Wardrobe Workhorses

madewell glasgow satchel bag - on sale

Remember a few weeks ago when I was telling you about how black pants had become an indispensable item in my wardrobe — something I couldn’t live without? I was thinking about this the other day as I was getting dressed, and realized that the simplification process has extended far beyond pants. Recently, there have been a few items in my wardrobe that I’ve reached for over and over again, so much so that I’ve already looked online so that I can buy multiples of them (a sure sign that you know you really love something). Today I thought I’d share a few of these wardrobe workhorses, because honestly, they’re things I’d highly recommend you add to your closet!  Read the full post +

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"All we wanna know is where the stars came from, but do we ever stop to watch them shine?" - Jon Bellion

Digging D’Orsays

6 flats under $100; 6 more if you want to splurge!

The D’Orsay flat isn’t a new shoe silhouette, but this spring, I feel like it’s everywhere again. These babies first blew onto the scene a few years ago, when Jenni Kayne introduced her now famous D’Orsay flats. The price tag on hers were and are a bit steep, and for better or worse, the shape has been reinterpreted and replicated by tons of brands (almost two years ago, I scored a pair of black suede ones from ShoeMint that I still wear). Indeed, nowadays this silhouette is everywhere, in a plethora of colors, textures, and patterns. As a gal who loves a good pair of flats, especially an interesting pair to add that extra little sumthin’ sumthin’ to an all-neutral outfit, I’m loving the variety that’s currently out there. Above are six pairs I’ve bookmarked that are all under $100 (I like these super simple ones in brown, and the texture of these teal ones). Any favorites?

And, if you’re in the mood for a bit of a splurge, I’ve also rounded up 6 more gorgeous pairs below (these and these both = heart eyes emoji!)…   Read the full post +

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Obscure Things I Learn About from Antiques Roadshow

3 antiques from antiques roadshow

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is commandeering the TV for the night, pouring a glass of wine, and watching Antiques Roadshow on PBS. The thrill of the antique hunt, interesting backstories, experts giving brief history lessons, random Americans inevitably shocked or disappointed by the value of their wares — I’m totally serious when I say that this is compelling TV.

Sometimes when I’m watching I’m so charmed by whatever the item they’re talking about, that I make a note of it to either see if there’s actually an affordable version, or just to learn more about the item’s history. Above are three such items: the lorgnette, the epergne, and the cellarette (miracle of miracles, they all ended up with French names). I saw a pair of 1910 diamond and ruby lorgnettes appraised recently (if you want to see ‘em, they’re here — and gorgeous), along with this absolutely stunning 1765 silver epergne (view the appraisal here). With the epergne especially, the appraisal seems right on target (you won’t believe how expensive these things can be). I also saw a cellarette appraised recently, and all but decided we need one of these in our dining room some day. These things are so cool! The original wine fridge.

Anyhoo, I always love putting these history type posts together for you guys, and while the focus is often on historical fashion, I thought all these antiques were too interesting not to share. PS, if you’re interested in looking at lorgnettes, epergnes, and cellarettes currently floating around on the market, I always like window shopping at 1st Dibs (you can click on any of those links to see what’s currently being sold).

 

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All items currently for sale at 1st Dibs, though we’ll call them window shopping items for now:

Lorgnette  |  Epergne  |  Cellarette