I was invited to a wedding this past weekend and my getting-ready routine went a little something like this:
“OMG, I can’t find a nice bag! And what about my sandals?! And, dear goodness, what am I going to wear out over my shoulders?!”

After panicking for about 15 minutes (why do I leave things for last minute?) it dawned on me: I couldn’t really find anything because I didn’t really have anything. Ladies, just as we have our must-haves for daywear during all the different seasons, we, too, must have it for evening events!

I’ve rounded up a few starter “must-haves”; the choice is, obviously, ultimately yours, but make sure you have something you can easily (and quickly) pull out. Investing in some evening basics will make these evenings out so much more of a breeze and will be a great start to your oh-so-glam collection. So on that note, let’s get to it!

1. A Beautiful Evening Clutch
Point is, you need something elegant & sophisticated. While your Chloé saddle bag may be the best thing since sliced bread, it will look a little funky with your beautiful Rent the Runway evening gown. As I’ve come to learn in my adult life (better late than never), is that there is a big difference when it comes to day bags and evening bags. Plus, the fun thing about these is that they can be passed down as heirlooms; I personally have 2 that I keep and are part of my vintage collection. Personally, my favorite kind of evening bags are the beaded ones :).

Bags Under $150:

2. Evening Shoes
I know, I love shoes, too. While we can all go crazy buying so many evening shoes, the trick is to have at least (2) pairs: one gold and one silver; the simpler the better. Start with the basics and work your way up to more ornate. You’ll save some mullah ($$$) in the end and won’t be caught in a pickle running to the store last minute when an event pops up.

Shoes Under $250:

 

3. Evening Studs
Even as little as a pearl or a CZ on your lobe will add that little touch of sophistication as you run out the door. Of course, what you choose will need to go back to your dress (chandelier, drop, etc.), but I find that you can never go wrong with some studs.

Earrings Under $100:

 

4. Old Hollywood Glam via Faux Fur
As the cooler months start to roll in, nothing says “glam” than a little bit of (faux) fur. I gathered a few more “neutral” colors than most because, again, I’m talking about building those key go-to pieces that will help you when you are in a pinch! There is no need to wear your North Face to a fancy night out. You want to show what you’ve got as soon as you step outside and into a room… not when you “reveal” yourself as you zip that windbreaker down ;).

Faux Fur Under $250:

And last but not least…

5. An Amazing Attitude
…because you are all set with the must-haves, baby! Now go out there and enjoy your fancy night out, you beautiful human, you ;). #showstopper

xx,
signalorenii

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Saying “Oui, Oui” in Savannah

I am never ashamed and am open to admit that I am a total Francophile. I learned French in high school, chose to visit France instead of having a Sweet Sixteen when I was, well, fifteen, minored in French in college and then studied abroad for a semester to Lyon, France. Can you tell I am a little obsessed? 😉  So when I was away in Savannah and in my research stumbled upon little local “French” places, you knew I just had to visit.

I started the day by wearing one of my go-to brands for French-inspired fashion: Maison Jules. It’s an American’s take on French style, and with simple pieces that help curate the whole collection, it makes putting an outfit together that much more easy.  I recently purchased this lightweight gingham shirt (perfect for spring and summer) and a short denim skirt from them. I paired it all off with some nude lace-up sandals and a vintage bag that I stole from my mom when I was in high school – thanks mom! – et voilà.  Très simple ;).

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We walked around the charming city for a little bit and spotted The Paris Market on Broughton Street. It’s such a cute gem of a store; I guess you can compare it to an upscale flea market. From stationary to china to tote bags, there were little treasures to be found by everyone!

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After a bit of shopping, we headed right next door to their little café. Filled with coffee and sweets, it was a wonderful mid-afternoon pick-me-up spot. We took our treats treats outside to enjoy the weather, casually chat and people watch (a favorite past-time of mine ;)).

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After our macarons and café au lait (mine was almond milk ;)), we made our way over to Forsyth Park for a nice little stroll (the oak trees with Spanish moss are like something out of a fairytale). I can never get enough of casually walking around or ‘se promener’.

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It started to rain a little, but we didn’t mind. I pulled my hair back, thought about the lovely afternoon we had and just said to myself, “C’est la vie!” 🙂

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Thanks for reading!
xx,
Loren.

Top (Maison Jules) | Skirt (Maison Jules) | Shoes (Old), similar here and here | Bag (vintage) |

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Cozy in a Knit

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I’ll admit, sweater shopping is a little difficult for me sometimes; there are certain, er, assets that just don’t make the process easy at all. For example, due to curvy hips, it’s difficult to find a pull-over sweater that won’t stretch to infinity at the hips and then bulk me up at the waist (extra space for boxes of munchkins on each side, I feel!). So, you can only image my happiness when I found this super cozy “curved” sweater! There is no cinching at the waist (acts more like a poncho) and my little self was just so happy and pleased with the scoops at the front and back of the knit because it helped elongate me! Also, the cable curves help take the eyes on a diagonal journey (so I can hide that winter belly a little better 😉 hehe).

When getting ready for brunch, getting dressed was a cinch: I paired it with black denim bottoms, a pair of cognac boots and off I went! We enjoyed a beautiful view of the city as we ate at Robert (restaurant at the Museum of Arts & Design) and then a stroll in FREEZING COLD, but always charming, Central Park.

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After getting home from a wonderful day in the city, I didn’t want to take my sweater off – it was just oh-so-cozy! But, I knew I had future outfit plans for it. And it needed to stay around for as long as I can have it around for! Yes, folks, that’s how comfy it was. I may just get it in another color.  À la prochaine, friends – stay warm! sweater_ebb_4sweater_ebb_2

xx,
Loren.

Sweater (Anthropologie) on sale (for sizing, I bought a ‘S’)! / Jeans (True Religion) / Boots (Material Girl) / Coat (Marc New York by Andrew Marc) Old! But see similar styles I like here, here and (I actually have this one) here!

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