My Shiny New Toys
1. Forever 21 sunglasses
In my thirties I've become a designer sunglasses kinda girl. Before that, I used to worry about losing or breaking sunglasses too much to invest more than $15 on a pair. But it's surprising how magically careful (and chic!) you become when you pay a couple hundred bones for sunnies.
My collection currently stands at one Chanel, one Gucci, one Dior, one Chloe, one Marc by Marc, and one Raybans. In the last year I've been not-so-secretly cheating on these pretty kitties thanks to that siren Forever 21. They've done an amazing job of copying not only high end designer fashions but high end designer accessories.
Last month I fell for this pair. The shape was just what I had been fiending for: a kind of cat eye meets Wayferers. Retro yet fashion forward. And the cherry on top: a tortoise frame.
They cost just $6 and looked surprisingly similar to $300+ pairs that I fondled at the Alexander McQueen store. Humph!
They manage to be simulataneously classic and of the moment. Not an easy feat in fashion.
Some other similarly hot options this spring will be glasses from Alexander Wang, Giles, D&G, Rayban, Prada and Chloe.
But by next month I think I'll follow Nicole's lead and move on to round. Maybe Chanels, maybe Forever, maybe both.
2. H&M cardigan
Meet my new puffy sleeved dream. $25 currently at H&M. Just the right price to ride out the shoulder trend. And loving the pop of mustard. Here's a similar frou frou one in gray at Forever
Debuted it for midweek tapas with my mom at our new favorite spot, Tinto. My mom loved the food (see the glasses inspecting?) but mostly I think she loved being out on a Wednesday night with her two favorites. Especially now that she is meatball free.