Love It

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As much as I appreciate the boost of confidence from a pair of heels, I’m a flats girl through and through. I love the versatility of flats, the mobility of flats, and the Audrey Hepburn je ne sais quoi of flats. I think we can all agree that this pair from Sam Edelman has that ladylike-meets-irreverent vibe down.

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I purchased them after my love affair with the Tory Burch wedges fizzled and, like all tales starring a pair of shoes, there was a happy ending. The Sam Edelman flats are true to size and the nude-colored ankle strap doesn’t visually cut me off like the black strap did on the Tory pair. Now I just “need” these bow-topped mint flats and a palm-printed pair to make my spring shoe wardrobe complete.

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The Verdict is In

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I had fantasized about these shoes since I first saw them on the Tory Burch website and had a laundry list of items I could wear them with: that elusive white summer dress, white shorts and a blouse, black cigarette pants and a cozy cashmere sweater…

So, you can imagine how disappointed I am to send them back to Shopbop. I purchased my normal size 7 after reading numerous “true to size” fit recommendations only to find that they’re huge. (I kept checking the box to make sure that they sent the right pair.) I wrestled with ordering them again in a 6 and a 6.5 to see if either of those would work, but if I’m being honest, they’re not worth $300. I’ll give it another shot if they go on sale for 40% off (maybe I’ll even go for the striped pair). Until then, I ordered these. Apparently I’m just itching for a pointed toe and an ankle strap.

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Onecklace Review

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I’m a pretty firm believer that if you wore a trend the first time it was popular, you should probably stay away from it the second time around. It’s why I’ve been hesitant to wear a nameplate necklace again. No, I didn’t wear one when Carrie Bradshaw made it popular. I wore one when I was seven years old. I found the little 14” necklace when I was packing up my childhood bedroom and, with all sentimental pieces, I tucked it away for safekeeping. 

When oNecklace asked if I’d be interested in featuring one of their name necklaces, I couldn’t bring myself to wear my first name on my collarbone again. Instead, I opted for a cheeky “Bonjour” necklace in the Alegro script

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Review: LeeMo Designs

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Confession time: one of my biggest fears is that the aging process will punish me for wearing doorknocker-size earrings. I really, really do not want to be an old lady with saggy earlobes.* Neither does Leela Morimoto of LeeMo Designs. Her collection of lightweight earrings is fashioned from origami and lasercut acrylic to create beautiful statement pieces without the heft. 

I fell in love with the clear acrylic Oridama earrings. Doesn’t it look like the crystallized pattern of frost on a windowpane? 

Check back later this week to go “Behind the Baubles” with Leela and a chance to win a pair of diamond-shaped origami Ayano earrings. (I’m fond of the blue and white pair.)

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*Instead, I really, really want to grow up to be like Iris Apfel. Have you seen her HSN line

A huge thank you to Leela for sending over the earrings!

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All in the Details

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Let’s just preface this by saying that I don’t really encourage shopping at Forever21 and I know d’orsay flats aren’t for everyone,* but I had to see these shoes in person after spotting them online.

Utterly and completely smitten. 

I’ve actually admired Jenni Kayne’s version for awhile, but thought the style was too trendy to spend a lot of cash on. Sorry, Jenni, $26 is more my speed. The bedazzling is just icing on the sartorial cake.

I wore them on Saturday and, as with any cheap shoe, I was bracing myself for the worst: painful blisters and unsightly dye transfer. Neither of which happened. They stretched out just a tad throughout the day, so I’d recommend sizing down if you’re a half size. Otherwise, your regular size is best. There’s a little piece of elastic sewn into the inside of the heel to prevent it from slipping. 

*The misplaced hatred of d’orsay flats, by the way, is ridiculous. Those clunky high top sneakers are much worse.

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Review: Cynthia Jones Jewelry

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Remember that episode of Sex and the City where Aiden proposed with a pear-shaped diamond and—gasp!—a yellow gold band? Carrie threw up and I totally understood where she was coming from.

Even if you’ve just started perusing this blog, you’ll know I’m over that. Ninety-five percent of my gems are gold tone, but the rest—the most precious pieces in my collection—are still silver and white gold.

And, much to my own surprise, I’ve been introducing silver into my everyday bauble lineup by way of this ah-mazing Cynthia Jones ring. (You’ll remember the New Mexico artisan from yesterday’s post.) It’s crafted from a ribbon of sterling, twirled around itself to form a ring and the quality is as impeccable as the design. 

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Thank you so much for the ring, Cynthia!

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Review: Plum Pretty Sugar Pajamas

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I’ve been looking for a pair of menswear-inspired pajamas and while I like pinstripes and plaids, I didn’t want a menswear-inspired pattern. I remembered seeing mentions of Plum Pretty Sugar on various blogs and found a sleepwear set that seemed to fit the bill. There’s a surprising lack of reviews on Plum Pretty Sugar products, so here are my thoughts:

  • I adore the feminine, vintage design.
  • It’s made of soft, crisp cotton that feels like a set of well-worn sheets.
  • Great attention to detail with piping along the edges and mother of pearl buttons.(Two extras are included.)
  • Pay attention to the size chart as the shortie set runs smaller than other items. It’s too bad that you can’t order the top and bottom in different sizes. I’m a size smaller on top and, as expected, the pajama shirt is looser than it needs to be.
  • Shipping was $7.50. It seems high for an item that came in an oversize envelope and weighs next to nothing.
  • Even though I followed the laundering instructions, the shorts shrunk along the banded hem. They’re now tighter at the hem than the rear and thighs causing them to ride up awkwardly. I wore them to bed last night to see if they’d stretch out to their original shape, but no luck. 

Bottom Line: I’d consider another pair (these), but would line dry them. I’m pretty disappointed that the shorts shrunk so much.

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I’m amazed by what Bacon will put up with.

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Under the Sea

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Even though we got returned from vacation two weeks ago, it’s still hard to get back into the swing of things. Going to work just isn’t as much fun as morning walks along the ocean and wearing my swimsuit under everything! To compensate, I’ve been reaching for these seaworthy accessories: gold boat shoes, coral-shaped earrings, and a scarf that reminds me of the sun reflecting off rippling waves. 

FRAAS actually sent the scarf to me before we left for Charleston. The welcome travel companion is gauzy and lightweight (easy to pack!) and incredibly soft. As with most scarves, I used it as a makeshift blanket on the plane - an easy thing to do with its generous dimensions of 40 x 72 inches. 

Featured: gifted Sequin earrings // Sperry Top-Sider shoes // gifted FRAAS scarf (view the full collection online here)

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In the Know

I know there have been a lot of product posts this week, but I want to share one more that I’m raving about: Kushyfoot.

Kushyfoot carries an array of specialty socks that slip discreetly into a variety of shoe styles. I wore a pair of their ultra low-cut socks with my boat shoes last weekend, but my favorites are the padded styles with a little cushion under the ball of the foot. They’re are a godsend for event days when even the most comfortable pair of flats leave my feet achy and sore.

Featured: Marc Fisher flats // Kate Spade pumps // Kushyfoot socks

Disclaimer: Kushyfoot sent over a selection of products free of charge. I wasn’t obligated to post about them, but I wanted to share my positive experience with you.

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Review: DITTO

Now that summer is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to invest in a new pair of sunglasses. I always thought that an in-store visit was the only fool-proof way to find a flattering pair. And, really, that was the case until DITTO came along. DITTO is revolutionizing the way we shop for sunglasses by allowing customers to virtually try them on. 



Before we get into what makes DITTO so unique, let’s just take a moment to admire the wide array of designer sunglasses available. There are classic standbys like Ray-Ban and Persol and adventurous designs from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Jason Wu. (If you’re looking for prescription frames, they have those too.)

 

Now that you’ve found a few favorites, it’s time to create your “DITTO.” With your webcam, take a video of yourself slowly moving your head from side to side. This allows you to virtually try on sunglasses from all angles. You can also try on styles side-by-side and send your DITTO to friends.

Fair warning: this is addictive. I spent nearly an hour trying on sunglasses. I tried classic aviators, retro bug-eyed pairs and this pair with Mickey Mouse ears, but I fell for the ’60s-inspired Chloe sunglasses



You won’t have to wait long to enjoy your purchase. Shipping was incredibly fast. I ordered them on a Monday morning and received them Wednesday. Before I even peeked at my new sunglasses, I was struck by the high quality packaging. (Seriously, great packaging gets me every time.) The materials are heavy and well-made, there’s red edging on the white card stock, and they include an additional lens cloth. 

If all went well, the sunglasses should be as flattering as they were online. But if you’re unhappy for any reason, they have a generous return policy. DITTO will accept returns for 90 days and they offer a two-year warranty. 

Exclusive Discount! DITTO is extending a 30% discount off of anything with coupon code BEDKNOBS&BAUBLES30. (It’s a good excuse to buy a pair of rose-colored aviators.)

Disclosure: I received a pair of sunglasses courtesy of DITTO for purposes of this review. This doesn’t influence my opinion of the company. 

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