(ABOVE) Talbots White Portrait Collar Shirt and Kate Spade Mercer Pumps and Pearl Earrings are several of my recent favorites.
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August 4, 2017 / Post Notes
FINDING MY PERFECT SKINNY JEAN, GORGEOUS PUMPS, SUNGLASSES, AND MORE ROUND OUT MY LATEST FAVORITES
Last month, Talbots contacted me, asking if they could send a git card for me to choose an item or items to possibly feature. I was thrilled, of course. You all know I wear Talbots clothing, accessories, and jewelry a lot. I love the brand.
They understood there was no guarantee I would feature any item on my blog or videos. They simply hoped I would. So, I said yes.
They were particularly interested in me having a look at their denim. I hadn’t looked at their jeans lately, but last fall I discovered, fell in love with, and bought their jegging in a dark-gray “Shoreline” wash. (Their jegging is what I call a skinny jean.)
I’d been wanting to find a pair of medium-dark blue, ankle-length, high-waisted skinny jeans for more than a year, but still hadn’t found a pair I liked. So, I went on line at Talbots to explore.
I saw a pair that seemed to check all the boxes. The fact that they also were Talbots’ latest offering in the jegging that I already knew I loved, gave me hope, so I put my size on hold at my local Talbots store, and crossed my fingers.
I’m thrilled to tell you, I finally found my high-waisted, ankle-length, not-too-dark-blue skinny jeans (or jeggings)–and they’re featured in this post. Thank you, Talbots! Scroll down the page, and you’ll see an outfit I put together wearing these jeans with the Talbots Portrait Collar blouse, which I purchased myself.
Also featured in this post are a gorgeous pair of (splurge) slingback pumps by Kate Spade (as well as Kate Spade sunglasses, jewelry, and a watch), and a great pair of more traditional fitting jeans from Talbots that I also own and love.
Plus, there is much more, so I hope you will scroll down the page and have a look.
Thank you as always for visiting my blog.
Have a great weekend!
~Janis Lyn Johnson
I am typically a tortoise-frame-with-brown-lenses girl, but these Kate Spade sunglasses won me over because of the shape. The large but not comical, rounded square frame makes them very movie-star like to me. They’re so glamorous!
These exact frames are no longer available, but I did find several other very close matches in Kate Spade in both my frame size of 53mm and also in 52mm and 56mm–all with the same rounded-square frame. This is my fourth pair of Kate Spade frames. I absolutely love her glasses and sunglasses!
(ABOVE) Kate Spade Charmine, 53mm ($160)
(ABOVE) Kate Spade Gayla, 52mm (available in black, 52mm or tortoise, 56mm).
2. BAND RING
I’ve been wanting a large, gold band ring and snapped this one up as soon as I saw it. It isn’t real gold, of course, but it goes well with my 14k and 18k gold pieces. I love how it makes a statement in such a simple way.
I have a size 7, but it wears more like a size 6, so you might want to size up if you’re thinking of getting it.
3. DRUZY EARRINGS
I found these earrings at Nordstrom Rack, and was surprised at how light weight druzy is. I don’t typically wear wire earrings, simply because so many of them are heavy and elongate my piercings. These, however, don’t do that. Plus, they’re a perfect size, I think–just large enough to show up, but not too large if I still want an understated overall look. If you scroll down the page, you’ll see me wearing them with a jeans outfit.
They’re no longer available in this iridescent-druzy color at Bauble Bar, only in the iridescent-charcoal color I show below–and they’re on sale. But I did find a very close match to mine in both color and size in Kendra Scott at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s–and these are available in 11 colors. See them below, right. They’re gorgeous!
4. PAVE DISC-DROP EARRINGS
(ABOVE & BELOW) Nordstrom Rack Pave Disc-Drop CZ Earrings ($14.97).
These pave dangle earrings are a go-to size for any occasion. I loved their simplicity, light weight, and understated sparkle. Plus, the price is unbeatable. I think they’re adorable.
5. PEARL DROP EARRINGS
The photo above was taken with my studio lights turned off, and with a ceiling fixture above me and two table lamps behind me. I think it shows how lovely pearls look in dimmer lighting, too, because they really show up well. And when they are a drop design, they’re so feminine.
I think pearl-drop earrings make a perfect gift for a girly girl, whether it’s an anniversary, birthday or even Christmas or Hanukkah. (I’ve already started my holiday shopping!)
(ABOVE) Karine Sultan Pearl Drop Earrings.
6. BLACK LEATHER WATCH
I’ve been looking for a black watch band for one of my Michele watches, but when I saw this Kate Spade watch, I decided to get it instead. I think the scalloped detail on the watch face and leather band is so unique. Plus, it’s on sale for half off!
(ABOVE & BELOW) Kate Spade Scalloped Black Leather Watch (was $195; now $95.97; more Kate Spade Scallop Watches here) Also, Bronzo Italia Initial Bracelet. (BELOW, RIGHT) Kate Spade Black Stripe Silicone Watch ($150).
7. TWO-TONE BALLET FLATS
(ABOVE & BELOW) Michael Kors City Ballet Flats (available in 2 colors; $78.95).
Black and camel spectator flats are so classic and are a wonderful addition to a black-flat collection. (Black and white spectators are pretty, too, for spring/summer).
I love the look of this shoe with a white shirt, blue jeans, and a black bag. Or, alternatively, they’d look great with black pants, a light beige, chocolate-brown or camel sweater, and a black back. They’d also look pretty with ivory or white bottoms and a black bag. It’s fun to play around with various combinations.
I liked these in particular because of the lower side profile. I think it makes them kind of sassy!
8. ORTHOTIC WEDGE SANDAL
(ABOVE & BELOW) Vionic Sandals (available in five color combinations; were $99, now $67.32. (10/10/17 Update: Now $59.40).
About four years ago, I collapsed my arches for the first time in my life by wearing rubber flip flops every day, all day, for a solid week while helping a family member move. To heal my feet, I didn’t want to wear orthopedic shoes, so I took a chance and ordered a pair of Vionic sandals. I wore only those sandals when I went out, and drugstore orthopedic inserts in a pair of tennis shoes when I was at homee, and my feet were completely heeled after a three or so weeks. I’ve been a Vionic fan ever since, and still have and wear my original Vionics because they’re so darn cute. They do not look like orthotic shoes.
These newest wedge sandals from Vionic don’t look like orthotics either, but they have orthotic technology built into them, which makes them supportive and comfortable. Also, the two-inch heel gives them just enough height to elongate my legs, yet keeps them easy to walk in all day.
What ‘s more, they come with an interchangeable strap. I chose the animal print, because they will easily take me through the summer and into fall (and though the winter, too, here in Florida). Scroll down the page to see how they look on me when worn with skinny jeans.
9. SLINGBACK PUMPS
Scroll down the page a tad and you’ll see me wearing these adorable slingback pumps in photos taken from both the front and side. The heel is a block style and a Goldilocks-perfect two and one-quarter inches in height, so they are very comfortable.
Yes, they’re definitely an investment at $328, but for me they’re worth it. The classic style and beautiful leather workmanship (including the flower embellishment) mean I can wear these for decades.
I love them with dresses and skirts for dressier occasions, but they also look lovely with cropped pants and jeans to dress them down. They’re such a pretty, ladylike pair of shoes!
10. BUTTON-UP CARDIGAN
(ABOVE & BELOW) Halogen Three-Quarter-Sleeve Cardigan (available in five colors; $46).
First of all, of course I love the color. It’s such a pretty shade of blush. Secondly, I think the ribbon detail down the front is lovely. I also like the three-quarter sleeve length, for easily showing off bracelets and watches. 82% viscose, 18% nylon.
11. LONG CARDIGAN
I featured this long cardigan in my last blog post and video. It’s perfect with slimmer pants, skinny jeans, and leggings. I love it because it’s a lightweight linen blend–perfect for our hot summers, but more wrinkle-resistant than only linen. 57% linen, 27% viscose, 16% polyester.
12. PORTRAIT-COLLAR SHIRT
I love, love, love this shirt. It feels very Jacky Kennedy-Oleg Cassini to me.
When I tried it on in the store, I found that my normal Talbots tops size of 2 was just a bit boxy on me, so I moved down to a petite. Luckily it’s a longer length, so the shorter petite size still works on my long torso.
This shirt is easily dressed up, but also looks wonderful with jeans, as I show here. I can’t wait to wear it with a pencil skirt and heels. It will look so elegant!
13. FIVE-POCKET JEGGING
I first fell in love with Talbots’ Five-Pocket jegging last fall and bought them in a pretty dark-gray wash. As soon as I tried on this year’s jegging in Saratoga Wash, I was sold. The material is hefty enough to hide folds above the knee and such, but light and stretchy enough that I could virtually sleep in them. They’re that soft and comfortable. Plus, above all else, is the wonderful high waist. It’s so elongating for the legs. Thank you, thank you, Talbots!
(Note: If you prefer a looser-fitting, more traditional jean than a skinny jean, you may like Talbots’ Five-Pocket Ankle Jean, which I show next in this post. I have them, too, in a dark gray/heathered black color.)
14. FIVE-POCKET ANKLE JEANS
(ABOVE) My Talbots’ Flawless Five-Pocket Ankle Jeans in last year’s dark gray/heathered black, photographed last week while running errands. (BELOW) This year’s version in the color Iceberg-Blue Wash (available in a variety of colors; $89.50). See all colors here.
I’ve had these jeans (in the dark gray/heathered black color) for over a year. They’re more of a traditional fitting jean (in size 2, and 29″ inseam), and they’re a favorite choice for casual days when I want a comfortable, no-fuss pant.
Judging by the way these jeans look on me in the photo above (of last year’s version of these jeans) verses below (this year’s version that I tried on in the store), it appears that this year’s version is a slimmer fit. I say that because I washed and dried the jeans I’m wearing in the above photograph about three or so times in a hot temperature to get them to look this way. Originally, they were much looser, so I prefer the slimmer fit of this year’s version. They appear to fit like my old jeans do after shrinking them.
Also, my jeans from last year are 98% cotton and 2% spandex, but I noticed that both colors in this new version (Lagoon Wash and Iceberg-Blue Wash) are 93% cotton, 6% polyester, and 1% spandex, so they’re probably a bit lighter in weight, although I really couldn’t tell.
(Note: If you want a jean that fits more slimly than these, you may like Talbots’ Five-Pocket Jegging, which I showed earlier in this post, and I own in two colors.)
15. ALL-NATURAL LIPSTICK
(ABOVE & BELOW) Gabriel Lipstick in Pomegranate (available in 27 shades).
(ABOVE) On my lips: Gabriel Lipstick in Pomegranate (available in 27 shades).
MY MOISTURIZERS/MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)
FACE MOISTURIZER: Miessence / LIPS/EYE AREA MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Shea Butter / FACE MAKEUP: 100% Pure Healthy Flawless Skin Foundation Powder, Creme and White Peach / CHEEKS: 100% Pure Powder Blush, Plum / LIPS: Gabriel Pomegranate Lipsticks / LASHES: 100% Pure Ultra-Lengthening Mascara, Black Tea. (Some links in this post are affiliates. More information here.)
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