what carine says is cool

i frequently wish i was a better purger. over the years i’ve tried to get better at letting go of pieces sooner and making space for new. however occasionally the hoarding comes in handy– you never know what will come back in style– and it’s especially helpful when you see some cool girl walking down the street wearing something you already own.

such is the case with a pair of pointy toed ankle booties from J. Crew that have been hidden in the back of my closet. i rarely wear them because the narrow heels make any subway ride extra hellish, but they were a gift from my parents and to be honest I just never got around to finding them a new home.

thank god for my laziness, however, because seeing this recent snap of bella maqnifique Carine Roitfeld made me need my boots asap. she’s truly the most sexy, fashion-forward sixty two year old I’ve ever seen (i hope i look half as good at her age). here she’s wearing an almost identical pair, styled in her classic french way– all black, a little edgy, and lots of leg.

screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-5-05-59-pmcarine is proof that a good stiletto never goes out of style. so get yourself a lookalike pair stat– options by nine west (shown below), via spiga, jimmy choo, johnston & murphy, and stuart weitzman

1) black ankle boots

2) volumizing hair spray

3) grommet embellished mini skirt

4) spanx opaque tights

5) barbara bui ribbed turtleneck

6) beige polish

(inter)mixing it up

while its always been one of my favorite stores, the intermix pre-fall catalog has been spot on lately.

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i love the idea of toughening up a ruffley white dress or romper with a leather jacket and some printed kicks. its the perfect transition combo for warmer days and chilly nights and super simple since 3 pieces are all you need. while all of the items in the above pic are still available (here), the hefty $1300 price tag on the iro jacket challenged me to round up some substitute items.
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jackets:  1. madewell washed leather jacket 2. alexander wang bomber 3. moto coat

**dare to be different and swap in a fringey suede jacket–so fun!

dresses: 1. top shop romper 2. endless summer dress (similar alternative) 3. cotton tie side shirt dress

shoes:  1. perforated booties 2. golden goose star sneakers 3. kate spade cheetah boots