Photos via Neiman Marcus
We been having a serious love affair lately with J Brand lately. Their fits are consistent, their style classic and their variety makes sure that there is something for everyone.
Our latest purchase was this Jean.
We are huge fans of wearing white denim all year round, and the lace on the bottom of these with its slightly creamier tone will make this is a go-to pair.
Via J Brand
Via J Brand
The best part ??? THEY ARE ON SALE !!!!
Now we really need your help. If anyone out there knows who makes the shoes in the photo will you please let us know? We are dying to have these, so if you can find them, we’d be ever so grateful!!
A little design inspiration from Cotton & Quill…
The French 75 fabric is one of our faves…perhaps because it’s named after one of our favorite drinks??
Looks like east-coast-native belle needs to consider a move…
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One belle is doing a good bit of paint color exploration…
This House Beautiful guide is helping her come up with an inspiring palette
Hope these are ringin’ your belle, too!!
Belles are always in need of a fresh pair or two….
These are our picks
From Mother Denim. A lil fray, a lil ripped, a lot of love!! Thin for summer but not see through!!
So go get fresh belles!!
The belle-ringers of the week…
Drooling yet? We are!
Tips for our Housekeeping struggles
Via Revolve clothing
These jeans are everything…uniform worthy without a doubt!
Well, Ring. My. Belle!!
We belles appreciate and adore that denim has become fully embraced as a uniform for day, night and everything in between. We love the skinnies, the cropped, the high-waisted, the boyfriend, the straight leg and the bell (of course). We swoon over dark wash, light wash, coated, colored and printed.
Thank you, world, for making denim a fun, fashionable workhorse for our wardrobes!!
This season’s trend toward the novelty jean has us whistling Dixie!! We are smitten with two in particular…so much so that we had to buy both! We are confident that they are going to be in continuous rotation for the foreseeable future.
First, the Paige Hoxton indigo pinstripe. A dark wash with a higher-waist, it makes bending over a non-issue! This denim can be sporty-casual with a tee or tank, but can easily be stepped up a notch with a leather jacket or blazer and some heels…or throw in a pop of color…be creative, belles!
James jeans is always a go-to denim for us and they never disappoint. We just fell out over these camouflage jeans!! Again, dress them up or down and even play around with pattern…they look really cute with a black and white striped top! Also available at Savvy as well as online from James Jeans.
They are called the “espionage”…the name alone makes us want them!!
A couple of other fun options we are debating are the 7 for all mankind striped jean at Saks Fifth Avenue…
and the j brand kaleidoscope at Intermix…
Fun, fashionable, denim in so many prints…what a novel idea!!
Being moms to a few teen-belles, we are always trying to come up with ways to help the little darlings organize their ever-expanding wardrobes. (not an easy task as the precious apples have not fallen far from the shop-a-holic-in-denial trees) Add to those expanding wardrobes the typical dis-organization of the typical teen and the fact that both of our homes were built in the early 1900’s (as in the pre-ready-to-wear-why-would-anyone-need-more-than-a-cubby-as-a-clothes-closet days!!)
So…when an organizational idea strikes, we implement with abandon! Take for instance the idea of using pretty coordinating baskets to store certain items in full view, freeing up some very valuable closet real estate. Take a look at these images for some inspiration…
Jeans work well in baskets because they are somewhat uniform in size and color, and can be folded in a way that allows the impatient prospective wearer to find what she needs at a moments notice
Sandals can be paired up in baskets…again, making it easier for the prospective wearer to find what she needs (much better than the pile in the dark closet)…
and Toms and other cute slip-ons work beautifully as well!
Bonus…if the teen happens to empty the jean basket as she tosses pair-after-pair aside in the getting-ready frenzy, (what…does it sound as though we speak from experience??), it is quite obvious to her upon her return to her chambre exactly where the jeans are to be re-placed (and the sooner the better…just sayin’)
Now, let’s not forget that these little organizational ah-ha’s don’t apply only to baskets and teen-belles. We can all take advantage of some of these ideas. Take, for example, one husband’s t-shirt drawer…
This particular husband tended to wear the same 2-3 t-shirts over and over while insisting that “someone” was “stealing” his favorites. Well, enter this brilliant idea (must give credit to a Pinterest pinner). Storing the shirts in the drawer with the shirt-front visible allows the husband to do a quick inventory…as often as he pleases…to be sure all of his beloved shirts are present and accounted for. Now everyone can rest peacefully 😉
We will share other organizational ideas in time…we need to give you belles time to implement these before we bombard you with more!!
One of the top fashion trends right now is the slim boyfriend jean. Cut to be comfortable but not absurdly baggy, they show off the feminine figure yet provide ease of wear…a great uniform pant that can be worn über casually chic or upgraded to a sexy on-the-go look. You can get them in just about any wash from super-distressed to clean and dark. One of the best features to us shoe obsessed belles is the cuffed or rolled leg that shows off your fashion forward footwear of the moment.
Frankly what’s not to like y’all? Well, nothing…except that you might want to invest in a pair and a spare! Because, dear belles, these babies will become such an important staple in your wardrobe that you will want to wear them every day! With two, one can be in the wash and the other on your ever-so-grateful body. (as much as we still love our skinnies, it sure is nice to breathe a little…)
So, following our own sound advice, we have purchased two great pair and are linking them below for your perusal. But you better be quick and pull the trigger before they are all gone. We don’t want you to miss the boat .
First up is a new brand to us that we found at our local boutique of choice, Savvy. What belle isn’t savvy inside and out right?!?! Savvy has a website, so you can purchase them here. Made by Mia and Moss, the style is Bennett.
Not only is this boyfriend a great price point ($99.00 !! Holla!!), they are super-stylish with just a hint of edge. The bit of pin-striping makes them fun while remaining neutral enough to wear with anything. Bonus…pocket placement is most flattering, belles. We suggest sizing down for the perfect skinny boyfriend fit as they will relax quite a bit.
Next up…a great pair from Anthropologie. These are the “relaxed knee” Hyphens from Pilcro and the Letterpress. Boy, oh, boyfriend are they awesome! Size-down a bit this time, too, belles, as these will relax with wear. Get them here
Now for the shoes…the options are almost endless!! In the photo above, is an open-toe bootie that won’t break the bank! We found these by Michael Shannon at our local Off Broadway for just around $70. For some online options, we thought these or these would do just the trick. Both are from Nordstrom .
We thought we’d go ahead and show y’all a few more cute options to wear with the boyfriends – to further prove that these are the jeans to have in your repertoire. But first, as a little side story, let us share with you what happens when you don’t pay attention to the four-legged belles. (In particular, the naughty baby one!)
We can thank our lucky stars that we caught her in the act before she completely took advantage of that delectable shoe!
Now on to the good stuff:
For a casual outing, try these Converse slip ons.
Available at Nordstrom these chic casuals are perfect weekend wear. Comfortable and slip-on…and they won’t make your feet look too large as they have 4 lace holes as opposed to 6. And yes, one of us belles happens to be blessed with double-digit-size feet.
Next up for a casual dinner, cocktails at the corner pub, or a little dash of city chic these animal print pumps are from J. Crew and they are 30% off!!
So take a walk on the wild side…sport an animal print shoe.
Our third look is a classic. Errands, lengthy promenades, lunch with the ladies, traveling and touring…a ballet flat is always a great go to option. These are older Tory Burch ones. They wear like iron and really are a value in the price-per-wear department.
Nordstrom has these on sale and we are awfully partial to these beauties.
Last, but certainly not least, is a shoe that is another spring trend: the kitten heel. Finally a shoe that can be worn all day, dressed up or down, and still remain feminine.
The ones in the photo are by Vince Camuto and are available online.
So, there you have it belles… And by the way, we can talk a blue streak too!