Back in Black at “& Other Stories”

Last year I was very happy when “& Other Stories opened at my local mall, South Coast Plaza. Coming from Europe, they don’t have many U.S. Stores and this is only one of three locations in California (the first CA location is in Beverly Hills and the other is now in Glendale). This shop has turned into one of my favorites. They provide great, affordable pieces that can easily transition from day to night and there really is something for every woman. It’s a great one-stop shop in that they offer clothing, shoes, accessories, beauty products, and gift/stationery items all under one roof. I had to stop at the mall yesterday but had just enough time to snap this picture for you (yikes…the Christmas decorations are already out) and quickly wander through the store. I didn’t have time to try anything on so I’ll be making another trip back to pick up a few things I have my eye on. Naturally, most of my selections are in black which is what most of my wardrobe consists of.

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I fell in love with the smock sleeve blouse. The ruffled detail at the base of the sleeve adds a touch of whimsy and style while still being perfectly appropriate for work. I’m definitely going back for this one. smock blouse & other stories_reviving charm blog

I should have purchased the Grain Leather Hobo Purse when I saw it in the store the last time I was there. It’s sold out in my local store but it is still available online. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap which is nice for versatility.grain leather hobo purse Other Stories _Reviving Charm

Velvet is having a moment and I will definitely be purchasing this short sleeve velvet top.  I had an identical top (from another company) years ago and I absolutely loved it. If you want to add a splash of color to your wardrobe it also comes in lavender.black velvet blouse_& other stories_reviving char

When it comes to earrings, my “go-to” style is a pair of studs but this pair of flat, textured brass earrings was something that caught my eye. These are classic but modern all at the same time.

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I adore this frilled layered dress paired with a pair of striped leather ankle-strap pumps for a fun look. layered frill dress_& other stories_reviving charm

I love the striped shoe above but a solid color would really come in handy. The suede ankle strap pump comes in a total of 5 different colors but the black and burgundy caught my attention at the store. I might have to get both! 

I have several pairs of ankle boots that are investment pieces that I wear year to year. If you are looking for your own pair of ankle boots the Leather Chelsea Boots is an affordable option. chelsea leather black boots_& Other Stories_Reviving Charm

I like things that are versatile and I can easily see this turtleneck dress work with skinny pants, leggings, or tights. I wonder what was going on during this photo shoot. The model looks scared, doesn’t she?

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I pulled the Ruffle Sleeves Blouse in red off the rack yesterday at the store and fell in love with the color. I had no idea until now that it also comes in black.  Selecting a color might be a tough decision.

Jewelry is a great way to add a dash of color to a black outfit and this set of two gemstone rings is perfect for the season. set of rings_& other stories_reviving charm

When we were in Italy recently everyone was wearing wide leg, flowy pants with almost any pair of shoe imaginable. I like that comfort is back and these crepe fabric trousers can be dressed up or worn more casually. This would be a great pant for the holiday season when I eat one too many pieces of pumpkin pie. wide leg pants Reviving Charm

Speaking of the holidays, it’s the perfect time to add a fun accessory to your hair. If I had long hair I would love to use the round crystal hair clip (left). The glass clip (right) is perfect for adding a little something sparkly to shorter hair like mine.

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If you decide to check out & Other Stories to do a little shopping of your own, be sure to sign up for their newsletter for an extra 10% off. Plus, they offer free shipping over $150 for online orders and they will send you a free sample of one of their body products with each order.

19 Years (Diciannove Anni)

Today as we continue our travels through Italy, Mr. B and I will be celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary in Bologna, Italy. (How time flies!). We had a destination wedding long before it ever became popular and before settling on Seattle as the location, we actually considered Italy. At the time, the process of getting married in Italy seemed like a complicated one so we sought an alternate location. I don’t regret a thing about our wedding but I can’t help wonder what our wedding would have been like had we planned our nuptials abroad. Perhaps, it would have been something like the three-day wedding event in Venice, Italy that interior designer Emily Jackson and her husband, Robert, CFO and Vice President of Acquisitions at Zarvona Energy planned for an intimate group of twelve. Be sure to read the play-by-play of the wedding festivities featured on Harper’s Bazaar. You will learn that Venice wasn’t the couple’s first choice as a wedding location either. Their original wedding venue was Celerie Kemble’s Dominican Republic estate, but due to Zika an alternate venue was selected. I have to say that, speaking from experience, sometimes Plan B turns out to be the best choice after all.

Every love story is beautiful, but ours, my darling, is my favorite…

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Audrey Hepburn: The Personal Collection at Auction

I will always consider Audrey Hepburn a fashion icon known for her flawless style. When I learned that she purchased Capezio’s (remember those?) in multiples and in every color it made me realize that she was a woman after my own heart. I love the versatility (and comfort) of the ballet flat and it is a staple in my own wardrobe. In conjunction with Christie’s, her children are auctioning off close to 500 items owned by their mother which include scripts, correspondence, pictures, fashion accessories, and clothing. The online bidding sale is already underway through October 3. The live auction will be held in London beginning on September 27. I am highlighting a few things that will be available but sure to view the live auction catalog for a fun read and a glimpse of what else is yet to come.

It is with great joy that we seek to share her spirit, through this sale…”.  –Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn’s sons

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A Cartier powder compact circa 1950’s.audrey hepburn auction Reviving Charm 9

An engraved gold Tiffany & Co. bangle bracelet gifted from Steven Spielberg in the late 1980’s.audrey hepburn bracelet auction Reviving CharmAudrey Hepburn’s working manuscript for her defining role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s for Paramount Studios, circa 1961.audrey hepburn auction picture Reviving Charmaudrey hepburn auction_Reviving Charmaudrey hepburn auction Reviving Charm 4

1980’s Burberry trench coat.audrey hepburn burberry trencch coat auction Reviving CharmIn 1964, Audrey Hepburn attended an awards ceremony in Rome with her husband, Mel Ferrer, wearing a two-piece black satin cocktail gown also available through the auction.audrey hepburn auction Reviving Charm 5Audrey was photographed wearing this black satin cocktail dress in 1968 while dancing with her fiance Andrea Dotti. The feathers on this remind me of my favorite hat in my own collection that I mentioned here. audrey hepburn auction Reviving Charm 7