Suitable Alternatives

Remember when I said that my wedding ring was recently on the losing end of a battle with the garbage disposal? 

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Yeah, that was a bummer. An uninsured bummer.

So, while I currently remain ringless, I am dreaming about some suitable alternatives.

First up, this stacked David Yurman ring. It’s one piece but creates the illusion of multiples.

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I also like the idea of having these three delicate rings, each in a different metal (gold, platinum, rose gold), that could be worn separately or together. I think I like this better than the stacked ring above because of the styling versatility.

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A slightly different version of the above, but with a more random placement of the diamonds. This Elsa Peretti Etoile band has been available for at least 15 years but I still think it looks modern and fun:

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My friend P. has an anniversary band like the one below and I love the way it looks. Pro tip from her: make sure the diamonds circle the whole ring so that you can see it sparkle if she’s waving to you, princess-style.

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A substantial gold and diamond number:

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This is more of a cocktail ring, but I still love it, especially in rose gold:

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And finally, this Roberto Coin panda ring is a big no but it made me laugh:

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It’s $18,500 (!!!)

 

 

 

 

Eat Your Lipstick

Have you ever read those claims in beauty magazines that women eat an extraordinary amount – we’re talking pounds – of lipstick over the course of their lifetimes?

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Snopes has thoroughly debunked this myth, but still, it recently got me thinking.

This month a journal I regularly read (Fertility and Sterility, which has a slightly lower circulation than US Weekly, let’s be honest) had a special issue about environmental toxicants and their impact on reproductive health.

One article focused solely on cosmetics. While there wasn’t conclusive evidence that specific chemicals in products we routinely apply to our skin/face/lips cause problems like infertility or early menopause, there were questions about their safety.

Since I started using Invisalign braces about six months ago, I saw firsthand how much lipstick I get on my teeth. The Invisaligns show off every speck.

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Slightly exaggerated. And blurry. But you get the idea…

A few months ago I was introduced to Beautycounter, a brand that is all about safer beauty, free of toxic chemicals. Check out their list Never List of ingredients to avoid.

I haven’t made a full commitment to green beauty yet, but I purchased a Lip Sheer in Coral and a Gloss in Peony. Both of these are terrifically creamy formulas with good staying power and a nice feel.

And it’s making me feel better about all that gloss on my teeth.

P.S. Right now, Beautycounter has a special collection available at Target. Check it out!

 

 

 

J. Crew Signet Bag

Have you seen these J.Crew signet bags?

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Starting at $128, they’re cute and well-priced.

 

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The best part is that you can customize the bag to make it your own with tassels, monograms, coin purses and customizable tags  (I would definitely get a gold one that says “Fancy”).

Here are some ideas:

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I love the contrast of the red bag with the blue key fob:

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This one might become mine. I’d add the gold “Fancy” tag and a leopard coin purse.

 

Fair Isle Made Modern

Fair Isle patterns really aren’t my thing.

They just harken memories of bad 1980s sweaters like these:

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All 80s sweaters via liketotally80s

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And yet … they’re suddenly everywhere. 

Over the weekend, I saw a cute outfit in a magazine pairing a Fair Isle sweater with an icy blue skirt. Specifically, this Fair Isle sweater from Old Navy:

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This rings in at less than $40.

And then I opened up the latest Boden catalog to see this:

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I like the neon pink color pop.

Here’s another option from J. Crew Factory:

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If you’re not ready to commit to the trend, these accessories are a start:

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Splendid scarf

And even though this Boden Hat & Mittens set with a matching Scarf are technically for tweens, I could still see them being cheery and fun for adults:

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Are you wearing Fair Isle this fall?

Closet Update Fall 2015

I was serious when I previously mentioned here and here that I own too much stuff and need to edit, edit, edit.

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For fall, I haven’t purchased many casual clothes yet (exception being my Elizabeth & Clarke order), although I have my eye on this sweater and scarf from Banana Republic.

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Fisherman Sweater in Oatmeal

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Annabel Plaid Wool Scarf

Seriously, plaid scarves are still everywhere this season.

While I’ve been vigilantly deleting my email offers from Banana, J. Crew and all of my other favorite haunts, I did pony up for some new work duds.

The dress code at my workplace is described as “business formal.”

That means suits or dresses. Every day.

Like everyone who starts working at This World Famous Medical Center, I had to go on a suit shopping spree before I started there seven years ago.

Seven years ago.

That was after MGM but before Trixie, after one marathon but before eight, after 30 but before 40, etc. You get the idea.

A lot has happened in that interval but when I recently scanned my overstuffed closet, every one of those original suits was still there.

Granted, I’ve added many pieces in the interim and some of the old stuff hasn’t seen the light of day in a looooong time. Some of it fits. Much of it doesn’t.

Since Stitch Fix has been letting me down so much lately and never really had the building blocks I needed (they’re more fun pieces than work staples), I’ve been hitting M.M. LaFleur hard.

(See my first post here).

This fall I invested in a Toi dress, which I absolutely love.

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The fit is perfect and the quality is excellent. I tried to get it in a teal color, too, but was unsuccessful. The kind stylists at M.M. told me that it was coming out soon in two new shades, blackberry and rye, so I’m staying hopeful.

The Hanna dress in cornflower blue and black also made their way into my wardrobe. Although these both are fine for work, they feel more like party dresses to me. I took the blue one on our recent Alaska trip and wore it to formal night on the cruise.

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Since these dresses are sleeveless, I also needed a jacket to wear over them. I received a black Angelique jacket in my first order. It was very flattering, non-wrinkly, and the quality of the knit reminded me of St. John.

I also received the Sant Ambroeus in lavender in my second order and ended up liking the clean cut even better than the Angelique. I had to keep my eye on the website but eventually I was able to snap it up in black, too.

The last piece from my initial M.M. LaFleur spree was this cocoon sweater, which – alas! – is no longer available.

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This is a cozy layering piece, not a Jedi robe, which is what it looks like above.

And now, M.M. just launched a new collection called #PracticeMakes.

Since my recent habits got me into the V.I.P. Presale (ummm, yes, embarrassing), I had a chance to order before the collection went live last week.

There are several new versions of their staples and a few entirely new pieces. I felt like the Toi dress, the jackets and the cocoon sweater would tide me over for fall and winter, and the Hanna dresses would be sufficient for spring and any warm weather travel during the winter.

Except…

There was one more thing I had to make mine. This Graham sweater in Midnight Green really caught my attention from the #PracticeMakes collection.

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This looks like a great transitional layering piece in a color that is mostly absent from my wardrobe. I can’t wait to get it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like A Magpie: J. Crew Fall Jewelry

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This definition of a magpie in the Oxford English Dictionary made me laugh:

Used in similes or comparisons to refer to a person who collects things, especially things of little use or value, or a person who chatters idly.

Yep, sounds familiar.

On that note, J. Crew’s first fall catalog arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it contains some delightful sparkly gems that are a magnet for my magpie mind.

This crystal foliage necklace is #1 on my Just Want Now list:

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Look how great it is styled with a chambray shirt:

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Same stones, cocktail ring version:

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Two cuff bracelets (two images of the second one to show its wrap style):

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I can’t decide which bracelet I like better. Both have their charms.

Or, if you want to go in an entirely different direction, these simple and modern pieces also caught my fancy:

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