Springing forward

New bag and shoes, and I am feeling all set for spring this week!

This new take on the classic Coach signature feels fresh and fun.  It is the perfect little camera bag for running around on weekends, and Keith Haring’s adorable little alien/robot is the sweetest touch.  Stuart Vevers’ take on Americana over at Coach has been overall quite successful so far, and with logo prints re-emerging in a big way (see Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, and MCM as well as Coach), this bag feels somehow retro and current all at once.  Flashbacks to my very first Coach bag in college, in the best way.

Loafers are still going strong, thanks to mastermind Alessandro Michele at Gucci.  This white pair from Everlane had me at hello, with the tassels and kiltie detailing.  Work or weekend, these will be in heavy rotation for me this spring.  The mule silhouette keeps it modern, they’re comfortable, and very well made — especially for the price point.  Size up a half size as recommended, and you’ll be set.

I’m dreading the time change this weekend (hello, one less hour of sleep), but I suppose if nothing else I’ll feel cute and ready for spring once I drag myself out of bed and get going.  And in the meantime, happy Friday!

Coach x Keith Haring camera bag  Everlane tassel loafer mule

 

 

Marquise, if you please

For some reason marquise-cut stones have never been a favorite of mine, and yet in the right context, they can be truly stunning.  I realized the two rings I most want to wear of late are both marquise-esque, so here is a roundup of what I’m wearing, and what I wouldn’t mind wearing.

I love the playful asymmetry of this Alexis Bittar Fine ring: a gold marquise-ish center embellishment echoes the horizontal stone set off-center.  The David Yurman ring, on the other hand (ha! hand) is a much more classic option.  I think the bezel setting and the two-tone element make it modern, and I like the clean look.  These are on heavy rotation lately.

I do like a good stacking ring, and this sideways diamond ring from jlmetalsmith’s Etsy shop I think is just perfection, with it’s diminutive size and delicate gold setting.  The horizontal setting is a fun twist.  I also love this one from MinimalVS on Etsy.  It is even teenier and the bead detail on the band is adorable.  I would not mind either of these making the leap into my jewelry box.

james_allen_marquise_band

Lastly, this sapphire and diamond band from James Allen was a tenth anniversary gift, and I love wearing it stacked with my wedding rings.  Classic, but a little unconventional with the blue.

Bonus: you can envision yourself as a noble marquise or marchioness for the day wearing their namesake cut, even if you’re wearing your baubles with sweatpants while watching Netflix!  Glass of wine encouraged, but not required.

Bombs away!

Lucky for me, I live in Southern California, so while most of the country is bundled up right now, our “winter” is just cold enough to have me reaching for a jacket in the mornings and evenings.  Currently my favorite thing is a bomber jacket to throw on over just about anything.  Jeans and sneakers on the weekend, with slacks or a pencil skirt during the week, with a classic tee or a slouchy sweater, the bomber is a versatile piece that can take you through spring and beyond.  A few of my favorites:

I have this beautiful Stella McCartney number, and while splurge-y, it is so comfortable and beautiful that I reach for it at least a couple times a week.

This limited edition NASA-themed wool and leather bomber from Coach made my heart flutter the minute I saw it when I was in New York last year.  I resisted initially — but it came home with me less than two weeks later.  I caved, and have not regretted it for a minute.  It’s a slightly warmer option, and has such a great attention to detail.  Also I find the “Space Cadet” double-entendre quite amusing!

The color combo on this satin Gap bomber had me at “hello.”  Also with their frequent promo codes and the current sale price, it is such a steal!  It feels great on and is surprisingly versatile, but if you’re color-averse, it also comes in a very fetching all-black option.

If you’re looking for a warmer option, I love the burgundy velvet on this Andrew Marc bomber from Nordstrom.  It has a down and feather fill, but is also still nicely sleek.  I’d love to curl up in this one.  Or, you know, run errands.

For spring I have my eye on this beautiful vanilla-colored bomber from the Gap.  It is water resistant sateen (great if you live someplace rainier than I), and it seems like a great transitional piece.  If you’re like me and spill things occasionally, the not-quite-navy blue is also a lovely option.

Happy Friday and happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

Oooh, shiny…

Some high/low jewelry picks that I can’t stop thinking about:

margaret ring

This Margaret ring from Of A Kind is just perfection.  I love the oblong shape that is not quite a sunburst, not quite an evil eye, not quite a signet ring.  I think it would work especially well on one’s index finger.  Gorgeous.

Esme drop earrings

On the other end of the price spectrum, these petite drop earrings from Anthropologie are darling.  They have a bit of a Deco vibe and I love the mix of colors and cuts to the stones.  Fancy enough for date night, but easy to throw on for everyday.

While I dream of that lovely ring, perhaps those earrings can come home with me?