I don’t know why, but all of a sudden, I really feel that I need a pair of silver oxfords. It’s not a logical desire, since we’re about to enter the six-month Georgia season in which wearing anything other than sandals is completely unbearable. But the heart wants what it wants.
Did you notice my amazing new wool coat in this picture? It’s from J. Crew, and it’s the best thing in the world.
I was in desperate need of a warm coat for New York, so my mom bought it for me as an early Christmas gift, and thank the lord she did, because it saved my life. It feels pretty lightweight, but it’s CRAZY-warm, and so soft and comfortable. I got compliments on it left and right, too.
When we got the coat, it was 25% off, but now it’s 30% off for Black Friday with the promo code HOLIDAY. Uh, that’s $105 off. You should probably jump on that. Just go ahead and buy it NOW. The sale runs until Sunday, but I would guess it’ll sell out fast – I practically had to fight some little woman in the store for mine. FYI, it has a great stretch, so if you’d prefer it a bit more fitted, you can size down. Mine is a size 4, and I was expecting to need an 8! Needless to say, that made me very happy.
Since we’re here, I thought I’d share a few more of my favorite items that are now on super sale.
I also grabbed a super-soft scarf very similar to this one from Gap before we left.
Mine is red and green plaid, but it looks like that one may be sold out at the moment. You should get one anyway, though, because a) Gap’s “cozy” scarves are insanely soft and warm (I have three, so I would know) and b) everything on Gap’s website is 50% off today with the promo code BLKFRIDAY. I repeat: 50% off. Everything. Tomorrow is 40% off everything with the promo code GIFT.
While we’re talking scarves, how perfect is this pastel one from ASOS?
From now until Sunday at 8pm EST, everything at ASOS is 30% off with the promo code TGIBF.
And yup, it’s on sale, too! Today, Lulu & Georgia is giving 20% off $250+ with the code PUMPKINPIE20, 25% off $500+ with PUMPKINPIE25 and 30% off with PUMPKINPIE30. (And PS: If you click over to the product page, you’ll see that they used three of my photos, which makes me kind of woozy with pride.) See more pictures of the coffee table and rug in our house here.
I got it in navy a couple weeks ago, and I’ve already worn it three times. With pants, for the record. It’s really flattering – loose in the right places, but fitted enough in the top and sleeves to not look shlubby. Plus, all sale is an extra 25% off right now, so it’s only $22.49. I’m kind of tempted to buy the other two colors. I’d recommend you do the same.
I’ve been called impulsive. Not a complimentary word, but not entirely inaccurate. It’s just that once I make a decision, I tend to act on it. Quickly.
Remember how I posted back in early October that Brad and I were thinking of moving to Brooklyn? And how I said that we’d been thinking about it since mid-August? The fact that we don’t have a solid decision made yet is very unusual for us as a couple, and it is KILLING ME. There are few things I hate more than being in limbo.
Obviously, this is a major life choice, and I know that it’s probably better to take our time. But still – I have no patience. Especially because so many things in our lives are on hold until the decision is made. I’m a woman of action, and I just. can’t. sit. still.
Aside from the bigger things I’m hesitant to do (scheduling holiday travel and medical procedures, making updates to the house, etc), I’m also not letting myself do any shopping, and it’s so, so sad. Fall is usually the season when I pick out some new clothes, but it seems kind of silly to do that when I don’t know what climate I’m going to be living in. I also feel like I shouldn’t be spending money on unnecessary things if we need to be saving for a move.
If I was allowing myself to make wardrobe additions, though, I’d be picking up a pair of basic black ankle boots. I have a million pairs of shoes, but somehow, I don’t have any of those. And there are so many good ones out there right now!
I know the internets are abuzz with photos from the Spring 2015 collections, but I have to admit: I can’t seem to get excited about a fashion season until it’s actually upon me. So, on this, the first day of fall, I’m clicking back through my pinned Fall 2014 looks.
I have about four DIY projects in progress right now, but none are ready to share, so let’s talk bags.
Every day, I walk in and out of work with no less than three bags, and it is no fun. There’s this thing, see – I call it Steph’s Law. Steph’s Law states that if anything can get caught or tangled on something else, it will. I’m constantly muttering obscenities while trying to yank my computer bag out of my car, only to find that the strap has somehow wrapped itself around my emergency brake.
I really think it’s time for me to grow up and get a “work” bag, so I’m in the market for a casual, versatile camel leather tote. I’m obsessed with the color of my current purse – a Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. in Almond – so something about the same shade would be ideal. Camel is the best because it goes with black, brown, light, dark … everything!
I still have a little bit of birthday money left, but I’m trying to save some, so I’ll probably buy on the lower end of the spectrum. But some of these bags are just so beautiful, I had to share them anyway.
MIVO Medium Light Brown Leather Tote from Misoui on Etsy: $326.12. This bag is handmade in Warsaw. The shop also sells matching zip pouches that can attach to the inside of the toast with a snapped strap. Probably a little out of my price range, but aren’t they beautiful?
Cuyana Tall Leather Tote in Caramel: $160 ($150 without the monogram). I’ve seen this one all over the place, and from what I hear, it’s for good reason. My friend Bianca just purchased one, and she says it’s “the most perfect thing in the entire world.” I’m digging it for the gold stamped monogram and the super-reinforced straps. I tend to overload my bags, so strong straps are a must.
Leather totes from Joy and Surprise on Etsy: $113 for small, $118 for large. These bags come with a separate zippered canvas inner bag. I’m guessing they’re removable. My only concern is the single line of stitching that holds the straps on – I wonder how strong that is.
Madewell Transport Tote in English Saddle: $168. The black version of this bag can be monogrammed, but it’s not an option for the English Saddle version at this time, which is a bummer. Other than that little problem, though, this bag is tempting. My blog pal Alex posted about it a couple months ago and got a million comments with everyone saying, “BUY IT!” which makes me think it’s a keeper.
Brown Leather Market Bag from Sord on Etsy: $235. This bag has two interior slip pockets – always helpful. The leather looks nice and thick, too.
Honorable mention goes to this bag from Candy Ruan on Etsy. I really like it, but there isn’t currently a brown option in the shop. I sent the owner a message to see if they do custom orders – I’ll update this post if/when I hear back!
UPDATE: Just came across this gorgeous cognac leather tote for $178. It’s currently back-ordered, but will allegedly be back in stock at the end of the summer.