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Sooooo...because I've got some Nordstrom Notes burning a hole in my pocket, and well, despite the fact that I've told myself repeatedly that I don't need any new clothes right now, I have a few items on my personal Nordstrom wishlist that
(Which is tomorrow, by the way. Gah! Too soon, too soon!)
Tory Burch Wide Leg Jeans:
Kelly (McPheters, my Nordstrom Personal Stylist) showed me these Tory Burch Wide Leg Jeans, and I love them! The pair I tried on in store (see photos below) were a size too big - I plan to order these in a size 26 - and they'll definitely need to be hemmed. While they're just called, "wide-leg jeans," they're really much more like denim trousers with their dark rinse and welt pockets on the front and back. The wide leg fell nicely from the hips, without making me feel...wide (I've had this problem with wide-leg denim before) and I really loved the little added detail of the gold Tory Burch logo-stamped button. Anyway, these will work beautifully as a replacement for my old pair of Gap wide-leg denim trousers from a few years back, that have seen better days, and will be suitable for work as well.
Hinge is a private-label brand for Nordstrom, and of the several company-owned brands, it definitely stands out as a favorite for me. I really enjoy its casual, contemporary feel and appreciate it's fairly reasonable price points (which become entirely reasonable, once on sale). This drapey little jacket caught my eye when I walked past it in the store, and I decided to give it a try. Here, I'm wearing an XS, and while it tends towards the voluminous (as dolman-sleeved tops do), I thought I could still make it work. It'd make a great alternate to cardigan sweaters, in my closet - I like it with denim, as pictured above, and it'd probably be super cute belted over skirts as well. Other Hinge items which I didn't have enough time to try on, but are definitely on my radar: Hinge Surplice Top (so pretty!), the Hinge Tie-Front Tank (great layering piece, or as-is for warmer temps), and the Hinge Cowl-Neck Cape Tee (cute! want!).
Leith Pleated Washed Silk Blouse:
Can I have this blouse, please? I tried on this Leith blouse in the XS, and oh my goodness, I love everything about it. I love the demure Peter Pan collar. I love the pleats down the front that lend that slightly-precious collar some elegance. I love the substantial matte silk and the short exposed zipper in the back (see the product shot for back detail - on the ivory color, I think I remember the zipper being black) that gives the whole thing some edge. It has shoulder pads, which at first took me aback, but the longer I had the top on, the more "okay" they seemed, and well, if I decide I hate them, shoulder pads are super easy to remove - just a couple snips and out they'll come. I admit, this top costs way more than I'm usually comfortable paying for a blouse, but when it's love....
Those of you long-time followers of this blog may remember my favorite pair of LAMB Tippy flats, which I pretty much wore to death over the course of a year and a half. They were my "brown" shoe, and were so neutral, I pretty much wore them with everything, which means, sadly, that the sole is worn out and the toe and various other areas are also pretty badly scuffed. So, I'm looking for a new "brown" flat shoe to replace them, and have decided I might try a leopard print. But have you noticed? There are so many different leopard prints. Some are lighter, some are darker, some have spots that are set closely together, others are farther apart, some are calf hair, some are matte, some are patent, some are faded - how's a girl to choose?
I have, I kid you not, been searching for "the perfect" leopard flat for over a year now. And I'll tell you this - I really like the color and spot-placement of the Ivanka Trump Pearlis Flat below. Also, her shoes have some nice padding which make them surprisingly comfortable for walking in. My hesitation? That bow. It's ugly. It's not cute. It's just stiff and awkward. It could be a deal breaker.
The Ivanka Trump "Magnoli" Flat is a second option. Again, it's got the nice cushioned sole and on this one, the bow isn't ugly - it just is. But the print is lighter than I'd like, I think, and the spot-placement is less dense, which I'm not sure I like as much. This shoe, like the one before, is calf-hair, which is fine, but yeah...I'm not sure it's exactly what I'm looking for...
Which leads me to my current third option, the Kate Spade "Jill" Calf Hair Flat. Like the Magnoli above, this particular leopard print is lighter in color, and it's a bit more stylized - almost camo-like, in some ways. I do, however, like how the lighter colors are grounded by the black trim, and I adore the little florette detail on the toe - it lends a playfulness to this shoe that are lacking somewhat in the other two shoes. This could be it, but having never seen it in person, or tried it on, I'm not sure how I'll feel about it, once it's on my foot.