It all comes down to one simple question: Uber? And if the answer is yes, then date night becomes much more…girly. Flirty dresses, sky-high heels, the works. It starts to look a whole lot like girl’s night (which always leans Uber-positive), but with Mike at my side.
Always a good thing.
But most of the time, our date nights involve a ton of walking – either we can’t decide where we feel like going and just end up wandering around, or Mike is stubbornly trying to use the app that calls actual taxicabs and I don’t feel like dealing with it (WHY MIKE WHY?)…..so yeah. I wear a ton of jeans and tees on date night. Besides, it’s the summer…..and a clear summer night is a thing of wonder. I like wearing something where I can kick off my shoes and be right at home at the park (or the beach) looking at stars.
Option 1 – Stretchy bracelets: Match ‘Em
This trick works on bare arms as well, but I especially like how matching bracelets can make a basic sweater look special. Also, a slightly sheer sweater and pretty bra keep it sexy enough for date night (despite the boyfriend jeans, haha).
sweater: Zady Collection Linen c/o (wearing an xs – I’m totally and completely obsessed with this thing – I’ve worn it out and to the beach…I also want it in white.
jeans: Rag and Bone Dre (now part of the #nsale!) Runs big – wearing a size 24
shoes: suuuuper old Nine West – but this pair is similar
bag: Vince Camuto Small Auden Crossbody
bracelets: old – see below for more options
Option 2 – Modernize Your Statement Necklace
There’s a reason that statement necklaces won’t die: they WORK. Especially with tshirts. Modernize your crystal flowered bib necklace by swapping it out for something woven, mixed media, or in one of the newest shape: long lariat style necklaces that wrap (or not), or a choker.
tee: Zady Collection Linen tee c/o – wearing an XS
jeans: old AG jeans (but I like AG’s soft black distressed pair in the #Nsale better)
wedges: Joie Cecelia Wedge Sandal (pretty walkable – I don’t have to Uber in these….but after a mile or so I want one)
bag: Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Julian (part of the #nsale!!)
necklace: a gift from my Denver besties…see below for more options
sunglasses: Garrett Leight
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ps. Question: where do you guys shop for really special, unique jewelry? I was heartbroken when Fragments.com closed it’s doors, and I’ve been hearing good things about Townhome in Philly….does anyone have recommendations? Either online or local? (And please don’t say “Etsy”, haha, unless you can recommend a specific seller. Trying to scroll through 345,233 statement necklaces was driving me mad.)
My hubby just hates when my shirt is see through. I love my linen tees but it really bothers him!!! I have to wear a cami underneath.
That Rebecca Minkoff disk necklace is one of the best things I’ve seen in a while! I especially like how they style it with a black wrap top, because I wear a ton of those. But of course I like one of the most expensive pieces.
I’ve made a promise to myself to only buy jewelry that somehow gives back – try Purpose Jewelry. http://www.purposejewelry.org
One of my best friends is a metal artist. All of my coolest jewelry I’ve bought from her. http://www.hollybobisuthi.com
Super cute and just my type of style. I love when jeans, a t shirt and some comfy wedges can be elevated to a date night outfit.
Great jewelry company: http://www.hoveylee.com
Great bag; http://www.ebatotes.com
Bario-Neal for $$$ and Verde for $
Almost all my jewelry is from http://www.tenthousandvillages.com
I love that I can find unique pieces, and I know I am helping an individual and not a big corporation.
I was just going to leave the same comment. Love their jewelry!
This is a Kansas City retailer with unique pieces: http://www.shopatchurchill.com
Recently came across http://www.31bits.com “SHOP. WEAR. DO GOOD. REPEAT.”
I think you might like some of the things my aunt makes out of found objects: https://www.etsy.com/se-en/shop/evajohannastudios?ref=l2-shopheader-name
I shop local boutiques, craft fairs, farmers markets, wherever I travel, and try to keep up with individual artists that I like. I’ve found some cool things from Ten Thousand Villages, mentioned above, but it skews a bit bohemian for my taste. Here are some specific artists/brands that I love, each with very distinct styles:
– Wyrding Studios (one-woman shop run by Kythryne Aisling)
– Christophe Poly (aluminum wirework pieces that wear like iron)
– Ayala Bar (on the pricier side, I haven’t bought anything yet but I’ve been coveting for years)
– Monserat de Lucca (more mainstream-quirky, sold by Shopbop)
– Pam Hiran (sold by Anthro on occasion)
– Janet Cadsawan (haven’t bought anything but love the quirkiness, like dragon egg earrings and chemical lace)
I also went through my Etsy favorite shops and pulled some that caught my eye:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoopHandmadeJewelry (sitting in my cart right now, love so many of these pieces)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/thisilk?ref=l2-shopheader-name (lace jewelry)
Forgot one – my latest find from a few months ago was a pyrite and hammered fine silver pendant from Seattle’s Pike Place Market. The designer is Angela Parriott at Organic Love Designs and now I’m off to see if she sells online.
That unavailable statement necklace in your photos is a TOTAL tease. Any analogs?? Anyone?
why do you like the Nordstrom jeans better?
I really like Melissa at : http://www.mellefinellijewelry.com/
She reminds me of your buddy Bela Shehu…
Have you ever tried Noonday? Awesome, life-changing company that produces some really fun jewelry. http://www.noondaycollection.com
Noonday Collection. Cool jewelry, change the world. What’s not to love?
My ultimate tee transforming necklace is the long leather tassel bib from Baublebar. Wearing it tonight to a concert with a white v-neck! And it’s currently $20, so I’m pretty sure I’m getting the bronze one now! https://www.baublebar.com/product/24438-long-leather-tassel-bib.html
I prefer small makers and am digging In God We Trust who actually has a similar-ish necklace to the Denver one (http://ingodwetrustnyc.com/collections/necklaces/products/heavy-metal-turn-cross-chain). Krysos + Chandi also out of NYC and Made by Lee out of Vancouver (https://www.etsy.com/shop/madebyleejewelry).
Love seeing all the other suggestions!
The timing of this post is perfect – was just thinking I should send along the link to this gorgeous, sophisticated, stunning jewelry. I have two necklaces and get stopped on the street (no matter where I am) and asked where I got them. The artist is Ann Chikahisa (Seattle-based studio) and the web site is http://www.chikahisastudio.com. Each piece is handmade and I can’t even tell you how…transformed (and beautiful)…I feel when I wear this jewelry.
Ooh love! I’m kind of obsessed with oxidised chains. Lots of great everyday pieces as well as statement pieces 🙂
While this isn’t a recommendation for where to buy jewelry, I’m obsessed with this statement necklace from anthro:
My favourite jewellery source is stuff made by local artists. You can get higher quality, more unique pieces for great prices. Look at juried artisan/craft fairs, local craft guild shops, and art galleries.
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