Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I've been doing my due diligence as an aficionado of pretty-things, and I just wanted to share with you the heartbreakingly lovely and totally budget-busting beauties I discovered this weekend, while "researching" my recent Kate Spade obsession.
I tweeted this outfit Saturday night, for those of you who follow me on twitter, and oh, be still my heart! I put it on, and I really didn't want to take it off. It was one of those moments, when it's so perfect, you want to wear it home, the way you used to wear home new shoes from the store when you were a kid. I totally and completely big-red-puffy-heart this sweater and skirt. I'm wearing the Kati Beaded Cardigan in an XS. The cardigan is a cotton/silk/cashmere blend (this is a hand-wash item), making it soft and comfy (feels more like cotton than cashmere, but in a good way). There are small fabric flowers with tiny bead centers strewn over the upper half of the sweater, up to the shoulders. In the photos, the flowers look very white, but in person, they're more of an ivory color. The sleeves are a three-quarter length and the sweater is cut to follow the lines of your body - fitted, without being in any way tight or too huggy, if that makes sense.
I tried on the Lillith Stripe Skirt in a size 2. It fit me comfortably, and as you can see in the photo below, I was able to tuck the sweater into the skirt, with little difficulty. The skirt is made of a very sturdy linen/cotton blend, with a distinctly A-line shape. It sat at my natural waist and lengthwise, hit right below my knee. It's got a side zip, on-seam pockets, and comes with a patent black skinny belt. This item is dry-clean only.
I can only reiterate and confirm my true, deep, and intentional love for this outfit. Absolutely and most definitely wishlisted.
Detail shot of the skirt's waistband and included black patent belt.
Here's the Two by Two Dana Dress, which I've been going on about over the last couple of weeks. I'm wearing the dress in an XS, which had to come off the mannequin in the window. On the hanger, it's not all that impressive, as it's cut straight, like a sheath, and the button placket doesn't run the length of the dress - rather, it's only three-buttons long, sort of like the placket of a polo shirt. The dress is a pull-on style, and has a self tie-belt, with no pockets. The sleeve comes rolled/cuffed, with a little gold button, fastening it. It's 100% linen, and lined in cotton. The skirt is a bit on the shorter side, hitting a couple inches above my knee. Still, it felt fairly modest, and I think I could probably wear it into the office, if I'm wearing flats. I liked the dress much more once it was on me, and just loved it, when I paired it with my Jackie Cardigan (from J. Crew), which you can see in the photo below. Totally wishlisted as well:
The dress paired with my lime green Jackie Cardigan from J. Crew (color from a couple years ago). LOVE!
I've never actually purchased any Kate Spade apparel before - I've had wallets and a handbag, but that's been the extent of my purchases from this line. I think, though, before the season is out, I may need to add some of Ms. Spade's collection to my closet. These are the types of pieces that I've been missing from Anthro this past year, and hope to see more of, as the year continues.
Oh, and speaking of Anthropologie, don't forget to RSVP if you're planning to attend the shopping event, here in San Diego, next Sunday from 5-7 PM. Email me at carol.prettythings [at] gmail.com and let me know if you're coming, who you're bringing with you (if you are) and whether you want to join us for dinner afterwards. We're so excited and so looking forward to meeting some of you! We really hope you can make it!
Hope you have a great weekend, and as always, thanks for reading!