Holiday Musings (I)

If there's one thing I could never tire of when I visit Europe is coffee. Even the average eatery will serve you a good freshly brewed cup of espresso or coffee.

I was glad I was wearing my thick down coat and my Privo booties while taking walks on the cobblestone streets in Germany or the frigid shores of Lac de Neuchatel.

Street in Bad Sackingen
Lac Neuchatel at Grandson


And in true Rose fashion, I had to hit a couple of stores to see what is brewing out there.
This was quite interesting to see: shirt cuffs in a different colour on the inside, folded, and then the sleeve folded once more to achieve the following look:
Shirt cuffs
No words required:
Poofy Sleeves

Yes, those are ruffles. It seems they are here to stay:

More Ruffles

Street One Velvet Jacket with Ruffles
Things are not as drab as they seem. I had my camera set on  the 'colour accent' setting and by the time I noticed, we were out of the area with the stores and didn't dare go back to take new photos as some of the SAs had already given me the dirty eye. Next time I will try to be more careful and inconspicuous.

I hope the last few days of 2010 find you all well.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Just before taking off on my vacation, I wanted to wish all the readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Xmas tree

On my tree:
  • Privo Draper booties
  • Dream zip-pocket cardigan (similar here)
  • Velvet Ruby jacket (similar here and here)
  • Camofleur tee (similar here and here)
  • Sequin-stripe henley tank (similar here or here)
  • Factory stretch printed cotton sateen pencil skirt (similar here)
  • Julienne sandals (similar here)
  • Rhodie satchel (similar here)
  • Keys to new home (but that's later in the year)

May all your clothes and shoes fit TTS in the new year!

What's on or under your tree?

OOTD J. Crew Metallic Beach Cardigan & Vintage Matchstick Cords

This was Saturday's casual OOTD. The Tissue Sparkling Rose Tee was a Christmas present from my friend A Bigger Closet. After many washings it lost a few sequins, but I was happy to see none were lost on the dryer filter the last time I cleaned it. I usually wash it inside out on the 'Handwash' cycle of the front loading washer.
J. Crew Metallic Beach Cardigan in Silver (factory version here – silver and gold)(similar here or here)
J. Crew Tissue Sparkling Rose Tee (factory version here)(similar here, here or here)
J. Crew Metallic Vintage Military Belt (similar here, here, here or here)
Stuart Weitzman Suede Ankle Booties (similar here, here, here, or here)
And since 'tis the season, I brought out the sparkle nail polish as well:
No Miss Nail Polish (417 Hallandale Heather)
This nail polish contains no harmful ingredients and it is cruelty free. It uses nitrocellulose (a fiber) to achieve the necessary viscosity. For more information on this line of products you can read here.

Banana Republic – December Edition

It's a bit late, as most of the items have been out a while, but with the travelling and the work, I haven't been able to check stores out lately. Plus I try to avoid the malls like the plague this time of year. Most parking lots are overflowing, and people are just plain rude sometimes. So much for the Christmas spirit!
So here are some items I checked out on my way home from work last night. First is the new Double-faced Wool Short Coat in Dusty Grey and size S. It runs XS to XL and it is 90% wool and 10% nylon. It's beautiful and it feels soft and luxurious on. I liked the first photo better. The skirt is the Ruffle Pencil Skirt in black and size 2. It comes in sizes 00 to 16 and it has a zipper that runs from the waist all the way to the hem.


Below I am trying on a Lace and Silk top in XS. I don't even see this item on the website. The skirt is the Crushed Roses Mini Skirt in black silk and size 2. This skirt comes in sizes 00 to 16, as well as in Petite and Tall sizes.  I loved the skirt detail and too bad it is so dang short!

Lastly I tried on the Sequin Twist-Neck Tank  also in XS. This top comes in sizes XS to XL and two colours: Sisal and Navy. The sequins are very nicely secured on, but the fabric is polyester. The skirt is the Stretch Textured Pencil Skirt, which I blogged about before here, but this one is in a beige colour.
Other things that caught my eye and thought are nice for the holidays:
Jeweled Wristlet

Hope everyone is staying safe and warm!