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{things i wore} dropped waist dress

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This dress was an in-store Zara sale find. I love Zara sales–prices are slashed to what seems so much more reasonable for what you're buying and everything is a bit haphazard on the racks so you never know what you'll find. I've never really owned anything drop-waisted before, but I'm a huge fan of this piece: it's comfortable and had just enough swing to be fun to wear.

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Dress: Drop-waist Dress in Black, W&B Collection, Zara [no longer available]

Shoes: 'Archer' Sandals in Black, DV by Dolce Vita [$69, available herehere, and here (on sale)]

Bag: Rocco Duffel Bag in Black with Pale Gold Hardware, Alexander Wang [$895, available here]

Jewelry: Gold Bracelet with Spiked Ends, 'The New Icons' at H&M [not available online]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here]; Diamond Band in Rose Gold, Bloomingdale's [$1400, available here]; Triple Black ONYX on Gold Tiny Bead Bracelet, c/o Ettika [$45, available here], Custom Knotted Vintage Ribbon Adjustable Bracelet with Cross Charm in Gold Finish and Black Ribbon, c/o Ettika [$63, available here]; Expandable Wire Bangle, Alex and Ani; Arm Candy in Black Onyx, c/o Beso Beso [$90, available here]; Fauna Shark Tooth Wood Bead Stretch Bracelet in Black CZ, c/o Kevia [$75, available here]

Nails: Essie's "Clambake"

{things i wore} shopper tote

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I've admired this Zara plaited shopper from afar–as in on other bloggers and celebs–and up close–meaning on store shelves–for a long time. It's not hard to see why: super pigmented leather, simple lines, minimal hardware, and top handles make it pretty much my ideal handbag. Still, I never took the plunge to pick one up for myself. Lucky for me, my boyfriend likes buying me handbags as much as I like talking about them to him. A discussion one day about how long/hard I had been lusting over this one led to it arriving on my doorstep a few days later. Pretty amazing, right? (And yes I'm talking about both him and the shopper.) 

P.S. As promised, I'm living in these Genetic Denim jeans from the Haden Reid Boutique (check out it's Facebook page here)–they're so fitted but oh-so-comfy. 

 

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Blazer: Boyfriend Blazer in Black, J. Crew [no longer available, similar style available here]

Shirt: 1×1 Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Top in Black, Splendid [was $50, available here]

Jeans: Shane Cigarette in 'Chain,' Genetic Denim c/o Haden Reid [were $218, available here]

Shoes: Suede Ankle Booties, Nine West [no longer available, similar style available here]

Bag: Braided Shopper in Brown, Zara [$149, available here]

Jewelry: Expandable Wire Bangles, Alex and Ani; Renegade Cluster Bracelet, Stella & Dot, c/o Katie Cramer, Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot [$59, available here]; Fauna Shark Tooth Wood Bead Stretch Bracelet in Black CZ, c/o Kevia [$75, available here]; Gold Bar Bracelet in Black, Puravida [$20, available here]; Alexandria Ring in Gold, c/o Karen London [$50, available here]; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here], Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]

Nails: Essie "Smokin' Hot"

 

{things i wore} linen twill blazer

 

I love a good blazer. Fitter or oversized, lined or lightweight, they're like the comfort food of outerwear to me. I bought this one for two reasons. One, the steely gray color was unlike anything I had in my closet already (I'm looking at you multiple hangers with alarmingly similar black jackets). Two, the twilled linen fabric was so soft, it felt lived-in as soon as tried it on in store. Comfy and unique? Consider me sold.

 

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Blazer: Cavalry Linen Twill Blazer in Pewter, J.Crew [$128, available here]

Shirt: Gray Layered Tee, Banana Republic [old]

Jeans: Super Skinny Super Low Jeans in Light Denim Blue, H&M [not available online]

Bag: Canvas and Leather Tillary Tote in 'Flax', J.Crew [$228, no longer available]

Shoes: Pumps in Nude, Target [old]

Jewelry:  Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]; Channel-Set Diamond Band in Yellow Gold [was $700, available here]; Alexandria Ring in Gold, c/o Karen London [$50, available here]

Nails: Essie 'Sand Tropez'

 
 

{things i wore} ballet shoes

 

I've never before attempted to take outfit shots after nightfall. I'm going to blame Columbus Circle for the idea–it's just so glitteringly alive even after the sky's turned dark. I'd spent this day wearing my new–and amazing–pair of Linge Ballet Shoes. Super comfortable with soft leather inside and out, they're compact enough to travel well (a feature I love). The last time I had anything to do with ballet I was well under ten years old and five feet tall, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the attention to detail Linge Shoes (their name refers to the lines of the dancer's body) puts into their flats: how cute is that tiny–and completely functional–bow?

Plus I'm happy to announce that Linge Shoes has been generous enough to offer a pair of their flats to one of you…yay! Check back later for all the details on how to enter to win! 

 

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Shirt: Gray Tee, Banana Republic [old]

Jacket: "Severt" Twill Anorak Jacket in Olive, Jack by BB Dakota [$82, available here]

Skirt: Delight Maxi Skirt in Black, MICHAEL Michael Kors [no longer available online]

Shoes: Ballet Shoe in Black, c/o Linge Shoes [$59, available here]

Bag: Rocco Duffel Bag in Black with Pale Gold Hardware, Alexander Wang [$895, available here]

Jewelry: Assorted Bangles, Alex and Ani; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here]; Micropave Diamond Band in White Gold; Channel-Set Diamond Band in Yellow Gold [was $700, available here];Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]; Stella & Dot, c/o Katie Cramer, Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot [$59, available here]; Fauna Shark Tooth Wood Bead Stretch Bracelet in Black CZ, c/o Kevia [$75, available here]

Nails: Essie 'Licorice'

{things i wore} studded purse

 

I've been looking for the perfect pair of skinnies ever since I felt the air get the slightest bit cooler–the end of summer always makes me panicky about the state of my fall staples. I've  fallen in love with the fit and wash of this pair from J,Crew. At first I thought the cropped ankle-length would be limiting, but now that I've worn them with my highest heels (for the record they're a glorious five-and-a-half inches tall with a one-and-a-half inch platform), I'm not worrying anymore.

 

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Shirt: Essential Sheer Racerback Tank in White, Forever 21 [$12.80, available here]

Jeans: Toothpick Ankle Jean in 'Classic Rinse Wash,' J.Crew [$125, available here]

Bag: Hudson Quilted Shoulder Bag in "Stone," Gorjana [was $298, available here]

Shoes: Heat High Heel Shoe in "Black Kid Suede," Pelle Moda [$140, available here]

Jewelry: Starter Charm Bracelet in Gold, Juicy Couture [$42, available here]; Fauna Shark Tooth Wood Bead Stretch Bracelet in Black CZ, c/o Kevia [$75, available here]; Beaded Bracelets, SEEN Global [similar styles available here] Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]

Nails: Essie 'Lollipop'

 

 

{things for you} win a ‘fauna’ shark tooth wood bead stretch bracelet from kevia

 

 

['Fauna' Shark Tooth Wood Bead Stretch Bracelet in Black or White CZ, c/o Kevia, $75, available here]

 

Way back in May, I promised a summer of giveaways here on my blog and my amazing sponsors have really delivered. Here's the latest: one lucky winner (from the US or Canada) can score their very own version of the bracelet I wore in an outfit post last week.  Even more exciting? The winner can choose black or white stones (FYI, I choose the black…and love it!). 

 

p.s. Here are the winners of the Guess Eyewear giveaway: Dee S., San D., and April C. Be on the lookout for an email from me! x

 

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good luck xx

 

 

 

The giveaway begins on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 and will end Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at midnight. Winner will be chosen using Random.org. Open to  U.S.  and Canada readers only.

 

 

{things i wore} wood bead stretch bracelet

 

I love stacking bracelets–some mornings I could spend forever getting the collection on my wrist just right. My newest piece is exquisitely detailed–wooden beads complete with a ridged shark-tooth charm–and came to me courtesy of Kevia. Founded by Kevia Jeffrey-West while she was earning her bachelor's degree in Zimbabwe, the company is known for their hammered metal settings, irregularly cut stones, and motifs inspired by nature. All that makes the jewelry unique and completely perfect for summer.

 

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Shirt: Essential Sheer Racerback Tank in White, Forever21 [$12.80, available here]

Jeans: Janice Legging in Black, Not Your Daughter's Jeans [$98, available here]

Shoes: Novato Platform Sling-backs in Black, Sam Edelman [were $99, available here]

Bag: Fringe Leather Wander Tote, Spool No. 72 [$158.00, available here]

Jewelry: Fauna Shark Tooth Wood Bead Stretch Bracelet in Black CZ, c/o Kevia [$75, available here]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]; Alexandria Ring in Gold, c/o Karen London [$50, available here]; Assorted gold bracelets; Evil Eye Bracelet, Macy's [old]

 

 




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