Polka dots have never really been my thing. I’m more of a stripes gal. But I have to say….they are starting to grow on me. I saw this champagne skirt with an angled hem and thought it would go perfectly with some favorites I already have in my closet. Neutral sweaters, a black turtleneck, mock neck bodysuit…the list goes on and on.
For our recent trip to Savannah, I had to bring my new skirt along and add in some details to give it some Southern and girly flare. What did I pair my polka dots with? Pink pumps of course. I picked up these famous Manolo Blahnik Hangisi satin pumps that were waiting to be found at Saks Off Fifth. You may recognize these as Carrie’s Wedding Shoes (in blue) in the first Sex & The City movie! Well, While I’m no Carrie Bradshaw, I do absolutely love these pumps that are more versatile than you might initially think. I’ve worn them to work with jeans and a collared shirt and paired them with dresses of equally bright shades.
To finish my Savannah weekend look, I capped it all off with my favorite Eric Javits straw boater, my new Céline (swoon) and classic, cat-eye shades!
A while ago I wrote a post about the infamous question “what am I going to wear today?” I shared my life hack for never asking myself that question and guaranteeing a quick morning routine during the week. If you haven’t yet, you should read the details of the post, but the long story short is that I pick out all of the week’s outfits on Sunday. Once I’ve got my looks, I hang them in reverse order, so Monday is at the very front of the batch and ready for me to quickly grab in the morning.
While I still stand by that life-hack, I understand that level of planning leaves can seem a little extreme or leave little room for spontaneity. Well to those who think that, I’ve got another method that works for me when I don’t have the time or energy to pull looks on Sunday…the running outfit list!
I put my favorite outfits to wear in a running list that I keep on my phone. So if I’m ever in a bind, I can refer to my list and see what strikes my fancy. Unlike my other method, you don’t have to have your outfit planned, but you have something easy to jog your memory of your favorite looks. An example of items on my list include:
– Black tuxedo pants. Black turtleneck. Leather Jacket. Manolos (black or colorful)
– Reformation Black Midi Dress. Bandana. Blazer or White Vince Jacket. Golden Goose Sneakers.
You’ll see I just use brief identifiers (whether descriptor or brand) to easily delineate each piece. Another way I organize my list is to group the outfits together by sub-category. Since I work in advertising, my work-wear is not overly professional and is my “Every-day” clothing. The other categories I have are “Casual”, “Summer-wear”, and “Evening”. But you can use whatever works for you! What do you dolls think? Would you use this list to have go-to outfits handy?
Well, I finally did it. I pulled the trigger on a bag that I’ve been lusting over for years. The Céline classic box bag is just that…classic. And it’s finally mine! With minimal branding (a logo only on the inside), and simple gold hardware, it’s a subtle showstopper. I originally wanted the bag in Camel (the color I purchased), then wanted grey, then taupe…needless to say I was being undecided. Well, this year fate stepped in. In 2018, Hedi Slimane took over for Phoebe Philo as the creative director of Céline. In my opinion, Phoebe Philo brought a feminine and minimalist aesthetic that defined the brand. On the other hand, Slimane has re-branded Céline to CELINE and once again, emulated his signature rock and roll style that he most recently brought to Saint Laurent (also rebranded from YSL).
Long story short…with the re-brand, bags with the old logo (and accent on the e) were being phased out as the new brand was being rolled out. Fans of the brand were flocking to purchase Phoebe Philo’s designs before they became obsolete. Suddenly there was a time restraint on my impulse to get a bag! I really wanted a Phoebe bag as a snapshot in time. To me she epitomizes the modern woman, combining luxury, simplicity and a sense of practicality. In this respect, the accent on the e is more than an old logo – it’s symbolic.
As 2019 rolled around and I started a new job, I decided to treat myself before all the old Céline items were gone. In a little bit of a poetic coincidence, Atlanta had one of the country’s last remaining camel bags, the most coveted color and the one I originally wanted years ago. It was meant to be! Thanks Phoebe!