fashion and style

must haves.

must haves...

1. black and white striped tops. seriously, in my mind i can never have enough of them.
2. pearl studs: i’ve been wearing pearls almost everyday for the last ten years. can’t live without pearls!
3. essential bobby pins.
4. booties: madewell zip code (they go with everything).
5. bag: mahogany vintage coach willis. always classic.
6. lips: perfectly red- red lipstick!
7. note pads: i’m a serious list maker.
8. dark skinny jeans: saving for some j brand denim.
9. to make me smile: plants and flowers for brightening up the apartment.
10. my signature scent: coco mademoiselle.
11. favorite eye cream: clinique all about eyes.
12. coffee: my eternal love (that i’ve had to majorly cut back on lately).

gimme booties.

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i love the color of these suede booties! i’ve been eyeing them ever since brian got me the black leather ones for my b-day. i think these just made the christmas list. and if brian just so happens to get me a pretty dress and the boots to wrap up and throw under the tree (hint! hint!) everything will be an additional 25% off, making the boots half off. yay! what’s on your wish list?! i’m starting my christmas shopping this weekend so brian better get on his christmas list! clearly mine is covered. haha! happy christmas shopping… and wishing!

let’s find each other on pinterest!

update: madewell put these boots back up to the original price, darn them! fortunately, i have a sneaking suspicion that they were already ordered. ah, persistence (he might call it nagging. i call it persistence).

all mine.

i’m so excited that this peter pan collar sweater is mine… mine… ALL mine! thanks to my friends dave and david who got me a gift card to jcrew for my b-day (not to mention this beautiful necklace from tiffany’s that has been around my neck since the moment it came out of the box). now about this sweater, it’s the perfect piece for the autumn season and will easily carry me into winter. it’s very similar to the one i posted here. dare i say better? yes, it’s even better! i can’t wait to pair it with skirts and tights, denim, and layer it over dresses! this garnet sweater will be the gift that keeps on giving for years to come.

p.s. even though i had a gift card i still didn’t pay full price for this lovely girl. my friend anne and i combined items on one order to receive 25% off and free shipping! let’s just say i’m not big on paying full price unless i absolutely have to. unfortunately, there are certain items that never go on sale. ever. SIGH!

update: it arrived and i love it! the color and fit are perfect!

the sweetest thing.

my friend amy is the sweetest thing ever! the other day i was walking through whole foods on a search for flowers when i heard my phone sound. i opened a message from amy with this collage attached. it made me feel so special when i saw her sketches! amy decided to use some of her friends for a sketch project and i was fortunate enough to be one of her subjects. that really made my day. she is so thoughtful and talented. gotta love that girl!

four feel pretty products.

four feel pretty products.
here are four beauty products i cannot live without…
1. i’ve been wearing coco mademoiselle for years and it will continue to be my signature fragrance for years to come. this scent is so lovely!
2. this kiehl’s ultra facial moisturizer is the best!  it makes my skin feel soft without feeling greasy (another moisturizer i love is clinique youth surge night).
3. i love ultra-pink cheeks… always have, always will! i think they are so girly and pretty. i really like mac so sweet so easy (creme) and dolly mix (powder).
4.  red nails are eternally classic and chic. i always make sure i have a great red nail polish like this one from nars.

the handbag dreamer.

every girl who has a serious love for handbags has their ultimate dream bag that they would covert forever if given the chance to own it. for some it’s a balenciaga, for others it’s a hermes birkin, and for many it’s the latest and greatest louis vuitton. for me and i’m sure many others, it’s a classic quilted chanel. and i may not have one anytime soon but i can still daydream about it and drool over them by perusing the chanel website and searching for vintage lovelies on ebay (which as i mentioned yesterday has become a bit of an issue). it’s a mild form of torture.

this chanel bag truly makes my heart go pitter pat. i swear i’m the eternal handbag dreamer.

the friendly four.

hello all! i hope you are having a fantastic week. mine has been really hectic to say the least and it’s only wednesday! i wanted to give an update on my challenge. with only twelve days left, it looks like i’m going to make it through successfully and live to tell about it. i haven’t even gone thrifting, albeit the temptation was there. last night after my run, i went into the salvation army on valenica just to peruse the selection. i found the cutest flats, but i slowly walked away even though they were the price of a latte. at this point, it’s the sheer principle of making it through and showing myself that i can do anything i put my mind to (and also to tell brian, “i told you i could do it! neaner. neaner!” just kidding, well sort of). this experience has really made me realize that i often just shop to shop. now i think about things i really desire even if they mean saving awhile. therefore, i have decided that i will hold off on mindless, compulsive shopping to save for the occasional splurges. like, hmmm i don’t know, perhaps a vintage chanel?! maybe brian will surprise me with one for our nine year anniversary in october. once again, a girl can dream. gosh i hope brian reads this! now that there’s only about two weeks left i’m already looking at some secondhand goodies on ebay and some basic “necessities” for spring/summer (ahem, some karen walker’s that i’m hoping to find secondhand for a fraction of the price, something i would have never considered before AND the denim circle skirt from american apparel). sunglasses and a denim skirt are spring/summer essentials, right?

anyway, back to living through this challenging experience of going 45 long days without shopping. it has been a rough 45 days. there’s no patch for making it through the early withdrawals.  my friend, erika (check out her ultra-stylish and witty blog), mentioned that it only takes 21 days to break a habit. so i wonder- since i will have doubled that amount of time when this is over, will i be doubly successful in kicking my excessive shopping habit for good? i sure hope so. in an effort to make sure the habit doesn’t take control of me again i’ve created some ground rules for shopping.

here are the four wallet and closet friendly questions i will keep in mind when i hit the stores:

1. love it or leave it? i almost always (oxymoronic i know) walked into a store and thought, “am i in love with it?” and if not, i would leave it. but have you ever had those moments of desperation when you just need something new for a dinner, a concert, a date, so you say the heck with it and buy something you know will be collecting dust after the first and last time it’s been worn? i have and my new rule is to just say no, unless it’s love and i will be sticking to that mode of operation from here on out. so what happens if i love it all? i will simply have to abandon those loves to do my wallet a favor. it’s “amazing” how one’s bank account  swells after giving up shopping for 45 days. so i need to keep our savings account in mind as well.

2. is this a bad case of ol’ faithful? i’m so guilty of buying replications of things i already own. brian always says, “don’t you have something exactly like that already?” most of the time i do! i don’t need four or five variations of the same thing (cardigans don’t count! hehe). this is when i need to save the money in my splurge bank.

3. wallet or closet? let’s face facts here, i have many articles of clothing, as i’m sure most of you do, that remain untouched- regardless of whether i love them or hate them (some days i seem to hate it all). but nonetheless, i head out to stores and buy-buy-buy! with this challenge that habit has come to a crashing halt. i hope i can continue to avert this problem in the future and prioritize my wallet over my closet. it’s easier said than done- trust me on that! being on a major budget will force me to prioritize what i really want and what should be left on the racks.

4. will the piece stand the test of time? i have always been pretty good about dressing for myself and not trying to keep up with all the trends. i guess i finally figured out what works for me and what doesn’t. with that said, some trends are worth jumping onto- case and point: MINT! CORAL! LACE! but i would argue these are classics. classically trendy will be the motto! i’m going for pieces that will go the distance.

with all questions considered, here are some karen walker’s i’ve been lusting after. i love em and don’t have any like em.  in this case, sunglasses are going to win over my wallet. i know they will withstand the test of time! they are gorgeous! 

but i need your help! what do you think, one, two, or six?

ONE?

TWO?
SIX?
decisions, decisions!

clearly habits are hard to break considering i’m not even finished and i’m already deciding on sunglasses. i think i vote number six. what do you think?!

p.s. i feel like i’ve neglected outfit posting this week. i’ve been so busy at work (SIGH for me!). not to mention, it’s been pouring rain… excuses, excuses.  i will be sure to get some outfit posts up in the next day or two.

:)

blogging with love,

aimee lynn.

chasing kirsten.

 kirsten for vogue italia.

kirsten in wonderland.

kirsten dunst is talented, enviously stylish, and hauntingly edgy for a blonde. did i forget to mention gorgeous? yes, she is absolutely gorgeous. i love pouring over editorials, especially dreamy ones like this. i can only imagine what it would be like to wear these beautiful clothes. just like heaven, i’m sure. this editorial was love at first sight for me! what are your thoughts?

p.s. now i just want to go home and watch marie antoinette (possibly one of the prettiest movies ever) while eating macarons. brian will not be enthused! boys.

as always, thanks for reading!

-aimee lynn.