Category Archives: Must have Monday

Must have Monday: Mushrooms

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It’s always super fun to have work when everyone else has the day off!  SIKE!
So to cheer myself up I made a happy Must have Monday Mellow Mushroom style.  Check it out:

Check out all these great handmade and vintage pieces in this “Treasury” on Etsy! 

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Must Have Monday: Treggings

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I posted awhile ago about how crazy women wear leggings as pants made me.  And then I heard from a friend (she saw them while visiting the UK) that they started to make these things called treggings (trousers + leggings.)  I instantly thought “nope.”  No way, these still don’t count as pants.

BUT, then it happened, I saw them in person and got a pair myself at H&M well 2.  (They seem very hard to find except in the UK and UK online shops, so I was surprised and delighted)  In my book, they count as pants and can be warn with a top that doesn’t cover the bootay.  And, they come in all sorts of colors and styles.

MUST HAVE MONDAY: Treggings! 

$50 & Below Favorites/ones that I could find online:

$14.99 Delia’s 

$34.95 New Look 

I pride myself in offering my readers many options for online shopping, but this trend seems to be a bit hard to find.  Anyone got a good source?  I got an orange and a royal blue pair from H&M so the funky colors are out there.  Share your secrets if you have any, please.

Also, I won’t avoid the elephant in the room.  Many still qualify these treggings as leggings (not me).  So let’s put a vote out there to see where we stand on this: fashion oo la la or faux pas.

And while we are at it, anymore thoughts on leggings?

Must Have Monday: Vintage Bags to Carry your Port/Resume

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I went out to dinner with a friend this weekend who had the cutest vintage coach handbag that could perfectly fit an 8.5 x 11 without screaming “I’m on my way to an interview!!!” and went great with her hipster bar/dinner look.

I am all about having multi-functional pieces and must admit, this is one of the staples I am missing, a day bag that doubles as a briefcase.  I hate the looks of an actual brief case as much as carrying an almost big enough bag with papers sticking out the top.

So this MUST HAVE MONDAY is for all you chic chica’s on the job prowl.  And taking the tip from my friend, to keep it professional, it’s got to well made.  Best way to accomplish that and keep your budget in check is to go vintage.  Make sure to snatch these up, they don’t make them like this any more.  Carry your Port/Resume in a non-conventional way for $50 and Below:

$44.99 Frequency Vintage

14″x21″  Easy to slide in an 8.5″ x 11″ binder with room to spare.

$50 OmniaWears

Gorgeous bag 9.5″ x 11.5″.  Interior departments designed to slip your paper work.

$49.95 PoisonPuddingFaire

A bit more tradition, but the leather lining the suede adds a retro touch that add a little something extra to the simple style.  11″ x 16″

$45 Arstilo

Clean, chic, simple, tasteful.  Dress it up, dress it down.  Flat out a great, extremely versatile vintage bag.  10″ x 16″

What’s your interview to going out secret? 

Must Have Mondays: Layers

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Ummm, yeah, it’s cold.  And how better to fight the chill then with great layering?  So put away those Uggs and sweats and keep it chic with these great additions.  All $50 and below.

Cable Knit over Button Down

 $45.45 ASOS

$29.90 Forever 21 

Leg Warmers over Tights

$40 Betsey Johnson 

$30 Mia Baggali

Scarves over Anything

$38 Nordstrom 

$44 the Spotted Fawn 

Hope this inspires to layer rather than lounge this winter.  Stay warm!

WAIT!  One more thing, something that has been driving me nuts.  First, I have to say that I am often wrong and make bad style choices and mistakes which is just part of taking fashion risks.  So you can choose to ignore me, obviously, but seriously ladies, leggings are not pants.  I thought the fad would fade, but I saw way too much booty this weekend to think it is true.  Big, small, short or tall, if you make the choice to wear leggings, make sure your top comes down below your cheeks (I know you think they aren’t see through but they are, I promise).  If you want to show it off, wear a tight skinny jean, or shorts with tights, anything but uncovered booty with leggings.

One more time, let’s say it together: leggings aren’t pants!

Must Have Monday: Bugging Out

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Super fun new trend: Critters.  Snails, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Crickets, anything cute and crawly.

You can bug out too with these great $50 and below finds:

$24.99 for the Pair of Vintage Lobster Brooches at Frequency Vintage

$24.54 ASOS

$16.00 Friendly Gesture

$40.00 Apple & Ivy

Must have Monday: SPOTS

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A great fall trend is dotting the runway.

Let your look go full circle with these great polka dot finds for $50 and under:

$39.99 Frequency Vintage 

$18.18 ASOS 

$26 Bauble Bar 

$22.80 Forever 21 

$46 Quercus Silver  

Must have Monday: Envelope Clutch

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What better way to top off a look than with a killer clutch.  I have been really into the envelope clutches and want to share my favorites both pricey and affordable.

$450 Chloe

$1210 Salvatore Ferramago

$35.94 ASOS

$645 Yves Saint Laurent 

$595 Jimmy Choo 

$84 Osnat Har Oy

$60 Laura Plenzik

$175 Carolina Benoit