During my last vacation, my Missoni for Target carry-on finally bit the dust. It was able to hold together through the whole vacation but I noticed it had started to come apart at a seam that couldn’t be repaired. It made me really sad as it went everywhere with me – Italy, New York, Vegas many times, San Diego, San Francisco and SE Asia. It was always easy to spot among the sea of black and gray.

Thus began my search for a new travel buddy. I have always wanted a leather weekender and originally considered the Transport Weekender. But I also wanted something that could be rolled around instead of being carried everywhere. Because of that, I turned my focus to an actual suitcase. I knew I wanted something chic and I love the look of the old vintage style steamer trunks and cases. That took me to Steamline and Globe-Trotter, which would be fabulous to have, but I just couldn’t justify the price. I know they are well made but for most of the year, it would be in a closet, unseen.


I finally found something that is so chic and that I absolutely love from Amazon. I bought the Vanity Case and the Small Carry-on. Against my better judgement, I chose the white with dark brown accents and straps. I just couldn’t resist the white over the other colors, knowing full well it will get dirty. There are some covers for them but even though that would keep them clean I wouldn’t be able to show them off.

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They items came from Japan and took about a week, which was quicker than I expected. The material is PVC/PU and the brown does look a little cheap. The small trunk is a carry-on size and so lightweight, especially compared to my last bag. I could have used it in place of a kettle ball for workouts.

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The vanity case can sit on top of the small trunk and there is a little strap that you can hook around the handle so nothing falls off.

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The inside of the small trunk. There’s a small pocket on the top. The bottom has a cover, with another zip pocket, so that everything looks nice and neat.

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So there is one thing bothers me about this trunk. The poles for the pull-out handle take up a little room inside the trunk. You don’t start out with a flat bottom. Now, I haven’t seen, or even been able to find, pictures of the inside of the Steamline or Globetrotter trunks so I don’t know if they have the same issue. For the price, I doubt it. If you roll your clothes then you can work with this issue. Sometimes I roll, sometimes I use additional inserts.

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I’m all packed! I have six outfits in here including pants, shorts, a dress and tops. They are all Summer items so the material is thinner than a sweater, but everything fit comfortably. The leather straps that you see buckle and there are two key locks on either side.

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The vanity case has two pockets on one side but no cover on the other. Since there is no pull-out handle, the bottom is flat. I have some additional shoes underneath my toiletries and make-up bags. The leather straps snap to the case and there is a combination lock for the case. I’ve actually used this case for weekend trips to see our friends in Dallas.

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The wheels on the small trunk spin and the handle is easy to pull out. The proportion is good for me and not overwhelming. I always hate to see people struggling with such large bags. I think I’d rather have two small trunks than one large suitcase to manage.

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In addition to the small strap to connect around the handles, the vanity case also comes with an over-the-shoulder strap.

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I am contemplating ordering the Medium size, with a cover, so that it would be more useful traveling during Winter or for longer trips, when I need more clothes. Of course, I also hate checking a bag so I may just get another small trunk. I did use this a few weeks ago traveling to Vegas. I was forced to check the small trunk on the way there and it did get dirty and a little scuffed up. When I got home I got a little baking soda and water and made a little paste and all the dark scuffs and dirt came right off. I did choose fashion over function with these two bags but I’m really pleased with my purchases.

There are some great dresses at Tory Burch this season though the Cora Dress will always be my favorite. I liked all but one of what I tried on. 

~ Palais Dress, Small ~
~ Gemini Link Printed Patent Loafers, size 7 ~

This dress is made of merino wool with a fit-and-flare style and cable-knit design. I found the Small to fit just a little snug but due to the style I wouldn’t size up. The length hits be just below the knee. It’s really cute and I think it would be a great work dress. There’s a matching cardigan as well. 

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~ Musee Dress, Medium ~

This is made of a silk jersey, which I love but fit really small. This dress isn’t made for curves. I am not even sure if the Large would fit well. The belt doesn’t help to create any shape either. The length hits above the knee and the dress is a pullover-style. The geometric design is cute but there’s too much that’s wrong with this dress to buy it, even on sale. 

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~ Julia Dress,  size 8 ~
~ Gemini Link Printed Patent Loafers, size 7 ~

Here’s another silk jersey dress that fits much better in a numbered size. I love the pattern and perfect Fall colors on it. The belt matches the dress and has a d-ring closure. I think this dress would be better suited with a different belt since the current one isn’t very structured. The length is actually good on me and what I would consider midi, for my height. There are side slits at the hem allowing some movement in the skirt. I can see wearing a good chunky sweater over this for Fall. This dress is also on sale. 

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~ Sardy Dress, Medium (also blue) ~

This sporty little dress is made of Merino Wool. It slips over the head without having to un-do any buttons at the shoulder. The mock neck isn’t tight and always something I look for in turtleneck-style items. The medium was a great fit too. This was a dress I really liked and will try to get it on sale in the Navy which has a green racing stripe. If you prefer, there is a sweater

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~ Ryder Dress, size 8 ~
~ Gemini Link Printed Patent Loafers, size 7 ~

This dress was my favorite of everything I tried on. It is 100% silk twill and has an elastic waist. I’m a sucker for Tory’s silk dresses, especially if they are a shirt-dress style. I easily came up with three different ways to style this dress. I also love how the dress looks with the Tortoise Loafers

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I ended up purchasing the Ryder Dress, Gemini Link Printed Patent Loafers and the Blossom T-Strap Flat. I think it will be a unique little black flat to wear this Fall. I have some outfit ideas for the Ryder Dress that I’ll be sharing with you soon!

Tory Burch is having a wonderful Fall promo where you can take 30% off your purchase of $250 or more, with code FALL16. I had just happened to visit the store last week and was able to try on some new arrivals as well as some recent markdowns.

~ Hallandale Dickey Sweater, Medium ~
~ Silla Skirt, Black, size 8 ~
~ Gemini Link Printed Patent Loafers, size 7 ~

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~ Hallandale Dickey Sweater, Medium ~

Hearing the word “dickey” makes me think of 70s style. The silk-twill floral print is layered under a merino vest with a striped hem – layers without the bulk. The Medium fit well. The colors in the shirt portion are pretty and vibrant against the black background. Of course, if you prefer the actual layers you can choose the Azra Bow Blouse and Seine Sweater.

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~ Silla Skirt, Black, size 8 ~

This skirt also comes in Redwood, which what I originally saw in the store. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a size 8 or 10 to try on in that color but there was an 8 in the black. The size 8 fit really well and the length is above the knee on me. The inverted pleats don’t puff out too much and the waist is detail with leather tabs and Gemini Links. I liked the black but do prefer the Redwood color.

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~ Fleur Tunic, size 8 ~

I always look for an interesting tunic to try on when I’m in the store and found this one with little pom-poms. The metal the poms were attached to jingled. I didn’t walk around but did notice the jingling when I was tying the neckline. The floral print from the Dickey Sweater is embroidered at the shoulders and waist on the Fleur Tunic. The size 8 fit well in this cute cotton tunic.

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~ Judson Silk Blouse, size 8 ~

This style of blouse doesn’t quite work with my chest. The front has a few hook-and-eye closures and you can see they are pulling just a bit. I would size to a 10 in this top to have a little more comfortable fit. The waistline is a little higher and there’s a pleat down the center on the bottom. This little babydoll top wasn’t really my style and I’m afraid that if I did size to a 10, it might get too loose.

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~ Avery Stripe Sleeveless Tunic, size 6 ~

I have been watching this top since it arrived online. I resisted buying it full-price or with a promo even though I had several options to wear with this striped tunic. I finally tried it on last week and the size 6 fit well, making this tunic run big. It had also made another round of price cuts and was marked to $118. I still didn’t buy it. I think it’s a little too boxy and could have a little shape at the waist. Of course, buying this as an add-on, with the 30% off does make this tunic more appealing to add to my closet.

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~ Gemini Link Printed Patent Loafers, size 7 ~

These Tortoise loafers were gorgeous IRL. They have the Gemini Link detail across the front and a stacked mid-heel. When you look at the bottom, the heel is shaped like a horseshoe. You’ll be lucky wherever you go when you wear these Tortoise Loafers.

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You know I’ve tried in the past to find a great pair of patent tortoise flats. I think these are probably one of the best tortoise pair I’ve found. They aren’t flats, but are a comfortable 2 1/2-inch heel. They also went so well with everything I tried on. You’ll see more of these in tomorrow’s post.

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If you don’t prefer the patent tortoise, there is also the solid loafer in Jtiney Green or Navy. There is also a flat loafer in black, redwood or calf-hair. If you want something different in the patent tortoise, try the bootie, pump or either (one, two) mule.

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I’ll have a few dresses from Tory Burch for you tomorrow. Happy Friday!

Starting today at Tory Burch, you can take 30% off your purchase of $250 or more with code FALL16. I love this promo which is different from the tiered promos in the past. With the tiered promo you had to spend $700+ to take 30% off.

The collection this Fall has pretty florals on a black background, a horse & chariot print and the Gemini Link Collection found on bags, shoes and clothes. Here are just a few of my picks. I can tell you the Gemini Link Tortoise Loafers are beautiful IRL. For me, it is hard to choose between those and the Gigi Pump. Then the Blossom collection is so gorgeous. I have seen the Ballerina Flat and the leather applique flowers are so lovely on the flat.

Nordstrom is honoring the 30% off on a few items; shoes from what I can tell. And cardholders get Triple Points right now. I was in the store last weekend and tried on a few items. I’ll share those with you tomorrow.

Happy Shopping!

I ordered the Collection Gazebo Pant in Austrian Lace as soon as it hit sale. I had the black colorway on my wishlist since it first arrived online but just couldn’t pull the trigger on such a high retail price. The sale price is pretty steep too, IMO, but I did use a 30% off sale promo. It runs TTS and the length is truly cropped on me. Yay! The lining is a blush color that peaks through the pretty cotton lace overlay. I wanted to share three different ways to style these pants, with items already in my closet, in case anyone is contemplating a purchase.

~ Short-Sleeve Popover Shirt in Irish Linen, Warm Emerald, size 8 ~
~ Collection Gazebo Pant in Austrian Lace, Black, size 8 ~
~ Elsie Pumps in Mixed Plaid, size 6 1/2 ~

The first look is for Summer, pairing the lace pants with a linen shirt and fun heels. When I first make a purchase I add it to my Stylebook and try to come up with at least three ways to wear it. Sometimes that doesn’t always happen but the pieces are too special to return and other times the items are returned. There are also times when the outfit looks good on Stylebook but not so much IRL. I think this outfit turned out well considering I was not sure if the shoes would work. It would probably look better with the Ivory pants but I was challenging myself to style black pants around lighter colors on top and bottom (shoes).

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~ Short-Sleeve Popover, Olive, size 6 ~
~ Collection Gazebo Pant in Austrian Lace, Black, size 8 ~
~ Collection Lillian Calf-Hair Low Wedges, size 6 1/2 (one, two, Splurge) ~
~ Tortoise Flower Necklace (one, two, three) ~

I wore this next outfit to dinner while in Vegas last weekend. I was very comfortable and the wedge sandals are from a few years ago. I always forget I have these but they were perfect for this outfit. The short-sleeve popover is really flattering but this olive color is the only one I’ve purchased. I felt really chic in this outfit and can’t wait to wear it again.

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~ Tippi Sweater in Embellished Bee, Medium ~
~ Collection Gazebo Pant in Austrian Lace, Black, size 8 ~
~ Simple 70 Pumps, Cranberry, Christian Louboutin (one, two, Splurge) ~

The last look is a “Winter” option with the lovely Tippi Sweater in Embellished Bee. I still have not been able to wear it but hope to do so as soon as there’s a chill in the air. Since we have so many mild days in Winter I know I can get away with wearing these pants through the season, albeit with heels or maybe booties instead of sandals. I am sure I can wear it with a sparkly top for a fun Christmas party too.

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The Gazebo Pant in general has been one of my favorite items from Summer. I wish J.Crew would keep the style for Winter but it looks like they are just adding pleats to wide-leg crops instead. There’s also the Collection Sequin Gazebo Pant in a pretty mauve color. I would be afraid to sit down wearing those though. It was fun to style these pants for you and I hope you get some great ideas. I’ll be styling the Rosewood Lace Blouse for you next week!