eBay Picks of the Week

Hi,

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means eBay Picks of the Week!

1. Have a look at these lovely little boots (emphasis on little, they’re a size 5.5!).  Creamy white vintage leather boots.  These boots remind me of Jacque Demy’s 1967 Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.  If you haven’t seen it, go to Netflix immediately and watch it. A good friend of mine introduced me to the movie, and i’ve been a little obsessed since.

Here is Les Demoiselles de Rochefort


2. These Ann Demeulemeester brown leather lace-up boots are so amazing. 3. These Dries Van Noten shoes are to-die-for. I love the colors. They would add a quirky little pop of color to any outfit. Love.

4. These lovelies, made by Miu Miu are whimsical and wonderful. I love the glitter and the way the heel is curved. So COOL!

5. You could kick some serious butt with Proenza Schouler booties.

So there you have it, my eBay picks of the week. Ready…Set…BID!

xoxo,

Katie

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Collar-lovin’

On my shopping trip I also picked up a pair of jeans and a white button-up shirt.  Like a lot of people, I have fallen in love with the buttoned-up collared shirt. A lot of designers were loving this look, here are just a few examples from Spring Ready to Wear collections:

Jonathan Saunders did it.

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Miu Miu

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Valentino, too.

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More Valentino

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I have been really interested in finding an antique  big necklace, perhaps done in the art deco style to pair with my new shirt.  Here are some options:

I found both of these vintage lovelies on eBay.. Which is the best do you think?

I hope your Monday is going well… Is it weird that I’m at home, blogging, and applying for jobs, wearing red lipstick? I needed a pick-me-up I guess..

xoxo,

Katie

Emerald City: less purse space, more organization

Hello again,

As promised, here is my loot from my last shopping trip.  When I locked eyes on this delightful little purse I knew I had to have it. It’s such a great shade of green, and I have a lot of things in my wardrobe that could definitely go with it, so, I got it!

I picked this bad boy up at Forever 21

Normally I carry a rather large bag, that has unfortunately become a catch-all for bits of trash, random things, paperback novels, my kindle (why do I need both, you ask? Because.), and a buh-jillion other things.  I noticed a week or so ago that when I carried it at whole day without putting it down that my shoulder hurt.. Like my back used to hurt when I carried textbooks in my backpack.  Crazy, right?

After looking in to this bit, I found that I was not the only who had a heavy purse problem. I read that  women’s handbags are an average of 5 lbs!

Well, I hate to admit it, but mine weighed  8 lbs. Yikes!

Here’s what was in it:

lipstick, much?

Clearly I have a handbag problem. I decided to do something drastic.. And very painful: I went shopping a smaller handbag.. I know, I’m a martyr for all pack-rats to look up to.

So now I have Deirdre… Is it strange that I named her? Ah well. Here’s what I carry now:

much better

So there you have it.  I am now a much more organized gal.. And my purse only weighs  3 lbs now!

xoxo,

Katie

Nice Kitty

Howdy!

Did you all have a good weekend? What did you do? Brendan and I mostly hung out on Saturday, and then we went to the mall, where he promptly disappeared muttering something about how he’d be in the most manly store he could find… Poor guy. Anyway, to start the week off I thought I would share the most recent in adds for The Jason Wu for Target adds, an adorable cat-centric commercial. Enjoy!

Tune in later to see my latest shopping finds, and my search for the perfect accessory. : )

xoxo,

Katie

eBay Picks of the Week: Desperately Seeking Chanel… And Louis… And Christian Louboutin…

Okey doke folks, it’s time again for my eBay Picks of the Week!

This week my picks are coming from the holy trinity: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Louboutin, with a few random accessories to round it all out… I hope that you find these just as drool-worthy as I did. : )

1. This Vintage Goldtone Serpentine belt with Lion Buckle is so amazing! I have no idea what I would ever wear with this (an LBD perhaps?), but I have a feeling wearing it would make me a more confident gal…Albeit, one who goes around saying, “rawr!!” a lot, but who wouldn’t?2. If you read my D.C. Loving  blog entry, you know that I encountered a very chic lady wearing an equestrian style riding helmet… Now I want one. As luck would have it, eBay has one right here!

3. This darling hand bag is classic and in excellent condition.  I think that the Epi leather LV bag are to die for. Check it out!

4.These gorgeous Louboutin pony hair leopard print flats are too cute.

5. Alright, I’m just going to come out and say this, Brendan, if you’re reading this- may I have this? I love it EVER-SO-MUCH!! This Epi Jeune Fille Louis Vuitton cross-body bag in blue is to die for. You can find it here… Isn’t she a beaut? I will call her Delilah, and she will look fabulous on me every time I wear her… Which will be all the time Brendan! I promise!!

6. These Chanel Dark Brown Black Cap Toe Riding Boots are every kind of wonderful. LOOK!

There you have it folks, my eBay Picks of the Week. Happy bidding!!

xoxo,

Katie

p.s. do you like my new look? I’m totally in to grellow right now, this was the perfect color  combination for me!

D.C. Loving

There is something so delicious about seeing a new place for the first time.  The elation of stepping off the metro (my first metro ride!), riding up the escalator and walking onto the crowded D.C. streets, was breath-taking.  Energy and purpose pulsated in the air, as joggers  blew past me, and men and women in power suits  walked briskly by, brief cases in hand.  I loved the FASHION! Everywhere I looked there were a number of stylish ladies and dapper men. It’s really too bad that there’s no non-creepy way to take pictures of people that you encounter on the street. For example: I saw this gorgeous woman wearing an equestrian style hat like the one pictures below, minus the strap that blew my mind! Tres Chic!

But I digress, For the first many twenty minutes I was deaf to my husband, sister-and-brother-in-law’s (they came with us to D.C. in celebration of my birthday) comments and questions about the city, as I unashamedly, and in true tourist style grinned like a fool and snapped iPhone pictures like a mad-woman every time I saw something that I thought was beautiful, or interesting (which was, let’s face it- everything).  Everywhere I looked, there were interesting eateries, and shops. I didn’t see any chain restaurants!  You might as well know now that I cannot stand chain restaurants.  I know know, I’m a food snob, but it can’t be helped. I like to support small and local businesses that use fresh local ingredients, and have revolving (and delicious) menus according to the season…. You get it.

And the buildings! Oh my god, the buildings were to die for.  Something you should know about me: I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, a beautiful dessert place, with a population probably around 500,000 people.  There are not a lot in the way of tall buildings, or classic architecture, and so to see gorgeous examples of it all around and above me blew my mind.

Here are a few pictures of what I saw (I apologize in advance for the crapiness of my iPhone photos):

Here I am with my husby Brendan, on my first-ever Metro ride

We’re a bit goofy…

Here are some of my first views of D.C.

Does anyone else want meatballs? I know I do…

Above is the National Archives

The White House, and The Mall- under construction due to the reflective pool sinking… I guess that’s what happens when you build something on top of a swamp!

And below here is Brendan, and my brother and sister-in-laws, Sam and Garret walking to The National Museum of American History!

I have to say that going to The National Museum of American History was one of my favorite things.  There were so many things to see there, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, the American flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s song, our national anthem- which I found very moving.  They also had some of the original Muppets!

Sorry.. I know the picture quality stinks..But it’s Kermy!!!! BTdubs, has everyone seen “The Muppet Movie?” It was so so good.

We also got to see the gowns of the first ladies of The United States- which was a favorite  of mine.  Since all my pictures were poor quality, I have found a few pictures of my favorite from online..

Here is Dolly Madison’s inaugural gown… It is SO Jane Austen, don’t you think?

Grace Coolidge’s gown- tres chic, non?

I love Rosalynn Carter’s dress- it’s so 70’s!

After we did the Smithsonian, we went to Jaleo’s, an absolutely marvelous tapas restaurant, normally it would have been a bit pricey, but because they were participating in Restaurant Week, we were able to go for lunch without have to dread the check.

Everything was so wonderful, and if I weren’t jobless, I would go there ALL THE TIME!!  To anyone planning on visiting the D.C. area- go there. Just do it. It is so so very good.  Another word of praise for Jaleo’s they are extremely careful about serving people with food allergies.  Our friend Meagan, who has an extreme egg allergy came with us for lunch, and after informing the server of her allergy, our server consulted with the chef, and they made sure that all of Meagan’s dishes were specifically egg-free, no cross contamination- no slip ups, just perfect and safe service.  They were absolutely amazing, a perfect example of what a restaurant should be, especially in light of how common extreme food allergies are today.

Okay, that pretty much concludes our first day in D.C. After lunch we did some more sight-seeing, in spite of the weather being so nasty (at least nasty for a girl who is used to winter’s never being colder than 50 degrees- it was in the low 30’s).  Then we hopped on the metro again and then headed back to Maryland, where Sam and Garret live.  We had a great night, we made some delicious fried food, and had good wine. It was an excellent birthday.

Tune in next time for my D.C. trip part deux.

xoxo,

Katie

p.s. Look what I’m making tonight for dinner: YUMMY!

Anthropologie Fresh Cuts, and other Sale Items

Confession: I am obsessed with Anthropologie. It is my favorite store in the whole world, because of its sophisticated,  unique well-made clothes.  I have been a faithful shopper for the last three years, and I have to say, no other store has come close to cooling my ardor for this store.

The only thing that i don’t like about Anthro is the fact that it is so expensive, which is why I mainly hit the sales rack when I go there, unless something is just too good to pass up. One of th important things to know about Anthropologie is that they post their new Fresh Cuts sale items on their website every Tuesday morning, and I have to say that today’s Fresh Cuts did not disappoint.  Here are my favorites:

This Zenobia Tee is on sale now for $39.95, down from$68.00.

Here is what some of the reviewers have to say about the Zenobia Tee:

  1. Sweet Tee, 
    December 31, 2011

    This tee has been on my wish list for ages, but I was hesitant to purchase online because of previous reviews. I was able to try on both a small and medium in the store and decided to go with a medium. It’s just personal preference. I’m 5’9″ 128lbs 34D and typically wear a small. The small wasn’t obnoxiously tight, but I felt more comfortable in a medium. I don’t find the material sheer as others have mentioned.

  2. My new go-to top with skirts., 
    December 31, 2011

    I hate the way most cotton/t-shirt material tops look tucked into a skirt. This top is perfect. It hugs your body and doesn’t bunch up above the band of the skirt. The combination of the casual torso material with the lace sleeves and sheer collar make it easy to dress up or down, and it works just as well with a billowy gypsy skirt as a smart pencil skirt.

  3. Pretty but sheer, 
    December 28, 2011

    The sleeves on this top are beautiful, but I wish it wasn’t so sheer. I tried this with a pair of wide-leg pants, and it looked great, but there’s no way I could wear this for work without something over or under it. I have a pet peeve about wearing a cami under t-shirts, and putting something over it defeats the purpose of the pretty sleeves. If it was just a bit thicker, I would have come home with this one.

  4. Do your crunches, 
    December 14, 2011
    Pros: design, great colors
    Cons: size up for sure if you have a tummy
    the sleeves on this top are a beautiful and unobtrusive way to participate the lace trend that has crept from fall collections right into the winter (no complaints!)… but be prepared because the fabric on the rest of the piece is quite clingy, and will not conceal those four cookies you ate at the holiday luncheon… oops.
    i bought the red color in medium (TTS, in my opinion) and did end up putting a lightweight nude cami underneath, for coverage and warmth (who would be so silly as to layer this piece and cover up the lovely lace?)
    i would really love to style this with a pencil skirt with heavier-weight fabric. overall, another really pretty piece i didn’t mind paying full price for.

So, the general consensus seems to be that it is a pretty shirt, that is pretty tight, so you may want to go a size up from what you would normally do.

I absolutely love this Night Phlox Blouse With it’s rich colors and wonderfully romantic puffed sleeves (It feels kind of Anne of Green Gables to me).  The Night Phlox blouse is now on sale for $59.95, down from $118.00.

Here’s what people are saying about this blouse:

  1. Beautiful blouse, ruined by sleeves, 
    December 30, 2011
    when i saw this top i immediately picked it up. the pattern on the blouse is beautiful, and the colors are awesome. it would be very easy match with almost anything, and it would look great with a pair of jeans.
    though i loved the blouse intially, it was ruined by the sleeves. they are very big and poofy, and they almost dominate the top. also, they are a very awkward length (not quite long sleeve, not quite 3/4 sleeve).

    the length of the top is great, and the quality is too. if the sleeves were different, this would be an awesome buy. many people may be able to pull this off if they like the dramatic sleeve, its not like its a bad product.

  2. So so, 
    December 29, 2011
    Pros: colors
    Cons: sleeves, length
    I’m not one for flowery tops, but I thought I’d give it a go.
    It’s a nice material with beautiful colors, but the sleeves are just too much. It would have been more flattering if there wasn’t such a dropped shoulder. When the puffy sleeves lined up with the bust line, it made me look very wide.
    Also, the shortened bottom was a bit of a hassle.

    Fits true to size.

  3. Edgy yet Elegant, 
    December 7, 2011
    Pros: it’s pretty

    I really like this blouse. It can go anywhere and be worn with anything. The orange (my favoirite color) contrasts nicely with the blue. It makes sense since those colors are on opposite sides of the color wheel. I just love how the silk feels on my skin. I have no complaints with this. I’m 5’3″ 34B and I’m wearing a 4 in the picture.

  4. Prettier in Person, 
    November 8, 2011
    Pros: surprisingly versatile

    This lovely blouse looks much better in person! I bought it to wear with the Anthro orange lace skirt & jeans. It has poets shoulders, snug at the elbow (I left it unbuttoned) & looked good tucked into the skirt. It is a true navy & gold infused orange – very versatile blouse!

So, people had problems with the sleeves, but I’m thinking that if you’re wanting a nice statement piece that is a little bit more edgy, as reviewer three said, this is your top!

So the rest of my favorite garments are not fresh cuts, but still on sale now.

These Fairisle Clog Boots are so beautiful, and look like they would keep you warm! What a great statement piece! The boots are now on sale for $149.95, down from $278.00.  Here’s what reviewers say

  1. Sanitas are awesome, 
    January 5, 2012

    I have a ‘vintage’ pair of Sanita booties, so I ordered the 39 (my normal size) and they fit great. They are clogs and wear as one should expect – the sole does not bend, but there is tons of support and comfort.
    These are very cute, and the print works out as neutral, very versatile.
    Highly recommend at the sale price, they will last forever.

  2. Love hate relationship, 
    January 3, 2012
    Pros: adorable on
    Cons: no foot bed liner so slippery inside, fit
    I suppose I’ve no one but myself to blame. Ordered them when the additional 30% off was on offer. They came. I liked the way they looked. I am petite, with curvy calves, and was worried these might make my legs look shorter. Was surprised to find that this was not a problem with my dark skinny jeans, and even with black tights, and a knee length skirt. I get gobs of compliments on them too.
    However, the fit is less than optimal and I don’t see myself wearing them on long shopping trips anytime soon. I ordered one size up as suggested. In the dimension of length I’m glad for it, because my foot slides forward at every step, causing my toe to bump the front of the boot. Meanwhile they are exceedingly wide, and my heel sloshes about in the back. Partly this is due to the fact that there is no lining in the foot bed at all. You’re sliding around on polished wood, very slippery indeed with luxuriantly thick winter socks. I’ve begun to amend these deficits by adding pads in the foot ball area of the shoe, but am still not entirely satisfied.

    Yeah, could have returned them… but, wowzers, they’re cute!!

  3. Unbelievable comfort for a stylish heel., 
    December 29, 2011
    Molds to your feet after a couple wears, Sanita has been around since 1906 and the Danish know how to make clogs. The boot has grip to make it slip resistant even for a 3 inch heel. Every time I wear them they get more comfortable I even forget I am wearing boots which is amazing.

    Also a pretty warm boot that can be worn comfortably all 3 seasons

Mmmm-hm! Looks like I will be saving my pennies for these bad boys!

I hope you enjoyed my Anthropologie Picks as much as I did! What are your favorite stores?

Objects of my Affection

Howdy!

So I was given some money for muh b-day, and was thinking it might be fun to go SHOPPING, but the question is what to buy? I have been thinking that I would enjoy something new to wear, or should I get something for our house?  Here’s what I’ve been thinking of:

1. I absolutely love this idea. I’ve always been a fan of sweaters and button up collared shirts, combine it with a blingy necklace, et voila! You have a lovely outfit.  I’ve also been thinking about getting a pair of high-waisted jeans.  I’m getting kind of tired of having to worry about showing my hiney (Tmi? Sorry? Should I buy you a drink first before discussing my posterior?).

or…

2. This uh-mazing rug from Urbanoutfitters.com. I absolutely love the pop of orange, and it would go beautifully in our living room.  See, we just got married and moved into together three months ago, and are still trying to furnish our space, and covering our cold wood floors would actually be a nice thing.  The other thought is to buy end tables from our local Thrift Village, sand them down and paint them a dark slate grey… I’m just not sure what is the best thing to do…

Or, there is another alternative, go to one of this vintage   store, or this place, which was featured in Lucky Magazine.

So many choices, so little birthday money… What’s a girl to do?

Tune in next time for more Adventures in Unemployment: The Job Search Continues (womp womp).

xoxo,

Katie

I’m Baaaaaaaa-ack!

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Okay, we just back from D.C. for birthday weekend.  My husband Brendan is the absolute best for taking me to his sister’s house in Maryland for the weekend. We spent two museum foodie filled days.  I will be posting about our trip, lunch at Jaleo’s, a tapas restaurant that was participating in Restaurant Week. SO good.

Anywho, I just wanted to leave you with a few of the highlights from our trip.

This beauty is Jackie Kennedy’s inaugural ball gown, made by Oleg Cassini. I died inside when I saw it at the Smithsonian’s The First Ladies at the Smithsonian exhibit, which was truly amazing.  Below is Michelle Obama’s gorgeous Jason Wu gown.  By the bye, have you seen the adds for Jason Wu for Target line? To. Die.For.

Alright, until tomorrow,

xoxo,

Katie