THE THINGS WE DO FOR BLOGGING

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Last night, I was trying to get the perfect photo for Instagram to show that my new Ferragamos match the painting I created for our bedroom when I heard a laugh behind me. Dave was poised with his phone taking photos of me taking photos of my shoes. I scoffed, “ain’t no shame” and when about my business. Until he threatened to share it via Shapchat with one of our friends. I pleaded with him to keep it private and send it only to me. I promptly made it public on Instagram. I look ridiculous, but this is what blogging is, folks, and I suspect we’ve all had an awkward photo moment once or twice. 

Here’s to a weekend filled with awkward poses and situations to get the perfect shot for your blogs next week! Around here, the week will bring some of our trip photos (finally), an interview with the woman behind Kira Kira and a giveaway, my thoughts on Birkenstocks and a French Wardrobe update. 

P.S. You should check out Margaret Elizabeth’s weekend sample sale for incredible deals on gemstone jewelry. I bought these in black onyx and moonstone. Sign up for the mailing list for another 15% off. Shipping is just $5. 

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CURRENTLY COVETING

1. J.Crew, $98 | 2. Topshop, $80 | 3. Halogen, $38 | 4. Nine West, $49 | 5. Isabel Marant, $185 | 6. Oscar de la Renta, $395 | 7. Astley Clarke, $195 | 8. Tory Burch, $95

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Currently Coveting

1. Diane von Furstenberg, $385 | 2. ASHA, $295 | 3. Kate Spade Saturday, $165 | 4. MAU, $160 | 5. Dorothy Perkins, $49 | 6. Bounkit, $155 | 7. Innit Designs, $430 | 8. Zara, $100 | 9. H&M, $30 | 10. LEIF, $63

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Outfitted

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If you’re following along on Instagram, you know I recently treated myself to a DVF dress as an early birthday present. I loved the dress when it debuted with DVF’s spring collection, but it was out of price range at $545. So, you can imagine how excited I was to spot it on sale—in my size!—at Bergdorf Goodman last week for $190, barely more than I’d spend on a J.Crew dress. Serendipity! (Here’s the link I used in case a return happens to pop back online.) I still need to take it to a tailor to have the bodice brought in, but other than that, it’s pretty much perfect. 

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Wearing: Diane von Furstenberg dress | Kayu clutch c/o | Kate Spade heels | rings: Julie Vos c/o (similar), Lacee Alexandra c/o, Cynthia Jones c/o, Karen Hsiang | Zoya “Blu” nail polish

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Bauble of the Week

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ASHA, $175

Now that it’s finally starting to warm up, it’s time to pack away piles of rhinestones and switch to lighter, sculptural jewelry like this bangle bracelet from ASHA. There’s also a hoop earring version if you’re not keen on metal resting against your skin in humid weather. 

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Inspiration Board

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Marion Cotillard | Kate Spade

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Lupita Nyong’o | J.Crew

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Jessica Paré | Tory Burch

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Elizabeth Olsen | ASHA

Emmy Rossum | Delfina Delettrez

Jessica Alba | Aurelie Bidermann

Emma Stone | Kate Spade

Karolina Kurkova | Lizzie Fortunato

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Currently Coveting

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1. Alexis Bittar, $345 // 2. Alexander Wang, $375 (It’s technically considered a makeup pouch, but I’d use the leather bag as a clutch.) // 3. Marchesa Voyage, $625 // 4. Chloe, $285 // 5. Rebecca Taylor, $325 // 6. Dior, $32 // 7. Tocca, $24 // 8. Gap, $40 // 9. DV by Dolce Vita, $80 

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Behind the Baubles: Golden Thread

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The arrowhead necklace in yesterday’s post doesn’t even begin to illustrate the array of pendants and other customizable gems available at Golden Thread. Jennifer Welker, a former neonatal nurse, launched the collection in 2010 focusing on luxe pieces that could be personalized by layering, adding a monogram, incorporating a birthstone and even choosing a preferred metal color to create a signature piece as unique as the woman wearing it. Her collection has been featured on NBC’s Today  show and in the pages of top publications, such as InStyle, People StyleWatch and Redbook magazines.

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Shop It: Small Disc with Diamond Bezel, $1,880 // Small Star Charm, $40 // Small Framed Gold Disc, $460 // Cut-Out Earrings, $280 // Diamond Triangle Earrings, $600 // Signet Ring, $120 // XOXO Charm, $40 // Small Edge Crest, $460 

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Currently Coveting

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1. Diane von Furstenberg, $485 // 2. Jules Smith, $85 // 3. Chloe, $750 // 4. J.Crew, $128 // 5. Sarah Magid, $88 // 6. NARS, $35 // 7. C.Wonder, $88 // 8. Ann Taylor, $138 // 9. August Salt, $39

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Outfitted

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While this getup is quintessentially fall, it’s completely out of my comfort zone. I’m not actually a fan of jeans (or pants in general) and I’ve never worn a pair of riding boots before Naturalizer reached out to me with the opportunity to try a pair of their shoes.

I’ve always wanted to purchase a pair of riding boots, but it’s a discouraging process when you have wide (ahem, “shapely”) calves. Most options are matronly or have a bizarre v-shaped inset of elastic that looks like an afterthought. I appreciate that the elastic on this Naturalizer pair is thoughtfully incorporated into the design and is partially hidden by leather buckles. It allows for a comfortable fit without sacrificing style. 

Naturalizer has a reputation for comfortable shoes and these are no exception. (No breaking in period!) I planned to wear them for a day at a state park, but they were just as comfy for what those plans morphed into: a stop at the New Glarus brewery and an afternoon spent browsing small town gift shops.

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Featured: Lands’ End jacket // Banana Republic shirt // J.Crew jeans // gifted Naturalizer boots // gifted Hobo bag // gifted Gorjana necklace // gifted oNecklace necklace // gifted Cynthia Jones ring

Goodness, that’s a lot of gifted items in one post. I only accept items that I adore, so they’re in heavy rotation!  

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