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,


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).


Camo Top (also this one)

White Denim

Cork Clutch (similar here, here and here)


Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)


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!



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

Mani Friday – Plain White Edition

I love white in summer – white jeans, a white dress, a crisp white shirt.  Until this week, I had never worn white nail polish.  I had decided I wanted it on my toes this week.  I also rarely match my manicure and pedicure.  I had a conversation with a friend who always matches.  She attributed it to her Virgo nature.  It stuck with me and I had to overcome my Gemini nature of not always being able to decide and choose just one color.  I liked it so much, that I decided to skip the art this week.  The plain white is the art.  I also had plain white on the brain as I was headed to a Summer concert to see The Plain White Ts.  They were amazing!

The color is “Amazing Grace” by Deborah Lippmann.  The manicure is by Olive & June.

Happy Friday!



Tropical Stripes

It is all in the details.  I love that these J. Crew pumps in the Ratti “Into the Wild” print have striped piping.  The striped detail gives them such a nice finish, in my favorite blue and white.  Each pair is unique depending on how the fabric was cut.  I particularly love mine with the prominent berries on the toes.FullSizeRender(274)

I thought it would be fun to style them with stripes.  This is one of my favorite shirts by J. Crew. I featured it in navy in this post.  It is similar to my favorite shirt dress that I previously featured in gingham, coral and chambray (in this post, this post and this post, respectively).   The stripes are subtle and the shirt is so easy to wear.  One of my new favorite hats topped off the look.



J. Crew Top

J. Crew Shoes (30% off with code SHOPNOW through today June 19, 2016 11.59pm eastern)

J. Crew Hat

AG Jeans

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Into the Wild and Off the Shoulder

J. Crew issued a second challenge this week to wear floral for a week.  The first challenge was to wear gingham five days in a row.  Two of my looks from that challenge are in this post and this post.  I chose the “Into the Wild Print” and went for it.  I was not sure about the off-the-shoulder look until I tried it on.  It is so fresh and summery.  As I mentioned in this post, I used to have to wear a Hawaiian print dress to my high school hostess job at the Chart House and was not thrilled about it.  If this dress had been an option then, I would have wanted to work seven days a week and would have been happy to wear it out after work.  It is easy to wear and the print has such rich colors and a great jungle vibe. The espadrilles are so comfortable and I love the gold.  They are quickly becoming my go-to summer sandal. I have worn them non-stop since purchasing them (always the sign of a good purchase).


J. Crew Dress

J. Crew Hat

J. Crew Shoes

The hat and shoes are 30% off with the code SUMMER through 11:59 pm tonight, June 20th.

Lip Gloss by Lipstick Queen Big Bang in Creation

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