Brandon told me the day before my birthday that my gift would be late and he felt very bad, but I am the most meh person when it comes to birthdays so I told him, “Don’t even feel bad! You know how meh I am about birthdays.” Anyway, the next morning he told me what he had gotten me so I’d have something to look forward to.
AND IT ARRIVED TODAY
It is Cuyana’s short leather tote and I feel good about having been recommending it blind to you guys for the past year or so because it is glorious. It is so well-made and appears to be very sturdy (I will report back after a month of use or so) and the monogramming is the icing on the cake. (It takes longer to receive the bag and it’s an extra $10, but it is the best $10 you will spend.)
Here’s the thing I really love though: the color. It’s the richest shade of caramel. Caramel bags like this go with everything: They look good with denim and black (and I wear a lot of both). I love that the shape is so minimal and clean. No frills except the monogram.
I am eyeing the tall leather tote ($150) next (when is the next gift giving occasion I can drop hints for—Mother’s Day, yes). If you have to take a laptop back and forth to work, the tall one might be a better choice. (Although I could easily fit my laptop in mine. It says “Short,” which may make you think it is small but it’s not.)
Anyway, if you’ve been looking for a
basic(NO BASIC BAGS ALLOWED) minimal leather tote that can work for commuting, weekend, diaper bagging, whatever—I am over the moon for this one already.
Me too! I bought mine about a month ago on your recommendation and I love it! It’s so classy looking and holds all my stuff for work easily. The monogramming looks great too. Great value for the money.
a question -
As you can imagine, this whole thing has been both heartbreaking and totally overwhelming.
I am feeling sort of paralyzed right now….
Like, I have no idea what to do next.
So, if anyone out there has been through a similar situation, I’d be most appreciative of ANY advice/tips/reccos you are…
Ugh. I am so sorry. If it helps, my sister had a similar situation (a tree fell on her house during Hurricane Isabelle and crushed her roof). Her house took several months to put back together, but in the end she was able to put it back and make it even better with the insurance. She just focused on the positive and gave herself alot of leeway during those hard, temporary living months.
Was just reviewing my posts from almost a year ago. I did hate my old job so much that I cried sometimes when I thought about it. Now, after a year at a new job, the memory is really faded and it … , well it was bad. But the negative feelings have definitely faded. It’s amazing how much feeling valued makes a difference.
richmondrelocation asked: Any good recommendations for office holiday party wear? My office party is a formal sit-down dinner with a cocktail hour before? What should I wear?
What you wear to holiday parties should really depend on the general vibe of your office and where they’re taking everyone for the party. Since you’re doing a cocktail hour with dinner (and not an hours-long drink fest in the back room of a lounge somewhere), I think you might want to err on the side of being a little more work-appropriate.
This J.Crew Factory stretch wool peplum dress ($98 from $118, extra 30% off with code BIGSALE) is very holiday-friendly, but still work-appropriate. Add more makeup than you’d usually wear to work—a smoky eye or some darker lipstick—and some killer shoes like these from ZARA ($99). You can bring along a moto jacket and throw it on over the dress if people go for out for drinks after dinner.
Another option is this J.Crew Factory scalloped lace top ($64.50). You could wear it with skinny trousers or ponte pants (or—for a more edgy look, coated denim). Add some drama with green drop earrings ($42, Kenneth Jay Lane). Do a soft wave in your hair—so pretty!
If you have your heart set on a dress, Piperlime has some good holiday options right now. Don’t forget to take 25% off with code DRESS. This Pim + Larkin green/black brocade dress basically SCREAMS holiday party ($98). This gorgeous Sabine lace dress is available in black or green for $89. If you want something more simple, the dark red of this Tinley Road dress is pretty. (And you could wear it again to work with a jacket.)
One of the most simple, chic things to wear to holiday party is a sequined tank, blazer and simple pants—either tailored trousers or skinny trousers or ponte pants or whichever you feel will be most appropriate. Add pointed toe pumps and jewelry and you’re done. I like this sequined tank from ZARA ($49.90). It’s a great outfit for two reasons: First, you can lose the jacket if things start getting crazy after everyone has a few drinks in them. And second, you’re wearing actual pants and an actual jacket so you won’t necessarily freeze trying to catch a cab home.
Don’t forget to check the Rent The Runway suggestions on this post too.
awesome suggestions! Thanks!
really pretty colors this morning
(Source: barackobama, via lovepuppy)
They say withdrawal gets easier with time.
Let’s hope so!
I miss her too!
I’m on week 7 of Couch to 5k. It’s been going pretty well. I’m going to try out another way to get me running. The Runners World Holiday Running Streak. One mile a day every day until July 4. 2.8 miles today!
Although it’s not as symmetrical. The tree outside my office always reminds me of the tree in the opening of Six Feet Under.