Style Snapshot: My Jamie Wolf Jewelry Collection

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I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago that a new piece from NYC-based jewelry designer Jamie Wolf was on my holiday wish list but, nonetheless, I was excited to find one of her little white leather boxes sitting in my lap. Inside I found a gorgeous necklace with marquise shaped moonstones surrounded by black diamonds.

With the exception of my Cartier rose gold bracelet and my Tiffany & Co. wedding set, I find that I wear my Jamie Wolf pieces the most often. I find that her understated (hello, office friendly!), feminine pieces just work with any outfit I throw on and I always get compliments when I wear her jewelry. My simple pear-shaped Rose of France drop earrings are my second pair in that same style — I had the same earrings, but with moonstones, and when I lost one I needed a replacement pair immediately.

My collection of Jamie Wolf jewelry is small, but I cherish every piece. Since my new necklace has a bolder design than my delicate diamond station necklace (it’s grey gold and gorgeous in person), I am looking forward to wearing it whenever I want to make a tee shirt or simple cashmere sweater more stylish.

Who makes your favorite jewelry? Tell me all about it below!

Gold Standard

While my personal style tends to be fairly understated, I recognize there are times when you want to (literally) shine: celebrate a promotion at work, your engagement party, New Year’s Eve, or achieving a long-term personal goal. Wearing metallic signifies that you want attention, and gold details add a luxurious touch to any outfit.

As we’re thinking about to wear for New Year’s Eve, consider adding a metallic touch to your ensemble. If you are like me and prefer a simple but luxurious look, consider adding golden accessories to simple cocktail dresses in dark jewel tones. If you are looking to grab some attention, consider a glitzy separate or even a full-length gown!

I put together my picks for on-trend metallic pieces you can add to your existing wardrobe. Each category slides with a variety of options to fit any budget.

Try pairing a golden skirt with a simple cashmere sweater, lace top, or a patterned top to stand out:

To really stand out, consider wearing glamorous metallic head-to-toe:

For a more subtle look (perfect for the office), consider incorporating gold or silver accessories:

I received a little golden and sparkly something last night, and I cannot wait to share it with you later this week!

 

Catherine Malandrino Harper Pointelle Dress

I am really excited that I was able to snatch one of Catherine Malandrino‘s fabulous pointelle dresses on sale. I have a couple of her pieces, a black silk cocktail dress and a black top with sheer lace detailing, and in person the quality is always exquisite. I am really looking forward to adding Catherine Malandrino’s Harper pointelle dress to my wardrobe:

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I love how feminine Catherine Malandrino’s clothing is. While she is a NYC-based designer, she always incorporates her Parisian style into her work. The result is an effortlessly chic look.

I am hopeful that it will be delivered before we go to Nashville. I’d love to wear it out to dinner or possibly for New Year’s Eve. Other upcoming events also include our 11th anniversary (we were together for a while before making it official and getting married), and a family member’s bar mitzvah in Philadelphia in February. I think I will have a few opportunities to wear it!

Since the dress has nude illusion lining, I do not consider this piece to be office appropriate.

To see other views of the dress and to purchase, click here.

Review: Affordable Pashminas

Last week or so, I ordered a Betsey Johnson pashmina scarf to wear on Christmas morning and around Nashville. I’ve wanted a pashmina for a while now, since it’s a classic and versatile piece. I was happy to find that Betsey Johnson makes affordable pashminas that are 60% cashmere/40% silk.

I ordered a pashmina in ivory, but Zappos has them in every color under the sun!

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I am a cashmere fiend, and I was really surprised by how soft the fabric is — especially at an under $100 price point! The fabric is lightweight, but the pashmina is not completely transparent. It’s a very wide scarf, so you can easily replicate that trendy “slanket” look that’s popular right now or use it as a shawl with a cocktail dress. The tassels are finished with some knotting, so the tassels will remain uniform. I wish the tassels on my more expensive Missoni scarf were constructed the same way… It’s really annoying when one of them gets frizzy.

I chose the ivory color, because I think it will look nice with a red merino wool sweater, red Kate Spade bow belt, dark green lace pencil skirt, and my diamond and emerald cocktail ring on Christmas morning. Since my husband, Pierre and I will be staying in a hotel instead of with my parents, we aren’t doing the whole pajamas on Christmas morning tradition.

Will you wear a special outfit for Christmas?

Review: Lululemon Wunder Under Crop II (Roll Down)

Nothing motivates me to hit the gym more than new cute workout clothes. I received a new Lululemon outfit last night as a gift, and I am beyond thrilled. I got a new zip-up jacket in a plum color, a grey striped tank, and the Wunder Under Crop II Luxtreme (Roll Down).

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I’m really going to try and squeeze in one hot yoga class before our trip to Nashville. I feel like I haven’t been taking care of my body, but it’s really hard to find the motivation when it is so cold outside. If my husband and I end up going to Arizona next month, I am going to want to hike and do as much outdoor yoga (because, sun!) as I can.

Because I haven’t been the best about working out, I’m assuming I gained weight. Maybe? Pierre keeps playing with the scale in the bathroom so it’s wonky. Admittedly, I was really nervous as I unwrapped size 2 clothes (Lululemon’s smallest size). Normally, my size wavers between their 2 and 4, so I was sure that I would have to return or exchange my new clothes.

I was surprised that the size 2 fit! For the cropped pants, I think having an adjustable waist band and rise really helps. I didn’t have a muffin top, and I tried them on after dinner! I think the higher waist style will also be really nice during my stomach massage exercises on the Pilates reformer. My pants always slide down during that one exercise. It’s really annoying.

The Luxtreme fabric felt really thin and lightweight, but the pants passed the bend-over test. Or at least, I hope my husband doesn’t want me walking about town in see-through pants…

The length was perfect for me at 5’2″ but they will be knee-length on taller women.

If you are planning on ordering them online, I recommend ordering your usual size.

Happy Hanukah

Happy Hanukah from the Kanter family!

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Yesterday we attended a Hanukah brunch, hosted by my husband’s parents. Usually, the Hanukah party is an evening event, but one of the guests requested that the start time move to fit his schedule better. In a pinch to find a festive outfit that was appropriate for around noon, I threw on a colorful J. Crew sweater I purchased last year, my favorite faux leather pants from Banana Republic and a statement necklace by Cara Couture New York. Not photographed: Ferragamo “My Paris” ballet flats.

For those wondering why Pierre is smiling widely, he got to unwrap two presents from Nana last night. He received a new squeaky dragon and this great tote bag for his first trip to Nashville!

To get the look for your next family get together or Casual Friday in the office:

Style Snapshot: Mixed Neutrals for Brunch

Yesterday I met up with my friend Rose from The Auburn Hare for brunch at Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Bucktown/Wicker Park. Hot Chocolate is one of our favorite restaurants, and with plenty of good reasons: cool decor, fresh seasonal menu and yes, the best hot chocolate around. Rose ordered the Mexican hot chocolate and veggie scramble, while I chose the hot white chocolate with egg nog and their “holiday hash” featuring Coca-Cola glazed ham and a poached egg.

I didn’t throw on a lick of makeup, because I had a hot yoga class only a few hours later. To keep myself from looking too bummy, I opted for a more tailored chambray button-down (versus say, a tee) and cashmere blend coat, in addition to heeled boots.

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Here’s what I am wearing:

I really enjoy mixing neutrals like black, brown and grey together. I think if there’s enough contrast, it works!

It’s the end of the weekend now, but I hope that many of you can squeeze in a girls’ brunch or just some fun moments for yourself next weekend. It’s very easy to worry about everyone else’s happiness but your own during the holidays. 

My Day at Macy’s with Chelsea

As I mentioned in my last post, I was invited to participate in a special girl’s once-in-a-lifetime fashion experience at the Macy’s on State Street, courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

If you are ever given the opportunity to volunteer to help make a child’s wish come true, I hope you take it. Today was honestly the most fun I’ve had in a while. The guest of honor, Chelsea, was so sweet and unbelievably poised for a teenager.

I arrived at Macy’s just before 9am to cheer Chelsea on as she made her grand entrance — and did she! She arrived in a limo and was accompanied by a fire truck and firemen.

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My outfit today consisted of a tan merino wool blend sweater, vegan leather pants by Banana Republic, flat tall boots by Stuart Weitzman, and a belted black parka by Andrew Marc.

Chicago-Fire-Make-A-Wish-MacysMacy’s announced that they will donate $2 to Make-A-Wish for every letter to Santa received, and that Chicago’s own firemen collected over 1,000 letters to bring to Macy’s!

Make-A-Wish-Clinique-Macys-BelieveChelsea received a free makeover from a Clinique makeup artist, who showed her how to create a glamorous yet age-appropriate look. She’s red carpet ready for when she hits L.A. Fashion Week in March!

Chelsea’s dream is to become a fashion designer, so besides a planned trip to L.A. Fashion Week, Macy’s treated Chelsea (and us tag-a-longs) to exclusive access at Macy’s Chicago Fashion Incubator.

She was greeted in the workshop with her own fashion sketches:

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Chicago-Fashion-IncubatorShe had the opportunity to have a round table discussion with the in-house designers, as well as a lesson in draping and their day-to-day tasks as designers.

Chelsea shared that from the time she was 13, she would sketch fashion designs as a way to stave off depression and boredom during long hospital stays. The designers gave her a special gift: sketch paper, colored pencils and markers and I was near tears by Chelsea’s great appreciation for her new art supplies.

Chelsea reminded me that, for some, colored pencils are a luxury.

Macys-Make-A-Wish-Fashion-DesignerFinally, Chelsea took a keepsake photo with the bloggers participating in the event.

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Photo credit: Laura from Renaissance Girl.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to tag along for Chelsea’s special day. It was such a pleasure to meet such a beautiful (inside and out) young lady.

I hope everyone will drop off a letter for Santa this season to help raise money for such a great non-profit program.

Stay tuned, because I will be hosting a Macy’s holiday giveaway on the 30s and Chic Facebook page! If you have little ones at home or on your wish list, you’re going to love it!

 

 

 

 

Macy’s National Believe Day

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Macy’s is partnering with Make-A-Wish tomorrow, December 12, 2014, for National Believe Day, to make the wishes of 50 children come true.

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Macy’s on State Street in Chicago will be making one girl’s dream come true: a limo ride and shopping spree at Macy’s! I’ll be joining the little fashionista, Chelsea, as she shops with a personal stylist, gets a makeover from Clinique and tours the Chicago Fashion Incubator.

As part of National Believe Day, Macy’s will be donating $2, up to $1,000,000, for every letter to Santa received on December 12, 2014. Yes, you can tell Santa about that Givenchy bag you really want — and you’ll help raise money for the Make-A-Wish organization.

To follow Chelsea’s special day, you can follow 30s and Chic on Facebook, my Instagram, and my Twitter account. I will be using the official hashtags #MacysBelieve and #ChelseaIL.

By the way, BIG congratulations to Julia Katsen for winning the “Holiday Hostess” gift basket!

Style Snapshot: Cozy Basics in Unique Color Combinations

Today I am working entirely from home in comfortable, cozy basics. I have the fireplace roaring, so Pierre will snuggle over there and I can focus on work. Despite not “going anywhere,” I try to at least dress business casual at home a few times a week so I don’t morph into the Yoga Pants Lady. I have a client meeting downtown this week, so I’ll get to dress up!

It’s so grey and rainy outside at the moment that the last thing I wanted to put on was one of my grey sweaters. I needed a color perk-me-up.

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Skinny-Cargo-PantsThe cropped cable-knit sweater is from Banana Republic (similar available here). Skinny cargo pants are by Pilcro for Anthropologie (similar available here). Boots are by Kate Spade — size 6 is still available and on major sale! The ankle version is available in many sizes.

In theory, if I were going to leave the loft today, I would use my Louis Vuitton pochette in the classic brown monogram canvas as a cross body bag (strap is additional).

What is your coziest outfit to wear on dreary days? Drop me a line! 

Also, the #WCBCHolidayGiveaway ends on Wednesday. Click here to still enter. 

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