Feeling Jaded

 Theory top and skirt, Christian Dior slingbacks and sunglasses.. All from Bloomingdales.

Theory top and skirt, Christian Dior slingbacks and sunglasses.. All from Bloomingdales.

I love jade.  There is something very humbling and serene about the stone that has always spoken to me.  How apropos then, that we are traveling in China, where jade is available in abundance.  Many years ago, a friend who does business in China, brought home this beautiful piece of jade and gave it to me.  I asked a jewelry designer friend of mine if she could create a necklace that would do it justice.  And create one she did!  I don't wear it often, mostly because I can never find the right outfit to highlight it.  That is until now.  This jade green suede skirt by Theory is a standout piece all on its own, but is completely elevated by the necklace, and vice versa.  They seem to work in perfect harmony, especially when paired with a simple white tee.  I have been coveting these J'ADIOR slingbacks after seeing them paraded around my Instagram feed.  The nude color, blends in with the foot, thereby elongating the leg, in spite of the flat heel.  This is a huge plus for me at 5'3 1/2"... yes, that half inch is really important to me. 

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Classic Confidence

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Marc Jacobs pants on sale here  and here, Gucci blousesimilar for less here, belt and coat similar here, Aquazurra shoessimilar for much less here, Valentino handbag, Celine sunnies

 

  I have been on a classic kick lately. I have been known to dress in pieces that are a little more funky, but lately, I find that I have been choosing more classic ones. Instead of buying an armful of trendy items, I have been choosing fewer, more classic ones that will remain in my closet for a very long time. When faced with the challenge of dressing for a meeting or an event that calls for “business attire” without wearing the same old black pantsuit or little black (conservative) dress and jacket,  a look like this can go a long way in making one feel pulled together, chic and above all, confident. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get this look. I realize that all the pieces here are by high-end designers, but you can achieve the same look at a fraction of the cost, depending on your budget. Just click on the link that highlighted above in “same for less here.”
  Nothing goes further in a wardrobe than the black and white/cream combo; for instance, a classic pair of pinstriped trousers topped with a silk blouse and pretty shoes. If the weather calls for it, throw on a dressy black coat, (another investment piece), and a great bag, and you are ready for anything. This is an ensemble that I like to refer to as classic confidence.

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