1. Edward Bess Rose Demure Lipstick ($32) // 2. Parker Chiffon Combo Top ($207) // 3. Loeffler Randall Robin T-Straps ($375) // 4. Julie Vos Gold Snake Ring ($68) // 5. All Saints Emilie Dress ($268) // 6. Michael Kors Selma Satchel ($358) // 7. Marni Saddle Hem Skirt ($840) // 8. Report Jezzica Flat ($70) // 9. Robyn Rhodes Scarab Spiral Cuff ($85)
If this set had a theme, I suppose you would consider it neutral colors with a bit of drama.
One. Rose lipstick is my color of choice for Spring 2013. I like this creamy, moisturizing lipstick from Edward Bess, but Bobbi Brown’s wild rose rich lip color is also a good choice. If you need something under-$10, NYX has this traditional lipstick or this chunky lip pencil.
Two. Black and white combos seem to be everywhere this season. This colorblock chiffon top from Parker is right up my alley, but I also like this INC top and this one from The Limited, both under-$50. Prefer your neutral colorblocking in dress form? There are a lot of awesome options.
For work, this Black Halo dress is lovely and this Calvin Klein is under-$100. For after hours attire, I adore this Erin Fetherston dress and this chic Jay Godfrey frock.
Three. I love the mix of color and texture on these heels from Loeffler Randall. Rachel Roy also has a mixed media sandal with tribal influences, and Anthropologie has a gorgeous pair of lilac sandals with woven-detail on the heel. Enzo Anglioni also has a super-cool pair of inexpensive sandals with mixed textures.
Four. I never thought I would be attracted to a Cleopatra-inspired serpentine ring like this one, but I just have to have it. I also like this skinny serpent with emerald eyes, and these lapis studs with snake surround.
Five. This pleated grey one shoulder is phenom. I gasped ever so slightly when I saw it. If grey isn’t your color, check out this purple drape dress or this coral one shoulder, both under-$100. If you need a plus size dress, this cut-out jersey number gives you sexy the look without showing so mud skin.
Six. Between the Coach Legacy satchel and this Michael Kors bag, I am really fighting the inner voice that says, “Buy the pretty purse, you know you want to. It’s so buttery soft and smells like style. Buy it, Belle, buy it.” My inner voice also wears a black hat and twirls a mustache. Go figure.
As for inexpensive options, the closest thing that I could find was this ASOS bag in pale-colored leather. If you like the shape, keep an eye out, over the course of the season it should trickle down into the intern price point.
Seven. I usually don’t embrace the fit and flare hemline, or Marni for that matter (too boxy), but this skirt is just a trip and a half. If you want something that won’t break the bank, try the NY and Co. skirt or this Karen Kane one.
Eight. I just though these shoes were a really cool option to wear on casual days. I liked the woven Aztec print and the neutral palette. Should you want something less graphic and more preppy, try this woven flat from Elliott Lucca.
Nine. I figured why not drive the Egyptian theme all the way home with a scarab spiral arm cuff that can also be worn on the wrist. Should you want something more substantial,this etched malachite pendant from Kara Ross is also pretty cool. And this ring is proof that a little scarab goes a long way, so don’t overdo it.
Belle- My mom wants to buy me a nice hand bag for my law school graduation. We’ve been shopping since I graduated last May (including following your blog). We’re pretty close to pulling the trigger on either the coach legacy (although probably the medium) or the Michael Kors that you link to in this post. I’m not the hugest fan of the coach tassels but the straps seem a better size compared to the Michael Kors (and I worry the Michael Kors shoulder strap doesn’t seem quite as “professional”). I know you’ve been lusting after both lately. If you could only have one which would it be?