Thursday, May 31, 2012

Circles and Stripes (OOTD)

Hi friends! I'm wrapping up a very intense, work-packed four weeks. And um...remember that shopping ban? Weeeell, I'm gonna have to reboot it. Because I totally busted it. It started with two all-nighters in one week, which culminated around the time J. Crew was running its 30% off sale promotion...which led to...some indiscretions. And then, I remembered that I had to use a Banana Republic rewards card that was expiring today, so I stopped by Gap to pick up a top for the DH. Only...I couldn't find a good top for him (I looked! Honest!) and...I found this dress instead. At least it was in the sale section! And with the rewards, it was under $10. Yay!

Also? I love it with this necklace Kathryn got me for my birthday. Thanks, Kathryn! 


Dress: Gap Striped Jersey Dress (similar here, here, and a maxi version here)
Necklace: J. Crew Bubble Necklace (more yellow necklaces here, here, and here)






The dress is a little big...but I think after a good wash, it might shrink a little? Fingers crossed. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Grass Is Greener... (OOTD)

I recently saw a post on Pinterest, that said, "The grass is greener where you water it."

Isn't that the truth?


Dress: Reed Shirtdress, Anthropologie (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo 'Cosmic' Platform Pump (similar but wallet-friendlier here, here, and here)
Necklace: Kate Spade 'Hang In There' Necklace (similar here, here, and lots of options on Etsy here)




This is the Reed Shirtdress from Anthropologie, back in 2010. I loved this dress so much, I bought it in two colors. I wish I'd bought it in all the colors it was ever made in (I think they made it in five - red plaid, blue plaid, an orangey-red, this green, and a navy blue). It's really the dress that started my ongoing love affair with shirtdresses. I can't get enough of them, because of the Reed. What else more is there to say? That I got three compliments on my outfit today (I was without the sweater, because it got warmer in the afternoon), and two were from complete strangers who stopped me to say they loved the dress? Or that it's made of 100% cotton and machine washable? Maybe that it's a size too big for me, but I can't bear to let it go and continue to wear it anyway.

I think Anthro needs to bring the Reed back. Exactly the way they first released it. No changes or updates. Just as is. Who's with me?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Fashion Bucket List: YSL Tribute Sandals

Hi there. Kathryn, here. *waves*

I hope you're all having a nice Memorial Day weekend!

I had to head into the office for a bit over the weekend to get some work done, but afterwards I swung by my little home-away-from-home, South Coast Plaza.

Upon my visit, I stumbled upon what I believe will be my next bucket list item.

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Platform Sandal (shown in nude)



*dreamy sigh*

It's a little bit funny, this feeling inside. I'm not one of those who can easily hide. I don't have much money, but...boy, if I did. I'd buy a big house where we both could live.

In short, omg. Oh em gee. Ever since I bought my beautiful Louboutins, I've started looking at shoes in a whole new way. In other words, I think I'm addicted to Nice Shoes.

Who knew Christian Louboutin was a gateway shoe?

Anyway, I'd been looking at the Tribute Sandals online for awhile, and I made it a point to swing by the YSL Boutique to take a look-sie in person. Man, everyone...and I mean everyone, was speaking Mandarin. I'm pretty sure I overheard one of the sales associates speaking Mandarin to one of his clients. I don't know what was going on, but I do know that I laid my eyes on these pretty, pebbled leather beauties and gasped.

And when a shoe makes you gasp, you know it's serious business.

The heel is (gulp) 5.5" inches high. Yeah. But believe it or not, they're comfortable. I could actually walk in them pretty comfortably. I think the 1.5" platform helps with the comfort level. And the leather - the leather! - is nude, leaning towards the pale pink tones. And holy crap, do I love pink. It's a very neutral-y type of pale pink that I think will go with a lot of things in my closet. And these seem to be pretty iconic, as far as strappy platform sandals are concerned. So I think they'll be a good investment, especially in terms of cost-per-wear.

I guess I tend to be really cheap about the way I spend a lot of money on something.

I'm in love. I noticed the boutique had quite a selection of Tribute Sandals on sale, so I'm hoping I can watch these (like the stalker I am!) and see if (IF) they go on sale.

Or maybe I'll just go rob a bank. Stay tuned. *wink*

Thank you all for reading!

xoxo

In Remembrance

This Memorial Day, we take a moment to remember and honor those men and women who gave their lives in service to this nation, both during and after duty - and also to their families, who bore this greatest sacrifice on our behalves. We give thanks for their courage, strength, and lives.





To express appreciation to those servicemen and women still with us, consider donating or volunteering with Operation Gratitude. This organization sends care packages to deployed soldiers. You can donate goods, funds, or just write letters to servicemen and women, to be included inside each care package that gets sent overseas.

Another organization to consider supporting is Team Rubicon, which seeks to facilitate the reintegration of veterans by giving them opportunities to use their hard-won skills to help others while providing community, purpose, and an evolving identity. Listen to founder Jake Wood talking about the importance of organizations like Team Rubicon below:





Have a happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Variations On The Perfect Memorial Day Weekend Outfit

You know, it's stylings like this that make me want to reconsider my whole anti-hat stance.1 Though, I think this outfit would be perfect for Memorial Day weekend - as well as many other summer weekends -  even without the hat. Better yet? Three of the essential components are already on sale - four, if you count the hat (yay, Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale for Women and Children!).




And in case you're interested in variations on the theme:





Happy hunting and thanks for stopping by!


1Yes, I actually have an anti-hat position. And it has everything to do with hat hair. How do people who wear hats - and look amazing in them - cope with the hat hair afterwards? Is there some secret to wearing hats without ending up with smushy, flattened, hair that I am not privy to? If so - 'fess up! Share! Help a sister out!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cloudy With A Chance of Neon (OOTD)

The weather turned today. It's been nice for the past couple of weeks, but today was decidedly gray, windy, and occasionally rainy, even. This is not nearly as bad as what reader and owner of the Wish Design Shop, Anna, reported the weather was like in the Tahoe/Reno area (snow!!!) but it was certainly weird.

I hope the spring comes back soon.

Meanwhile, I decided have fun with colors, in contrast to the weather. When I walked into the local Target today, I admit that I momentarily wondered if I should have toned it down and worn a more neutral shoe. But only momentarily. ^_-


Pants: AG Stevie Ankle (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo 'Baxen' Peep Toe (Wallet-friendlier versions here, here, and here)
Necklace: H&M (similar here, here, and crazy pricey designer version here)


Kate wanted to introduce you to her balloon. I'd drawn a face on it, earlier that day, at her request. So, here she is, trying to show you the balloon's face:



 Then getting frustrated and passing it to me:



And what you don't see is her shouting directions at me, from off-camera, to hold up "Balloony" properly. I know. Balloony obviously scares me a little too...



Hope you're all enjoying your Saturday. ^_^ Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 25, 2012

For the Love of Polka Dots (OOTD)

Just a quick OOTD to share with you today. I'm all out of compelling thoughts today. Too many grant proposals in the last few weeks has left me feeling pretty depleted.

I got lots of compliments on this outfit though, and I'm fairly certain it was entirely because of this shirt. I picked it up a few months back, but for some reason, I've only worn it about 2-3 times ever. Obviously this is something I have to rectify.

I love polka dots. Who's with me?


Shorts: Mossimo Cuffed Shorts (similar here, here, and here)
Necklace: Zoe Lariat Necklace, Stella & Dot
Shoes: Gold T-Strap Sandal, H&M (similar here, here, and here)




Zoe Lariat Necklace, Stella & Dot

The Zoe Lariat necklace has been a bit of a surprise for me. I didn't really know how I'd wear it, as it seemed too edgy and even too...sexy for my preferred style profile. But I gotta say, when I was casting about for accessories to wear with this top, this is the only one that seemed to really work well. Everything else sort of faded against the dots or made the outfit feel a little too busy. The simple line of the lariat added a little something, without making any demands, if you get what I mean. Also, the mixed metals and little crystals that run down the chain meant I didn't have to worry about whether it clashed with my belt buckle or the hardware on my shoes or handbag.

I kinda love it. I might need this one too. (Darn you, Stella & Dot! I'm on a shopping ban! Why can't your things be just "meh" and easier to resist? Sigh.)

Hoping you're all having a great Friday. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WANTS: Boy. by Band of Outsiders

I recently discovered Boy. by Band of Outsiders, and I have to say, while it's completely a fantasy label for me (as in, "If I won a Mega Millions Jackpot..." sort of fantasy), I wanted to share its fun, playful takes on menswear silhouettes for women. I just can't get enough of them. Which is funny, because just a couple years ago, I'm pretty sure I was also pledging my undying devotion to ruffles and bows.

Ah, fashion. You're a fickle mistress.

My Boy. by Band of Outsiders WANTS (some of them are from the pre-fall 2012 collection - I know, it feels like we only just got to spring. But the fashion world's calendar is unforgiving and unrelenting):


(How many of you are having flashbacks to those nylon "Members Only" jackets from the '80s, when you see this jacket? Seriously, I die.)


(Do I even need to explain why I love this? No, I thought not. You get me.)


(Um. Shirtdress. And that about sums that up.)


(This might be my favorite of all the pieces here. So cute as is. But can't you see it layered over any number of long sleeve shirts or sweaters, with tights and boots too? Omg, I could even wear a tie with it. Someone take away my credit card.)


(It's silly how cute this dress is. I'll confess that I started trying to rationalize purchasing it, until I realized it was already sold out in my size. So sad.)


Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Like a Style Blogger (OOTDs and Stella & Dot)

Hello, friends! Hope you all had a great Monday. Mine turned out to be really fun and amazing. I'm going to write a post about it for my other blog, Material Good, some time this week, so I hope you'll stop by and check it out.

Meanwhile, I have this other bit of fun to share - an OOTD about which I had some conflicted feelings.

This was an interesting outfit for me. I say this, because while I really liked the outfit (and the DH complimented me on it), I felt like I was specifically dressing like a style blogger and less like...well, me. For instance, I don't mind admitting that wearing white jeans just makes me nervous. These, which I picked up from Old Navy, were a steal and I reasoned to myself that if I somehow irreparably destroyed them, at least they were under $30 (unlike my lovely mint green jeans from J. Crew, which I spilled iced tea on and have yet to get clean, despite multiple tries with various cleaning strategies - cue sniffling and tears). I picked up the Theysken's Theory tweed jacket on sale at Nordy's and I have to say - I love it. But I have yet to figure out how to wear it without feeling like - well, it's wearing me. I think in terms of planning, the outfit was great. I think that even in execution, the outfit was great.

But after a short jaunt out in it, I came home and changed.

I'm a believer in owning your clothes and style. So the fact that I felt that way about this outfit tells me I was probably trying too hard. I'll need to find a way to "Carol-ize" it some, and make it feel more me. In the meantime, let me know what you think of the outfit, and if you have any thoughts on how to style it differently.


Jacket: Theysken's Theory 'Jweed Frey' Jacket (similar here, here, and several options at Zara)
Pants: Old Navy 'The Rock Star' Skinny Jeans (white available in stores & other colors here; similar here and here)
Shoes: Miu Miu Suede Covered Platform Pumps (similar here, here, and here)
Belt: J. Crew Patent Skinny Belt (similar here and here)














One thing I didn't have a problem with was the necklace. In fact, when I changed out of the rest of these clothes, I left on the Madeline Pearl Necklace to accessorize my new outfit. I paired it with the Theysken's Theory tweed jacket because both the necklace and jacket feel very Chanel to me. But I have to say, I love it for its own sake, and this is yet another Stella & Dot necklace I'd be willing to buy just to add it to my wardrobe. (Also, I'm dying to use it to recreate this outfit worn by Rachel Zoe.)

And in case you were wondering, here's what I wore the rest of the day:


Dress: Bailey 44 Wrap Dress (similar here, here, and here)
Necklace: Madeline Pearl Necklace, Stella & Dot


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

All the Pretty Colors

Hi everyone! I'm in Northern California today, heading out to the Maker Faire in San Mateo! It's my first time attending this event, and I'm so excited. Before you wonder, no, I'm not a "maker." (Unless you count the "making" of outfits and blog posts. ^_-) However, I've always loved the idea of tinkering and when I was a kid, whenever one of my younger siblings (I'm the oldest of 4, spread over a range of 12 years) got a new ride-on or bike or other needs-to-be-assembled sort of product, I always volunteered to put it together. That's not the same thing at all as what the people at Maker Faire will be doing, of course, but I think it gets at a deep-seated interest in using my hands (at least on smaller projects) and knowing how things work.

Anyway, in case you're looking for a "pretty"-fix, I have these lovely fabric print/textile swatches I snapped photos of, to share:












Hope everyone is having a great Saturday! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Lego Store... (Anthro Fitting Room Reviews)

I'm meant to be on a shopping ban. And as of right now - this very minute - I really and truly am. Honest. Until July, when Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale happens, at least. Because when the Anniversary Sale rolls around, all bets are off. But until then, I am not to buy another single piece of clothing for myself. Nor a handbag. Only maybe a pair of Madewell Station Sandals. Not any small leather goods. Nor any bracelets or rings. Except maybe a couple of Stella & Dot necklaces. I am holding out. 'Til July at least.

Because really? May is only half over, and it's been a disaster. I blame work stress. And Tag Sales. Because see, the other day? I was on my way to the Lego Store, with the kids, to reserve some spots at the Lego Club meeting for Rowan and some buddies, and I happened to pass an Anthropologie on the way there, and well...one thing led to another. And here's the photographic evidence of some of the trying-on that took place that day.


Under and Over Dress:


I am an enormous fan of Bailey 44 jersey dresses. Particularly the nipped-in-waist-with-full-skirt styles. They're so flattering and comfortable, and the Under and Over Dress was no exception. I tried the green version (I do like a green dress) in an XS, and found it fit really well. I'd been a little worried that the neckline would dip too low for my own sense of comfort, but it was okay - and as you can see, with a nice-sized statement necklace, like the Medina Bib Necklace that I happened to be wearing that day, was actually more than fine. The length hit just at the top of my knee, which is great, and overall, I have no complaints. No, wait, I take that back. Two things - no pockets and it's dry-clean only. But other than those things? No complaints. This dress is a pull-on style and comes in a petite size as well. I imagine it'll transition well into the fall when layered over tights and a button-down. Very much wishlisted for sale time.


Eyelet Pinwheel Dress:


I'd noticed a couple months ago that I don't have any navy blue dresses. Funny, right? So, I've been kind of keeping tabs of any promising candidates, which is one of the reasons I even noticed the Eyelet Pinwheel Dress. That and the swingy silhouette caught my eye. This dress is a "Made in Kind" design from O by Organic, which I tried on in a size 0. Now, you might disagree, but I really liked it. Yes, it was a bit like a sack on shorty-shorterson me. It managed to hold it's interesting bell shape despite that, and when viewed from the front, I didn't feel like I was sporting a maternity dress. And once I styled it with a necklace and shoes, it improved measurably (see photo below). For petite women like myself, belting it is another option, as the skirt hit just at the top of my knee, and wouldn't be overly shortened by it. Wishlisted for consideration at sale time.



Cap Sleeve Column Dress:


Anthro is back with yet another iteration of Bailey 44's "magic" dress, this time with a knee-length skirt and short cap sleeves. I have the Pieced Column Dress, which has a long sleeve and a mini-length skirt, which I definitely love. And to tell the truth, when I saw the Cap Sleeve Column Dress pop up on the website, I thought, "It's not as cute as my version."

*ahem*

It might be as cute as my version. I really loved the cap sleeve and the slightly longer length. I couldn't decide which color liked better. The navy-and-white (Anthro's site calls it "blue" though I could have sworn in-store, it looked black. If it actually is blue, it's one of the darkest navy blues I've ever seen) version is very graphic. But I loved the coral-pink/gray stripe of the pink colorway too. Please note, there's quite a bit of stretch in the dresses. I'm wearing the blue-and-white version in an XS and the pink-and-gray stripe in a size Small. Both were fine. I think the XS fit me a touch better, as you can see from the slight bunching that's happening in the skirt with the size Small, below. However, if I didn't have an XS available, that probably wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. This dress is a pull-on style and dry-clean only. Wishlisted for sale time (if it makes it. And it probably won't. Sigh).



Great Outdoors Buttondown & AG Stevie:


The AG Stevie in yellow and the Great Outdoors Buttondown in the bicycle print were the only things that really grabbed me in the Tag Sale. I was really happy to find them in my sizes in-store, even if my monthly budget isn't. I'm wearing the Great Outdoors Buttondown in a size 0 and the AG Stevie in a 26. I loved both, and will tell you now that they totally came home with me.

Just in case you were wondering, the top was boxy and not fitted, as you can see in the photos above. The sleeve was an awkward length - not quite wrist length, but a little long to be 3/4. If they're rolled up, though, they look great. The AG Stevie fit me pretty exactly the same as the corduroy version I bought a couple winters ago, so if you've ever tried or bought those, you'll know how these feel and look on. I can't say enough about AG denim - just love, love, love it - and these Stevies met all expectations. If I have a gripe, it's that I wish the yellow was just a tiny hint brighter, but I can live with these. The Stevie is a "cropped" jean for taller women, but for us petites, it's a totally wearable, not-as-necessary-to-hem length. Both items are machine washable.



So, how did the rest of you make out in the Tag Sale? I got the sense that people weren't as excited about it as past sales. Is it just me, or did the cuts seem not as deep as usual?

Thanks for stopping by! Hoping you're all having a great Friday.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Connecting the Dots (OOTD + Stella & Dot)

Last week, I was invited by one of our local readers, Clara, who has recently become a Stella & Dot stylist to a "trunk show." I went because 1) I hadn't seen Clara in some time and 2) I was curious. I'd been pinged by people regarding this line before, but for various reasons, I never got any further than browsing the website. As I mentioned to Clara, I'm skittish about ordering jewelry, sight-unseen. Shoes too - which is why it took me so long to finally place a first order with Sole Society (though, I'm glad I did, as you all know I pretty much can't stop wearing these shoes...see below). So, when Clara - who lives about 10 minutes away from me - invited me over to take a look at some Stella & Dot up close and personal, I decided to go.

I've gotta say - I'm glad I did. I'm very impressed by the quality, versatility, and wearability of every piece I saw. And oh - they're all so pretty! So, to help Clara get a running start on her new venture as a Stella & Dot stylist, I'm hosting a trunk show for her here, on the blog. I've borrowed a handful of pieces from her, which I'll be styling with my outfits here, and if you're interested in anything I'm wearing and/or curious about any of the dozens of other beautiful things Stella & Dot offers, you can click on the link in the outfit details or on the Stella & Dot button in the sidebar. As a "trunk show host," I may accrue benefits such as free jewelry - but I'm letting you know right now that if this is actually the case, I'll definitely be sharing the wealth here on the blog as giveaways - and even more fun? We'll set it up so that you - the readers - can vote on which pieces are the prize.

Good times, right? I'm super excited.

Here's what I wore yesterday (dress look familiar?):



Dress: H&M Polka Dot Dress (also seen here; similar herehere, and here)
Shoes: Blake Pump, Sole Society (If you're not a member yet, you can sign up here)
Belt: J. Crew


First up, is the Medina Bib Necklace. When I first saw this on the website, my eyes sort of passed right over it. I felt like I'd seen stuff like this before. And then, when I was at Clara's trunk show, same sort of thing. Pretty, but just not as exciting and dramatic as some of the other things I got to see. But I'll tell you something - once I got it home with me, I couldn't seem to stop reaching for it. I've already worn it about three times (though I was too busy on those other days to actually snap my outfit) and I know I'll wear it again. I might actually have to buy this for myself, once it's time to give it back, because it's so easy to wear and seems to goes with everything.




I love that the necklace - like all the other Stella & Dot products I've handled - feels substantial and sturdy but isn't super heavy around my neck. Also, I really adore the attention to detail, like the tiny crystals set in each of the discs, and the hook closure with it's attached charms



(By the way, can you even believe I took the above photo with an iPhone??? Maybe you can, but I'm not any sort of real photographer, so color me pretty darn impressed.)


Have any of you tried Stella & Dot jewelry? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"For the Woman Who Needs More Hours in the Day..."

This handbag first caught my eye with its vibrant color that still manages to be feel neutral, its elegant, minimalist design that is accented by a close attention to details, and the fact that it looked roomy enough to carry all the stuff a professional woman/mother/style blogger might be schlepping around in her handbag at any given time.

But I was completely won over by the flavor text on the product page at the Neiman Marcus website:

"For the woman who needs more hours in the day, the 3.1 Phillip Lim 31-Hour bag is both sensible and stunning. With a roomy, structured silhouette and glossy leather construction, it will take you from board meeting to birthday party and everything in between. After all, fashion is nothing without function."




    Amen, to that my sisters. Well played, bright yellow bag. Well played.

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    A Very Bad Day (but a very good dress)

    Yesterday was a rough day. My work laptop became severely unhappy (as in the refusing to boot up even in safe-mode sort of "unhappy") and I ended up driving about 3.5 hours round-trip to the nearest branch office of my organization that has IT staff in it, to see if they could rescue the files off my hard drive.

    That story does not have a happy ending. Moral of the day - back up your files regularly, my friends. Let my horrifying experience be a lesson to you. Do NOT be the sad, shocked, sad, disbelieving, sad, WHAT-DO-YOU-MEAN-THE-HARD-DRIVE-HAS-DIED?!?!?!, sad, wading-through-old-emails-hoping-I-sent-that-to-a-colleague-so-maybe-I-can-find-a-version-of-it-to-work-from, sad person I was yesterday.

    And still am, inside, right now. Outwardly, I'm quite composed and my normal self. But that's because I have small children in the house and if I have a melt-down (the way I imagine I will in a few days when the gravity of the situation - OMGI'VELOSTALLMYDATA-WTFAMIGOINGTODO - hits me), that could really have adverse effects on them and, you know. We wouldn't want that.

    *Deep Breath*

    *Keep breathing*

    *Seriously, BREATHE Woman!*

    In the haze of dread and grief and confusion (How did this happen? Why did this happen? Did I do something wrong? I thought things were working out so well between us...) I stopped at a mall to wander aimlessly. I ended up in H&M, home of cheap thrills and the occasional pretty find, where I came across this sweet little dress:


    H&M Polka Dot Dress $29.95


    I tried this on in a size small and found it fit pretty much perfectly. It's made from a ponte knit that is stretchy yet substantial at the same time and while it looks sort of ambivalently beige-y in these photos, is more of a taupe, with definite gray undertones. It comes with a sort of cheap-looking patent pink belt (which I didn't even bother to fasten properly). The skirt hit about an inch and a half above my knee, has pull-on styling, and is machine washable. No pockets, but that's not terribly surprising for an H&M dress of this type. Totally came home with me. (Which is completely preferable to the notion of checking out Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth for the Helmut Lang Tuxedo Blazer, that flashed through my head as I pulled up to the mall. A $30 retail therapy blitz, my budget can handle. But a $600 bender? Not so much...).

    And as polka dot dresses are very of the moment right now and H&M can't be bothered to have an online retail presence (does anyone else wonder what that's about?), here are a few others you might want to have a look at, should you not be closer to a brick & mortar H&M store or your local store isn't carrying this dress for some reason:

    3. Robert Rodriguez Draped Polka Dot Dress (simultaneously sexy and demure, if you can believe it)
    6. Lauren by RL Jersey Polka Dot Dress (reminds me of the iconic Pretty Woman dress!)

    Had I not had my computer disaster (oh, try not to think about it yet! I was happy thinking about pretty dresses!) yesterday, I'd be heading to the Anthro Tag Sale this morning for sure. As it is, I'm not sure if I have the time - seeing as how I have to catch up with work I planned to finish yesterday, today. Still, with the AG Stevie (in yellow, please!), Sincerely Paris Halter Dress, and Great Outdoors Buttondown on sale, it's terribly tempting. 

    What about you? Are you going?

    Monday, May 14, 2012

    Speaking of Buckets... (and Lists)

    So, a little while ago, Kathryn wrote about her fashion bucket list, and it set me to thinking about what would be on mine.

    The first thing I thought of was a Helmut Lang blazer.

    Specifically, the Tux Blazer...


    Oh, and have you seen the back???


    It's amazing from every angle:


    It can be dressed up, the way Kelly Framel (of the Glamourai) wears it, or casual-and-cute like Drew, below:


    And I admit it. I'm obsessed.

    I think if I was only allowed one blazer to own in my closet, I'd choose this one. 

    So....I guess the next question then, is, what am I waiting for? Maybe it's time for a shopping ban, so as to facilitate the saving up for this little beauty.

    Other blazers and jackets that also catch my eye:

    1. Helmut Lang Era Suit Blazer (I swear, it's like art!)
    2. Theory Gilda Taylor Blazer (deliciously '80s! I kinda like the look of this budget-friendlier version here, too)
    3. Smythe Striped Peak Lapel Blazer (aaahhh! The perfect striped blazer from yet another iconic brand)
    4. Smythe One Button Blazer (and speaking of Smythe - such a classic!)
    5. J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer (because how can we leave this tried-and-true off this list? I don't have one...yet. I love all four colors, as well as the tipped version and the eyelet one for good measure)
    6. And you know, while I'm fantasizing anyway, I'll throw in this adorable schoolboy blazer from Boy. By Band of Outsiders.

    What about you? Which of these would you pick, should you happen to win the Fantasy Blazer Lottery? Or is there one you have in mind that I neglected to list above?