Things I Love Thursday

Things-I-Love-Thursday

Budget-friendly earrings + flats, dressing up your boring papers, a cozy throw, and more loves this week!

ONE// Target Earrings: Kellie’s post last week got me thinking about Target’s jewelry section, which I admittedly haven’t visited in years (read: since early high school). But …wow! I’m pleasantly surprised … there are some real gems in there. Like these studs for $8 – plus, they’re nickel free for those with sensitive ears.
TWO// Old Navy Flats: 
I got a pair of these flats in navy a couple of months ago and was blown away by their comfort and quality. They were intended to be backup flats, but I’ve probably worn them more recently than any other pair in my closet. I scooped up a black pair yesterday for under $20… thanks to Old Navy’s frequent sales, you can probably get a deal, too :)
THREE// JOA Top: The perfect way to wear winter whites… how cute would this be with a cream or grey skirt for an all white look (definitely getting inspired from Kelly’s look on The Evergirl!)? Or with skinny jeans and black ballet flats…
FOUR// Zara Dress: While admittedly unflattering in this photo, this dress is gorgeous on the model and would be a great transitional winter dress. Great with or without tights, with flats, heels, or boots. Plus, I’m partial to grey…
FIVE// Container Store Paper Clips: Quirky paper clips aren’t the most necessary but they’re definitely a fun way to spruce up a boring stack of papers. My roommate got me these for my birthday and I love how unique and dainty they are! These bikes definitely make a statement…
SIX// C. Wonder Throw: C.Wonder always kills it with their home department, as evidenced by this classy throw. It would make a great hostess gift (it’s monogrammable!) for those gracious friends who host you for a long weekend … and it comes in three colors!

Remembering Oscar de la Renta

Remembering Oscar de la Renta

ODLA

Monday night, the world lost an extraordinary person. Oscar de la Renta was a creative genius whose touch turned everything into gold. He dressed many women – including every First Lady starting with Jackie Kennedy – in the most exquisite yet wearable pieces. That’s what resonates with me most about his work… everything is stylish, timeless, but most importantly, wearable. He just made women look good and feel good, while elevating classic style in his perfect, signature way. And that’s what makes a good designer. The abundance of tributes and highlights of his life + work have been touching, from Anna Wintour’s piece to words spoken by the First Ladies whom he dressed. While I have no connection to him aside from being one of the many whom he inspired, it felt appropriate to pay a small tribute in this space.

Photo via Vogue and quote graphic by me

Outfit: Cabled

Cable Knit Sweater

Tortoise Barrette

Cable Knit Sweater

C. Wonder Clutch

Cable Knit Sweater

Since two of my favorites are neutrals + cashmere, this sweater ranks up there as one of my favorite pieces. Since cashmere sweaters can be quite an investment, it’s good to purchase pieces that you’ll wear for years — bonus points if they can double for work and play! Swapping out the jeans with some more professional pants would make this outfit biz cas-office appropriate and the button down underneath can be replaced by a thin tee or tank if you aren’t into the layered look. I have a stock of tees that almost exclusively get worn under sweaters in the winter (minimizes dry cleaning frequency!) and fly solo in the warmer months.

And about this C. Wonder clutch… cute, right? I posted about it last week and had to make it mine, especially with the $28 sale price tag. It’s two of my favorite colors, a nice size, and helps add a little pattern to my bag collection. I wasn’t sure how I felt about pairing it with the leopard flats — pattern mixing still intimidates me — but given the simplicity of the rest of the outfit, think it works!

I also want to point out my bracelets. They were bead crocheted by one of my closest friends, Sophie, who has her own Etsy shop where she sells lots of these beauties. If you’re not familiar, bead crocheted bracelets are intricately stitched together and are designed to stretch over most hand sizes. I love that they’re both dressy + casual and go with all outfits. She can also customize if you have a specific size, design, or color scheme in mind! Isn’t it the best to have such talented friends?

Are there any pieces or materials you’re attached to for the winter months? Blanket scarves seem to be high up on people’s lists this year and I love them, but I think soft, buttery cashmere in any form will always be my number one calling :)

IN THIS POST:
Brooks Brothers Sweater (pricey, but I got it for 80% off in the spring…this J.Crew one isn’t cashmere, but looks similar!) / Banana Republic Oxford / Rag & Bone Jeans / Sophie’s Gems Bracelets / BP. Flats (super, super comfy!) / C. Wonder Clutch (on sale!) / J.Crew BarretteEssie ‘Russian Roulette’

Photos by Dana