I’ve never done a post like this, a show-and-tell, but I feel compelled to share three recent purchases with you. These items cost a bit more than I would have felt comfortable spending a few years ago, but they jive with my less-is-more, quality-not-quantity, slow fashion credo.
They’re things I’ll wear for years, they won’t go out of style, and they’re versatile.
Everyone’s talking about the capsule wardrobe these days and a two of these items are a good start on mine. The third is just a sweet little find.
First, that mass of fluffy stuff is what I’ll call a sweater-cape-poncho. It’s mohair, and like I was told by the woman who made it, it is not itchy. The yarn is from Italy and it’s soft and frothy. The sweater-cape-poncho itself is big and slouchy and it can be worn in several ways, including upside down! (Upside down, you know, is the new right-side up!) It can be worn with just about anything: it’s my new number-one thing. What’s your new number one thing?
Second, my Frye boots. What can I say? They’re made like a fine Italian sports car. Every little nail, every little stitch and zipper detail is perfect. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m still hobbling around in these at 70! These boots, too, are versatile: they can be worn with jeans, a nice dress or skirt, just about anything. Boots can take some time to wear in, but I’m finding no problem wearing these right now. Do you have a pair of beloved boots?
Last but not least, my new lipstick! I haven’t been comfortable wearing lipstick for many years. I really like lipstick and would love to do the red lip, but I have serious lip lines from years of smoking and sun worship. For me, even a relatively light, pink lipstick “bleeds.” One day, while trying not spend money at Sephora, I discovered this Burberry lipstick in “Nude Beige.” Try a similar color lipstick if you have the kind of lip lines I do.
We all know that beige is a very tricky color, and I have never liked it—not for clothes, walls, or those beige (or “flesh toned”) shoes.
However, this truly quite beige lipstick works remarkably well on my lined lips. It doesn’t seep up the lines to make me look like the crazy lady from the haunted house down the block! If you think about it, this makes sense because, well, my face is pretty much beige. This color could look “frosted” or lip glossy, but it doesn’t. It’s just a nice creamy beige, and I can wear lipstick again!