We've scratched the surface of my must-have H&BA products. Now onto the next A-list: clothes. Top five essentials of my wardrobe. This list could keep growing, but I've got shit to do and you've got better things to read...
Paired with jeans, plaid shorts, bright khakis, cute skirt, there is no way to fuck up these Penguin Bing v-necks. I ordered one in black and had to order more for back-up. And then more colors appear on the website. Now there's hunter green and plum? Oy...
(Side note: You should also get your hands on this Penguin Veronica polo. The contrasting satin details add sass to the class of a polo. Timeless.)
I'm a sucker for V-necks. Give me a button-down and a V-neck sweater and I'm a happy, conservatively-dressed liberal. I ordered this Lacoste V-neck in off-white while on the search for the perfect white sweater. Not the shade I was looking for, but a great sweater nonetheless. A very close second is one I bought from the Gap last year, but of course I can't find it again! Damn it!
Take the items listed in the above listing and hand me some cute kicks, and I'm ready for casual Friday. (Who am I kidding? Every day at my job is casual Friday. People wear sweatpants to work. I can't even...but I digress.) I have worn Converse All-Stars for 20 years. My favorite were a pair of purple lo-tops that went all over the world with me, literally. I eventually had to throw them out when I stepped in a puddle and water soaked my sock. And while it makes sad that they are so hip right now, because that means they will be out of style soon, I still love them, and will probably continue to wear them. But I have them in multiple colors, and my brown lo-tops are a staple.
A couple of years ago, when I was in Santa Cruz, CA, I bought a pair of Vans and a pair of Simple sneakers. I love them both. And then N bought me a pair of Hello Kitty Vans (and I love them--judge all you want). Great black sneaks.
What a find. I don't know what I do without these Ann Taylor camisoles. An extra layer with a button-down half-buttoned, a main layer under a short-sleeved sweater, layered under a lighter sweater in fall. These are a guaranteed win, no matter what the desired look or weight of the accompanying clothing.
Every wardrobe needs at least three perfect pairs of black pants: dressy, casual, and jeans. Just this weekend, I found the last. Read on to learn more.
For dressy, I adore my curvy fit Talbots pants. I have hips, so it's not always easy for me to find nice pants that are not too hip-hugging. The Talbots curvy line is a life-saver. These pants fall perfectly. Love at first zip.
I just found my favorite pair of black khakis. I stumbled upon these at the Gap the other day, a drunk impulse buy (don't you love those?). They fit perfectly, but they are a little long. I will go back at get several more pairs, but in short length as opposed to regular (and I'm 5'7! Whaaat?!).
Finally, this weekend, I hit up my local Levi's store for black skinny jeans. Jeans are just not something I'm willing to purchase online. My waist to hip ratio is such that I MUST feel for myself how everything falls. So after spending faculty meeting time researching skinny jeans for girls with curves, I took the plunge. Let's give Levi's a shot. I got to the store and lo and behold, the quirky sales associate knew what she was talking about, and I walked out a happy girl. These jeans are not too tight in the ass, and they don't gap in the waist. Perfect length, and just enough stretch. Levi's 512 skinny. Go get some.