Label Lust: Linea Pelle

Since I’m pregnant and clothes shopping no longer excites me as it used to, I have switched gears to accessories, and more importantly, hand bags. I’ve posted about my love for Linea Pelle before (here), but after re-visiting their website and looking at all of their new stuff for Spring, this brand deserves their own special place on my blog.

What I love about this brand is…. well… everything! But most importantly, the color. Linea Pelle perfectly combines neutrals with bold hues and still manages to tie everything together like I’ve never seen before. If you ever watch shows like Project Runway, designers and judges are always so critical when collections don’t look like a collection because the colors are all over the place, or whatever. Not the case with LP, not at all. As far as I can tell, Linea Pelle keeps a few staple colors in their collections, black, white, and some shade of tan. Then there’s always a rotating shade or two. Like right now, they are showcasing eye-catching purple, and a gorgeous emerald green. My first item I ever owned from Linea Pelle was the Dylan zip wallet in a bright, bright orange. I have to be honest… I used that wallet for like 3 years straight without ever adding a different wallet into the rotation. It got dirty and looked beat up, but it kinda seemed like it was supposed to look that way since it was leather, ya know? Anyway, as dirty as it got, I really didn’t care because it is literally the perfect wallet. It zips all the way open so you don’t have to fight with your credit cards to get them out of their little slots. It has a very convenient built in change purse. Everything about it I just love. Recently, my husband bought me a Tory Burch wallet and how could I not use it, that would have just been rude. So I switched out all of my belongings and put away my beloved Linea Pelle. I have to be honest with you guys, I love my T. Burch wallet, it’s black patent and very classy looking, but I really, really miss my Linea Pelle wallet! And the zipper on my Tory Burch falls off like, every other day. I mean come on? I’ve had it for only a few months and the thing is already broken? My Linea has never let me down. I think that I may use this upcoming season change as an excuse to break out my LP wallet again… if I tell my hubby the Tory Burch wallet is a winter wallet, he can’t really fight that, right?

Anyway, these are some of my absolute favorite looks from Linea Pelle, check them out.

Dylan envelope clutch

Dylan zip tote

Dylan cross body bag

Can we just talk about my favorite part of these bags and wallets? Please, please just take a gander at their insides. It’s to die for.

They’re all lined with zebra print! Like.. stop it! I really cannot express enough how much I really love these bags, wallets, clutches, even belts! Take a look at the whole website because I promise there is something for everyone in there. Also, another bonus, they’re having a pretty amazing St. Patrick’s Day themed sale right now. 30% off anything green, just use code LPEMERALD30 at checkout. Amazing! Dig it.

To see their whole site just go here. Enjoy ;]

The Best and worst of the 2012 Golden Globes

I’m no fashion critic, and based on the conversations I’ve been having with people around the office today, my opinions are wildly varying from others. But, I must share them either way. I look forward to award shows all year round as I literally get giddy when I see everyone all dressed up to perfection. So let’s kick it off shall we? Let’s start with my personal favorite of the night… drum roll please…

Now, I basically have the world’s biggest girl crush on Kate Beckinsale. And I mean, who wouldn’t?! Look at her! She is stunning from head to toe while keeping her look simply classic. She’s not over doing it with the accessories and that is a big plus these days. Her skin doesn’t look orange, her hair isn’t too poofed, her makeup is very soft. She just looks amazing to me. She was by far my favorite look of the night.

And now for some honorable mentions: (and some not-so-honorable mentions).

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A lot of people didn’t seem to like Salma Hayek’s look or dress, but I thought she looked incredible. She may be channeling the Terminator, but to me she looked hot. Also worth mentioning, Emma Stone, Jessica Alba, and Heidi Klum. Loved their looks!

Unfortunately, and I’m sad to say this… my worst dressed of the night goes to…….

Oh Sarah. Poor…sweet Sarah. I know her daughter picked out the dress, but her baby is like what, one, maybe two years old? Would she really even notice if you opted for something else? This look is terrible. It looks like the designer ruined her dress but at the very last minute and she didn’t have time to pick out anything else. She’s usually so classy and well dressed! I’m sad.

Madonna… we get it, you’re Madonna. You’re quircky. You have “nice arms.” We get it. Now will you please dress your age.

Another one that upset me. Jessica, what happened here? You look like you borrowed Betty White’s wedding dress from the Proposal. That’s enough, give it back now.

This look doesn’t impress me from Natalie Portman. It looks like the designer had way too much fabric left over and didn’t know what else to do with it but pin it at her side. The fit in her midsection is just all wrong for me. I don’t love this.

A big trend I noticed on the red carpet last night, aside from headbands, belts! A lot of actresses had embellished waists. Frieda Pinto also rocked a belt with her dress last night. I’m not 100% certain how I feel about this trend yet, but it doesn’t ruin any of these looks for me, so it must be ok!

So how did I do? Who were your best and worst dressed from the red carpet last night?

Going Green

I mentioned before that I was falling fast for this whole emerald green trend this fall. Green is, and always has been, one of my absolute favorite colors! There are so many striking shades to be attracted to, and not to mention my eyes are green… so yeah, I’m partial to it. (blue eyes are so over done!)

Emerald green is all over the place this fall from the catwalk to the pages of every magazine and I could not be happier! According to Glamour the color is coming up on dresses in a big way. They even go as far to say it will replace the coveted LBD, gasp! Designers are always looking for a way to break the LBD mold, last season it was the little white dress. I’m all for it. Personally, you can never have too many little dresses of any color, so the more the merrier! If head-to-toe green isn’t exactly an easy look for you to pull off (as it may not be!) you can always try little accents here and there first. Once you’re more comfortable with the color, dive in! Christian Louboutin is all over this trend like white on rice. observe.

And yes, for everyone who is wondering, these two beauties have been on my Wish List ever since the day I laid eyes on them. True Story.

Moving on. US Weekly online did a fantastic recap of celebs rocking the green… we’ll forgive them for their momentary lapse in judgment when they featured Angelina. (yuck) I adore the way Emmy Rossum wore this shade and mixed in other jewel tones with accents on her dress and her shoes. Her classic curls, “look at me” eyes, and popping red lip? So pretty! She must have been feeling extra bold because she even rocked an emerald green clutch! I’m totally swooning over her look. She looks like a modern day Greek goddess. Amanda Seyfried optedfor a dress of the same shade, but a much more relaxed look. The pockets? I love. She not only looks amazing but also comfortable! I know we’re women and we’re supposed to basically kill ourselves to look good, but when you can combine style and comfort? Well, that is really just something to write home about isn’t it? Kudos, Amanda (and stylist), kudos! I also love the little hints of black piping to break up the color without taking away from it.

I must admit, unless I have some fabulous event to go to, I doubt I’ll be wearing this shade from head-to-toe either. How you can introduce it into your wardrobe little by little? Start by playing around with your makeup! Jewel tones look fabulous on your eyes and can add instant drama to an otherwise plane Jane look. Whoever the first designer is to come out with an emerald green blazer, puh-lease let me know! I will be all over that. Thanks!

So how do you feel about this whole trend? What else are you seeing for the Fall that’s peaking your interest? I’m a big fan of this whole cape get-up and all of the lace! The polka dots though… not so much. But it’s still early so we will just have to see! I have been known to change my mind quite frequently.

Another style that has come full circle.

If anyone has any doubt that women are fickle creatures, this fashion trend will put everyone’s minds at ease and confirm it. Think about any girl you know who colors her hair… (especially those fake blonds) what is the first thing they do when their roots start to grow out? If you answered freak out, you are correct! (we would have also accepted have a panic attack or fire their stylist). And then all of the sudden, Rachel Bilson lets her hair grow out and viola! A new fad is born.

This whole ombre brown letting your roots grow out look has really taken the celebrity world by storm. Personally, I don’t quite understand it. Like I said, women as a species are pretty much expected to drop dead at the first sign of a little root growth and now all of the sudden we let our roots grow down to our chins? Ok, sure. I mean, I don’t completely understand the root saga to begin with because I’ve always been one to stick to dark browns on my head and roots don’t scare me. So in my opinion, I actually quite like this look. It’s kind of perfect for girls like me who have always had dark hair but have wanted to dabble around with lighter colors without doing anything drastic. Last year I actually tried to go for this look. I was like, YES, this is my in. I’m goin’ light! I won’t mention the names of any salons (bloom) but they did an awful job. I pretty much ended up leaving the salon with penny colored face-framing highlights and had to fight for a blow out (that I paid for). And the whole process was not cheap. Since then, I’ve been extremely turned off from ever trying out this look again. The stylist had me convinced that it would basically be about a 6 month – 1 year process before my hair would end up like that. Now as I read up on it more, I have to think that is not actually the case. No wonder those stylists make so much money… they’re so savvy. NAHT. Anyway, I’m going to stop my bitch fest now, back to the original topic at hand!

While this look may have started out as a summer trend, I think it’s perfect for Fall! I love the whole I’ve-spent-the-whole-summer-at-the-beach-and-this-is-just-how-my-hair-always-looks look… (you’re not fooling anyone) but the different tones of browns and blonds and caramels look perfect against a fall backdrop and wardrobe.

Here are a few looks from celebs currently sporting this hair style. Some of them I like… definitely the more au’ natural looks like Kristin Cavallari’s and, of course, my girl Rachel Bilson’s. On the other hand…the always edgy Ashlee Simpson and America’s sweetheart Jessical Biel look a little more harsh with this style. Ashlee definitely took this look to a whole new level. What do you think? Is this trend a hit or a miss?

A Step in the Weird Direction.

This morning a coworker of mine sent out an e-mail showcasing a few absurd pairs of shoes. Being that we are a shoe company, she was mostly joking saying some of these shoes could be the next big thing at LP. You’re going to laugh, but there are maybe one or two pairs that I would actually wear. Can you guess which ones?

Stripe a pose

Every so often I obsess over certain things, especially when it comes to my wardrobe and my look overall. For a while, it was lipstick. I had to have one in every shade and finish; I barely EVER wear it. For the past few months I’ve been in a much more practical stripe craze. Everything has to have stripes. Actually, I would say it’s been since last Fall when I found the most perfect striped sweater from The Loft (mom clothes, fo’ sho’ but cute none the less). It fit like it was made for my body and it was absurdly comfortable. Since then, every 4th item of clothing I purchase is in one way or another striped. Now, like I’ve said before, my office is uber casual so getting dressed up actually makes you look kind of silly. Sometimes though, you just need to! There’s only so many jeans and t-shirt combinations I can pull off in one week. This is one of my favorite outfits for work (and perfect for happy hour as well, I might add!) when I’m feeling a little frisky.

Blazer: H&M

[both] Jeans: Express

Top: Express

Booties: Nine West

Ballet Flats: Lindsay Phillips

This outfit is lacking a pop of color so I would suggest a cute slim belt, or a very Blair Waldorf style headband, and there ya have it.