The Straw Bag

I haven’t purchased a straw bag yet. I can’t decide on a shoulder bag or a hand carry. The photos motivate me to get a shoulder bag, but the handle version is cute too.

I also marvel at these women, who manage to always look chic and pulled together, I wonder sometimes if I look like that, but then I am my own worst critic. One of my co-workers recently said that I would be fun to shop with, that my style inspires theirs and that made me happy. Why? Because I love spending money, but only on items that will stand the test of time.

I’m getting summer fever and can’t wait for my little upcoming adventure into Napa in a few weeks.

Here’s to the summer straw bag……

It’s All About The Skin

Jet Lag Mask $49 @SummerFridays.com; @Netaporter.com

I’ve been obsessed with my skin lately. I’ve been using my Vichy Peptide Ampoules, my Medik8 Peptide Oil, and I recently bought Skinceuticals’ Glycolic Cleanser. I tried my new Jet Lag Mask by Summer Fridays last night and love it. My skin woke up glowing, hydrated and I swear firmer too.

However, I splashed cold water on my skin and slathered on my CRÈME DE LA MER this morning and my skin is loving it. Oh and I almost forgot, my sister told me last night at dinner that my skin looked really good. She asked me what I was using and I told her, Peptides.

Going back to the office for two days begins on May 3rd. I feel like I am all set now, no need to shop anymore, unless it’s my birthday present or Christmas present, let’s cross our fingers.

CRÈME DE LA MER $95 @Neimanmarcus.com

Here’s to Happy Skin……

The Striped Sweater – Part 2

Roll-Neck Striped Jumper $135 @COS.com

Looks like the striped sweater is here to stay, it has become a wardrobe staple for all seasons. I just found one that I feel I can wear without looking too commercial.

Oversized Stripe Sweater $115 @COS.com

I kind of want the Navy and white striped sweater too, but I don’t have anything that would really go with it and the rule is that whatever I buy has to work with at least three items in my closet. If I found a long navy skirt, perhaps.

Here’s to the striped sweater……

What Women Are Wearing Now

All of these women are stylish, inspiration for the rest of us. Ladies, it’s time to shop my closet. I’ve spent the last two years updating myself, and I start going back into the office on May 3rd. Grant it I’ll only be going in two days a week, for starters, then after August to three days a week and two days at home.

I literally miss the days I used to plan what I was going to wear the night before, I don’t like rushing and prefer to take my time. I pulled out my Cuyana work tote for the occasion as it’s not flashy. I am glad that I am able to shower the night before and make myself look presentable the next morning, that was thanks to the pandemic.

Although I have everything I need, footwear, clothes, makeup, skincare and foundations. Not to forget fragrance and hair product. I’m all set, are you?

Here’s to running around chic…..

It’s All About The Hair

Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2.4 oz. Amyris femme Scented Hair Mist $65 @Neimanmarcus.com

I love Amyris by Francis Kurkdjian. I always receive compliments, especially in elevators when wearing the fragrance. I decided to invest in the scented hair mist, a lovely way to budget in fragrance without breaking the bank.

ORIBE 4.2 oz. Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment Spray $76 @Neimanmarcus.com

I also suffer from fine and thinning hair. I purchased the David Mallett Volume Powder and decided to invest in the Oribe Thickening Treatment Spray. Both are applied at the roots. I tried the Volume Powder over the weekend and loved it.

I made a few other purchases, after those I finally really felt like I was ready to re-enter society.

Here’s to running around chic…..

Summer Fridays

HEAVENLY SIXTEEN ALL-IN-ONE FACE OIL $55

I have been preparing to work from the office since the pandemic began. For now it will be two days a week and lately the focus has shifted to my skin, especially since I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup. It’s all about healthier skin these days.

I discovered this new skincare brand, Summer Fridays. It’s clean beauty and the packaging is lovely, unlike other brands.

OVERTIME MASK $46

I started off with the Heavenly Oil, and the Overtime Mask. One helps with exfoliation and the other hydrates. I love these products so much that I am tempted to invest in more.

Here’s to running around chic…..

Obsessed with David Yurman

Cable Additions Ring in Silver $625 @Neimanmarcus.com & @Davidyurman.com

Ever since I laid eyes on the new marketing campaign, I have been obsessed with David Yurman’s classics. I pre-ordered the cable earrings below and just placed an order for the sculped cable ring. I am super excited. Why? Because it’s a matching set that I will be able to wear with my nicer sweats and naturally I’ll wear my baseball hat. Plus I can wear this set with all of my summer dresses, I can’t wait. Hopefully the earrings arrive before Easter, it would be nice to wear the set on Easter.

What are you excited about?

Going Back to Basics

David Yurman 2022 Campaign

If the ad campaign with Scarlett Johansson doesn’t entice you to buy David Yurman classics, honestly I don’t know what will. There are new items in the collections, but I’ve developed an obsession with David Yurman cable.

I just placed an order for these little beauties. I plan on wearing them with my sweats, I am laughing right now, because who does that? I told you the ad camping worked, at least on me it did.

Sculped Cable Earrings by David Yurman $350 @DavidYurman.com

I bought the 14mm but they are available in two other sizes.

Here’s to the classics.

Thinking pink

GATHERED DRESS $125 @Cos.com; DIOR BACKSTAGE ROSY GLOW BLUSH in pink $39 @Dior.com; Tie-Detail Kaaftan Dress $49.99 @H&M.com

I’ve had pink on the brain since my beautiful niece came into the world. My sisters and I continuously put her in pink, why, because she’s our little pink rose. My mother used to dress me in pink and for years I shied away from it. Now, I’m all into it. I still don’t have a lot of pink, but there are a few items here and there.

I recently bought two pink dresses and this gorgeous shade of pink blush. I plan on wearing them with my Lizzie sandles by Anine Bing and my Cuyana black leggings. I don’t really feel comfortable wearing dresses, just something about it, but they sure are pretty.


Marco Bicego

Lunaria Diamond & 18K Yellow Gold Drop Earrings $1,200.00

These earrings by Marco Bicego are on my wish list. Honestly, they are a complete departure from what I usually wear, but I confess, it was love at first sight.

Here’s to a Pink Spring!

Style From The Streets of Milan, New York & Copenhagen

Photo Courtesy of @thestreetpie
Photo Courtesy of @elderordonez1
Photo from @jeanettemadsen via @gdresscode

I love everything about these stylish women. I’m tempted to add more sneakers to my growing collection, tempted to invest in another designer handbag. Wistful for a piece of leopard. If I had a mood board, these photos would be on it.

Here’s to running around chic…..

The Beauty Roundup

Balancing Shampoo and Daily Conditioner $54/$19 by Harklinikken

It’s been months since I confess made a beauty purchase. I’ve been so wrapped up in adding clothing to my wardrobe that I forgot all about beauty. Since the world, meaning my corner of the world is getting ready to open up more, like having to start going back into the office on a part-time basis I figured it was time to invest in a few items that will aid in self-beautification.

Bakuchiol Peptide Serum $54 @Netaporter.com; Lancer Glow Kit $75 @Lancer.com

The only product featured that I am familiar with is the Method Polish from Lancer, I love it. The exfoliating grains are fine, the lather is great, revealing smoother and clearer skin. I find that my serums and oils absorb faster after using it.

I felt I needed to try Harklinikken shampoos and conditioners, my hair is fine and thin and I am not ready to give up on my silky strands just yet.

Here’s to updating your beauty arsenal.

What Have You Bought, Lately?

BALLOON SLEEVE BLOUSE $99; THE CROSSOVER COLLECTION, STUD EARRINGS $550 @DavidYurman.com; VOLUMINOUS POPLIN DRESS $135; ROLL NECK TUNIC TOP $99 @COS.com

I’ve been adding pieces to my wardrobe, items I can wear with my leggings and boots. These are just a few of the additions to my closet. I did buy the top right blouse in white and another oversized black dress shirt from a brand called “Frankie”, plus a long sleeveless blazer that can be worn over several of my dresses.

I added the David Yurman earrings, so that I could wear them with my Alexis Bittar collar necklace. All of which I have not been able to really wear, yet.

I have changed my basics for running around though, I added my plaid jacket, New Balance sneakers and Anine Bing hoop earrings.

I’m going to be honest; I’ve been dealing with health issues and really have no energy to focus on applying makeup or blowing out my hair. I mean, I am going to be fine, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to fix it.

This attack on Ukraine has me really upset, I feel like shopping and blogging are really not that important anymore. But life has to go on, sadly.

Praying for Ukraine.

Reading & Binge Watching

@Amazon.com

The story about Anna Delvy has fascinated me since I first read about it in early 2019. I read pretty much every article there was to read and could not wait until this book came out. I just ordered it and it’s supposed to arrive on Thursday.

I can see how people were taken in by her, I feel it was because everyone wants to be associated with money, no one wants to appear cheap, and they don’t want to be rude. Also, people that work in luxury stores are on commission, they want that sale and do not ask questions about where the money comes from. I have a feeling that Julia Garner dresses better than the real Anna Delvy, but even then, I am fascinated.

The service people were taken in by her are customer service oriented and do not want a high profiled client complaining or a friend of the CEO complaining about their customer service experience. The $100 tips didn’t hurt either. I used to receive $100 tips, but unlike Anna, my client, an actual princess was who she said she was.

@Netflix.com

I started watching the series but have to pace myself because I am supposed to be watching it with my sister, but I just couldn’t wait. Looking at the costumes, I couldn’t help but be wistful for new wardrobe additions like more earrings, pulling out my Celine handbag etc. Maybe buying another coat or wearing more pink.

@instagram

Here’s to more about Anna Delvy……

The Straw Bag

Photos Courtesy of @camilleyolaine

All last summer I was in search of the perfect straw bag for my summer dresses. I looked and I looked and could never find something I was really in-love with. I knew I wanted it to go over my shoulder, there were some nice fair-trade versions I’ve seen at the hardware store and Wholefoods, but I just didn’t see myself paying a little chunk of change for an unknown brand. I mean grant it, that would have been the more cost-friendly approach, but if I am going to shill out some cash, I want it to be a designer-ish bag.

Jane Birkin; Photo @60s.stars

I love the style featured in the above photos, but I tend to like keeping my handbags open, if possible, easier access.

ULLA JOHNSON Surfside leather-trimmed woven straw tote $495 @Netaporter.com

The Ulla Johnson leather-trimmed woven straw tote is on my Wishlist, just as soon as I pay off everything else, I have bought recently. I love textures and the side pocket and the fact that you can make it more secure by closing it up. The color combination is gorgeous too and I can see myself carrying this tote around while out wine tasting in Napa.

@streetstyleglobal

I love the pink, leopard and texture of the straw bag with all of the other elements in the photo above. I just don’t think I’ll ever be wearing trousers like that, although I just ordered a pink dress for Summer 2022.

Here’s to Summer vacations, hopefully…..

It’s Still Cold Outside

Photos Courtesy of @Danividas

I’m glad it’s still cold outside, it justifies my most recent purchase, a Faux Fur by Milano Furs. I first heard of this brand because of @Danividas. She posted an Insta-story where she was dressing, using this gorgeous fur gilet. I of course had to have one as well, but I ordered a black gilet, because I tend to wear a lot of black. I will eventually get another color, as I think these are great additions to any wardrobe.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they are affordable and faux. Everyone in Europe is walking around with their real furs, from Milan, Moscow and Paris. The US seems to be one of the only countries where wearing real fur is frowned upon. I mean if it’s vintage, it should be fine?

MID-LENGTH SLANTED FAUX FUR GILET $299 @milanocollectionbyluxe.com

I know that when it arrives, it may have to go into storage, but I’ll be ready for next Fall and Winter.

Here’s to running around chic…..