Not A Moment Too Moon

 


I remember the first time I heard about Mignon Faget jewelry. I was a freshman at Millsaps College. Several of the girls who also lived in Becky Bacot Hall owned pieces. One night, I was actually lent a set of three pendants on a chain: the beaded, double half round, and I think the third was the knot? Bold and trusting move to lend that jewelry out, but my New Orleanean friend believed that I wouldn’t drop it in a toilet at the KA house.

Several Christmases, Easters, and birthdays later and I, too, have amassed quite the collection of Mignon Faget.

The last time I wrote about a Mignon Faget collection release, it encompassed the wire bow cuff. Shortly after the wire cuff collection was available, the Crescent Collection followed. It was very fittingly released on the day of the great American solar eclipse: August 21, 2017. The designs were inspired by the New Orleans water meter cover. Compare the two and anyone can see how the Crescent Collection pays homage to this NOLA icon.


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Credit: Anne Power

I was thrilled when I opened the parcel with celestial stacking rings from Mignon Faget. Wear one solo, wear three stacked, wear them on different fingers. Mignon Faget is taking ten percent off any purchase of three or more Crescent Collection rings. Act now.


dress (similar, tall option available) // dress (similar) // dress (similar) // dress (similar) // dress (similar) // pearl earrings // pearl necklace // pearl bracelet // moon ring (℅ Mignon Faget) // beaded ring (℅ Mignon Faget) // star ring (℅ Mignon Faget) // sunglasses // purse (similar) // shoes (alternate colorway) // shoes (alternate colorway) // hair dryer // hot rollers // hairspray // eyebrow product // eyeshadow primer // eyeshadow palette // eyelash curler // mascara // tinted moisturizer // cheek stain // lip pencil // lip color // setting spray

All You Tweed Is Love


The husband and I made our way to Center City on Sunday. I had plans to hit A.C.Moore and stock up on arts and crafts supplies to put under the trees of less fortunate families. This year has been so full of blessings that I could not help but pay it forward.

As we walked past Philadelphia City Hall, we noticed the Dilworth Winterfest. Dilworth Park has been converted to accommodate a ice skating rink, cocktail and food tent, garden maze, and local vendors. Very festive and it adds more zest to Center City! I can practically smell the cedar and balsam just thinking about it.

Despite getting into the holiday spirit, the temperature was fairly temperate. Just looking out the window, I knew that I wouldn’t need a winter coat. I have been wanting to break out the Karl Lagerfeld Paris for Long Tall Sally tweed blazer since I received it earlier this autumn. Pair it with the Karl Lagerfeld Paris for Long Tall Sally houndstooth cardigan over a studded dress (last seen here) and patent heels, perfection. I would wear this outfit every winter day in perpetuity; this is how much I adore the combination.


tweed blazer (℅ Long Tall Sally) // houndstooth cardigan (℅ Long Tall Sally) // studded dress // tights // sunglasses // heels (old, similar) // purse (similar, similar) // necklace // ring // hairdryer // hot rollers // eyeshadow primer // eyeshadow // eyelash curler // mascara // eyebrow product // tinted moisturizer // setting spray

The Hookup


Does anyone else recall when J.Crew introduced The Hookup and The Breakup? The former was the pairing of a top and bottom of the same print. The latter is wearing one of them at a time. While wearing one printed piece at a time is not revolutionary, I fell in love with wearing one print top to bottom, and not in the form of a dress or jumpsuit. Something about purchasing two pieces in one print feels very luxurious, yet attainable.

I was watching season one of The City and doing some online window shopping when I found this shirt and skirt combination. As much as I fell in love with this print via the website I purchased from, photos just do not do it justice. The texture and the pattern are next level. I knew that the colors were based in a neutral palette but I was pleasantly surprised that in person the cobalt blue and petal pink pop.

A little game that I like to play is Let the Husband Style Me. I will give him the top / bottom / dress and allow him to pick shoes, jewelry, and when appropriate, outerwear. Sometimes I go with his suggestions. Sometimes I exercise my veto power. Yesterday, I kept the necklace (last seen here) he selected and I layered on pearl jewelry. I added a pair of sunglasses. I switched out the gold bangles for my bow cuffmy coil bracelets and ring. (I know, how very #standard of me.) He initially picked out a Columbia puffer vest; to his credit my faux fur vest (last seen here) was still packed up from last winter. Lastly, the gold heels he picked had to go for patent dark green heels – much more seasonally appropriate for a fifty degree day.


shirt // skirt (also herehere, and here) // vest // bag (similar) // sunglasses // bow cuff // pearl cuff // green stone cuff // black diamond cuff // quatrefoil ring // pearl earrings // pearl necklace // hairdryer // hot rollers // hairdryer // eyeshadow primer // eyebrow color // eyelash curler // mascara // tinted sunscreen // cheek color // lip pencil // setting pray

Power Tweed


I finished a year-plus-long project at work earlier this summer. It was a huge win for me to wrap it up with a bow. So much so, that when it came time to present it to the in-house leadership, I took the opportunity to bring it in the wardrobe department.

I work in an industry dominated by men and sadly the women who work in it tend not to have very much fun with style. Not only was it crucial for me to know my project inside and out so much so that I could speak to any facet of it without notes, but I needed to find an outfit in which I would be absolutely confident; both feeling myself and on the conservative side. After ordering several dresses and asking my then-fiance (now-husband) his opinions, I landed on a gorgeous coral tweed frock.

One of my teammates complemented me on the heels I picked; it was actually the pair I wore for my engagement photos (ensemble last seen here). Another one of my teammates complimented my on my hair. I would be lying if I said that I had not driven from my flat in Philadelphia to company headquarters in Baltimore while wearing my hot rollers. Cut to other drivers giving me the side eye while I gassed up my car in Delaware looking like a mad housewife.

And the presentation? Killed it. #whoruntheworld #girls


dress // heels (solid colorways) // clutch (similar) // black diamond cuff // green stone cuff // pearl cuff // quatrefoil ring // pearl earrings // pearl necklace // sunglasses // barrette // tinted moisturizer // cheek stain // eyebrow product // eyelash curler // mascara // eyeshadow primer // eyeshadow pallette // lip liner // lipstick // setting spray // hair rollers // hair dryer // hair spray

As a Lady Dresses


Can you tell that I am stoked on the Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris collaboration? If writing about the part one and part two releases was not an indication, consider this the formal notice. Along with my wedding, the collaboration has been a highlight of 2017.

This tweed set was the first thing that I put in my online shopping cart. I love the lady-who-lunches vibe is exudes, while being completely appropriate for the office. This was the outfit that prompted my husband to comment that I looked ready to take on the world. The tweed fabric is sturdy, yet soft, I love the fringe and the pearl trim on the pockets.

I used to look for old Milly (with the old script label) to get a Chanel-like look. I would constantly run into the issue that the styles were not necessarily cut for a taller woman, and eventually Michelle Smith abandoned the ladylike aesthetic for something more modern and streamlined. While I know designers must evolve and I could find older styles on eBay, this transition was incredible disappointing to me.

Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris has settled my woes. This collaboration, and specifically this outfit, references Chanel while cuts fitting for a six-foot-and-over frame. As we were walking around town this afternoon, I commented to my husband that I wanted this set in powder blue, deep purple, and a gold-laced ivory. Long Tall Sally and Karl Lagerfeld Paris: ball is in your court.


dress // jacket // shoes (last seen here and here) // shoes (similar) // sunglasses // bag (similar) // bag (similar) // scarf (vintage) // pearl necklace // pearl earrings // green stone cuff // pearl cuff // black diamond cuff // quatrefoil ring // tinted moisturizer // eyeshadow primer // eyelash curler // mascara // eyebrow product // eyeshadow pallette // lip pencil // setting spray // hair dryer // hair spray // hair rollers

Floral in Burgos

 

 


After day one of our wine tour, the husband and I found ourselves in Burgos. It was a wonderful town to stay the night. We enjoyed tapas and wine after visiting the cathedral. There was a festival later that night, but we decided that a 9 am wake up time would require an early bedtime.

When packing for my honeymoon, I purposefully kept my jewelry understated. I left my engagement ring and wedding band at home, as well as my more recognizable brand items. The pearl set I wore for my wedding, a rose gold cuff, and my Mignon Faget pieces traveled with me. (Pro-tip: never wear earrings on the plane, because when you inevitably try to fall asleep, the posts will stab the area behind your ears. I have a friends who lost her favorite earrings this way when under the influence of an Ambien, removed them and barely recalled that, let alone where she stowed them. Keep all jewelry in a pouch, in the zipper compartment in your purse, and keep your purse underneath the seat in front of you; never in the above compartment!) The design and style of the bow cuff and the tulip ring make a statement without making an explicit proclamation of how much money was spent – perfect for traveling and not making yourself a target.


dress // sandals // rose gold cuff // bow cuff (℅ Mignon Faget) // tulip ring // sunglasses // earrings // eyebrow product // tinted sunscreen // mascara // eyelash curler

Never Alone in Barcelona, Part I


My husband (still getting used to calling him that) surprised me with a honeymoon in Spain. I did not find out where we were going until we arrived at the airport and the check in agent handed us our boarding passes.

Even though it was changing seasons, the weather in Barcelona was comparable to the Gulf Coast, albeit dryer. The highs were in the 80s and the lows were in 50s, but it only dipped during the night. Although I did not know where we were going, my then-fiance was very helpful in guiding me in what to pack.

I will say the people of Spain also get autumn-happy when the leaves show the slightest hint of changing color. I was sporting brights and pastels the entire honeymoon, while locals were in full-length denim and in some cases, jackets. Layering was definitely in full force.

On this day my husband (!) wore pants and a thermal long sleeve shirt, and I actually felt bad for him for not dressing more appropriate to the weather. When the sun is out and it is so warm that one breaks into a ladylike glow and must topknot her hair, I think we can agree that embracing the resort365 life is necessary.


blouse (alternate colorway) // blouse (alternate colorway) // blouse (alternate colorway) // blouse (alternate colorway) // blouse (alternate colorway) // tank // shorts // sunglasses // sandals // tote (similar) // pearl earrings // rose gold cuff // bow cuff (℅ Mignon Faget) // mascara // eyebrow product // tinted moisturizer

Join the Krewe

Sunglasses, like most accessories, are the best because while not all of them fit all faces, height does not come into question when finding a pair that works. #tallgirlproblems #tallgirlsolutions

It is no secret that I am the hugest Krewe du Optic fan. I think I wear them more frequently than I wear Ray Bans aviators and wayfarers combined. I would say that I am wearing a pair in 65% of blog posts.


Krewe is a New Orleans-based sunglasses company. It was founded in 2013. Pairs have a lifetime warranty. I am especially stoked that they just released a special edition, Stella, and I am dying for it. Stella is a custom acetate made in collaboration with Mazzucchelli 1849.

At this point, I just need to pick which Stella to add to my collection. Weigh in now with opinions. I have narrowed my candidates to the following:

clockwise from top left: jade lenses // grey lenses // gradient grey lenses // amber gradient lenses // gold mirrored lenses


These are my Krewe picks:

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aviators


 

intersteller // black // pink

The solid black ones and pink ones are on my shopping list!


 

yellow lenses // amber lenses // pink lenses

Not kidding, Beyonce has been spotted in the amber lenses.


patterned frames // black frames with accent


 

I definitely have two pairs of these already.

oyster // tortoise


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I wear this style in yellow all the time!


A Fab Collab: LTS x Karl Lagerfeld Paris

I have frequently discussed my love for a good (and maybe not-so-good) designer collaboration in the past. You can imagine how I audibly gasped when I saw the Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris email hit my inbox this morning. I am fairly certain that those outside my office heard me, and I am not even ashamed.

I clicked the link and y’all, every piece was better than the last. Several items will be making a home in my closet this fall. I have dreams of mixing LTS x Karl Lagerfeld Paris tweed on other tweed pieces I collected over the years. Tweed on tweed. Radical, right? More radical that an insane collaboration with a brand exclusively for tall ladies? Doubt it. Let’s all high five Long Tall Sally for bringing this our way.

These are my picks from the collection:

blazer


cardigan


tweed dress


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pearl collar blouse


pearl dress


Sequins in the Daylight


I recently came to the realization that I passed the age threshold of which three inch inseam shorts are deemed appropriate. Now that I am reflecting on this, I am not sure that three inch inseam shorts were ever appropriate given my height. On the other hand, after I graduated from high school and broke free from the dress code, I decided to wear whatever I felt like wearing.

A few summers ago I found a pair of four inch inseam shorts online on markdown and decided to pull the trigger. I did not see it coming but the inch difference of modesty made me feel considerably more comfortable. I had several other pairs with a four inch inseam – madras, printed, seersucker – but none were as much as a staple that I wore them consistently and was cognizant of the difference. Earlier this summer I purchased several pairs of four inch inseam shorts, all pairs of which have stretch in them (last seen here and here, in pink and blue).

The tank top is an economical find. I do not even remember how I found it, but I know I found the sister slipdress first. I said it before and I will say it again, sign me up for paillettes any day! Fixed tank top straps do not tend to work on taller gals, unless the torso of the tank is longer. The tank top has adjustable straps, which was crucial because the body is shorter than I tend to wear.

I always get compliments on my Lauren Merkin clutches. Unfortunately they ceased operations in 2015. Fortunately I stocked up on them before they were no longer available via retail and not the second-hand market.

Jack Rogers signature sandals are my go-to summer shoe. Work, weekend, holiday, I am wearing a pair eighty percent of the time. I broke in my first pair nearly ten years ago when I wore them to the spring Foxfield Races. I did not notice until I returned to my host’s house that evening, but I had never seen my feet beat up and blistered to that extent before. Granted this has not deterred me from purchasing at least one pair per summer every year since then. I worked on breaking in my wedding pair last week; as always it was brutal and I deferred to wearing a pair of dreamy sheepskin lined UGGs the following day. If anyone has any hacks for breaking in Jack Rogers, please sound off below. My wedding look depends on it.


tank top // shorts // sandals // sunglasses // quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff //   prasiolite cuff // pearl cuff // eyebrow product // mascara // tinted moisturizer// lip color //  eyeshadow pallette // nail color

Brights in the City


The fiance took me to New York City for the weekend. While he made the train, hotel, museum, and show tickets, I was in charge of picking out restaurants and making meal reservations. Based on where we were staying (Hilton Fashion District), where we were eating (Empellon, Ardesia, Upland, Milkbar), what we were seeing (Museum of Modern Art), and who we were visiting (a great friend doing standup, and who happened to open for Melissa Villasenor of SNL), we knew our itinerary was going to require us to either Lyft or walk extensively. Our health goals inspired us to walk so we packed and dressed accordingly.

I was thrilled when I saw that the yellow bow top came in tall. I was even more thrilled when it was marked down with an additional 50% off. Put it in the online shopping basket. Done. I am approaching the age of needing to retire my 3″ inseam chino shorts. This year I purchased several pairs of 4″ inseam shorts. There were some great colors released this spring, all with a bit of stretch in them; I definitely prefer them to the static 100% cotton pairs that I have a stack of in my closet. This trip to New York was the azalea pink maiden voyage out of the dressers and into the real world.

The hologram tote (last seen here, here, here, and here) is quite the conversation starter. It got it’s own seat at the comedy club and the hostess actually called it out and complemented me on it during one of her interludes. Any given time that I take it for a spin, it averages two-to-three compliments.

This was the only ensemble from the weekend of which I actually captured full-length photos and only because we arrived at our brunch reservation, which was for the first time slot, several minutes early. Other than happening to arrive early, this weekend was definitely one of those where we were enjoying ourselves too dang much to document an outfit.

Also, on the note of general documentation, can we cease photography at museums? iPhones are the worst thing to happen to MoMA. I observed many people simply taking a photo of the art, maybe a photo of the interpretation plackard, but not even glancing at the art if not through a smartphone camera lens. Let’s change that.


bow top // shorts // tote (similar) // sandals (similar) // black diamond cuff // green stone cuff // pearl and gold cuff // quatrefoil ring // earrings // chain pave bracelet // chain pave bracelet (budget) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) //  sunglasses (alternate colorway) // eyeshadow pallette // mascara // brow product  // tinted sunscreen // lip color // lip liner // nail color

High End Hippie

 


The moment I saw the tie dye collection from Tory Burch, I was all in. Sign me up. I wrote about the tunic being on my wish list several months ago, as well as other items in the collection. While the tunic does not have any stretch in it, there is a hidden zipper beneath an arm, which allows one to get in and out of the tunic with ease, no matter how much you have unintentionally bulked up your shoulders. Speaking on behalf of a friend.

The sunglasses are perfection. Blue lenses and gold arms? That is slam dunk in the form of shades. I am as excited to wear them these days, as I was when they first came in the mail. I wrote about how I had passer’s remorse on them once they disappeared from the online store. Cue me implementing all FBI-level search tactics in order to find a pair. Finally, I just called the store, they had a pair in stock, and several days later they were in my sunglass storage box.

The last time I wore the shorts was two weeks ago, and then last Indian summer. I can tell you that I have worn these at least once a week, and all 4th of July weekend. I love that they have a longer inseam as far as denim cutoffs go. Especially since these days, brands tend to release denim cutoffs that rival the length of boycut short underwear, I am thankful that I can find a pair with inseam lengths that provide more coverage.


tunic // tunic (alternate colorway) // tunic (alternate colorway) // shorts (similar) // shorts (similar) // sandals // sunglasses (similar) // sunglasses (similar) // sunglasses (similar) // quatrefoil ring // pearl and gold cuff // black diamond cuff // pearl bracelet // pearl necklace // pearl earrings  // eyebrow product // eye color pallette // tinted sunscreen