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.

Fascination with Orchids

I received an email recently about the upcoming Fascination with Orchids show that, regretfully, I will have to miss. But I have a good excuse and you’ll have to read tomorrow’s post to learn why I won’t be able to attend. I digress…There are countless varieties of orchid plants that come in a variety of beautiful shapes, colors, and sizes. They get a bad rap for being known as difficult to grow. My mother-in-law had the magic touch when it came to orchids and I always enjoyed seeing her collection. I will admit that they can be finicky. But if I can grow them anyone can. They need just the right amount of light and if you find that sweet spot where they are happy do not move them. Years back they seemed like the “it” plant in home decor and they would show up in almost every magazine spread. To me, they will always be a classic and one plant that I consistently keep in my own home and on my desk at work. If you live in Southern California and are looking for something to do this weekend shop by the show this weekend, September 23-34, from 10 am to 5 pm. at South Coast Plaza. There will be orchid vendors from around the world offering an array of unique varieties, as well as displays and helpful seminars. And if you need a few ideas on how to display your new orchids then here are a few bits of inspiration. decorating with orchids_Reviving Charmdecorating with orchids_Reviving Charm 1decorating with orchids_reviving charm 4decorating with orchids_Reviving Charm 3decorating with orchids_reviving charm 5decorating with orchids_reviving charm 6decorating with orchids_Reviving Charm 8decorating with orchids_reviving charm 9decorating with orchids_reviving charm 11decorating with orchids_Reviving Charm 10