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Category: Cravings

Craving: Bow-Front 70s Dresses

There’s something really glamorous about the 70s that I can’t get enough of. I love the drama in the clothes — platform shoes, wide-legged jeans and wide-brimmed felt hats. But one of my favorite things about 70s fashion is that there’s an ease to the sexiness. The clothes aren’t fussy or complicated. They’re not particularly structured or rigid. They flow and move with you.

I guess that’s why I’m so attracted to these bow-front dresses. The tie in the front feels so feminine but not in a contrived way, and the rich navy and chartreuse colors are bold and eye-catching with a short hemline, while the chain-print is more understated but with a belt still highlights the body in a subtly sexy way.

  1. ASOS Mini Pussybow Shirt Dress with Shirred Cuffs — $62.90
  2. ASOS PETITE Swing Dress with Pussybow — $71.88
  3. ASOS Midi Dress in Chain Print — $71.88

Craving: Red Coat

Maybe it’s part of “growing up” after you finish school… but I can’t get enough of J. Crew lately. Even though I can wear jeans to work, Jenna Lyons has me dreaming about Cafe Capris and bow-toed pumps. What?!

What I really love though, is the coat in these photos. It’s a simple and classic silhouette, with a blazer-like collar and lapel. And I really can’t stop thinking about it in red.

J. Crew Plaza Coat in Saddle — $298

I’m told the actual color of the coat is more of a bright red with a slight orange undertone, not as dull as it looks in the photo above.

J. Crew is also having a 25% off + free shipping sale until Sunday. Decisions…

Craving: Madewell Leather Skirt

Alexa Chung for Madewell Maud Skirt — $375

I’m obsessing over this Alexa Chung for Madewell leather skirt. I’ve been searching for leather shorts for awhile but now I’m thinking maybe I need a skirt instead — or maybe both! I love the skirt’s shape and pleating. Leather is such a beautiful fabric when its crafted well and has that supple softness to it. (Too bad its so expensive!)

I’m also bananas for those shoes! The shape of the flat is reminiscent of a loafer but a much more modern, feminized version. The model is wearing a black suede version, but for some reason I’ve never been a huge fan of suede shoes (sorry Elvis). It just feels like too fuzzy and soft a fabric for a shoe.

Luckily for me, the shoe also comes in this fabulous, spotted pony hair version:

Belle by Sigerson Morrison Pony Flats — $235

I’m loving a pointier toe for my shoes right now and this pair takes the cake.

Now off to find some budget-friendlier alternatives…

Craving: Minnetonka Shearling Lined Boots

I love fashion and how fabulous it is. And sometimes I love being comfortable.

Luckily, the two aren’t mutually exclusive, but I admit that I have days where I succumb to sweats. I do my best to make it better — yoga pants with a fitted T-shirt, my boyfriend’s college sweaters with leggings — but let’s be honest here. It’s not very fabulous. Sometimes you just don’t want to dress up!

That being said, one of my favorite not-so-cute-but-oh-so-comfortable indulgences are fuzzy shoes. I’m talking about Uggs and my fleece lined moccasins! So terribly un-chic but so perfect for running to the grocery store on a cold winter’s day at 10 a.m.

And so when I saw these shoes while browsing J. Crew’s new arrivals, there was a part of me that just reeaaally wanted them. Despite the fact that they look super comfy, I actually think they could pass for real shoes. And when I think about running out to get eggs on the weekend or picking up a take-out order from the place next door, all I can think is, I totally need these, for that.

So tell me, am I totally crazy? Or is this a justifiable purchase?

(Oh and it turns out there’s a nearly identical version on sale for $59.99 that I sadly don’t like as much.)

Craving: Alexander Wang Brenda Camera Bag

Lately my style has alternated between bohemian-hippie influences (think patterns, warm hues and light-wash denim, which you can see from my last two posts) and a Rick Owens-esque black and white minimalism (leather, crisp white and heavy gold/silver hardware). This bag obviously falls in the latter category. Alexander’s Brenda bags have been out for awhile, but I love the camera bag version. It also comes in white and I can’t really decide which I like more but I lean toward black just for the practical sake of keeping it clean.

Shop the bag here, and the white version here. Which do you like more?

Craving: Missoni for Target

The Missoni for Target line is full of amazing items, but the one item I’ll be rushing to in the stores when its released September is this bed set.

Craving: Chanel Boy Bags

Chanel is launching a new handbag line this fall inspired by Coco Chanel’s penchant for androgyny, partially a result of her long-term relationship with Boy Capel.

“Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel,” said Karl Lagerfeld in a release.

The purses range from $2,500 to $4300 and will be available in black, red, grey and ivory.

If you don’t know much about Chanel’s life or relationship with Boy Capel, I recommend watching Coco Before Chanel. It’s an excellent film in its own right, with quality actors, but beyond that it’s a fascinating glimpse into Chanel’s life before she became the successful woman we all remember her as.

Craving: Bally-Rina Flats

Who doesn’t love a good pun and comfortable flats? Bally looks to provide both with its new, oh-so-adorable Bally-Rina flats. The brand released the shoe, available in two colors with matching totes — navy with white and green trim, and grass green with yellow and hot pink trim — were released in celebration of the brand’s 160th anniversary.

I adore flats. While I love myself a good pair of heels, flats are necessary for my days walking around San Francisco. Obviously not as sexy as heels, I look for flats that have details to upgrade them from being plain. I love the Bally-Rinas for their toe shape (rounded point), low sides and colorful trim. I’ve been glued to the hip (foot?) to a pair of glittering gold Jimmy Choo flats I bought last summer, but these shoes might be a worthy replacement!

I’ve yet to try the Bally-Rinas on, the true test for flats, but the New York Times ran them by two New York City Ballet dancers who both approved. If women who make their living with their feet (and have a vested interest in protecting them) consider them wearable, I’m sure I would too!