Sep19

Casual in Lace

Lace Blouse c/o VIPshop | Citizens of Humanity Liya Jeans (save)
Fendi Bag (love) | Converse Sneakers (low top)
BaubleBar Earrings (save) | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Since school started for my boys, I’ve been busy getting up to speed on classroom events and activities. At parent night yesterday, I felt compelled to grab a bag of construction paper to help the teachers cut shapes for special projects. This bag is quite heavy, which means I have a lot of cutting to do this week! So, I have to keep this post short and sweet. Lace is the most feminine fabric I can think of and this top is very unique. I feel elegant wearing it with a dressy skirt and minimal heels. Had to try it with mom jeans and flashy sneakers too!

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Sep15

Staud Moreau Bucket Bag

Amanda Uprichard Top (dress) c/o | Zara Flare Jeans (similar)
Staud Moreau Bucket Bag | Castañer Carina Espadrilles (love)
Fendi Sunglasses (similar, save)

I get stopped all the time about this bag! I might say this about every new handbag but I honestly feel that this Moreau bucket bag by Staud is very special. These two factors make this bag outstanding – design and quality.

The design is so unique. It is made of two distinct pieces. Netted rope with handles and a leather bucket that slips into the netting. From the bucket shape to the intricate netting to the curved handles, it is a work of art! And the construction of the bag is just as amazing. The bucket and handles are made of gorgeous thick leather and the netting is made from sturdy rope tied into perfect little knots.

All for under $500! People are shocked when I tell them the price is $375. :) Note, there aren’t any compartments but the bag is very roomy (easily fits all my essentials) and it doesn’t lose its shape. One think I don’t love about my Simon Miller Bonsai bag is that, though it is beautiful, it collapses when I’m not holding it (boo). Not the case for this beauty.

This bag has a modern, almost masculine vibe but I love wearing it with feminine clothing like this floral top. Lately, I am investing in some pretty tops that look great with both jeans and fancy pants. Loving the selection from Amanda Uprichard! Tops (and dresses) are sophisticated with just the right amount of sexy. Quality is spot on and the price point agrees with my wallet. I’m featuring a few of my favorite tops below.

Happy Friday everyone! I am so proud of my amazing husband tackling the Malibu Triathlon this Sunday. Go get ’em hunny!

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Sep12

Spicy

Off the Shoulder Top c/o VIPshop | SJYP Jeans (love)
Staud Moreau Bucket Bag | Kurt Geiger Pumps (similar, love, save)
Le Specs The Last Lolita Sunglasses (+colors)

A sexy little top goes a long way and this off the shoulder is a standout! I chose red because it’s my favorite color to wear when I’m in a spicy fashion mood. ;) Paired with a skirt, it looks elegant for special occasions but I think it looks just as fabulous with a great pair of jeans (and a really cool bucket bag). The best part is that it’s under $20. At that price point, it’s often tricky to find clothing that looks and feels like quality. Not an issue with this top or any of the clothing items that I’ve tried from VIPshop in the past (more examples here and here).

VIPshop has gone through some changes since I first discovered it. It has become an international platform for flash sales. The site offers a large selection of clothing, shoes and jewelry organized into easy-to-browse categories. Now they sell activewear, loungewear and children’s clothing too. I can spend hours browsing to find goodies, most of which are priced under $50, many under $20.

I love fashion but I don’t love that trends are often fleeting. I splurge and invest in staples but for the latest trends, I look for sale sites like VIPshop where I can find something fun to try without spending a lot of money. For example, cut-out shoulders or metallic pleats. Both so fun for fall!

Register on the site for a $100 coupon and free standard shipping on your order of $69+. For my readers, $5 off your order over $50 with the code Elizabeth733. Happy shopping everyone!

Big thanks to VIPshop for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Sep07

Rainbow Maxi Dress

Amanda Uprichard Rio Maxi Dress (similar) c/o
Chloé Nile Bag (larger, save) | Castañer Carina Espadrilles
Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Feeling romantic in this beautiful maxi dress. :) Silky rainbow stripes are just my thing – vibrant and fancy! I adore the design of this dress. The bodice is flattering for a smaller chest and two slits down the front show a little leg (but not too much). This print appears to be sold out but I love the sweetness of this floral one and think it could be a great special occasion dress in classic black.

Chris and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary yesterday. As we sipped sake over a sushi dinner, our little boys played with their food and squirmed in their seats. When I looked into their mischievous faces, I felt certain that the best thing about our marriage was the love that we created in the form of these adorable human beings!

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Sep04

Chloé Nile Bag

Norma Kamali Top (similar) | Topshop Skirt
Chloeé Nile Bag (mediumsave) | ATP Atelier Sandals
Janessa Leone Hat (similar) | Super Sunglasses

This Chloé Nile bag has been my go-to bag this summer. Now that I’ve had a chance to wear it for almost a full season, I am ready to review it!

I fell in love with this bag the moment I saw a photo of it. The saddle shape, together with the flashy gold ring, creates a fancy bohemian vibe. When held by the ring handle, the silhouette is so unique! I chose an off white color that goes with everything but it comes in many different colors.

It also comes in three sizes. Mine is the small, which comfortably fits a small wallet, phone, keys and lipstick. I can also squeeze in a pair of small sunglasses in a soft case. (Not so much for my statement sunnies in a larger protective case.) If you tend to carry more, the medium size looks a lot roomier for a little more money. There’s even a smaller version in a size and shape that is perfect for a stylish evening bag.

My favorite thing about this bag is its versatility. For everyday, I wear it casually as a crossbody bag. I need to be hands-free for running errands or hanging out with my little boys. When I need to dress up, I detach the straps and clutch the ring handle for a more polished style (example here). There aren’t very many bags that can transition so seamlessly from day to night. This one gets the job done with plenty of style!

My final thought is that the price point is good for the style and quality that you get. I find that Chloé bags are big on style and the quality is often better than bags from other fancy brands that are twice as expensive. If you decide to splurge on this bag, I am confident that you won’t regret it!

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