The Lady in Leather and a Crop Top in Reality

Fashion, Reality, Style

This outfit is a little edgier than yesterday’s version. I love pairing navy and black together. A lot of people would never dare mix the two, but I think it creates a chicness only attainable by these two colors. The oxblood bag is on trend and works well with the navy and black, and if you don’t like the grey coat it can easily be swapped out for black to create a sleeker look.

Lady in Leather and  Crop Top in Reality

BARDOT top $73 / MARC BY MARC JACOBS skirt $248 / WALLIS coat $83 / MANGO bag $100 ALDO boots $98 / COLE HAAN gloves $49

I know, I know…the skirt is expensive, but it was on sale from $500. Sometimes it’s worth it to invest, especially if you see a staple piece by a designer that you love on sale. Take this skirt for example. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but it’s a quality piece that will last forever and can add some luxury to your closet. (Here’s a little secret of mine: if you wear cheap things next to expensive things, everything looks expensive…as long as the cheap things aren’t tacky.)

If you do decide to splurge, here are 5 things to remember when sale shopping for designer pieces:

1. Buy neutrals (It’s a guarantee that they will match with most things in your closet.)

2. Buy classic shapes (So that your investments don’t go out of style.)

3. Buy for many settings (To make the investment worthwhile.)

4. Make sure you really love it (So that you will wear it a lot.)

5. Enjoy your splurge! (Don’t go home and worry about the money you spent…revel in your new purchase!)

Obsessed: B by Brian Atwood

Fashion, Obsessions

Esteemed shoe designer, Brian Atwood, has created a diffusion line called B by Brian Atwood.  It is mid-priced and will enable a lot more people to wear some of his incredible designs.

The boots in the collection are so fab.  Here are two of my favorites:

Falcon Leather Knee-High Buckle Boots $600

Paradis Leopard Print Calf Hair Knee-High Boots $995

I love that he doesn’t pin himself down to one genre of shoe.  He can do funky or classic…or classic with a funky twist!  The booties are also amazing:

Tempesta Suede Fringe Ankle Boots $450

Edeline Stretch Suede Ankle Boots $450

And last but not least…these amazing pumps:

Blayne Suede Peep Toe Platform Pumps $350

The back of these are killer.

I love love love these shoes.  Classic chic with an edgy twist…just like Brian Atwood does best!  Check out the rest of the B by Brian Atwood collection here.