Excuse the radio silence today, as I was playing dress up in this Holiday top – and more non-dress related Holiday picks -for a project that will go live on Friday.
You see, I am not really a ‘dressy’ kind of person and I rarely do dresses or skirts for that matter (if I do, they always have this mannish feel to them, like a shirt dress for instance). Dresses just make me feel uncomfortable and I feel way sexier in something with a bit of a boyish touch.
Now this top is pretty much the epitome of femininity, but dressed down with a pair of boyfriend jeans (a wardrobe staple lately) it becomes instantly ‘me’.
For two or even three weeks in a row, I have been throwing this beanie in my digital shopping cart. Every single morning I would check if it was still available, add it to my cart and then leave it there until it automatically got put back in the digital shopping racks.
When it comes to shopping, doubt is my middle name. And even though that comes in quite handy when one wants to prevent themselves from buying bad bargains, I keep missing out on stuff too.
So when I saw this wool/cashmere gorgeousness live on Abbot Kinney the other day, I decided to not overthink the irresistible beanie any longer and go for it.
Now I know I shouldn’t be buying headgear when I originally included shoes in my 5 Piece French Wardrobe wishlist, but I kind of gave up on finding the shoes. Plus, they won’t be warm enough for the Amsterdam weather I am diving into in January anyway.
So, an update on the 5 Piece French Wardrobe list:
1. The perfect leather jacket.
We all know I got this one covered!
2. Black d’Orsay flats from Jenni Kayne Beanie from 6397
Usually accessories don’t count, but since this beanie came with quite the hefty price tag, it does.
3. Black top from Acne
Yeah, I didn’t need another black top in my wardrobe. I am not really sure how to justify this one, I guess I just really (really!) liked it.
4. A cozy knit
I am yet to find the perfect one.
5. A free spot!
Still got one free spot left to fill.
So far, pretty good… (Even though I secretly also bought a bra, but that really doesn’t count, does it?)
Though the Downtown area of LA is hands down my very favorite, street wise my heart belongs on Abbot Kinney.
Maybe it is because it reminds me a little bit of home. You see, the only thing I kind of miss while I am here is being able to walk and get lost.
The reason why I haven’t been shopping that much – other than the 5 piece French wardrobe thing – is that it is just too weird for me to drive from store to store. Abbot Kinney in Venice is the only street filled with tiny little boutiques that offer an afternoon of browsing without having to hop in and out of a car.
It kind of reminds me of the Nine Streets in Amsterdam, same vibe (better shops though!)…
Also, this padded number kept me warm on one of the very few cloudy (and even a bit rainy) days in California. When I get back home in January this will be a great great layering option for underneath all my knee length winter coats.
After being lazy for a week or so and taking a day off to spend at the happiest place on earth – Disneyland! – I am back to work mode and back in my work mode uniform.
Hair in a quick – mostly messy – bun, clothes that are comfy yet chic enough for meetings (or a quick soy cappuccino around the block and a run to the copy shop for that instance), go go go!
It is barely anything special, one of the many getting-dressed-without-having-to-think ensembles I have lined up in my brain that just work.
PS: Another pretty important advantage about this one is that it doesn’t require any ironing, since the shirt is nearly invisible.
PPS: To all Dutch readers, Happy Sinterklaas! Send me some pepernoten will you?
It seems like whenever Jayne touches something, it infinitely turns golden. This time she actually made something golden, by creating a 3-piece capsule collection with Jennifer Fisher.
The STOPITRIGHTNOW x Jennifer Fisher collaboration came out as a covetable matching necklace, bracelet and ring set. All three are the exact same thick and solid shape, but scaled to fit ones neck, wrists and fingers.
Everything has already sold out online (for the obvious reasons), but the physical Barneys locations might have some left. So I don’t know about you, but I am off to Barneys…
afterDRK was created by Sabrina Meijer in 2009 with the intent of appealing to all fashion seekers, especially the ones that have a slight appreciation for simplicity, but always with some sort of edge.