Loving This Week: Chic Gingham + Leather Flats Under $65

Monday, March 02, 2015 • Permalink • 

Trademark Dress - Gap Handbag - MS by Martine Sitbon Handbag - Everlane Cardigan - Sole Society Flats

I was so close to giving up on spring’s big gingham trend. I could not find a single item that didn’t feel like a costume to me. Until this week. Yes, someone actually created chic gingham. I’m in awe.

I’m also mulling a pair of super inexpensive shoes that, surprisingly, don’t have an equal amongst my go-to luxury shoe brands. Gorgeous, cheap shoes that aren’t a knock-off? Unbelievable.

Check out all of the items from my online shopping cart this week…

1. Trademark Henley Dress, $598.00
Gingham prints are the one spring 2015 trend I’m having the hardest time getting behind. The pieces I’ve run into so far feel too precious for my taste, in a Dorothy from Wizard of Oz kind of way. But, this Trademark dress feels chic. Grown up. Modern. All adjectives we rarely associate with gingham. It’s a perfect take on the trend for us gingham-phobes.

3 Ultra-Modern Ways to Wear a Jumpsuit

Thursday, February 26, 2015 • Permalink • 

--By Kim Moshtaghi

I am so ecstatic that the jumpsuit is back in fashion. Whenever I see the trend resurfacing, I feel compelled to write about it.

In the past I only featured jumpsuits for the gal who has a longer torso and legs. Now more options exist for every gal, especially when paired with certain blazers that help tweak the look.

Overall, I think jumpsuits are as easy to throw on as a dress. But, jumpsuits will give you a different, empowering, sexy feel. However, I must state that wearing jumpsuits without heels is rarely an option. Check out some of my finds and surely you’ll migrate to one of these cute options.

My first feature is a nice example of how color blocking instantly glamorizes a look. This V-neckline long sleeve jumpsuit is a classic. The color blocking is along the sides with the black and white, and also along the black and yellowish color on the arms. I love the pockets and the ability to play with this look by adding a bold necklace as an accent piece, or try the teased combed hair with fabulous chandelier earrings.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Katharine Color-Blocked Jumpsuit

→ Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA Katharine Color-Blocked Jumpsuit, $268.00, at bcbg.com.

6 Relaxed Minimalist Finds from Aritzia

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 • Permalink • 

Minimalist clothing finds from Aritzia

Do you shop at Aritzia? I hadn’t until just recently and, if I’m being honest, it’s because I had Aritzia all wrong. My bad.

Prior to this week, my limited exposure to the 30-year-old Vancouver-based boutique chain consisted of walking by the store in my local mall. I was under the impression it was more of a fast fashion shop, in the same league with Forever 21 or the fleet of strangely named “cheapie” shops that tend to pop up in malls. I was wrong.

Turns out Aritzia is more like a Euro-minimalist version of Anthropologie: a selection of high-quality house labels mixed with the occasional complementary contemporary brand. Plus, their online shopping experience is fabulously intuitive and detail-oriented. I’m a fan.

Which is all to say that I’m continuing my quest for affordable minimalist pieces in unexpected places with Aritzia, the mall store you never knew you loved. Check out my favorite finds…

1. Citizens of Humanity Corey Bourbon Jeans, $248.00
One of the few non-exclusive labels to grace the Aritzia e-racks is modern denim favorite Citizens of Humanity. The selection ranges from perfectly proportioned skinnies to these artfully distressed slim boyfriend jeans. I’d wear them with super pointy flats and a tee for a downtown take on the French Vogue-ette vibe.

Top 10 Chic Contemporary Sneakers for Spring

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 • Permalink • 

I don’t understand when stores group together minimally related pieces to create a story. The concept is good in the abstract, but rarely comes across as inspiring. But, unsurprisingly, Nordstrom gets it right more often than not.

Just this week Nordstrom pulled together fashion sneakers from high-end contemporary and designer labels to create a grouping of 132 ultra-chic sneaks, each one of which is more fabulous than the next. Not only did the theme make me want to buy every pair – so, clearly it served their retail purposes – it also got me excited for the next wave of last year’s skater sneaker craze.

I carefully sorted through the offerings and pulled out my top ten picks. Remember, Nordstrom offers free shipping and returns, so you get a bit of a break to offset the cost of a big name label pick. Let me know what you think…

The woven leather effect on these sneakers is second only to the three-strip Velcro closure in terms of uniqueness. They’re also available in black woven and natural canvas.

Rag and Bone Kent Low Top Sneaker

→ Buy the Rag & Bone Kent Low Top Sneaker, $395.00

These laid-back black leather sneakers get a punch from studs and white leather details.

Saint Laurent Studded Skate Slip-On Sneaker

→ Buy the Saint Laurent Studded Skate Slip-On Sneaker, $895.00

Loving This Week: Desert Floral Print Dress + Chic Zara Coats

Monday, February 23, 2015 • Permalink • 

Tracy Reese Dress - Zara Wrap Coat - Maison Scotch Lingerie - Zara Boucle Coat - Felicity and Coco Dress

I don’t wear a lot of bright color. Or prints. So imagine my surprise when my favorite shopping find of the week is a very colorful desert floral print dress. I’m still in shock, but I just can’t shake my love for this dress.

Don’t worry, the rest of my favorites, while demonstrating marginally more color that my usual picks, fit nicely in a modern minimalist wardrobe. I didn’t go completely crazy on you. Check out what’s hanging out in my online shopping cart this week…

1. Tracy Reese Cactus Flower Print Stretch Crepe Dress, $348.00
Floral prints are huge for spring, but I can’t stomach a traditional flower motif. Enter this unconventional dress, which features desert flowers in an earthy color palette of mustard, ochre, grape, and several shades of green. This is my kind of floral. And then there’s that unexpected black mesh back. Yep, Tracy Reese managed to combine the sporty and floral trends into one piece. Amazing.