I’ve never thought of myself as a hat person. I love the way that hats look on other people, but I don’t feel like I can pull them off myself. Hat person or not, when it’s winter on the East Coast you don’t really have a choice. You need to wear a hat (unless you’re into freezing your ears off).
Earlier in the season I bought a cozy, black-and-white striped beanie from Joe Fresh. It was the first hat that I’ve bought where I thought “Hey, this doesn’t look half-bad on me!” Now I’m thinking maybe I can wear hats, or at least that I look okay in a beanie. I purchased that beanie mainly for warmth purposes, but now I’m starting to see it as an accessory too- a way to finish off the outfit. Over the weeks I’ve saved a few inspirational pictures for styling a beanie and I shared some of my favorites above.
During the long weekend, I knit a beanie out of some burgundy yarn that I had stashed away. This is only the second beanie that I own, but I’m looking forward to wearing it for an outfit post and seeing if I still think I can pull off the beanie style. I also really want a basic black version- something to add a little edge to a casual outfit.
Tell me: Do you wear hats? If so, what’s your favorite style?
I’m not quite ready to focus on spring fashion. There’s a lot of spring clothing popping up in stores, but it’s hard to get excited about a new season when the sky is still dumping lots of snow almost daily (according to this article, this is one of the top 10 snowiest winters on record). Enter the floral sweatshirt- combining the pretty florals of spring with the cozy warmth you need for winter. Since Sir Groundhog said we’re due for six more weeks of winter, I think this is a great way to bring a little spring fashion into your winter wardrobe. Fun fact- two of these picks above are actually men’s sweatshirts!
Tell me: Which is your favorite?
I’ve been searching for the perfect black everyday purse for a few months now. When my last bag broke in a similar fashion to the one before it, I vowed that my next bag would be of better quality. No more cute bags that only last for a few months!
In the past couple of years, I’ve discovered that I really love satchel bags, so that’s the style I focused on during my search. In my hunt for a new everyday bag, I had a few requirements: a long strap so I have the option to carry it crossbody, made of leather, a classic style, the right shape and the right size. I was looking for something that would last for years, but still wasn’t crazy expensive. In my efforts to buy quality over quantity, I realized that I would probably be spending more money than I’m used to spending on this type of purchase. So I browsed and waited and browsed some more. If I planned to spend $$$, then I had to love it.
Earlier this week, I stumbled onto a picture of the Syndey Satchel from Fossil and I loved it. I read all of the reviews about it on various sites and things looked promising. I also asked my friend Hope about the quality of their products since I knew she used to work there. I’d never purchased anything from Fossil before, so I really wanted to do my research.
I loved the image of the bag online, but I know that doesn’t always translate to real life. On Monday I headed to Macy’s to look at the purse in person. When I first saw it, I definitely thought it was cute, but also smaller than I’d imagined. I thought to myself, “I could make this work…” Then on another shelf, I spotted another Fossil bag that I’d seen online, the Erin Satchel. Here was another really great bag- it was bigger than the Sydney Satchel and the leather was buttery soft.
The price difference between the two was about $40 and I spent a lot of time going back and forth between them. In the end I considered, which one fits my needs more? Yes, it should be a beautiful bag, but it also needs to be practical for my life. The answer was the Erin Satchel. With a coupon in hand I headed to the register and bought the bag! As soon as I swiped my credit card, I felt both exhilarated and terrified. There’s that shopping high that you feel when you score something that you want, but for me there was also the pitfall in my stomach when I thought about checking my bank account later.
This was definitely a splurge for me and it’s the most money I’ve ever spent on a purse. I believe that it will be worth it though. Since I plan to use it as an everyday bag, this means that likely I’ll be carrying it at least 4-5 times per week. And if it lasts as long as I hope it does, soon the cost-per-wear will be really low. To be honest, I haven’t taken it out and about yet because I’m still a bit apprehensive, but here’s hoping that my new purchase will make it into an outfit post sooner rather than later!
Tomorrow I’ll be heading on a plane heading back to California! Before I leave snowy NYC, I wanted to put together one last gift guide for the year- the under $10 set. These gifts are perfect little presents to give to family/friends or to use as stocking stuffers. I hope you enjoyed my gift guide series this year and that you picked up a few ideas. Also, don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see which holiday hairstyle I chose!
H&M Mini Cake Stand (in my dreams my kitchen is filled with pretty pieces like this cake stand) // Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap // Joe Fresh Glitter Skinny Belt (I’ll admit it- I like sparkly things!) // Modcloth Elephant Earrings // Poppin White Small Notebook with Gold Initial (as soon as I saw this notebook, I had to have it, so I bought one for myself!) // Modcloth Lovin Spoonfuls Set // Essie Encrusted Treasures Ignite the Night (I’m thinking this is the perfect NYE polish) // Kate Spade Saturday Morning Mug (this mug is on sale right now and I’m finding it really difficult to resist) // J. Crew Printed Playing Cards (get 30% off these pretty cards with the code GIFTNOW)