Favorite Pieces Re-Stocked and Re-Styled

blank nyc morning suede moto jacket fall outfit

Blank NYC Morning suede jacket in “coffee bean” sz xs, sleeves shortened
J.Brand jeans in “vanity” sz 24, Soludos shoes sz 5, Ann Taylor top (old)

Good news, ladies…my suede jacket by Blank NYC has been fully re-stocked in this color! It went quickly last time and for good reason – the suede is thick and durable, the color is versatile, and the jacket overall is very nice quality for a genuine leather piece under $200. It’s on backorder until next month, but I don’t think you’ll be needing it until the weather cools! The xs regular fit me well, but I did get the zippered sleeves hemmed for my short arms (alterations cost about $30 but could vary quite a bit from tailor to tailor). See my more detailed review here, and another outfit idea where I’ve worn it layered. A few sizes are also in-stock at Revolve for $10 more, but in my experience they will refund you the difference if you show them the exact same item elsewhere for less!

In other re-stock news, my Topshop scallop miniskirt is back in the white color, for nearly 50% off and with free shipping & returns! It’s stretchy but runs small, so size up – I took a size US 2 and it’s a snug fit. For styling ideas with this skirt, check out my outfit posts here, here, and here.
chambray shirt crochet lace skirt outfit idea

Express skirt (sold out online) sz 00, J.Crew top xxsp, Ann Taylor shoes (similar)

Remember this crochet lace skirt from this blog post? It’s sold out online unfortunately, but for those who own it or something similar, I wanted to show other ways I’ve worn it. Petites are often told to shy away from midi lengths but I really loved this – just be sure to wear neutral shoes to give the legs a little boost. My AT block-heeled sandals that I’m always wearing are old, but I found a super similar pair by Steve Madden!
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In my original post I did a white-on-white look, but mixed textures using a sweater knit top against the crochet skirt. For daytime I love toning down intricate pieces like this with a buttoned-down blouse, either tucked in or knotted at the waist. For a very different sultrier look, I’ve also worn this skirt with an off-shoulder top and minimalistic sandals for a friend’s birthday:
pink white dressy lace skirt oufit idea

Forever 21 top (not online), Steve Madden shoes 5.5, Baublebar Bermuda earrings

This below might be one of my favorite pairings this season! I originally wore this Modcloth skirt with a bolder-colored top, but liked it even more with a softer palette as shown here. I love pairing neighboring colors from the color wheel, and blue with green together is just so pretty. I ended up wearing lower shoes for practicality, and you can also swap in closed-toe pumps for an office.
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Modcloth Prfound Pizazz skirt xs, Talbots top (similar starting in xxs)
Chanel bag, Steve Madden shoes

classic summer designer handbags_chanel gucci soho ysl purse

Gucci soho bag, Chanel flap, Celine nano (review), YSL wallet on chain (review)

This snap from Instagram is of my most-worn bags lately. I definitely see a pattern here of pebbled leather (for ease of care), and convertible styles that can be worn multiple ways and easily dressed up and down. In the world of bigger bags, my Ann Taylor faux leather gallery totes actually might get the most wear – I sure hope they’ll bring them back, in the same quality as the blush pink version one year (I never get why brands alter a perfect style)!

What’s the most-used handbag in your wardrobe?
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  1. Bella wrote:

    Hi Jean, you have a beautiful blog. Would you be able to tell me what the name of the colour is for the Gucci Soho handbag and is the Chanel bag in the picture the Chanel Timeless Classic Flap in size medium? Thanks!

    Posted 10.2.16 Reply
  2. Unknown wrote:

    Hi Jean, you have a beautiful blog! Could you please tell me the name of the colour of the Gucci Soho handbag and is the Chanel bag in the picture the Chanel Classic Flap Bag in size medium? Thanks!

    Posted 10.2.16 Reply
  3. Absolutly stunning outfit!
    I love the location too.
    You're always so wonderfull.
    Consulenza d immagine

    Posted 8.14.16 Reply
  4. Cara Stuka wrote:

    I love the chambray shirt with the white skirt!

    Posted 8.13.16 Reply
  5. Ashley wrote:

    Hi Jean – I love your blog!! Thanks for all of the tips! The Blank NYC moto jacket is sold out everywhere – I'm so bummed. Have you ever tried on the Vince Suede Scuba jacket? It's not quite the same but maybe it will be versatile and worn the same way as the Blank NYC? Thanks!!

    Posted 8.6.16 Reply
  6. The moto jacket is amazing! And so in love with all your handbag choices!


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  7. Rachel wrote:

    Lovely photos and outfits!


    Posted 8.5.16 Reply
  8. Love that moto jacket!!


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  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! Thanks for the clarification on the color as lighting can be tricky! The color definitely looks great on you and seems versatile! I was flipping through the previous posts with the jacket, and the color in the posts looks pretty different from the stock one (darker and more brown/chocolate than tan/camel). Strange thing is, the color also looks more like camel on other websites like Revolve. How would you describe the coffee bean color, and which photos match the true color best?

    Posted 8.5.16 Reply
  10. Love your style!!


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  11. Wow in love with this blog! Such beautiful photos and ideas! I so need to find some of these pieces for myself!

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
  12. Great post Jean! I love my Michael Kors Sutton Medium handbags in red and khaki (thank you for the recommendation last year). Also, I love my Tory Burch Robinson Chain Wallet in patent leather navy and blush/pale pink as both a wallet and going-out clutch with or without the chain.

    Thank you for your inspiration!

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  13. Suzie Q wrote:

    I love the white crochet skirt and how you styled it different ways. Absolutely love your bags! I always resort to my black Marc Jacobs classic Q Fran bag, especially if I'm in a rush and just need to grab a bag and go. It's big enough to lug a lot of things in it and it's super durable, I throw it around everywhere and it's still holding up well.

    xo, Suzie Q

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
  14. I have an orange ostrich shoulder bag from Rebecca Minkoff that I've been wearing everywhere lately–I've been finding I need enough space to carry a lot these days.

    I'm seriously obsessed with that white lace skirt!

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
  15. Jean wrote:

    Hi – I actually haven't done anything to it other than just always be sure to wear layers underneath and turtlenecks when possible (helps keep oils from your neck/collar from rubbing off onto the suede). I probably should've used my Cadillac shield spray on it when I first got the jacket. I read several reviews on that product from ppl who used it on suede or leather jackets. Btw this one is a tougher suede and not as delicate as some, so I wasn't as worried about it.

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
  16. Jean wrote:

    Hi Evelyn! Mine is coffee bean, based on my old receipt. I know color is really hard to tell in the photos…I have better images in my older posts that are linked showing it in broad daylight, if that helps! I saw the midnight toker taupe one went super fast during the sale! DIdn't get to see it in-person so I can't really compare unfortunately, but personally I've found this one to be very versatile!

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  17. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I get your closet space struggles! I wrote about this a while ago, but I have a basket for items that I don't feel like I need/want/love anymore and I freely put things in there every time I come across a contender. Every few months I'll go through that bin, and if I haven't thought about or missed something at all then I know it's time for it to go. I usually only sell handbags, shoes, or clothing items over a few hundred $, and give the rest to my like-sized family members or local donation centers. If you have a dress for success near you, they often post what donation items they're in need of and it goes towards a great cause. Choosing whether to donate or sell will likely depend on how much free time you have, because it can get very time consuming from photographing to listing, shipping, and answering all the queries! For re-selling, I think some of the sites like Poshmark are one of the best, efficient options out there and a good alternative to eBay.

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  18. Jean wrote:

    Hi! Did you see my review on the belt-less Sun & Shadow version from the nsale? Most sizes are gone but I have still seen ones pop back daily. The belt can be removed from this one but the loops will still be there and might look a little odd. Hope that helps!

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
  19. Beautiful looks! I'm a shorty too and love midi skirts! 😄


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  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! How do you maintain your suede jacket? I heard suede can be delicate and can stain easily from water, so I don't know how to clean and keep a suede jacket in good condition. Thanks!

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    (Continued from last comment about colors) Also interested in which color you might recommend more!

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
  23. Evelyn wrote:

    Hi Jean! The jacket looks amazing on you! It's great to see old pieces featured in new ways. Question about the color: is the color you own coffee bean or midnight toker? The photos for both colors on Nordstrom look similar, and the coffee bean looks much lighter (caramel rather than the milk chocolate shade in your photos). The midnight toker (but not the coffee bean) was part of the anniversary sale, and while it looks lighter on the Nordstrom website as well, it is actually a darker taupish brown. Which color do you have, and how does it look in real life? Do you know how the two colors compare? Thank you so much for pointing out these pieces!

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
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  25. alvavy wrote:

    Hi Jean! Could you please share tips on how you keep your closet organized? I would especially appreciate if you can share your experience on selling your items (both low-priced items as well as bigger investment pieces) and at what point you decide you need to donate rather than trying to sell. You seem to have lots of items but are still very good at getting rid of items you no longer need. I live in a small condo and have to share a 6-feet wide closet with my husband! I've been trying to get rid of some of my items but with so many second-hand selling options these days I am overwhelmed and haven't been successful. I also don't really know if there are better places to donate to other than at Goodwill. Any tips would be highly appreciated. Thanks!

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
  26. Great post, love the skirt. My handbag is a classic huge black back with gold details which I got in Belgium I use it everyday. I actually need to invest in another bag asap.

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  27. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Awesome! Need everything:P

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
  28. Deasy Noel wrote:

    In love with your YSL wallet on chain <3 My current most worn bag is a burgandy Kate Spade cross body.


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  29. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks so much for the update on the jacket. I saw the maroon was on sale but decided the colour was just not practical for me. I have been looking for a suede moto jacket for sometime, but I prefer ones without the belt. Can this one be removed? Do you think it looks alright without the belt? Thanks for any info!

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
  30. J.AB wrote:

    Love all the outfits! They're so girly and cute.

    Posted 8.3.16 Reply

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