MY BEST LUXURY FINDS

MY BEST LUXURY FINDS

 

Lately, I’ve had the best luck. I absolutely love a good treasure hunt, so my mom and I routinely visit a few local consignment stores. I’ve found some incredible pieces that will probably remain in my collection forever. If you’re from the Madison/Middleton area, I highly suggest you visit Simply Savvy, Collector’s Corner, and Passementerie. Those are the places I’ve found most of the items I’m talking about below! So, without further ado, here are my most coveted luxury consignment finds…

Lady Dior Handbag – $1,100

Finding this near pristine, large Lady Dior was a thrill. It was in the back of a dusty, locked cabinet. According to the tag, it had been consigned for a while, apparently unnoticed. My mom offered cash and surprised me with it. It’s from 2005 and in beautiful condition, no scuffs in the black lambskin or scratches on the shiny silver hardware. I’m almost scared to use it, I know the first little “blemish” will break my heart. I sometimes think about selling it (because a handbag probably shouldn’t elicit such an emotional response), but I’ve always loved the Lady Dior. It’s such an iconic bag and I still can’t believe I have it in my collection.

Chanel Flats – $150

My mom spotted these flats during a rather difficult time in my life and they were a fantastic pick-me-up. We had recently put down our 16 year old miniature dachshund, Clara, and joked she sent these my way (edit: is this weird? oh well). For this reason, these black and tan beauts will always be special. I mean, finding Chanel is enough of a day maker, but especially a pair of their famous ballerinas in the right size. They came with the box and dust-bags and everything which was an added bonus.

Gucci Scarf – $3

When I found this scarf and unfurled it to reveal “G U C C I,” I was ecstatic. When I saw the price, I basically blacked out. Kidding. Well, maybe not. Upon inspecting the label, edges, etc, I realized it was marked a mere $3. There’s nothing like a good deal y’all and this one was the best. I love a good piece of silk, especially tied on a bag. This gorgeous nautical scarf had no snags or stains and has been well worth the price 😉

Dior Saddle Clutch – $60

I started obsessively buying vintage Dior items in the iconic trotter print a couple years ago. One of my fave Youtubers, Mel Soldera, inspired me. I got this little pouch off Poshmark for about $60. I recently saw the same thing listed for $1,300+ by What Goes Around Comes Around on Shopbop. As Dior continues to roll out new items in their classic print,  the price will continue to go up on vintage items. Look at me, making money on my investments. Jokes aside, this is a lovely nineties gem that I typically use as a catchall in larger handbags.

Hermès “La Parade” Scarf – $295

My boyfriend recently gifted me with this vintage scarf after I had surgery. It’s a rare print, only made in 1966. The condition is so lovely, I imagine it neatly folded in the dresser drawer of a fancy grandma, unused. It has such bright, beautiful colors. I really want to frame it and make it the centerpiece of a room one day.

Do you have any amazing consignment finds?! I’d love to hear what they are below!

Emily

TO DI FOR BAKING

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Aren’t they perfect? They taste just as wonderful. To Di For, named for owner Diana Matthews, is a new bakery serving up delectable, gourmet cupcakes to the Madison area. When I say gourmet, I mean flavors such as raspberry Nutella swirl with champagne icing. Yeah, they aren’t messing around, y’all. If you have an event, holiday (hey Valentine’s Day), or just a craving, To Di For cupcakes are sure to please. Also, they ship seasonal granolas and GF/paleo cookies, so if you’re not local to Madison, you can still treat yourself. Visit their website here!

Emily

GET INTO THE SPRING OF THINGS

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Spring is such a an awkward season, especially in Wisconsin. Lingering snow sits in sad little puddles while everything it once covered is still dead and soggy (do y’all think I have a gift for descriptive writing or nah?). Basically, it’s just a depressing time of year. I think my view of spring is definitely a glass-half-empty situation. This year, I’ve been brightening my outlook with retail therapy. Honestly, this is probably the most cost-effective version of therapy because copays ain’t free okay people? I digress. There really are so many fun and happy pieces/trends popping up this season. Here is my wish-list!

I hope y’all have a great Monday and Happy Leap Day!

Emily

NEW YEAR, NEW LIP

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2016 so far! I took some time off from posting during the holidays, but I’m back with some great things planned for the blog this year. Today, I wanted to share two products I find myself reaching for more and more.

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo: My best friend gave me this little miracle for Christmas, and I’ve been wearing both bright, bold colors on repeat. It is the creamiest formula that delivers the biggest color pay-off (so rich!). Online, they’re sold out of most colors (I think this item was prob a big stocking stuffer), but at my Sephora, they still have a lot left, and rumor has it they’re now just $10 in-store! I am LIVING for Pomegranate, the pinkier tint of this duo. It’s still just as much of a statement-maker as the red (Palomino), but a bit easier to wear for day. If you can’t find a duo for you, here are the full-sized versions in the same formula.

Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone: This multi-purpose clear primer pencil is a game changer. It can be used to fill in fine lines/pores/whatever all over the face, but I use it for outlining my lips! It completely prevents lipstick from feathering or smudging, and keeps everything in place. You can even use it to “clean up” lipstick after applying, so if you have trouble coloring inside the lines, this is for you.

When I wear these products together, I have found lipliner becomes obsolete. So for around $30 total, you get two complete lip looks. That’s quite a deal considering just a lipstick can set you back like $36…why do I continue to hoard them then? Anyway! I definitely recommend these products, let me know if you’ve tried them!

Emily

ROCKSBOX

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Helloooo and happy September! Not only is it my birthday month, but I’m also heading out to Philly and NYC in a couple weeks for a wedding with my boyfriend! I’m jazzed to get to know his family and also the city of Philadelphia! If y’all have any recommendations on fun spots, shoot me an email. Today, I’m talking about Rocksbox! I first heard about this awesome service a few months ago via Instagram and I was over the moon when they emailed me to partner up. If you don’t already know, Rocksbox is kind of like old-school Netflix, but for designer jewelry. After you take a fun little style assessment, a stylist will send you three handpicked pieces. You have the option to keep one or more (for an insider’s price) or you can wear them around and send ’em back in exchange for a brand new selection! You can do this as many times a month as you want, for just $19. I think this is such an awesome concept, especially for college girls (hello recruitment!). I’m always so hesitant to spend a lot of money on trend or statement pieces, because I just don’t get the wear out of them. God love ya, KScott, but I’ll sink that $200 into a Yurman, thank you very much. Rocksbox basically affords you a rotating jewelry wardrobe featuring brands like Loren Hope, Gorjana, House of Harlow, and yes, Kendra Scott. It’s a fun way to “try before you buy” and even step out of your comfort zone a bit, style wise. It’s risk free shopping, y’all!

I’m not one for subscription boxes, but I’m seriously so obsessed with Rocksbox and you will be too! Click here to get your first month FREE or just enter code 10thandjamesxoxo at checkout!

Emily

Thanks to Rocksbox for sponsoring this post!

CHEEKY TEES

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I’m not typically one for the “graphic tee.” It takes me back to a time of tissue-thin Hollister/Abercrombie shirts emblazoned with sayings like “Life is Better Blonde” and some things are just better left in the past. I can, however, get on board with these fun tees/tanks from MILLY. Designed in collaboration with famed SoulCycle guru Stacey Griffith, the shirts sport fun, sassy sayings. A great piece for hot summer days with denim shorts, and on into fall layered under a chambray (or styled similarly to above, for the ultimate cool-girl look!). The simple sans-serif font and clean lines make these shirts anything but obnoxious like the printed t-shirts of our youth. Click the picture to shop and definitely browse all the other tongue-in-cheek designs!

Emily

WORKIN’ ON THE RAILROAD…SPIKE RING

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Hi y’all, happy Thursday! I’ve been super under the weather this week, but online shopping has been healing me, I swear. This little railroad spike ring, from Shopbop, arrived on my doorstep a few days ago and I’m in love. My grandpa used to have a gold railroad spike paper weight on his desk, so this ring reminds me of him in the sweetest way. I also love the simplistic design. I don’t wear rings too often, but when I do, I gravitate towards simpler pieces (I sound like the Dos Equis man, definitely not as interesting). Giles and Brother makes clean-lined and classic, “punk prep” jewelry. They use industrial notes, like railroad spikes, screws, nails, etc. It sounds hardcore, but look at that little thing! So delicate and pretty. Plus, it’s on sale with an extra 25% off, today only! Shopbop has a couple sales a year and they’re always the time to treat yourself and/or stock up. I linked some of my G&B and sale faves in the widget below, happy shopping!

Emily

 

My New Fave Animal Print

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Hi y’all, happy Friday! I’m headed to Chicago later this afternoon to see my best friend from college and spend the weekend sketching around the Windy City! If y’all have any suggestions on places to eat/drink/shop let me know! For now, I’ll leave you with this little trend I’ve been into lately. I love most animal prints (except zebra, say no to zebra), but especially this speckled dalmatian/cheetah print. I’ve not been sure of what to call it, as it’s more abstract than straight-up cheetah, but not quite reminiscent of 101 Dalmatians either. Regardless, being a natural design, it’ll fit in with almost any look, plus, it’s a fun way to add some interest and texture to an outfit. What patterns and prints do you gravitate toward? I hope everyone has a great weekend, I’ll meet you back here on Monday! Until then, follow along on Instagram!

Emily

DYLANLEX

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From Kendall Jenner to Lady Gaga, DYLANLEX is everywhere these days. I think of this line as a mix between estate jewels and rock n’ roll. Known for big, layered, silver necklaces, DYLANLEX also has a variety of other bits and baubles. I love this ring, it’s described as a tiara for your finger, so right up my alley. Typically, I wear gold jewelry and can be a little more reserved, but this necklace has me wanting to step out of my comfort zone. I like that it strays from the typical “statement” necklace in that it lacks the big, bright stones. It’s a nice change of pace. The above piece might seem a bit overwhelming, but picture it over a white t-shirt paired with some distressed denim. Just like that, you’ve gone from day to night. A necklace like this can really take a simple outfit to the next level.

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In my book, Sundays are for lounging so that explains this adorable selection of PJs for your lounging pleasure. I focused on pretty, soft colors and light fabrics. I say it’s time to forgo the XL t-shirts and old flannel pajama pants. Who doesn’t want to look cute while getting their beauty sleep? I hope everyone has a relaxing day!

Emily

PS – don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and Bloglovin!