Le Sigh – Alexander Wang Anais Metallic High Heel Pump

I have a new love… unrequited as of yet, sadly… the Alexander Wang Anais Metallic High Heel Pump.

I need these shoes in my life.

They’re the perfect mix of magpie-shiny and preppy-tasseled-cool.  And, damn if I don’t love a silver shoe.

As Ariel says, I don’t know when, I don’t know how but I’m going to get my hands on these heels.

Zara Is Winning My Heart

I’ve been smitten with Zara for a while.  Sadly, each time I go to New York, I run out of time to really shop there in person.  And, because I live in Fashion Exile (aka North Carolina), we  don’t have a Zara here.

When I ‘ve seen adorable items like this pink boyfriend blazer, I have had to track it down on Ebay (and hell, yes, I tracked this baby down).

But now we who are in the boonies (apparently), need suffer no more.  Zara is online!!!


And yes, I had to jump on and grab some items.  I dithered too long and two dresses I liked ran out but that just helped me narrow my cart down a bit.

First I bought a “basic” that I had on the Needed list for Fall/Winter… a cable knit sweater dress in black.  Simple but perfect for jazzing up a number of ways.

Then this whimsical tee caught my eye.  I’m so wearing this under a brown corduroy blazer and jeans. 

And my last item of the day was this snazzy red polka-dot blazer.  It’s going to transition through Fall, be perfect with my “Chromatic French” theme and will probably still be kicking around in summer too (maybe I’ll need an Americana theme for 2012)

Since items run out fast (especially on day one), I think this is going to be a daily stop for me.
Did you nab any Zara Day One delights?

Fall-Winter 2011 – Daydream Themes

I’m not sure if anyone else does, but I tend to think of my seasonal wardrobe in themes.  I don’t always stick to it very strongly but it does give me outfit ideas and inspiration for the next six months. 

Past themes have been “Modern Princess, Lawn Party and Sparkling1950s” for this past spring/summer. Purchases that season included a vintage Swirl dress from Shrimpton Couture, a sequin cocktail dress from JCrew and a rose-bedecked dress from Talbots.  Last winter was “Dark Woods, Fairy Tales and Uniforms”.  I added a faux fur capelet, the Where the Wild Things Are/Opening Ceremony faux fur skirt and a pencil skirt with a pheasant applique from Anthropologie.

This year I’m considering “Clean College Prep and Chromatic French”.  “College Prep” getting me excited for knee-high boots, cozy sweaters, tonal layering and plaid while “Chromatic French” will be whimsical, classic and built around red, black and creme. 

Here are a few of my inspirational images thus far:

I’m pulling back on spending lately, so I’ll be doing a lot of creative closet shopping.  I have a full plan to do a closet clean out and hopefully switch to the “Five Piece French Wardrobe” shopping method.  I need to flush this out first and then I’ll post on it, but I’m going to be good about buying only long term items.  For someone who gets bored of their clothes, this will be a challenge. 

But maybe I get bored with my clothes because they are generic.  Hmmm…

Anyway, I’ve got my eye on some glittery sneakers, a super bright tote, a clear clutch, a new blazer and maybe some velvet.  We’ll have to see what materializes and how the fashion kismet will work with me.

We still have a few weeks left of warm weather, especially here in NC, but I’m excited for Fall!