Pink + Red

This color combo is having a moment.

Image via Vanity Fair

These are all red carpet looks from the Emmys (Vanity Fair wrote about it here), but mass retailers also got into the game for Fall/Winter 2019.

This is from Trina Turk’s Instagram feed, but I can’t find it online. Yet. #Stalking

From the available now files: This Boden sweater is my favorite of the bunch.

This silk blouse – also Boden – is an alternative:

J. Crew adds a few other colors to the mix, but pink and red are front and center:

Coats from – again – Boden and J. Crew, respectively.

And now this.

Georges BB bag, $2140, at Louis Vuitton.

My take on the trend:

Nylon bucket bag with an added Salt strap. This adds a punch of color to any outfit.

Cool Leather Coats – On Sale

I have a mixed relationship with leather.

In the late 90s, I had a leather blazer inspired by “Friends” – just like everyone else.

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Then I went gun shy and stayed away for nearly two decades until springing for a black moto jacket last year.

I like it, but it’s not right for every occasion.

Last week I saw someone wearing this Vince zip cross front jacket.

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I gave her a hug and the leather was like butter.

Plus, it was polished enough for work and looked good when worn open.

I was thrilled to find it for over half off at Nordstrom Rack, albeit in a dark green. I like the color, at least on the website.

$450 at Nordstrom Rack.

The green coat was a bargain too good to pass up, but I really wanted something in black or blue.

Or both.

This Cole Haan jacket is now 25% off at Nordstrom and comes in a several colors. I like the snap detail at the collar.

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The coat above is navy, but I ordered black. Even though my moto jacket is also black, the hardware skews it a bit tough, and the look above is more in tune with professional wear. I can see this paired with a dress during cooler months, which is basically 90% of the year in Minnesota.

This Andrew Marc jacket is an incredible 60% off:

It also comes in an amazing color called Rosewood:

This is under $200!

And finally, from at Shopbop, this Kingston jacket from The Mighty Company.

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Fancy Pants

When I saw that J. Crew was selling these pants, I almost broke my finger clicking “Buy Now.”

Fancy hot pink velvet pants? Sign me up!

But then I looked at the other images.

Ok, when this does not even look amazing on a 22 year old model, I can reasonably project that the rear view on a 46.75 year old Boss Lady Doctor will be less favorable.

One more shot:

I passed.

The search continues.

Spring Wardrobe Additions

I’ve been trying to slow my roll with wardrobe building over the past several months, for a variety of reasons.

  • My new-ish job (now nearly 1.5 years into it, but still, it was a major style shift) doesn’t require the same business attire (all suits, all the time) that my old one did
  • We moved last summer into a tiny rental house with a highly inadequate amount of closet space (Spoiler: this is a problem that will self-correct soon!)
  • Packing and moving forces you to see how much stuff you really have, and when the amount is embarrassing, it puts a pause on “Buy Now” mode
  •  I adore the idea of a capsule wardrobe, even though I am far, far from it

And finally, a really good reason:

  • I recently lost some weight and I’m waiting until the dust settles to see what fits, what doesn’t and what I need to buy all over again

As I posted earlier this week, I received a Stitch Fix with lots of casual mix and match options for summer. This is terrific. I am hoping to keep my new summer wardrobe mostly limited to that Fix, save a few new pairs of summer shoes and swim suits (I am planning to do a tremendous amount of swimming this summer).

For spring, I also kept what was new in check.

One investment that made the cut was this suit from J. Crew:

This is the Parke blazer, Cameron pants and Perfect Fit tee, all in navy. I knew that I had a few important lectures and meetings this spring, and I wanted something that felt modern. I’ve worn this exact outfit three times already and each one has felt like it perfectly hit the mark.

I also placed an order with Banana Republic during one of their 40% off sales for a metallic tweed jacket, a soft gray leather moto jacket, a v-neck tan sweater and this necklace:

Even though this was a recent order, it looks like the tweed and leather jackets are sold out. Here’s a similar version of the jacket available at Nordstrom:

I wore this earlier in the week to give a lecture, pairing it with the navy suit pants, the tan v-neck and the pearl necklace. It all came together.

I’ve also waffled a lot over whether to invest in this bag:

The gray is appealing and unlike anything else I own. I also like how this is less structured that some other designer bags. I can’t seem to pull the trigger.

This Sole Society blush suede clutch was an easier call:

At approximately 3.5% the cost of the gray bag, this pink one feels like a bargain.

 

 

 

January Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix day arrived!

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I never, ever sneak a peek at what’s arriving in my box, but I did see that the package weighed 6 pounds, so I was guessing that there was something substantial – maybe a pair of shoes? – inside.

I was wrong. 

The heavy item was this:

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Here’s a better pic from Stitch Fix:

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If this looks familiar, it’s because I received the same jacket in my last Fix, but one size bigger. It was too big; I couldn’t make it work and sent it back, then immediately had regret.

In the interim, I even joined a Stitch Fix Buy/Sell/Trade group on Facebook, hoping that I’d find this in a medium. No luck, but I did cross my fingers and put in a request to see this item again.

Score!

Second time was the charm on this one. It’s still oversized, but the medium is much, much better for me and I wasn’t going to send it back twice.

The next piece is a great match under the jacket:

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And Stitch Fix’s version:

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This has cold shoulder cut outs but they are not obnoxious. The light pink color is really pretty and right up my alley for what I’m wearing now in my downtime.

I forgot to take a picture of these (and let’s be honest, my photography is terrible), but I also received a pair of jeggings with an elastic waist.

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The only time I’ve had anything remotely similar was a 10+ year old pair of maternity jeans that I got from the Gap. Yep. 

These are surprisingly comfortable and flattering. I would not expose the waistband – ever! – but the fit is sleek and I have already worn them at least half a dozen times. This is a good example of getting something from Stitch Fix that I would never try on my own.  I originally was only going to keep them to get the 25% discount on everything, but they are quickly growing on me.

This next pick was a safe bet for my stylist. I’d Pinned it twice to my Stitch Fix ideas board.

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And a better pic:

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Isn’t the color pretty? I live in pieces like this on the weekends and for to-ing and fro-ing from the gym.

The last item was something else I’d Pinned:

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MZ Wallace is a brand I’ve known about for a long time but only recently got interested in buying. I love how lightweight these quilted bags are. The timing of this was a bit off because I ended up getting another MZ Wallace bag – a floral tote – shortly after I received this one. I justified keeping them both since this one is more of a purse and the other one is a work tote or gym bag. I’m good with mind tricks like that.

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One more thing about the MZ Wallace bags: they come with an internal nylon pouch, which is useful for organizing items like chargers, etc.

This was an expensive Fix. Even with the 25% discount, the final tab was still about $350, mostly due to the bag (about $235) and the duster ($98). Having said that, I recently signed up for a Style Pass, which is a flat $49 fee for the year where now I do not have to pay $20 styling fees per Fix. With the Style Pass, Stitch Fix gave me a $49 credit. I also had a deal with my American Express card where if I spent $50 on Stitch Fix I would get a $25 statement credit. Those two factors alone made getting it all worth it.

This was a great Fix!