Rediscovering Cork

Dear JAE,

Last summer you and I were inseparable.  Then that Antonello Tedde clutch came along and you stuffed me with tissue and put me on a shelf.  I see why you like the other clutch,  but I am the original neutral.  I go with everything and I hold your wallet, phone and big sunglasses.  Don’t let the season pass without taking me out for a spin.

Your sad and neglected clutch,

Cork

After my 100th time reading “The Day the Crayons Quit”  by Drew Daywalt to my son at bedtime, I step into my closet and find this note from my cork clutch.  I am so happy to rediscover an old favorite and start planning outfits.  It is true that my Antonello Tedde clutch has been in favored status and even got to travel to Paris, but my cork clutch is a versatile powerhouse.  I am considering a second Antonello Tedde in black and white.

I first styled the cork clutch with a new camo t-shirt (it’s under $20), white denim and these rose gold shoes.  This is truly a high/low outfit.  I love the soft green of the camo and the detail on the hem.

Next I took it for a spin with my new favorite shirt (I am likely to get notes from other shirts any day now).

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Camo Top (also this one)

White Denim

Cork Clutch (similar here, here and here)

Shoes

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

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Here is the clutch with my favorite new shirt the other night.  I love the shirt so much I am considering it in black as well.  These cork shoes are an older style, but I love these and these.

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

P.S. Don’t play favorites (I know it’s hard).

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Bricks and Patterns

More is more when it comes to patterns and textures.  My Antonello Tedde clutch just got a workout on my recent trip to Paris.  It was the perfect evening bag (and I love that it has a strap when you want to jump on the metro or snap a photo).  I styled it below with another workhorse from my vacation in Paris,  my seersucker blazer.  It added the perfect polish to my t-shirts, white denim and kicks while running around museums and sightseeing.

Check out the full selection of Antonello Tedde at 24 Sevres the online site for Le Bon Marche.  I visited several times including my first afternoon on no sleep while my husband and son rested.

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Here is a look I wore stateside just before my trip.

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Blazer (similar here and here)

Top (similar here)

Sunglasses

Clutch (similar here and here)

Denim (also here)

Shoes (similar here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Designer Sale Picks

Now is the time to snap up some great designer bargains.  Since my shopping detox, I have remained clear about only buying things I love.  This is a collection of things I loved at full price, so it’s a bonus that they are now on sale (and thus closer to being affordable).

At the end of last summer I splurged on an Antonello Tedde clutch (with a handy hidden shoulder strap so that balancing a drink and an hors d’oeuvre is possible).  It is one of my all-time favorites.

Moda Operandi has a great selection of Antonello Tedde bags on sale.  A few of my picks are this tote, this clutch, this pouch and this tote.  They are all beautiful and so easy to wear.  You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

MyTheresa is having a great sale right now.  It’s a great time to scoop up a statement bag or a pair of great shoes (like the ever popular Golden Goose kicks). Here are my picks from the sale:

 

Golden Goose Kicks (also love this light blue)

Isabel Marant Blouse White (also in red and black)

Bottega Veneta Pink Crossbody (also this darker pink)

Balenciaga Striped Bag

Chloe Flats (also in red)

Prada Raffia Bag

Valentino Sandals (also with a heel here)

Isabel Marant Striped Top

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Shibori

I know we have to wait until June 21st for it to be officially summer, but Memorial Day marks the unofficial start.  I’m getting ready with easy summer dressing.  This shibori t-shirt (from a few years ago – I have linked some great options below) paired with one of my favorite clutches (that doubles as a cross-body or shoulder bag with a hidden strap), white denim and sandals.  It’s a casual look that still looks polished.  Now if only the sun were shining in Southern California it would actually feel like summer.

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Shibori Tee (similar here and here) Also this sweatshirt

Bag (similar here – on sale! here and here)

Sandals (here , here and here) full selection of colors and styles here

White Denim

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Steely Resolve

“The no shopping challenge changed you.” my husband said the other day.  While I am in the stores more than before my challenge, my purchases are still way down.  I feel the need to stop and consider each purchase.  Then I sleep on it.  Nine times out of ten, I wake up decide that I don’t really need the item.  That was not the case with a recent pair of sunglasses I could not stop thinking about and then splurged on.  I just dropped them off to get my prescription filled.  They will be coming to the blog soon, but here is a peek in the meantime. This pair was a runner-up (I love the vintage shape). This pair is a fun pink option (and under $100!).

Last summer I splurged on this Antonello Tedde clutch with (a strap).  A similar one is on sale! I still have my eye on this bag (in white) for the summer, but the brown is a great neutral option as well.  I am still loving my Cult Gaia Luna bag that I scored right before my shopping detox.

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Denim Jacket (also in this distressed version)

Striped Shirt (similar here)

Bag (similar here and on sale!)

White Denim (also love this pair)

Shoes (older style these, these, these,and these would look great)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Baby Blue

I’m still easing into fall with baby blue.  As my favorite season, Summer, is coming to a close, I am enjoying transitional pieces.  I will miss the longer days.  In fact, I am already feeling rushed to walk my dog in the evening.  Evenings are now spent with homework and an earlier bedtime.  The relaxed summer evenings have ended.

Fall fashion is the one thing I look forward to in the fall.  J. Crew has just launched some amazing new arrivals.  Please join me and Amy Storck (of @howtojcrew fame) at The Grove in Los Angeles on Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm.  There will be refreshments and 20% off your purchase of $100 or more.  We will both be on hand to help with styling.  We hope to see you there!

 

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Top

Clutch (similar here)

Jeans

Sandals

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Blue and White

My tried and true favorite color combination is blue and white.  It is evident in both my home decor and most of my wardrobe choices.  When I saw this clutch while on vacation in Hawaii, I knew I had to have it.  For me it’s a neutral (and it has this handy shoulder strap inside for when you tire of carrying it).  It gives a nice pop to my casual outfit of white jeans, blue tunic and my new favorite sandals.

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Top (similar here and here)

Jeans

Sandals

Clutch (similar here)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE