Looking Back, Looking Forward


It’s time; time to take stock. Wednesday, the middle of the work week, is the perfect day to stop, and take a moment to look back and look forward. Wednesdays will be dedicated to featuring a vintage or modern classic piece from my collection.

Today’s feature is a vintage Marina Rinaldi bag. This hard leather bag was handed down to me by a family member. A rich, cinnamon brown, the refined and structured shape is similar to the Hermes Kelly bag. The top handle ensures that this bag will be carried– prominently and visible—and thus taking a central role in the overall look of any outfit. The bag also features a concealable chain interwoven with leather, which adds an elegant finishing touch, and gives the option to carry it over your shoulder.

Tank Top Chic

So yes. Some might say I am just wearing a green “wife beater.” But wait; look again. This green tank top is elevated to summer chic status when paired with a brown, flared, eyelet skirt. The single strand of Shango beads, tri-color AK bangle watch, gold Me Too sandals, and striking two-tone leather Antonio Melani bag seal the deal.
Tank – Old Navy
Skirt – Banana Republic factory store
Shango beads – Cuba
Watch – Anne Klein via Marshalls
Sandals – Me Too via local boutique
Bag – Antonio Melani via Rag-o-Rama

Max Studio delivers by way of Marshalls!

And now this. I immediately fell in love with this Max Studio trapeze dress on a typical trip to Marshalls. Yes, the color and print -a blue, green, teal, black and cream mod design- are divine. But, it also features the softest wrinkle resistant matte jersey I have ever encountered, the cutest princess cap sleeves, a perfectly shirred neckline, and fabulous pockets concealed within the side seams.
The shoes (which will be featured in a later post) are from Nine West via Marshalls as well.

I found Filmore.

At last! Banana Republic’s Filmore deep satchel in teal is the bag I have been searching for. Its deep satchel shape, gathered leather along the frame, and fabulous shade of teal that complements everything have elevated this bag to my top two favorite bags. I have been watching it for weeks, but grabbed it in-store as soon as I learned it had sold out online.

Shades of gray are hot for fall and this bag is the perfect accessory. See how it completes my twist on the menswear inspired look.