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This Week I Love …

… Halle Berry.

For many years, I was unable to identify a style icon. I loved bits and pieces from various women’s personal styles, but I never did land on a single person who dressed exactly as I wished to. But now? It’s Halle Berry. All the way. I am yet to find someone who does creative badassery any better, and her outfits always look comfortable, chic, and re-create-able.

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Interesting proportions, asymmetry, amazing boots, mixed prints. Gah, I love it ALL.

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Variations on a (truly fabulous) theme: Leather jacket, scarf/cowl, tunic, leggings, boots. I’ve had the photo on the left in my inspiration binder for almost five years. Love those Fiorentini + Bakers.

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Drop-crotch pants, a studded belt, and a boatneck sweater. AMAZING. And neutrals all around, but never boring.

I’ve never cared much for red carpet style, and seldom see celebrity street style that inspires me. Halle doesn’t knock it out of the park every time, but even her oddly proportioned outfits look comfortable and interesting. She’s a stellar actress, supports 20 charities including domestic violence intervention, and at 49 pushes back on Hollywood’s tendency to ignore actresses over 40. Also? I feel like she’d be SO FUN to hang out with. And she loves French fries, so clearly we’d be friends.

Anyone else love Halle’s edgy-cool casual looks? Which one of these is your favorite?

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This Week I Love …

… subtle metallics.

I will admit to buying a silver sweater last year. I loved the idea of metallic threads mixed with cotton and wool, and the one I ordered looked very cool in the photos but more or less like sweater-shaped aluminum foil on arrival. (Like this, but … worse.) But I’ve been eyeing metallic clothes, shoes, and bags since then and pondering another purchase. Here are a few subtle metallics that have caught my eye:

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J.Crew Linen Boatneck Tee – $45

I managed to thrift up a blue-gray metallic linen tee, and I just adore it. Woven linen wrinkles the second you look at it, but linen knits like this are less wrinkle-prone. This top would look amazing with tan or light khaki slacks, light wash or gray jeans, or a pastel pencil skirt. Also take a peek at this metallic linen blazer in regular and petite sizes … though it will be much wrinklier. eBay has some plus size options, including Eileen Fisher.

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Earth Bellwether – $94.99

I bought these at least a year ago, and am amazed to see the exact style and color is still available! These are a great alternative to black, and a little more exciting than gray. Plus they’re Earth brand, so well made and fabulously comfy. Available in wide widths, too. If you prefer a warmer metallic for your flat, this bronze pair is fab and comes in both narrow and wide widths.

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Gap Shrunken Metallic Sweater – $41.99

I ended up buying this one around Christmas, though it’s yet to show up on the blog. Aside from the metallic finish on the front panel, the sweater is 100% cotton so it washes and wears well. It’ll also play nicely through spring until the truly hot weather arrives. Also available in petite sizes. Prefer a solid color? This similarly shaped sweater is available in three solid metallics.

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Karen Kane Plus-Size Metallic Knit Dress – $63.03

This one might be a little too sparkly for a conservative office environment, but great for a night out and easily dressed down with a denim jacket and ankle boots. That gritty, gunmetal metallic is so appealing to me. Available in sizes 0X – 3X. In regular sizes, you can grab this pencil skirt made from the same material.

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London Fog Reid Tote – $85

Love that dark yet warm bronze in a classic tote shape. At 15.9″ x 11.9″ x 6.1″, his bag could’ve made it into our recent file-friendly work bag roundup. It’s faux leather, but if you prefer the real thing this bag has a similar shape in light gold leather.

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Mango Metallic Scarf – $23.99

Just the slightest hint of a metallic finish on this light beige scarf makes it seem luxe and sophisticated. And the airy neutral makes it ideal for spring and summer wear. Also available in a very pale gray/silver.

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Petite Metallic Pleat-Back Pullover – $59.99

This sweater definitely has a slouchy fit, but I love how it’s styled here and could be great with just about any slim-fitting bottom. And it’s got just a hint of cashmere for softness – a characteristic often missing from metallic clothes. Plenty available in petites, just a few in regular sizes. Here’s a similar sweater in sizes 1X – 3X.

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Land’s End Refined Reversible Belt – $19.99

Friends, you’d be surprised by the versatility of a good metallic belt. It needs to be subtle – sequins and holographic silver finishes do not a useful belt make – but if you can find one like this with a burnished, understated finish, you’ll find it goes with just about everything. The gold version is shown here (reverses to “papaya” which looks brownish), but you can also nab this beauty in pewter/black or tortoiseshell/black. Also available in plus sizes.

Do you wear metallics? Which is your favorite shade? Any other resources to share?

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This Week I Love …

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Yummie by Heather Thomson leggings.

Every winter I’m asked for quality legging recommendations, and every year I sheepishly admit that I just buy new pairs from Old Navy every couple of years and wear them until they get embarrassingly see-through or pilly. BUT NO MORE! I believe the Yummie by Heather Thomson brand could be the answer.

I ordered my first pair when my beloved sparkly Hue leggings began to wear thin, and they were the Jade style. Got ‘em on super sale – I think I paid $20, which is great since they’re pretty darned expensive at full price – and was immediately smitten. The material was thin and stretchy, but fully opaque and very comfortable. The metallic finish was mottled and subtle, which was just what I’d been hoping for. And they’re high-waisted. Hallelujah!

I vastly prefer leggings that are cotton or mostly cotton, so next I ordered the Rachel Compact Cotton style. 88% cotton ain’t bad. I had ordered size large in the Jade style, and they fit well but a bit loosely, so I went with a medium for the Rachels. SO impressed, friends. I will say that they have a very, very slight sheen since there’s 12% spandex in the mix, but they are comfortable, well-made, warm, and durable.

Yes, they are technically “shaping” leggings. But let me tell you, if you order up a size, they just fit like comfy, high-waisted, non-shaping leggings. You can get sizes XS to XL Nordstrom and 6pm, but the Yummie home page carries several styles in 1X – 3X and Amazon carries several styles in plus sizes, too.

Anyone else tried this brand? Thoughts? If you’re on the hunt for comfy, high-waisted leggings, could these work for you?

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