Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  With that being said, this week’s wish list will give you something to think about..Christmas!  Whether you gift yourself or want to make a list for someone else, these items are sure to be high on your list!

Wednesday Wish List 11-27-2013

 

1.  Fendi Biker Boots  2.  Coach Fur Cowl  3.  Jil Sander Pleated Leather Skirt  4.  Stephen Webster Earrings

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London has possibly the best art scene in the world; well, it’s the best art scene I’ve ever enjoyed.  Maybe the art is one of the reasons why I love London so much, and why it’s become easier call this place home over the last year.  Recently I’ve been inspired to put together an outfit after seeing works of art featured by 2 artists in the Halcyon Gallery - perfect for any London gallery opening.

1.   Bob Dylan – Mood Swings

Halcyon Gallery Screenshot - Bob Dylan

2.  Dashi Namdakov

Halcyon Gallery Screenshot - Dashi Namdakov

Inspired by London Gallery Openings -Ready for GalleryTom Ford Bruised Plum  BCBG Runway Paulina Blocked Dress  Monies Valioro Necklace  Vionnet Structured Trapeze Bag  Fendi Pumps

 

As a former southerner, I have spent the last 14 years avoiding winter hats.  I do not like wearing hats, coats, layers…..basically anything that is required during the winter.  I am trying to turn over a new leaf.  I am going to start wearing hats.  I’ve been forcing my kids to wear them for a while now and it is a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of thing.  In my search for a few cool hats, I ran across these, hope you like them as much as I do!

Hat Attack

 

Bryan Boy for Adrienne Landau    Coach Cable Knit Hat with Pom Pom   Borsalino Corso Como 

Gucci Wide Brimmed Hat   Plush Barca Slouchy Hat

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I’m usually more formal and classic in my outfit choices.  Once in awhile I do enjoy the casual, romantic boho look – especially when it’s done well.  And by well, I mean ‘Balenciaga’.  Boho-Country-Outfit---London

Free People Dress    Isabel Marant    Balenciaga Blue    Barbour    Zara Scarf

Most of the notable fashion I see in London consists of classic items done incredibly well.  Skinny cut jeans, well tailored button down tops, high end sweaters, and luxury accessories – handbags, jewellery, belts, etc.  I’m always looking to fill out my closet with new basics, especially when I see great discounts.   As you might imagine, I love to online shop - TheOutnet is one of my favourites.  The below are a collection of my favourite basics – the essential black sweater!

Discounted-Black-SweatersDagmarInhabitT by Alexander Wang - N.Peal Cashmere

Vanessa Traina knows a thing or two about style.  She can pull off a leather jacket like no other.  Having interned at French Vogue, she brings an awesome french flair to her own personal style.  Looking for a stylish way to wear your leather jacket?  Look no further!

 

How To Wear A Leather Jacket

 

Leather Jacket     Mayle Bag     Helmut Top    Jeans

Kerry Washington is simply amazing.  She has the most dewy, clear skin and beautifully coiffed hair.  Having been named as People Magazine’s Best Dressed Woman of 2013, she continually wows everyone with her style.  I, like millions of others, am a BIG fan of her show Scandal.  Every week, I’m glued to the screen, which is no easy feat after dealing with three kids in evening!  one thing that constantly stand out to me is her hair.  I love this wavy look that she has mastered so well.  I wash my hair every other day, so I usually wear this style on the day that I know I will wash my hair.  I have to wash the hair spray out!   I start with making a part on the side of my head that works for me (usually the left).  I start at the bottom using the Sedu iron (the heat glove makes it easy to use).  I go through my hair alternating the direction of the curls.  After  I am done, I mist in the Oribe spray (which I love because it gives the hair that messy look, but still remains touchable.  I then finish off the look with Living Proof Holding Spray.  this is by far one of the easiest looks to re-create.

Kerry Washington Waves

 

Oribe Apres Beach Spray    Sedu Clipless Curling Iron    Living Proof Holding Spray

Wednesday Wish List 10-23-2013

 

See By Chloe Melia Boot     Dannijo Bea Necklace     Vintage Chanel Gold Bangles   

 IRO Dress     Rupert Sanderson Moiki Pumps

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It is no secret, I’m 33.  I’ve spent the better part of my time after college trying to look as young as possible.  Occasionally, I dress a little too young.  I realized this after my work colleague mentioned that her 11 year old daughter had the same shirt as me.  I’m not really sure what that means.  Either I dress too young or SHE dresses too old.  I’d like to believe she dresses too old?  This brings me to the age old question: just what IS appropriate??  In the last few years,  I think it has come to mean getting the right mix of pieces when putting outfits together.  I have gotten over worrying incessantly about whether I am “in style” or “trendy.”  In have managed to build a great wardrobe of basics, largely pulled from Eileen Fisher.  My favorite piece of the moment is a maxi skirt that I scored at the Bloomingdale’s Friends and Family sale a few weeks back.  It is the most comfortable piece of clothing that I own.  Best of all, the fabrics are organic, made in the USA and fair trade.  What more could you ask for?

Fall Maxi Skirt

 

Club Monaco Leather Trimmed Shirt (no longer available, similar here)    Eileen Fisher Foldover Maxi Skirt   Vita Fede Pandora Bracelet     Jeffrey Campbell Studwell Boot

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This week I’ve been reminded of the infamous corporate Christmas party.  In London, these things tend to only have one predictable element – the longer you stay out, the sloppier they become.  In order to facilitate an exit, and stay on my near-best behavior, I have a plan.  I’m going to box myself in with a gorgeous dress.  The rules around the dress are simple: 1. Festive but dark colored (everyone looks good in black) 2. Silk so I’m afraid of ruining the dress (does not stretch, and does not take well to spillage) 3. Expensive enough to sting a little.  This MaxMara is the best one I’ve found thus far (but excited to still keep looking!)

MaxMara DressMatches – MaxMara