Belle's Weekly Favorites–December 31, 2012
Dec 31, 2012
1. Reiss Wallis Print Cardigan ($120) // 2. Botkier Eden Calf-hair Bag ($275) // 3. Joomi Lim Double Row Spike Bracelet ($108) // 4. Alexander McQueen Crochet Organza Dress ($4,478) // 5. Verona Flecky Print Scarf ($73) // 6. Otte Alex Top ($245) // 7. Miu Miu Suede and Glitter Ankle Boots ($850) // 8. Sara Weinstock Rose Quartz Drops ($2,760) // 9. Donna Karan Gypsum White Pencil Skirt ($1,110)
One. I love the metallic sheen on this cropped open cardigan, and the soft blush color can be worn with work separates or over a cocktail dress. Prefer a cardigan with buttons? Then this may be the one for you.
Two. This black handbag is positively chic. I love the structured style, the gold hardware and the mix of textures. It’s a great work bag with a bit of spirit. If you’d like something less expensive, ASOS has some great options. This doctor’s bag is $130, and this satchel with a gold metal bow is $56. But my favorite is this top handle satchel with metal corners for $70.
Three. This Joomi Lim bracelet mixes gold and silver (it also comes in rose gold), substance and edge to create a very unique piece of jewelry. If you like the look, but would like to spend under-$100, the single bracelet is $88. You can get a similar look for $13.
Four. This dress is over $4,000, and it’s 70-percent-off. Talk about a disappointing sale for those of us without a Rich Uncle Pennybags. But it’s Alexander McQueen, what can you do?
Would you like something lovely and chic for under-$100? This Dorothy Perkins dress is sophisticated and pretty. I also love this lace print organza gown in black and white from Milly.
Five. This lightweight grey and black scarf is a great option. The small print and contrasting stripe would mix well with black and white pieces or with bold colors. It also comes in a navy and white print with a rust-colored stripe.
Six. I’ve posted a number of blush-colored blouses on the blog over the years, but this shirt from Otte is my favorite. I love how versatile they are and how chic–because anywhere you would wear white or ivory, you can wear blush. This blouse has limited sizes, but it’s under-$50.
Seven. How I got sucked in to the glitter bootie trend, I don’t know, but I did. These sued and glitter boots are under-$100 and have a heel, but I think most professional women will be happier with a flat boot for the weekend, so this slightly more expensive pair may be better. If you like them, I would wait for them to go on sale, because this trend is likely to end up on the sale rack in a month or two.
Eight. I love the mix of rose quartz and black metal in these earrings, but they are SO pricey. These teardrop earrings are $70 and very similar, but they don’t have the black accent. If you would prefer a pale pink necklace with a reasonable price, this mixed media necklace is eclectic, but I think this delicate pendant is more my taste.
Nine. I purchased a winter white pencil skirt recently and I love it. This Donna Karan is pretty fantastic, but far too expensive for a normal person. This J.CREW skirt is my favorite, but the sizes are limited. This $55 Calvin Klein skirt is also a great option if the J.CREW is sold out. Want something with texture? This organza skirt would be a to.die.for option for a cocktail party.