By Request: Quilted Bags

My friend @MrsKowski put in a special request for a quilted bag like the Chanel satin moon bag, only without breaking the bank. She’s looking for a special occasion clutch bag with a similar look.

If Emma Watson is holding it at a photocall, I know for sure that I can’t afford it. But I’m also pretty sure I can find something similar for less. It’s my superpower. Of course, I can’t find something exactly like it, because it is Chanel, after all, but I found a selection of quilted bags that just might do the trick.

Quilted Bags

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.” –Coco Chanel

Cyber Monday!

Anybody catch Black Friday? I chose to stay inside and not go to the mall. It always overwhelms me, and people who camp out to get socks for 50 cents worry me a little bit. Cyber Monday, however, can be done from the comfort of your own home. I have to admit, I have no idea what is going on out in the Cyberworld on Monday (can we just mention that this is a HORRIBLE term, since no one uses the word “cyber” anymore, except in a ironic reference to certain activities in the 90’s between consenting adults who can type with one hand). However, I did see this through my Twitter (@Bedeck_me) tonight:

Dammit. I was going to skip my Little Black Bag this month. CONUNDRUM.

Style Icon: Tilda Swinton

If you know me, my love for Twitter is not news. I am a Twitter addict, but in my defense, it’s where all my friends are! I was stuck for an idea for my style icon post, and I tweeted asking for ideas. My friend and blogger over at, Olivia, came up with the perfect idea:

Tilda Swinton is the least conformist style icons around today. Plus she’s just about the only woman in Hollywood who wears sleeves, which I respect.

Tilda’s look is all about angles and drama. When she accessorizes, it tends to be one bold accessory: a cocktail ring, a sculptural necklace, a cuff. The pieces are not overly embellished, but rely on size for their drama quotient. She favors metal jewelry and natural elements, and her pieces are often luxe. Tilda’s style is easiest achieved if you have unlimited funds, but I’ve put together some ideas in all price ranges. To maximize the Swinton, choose ONE piece, no more, but make it count.

Tilda Swinton

“I’m basically interested in identity, and I still find fascinating the question, ‘How do we identify ourselves, and how do we settle into other people’s expectations for our identity?'”
Tilda Swinton

Spectator Pumps

Last Friday I had several inches cut off my hair. After struggling to get it to behave and style up the way I wanted it, it was looking quite sassy and frothy, with beachy waves. I went out, and boy did I get comments! The comments were “I love your shoes!” “Your shoes are fantastic!” “Oh, my gosh, your shoes are amazing!” Not one person commented on my hair, but several commented on my shoes. Such is the curse of someone who earnestly shoe shops. I hadn’t expected such comments on my spectator pumps, as they’re a few years old now, but obviously they struck a chord with people. They are kind of perfect for fall.

If you’re feeling the need for a little menswear-turned-womenswear in your shoe collection, I put together a few selections. Call them Oxfords, brogues, or spectator pumps; one way or the other, they’re a chic bit of Mad Men style for your feet; perfect for the office. See if they’re not the only thing people notice about you.

Spectator Pumps

Wild Rose pointy pumps / Tory Burch pointed toe pumps / Tory Burch pointy pumps / Charlotte Russe stiletto high heels / Brooks Brothers / Mid heels / Chelsea Crew teal shoes

“You want to fall in love with a shoe, go ahead. A shoe can’t love you back, but, on the other hand, a shoe can’t hurt you too deeply either. And there are so many nice-looking shoes.”
Allan Sherman

Symphony Saturday!

It seems that a lot of my dress clothes are black.

We had a bit of Indian Summer on Saturday, so I was able to go out to the symphony on Saturday night without a jacket, just a favorite black sweater and a brocade skirt. I accessorized with black–black feather ring, black teardrop bead necklace, black and gold bag. Plus a gold and crystal ring.

The necklace is one I got from Little Black Bag last month. It’s by All The Rage. You can find something similar at Nordstrom by Stephan & Co. It’s probably even better. The problem with the All the Rage necklace is that it gets a little twisted up, and won’t lay down nicely.

The feather ring is also a Little Black Bag purchase. It’s by Ali Khan New York. A similar ring can be found at Fantasy Jewelry Box.

The crystal ring is from JewelryMint, which I already spoke about HERE.

My favorite accessory was my metal box purse. It’s vintage, and I got it years ago. It’s from the 1940’s, and has a silk moire lining and a mirror in the lid. The cloth handle, however, is pretty well shot, so I need to start thinking about replacing it. As long as I kept my hand on the ragged part, it looked pretty good. You can find vintage purses similar to mine at Ruby Lane.

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
Aldous Huxley

Monday Perk-Up: Veteran’s Day

Welcome back to the working week! Hopefully if you’re in the US, you have Veteran’s Day off, but if you don’t (I don’t!), then you can still commemorate our veterans. Those with Remembrance Days in other countries wear poppies in their lapels, but America has no tradition like that. But one accessory that says “military appreciation” is dog tags. Plus, they come in a variety of fashionable styles. Another great idea is to wear vintage dog tags. One way or another, we remember our veterans who have served and the people who have died in battle, and are appreciative of the sacrifices they have made today.


Peace sign necklace / Juliet & Company long necklace / Falling Whistles peace sign jewelry / BKE / Sanctify cross necklace / 1928 jewelry / Michael Kors pave jewelry

“I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.”
Ulysses S. Grant

Want it Now: Ombre Tights

I went on a bit of a stress-based pinning spree on Pinterest on election night (such a nail biter!), and I couldn’t stop with ombre and dip-dyed tights! I love the colors blending and melding together like a sunset. I feel like these would be perfect with a basic skirt and flats, allowing the tights to take the front and center position in your outfit. I picked out an assortment that you can buy:

Ombre Tights

However, if you are handy and comfortable with the DIY, you can try this tutorial from the blog Pretty Ditty.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
Rabindranath Tagore