Five Favorites of May

May Favorites

May, what I consider the last month of spring, is finally over! This month felt like it lasted forever and I’m so excited that it is finally June and time to enter the summer season.  With all of the big things that I had to plan last month, I didn’t have much time for shopping (I’ll make up for it now!) so these Five Favorites were easy to choose.

Pop of Pink- Yes, I featured this earring recently but I could not resist sharing them again in a different color stone. Kendra Scott’s Summer 2018 collection re-introduced the Aragon Statement Earring in vibrant colors to fit the season. I picked them up in gold and magenta but they come in a lot of stone and metal combinations. This pair is 14K gold plated and magenta dyed magnesite.

Ruffle Hem- Although these are past season, Lilly Pulitzer’s Kya Shorts in the print Come Out of Your Shelf can still be ordered on Amazon. These shorts have an elastic waist and no zippers, buttons or snaps. That, in combination with the super soft fabric make them the perfect bottoms for upcoming summer road trips or even layered over bikini bottoms.  The bright print screams summer and I love the ruffle hem. I’ll be wearing these with crisp white tops on lazy days when I want to feel like I’m still in PJ’s.

Barely There Heels- Steve Madden’s Lyla Heels hit all of this year’s trends! The clear toe strap and nude color make these heels seem like they’re barely even there. However, the 4 inch stiletto heel will remind you, so I’ll only be wearing these for special occasions. The wraparound ankle ties can be crossed and tied in different ways and have gold metal caps on the end. Since these are nude suede, they cannot get wet and have to be cared for so I picked up a suede brush to remove any dirt that may get on them. I  purchased my pair at my local Marshall’s but linked them on Amazon where they’re available in rose gold, black and the nude pair I picked up. These run a bit snug due to the clear, plastic strap so go a half size up if you are between sizes.

Reusable Cold Cup- Starbucks closed its online store in October of 2017, so these cups and all the other great cups and mugs they used to sell online are now only available to buy in store. The good thing is, there is a Starbucks on almost every corner in America and these cups can be found right in front of the register at most locations! This is a clear, plastic venti sized cup with a detachable lid and straw. Nothing fancy and                 at $3.50 a cup it is affordable too. The great thing about these cups are that every time you use them , you’re reducing waste and helping the environment. They’re light and easy to take on the go, but if you forget it in class or on the counter at your favorite store it is totally no big deal (unlike pricier cold cups)! I use mine for homemade iced coffee, water or anything else I want to keep chilled.

Jacquard Pants- Lilly Pulitzer’s Kelly Ankle Pants are my new favorite work pants that I can’t wait to transition into afternoons. Currently, it is a bit too hot to willingly wear pants in Austin, Texas but come fall I’ll pair these with all my favorites. I purchased these in navy and loved the fit so much that I ended up buying them in white as well! The jacquard texture on the pants is gorgeous, and the fit is skinny and not too cropped. Right now, I’m pairing these with work blouses and ballet flats but if you’re currently somewhere cool enough I love the idea of these pants paired with a white sleeveless blouse and summer wedges. These fit true to size and also come in tons of prints and more solid colors like blue and bright pink.

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Fave Favorites of April

April Favorites

My Five Favorites of April are finally HERE (and only 3 weeks late)! Since I’ve last posted to the blog I’ve graduated college, attained my bachelors degree and started my first big girl job. Lots has been going on in “real life” and I’m SO happy to finally have found some time to get on the blog and make this post for y’all. Blogging and sharing my style tips via the internet is therapeutic for me- so I hope y’all enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Here are my five favorite things I purchased in the month of April!

Fresh Sandal- An impromptu road trip to the “good” outlet mall outside of Austin led to an impromptu splurge on these Tory Burch Thora sandals. The Tory Burch outlet store had these sandals in every color but I felt like I needed a fresh, new pair of white sandals. I love that these sandals have a neutral brown footbed which means no chance of scuffing the front of my sandal. The ivory leather straps are saffiano leather and don’t cut in or rub my foot. The simple design makes this style versatile, these will go great with any bold outfit or bright print. These sandals are no longer sold on the Tory Burch website, but the new Tory Burch Monroe is almost identical. Call your local Tory Burch outlet for availability!

Ruffled Bikini- The second I laid my eyes on this itty bitty red bikini from SheInside I pictured striped cabanas and blue waters. I knew I needed this for upcoming pool days! My favorite part about this bathing suit are the lightweight ruffles along the straps of the bikini top and the bikini bottoms. The top ties at the back, and the triangle shaped cups are adjustable so you can scrunch them or stretch them out for more or less coverage. The bottoms are cut high and very cheeky so be aware of that before ordering! This website is one of my secret gems for getting unique pieces no one else will have, but most of their bikinis do not have model photos so it is hard to get an idea of cut. Since this online store is based in China, sizes are a bit off from American sizes and I recommend ordering one size up from your regular bikini size.

White Statements- My first pick from Kendra Scott’s Summer 2018 collection are the Matte Danielle Earrings in Ivory Mother of Pearl. The classic Danielle earring received a cool update this season- matte frames. Instead of silver or gold, these stones are framed in white giving you the ability to match them with either metallic! These matte earrings also come in lilac, pink, red and aqua.

Cut It Out- I generally dislike cut-out styles, but the peek-a-boo cut-outs on Lilly Pulitzer’s Pippa Dress on either side of the waist are perfect. They hi-light the smallest part of a woman’s waist and meet in the middle with a small knot feature on the front of the dress making it very flattering. This print, Multi Can’t Resist is royal blue with pink and yellow accents (can you spot the tiny fishes?)  and a great party dress. I purchased this one for my lakeside graduation party and it was perfect! You can still order this on Amazon or on Zappos.

Tank Dress- I already own this exact dress in a different print, so it was a no brainer to purchase the Lilly Pulitzer Essie Dress in the 2017 print Catch and Release. This whimsical print features shrimp, lobsters and crabs on a purple background. This dress is made from a cotton/modal blend making it soft and lightweight and combined with the straight fit, it is one of the most comfortable pieces in my closet! It looks great layered with a cardigan or denim jacket if you’re somewhere colder, but I think this dress was made for hot, sunny days!

Five Favorites of February/March

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Spring is in full force and I’m finally back to the blog after a two-month hiatus! I’ve been busy while I’ve been gone- between my senior year of college, a vacation and the biggest purchase of my life I got a bit sidetracked. So for those reasons, this Five Favorites post combines things I purchased in February and March. Let’s jump in!

Nude Pumps- Y’all may not realize that I spend most of my week in business casual wear since I intern in an office. Soon, I’ll be graduating with my business degree and spending five days a week in dress pants and blazers! No worries- this blog and my Instagram account will not turn into a workwear blog. However, I have been stocking up on my work wardrobe and these leather Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps are the perfect nude heel! At 3 inches height, they are great for work and play. They look great with dress pants and chinos, but I think they will also look nice with spring dresses. The insole is padded and they are honestly the most comfortable pointed heels I have ever worn. Nordstrom has them available in multiple colors and the Sam Edelman website has this exact color on sale!

Chino Pants- J.Crew Factory’s Laney Chino Pants are the only other workwear item on my list, I promise! These pink chino pants are a fun twist on the classic khaki version. They are the perfect pop of color without being too bright. I pair them with white or navy blouses and pumps for work, but they can also be dressed down with sandals and a fun top. These pants also come in neutral colors like khaki, navy, olive green and grey.

Ribbed Tee- I normally stay away from ribbed tops, but J.Crew’s Ribbed Bell Sleeve Top was a no-brainer when I spotted it in store. I purchased it in the cream color, but it also comes in grey and navy. The little ruffle sleeves add a touch of femininity to an otherwise basic tee. This top is also super lightweight, which makes it a good choice for spring layering. I would style this tucked into colored skirts or for colder days, tucked into blue jeans.

Blush Baubles- Kendra Scott’s Spring 2018 line was filled with gorgeous statement jewelry. When I spotted the Kendra Scott Aragon Earrings in blush I fell in love. They’re a little dressier than the classic Danielle earring I normally wear, featuring the same shape but frameless. Get these quick- they also come in bronze turquoise, abalone shell, ivory, and navy but most stones are already sold out on the Kendra Scott website. However, the blush color I have is still available to purchase at Nordstrom! The fun thing about collecting Kendra Scott jewelry is that each collection is only made for a limited amount of time- so once the Aragon earrings sell out they’re gone!

Metallic Heels- These Gianni Bini Jessina heels were actually a gift that I ended up loving. These metallic gold shoes feature three jeweled straps and a super high stiletto heel. Metallics look great with almost every color dress, making these stand-out heels surprisingly versatile. I actually wore them to a wedding for six hours without any pain! These heels also come in silver- match your metallic heels to your jewelry for a put-together look.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Under $50: For Him

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Valentine’s Day is officially 1 week away! Haven’t found the right gift for your boyfriend or husband yet? No worries! We often know exactly what to get the women in our lives but men can be tricky to shop for. For this reason, I’ve compiled a quick gift guide for you ladies. Below are seven gift ideas for the special man in your life, and they’re all under $50. From top to bottom:

Sugarfina Candy Bento Box $28-  For the guy with a sweet tooth! This is the Vice Collection Candy Bento Box, this pretty little box includes three candies. But these aren’t any boring, old candies: they’re alcohol themed! Flavors include Single Malt Scotch Cordials, Bourbon Bears, and Maple Bourbon Caramels. If these flavors don’t appeal to you, you can also make a custom bento box and select whatever candies you want. You can buy Sugarfina candy at your Sugarfina location, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s or Saks Fifth Avenue.

Lush Massage Bar $7.95- Trying to gift him something romantic this year? Try the Melt My Heart massage bar- it contains cocoa butter, shea butter and dried rose petals! Rub this bar directly onto dry skin for the perfect, romantic massage. This is a gift that will make you both happy! Double win. The scent is unisex and made to be used on men or women. Pick this up at your local Lush store. 

J.Crew Factory Whiskey Stones $12-  Perfect for the type of guy who enjoys a glass of whiskey every now and then. Just stick these little cubes in the freezer and use them in place of ice cubes in your glass of liquor. They have no taste, and they won’t water down your drink! These J.Crew ones have cute little anchors on them, but you can find plain ones at most liquor stores. Get them at your local J.Crew Factory store.

J.Crew Factory Heart Socks $6.50- For the guy that enjoys stand-out socks, how cute are these? Super festive for Valentine’s Day, these printed socks are a cotton/nylon blend and machine washable. They would look great peeking out of dress shoes or inside leather boots. Get them at your local J.Crew Factory store.

YETI Rambler 20 oz. Tumbler $29.99- The perfect gift for any guy on the go. Whether he works outside or in an office, he could probably use a YETI. The 20 oz Tumbler is the perfect size for hot coffee or cold fountain drinks, and it is small enough to easily throw in a backpack or stick in a cupholder. I can vouch for the YETI brand, I’ve personally compared it to other similar brands and my YETI outperforms them all. This thing keeps ice frozen for hours on 100 degree Texas days. I swear by this cup! It now comes in 6 colors as well as the original stainless steel version. You can pick one up at Dick’s Sporting Goods, REI or Academy stores.

J.Crew Leather Card Case $39.50- For the guy who hasn’t replaced his wallet in years! He’ll think of you every time he pulls it out. It fits his basic necessities and won’t feel bulky in his back pocket. This card case is made of soft Italian leather (so it will last for another few years) and comes in brown or olive green. Get one at your J.Crew store.

Jack Black Shave Essentials Set $25-  This set of shaving products is perfect for the man that forgets to treat himself. Jack Black specializes in men’s products that are fragrance-free, colorant-free, AND cruelty-free. This is the kind of fancy shaving cream that he would never think to get for himself but definitely needs. The Shave Essentials Set comes with a facial cleanser, SPF face moisturizer, and shaving cream. Get it at your Nordstrom store.

Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day!

 

Five Favorites of January

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The first month of 2018 has finally ended! As y’all may have heard me mention before, this is a BIG year for me and one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time because I’ll be graduating college and finally entering the “adult world.” So with January in my rearview mirror, I’m one step closer to graduation- YES!!

Also, you are probably aware that Lilly Pulitzer’s After Party Sale (more info on that here) was this month. Since Lilly Pulitzer’s website does not have a sale section, and the brand only has two sales a year, this sale can get PRETTY crazy. I definitely stocked up on ALL THE LILLY, but to avoid Lilly overload I picked out only two pieces I purchased in the sale to be featured in this blog post.

I normally spend January trying to prepare for spring by stocking up on colorful pretties to wear when warmer weather arrives. In Austin, temps climb into the 70’s and even the 80’s beginning in February. So, whether you’re up north still battling snow or down south prepping for spring, check out my Five Favorite purchases from the month of January below!

Pink Bodysuit- J.Crew’s Ruffle Front Bodysuit features a wrap top and ruffles along the neckline. When I saw it online in December, I immediately fell in love but was worried about the fit. When I saw it at J.Crew while on a day trip in San Antonio, Texas I tried it on and it was perfect. The color is girly and fun for spring and the ruffles add a romantic touch. It has a deep v-neckline, making it perfect for date nights and weekends. The bodysuit has a concealed snap crotch making it easier to take on and off and is made of nice, thick cotton/elastane. This bodysuit does not feel cheap or thin like other store’s versions- one thing I love about all of J.Crew’s products. I can’t wait to pair it with denim skinnies for cool weather and mini skirts for warmer weather. This bodysuit also comes in navy and black, and I loved it so much I also ordered the black too! This was originally $49.50 and has now been marked down to sale (still in stock in all sizes), so order quick! This bodysuit runs true to size, no need to size down.

Fleece Jacket- Fleece is trending right now. I’ve been seeing fluffy fleece jackets all over my Instagram feed lately. I’m testing this trend out with a sporty, fleece jacket designed from a 1988 best seller. The North Face’s Denali Jacket is made of recycled fleece and features abrasion-reinforced shoulders, chest, and forearms in a contrasting color. It also features Polartec fabric, which means it is insulated and waterproofed to keep me warm and dry. The one I ordered has light grey fleece with a medium grey contrast. I’ll be styling mine with pastels in the spring and dark colors next winter. I think this jacket will be great to throw on with leggings on cold spring days.

Gold Sneakers- These New Balance for J.Crew Sneakers in the color ‘gold salt’ are not something I never imagined myself wearing- but trying new things makes fashion fun! The metallic sneaker trend has been going on for a while now and I’m finally taking a stab at it. I normally only wear sneakers when I am at the gym, but with an upcoming trip to NYC where I plan to do lots of walking, I realized I needed a fashionable pair of walking shoes. These New Balance’s are part of a special collaboration with J.Crew. The metallic gold and cream combination can only be purchased at J.Crew stores or on their website. They fit true to size and are insanely comfortable, providing cushion and support. I’ll be able to walk for blocks in Manhattan in these! I plan to wear them with white skinny jeans and casual tops.

Floral Skirt- This was my very favorite purchase from the After Party Sale. Lilly Pulitzer’s Collette Skort is a style I already know and love, so when I spotted it in the yellow colorway of one of Lilly Pulitzers most famous prints, First Impression, I HAD TO HAVE IT. When Lilly Pulitzer snuck in an older print in a brand new style, never released before online or in stores, it was kind of a big deal. My favorite part of this sale is being able to score some rare pieces to add to my collection. Unfortunately, this skort was only sold during the After Party Sale from January 3rd-4th 2018 and is no longer available for purchase. If you missed out on this skort at the sale, try checking for it being re-sold on eBay.

Blush Dress- This is the second (and last) After Party Sale purchase I’m going to talk about in this blog post. Lilly Pulitzer’s Valli Shift Dress in Paradise Pink is still available to purchase from Amazon (and in stock in all sizes) so if you missed the sale you still have a chance to get it before all those spring social events. My favorite part about this dress is the unique neckline. The metallic detailing across the bust and down the front of this dress is actually white, gold and silver- so you can style this dress with a variety of jewelry and heel options! This shift dress also comes in navy, white and aqua blue (all with the same tri-colored neckline). The fit is true to size, my dress size is almost always a 4 across different brands and the 4 fit perfectly.

Five Favorites of December +1

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December is finally over! Time to take down our Christmas trees and vacuum up all that glitter left over from New Year’s Eve. Between all of the shopping and holiday parties, December always feels like the longest month of the year to me. I’m REALLY excited to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. This year is going to be a big one for me!

But before we look ahead to all the great things 2018 will bring us, let’s look back at my Five Favorites of December! Plus one extra I snuck in there because I absolutely could not decide between the three different pairs of Tory Burch flats featured in this post. Two of the items in this post were Christmas gifts, the other three were things I picked up myself.

Winter Coat- This gorgeous peacoat from J.Crew was my splurge item this month. J.Crew is based in New York City and known for their cold weather wear, so when I was hunting for the perfect winter coat I knew it had to be from this store! The 2008 Andover Peacot is made of an Italian wool/cashmere blend, making it warm and super soft. I ordered it in the color Dune, which is a light cream color that will pair well with black or brown shoes and bags. This peacoat is actually a re-design of a best selling peacoat J.Crew released in 2008. They made some adjustments to bring it up to date, like the bright gold buttons which I LOVE. This coat also comes in grey, olive green, red and purple.

Almond Toe- These shoes had to be my absolute favorite Christmas present of 2017- they had to make this post! I can’t wait to style these Tory Burch Raleigh Flats with everything this spring. I normally choose round toe ballet flats for myself, but I was happily surprised when my boyfriend gifted me this almond toe flat. The front of these shoes are not quite pointed and not completely round, giving them a bit of a dressier look. These leather flats also have a tiny, half inch heel. My favorite part about these shoes is that the neutral brown leather color will match my favorite Tory Burch bags. I was unable to find these flats in-stock anywhere online, I recommend checking your closest Tory Burch Outlet store for availability.

Navy Ballet Flat- Do you recognize these? They’re the metallic Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats from my Holiday Gift Guide blog post from a couple weeks ago! In that blog post, I featured these shoes in gold, and just a few days after that post went up I found the navy version for a deal I could not pass up. The Minnie Travel Flats are made of napa leather and the elastic band on the back of the heel plus the split rubber sole makes these shoes super comfortable and flexible. At first, I was worried they would be too glittery but the navy metallic is actually very subtle and adds a nice sheen. The metallic version of the Minnie Travel flats was originally sold in silver, gold, navy and pink but is currently only available in the silver or gold. These flats also come in an array of non-metallic colors.

Block Heel- This is a patent leather pump that looks like a ballet flat with a block heel. I’ve been wanting to try the short, chunky heel trend for a while now and felt like these shoes were a safe bet. I’m now obsessed with the 60’s inspired Gigi Patent Pump from Tory Burch. I love the tiny details on this shoe like the mini Tory Burch logo on the heel and the rectangular frame around the iconic T logo on the toe. The metallic gold color I purchased is now sold out, but it is still in stock in nude and currently on sale on the Tory Burch website. I also spotted this shoe in person at Nordstrom Rack locations.

Perfume Rollerball- This was one of the gifts waiting for me under the tree Christmas morning, thanks,mom! Tory Burch’s Absolu Perfume Rollerball came in gorgeous, metallic gold packaging. The rollerball itself is a 0.20 oz glass bottle with a gold metallic design. I will be keeping this little rollerball in my purse and rolling this scent on throughout the day when I need a little pick me up. The Absolu perfume is described as “fresh tuberose, pink pepper and pure rose — grounded in earthy vetiver and sandalwood”. This scent also comes in two full-size bottle options.

Onyx Lilly- A little black t-shirt dress with a ruffle sleeve? Doesn’t sound like something the colorful brand Lilly Pulitzer would make, but they did! This season Lilly Pulitzer released a few dresses and other items in BLACK, something I never thought the brand would do. I was immediately intrigued and thought “I must add a black Lilly to my collection!” I picked up an older version of the dress pictured above to wear to my family’s Christmas Eve Dinner. The past season dress I wore is Lilly Pulitzer’s Somerset Dress in black. Lilly Pulitzer remade this dress for the 2017 holiday season- the new Ophelia Dress is almost identical to the Somerset with a couple adjustments. The ruffle sleeves are a bit larger and it is made from rayon spandex jersey instead of 100% slub cotton like the original version. It is already sold out in some sizes so hurry and order.

Holiday Gift Guide

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Its the happiest time of the year again! Ok, I’ll be honest- Christmas can actually be a bit stressful. All of the shopping and gift giving can get so frustrating and sometimes you just need some help coming up with ideas. I personally get really grumpy fighting crowds and am always a little relieved when all the gifts have been ripped open and we can go back to normal shopping excursions.

SO, with that said, I created this Holiday Gift Guide with ladies of all ages in mind and included items that are on my wishlist this year as well as items I can recommend that I already own and love. Feel free to use this blog post as a guide for the men in your life that may have no idea what you want (hello boyfriends, husbands, dads and brothers, everything is linked below with prices) or as a starting point for ideas on what to get all of the ladies in your life that deserve some appreciation (mom, sister, cousin, best friend, coworkers etc). I’ve linked every item so y’all can order online but I’m also telling y’all where to buy these in person to guarantee everything is under the tree in time for Christmas. Happy holidays and happy shopping!

Under $50
These gifts under $50 are perfect for your best friends or anyone else you would like to say “happy holidays!” to without breaking the bank.
1. Lilly Pulitzer Ceramic Mug $20
The perfect gift for your favorite co-worker or teacher? A coffee mug! Who doesn’t love a hot cup of coffee in the morning? You deserve to drink it out of a cute, colorful mug like this one. You can even make this an extra fun gift by adding some of your favorite hot chocolate or coffee (I like dark roast Starbucks k-cups). You can pick this up at your local Lilly Pulitzer corporate or signature store.
2. MAC Matte Lipstick $17.50
MAC lipsticks are known for lasting all day and coming in a billion shades. I prefer matte lipsticks and the best selling shade Velvet Teddy is on my wishlist this year! It is a good pinky neutral color that will look pretty on all skin tones. You can purchase MAC lipsticks in person at all MAC stores, Nordstrom and Macy’s.
3. BECCA Cosmetics Pressed Highlighter $38
Another beauty item I love is this highlighter from BECCA Cosmetics. Whether she is a makeup pro or prefers a more toned down look like me this will definitely be used. I wear the shade Prosecco Pop often and it adds just the perfect amount of sparkle and doesn’t end up all over your clothes like other bands. This highlighter can be layered for a more dramatic look or just brushed across the cheekbones for a little something. You can pick this up at ULTA or Sephora locations.
4. J.Crew 3 Sock Gift Set $29.50
One size fits all socks in super cute prints- penguins, metallic polka dots, and plaid?! This is a small present that says “I want you to stay cozy and warm”. These are lightweight, cotton socks that are perfect for every-day wear. My favorite pair has to be the little penguins, they’re so cute and funny. Socks might sound like a boring gift but at least you know she will definitely be able to use these. You can pick this gift set up at your local J.Crew.

Under $100
These gifts under $100 are a little pricier but will definitely be appreciated by any woman. Great thing is- you don’t have to know her size for these!
1. Ciao Vince Camuto Perfume $85
You may have remembered me raving about the Fiori Vince Camuto perfume in my Five Favorites of April +1 post. The Ciao Vince Camuto perfume is very similar (same gorgeous bottle but a brighter shade of pink) and smells like mandarin and strawberries. This scent is amazing. You can order this perfume on the Vince Camuto website or pick it up in person at Macy’s.
2. Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace $80
I can wholeheartedly recommend this necklace because I own it in multiple colors. Y’all know about my love for the Kendra Scott brand, and this is their signature necklace. What woman doesn’t love jewelry on the holidays? The necklace pictured is in black with gold, a classic combination that can be dressed up or down and is neutral enough that everyone will like it. You can pick this up in person at select Nordstrom stores and of course Kendra Scott locations.

Under $250
These gifts under $250 are reserved for our favorite people in life- moms, daughters, girlfriends or wives will love these.
1. Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats $228
The perfect pair of gold ballet flats! The Minnie travel flats are flexible and made of Napa leather. I love the metallic gold because I feel that it can go with anything and adds that extra touch of sparkle to an outfit. They also come in silver (I would go with the metallic that matches the jewelry she wears, I’m a gold only kinda girl) as well as a variety of solid colors. Pick these up in person at Tory Burch or Nordstrom.
2. Excursion Quilted Vest $120
These down-filled vests are not only cute but they serve a purpose- keeping you warm during winter! I like to layer these over cable knit sweaters for a casual cold day look. The gold details and quilting make these vests a stylish investment. This style of vest is something J.Crew sells year after year in solid colors and prints. Pick this up at your local J.Crew.