’s got a high zinc oxide content, which helps keep your skin safe from ultraviolet radiation without clogging your pores. I put on a quarter size amount of this on my face, neck, and chest after I wash my face in order to keep it a habit.

EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46

→ Buy the EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46, $25.21, at amazon.com.

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