Herringbone & Polka Dots


A skinny black crop pant has been on my mind ever since the Spring 2013 Saint Laurent runway show. It’s far from a new idea (critics called it “unsurprising” even), but Heidi Slimane’s debut collection for the fashion house made a simple black crop pant just look so damn good. I tried a few versions, but ultimately only these made the cut. More of a very dark grey than a black, I appreciated the unique herringbone pattern that creates almost a subtle stripe down the pant, and the fit was right in all the right places. Pop over here to see this pant before alterations.


I’m going through this thing where I can’t get enough of lion door knockers. I’ve always liked lions, but was never inspired enough to actually collect anything lion-esque. Then, this necklace caught my attention and I knew I had found my lion. It’s a marriage between my inner cultural anthropologist (forcing visitors to knock on your door with a huge, menacing lion’s head is certainly making an interesting statement) and astrological sign narcissism (Whoo! Leo!).



Outfit details – Burberry trench (similar style) :: J.Crew shirt :: Theory pants (also at Saks & Theory) :: Manolo Blahnik shoes (similar) :: Ann Taylor belt :: J.Crew handbag :: Kate Spade watch :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/o) :: Kenneth Jay Lane necklace (check eBay (here’s one) & sample sale websites)

Altered – Burberry trench has been slimmed & sleeves shortened :: J.Crew shirt has been slimmed :: Theory pants have been slimmed, hemmed, and waist taken in :: Manolo Blahnik shoes have heel and ball of foot pads added :: Kate Spade watch has had the strap changed

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  1. says: marie bénédicte Gay

    I would be interested to know what size you picked-before alterations- for those pants. They look very nice on you indeed.

  2. says: Su in Phoenix

    I just found your website last week. I really like your posts on deals, tips and all the brands your like. I am learning so much from you. Thank you.

  3. says: TOBeautyReviews

    Love the fit of those pants!!! I’ve been on a cropped pants kick too – they’re probably too big on you but I just tried on the Marissa Wool Cropped pants in petite. Love them…and they weren’t even that itchy LOL! They are lined all the way. I didn’t get them though b/c they weren’t on sale so I may as well wait til I’m back home (same price!)

  4. says: Nancy M. Martinez

    The pants are lovely. I love that classic cut! I still have my lion doorknocker pins and earrings from Anne Klein from the 80s! Am I dating myself? I was a very style-conscious college student. I used to wear skirt suits to my classes at SDSU! I am listing on Ebay. I have to try to figure out how to get the JCrew cashmere cardigan in xxs I just listed on Ebay to show on you board. It’s my first time trying this here. Here’s the item number, in case it doesn’t work: 300831604885. A lot more to come…. Have a great week!

    Nancy M. Martinez

  5. says: anna

    You’re really rocking those heels. They look great. At 5’2 I always feel silly and out of proportion when I wear any heel over 3 inches. A 3 inch heel looks like a 3.5 inch heel on me… and a 4 inch heel looks like a 5.5 inch heel. Kinda like when a little kid wears his mom’s heels and in proportion to the kid’s body the heels look huge! You seem to make it work however.

    1. Thanks Anna! 4 inches is a feat that I had to work my way up to (a few years ago all the shoes I wanted were only made in 4 inches, and I was determined to wear them). Your posture does need to get used to it, and it also depends on the shape of your feet! I went shoe shopping with Wendy of Wendy’s Lookbook and even though we’re the same height and shoe size, she looked great and could comfortably walk in 120mm heels (4.7 inches!), but when I tried on the same shoes it looked like I was going to topple forward. I have high arches, which makes really high heels tough to wear, but Wendy has flatter feet, so she could rock the higher heel easier. Very interesting stuff. =)

  6. says: Helen

    I just found your blog and I love it so much!!!! I am also 4’11” and I find your outfit postings and tips really inspiring and useful for finding properly fitting clothes, which is always the biggest issue for me. I didn’t even realize you were 4’11” until I read it in someone’s comment and I couldn’t believe my eyes! You have amazing proportions. Thank you so much for your blog, you earned yourself a daily visitor!!! :D

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