Saturday, January 31, 2015

{Links} January Picks

via my Instagram

Pair these amazing plaid pants with a cable knit sweater, oxford, and pearls.  Done!

A few #anthrofaves in the house: this floral flawlessness, and this elegant LBD.

The perfect way to conceal your FitBit?  Tory Burch has it.  

A tan bucket bag, because you can never have too many classics.

These intricate heels deserve a place in every closet and every heart.

This Milly confection is feathery, fringey, and full on fabulous.

Bow loafers.  Need I say more?  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fur and Flannels

Shirt: J. Crew   Vest: Banana Republic (similar)    Jeans: Hudson    
Necklace: J. Crew   Boots: Hunter     Bag: Kate Spade    Bangle: Coach

I'm loving the look of furry vests for fall and winter right now, and I've seen an array of many great outfits on Pinterest.  To my delight, I rediscovered this old Banana Republic vest from the back of my closet, and I paired it with my favorite J. Crew tartan flannel (shop this season's here).  My favorite pair of Hudson jeans and Hunter boots are both from the girls section (otherwise known as a petite girl's heaven), but you can shop the regular versions here and here, respectively.    
Plaid and vests are my go-to preppy outfit for the colder seasons!  What do you think of furry vests?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pleats, Please

Skirt: Burberry London     Top: Ted Baker    Belt: Bally    Bag: Louis Vuitton   Shoes: Kate Spade

I'm loving this Burberry pleated skirt for fall.  And how cute is the collar on this Ted Baker top?
Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!  
Shop the Burberry check kilt here:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

My Reading List


The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone {for a earth-friendly vegan lifestyle}
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Night by Elie Wiesel
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling {for a good laugh}
Style by Lauren Conrad


Vogue {for beautiful photos and fashion spreads}
Time {for the most important headlines}
InStyle {for shopping guides and the latest trends}
Entertainment Weekly {for movies, TV, music, and more}
Good Housekeeping {for the best tips ever}


A Few Extras

This article from Extra Petite was the best tip I've read in ages.
Lauren Conrad's guide to dining etiquette is a must read.
This J. Crew parody Tumblr makes me laugh to no end.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Trip to the Flower Shop

Dress: H&M    Shoes: Chanel    Necklace: Sweet & Spark     Bangle: Hermes
Bag: Kate Spade    Tote: Coach (similar)    Sunglasses: Adore (similar)    Lipstick: Stila "Ruby"

Pink peonies, polka dots, and pearls made for the perfect afternoon at the flower shop.  It's the most peaceful and gorgeous place to relax and smell the roses (pun intended).  
I'm in love with this gorgeous pearl necklace sent to me from Sweet & Spark!  It's an amazing vintage piece from the 70's.  Classic pieces like this are wearable with just about anything, from a sweater to a gown.  I paired the pearls with my favorite dress, my favorite shoes, and my favorite red lipstick.  Perfect weekend outfit achieved!

H&M Dot Dress + Chanel Cap Toe Flats + Sweet & Spark Vintage 70's pearl necklace + Hermes Clic Bangle + Kate Spade Essex + Adore Baroque Sunglasses

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Authentication Class // Longchamp Le Pliage

The Longchamp Le Pliage is one of the most popular handbags right now, and one of the most functional!  I love how the Le Pliage totes fold up, which is perfect for travelling.  I'll be using my  red Longchamp Le Pliage Medium Shopping Tote in this photographic guide to authenticating your Longchamp.

How to Tell if Your Longchamp Le Pliage is Authentic
The leather on Longchamp totes have a diamond pattern.  The diamond pattern is on all the leather used on the handbag.  The leather is a rich cognac color.
Here's a picture of the front flap.  There is a jockey logo imprinted in the leather above the snap, pointing to the left.  Older models of the Le Pliage tote have a line imprinted below the horse, but new style do not.  The gold snap should read "Longchamp 1948".  It has an engraved jockey logo in the center of the button.    
The jockey logo in the leather is visible from the inside.  It is imprinted in the leather, and you should be able to feel the indentation when you run your finger over it.  
The back of the flap is a light tan suede.  The back of the snap should read "Original PRYM 6/4B".  
 The material of the tote is a nylon.  It is matte, and is not shiny.  
 The handle is sewn onto the bag, it's in the same diamond printed leather as the flap.  The stitching on the handle and the bag should be precise and straight, not sloppy.  The color of the stitching on the bag should match the color of the bag.
The handles also have the diamond pattern, and are relatively flat.  A new tote might have stiffer handles, but an older tote's handles are soft after use.  They are stitched together with the first three stitches extra thick, as pictured.  The edge of the handles are painted black or dark brown.  
 The Longchamp totes do not have interior tags with the Longchamp logo on it, just one sheer tag in the side of the bag reading where it was made.  Longchamps are manufactured in France most commonly, but some are made in Tunisia or China.  The lining of the bag should be white if it it light or colorful, and it will be black if it is a dark color.
 At the end of the zipper, the leather flap should bear the same diamond pattern and have white stitching.  The bottom of the flap has brown stitching.  There is extra thick stitching at the end (count 6 thick stitches going across).
On the zipper itself, you can just make out the letters "YKK" and "T" engraved into the gold metal.  The zipper pull reads "Longchamp" on the top and "1948" on the bottom, with a jockey.  Older versions might read "Paris" or "France" beneath the jockey.  These old models will not have the YKK and T engravings in the zipper.
There is also a kink on the G, which distinguishes it from a C.  Fakes might read Loncchamp, not Longchamp.
 On the zipper, you can see the engraving of "45".  This might not be present on older models.
Snap buttons inside the bag have a transparent disc around them.  

Hope these tips helped out!  Check out my past Authentication Class posts here
Tote:  Longchamp

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Foggy Day Florals

Sweater: Gap    Skirt: Ted Baker (similar)    Bag: Gucci     Scarf: Burberry
Pearls: Vintage    Necklace: Max & Chloe    Shoes: Tory Burch     Bangle: Hermes

Nothing like the morning fog to make all your photos blurry...
For a day of errands and work, I paired my favorite cable knit sweater with an old floral Ted Baker skirt.  My cashmere Burberry check scarf was the perfect addition to stay cozy and add a little print.   It was early-summer hot during the week (winter weather, where are you?)  But weekend weather rolled in some light rain, which I really didn't mind.  
Hope everyone has had a lovely week!
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