Little Red Christmas Bag

Al Plus Lex

Little Red Prada Bag

Al PLus Lex

Little Red Prada Bag

 

Al Plus Lex

Hat: JCrew (New style here) | Long-sleeve Top: Free People | Vest: Nordstrom (Love these here and here) | Jeans: J Brand | Boots: Tory Burch (Loving these dressed up tassel boots and these for sloshing through the Chicago snow) | Bag: Prada

 

Lexi and I met a few weeks ago on Southport. We walked by the prettiest Christmas decorations right off the main street and a cute red door in an old brick building. I got this vest last year from Nordstrom for easy layering while working in Park City at Sundance Film Festival. Park City has tricky weather because there is a ton of snow, but it stays in the 50s (at least when I have been there!)

I got this little red Prada bag when I was in Milan this past November with my parents. It was a quick trip, but my mom and I spent four straight days shopping and I think I died a little (a lot) and went to heaven. Each store was set up like an art gallery and was truly an experience in itself. I have always been in love with these cute pint-sized bags and as soon as I walked into Prada, knew that one was coming home on my arm.

In my current bag collection I mostly have blacks and nudes that are timeless and will pair well with anything. I chose to go with the little red bag because it still acts as a neutral, pairing well with almost anything you put on.

This little red Prada bag has quickly become my go-to Winter accessory- what is yours?

 

<3 Al

Photos: Theresa Ferrell

Birkenstocks: Back From The Dead

 

I never thought I would see the day where I would willingly put a pair of leather and cork sandals on my feet. It all started in high school. I went to a small, private school, where Birkenstocks were one of the few shoe options we were allowed. I truly, honestly, hated them. How was I supposed to express my creative freedom if I was being forced to slap a pair of blander than sand shoes on my feet? Exactly.

Fast forward to a few months ago, I was scrolling through my Instagam and fell in love with something far worse…Tevas. Now, we aren’t just talking about any Tevas, but a pair of Teva inspired Prada sandals. Obnoxious, jewel encrusted, Prada/Tevas. Get the picture? Good. While I did not see this coming, I’m glad it did. With a 90s normcore revival happening right now, we are seeing Birkenstocks, Tevas, and every other comfortable, kill me now if I am wearing these shoe coming back to life in great ways.

Personally, I am happy to see a revival in this trend. Long, sweaty summer days are not meant for running around in binding leather sandals and five inch wedges, but we make do because we want to look good and not ruin the rest of our outfit. Now? We can surf the J.Crew site (or the Prada site if we so choose) and find ten different options that will compliment our summer looks, not crush them. I picked up an all white pair a few days ago, and will probably wear them every day until they give out.

 

How do you feel about the trend?

 

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Oscars 2014

Last night, Hollywood rounded up every celebrity in site to walk down the red carpet at the Oscars in their most glamorous outfit. Today, we review. I was slightly disappointed by the choices. It seems that everyone played it safe this year, or there was something just slightly off about the style. None the less, there were a few stand outs.

Lupita in Prada

Lupita in Prada

Lupita’s Prada gown was a stunner for me. The color was unexpected and not something we see very often. The cut fit her perfectly and featured an amazing deep V in the front and back. Minimal accessories helped this look not get too close to princess material.

Chrissy in Monique Lhuillier

Chrissy in Monique Lhuillier

Chrissy is always one of my favorites. She has a playful sense of style and always keeps it down to Earth. Loved the floral print, so fresh for Spring. Mixed with the beachy waves and drop earrings, she (or her stylist) knows what she’s doing.

Anne in Gucci

Anne in Gucci

This cut reminded me of the light pink dress Anne wore recently, but has a much better fit.

Charlize in Dior

Charlize in Dior

At first I thought this dress was Zac Posen, so I was quite surprised when I found out it was by Dior. The bodice fits her like a glove and the bottom has an amazing flow and attention to detail. Hands down one of my favorites.

Emma in Vera Wang

Emma in Vera Wang

Metallic stretchy material is usually a big fat “no” on the red carpet, but Emma looks great. The paneling makes the dress fall just the right way, and I love the un-done up do.

Jennifer in Dior

Jennifer in Dior

Jennifer looks simple and polished in all the best ways. The necklace hanging at her back is really what solidified this look for me. I love using things in unexpected ways so this definitely gave me some ideas.

Kate in Atelier Versace

Kate in Atelier Versace

I could go on and on about this Atelier Versace creation but I will keep it short and sweet. Kate nailed it with this body hugging gown with draping. The draping is what made this a stand out for me. Everything about this look is right, from the side swept hair to the muted clutch.

*All photos: Getty Images