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:


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



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:



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.”





*** 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:


Valentino Rockstud Flats


Kate Spade Poise Pumps


Gucci Loafers

These pink bags are also killing me:


Kate Spade Little Minka Bag


Gucci Soho Patent Bag in Bougainvillea


Valentino Rockstud Small Cross Body Bag


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.