The Clutch

 Ann Taylor Cashmere Sweater (similar) / Ebay (Leopard Scarf from Ebay / Club Monaco Rachel Pant Jean-Michel Cazabat Viena Bootie (Black suede)(similar) / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch (Black)(smooth leather version here) /  Forever21 Street Chic Wrap Bracelet /  Forever21 Rings

 
My Pashli has a sibling! I have been obsessed with this 3.1 Phillip Lim Clutch for a while, almost as long as the Pashli. I love the minimalist shape. I finally snagged myself one at an awesome discount. The leather is actually textured, but I’m totally OK that with that as it gives it the bag a little more edge and character. And the clutch fits *a lot*.

Some women find using day clutches as a bit cumbersome, but I rather like using them. It does take a bit of time to get used to. The arm strap on this particular clutch helps tremendously. The one problem I encounter, however, is when I’m holding the clutch in one hand and a coffee in the other and I’m confronted with a closed door that doesn’t open automatically with a push of a button. Never fails to stop me in my tracks. #firstworldproblems #dilemma

February

As with my usual casual winter outfits, more black:

 
And just in case anyone was wondering what this coat actually looks like closed and belted:
Aritzia Spencer Wool Coat (Black)(Reiss version here) / Rich & Skinny Legacy Coated Denim (similar here) / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Boots / Jacob Turtleneck (similar here or here).
 

It’s February (almost March!). Which means I’m pretty darn sick of winter and I need it to be OVER. This year in particular was a long and rough one. The cold started early, and we had some extremely, extremely cold days. When I lived in D.C., it was just a few more weeks of the cold before I could put away the heavy coats. In Toronto, I have to wait at least two weeks longer, which puts me in a despondent mood just thinking about it. The one thing that is keeping me going? The new influx of fashion for the new season.

For spring, I’ve already added a pair of boyfriend jeans, new casual sneakers, a little cross-body bag, and an oversized day clutch. I’m hoping to finally add a pair of white jeans and just a few tops to freshen up my wardrobe. We’ll see how that goes.I already have my eye on a white blazer that I probably don’t need, but I find myself starting at it multiple times a day online. Basically, the only way to kill an obsession like this is to buy it and then try to convince myself to return it afterwards.

I took a little inventory of what I have purchased over the last few months, and I was shocked to discover that everything I’ve purchased in the last five months is either black or some shade of white except for my new Club Monaco trench coat (tan with black leather sleeves) and a pair of blue jeans! It will be interesting to see how  my color palette will change as the temperatures warm up. Or will it? As I’ve had a little more money at my disposal as of late I’ve noticed that my style has shifted to something edgier and darker (more so than it was before). It’s not surprising. I always thought that if I had more money to “invest” into my wardrobe, my style would probably lean more in that direction. I’m certainly more thrilled with my current wardrobe now than I have ever been before and I’d have it no other way.

You, again

 

Ann Taylor Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater / J.Crew Heart Throb Silk Button-down Blouse (cute version here) /  Club Monaco (similar from Theory) /  LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Forever21 Midi-Rings /  Michael Kors Runway Watch 

Somewhat surprisingly, I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of this winter white cashmere turtleneck by Ann Taylor. It was a great addition to my winter wardrobe to help me break out from my usual dark neutrals. Highly recommended.

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