Through a strange, flukey set of events, I attended a trunk show for the jewelry line Stella & Dot yesterday at a girlfriend’s apartment — and had been planning to host an online S & D trunk show for you readers all along!
So tomorrow morning, check in here and I’ll direct you to our Magpie Mini Market — a Stella & Dot trunk show!
Let me tell you: the stuff is amazing. I had to limit myself to two items knowing full well that I’d be careening out of control once I had those goodies a click away. I snagged this upscale-boho-femme fabric beaded necklace (an affordable $49!):
I’m planning on wearing it with a patterned blouse or dress in the same color family. I saw Kourtney Kardashian (a magpie maven) pull off a similar look with the much more expensive Marni or Lanvin version (both came out with fabric-beaded necklaces a few years back — as did Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, and…well, everyone). Don’t you love the pulled-together though eclectic vibe you’d achieve by pairing it with something like this Tucker by Gaby Besora bracelet-sleeve dress ($325, Tucker):
It’d also play up the paired pinks in this Alice & Olivia date-night-perfect dress ($495, Shopbop):
Alternately, you could take it preppy with a simple, structured little strawberry-hued dress (BCBGeneration, $79, Bluefly):
Or — and I really dig this idea — throw it on with a breezy white dress, a la this Marc Jacobs ($268, Nordstrom):
and some neutral sandals/gladiators/thongs. Love love love.
My other purchase yesterday evening? This should come as no surprise given my “Under Clover” post: Stella & Dot’s signature clover necklace. It’s super long — perfect for layering — and reasonably priced ($59):
You could style it in a million bajillion ways — wrapped twice around the neck (it’s long enough to do that) with a strapless LBD; worn long with a variety of other delicate gold necklaces (J. Crew has tons in stock at all times) over a button-down; worn on its own with a solid-colored sheath and a fistful of delicate gold bangles. (Stella & Dot have a ton of adorable stackable ones you can mix and match — the “Baby Flower Bangle” ($39) is my favorite:
I’d add in some thin wiry gold bangles of my own to complement.
But back to versatile clover necklace: I think it’d pop on its own, for example, with this minimalist cotton jersey Velvet brand “Paris” dress ($119, Shopbop):
Especially when paired with these eye-catching Kate Spade sailor’s knot sandals ($225, Zappos):
And now for the items on my Stella & Dot wish list. This Boca beaded necklace (with a bee accent) is so fab-fun — perfect for a weekend in Palm Beach…or any beach for that matter ($98):
I’d probably wear it with a simple white embossed or eyelet dress (J. Crew and Lilly are likely to have multiple options), some flashy gold sandals, and no other jewelry (don’t want competition). Well, that’s a lie. I’d probably still wear my enorma-pearls for good measure. If you’re more of a fully-coordinated gal (a la my mother), these Mystique jeweled sandals look like they were literally made to match ($155, Mystique):
(They also come in coral, but I definitely think that’d be overkill.) I’d probably tuck only the essential (iPhone, credit cards, Sugar Rose lip balm) into a tiny clutch. I often use Kate Spade’s pencil cases for this purpose — they’re unfussy and perfectly-proportioned, and word has it Kate Spade wears them the same way (my sister used to work for a Kate Spade shop and shared that tidbit with me):
($75, Kate Spade.) The other major thing on my list? This tiered Rosie pearl necklace ($148):
You’d find a million uses for this puppy. I like to imagine myself wearing it underneath a crisp white oxford (on sale for $44 at Brooks Brothers) with a slim-cut black pencil skirt (Theory’s “Golda” version is awesome — $190, Bergdorf Goodman), and some glossy patent heels for work.
I could just as easily see myself pairing the necklace with a simple crew-neck tee in a stripe or vibrant solid ($22.50, J. Crew), white shorts (I found a perfect pair at Zara a few days ago…check that store out for some awesome vacation-ready dresses and separates), and flats or sandals. I’m kind of in love with the Steve Madden shoes below — the pink and gold is just such an unexpected color combo ($69, Steve Madden) — perfect for this little summery outfit:
So get ready to shop Stella & Dot first thing tomorrow — lots of rings, bangles, necklaces, and earrings that I wasn’t able to touch upon here…It’s the first Magpie Mini Market! Fly on by!