Pleats and thank you

Well it’s that time of the year again, my birthday is rapidly approaching (Feb. 22nd…I’m a Pisces for those of you who might be wondering ;)) and that means I’m going to stay the same age and get presents. Not so bad. I’m the worst person in the world to buy birthday, or any, presents for because when asked I always say ‘I don’t know what I want, you don’t have to get me anything’. Luckily my family and husband know that’s not really what I mean. I truly am a fan of home-made gifts and ‘the thought is what counts’ but hey I’m not afraid of being mildly materialistic either (if you have read any of my posts you would agree). So I’ve compiled some things that are on my B-day wishlist in case my husband needs ideas just for fun. Given that spring is around the corner most of them are things to wear in the sunny hot months to come. After compiling this list I realized that there are a disproportionate number of pleated skirts, hence the title (other than just being pun-ny).

Anthropologie

Prada

Asos

Akris

TopShop

Balenciaga

Ted Baker

Anthropologie

Rebecca Minkoff

Botkier (side note, Refinery29 has a half off Botkier deal going on)

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Christian Siriano for Payless and Mary Katrantzou for Topshop

I’m a little confused by all the designer/chain store collaborations, but for now I’m enjoying it. Here are two that I think are pretty stellar:

Christian Siriano for Payless (particularly adoring the T-Straps) in stores September 2012:

 

And Mary Katrantzou for Topshop, thinking the bubble skirt looked better on her other designs, this one isn’t doing it for me but the dress in the third image is brilleous (brilliant and gorgeous of course):

Available now at Topshop

8 coats to keep you warm this fall

I have a terrible affliction, I’m always cold. Even in summer. And now that it’s getting even colder outside I’m bound to become a personsicle unless I wear a toasty coat all the time. Inside, outside, everywhere. I must be wrapped up and covered at all times. Sounds very sexy doesn’t it? At least there are coats out there that can save me from looking homeless in my efforts for warmth, and save my husband from the wrath of my frozen self seeking warmth on his inevitably warmer man parts (ew, that didn’t sound right, I meant it in a family friendly way…like an arm or back or something PG rated). So check out the goods yo:

this one is from Topshop, adore the toggles and the color:

Zara Ottoman Puffer Jacket, available at Zara

the collar on this is fantastic, from Guess at Nordstrom:

this looks super warm and super fun color:

this next one is great, with the touches of plaid from Asos.com

the next one is a little more casual with a cool faux-fur (the only way to do fur is faux) hood:

next up one from Modcloth, very chic black and white:

And last is a great cream one that I could never wear because I’d spill something on it, but nonetheless fashionable:

If you don’t love these there are some more great coat guides at Refinery29.com, Fabsugar, and Shopstyle.com