Shopping Guide | Black Ankle Boots

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inding the perfect pair of black ankle boots for fall is taking a ridiculously long time and my wish list isn’t even that lofty. I just want a black pair with a substantial heel for navigating slippery sidewalks that doesn’t look dowdy. I’d also like to stay away from suede so I don’t have to contend with as many salt stains. And, I hate silver hardware with black leather. It looks a little too biker babe for me. I spent the morning scrolling through hundreds of options to come up with nine that meet my expectations.

Pictured top to bottom, left to right.

Under $100: Express, $70 | H&M, $50 | ASOS, $57

Under $250: Elliott Lucca, $179 | Topshop, $150 | Michael by Michael Kors, $245

Under $500: Tory Burch, $385 | Kate Spade, $425 | Cole Haan, $328

 

Currently Coveting

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Normally I’m not a fan of Victoria’s Secret’s pajama designs, but this cami and short set is surprisingly sophisticated with muted colors and thoughtful color blocking. I ordered it this morning in shell pink because cool weather pretty much demands a new set of PJs to curl up in.

I’m also obsessing over the Cole Haan “Vestry” clutch pictured above. Not only is it beautiful, it’s affordable (just $148) and practical with plenty of pockets and a removable mini pouch. I just can’t decide between navy or grey. There’s also a fuchsia version here. If you’ve got your eye on the clutch–or any other items at Cole Haan–buy ‘em this weekend. There’s a customer appreciation event that will save you $50 on a purchase of $150 or more through Sept. 22.

Postcards | Ghent

Thursday, September 18, 2014 6 , Permalink 0

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he day after we visited Bruges, we went to Ghent, another medieval city in the Flanders area of Belgium. It still has the same gothic charm as Bruges, but with the hustle and bustle of a real city with people who aren’t tourists. It’s also much bigger and we didn’t anticipate the walk from the train station to be as long as it was. (Definitely take a bus or tram to the city center if you visit.)

We spent most of the afternoon poking around the canal and side streets, but did manage to check off two cultural must-sees:

  • Belfort en Lakenhalle: This is the building in the last photo of this post. We went up to balcony under the clock for fantastic views of the city. Inside you’ll see the historic dragon weather vane and, if you’re a beer drinker, you’ll recognize it from the Gulden Draak label. Learn more about the building’s cultural importance here.
  • Sint-Baafskathedraal: Inside this elaborate cathedral is perhaps one of the world’s most influential paintings: The Ghent Altarpiece. Commonly known as Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, the work by van Eyck also has the misfortune of being one of the world’s most stolen pieces of art. (A panel is still missing from a 1934 heist.) I urge you to read about its storied–and fascinating–history here.

Review | Lo & Sons

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11 , , Permalink 0

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inding the perfect personal bag for in-flight essentials is a daunting task that leaves me feeling a bit like Goldilocks. There are plenty of bags that are too big, too small, too heavy, or too cumbersome, but not many that are just right–which I quickly learned after opting to use an L.L. Bean tote for our trip to Belgium. I spent half the flight checking and double checking to make sure nothing spilled over the open top and it was surprisingly heavy to carry through the airport. My next flight is going to much less stressful, thanks to the O.M.G. bag from Lo & Sons.

The O.M.G., an acronym for “Overnight Medium Gym” bag, is incredibly lightweight, water resistant, and has plenty of pockets for travel must-haves, including a padded laptop sleeve and a side pocket for your flats so the rest of your items don’t get dirty. I tend to be a light packer, but all of the items below fit inside with plenty of room for my camera, lenses, and a cribbage board (can’t leave home without it!).

Top: Banana Republic (similar) | Skirt: LOFT | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: c/o Lo & Sons | Bracelet: Hermes | Watch: c/o  Daniel Wellington | Rings: c/o Vrai & Oro, c/o Cynthia Jones, c/o Lacee Alexandra | Necklace: c/o Gorjana | Sunglasses: c/o Rivet & Sway | Lips: Stila “Fiore”