May Merlot

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A drizzly day is a perfect excuse to bust out the trench coat. Ever since discovering that I could fold over and then button each side of the trench to itself, it’s my favorite way to wear it open on a day where the full protection or warmth of a buttoned up trench coat isn’t necessary. And tightening the wrist straps help keep the sleeves where I like them…scrunched up to the elbow.

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I really love the idea of “opulent lounge”, which I believe is where my love of smoking slippers also stems. Blouses that resemble pajama tops fit right into that concept, hence my love for these silk tipped blouses from J.Crew (extra 30% off with code SUNSHINE through 5/10), of which I now have two (see the blue version here and here). The contrast piping adds the perfect amount of interest to what would otherwise be a pretty basic pairing. I’ve found myself reaching for this blouse quite often since it arrived.

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Outfit details – Burberry trench (similar from Burberry & J.Crew) :: J.Crew shirt :: Koral jeans :: J.Crew belt :: Kate Spade shoes :: Valentino handbag :: Kate Spade watch :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/o)

Altered – Burberry trench has been slimmed & the sleeves shortened :: Koral jeans have been hemmed & the ankle narrowed :: Kate Spade watch has had the strap replaced

15 Comments

  • Reply May 7, 2013

    Olyvia

    You rock the merlot/burgundy colors better than anyone else I know :) love everything you have on today!

  • Reply May 7, 2013

    Annick

    That Valentino bag is drool-worthy! I’m loving the deep merlot color!

    Bold Subtlety

  • Reply May 7, 2013

    dipped in yellow

    love that color!! very crisp! X

    dipped in yellow

  • Reply May 7, 2013

    Judy

    I put away my merlot colored jeans a few weeks ago, but you manage to make fall colors look so great in the spring. I may have to pull them back out! The Burberry trench is fabulous, too.

    http://LAeclectic.blogspot.com

    • Thank you Judy! I thought they would be a fall/winter jean as well, but looking at all the beautiful red flowers of spring everywhere, the color started to feel spring-like. =)

  • Reply May 7, 2013

    Maria Cho

    Hi Kelly! No adorable Clinton in the shots today :[
    I might have to buy that blouse. I can feel the silky comfort of it already :D

    • Hi Maria! I’ll see if Clinton is ready for more glamour shots for my next post. =)

  • thats awesome that your trench can do that! My zips and is single breasted :( since i love those kate spade shoes on you and know the licorice doesn’t work for me (and cant afford the bb), i grabbed kate spade’s lollipop from amazon. lets see how they go!

    • I hope the Kate Spade’s work for you! I’ve been curious about those, but haven’t ordered them to look at. Looking forward to seeing what you think of them. =)

  • Reply May 7, 2013

    Michelle

    Love the merlot and black. You have me craving red wine! What size is the J. Crew blouse? Does a nude bra show through? So many gorgeous blouses are too sheer for me at work.

    We had rain in Vegas today, too. I got stuck in the worst downpour I have ever experienced. My foot was shaking as I went 30 on the freeway with my hazard lights on. It was that bad! :( Was able to exit and wait it out at my aunt’s until and I could make it safely home.

    • Thanks Michelle! I’m wearing size 00P. The white needs a little cami underneath for sheerness, but the blue does not. Not sure about the pink, since I never tried it.

      Wow! That sounds so scary! Glad you were able to wait out the storm at your aunt’s house! I had similar happen once when I was driving from LA to San Diego. I remember not being to see anything and my heart pounding. Scary stuff!

  • Reply May 8, 2013

    Naaj Rona

    Love the colour of your jeans and bag. It is so rich

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