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wardrobe staple: black blazer

wardrobe staple: black blazer

I'm feeling a post about wardrobe basics everyone should have coming on, but in the meantime, here's one of my staples. This blazer (from the French label ba&sh) was a splurge for me. I was lucky enough to play on the St. Louis Symphony's last European tour, and with a little extra income and a few days in Paris tacked on at the end, I decided I wanted to buy a "have-it-forever" kind of item. 

When I'm not pregnant, the blazer actually fastens in the front ;) and creates a lovely waist-defining (again, you have to take my word for it) little peplum. There is a tiny bit of structure in the shoulders, but in general, it's more feminine than your typical sharp blazer, which I love. 

Like anything that I'm spending a significant amount of money on, I want it to be very versatile. Whenever I feel like I need to look dressed up, but don't want to wear a dress, I always reach for this blazer with black pants or jeans and a great necklace. If I'm in the mood for a dress, it adds a little structure and an extra layer. I get compliments every time I wear it, another sign of a good investment! This jacket definitely has the feeling of a piece that a French woman would have in her (tiny) wardrobe.

Do you have a go-to blazer or jacket? What's the last thing you splurged on?

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wish list: black leather bag

wish list: black leather bag

My third wedding anniversary is just around the corner, and when we got married, my husband and I decided to stick to the "traditional" anniversary gifts (which is weird, since nothing else about our wedding was traditional). The first year is paper, the second is cotton, and the third is leather. We were pretty good about surprising each other for the first two, but decided for this one that we'd like each other's help picking out gifts. He'd like some new dress shoes, and I'd like a black leather bag - I actually don't own one. 

I have a lot of requirements of such a bag. I'd like it to have shoulder straps but also a cross body strap. It has to have easy access outer pockets. I'd like it to have a little character, maybe some interesting hardware, but nothing that will go out of style any time soon. Big enough for a notebook.  That's not too much to ask, right?

Here are a few options I'm considering (clockwise from top left, click image to link to sites): Vince Camuto Annette $298, Linea Pelle Dylan $475, Kelsi Dagger Sunham Satchel $173, and Botkier Shoulder Bag Valentina $295. Thoughts?