Saturday I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Karen for some lunch and Retail Therapy.
First, for those of you who don’t know Karen, she’s an image consultant who for a while penned the very entertaining and informative blog, Of A Certain Age. Karen unfortunately (like many of us) had many demands on her time, and couldn’t keep up with the blog. Our loss, certainly.
In recent months, Karen has become a stylist for Stella and Dot jewelry, and has been having a blast and doing quite well with it. So of course, the first order of business on Saturday was to check out some of the pieces from the new fall collection that she’d brought along.
I love leather wrap bracelets and after looking at the collection online knew I’d want a closer look at this one:
I love the pyramid studs and the olive green color. It looks great layered with other bracelets too.
Karen was wearing several pieces herself, including this “After the Rain” bracelet which I fell instantly in love with.
This is SUCH a cool piece and looks even better in person than in the picture. It’s a stretchy bracelet, which work well with my small hands and wrists. (Bangle type bracelets tend to slide off me.)
Karen was also wearing the “Chantilly Lace” cuff, which is absolutely *stunning* and garnered compliments from strangers all day. This piece may look delicate, but feels very solid and substantial.
(And there are earrings in this pattern, too!)
And she had on these cool hoop earrings in the Hematite finish,
and says, “don’t be afraid to mix your metals!”
We’d decided it would be fun to swing over to Beverly Hills and visit the Big 3 department stores along Wilshire Boulevard, Neimans, Saks and Barneys. (Guys have Fantasy Football, this is our equivalent!)
I knew that my purchases on this trip were going to be limited to makeup, and found a new lippie from Dior (top pic). Well, actually it found me, via the makeup artist who recommended something that I was sure was too pink and too bright. But after he applied it, I had to admit that it was pretty. OK, so I did freak out a few times, not used to seeing that much color on myself. But it’s totally grown on me and now I love it.
Even though we examined and tried on a few pieces, I went home with just my lipstick and a blush, and Karen picked up a really cool pair of retro-looking sunglasses. I know I mentioned Louboutins in the title, and though we didn’t try or buy any, we did seriously ogle several pair, including these, with Sparkly Party Heels:
|Gratuitous Louboutin pic|
I consider it a worthwhile exercise to periodically shop in the high rent district, even if most of the clothing doesn’t fit my budget or lifestyle. Especially if one is trying to develop a more discriminating eye, handling superior fabrics and checking out those construction details that come with the price tag is good inspiration and training.
But there was one more thing that came out of our afternoon of talking and shopping, and it’s probably the most exciting part of all: Karen has agreed to contribute the occasional guest post here!!! For those of you who remember her blog, and for those who have not yet made Karen’s acquaintance, you’re in for a real treat. She has such a fun, upbeat approach to style and an enthusiasm that’s infectious. Her blog motto was “Dump the Frump!” and she practices what she preaches. I’m so looking forward to sharing her unique voice and outlook here, and hope to have something up soon.
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