Today's Everyday Fashion: Handbag Giveaway

Inspiration: J.Crew

Inspiration: J.Crew

This is quite possibly the softest purse I've ever held. It's exquisite in person - the rich color, the buttery leather, the gold stud details. I'm giving away this bag to you guys (more on that below), and to demonstrate the purse in action, I recreated this plaid catalog outfit. I am digging the preppy vibe combined with eclectic plaid print mixing, even with the purse (rightfully) stealing the show.

The purse was created by luxury handbag brand Hammitt, exclusively for Stearns & Foster. The American-made bag has a retail value of $700(!) and there are several opportunities to win. Stearns & Foster is giving away more than 20 of these purses on their Facebook page this fall, and they sent me this one to give away exclusively to J's Everyday Fashion readers. 

To enter to win the purse I'm holding, all you need to do is "like" the Stearns & Foster Facebook page and let me know you've done so via the Rafflecopter box below. (Once you're on the S&F Facebook page, you can decide if you'd like to enter their separate contest for more chances to win this handbag, but entering their contest is not mandatory for this contest. Just visit their FB page to check it out, and don’t forget to let me know by commenting via the Rafflecopter box below.) One lucky winner will be chosen by random, U.S. addresses only. Good luck!

Blazer: C. Wonder, $90 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Top: A&F c/o (similar, similar, similar)
Jeans: Hudson/Filene's Basement, $70 (similar)
Shoes: Nine West c/o (similarsimilarsimilar)
Belt: H&M, $20
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Jeans and belt are 7 years ago. Shoes, purse are 2.5 years ago. Top, blazer are 1 year ago.

Today's post is brought to you by the Stearns & Foster sweepstakes run by Tempur Sealy.  Official rules here. All opinions, editorial decisions are my own. Thanks for entering!

Today's Everyday Fashion: Boots and Pants

Inspiration: Chinese Laundry

Inspiration: Chinese Laundry

Wool hat, black top, green pants, Chinese Laundry shoes

I'm a big fan of short boots. Tall boots never fit my calves, and in general short boots are so easy to slip off and on. They do present one challenge though, which is figuring out how they fit together with the end of your pants. My favorite scenario is when your pants fit nicely just inside the top of the bootie (like here). You can also wear them with your pants rolled at the bottom (LOFT example below).  And if your pants are bootcut, then you can wear them over the top of the boot so only part of your shoe sticks out (like here). And then there's today's look, which is something in between. I wanted to re-create this outfit, but I fear these pants are too long to wear with boots and the zippers make them tough to roll. Do you ever have difficulty wearing pants and short boots? 

Tee: LaMixx c/o, $20
Pants: A&F c/o
Shoes: Chinese Laundry c/o DNA Footwear, $83
Purse: Karen Millen, gift (similarsimilar, similar)
Hat: Express, $12 (similarsimilar)
Necklaces: My Stella & DotMy Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Hat, purse are 3 years ago. Pants, top are 1 year ago. Shoes are recent.

Green military pants under $100

Sanctuary  /  Target  /  LOFT  /  Joie
J.Crew  /  Lucky Brand /  H&M  /  Ralph Lauren

Today's Everyday Fashion: Shortcuts

Inspiration: J.Crew Factory

Inspiration: J.Crew Factory

Animal sweater, chambray, tweed skirt

When you find something you like, it bears repeating, especially when it comes to getting dressed. In today's case, this shoe/skirt/purse combo is something I came up with a few weeks ago (here). Outfit "shortcuts" like these can be repeated again and again just by switching out one or two things like a different top and sweater, and they can be especially helpful for getting dressed for work five days a week. Do you ever use shortcuts in your closet?

Sweater: Old Navy, $16 (similar, similar)
Top: Mudd c/o Kohl's, $20
Skirt: LOFT, $36 (similarsimilar)  
Shoes: Call It Spring c/o, $29 (similarsimilar)
Purse: Emma Fox c/o Ross, $60 (similarsimilar)
Necklaces: My Stella & DotMy Stella & Dot
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Purse is 3 years ago. Sweater, top, skirt are 2 years ago. Shoes are last summer.

Chambray tops under $100