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.


NOLA water meter.jpg
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

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

Getting Festive With My Bad Self: For Mama Bear

For parts one and two.

My mom might be the easiest to shop for. I literally have it down to a science. A pair of chic pajamas and a non-brand-emblazoned structured purse. Rotate the colors every year. Call it a day and be happy Mom has a gift formula.

tote // pajamas


Much like her daughter, my mom also loves Mignon Faget designs. I love my tulip pearl necklace and she has complemented me on it in the past. This necklace is the fleur de lis version. Perfect for sporting on Saints game days for a chic lady!

MF

necklace


For part four click here.

Houndstooth Remix

 


When I shop, I seek pieces that I can foresee transcending not only seasons, but years. When markdowns are posted at the end of winter (and summer), you can believe that I snag the items that I believe are classic or are not so strongly tied to a certain moment in time. This goes back to my declaration that I will wear whatever I damn please, even if it isn’t “this season”. Nothing is the post is younger than a year old.

The last post featuring this blouse was at the end of last summer. I wouldn’t recommend it for a taller frame, as the sleeves run short. Unfortunately I bought it on a final sale, so I decided to make the best of it. I have worn it (with the sleeves pushed up) enough times to justify the price per wear so I am content. I have said it once and I will say it again: I am all about the data.

I have posted on this skirt not only once, but twice. In the past year, I have worn it at least ten times as much. I love houndstooth; it is just such a classic print / tweed. Most of all, I love that the skirt was released in tall!

The structured bag is everything. I wish I had purchased it in black as well, as it is the ultimate boss-woman vessel of carrying one’s possessions and most of my professional-wear skews in black and grays. I break out this burgundy version whenever it matches with my outfit.

Lastly, can we talk about the shoes? I wore them twice last year, but since they are suede, never when it rained. They are so good and so classic that they were not only remade with an update for this year but also in an outlet version.


blouse // skirt // skirt (similar) // skirt (similar) // heels // tank top // purse (old) // heels (similar) // heels (similar) // sunglasses // tulip ring // rose gold cuff // bow cuff // pearl bracelet // earrings // necklace // tinted moisturizer // eyeshadow primer // eyeshadow pallette // eyebrow product // eyelash curler // mascara // lip color // cheek stain // setting spray // hair dryer // hot rollers // hairspray

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

The Sunday Prior

 


The fiance and I spent the Sunday before the wedding running errands. Yoga, sweetgreen salads, returning my would-be bridal party day-of outfits (heads up: Chubbies run small), getting my ring cleaned, procuring a new suitcase (with my then-soon-to-be monogram) for the honeymoon, getting a silverware organizer from the Container Store, grocery shopping for the week, and meal prep. It was a busy day to say the least.

The fiance and I came across Linwood Park while we were in Ardmore. The park provides a beautiful respite from the urban, and even suburban rush. There is even a reflexology path, where one can tread with or without shoes. We only had time for a quick break, but have plans to return next time we go grocery shopping.

A day with so many errands calls for comfort. This means a cotton tank, silk kimono, and my go-to jorts (seen here and here). Everywhere I went, I received compliments on the kimono and that made my to-do list all the more manageable!


kimono // tank top (similar) // shorts (similar) // bucket bag // sandals // sandals (tall version) //  prasiolite cuff // rose gold cuff // bow cuff (℅ Mignon Faget) // ring // sunglasses // tinted sunscreen //  eyelash curler // mascara //  eyebrow product // eyeshadow // lip liner // lip pencil // cheek stain

Print + Stripes

 

The weekend before our wedding, the fiance and I had to run a few errands. One of them was exchanging a few bowls gifted from our registry that were crushed in the mail. Dang USPS! Trips to Scarlett Alley, where we registered for dishes, are always a treat even under unfortunate circumstances. The owner always recognizes and warmly greets the now-husband and I, and she was beyond helpful in assisting our wedding guests in ordering from the registry.

I am obsessed with the style of this top. I wore the yellow oxford cloth version out and about in NYC about a month ago. That fabric was stiff enough to sculpt the perfect bow. The silk fabric of the sister shirt that I wore on Saturday was not as easy to manipulate. After getting frustrated with my fiance’s execution of the bow and then my own, I left the tie undone. I planned to wear my hair down anyway; this style allowed me to do so and show off my favorite part of the shirt.

Can we discuss the jewelry? I have been a fan of Mignon Faget forever, as I grew up on the Gulf Coast. Mignon Faget is a native New Orleanean and an amazing artist. My first set of her designs consisted of the fleur de lis drop earrings, pendant and chain, and ring. Upon college graduation, I was gifted the tulip and freshwater pearl necklace and ring (last seen here and here) I used to have the spiral shell ring, until an unfortunate break-in to my DC apartment. When replacing it, I decided to go with the banner ring instead (last seen here). I love the designs so much, that I insisted on Mignon Faget wedding cake pulls; I was amped to share the designs with my wedding party and my new sisters-in-laws. The cake pulls were not the only Mignon Faget pieces at the wedding; my husband wore the fleur de lis cufflinks.

I was thrilled when Mignon Faget released their new wire bracelet collection. While it is not a secret that I am a sucker for the tulip collection, I opted for the bow wire bracelet. I knew it and the banner ring would coordinate nicely together without being too matchy-matchy. Lucky for you, right now, the banner ring is available at a markdown price in limited quantities.


top // shorts // sandals // bucket bag (similar) // sunglasses // earrings // bow cuff (℅ Mignon Faget) // banner ring // tulip ring // tinted moisturizer // mascara // eyeshadow pallette // lip pencil

Date Night Done Right

The fiance and I went for dinner Saturday night to mark one week until our wedding. After realizing that I actually made Talulah’s Garden reservations for Sunday night, we went to Ela, as it was one of the only places we could get into with minutes notice. We ordered from the four course prix fixe menu, highly recommended. Plates of octopus (octopi?), gnocchi, figs, lamb, trout, and the most decadent cookie dough in which I have ever indulged. When I could not finish my dessert, the fiance was more than happy to take over and clean the bowl.

When we walked out of the building earlier in the day, we were both shocked at how hot and humid the weather was. If it is after Labor Day, but still over 85 degrees outside, I will insist on wearing white, especially if it is my wedding week. For those not into wearing white after Labor Day, this dress also comes in a pale blue-ish gray.

My favorite part of the dress is that, although it is not offered in a long or a tall option, it fits my six foot two inch stature perfectly. Those in the six foot club understand how rarely that happens. (Spoiler alert: nearly never.) Can I get an amen?

Are you sitting down? Because this dress is marked down under twenty dollars. Did I buy both colors? Yes. Did I buy the sister tank top in the three shades it was offered? Again, guilty, but not sorry!


dress // sandals (similar) // necklace (similar) // earrings // prasiolite cuff // black diamond cuff // bow cuff (℅ Mignon Faget) // ribbon ring // eyeshadow pallette // eyebrow product // eyelash curler // mascara // lip color

Five Miles in Flats

 

The weather this past weekend was so beautiful. The fiance and I spent Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then wandered through Center City and stopped at Miel Patisserie for iced tea and macarons.

The flats I wore allowed me to walk the five miles around Philadelphia. It was such a gorgeous day that I knew I needed to wear shoes that I would be able to wear for the long run, so I built my outfit around them. The shirt I picked is the one that inspired me to start this blog. The skirt is one I spotted last fall, but it wasn’t until I was thinking of bottoms that would pair well with said shirt, that I moved forward on purchasing the skirt post-holiday on a deep markdown.

I am obsessed with these sunglasses. It is the combination of the blue lenses and tortoise frames with the gold plated arms that gets me. I became obsessed, didn’t make a move, experienced dire remorse when they disappeared from all online stores they previously had presence in, obsessed even further, and finally, called the designer to ask if they had a pair in their brick and mortar store. They did and I got them as a Valentine’s Day gift.


tall blazer (similar) // shirt (similar) // skirt // sunglasses (similar) // flats (similar) // cuff with pearl and gold // earrings // eyeshadow // lip crayon // lip pencil

Floral Dress at El Vez

 

Like many women who came of age during the Sex and the City era, I draw inspiration from the outfits that Carrie and the girls wore. Certain selections from the late 90s / early 2000s wardrobes seems so timeless. While few of the get-ups trigger “What was Pat (Field, the legendary costume designer) thinking?”, I romanticize Calvin Klein minimalism, oversized flower pins, and everything that Charlotte wore.

This post is not about Charlotte, however; this post is about that primary colored Marimekko sundress Carrie wore in Ring A Ding Ding. I won’t get into plot points here, save for that Carrie found herself in a financial cul-de-sac and was rejected for a home loan while wearing dress in the above photo.

J.Crew released this dress (and the sister skirt) earlier this summer and despite the negative circumstance Carrie found herself in when she was in the designer doppelganger version, I had to have the J.Crew iteration. Rather than wearing it to request a home loan like Carrie, I wore it to El Vez to consume some guacamole and blood orange margaritas – much better circumstances indeed.


dress // heel // clutch // ring // cable cuff with gold and pearls // link bracelet // earrings // skirt

Last Call for Summer Whites

 

 

I used to have issues finding dresses long enough for my torso. The standard torso measurements on regular length dresses effectively made the skirt length too short to wear in casual settings, let alone in a professional capacity. Sometime around 2012, J.Crew changed the game and began offering the tall option for dresses. My only complaint is that they do not offer the length to enough of the style selections.

I was attracted to the flutter sleeve dress in Eyelet because it reminded me of a 90’s silhouette. The dress was born to be matched with grunge-era Birkenstock Arizona sandals, updated with glitter finish, and iridescent shopper-style bag, which reminded me of something I saw Jessica Biel wearing in a Seventeen magazine spread back in 1997. Despite the 90’s references, the look does not feel costume-y.

Despite growing up in the deep south where etiquette rules are followed to a T, I do not believe wearing white should be restricted from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This rule is beyond counterintuitive as deep south climate is conducive to wearing white and summer fabrics as long as possible, as Mother Nature brings high temperatures and high humidity from Easter until Columbus Day. If you follow this rule however, the flutter sleeve dress in eyelet comes in an ikat print and a rich red option, the latter of which looks particularly seasonable for autumn while maintaining an air-y layer perfect for a humid September and October. (Both options are on deep markdown, and they are typically offered with an additional percentage off of clearance.)


dress // sandals // sunglasses // lip color // rose gold cuff //ring // cable cuff with gold and pearls