inspiration: b&w f/w 2015

Patti Smith + Johnny Cash forever

does it get any better than these two?

no, no it doesn't. some icons never get old, and all i want to wear lately is black and white.


sale PSA: PS1 bags

you guys, if you've been waiting to snap up the much-beloved PS1 satchel for 50% off, now is the time. i like the revamped lining too (feels more sturdy, better print than the old version). my vote is on the chianti - i saw a young mom wearing one last year and she looked super chic and laidback.

now the hard part: which color?

edit 9/28: more colors just added!

you're welcome :)


wardrobe planning: fall 2015

hellooo, September. hello, favorite time of year!


leather 101: vegetable tanned leather // care & maintenance

in the morning: the Mansur Gavriel cammello tote after two coats of Collonil Waterstop

[this is a follow-up to my MG tote review.]

leather care has been a perennial question from readers, so this is what i did when i got my MG bag. it's a pretty easy leather care method that simultaneously conditions and adds a bit of protection.


sale PSA: Chan Luu shawls

i almost never see these discounted anywhere, so this is a pretty great deal if you've been looking for a light yet luxe all-season oversized scarf. i always pack one when i travel year-round. (FYI: may be hard to just get one...the full range of colors here.)


review: the Mansur Gavriel tote

fresh out of the box, making friends with fave KW sunnies already

update since my last post: i bought the Mansur Gavriel tote.


lust and found: Mansur Gavriel

not going to lie, i've experienced my fair share of admiration from afar for the much-lauded, ever-elusive Mansur Gavriel bags over the past few seasons. 


summer style essentials // July

so we are officially in the "it's too hot and i have nothing to wear" phase of summer. what to do? what to wear?


inspiration: July

July always seems to be the slowest month. it's summer in full swing, vacation season, and, to be honest, not super sartorially inspiring.

however, i've always found July to be a good time to reflect. perhaps because half the year is officially over, and the brief summer slowdown also quickens the reminder that fall is on the horizon.


summer Fridays.

summer Friday uniform lately:
everlane silk camisole [c/o] (wearing the S), old current/elliott jeans,
Clare V x & Other Stories bucket bag, sam edelman sandals (TTS)

some quick thoughts on the silk cami: i find this in S to be cut a bit big through the torso and armholes, so i probably could have sized down to an XS and still retained a somewhat slouchy fit. the silk crepe is good quality – not too thin, drapes well and lined along the bust area. definitely not sheer. overall a solid silk staple for summer into other seasons.

what are your current summer faves?


style notes: buying for keeps, pt. II // budget-friendly go-tos

source: H&M x Conscious Exclusive

in my last post on the quality issue, a number of readers chimed in with questions and thoughts for further discussion. it seems that a follow-up (or several) is in order. in a marketplace seemingly littered with more misses than hits, which stores/brands stand out for quality, stylish pieces?


wardrobe planning: summer 2015

dreaming of this lately // caftan living

summer dressing is always an exercise in restraint and editing. i think i'm getting better at it though, year after year. making less trend-based mistakes and staying more true to what i'm genuinely comfortable wearing. this season's wardrobe planning focuses on carefree, easy silhouettes that add color and print personality to my more monochrome f/w foundations.


inspiration + favorites: May

as fleeting as peony season

as usual, spring has been fleeting and fickle, and Memorial Day is already upon us. in the mood for a relaxed silhouette and prints galore.


wardrobe planning: spring/summer 2015

mood + space inspiration via tumblr

maybe it's because we've had to endure eons of winter this year, but i'm really excited for spring and summerish wardrobe planning. it doesn't hurt that there are some real gems out there this season!


sale PSA: delicate baubles + limited editions

a short and sweet sale PSA for your Wednesday: 
huge site-wide 50% off sale at Of a Kind, my favorite one-stop shop for limited edition creations and delicate jewelry. 

happy shopping! let me know if you find any gems x


foundations: stylish work bags under $500

fact: whether you're starting your first job or just got a third promotion, a stylish yet functional work bag (that won't interfere with your 401k) is one of the most essential wardrobe foundations. 


the packing list | Joan Didion

note to self: before packing for a trip, ask the all-important question: "what would Joan do?"


sale PSA: Saint Laurent

a short and sweet PSA for all of you looking to splurge a bit less 
on the two best bags in the Saint Laurent lineup – the Duffle or Sac de Jour

the nano is also a fun and luxe mini bag for the season :)


foundations: the breton shirt guide

my essentials: favorite stripes and a great work satchel

it's no secret that stripes are a staple in my closet year-round. but now that every brand has jumped on the breton bandwagon, which ones are worth buying?


wardrobe planning: spring 2015 [update]

new in: the Clare V x Other Stories bucket bag – my favorite piece from the capsule.

it is finally, finally starting to feel a little bit like spring here.