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black & leopard

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Inspired by Virginie Mouzat, I decided to style this Helmut Lang sweater very simply, and accent with my favorite pair of leopard boots. I purchased it last week from the Net-a-Porter sale. (It’s now sold out there, still available and on sale at Neiman Marcus.) I’d also ordered the Elizabeth and James leopard cardigan which, as I’d feared, pretty much swallowed me whole. They were sold out of the smaller size at the time, but I’m going to continue to stalk it in case it becomes available again. But I do love this HL sweater. It’s soft, light, drapes well with nice movement and swing. Sweet Spot: hit.

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I wore this outfit Saturday night to an impromptu evening out. Impromptu, because our sitter showed up unexpectedly (we’d previously thought he was unavailable). We grab our little miracles where we can. 😉 It’s almost impossible to get last-minute weekend reservations at popular restaurants in LA but we often can get a seat at the bar and order from the dinner menu while enjoying a more convivial atmosphere, so that’s what we did.

Earrings: Alexis Bittar | Sweater: Helmut Lang | Tank: Eileen Fisher |
Bracelets: Stella and Dot, Aurelie Bidermann ( and similar) | Jeans: Frame Denim |
Bag: Givenchy | Boots: Cole Haan, several years old (similar)

These boots are showing a bit of wear, but I'm not ready to retire them yet.

These boots are showing a bit of wear, but I’m not ready to retire them yet.

Have you enjoyed any impromptu events lately?

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  1. December 10, 2014 / 5:29 am

    I’m with you; stylish black with luxury accessory accents. I’m also throwing things on while running out the door, so I’m usually in black pants, black tops, with one of my sewing “makes” draped on me somehow.

  2. plutrell
    December 10, 2014 / 5:36 am

    Such a cool, edgy and feminine look! Love the top and the boots!

  3. December 10, 2014 / 5:58 am

    Those earrings, are they the ones from our joint posting? In any case, I love them on you. And the sweater is perfect Femme.

  4. December 10, 2014 / 6:23 am

    This is lovely. I like the simplicity – and the boots!

  5. December 10, 2014 / 8:31 am

    That’s a great sweater. And outfit. I’m with TNMY…I like the simplicity…and the boots, too.

  6. December 10, 2014 / 8:35 am

    You look great in your sweet spot! As for impromptu? Nothing that requires lipstick, sadly . . . nor even glam earrings or even a wee spot of leopard. . . . (I’ll have to live vicariously for now, so thank you! 😉

  7. gingerR
    December 10, 2014 / 11:23 am

    I don’t like to go to new restaurants with friends or guests if I’ve never been there before; a dinner at the bar is a good way to see if someplace passes muster before making a commitment to a big-deal evening.

  8. December 10, 2014 / 11:59 am

    How wonderful – a welcome surprise! The bar-side dining sounds like a relaxed way to spend the evening. It’s a talent to be able to live-on-the fly. Love your outfit. Your hair looks great, swishy shiny.

  9. December 10, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    So fun to have an impromptu date night! I love your new sweater & leopard booties. I bought a pair of leopard booties and ended up returning them because I just could not pull it off.


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

  10. KPL
    December 11, 2014 / 4:33 am

    Love your outfit, and you pull off the leopard boots so well.

  11. December 13, 2014 / 9:16 am

    You really get it together! Perfection! I love the listick in the photos. I wonder how it loks in real life. My husband was thrilled when I toned down the lipstick with a beautiful coral. Fun switching colors.

  12. December 14, 2014 / 4:10 pm

    Love those boots, and I love an impromptu dinner at the barside, too. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look fab.

  13. December 14, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    Wow! Love how you combined the outfit together. The boots looks absolutely gorgeous. Love the accessories too. Awesome combos!

    Stay in Style,
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  14. Jess
    December 15, 2014 / 10:03 am

    I love all black outfits, if they are styled like yours! The leopard booties are so cool, I love leopard print if done well. The event we went to was the Brian Setzer Orchestra, somewhat imprompto, and excellent!
    Happy Holiday
    from the link up
    please stop by, jess xx

  15. December 15, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    Awesome leopard boots and j’aime les bracelets, supers chics!

  16. Jan Graham-McMillen
    December 15, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    Oh, good for you! And evening out well earned, I know. I’m content dining in the bar … you often get a less stressed server with fewer tables, and it can be more fun, but there has to be a booth! My legs are too short for most bar stools!
    Looking lovely in your snazzy sweater, Madame. Hope you find the other piece you want, and as soon as you want it!

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