loving lately

loving lately

planner | watch (also here) | tote | clutches | cardigan

the things that are currently making me smile and brightening up my day:

one of my favorite things about the new year is buying a new planner, and this one is lovely, with beautiful typography and ample space to write everything I need to remember.

this watch was a Christmas present, and it is quite possibly the most beautiful watch I’ve ever seen. I love everything about it – the grey band, the clean face, the little second hand dial, the slim profile…I could go on & on. it’s everything I love aesthetically in a watch, which in my opinion is the ultimate accessory (I rarely go without one).

I’ve been wanting this tote for awhile but I’ve hesitated purchasing one because I wanted to make sure that I would really use it. so in the meantime, I used a gift card to purchase this tote (in black/cognac), which is of a similar size & look but at a much friendlier price point. the pleather is good quality, and the fact that it’s reversible is a plus. so far, I’ve been using it daily with the cognac side out & loving it, so I’ve made a note to look into upgrading to a leather version in the future.

the one downside to totes is because they’re often one single compartment, everything kind of gets lost & you find yourself digging through everything just to find the one thing you’re looking for. these clutches have put a stop to that. I have both the large (in seaglass) & small (in black) clarity clutch, as well as the privacy clutch in dove grey. they are a lifesaver, keeping everything easy to find and in place. I also love that they keep everything fairly compact because of the slim design. they are pricey, but the quality of the leather trim & plastic are excellent, and I made use of birthday & Christmas money as well as holiday discounts to lower the cost.

this cardigan is from forever21. can you believe it? I couldn’t. I haven’t shopped at forever21 in years because it’s a little overwhelming how much stuff there is inside, the product quality is hit or miss, and most of the things they offer are a little too young for me now or are just not my style. but I was drawn to the geometric pattern & colors of this cardigan, and when I touched it, I was pleasantly surprised to see that even though it’s 100% acrylic, the material was thick & nicely structured. I bought it, and I was impressed enough to check out their website when I got home. I found a lot of items that seem really nice and geared towards an older demographic, so I’ve made a note to check out forever21 periodically.

what have you been loving lately?

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