1. See by Chloe, $395 // 2. Lulu Frost, $590 // 3. Ann Mashburn, $225 // 4. Alexis Bittar, $275 // 5. Tory Burch, $295 // 6. Elizabeth and James, $225 // 7. Jeweliq, $20 // 8. Kate Spade, $267 // 9. J.Crew, $88
I knew Jennifer of Frippery Vintage would find incredible pieces when she went globetrotting to Italy in search of treasures for her shop, but I didn’t expect her to find the most jaw dropping vintage cocktail ring I’ve ever seen. Two Instagram photos later (here and here), I knew I had to add the gobstopper-size bauble to my collection. It’s everything I love about vintage costume jewelry: brightly colored, oversize, and I won’t see it on someone else. (But if I do spot a lookalike, I’ll know the owner has excellent taste.)
Lately, I’m loving:
- This Lele Sadoughi necklace. Lele was my very first “Behind the Baubles” interviewee and I’ve been obsessed with her jewels ever since. I still can’t believe I pulled the trigger.
- A pair of $6 knock-offs of Dior’s double pearl earrings. Obviously I’d prefer the original, but I’ll happily settle on the pair that costs less than lunch.
- Aquaphor. How have I been without this miracle worker for so long?! Winter leaves my skin dry, chapped and cracked and this balm immediately soothed and repaired the problem areas.
- Fit and flare dresses. I’m keeping an eye out for one to wear on repeat this spring. So far, I’ve narrowed it down to this J.Crew dress in “haven blue” (but the sheen of the fabric might be too fancy for daytime wear), a Club Monaco dress in light pink (I like the placement of the seams and the v-shaped back), or this French Connection dress in poppy (I’m unsure about the pseudo cap sleeves).
Apparently a seasonal transition was carte blanche to purchase as many spring items as possible. There were so many tempting sales and new releases that I loved too much to risk having sell out, which led to an early dent in my spring/summer wardrobe. Going through a ruthless closet cleanout and then taking the time to work on a comprehensive spring and summer plan has been a huge asset. The pieces I bought so far are exactly what I want; they’re great quality (for the most part—the Gap flats could be better), and they’re very “me.” (Honestly, though, I spent a boatload of money. The next couple of months are going to be sparse.)
A few things to note this time around:
- I started a Pinterest board for my spring/summer purchases, which has already proved to be helpful. Before pulling the trigger, I’ve added items to the board to see how it coordinates with the rest of the items. It helps me stay accountable to my plan and it’s reassuring to see that each item coordinates with each other.
- I’m pickier when accepting gifted items and you’ll now see each of those listed below. Quite frankly, I don’t want to waste space in our apartment on an item I’m not smitten with.
- I’m adding a quick note about the items I ordered and returned.
- If you’re eager to give The French Wardrobe Challenge a whirl this time, send over a link to your progress by the 15th of each month (either in the comments or via email at email@example.com). I’ll add the link to this post and share your post on Twitter and Facebook. The challenge isn’t ideal for everyone, but you might want to give it a shot if you’re feeling overwhelmed and dissatisfied with your own wardrobe.
- Just five standout pieces per season. (There are two “seasons” for this purpose: spring/summer and fall/winter.)
- Quality over quantity.
- Basics don’t count.
- Accessories don’t count, unless you’re spending a lot more than usual.
- Socks and underwear don’t count.
- Shoes do count. (I’m not counting shoes, though.)
Part of my Five:
- J.Crew Factory botanical-print shorts: a flat front with a side zip makes them ultra flattering
- J.Crew 5” chino shorts in navy
- J.Crew merino tippi sweater in heather grey: These are my all-time favorite sweaters. They’re versatile and I wear them with everything. It was also on sale for $30 after shipping.
- Coach small saffiano leather satchel in black: my 2014 tax return splurge (I had a coupon for $100 off of a $300+ purchase, so I also bought the card case listed below.)
- Eddie Borgo iridescent cone earrings: pre-ordered from Modi Operandi
- Randolph Engineering rose gold aviators (c/o)
- Lele Sadoughi lotus bib necklace: I had a coupon for $50 off a $100+ purchase and couldn’t resist this sale find.
- Vintage ring from Frippery Vintage: she found this on her trip to Italy
- Coach saffiano leather card case in peach rose: love using these in clutches
- Gap striped flats: after a coupon and a discount code, these came to $26
- Anthropologie palm-print flats
Ordered and Returned:
- J.Crew 5” chino shorts in white: sheer enough to see the pocket lining
If you’re curious about The French Wardrobe Challenge, I encourage you to peruse the archived posts.