similar to the number of days in february, the list of purchases was short in february. bank accounts rejoice!
however, comma, i will say that the purchases i did make were indeed bigger ticket items (so perhaps they were fewer in number), but ones i know i’ll have for years to come. expect to see them worn and re-worn throughout the next few months. i am actually really excited to see how versatile they really are by pairing them with an array of existing pieces in my wardrobe. SPRING COME SOON!
citizens of humanity ayla baggy cuffed cropped jeans (24 –sized down, bandit wash) || this is a follow-up from last month as i purchased these jeans the first week of the year and they JUST arrived. despite having to wait nearly six weeks for them to get here, i will say, they were worth the lag time. they are exactly how i envisioned them and while dark denim feels more of a fall/winter kind of thing, i am loving the idea of this style being paired with crisp white tops and sandals to usher in spring. with any “baggier” style, i tend to size down. i initially ordered a 25 but they were too big so i returned and actually ended up with a 24. so i’d say you may need to size down up to two sizes.
freda salvador jada handwoven ballet flats (9.5 –true to size, ordered in latte) || after the fisherman sandals (see below) didn’t quite feel like “me,” i pounced on this pair of ballet flats instead. they’ve been quite popular already, selling out twice in most of the sizes. after receiving mine about a week ago —and styling them with a few spring looks, i can confidently say that they are pretty close to perfection. as always with anything from freda salvador, they are an investment, but the quality, craftsmanship, and overall design are worth every penny in my opinion. as i get older, i’ve realized that i’d rather spend a little more one time for a product that has staying power versus lesser money on a piece that i’ll just end up replacing at the end of one season. ANYWAY, if you’re looking for a classic ballet flat with a modern twist, look no further than these. they come in three colors and fit true to size.
freda salvador sera fisherman sandals in stucco suede (9.5) || fisherman sandals were all the rage last summer but unfortunately i was a little too tardy to get aboard the trend before they sold out. lucky for me, freda salvador brought back their signature warm weather footwear this month as part of their spring collection and i took it as a sign (see aforementioned sickness) to treat myself. i was initially torn between the croc style and the stud-adorned suede, but ultimately opted for the latter for its muted tones. i also saw them styled with horseshoe jeans on freda’s website and well, of course that’s the style jean with which i’d most likely be wearing them. when they arrived, i did find them very cute at first blush. they fit perfectly (so stay true to size) however the putty color was just doing nothing for my skin tone. ultimately i knew they’d be difficult for me to style so i decided to do the responsible thing and return them. and then i immediately turned around and used my refund to purchase these instead. see above for how those fared…
levi’s ribcage straight ankle jeans (25 -sized down, middle road wash) || after seeing this pair of light-wash jeans on one of my style crushes, ashley kane, i wanted to see what the fuss was about. ashley has wonderful style recommendations so i was hopeful this pair would be a good addition to my spring wardrobe. at just over $100, they’re a great affordable option. pros included a great straight-leg fit (a little snug but the kind that would loosen up with wear), and a flattering cropped length on my 5’7″ frame. cons ironically were the cropped length (they were just a tad bit too cropped for me) and the light wash. i prefer just a slightly darker blue to my denim. overall they were just an okay for me and because i didn’t find myself over the moon excited for them, they got packaged up and returned. if you’re on the petite side, they might be better suited for your frame!
and what has yet to arrive
sezane x sea NY flavie shirt (2, ordered in ecru) || sezane’s newly launched pre-spring collection is a cornucopia of color and prints and while it is certainly stunning, there are few pieces that felt as though they’d have a happy home in my neutral-filled closet. so i decided to use this month’s voucher to purchase a second color of this oversized peter-pan collared blouse from their collaboration with sea NY. the chambray one was such a hit that i’m excited to see how the off-white version can be styled with pieces from my closet. i’m thinking of layering it under sweaters now then transitioning it on its own under my vintage overalls when the weather finally deems it appropriate to do so.
zara faux leather bomber (small) || i sort of abandoned my search for a leather (faux or real) jacket last fall and figured i could just stick it out until spring arrived. however, brittany recently shared this affordable option from zara (that sold out in minutes) and i immediately put it back on my radar. i love the bomber shape (very big for spring) and the fact that it could be worn with both jeans and leggings. fingers crossed it’s as good on me as it was on her (she’s only 5’2″ so i’m fearful of how cropped it might be).0