Over-The-Top Treat Yourself! Holiday Accessories

Granted, all of these items were from the “Treat Yourself!” section of Neiman Marcus’ website, but their combined over-the-top-ness is almost too much.

And what if they were combined into one outrageously awesome outfit?

Let’s start with eyewear.

These Anna-Karin Karlsson butterfly glasses retail for $865.

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picture1This Alexander McQueen clutch also fits the over-the-top bill:

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It’s $3695 and completely fabulous, in case you are wondering.

And finally, footwear. These Gucci mules feel almost tame in comparison. They come in silver or gold, retailing for a mere $795.

picture4 picture5Seriously, I could totally channel a Christmas tree if I put these all together. I think I can pull it off.

 

 

 

Are Mules Work Appropriate?

Are mules work appropriate?

I really like the look of these shoes, but I just can’t reconcile wearing them to work.

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(Find them here, here, and here, respectively).

They would look ridiculous with socks, so bare heel seems the only way to go. And while I occasionally have worn dressy sandals or slingbacks to work, I can’t recall ever having the backside of my foot completely exposed.

It seemed like a moot point since the weather is changing, but suddenly these winter-ish mules are everywhere:

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They come in several versions, too.

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What do you think? Yay or nay for work?

 

 

 

 

Crossbody Bags

Two weeks ago when I went to California to run in a half-marathon, I spent a day at Disneyland*** and found myself wishing I had a crossbody bag to hold my stuff and keep me hands-free when I tooled about the park.

Had I been better prepared, I may have selected one of these:

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Clare Vivier

Clare Vivier

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Fossil

Fossil

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

This one’s too glam for a day at the amusement park, but it’s still pretty awesome:

Gucci

Gucci

Finally, here are my two favorites. The leather one is more laid-back whereas the nylon one basically will inspire envy in the other moms checking each other out while waiting in line for two hours to ride on “It’s a Small World.”

Frye

Frye

Prada

Prada

*** Yes. I went to Disneyland alone. My kids were at home with Spouse. Awful. I know. One of my good friends found this situation to be incredibly weird. I didn’t! I was killing time before the race. And FYI, you can get on just about any ride with barely a wait when you’re a single rider, not to mention being able to freely people watch and walk about the park without stopping every ten paces to buy a souvenir or take one of a zillion potty breaks. I recommend it. But note: It’s much easier to go to Disneyland solo as a Midwestern-y adult single female, than, say, a mustachioed middle-aged man with a windowless van.

Think Pink

Apparently the color pink is trending this year for spring fashion.

But when isn’t pink in for spring? If my Easter bag(s) of M&Ms are correct, then pink is always a hit as winter slowly abates.

Last fall I posted about how I love pink shoes, but my tiny stash is nothing compared to these outrageous gems from Neiman Marcus, which are really works of art but utterly impractical for commoners:

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All of these are by Italian designer Rene Caovilla, and the prices are as outlandish as the styles. The tall middle pair retails for almost $2800. Yikes.

From a style standpoint, these seem like better options for me:

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Valentino Rockstud Flats

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Kate Spade Poise Pumps

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Gucci Loafers

These pink bags are also killing me:

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Kate Spade Little Minka Bag

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Gucci Soho Patent Bag in Bougainvillea

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Valentino Rockstud Small Cross Body Bag

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Saint Laurent Small Sac du Jour in Fuchsia

The Kate Spade shoes and bag would be too cutesy to wear together, but I would love to independently rock them for spring.