…down to the leather 


 


Handbag: Chanel (via Gilt, you need to sign up first to view) || Jacket: BCBG, old (similar from Halogen— color: Pink Hush) and Club Monaco || Leather Pants: Helmut Lang, similar || Shoes: Studded flats (options at multiple price points): Charlotte Russe, TorridYosi Samra, Jeffrey Campbell, & Valentino.

Yay! Can you believe Friday is finally here?! I wanted to share this outfit with you quickly before the weekend is here!

Warning: sorry for the overshare…

For my birthday this year, one of Beckett’s gifts to me was that I could pick out a new purse (because heaven knows I need more handbags) 😉 He thought I wanted a Burberry purse so he came up with an adorable poem about a knight on a handsome steed. It was a great poem, but I was a little slow to catch on! BUT it was very romantic and wonderful and once I understood what the poem meant I was SO excited!

It took me a good two months to pick out my new purse. I am a really slow decision maker because I like to be sure of what I want. For real, picking outfits takes awhile usually unless I have something on repeat… I take forever to pick my food unless I just go with my tried and true selection process… scan the seafood for shrimp, I know I like shrimp. I also hate spending a lot of $$$ on one thing (believe it or not). I am such a sale shopper– I RARELY buy anything less than 60% off…. call me cheap, I guess..? Exhibit A: My pants in the pictures were barely over $100.

For awhile I had my eye on a bag from Rebecca Minkoff, but I eventually realized that it would be ok to bite the bullet and splurge on a really nice bag– just this once. So I talked it over with the hubs and we ended up with the Chanel beauty above. I didn’t pay the [super high] price of the bag that is linked though because I found a better deal on http://www.GILT.com. Plus, I really wanted to find one from the time period when the hardware was still actual gold. I can’t believe they don’t use real gold anymore!

If you are thinking of buying designer handbags second hand, consider these five things:

  1. Just because a designer consignment site claims to sell authentic handbags doesn’t mean it does.
  2. Buy from a known, trusted, and carefully curated site.
  3. Know for sure what you want before you buy and if you can’t afford it… save up.
  4. Do your research.
  5. Make sure the bag still has the authentication card and a matching serial number on the sticker.

Hint: I learned that if you can sign up on a site to become a “seller” that’s a bad sign because no one is checking on the product.

I know all of this because I spent [way too much] time looking online before I got this one. I actually even ordered one off of a site (Tradesy) that I think has a lot of authentic things on it, but I also figured out that it has a lot of fakes too. So I decided that paying less for a handbag that might not be authentic is not worth it and so I just cancelled my order and opted for one I could be more sure about.

So anyway, hope you have a great night!

xoxo,

kellie

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the weekend 


  
  
  


  

 Just thought I would share a few of the photos from this weekend! We had such a fun date night out at the Taylor Swift concert!!! I couldn’t believe how good of a show she put on! From the hydrololic lift that brought the runway up above the crowds to the paper airplanes that fell like confetti– it was above and beyond.
Hope your Tuesday is going well! 💗

Xo,

Kellie

This past week in a nutshell…

Tuesday was the first Day of school for both Beckett and me. 

  
  Doesn’t he look great?   

We started decorating for fall.

  We visited my family… Dakota had a lot of fun with “auntie” Sarah. 
 

I am notttotally sure what the story is here…
 

This is a picture that I found if my little sis. I don’t know who took it but I know it is too darn cute to not share.   
    
  Beckett got me this bracelet as a surprise:) (similar Kenneth Cole and other here. Also in this post from earlier this week. 
A quick watercolor.   I’m so excited for our weekend plans! You don’t even know! From getting to hang out with my sister, to having my sister-in-law and her fiancé over, to going to the Taylor swift concert in St Paul. This is going to be one for the books! Have a great weekend!! 💗

Xo, 

Kellie

contrast

black lace shirt and rockstud heels black lace shirt and rockstud heels black lace shirt and rockstud Valentino heels

Blouse: (old, from a Swedish store) similar from ROMWE and Michael Kors || Distressed Jeans: Vigoss || Sunnies: Cole Haan || Purse: Kate Spade || Shoes: Lulu’s or these Valentino from Intermix || Earrings: Bauble Bar (they’re called “Starburst Studs” how could I not?) 😉 

Last weekend we went to my parents’ house to see them before school was back in full-swing. We had a lot of fun hanging out, visiting grandparents, and being silly with my younger siblings. Steven even helped us find acorns for some upcoming Fall DIY projects I am planning! 🙂 

Hope you’re having a fantastic Wednesday!

Xo,

Kellie

 

Monday Must-Haves

Let’s take a look at a few quintessential Fall must-haves, head-to-toe!

1.

Nine West Felted HatEric Javits felted hat

The first hat is a Nine West Felted hat and it is a pretty reasonable price for hats like this. The second is an Eric Javits hat from Nemin Marcus and I like that it has a little more structure to its floppiness than the first option. My hat like this was given to me by my grandpa from my grandmother’s collection.

2.

NARS

Another fall favorite is a dark cherry lipstick like this NARS. I would go for “Fire Down Below” or “Trans Siberian” for the fall.

3.
Burberry Nova Checknova check scarf tartan scarf

There’s nothing like a good Giant Check Burberry scarf, but there’s also something to be said for those cozy, cute, and cheap blanket scarves that became so big last year. If you’re like me, you can appreciate decent priced items because you usually end up spilling [coffee] on things. Here are two from Dynamite (the camel and tartan).

4.

Boohoo turtle neck

Turtle necks like this one from Boohoo can be just what the Dr. ordered when those Fall colors bring some color to our cheeks… and a cough to our lungs…

5.

Vigoss Girlfriend Denim JeansFRAME Le Flare Jeans

Skinny jeans have been going strong for about twelve years or so now so don’t throw em out just yet, but it is time to dig in your closet to find those flare-leg jeans too! Or, just keep wearing skinnies if that’s all you have. Because who really cares? But… in case you’re in the market for some distressed denim for fall or these FRAME Le Flare jeans, here are my picks!

6.

Nine West oxblood open toe bootiesOpen Toe Boots

I’m a fan of the open toe “transitional” booties in oxblood like these Nine West babies. Or these cognac cutouts by Michael Antonio.

A lot of you are going to be way more fashionable than I am when it comes to Fall clothes. Up until recently, I never really changed out clothes for fall (I’m really not that fashionable). So I guess posting these things is a way to keep me accountable for not having boring summery outfits thrown together with my wintery things to equal Fall outfits.

Happy Labor Day Everyone!!!

Xo,

Kellie

summer ➡️ fall 

   
   
Top: Macys, old (similar Michael Stars) || Shorts: American Eagle || Scarf: Burberry, similar|| Sandals: Sam Edelman, old (similar here) || Bracelet: unknown, similar here || purse: coach, old (similar by Michael Kors

You won’t be able to really see the bracelet in the pictures, but I linked it [above] and I wanted to share a little of the story about it today. So basically I had an awful day at work one of the days this week. You know those days, when everything that can possibly go wrong… does.

Anyway, when I got home Beckett had the house clean and even surprised me  with a bracelet that is really similar to the one I linked!  Well, except that the one he gave me is rose gold and silver, which is even better because I love gold, but I have a lot of silver-tone jewelry. This way, it automatically matches with both metals! Plus, I love the design, it reminds me of something nautical almost– just because if the knot!

Have a safe Labor Day weekend!  💗 

Xo,

Kellie