December 11, 2012
Sequin Cardigan – Vintage from Salvage Life; Silk Blouse – Zara; Leggings – St. John Knits; Booties – Stuart Weitzman; Flower – ban.do; Clutch – Rouge & Whimsy; Watch – Michael Kors; Bangles – Kate Spade
I’ve been showing bits of this cardigan on Instagram for a few weeks now and have peeked a lot of interest. I rarely shop vintage, I just don’t have a great eye for it, for seeing the vision behind each piece. But when my friend Beth of Salvage Life was having a party to celebrate the opening of her new online store, I saw this sweater and knew it was something special. I don’t go overboard with sparkle in my wardrobe, but 2-3 key pieces with a hint of shine that can be dressed up or down are a perfect add-on piece to your wardrobe. They save you in those moments when you’re scrambling for something nice to wear, but nothing over the top fancy.
Admittedly though it’s taken me a few outfits to finally figure out how to wear this cardigan without feeling like I stepped out of a J. Crew catalog. I love J. Crew, but I don’t want to scream J. Crew. The night I wore this with an on-trend striped turtleneck, boyfriend jeans and ballet flats, I was screaming J. Crew. I’ve since worn this with a very casual t-shirt and distressed jeans for a cute look, and now this look is more festive and dressy, but the leggings still keep it feeling a bit more sexy as opposed to sweet. At any rate, I loved this look and can’t wait to replicate it again. I changed into polka dot flats when I got home, making it a perfect holiday entertaining at home outfit.
So what’s your go-to wardrobe staple that you wear when in a pinch and need to feel and look good for a party or an event? I have this cardigan and another black sequins top that never fails me when I want to feel fun and festive.
In other exciting news, I’m thrilled to tell you that I’m a new Brand Ambassador for ban.do! I’ve been wearing their products for about a year now and love everything they do. So colorful, so sparkly and so pretty! They are never over-done and always chic. For the entire month of December I’m so happy to be able to offer For The Love Of readers a site wide 20% off discount code, just use the code “feelpretty” at checkout. 1 offer good per customer.