4.03.2010

Smitten Saturday

I Think I LOFT You I’ll be honest with all of you, my loves, it was not at all my intention to fall completely head over heels in love with LOFT. In fact, up until a few weeks ago, I had not so much as been exposed to their stunning styles; and was utterly oblivious to their wares. That is, until I stumbled upon the Looks We Love section of their site and found myself coveting almost everything displayed before my CoverGirl LineExact Liquid Liner rimmed eyes.

Unlike so many shops which cater to one of two spectrums – chic or trendy – LOFT manages to bridge the gap between the two, creating magnificent mix-and-match pieces which are sophisticated yet unstuffy, making them adaptable to any and all situations you may find yourself in. Thus the reason I am so…smitten. The Pintuck Shirtdress is ideal for a Saturday stroll through the farmer’s market; but come Monday morning, top it with the military-inspired Sailcloth Trench and cinch in the waist with a Braided Jeans Belt for an office-ready look. Wear the Cross Strap Wedge with the City Essential Pencil Skirt with Feminine Detail to meet your new boyfriend’s parents tonight; tomorrow afternoon, don them with the Painter Lean Boyfriend Jeans for brunch with the girls. Versatile, glamorous, and utterly irresistible. Honestly, what more could you ask for? Tell me dolls, have you fallen in love with LOFT?

Fictitious Fashion Darlings, I know quite well that I am not the only individual guilty of such an indiscretion; so please, if you have even one smidgen of compassion within your OPI Party in My Cabana-painted fingertips (and I know that you do!), do not allow me to go on believing that no one else is committing the very same crime on a daily basis! Don’t play coy, my loves; you know exactly what I’m talking about. All of us long to come across as well-read individuals who indulge only in the classics; but let’s face it, there are times when a healthy dose of chick lit is precisely what the doctor ordered. Nevertheless, admitting so is oftentimes a lackluster event. Yes, we know we should be reading The Hound of the Baskervilles; but what are we really doing? Devouring Michael Tonello’s Bringing Home the Birkin or Kristen Kemp’s Breakfast At Bloomingdale’s, of course. Honestly though, who needs to know? Apparently, no one; at least according to Book City Jackets.

Fashioned to resemble the paper bag book covers we created as children in elementary school; Book City Jackets offer book covers constructed out of recycled kraft paper with the titles of classics such as Moby Dick emblazoned across the cover. Or you can get creative and cover the scandalous stories we all know and love with kitschy art-adorned pieces from the Artists collection. The beauty of it, of course, is that no matter what one you choose, your book du jour stays hidden from prying eyes. What are you reading, kitty cats? Or, more appropriately, what are you really reading?

My Cup Runneth Over Given the fact that I have been obsessed with Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland since I was a tiny tot, and am, at the moment, completely unenthused about my current jewelry storage options, I have decided that the best way to store my baubles is by tossing them into teacups sitting atop little saucers. Not any teacup will do, mind you. It is important that they are not only pretty, but that they literally effuse femininity. After all, some of my most treasured accessories will be residing in such amenities, therefore they must be spectacular.

I can already imagine my long chain necklaces draped haphazardly over the rim of the Wild Roses Bone China Tea Set; a piece whose print is a virtual throwback to the days of society women gathered in clusters within a tea parlor – hoop skirts spread out around them. My rings will certainly find themselves at home within the confines of the Morning Meadows Cup and Saucer, which boasts a delicate butterfly print so perfect for the springtime. And the gold-trimmed Ribbon Teacup and Saucer is an unbeatable new abode for my scant assortment of bracelets. Would a teacup work wonders for your jewelry collection, darlings?

What were you smitten with this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to So about what I said… and LOFT for the pictures.


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45 comments

Francy said...

Great post!! I love the idea of the book jackets, and agree with you that chick lit is an absolute necessity!

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Anna Gray said...

Oh...my...gosh...I am now craving fashion and more clothing! I take it fashion is your passion? =)

tess said...

o the book jacket covers are cool

COCAMIA said...

I have always loved creative book jacket covers! I remember making lots of them as a kid!

Cindy Whitehead said...

The book jackets are awesome. Although I personally don't have a problem letting people know that - I read YA books - I think those qualify under chick lit right? (-:

xoxoKrysten said...

Oooh you are so making me want to go shopping!

Erin said...

Hahaa, I work at the Loft. We just saw the preview for the summer collection, and if you love animal prints, metallics, and turquoise you're going to love it.
We always wind up going through and saying "ew, ew, ew, oh?" but you're right, in every collection there are two or three pieces that are really well done.
Just wish they'd stop making crappy tees though :P

Leah said...

Thanks for introducing me to Loft... I am so impressed by the site.

I want to read the Birkin book... and I really prefer chick lits than serious reads. Hahaha!

Happy Saturday Erika!

PS... I just came back from a mini-vacation/photo shoot and I don't have internet connection for three days. I missed your posts.

Leia said...

You have now covinced me that I NEED a teacup in which to store my jewelry. You are bad for our wallets, Erika! ;)

The Style Revolution said...

Erika... Fab post!

I am smitten with the W Ft. Lauderdale. Can't wait to relax by the pool tomorrow.

Maria said...

Cute cute cute! I'm smitten with clean bed linens right now. It's just the best feeling crawling into newly washed sheets!

xoxo Maria

ellie said...

wow, lots of cool stuff in the post today. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

I've been having the same problem with storing my jewelry. I really like the teacup idea. I bet you could dig up some fantastic vintage cups at a thrift store.

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Oh my goodness, that sweater, that DRESS, the military jacket...and the tea set! So adorable! I'm about to be inspired by a really strong cup of coffee...but seriously, loving that new tie dye Ralph Lauren clutch and still lusting over everything Alexander McQueen, and so much more! Thanks for your inspiration :) Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

xo Mary Jo

Nathalie said...

those outfits are absolutely gorgeous. So fresh for spring
*Nathalie

FASHION SNAG said...

Book jacket covers brought back memories! xo

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J-Diggety said...

I would have to agree with your love of Loft :) Pretty, chic, and in style!
Happy weekend!
xoxo J

S.Elisabeth said...

The LOFT looks amazing! Never thought it could have anything but slightly dowdy clothes, yay!
And I am guilty as charged for loving fashiony books. Confessions of a Shopaholic is one of my favorite series. And those books jackets are genius, haha

nonsenseofthetruth said...

Oh I want to go shopping NOWWWWW! haha, great post, very inspiring pictures :) have a great spring break! xoxo laura

J. said...

Tea please! What an adorable idea! I've been wearing more gems lately and they always end up scattered across my desk! I'm going to grab one of Grandma's and use it as my catch-all! Love it!

Josie said...

Using a teacup to store jewelry is a fab idea! And I as well am positively in love with chick lit. Anything by Sophie Kinsella or Catherine Clark is a MUST.
xxoo Josie
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Jen said...

i've never checked out loft before but i'm loving all the soft, neutral colors mixed in with florals! :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

The Book City Jackets are so clever :)

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Ann Taylor LOFT has really made us all pay attention lately! I love the way that it is appropriate for work, yet is still romantic and classic without being stuffy. They have produced some very wearable designs.

Emily said...

those book jackets are such a good idea! I am always trying to hide what I'm reading ;)

Winnie said...

I love the idea of old teacups and saucers as storage units. I have a teacup-candle which I should use so that I can use the empty teacup as kitsch jewellery holders or something!

Robyn said...

Teacups... what an inspired idea! I love it!

I too LOVE LOFT. I didn't think I would, but I've been a fan for awhile now... just a week ago, I bought an adorable denim circle skirt and a ruffle-front white camisole. Their clothes are sophisticated and on-trend... just what the shopper ordered. ;-)

Robyn
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Jonesy said...

cute post!!!

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Shop N' Chomp said...

I've fallen in love with LOFT too. Kudos to Ann Taylor for making a comeback!

Francy said...

Hey!! A Streetcar Named Desire is the first movie I ever watched with Marlon Brando, and it got me hooked! So I'd definately recommend it. I hope you like it!!

knk said...

cool post

lovely pictures, great designs
i like it

hey erika


happy easter

enjoy sunday

stylechanges said...

hi erika thanks for beautiful comment

enjoy life

happy easter

janettaylor said...

Cute post, Honey!

fhen said...

love the LOFT clothing dear
thanks for sharing

xoxo

marit85 said...

Great writing, as always;) I've never heard of LOFT before now, might be because I'm from Norway, hehe.. But i'm definitely going to have a look:)

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend:)

SabinePsynopsis said...

I'd never heard of LOFT, but the clothes look beautiful. Thanks for pointing them out, Erika. Wishing you Happy Easter Days! x

CCWai said...

The collection looks very simple and nice to wear. Like it

Christen said...

I have been very pleased with LOFT's new stuff too. They completely overhauled their branding and are succeeding!

And I love chick lit. Especially by the pool in the summer. Actually I just stocked up on about 30 chick lit books the other day since the warmer months are fast approaching!

junghwa by amy stewart said...

I think the Loft does have great pieces. I haven't shopped there in a while, but I really should. Classic pieces. Every girl needs them!

Hey, just thought I'd let you know I have a new GIVEAWAY going on right now!

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Andhari said...

I love loft, they have such sophisticated pieces. I hope we can buy them easily here. But no, I have to order and wait for weeks :(

Sherin said...

Great loves here! LOFT seems like a creat company! I can't waitt o check out what they have.

And I do love reading some chick lit. The book jacket idea is so good. I do often feel guilty of some of the books that I read!

Maddy said...

I always considered LOFT to be for (pardon me!) "old people", until I noticed some of their latest items! They have some great stuff, and the quality of their clothes is impeccable!

And I love your teacup idea :) So you! Hope you had a great weekend!

Mark said...

Gorgeous, darling! Especially loving that jacket cover! You are definitely on my top list of closets I would love to go through...you have incredible pieces, so delicate and detailed. Every time I go on your blog I tell myself to keep an eye out for beaded anything and everything!

Have a good day.

Fragrances

Chic Mommy, Cool Kid said...

What an adorable idea--storing jewelry in tea cups! It is ladylike, luxurious, creative and delicate. I am picturing white shelves lined with the printed porcelain of the cups you linked to, your baubles spilling over the sides. Dreamy...

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