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This Week I Love …

 

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Lockhart Wrks.

A month or so ago, I was on the hunt for some matte gold or brass jewelry. Etsy is always my first stop for jewelry, so I tootled around in there a bit until I found Rebecca’s shop. And friends, if I had bales of money I would’ve bought every single piece. Really. Her design style is such a marvelous mix of edgy and delicate, tough and feminine, and the pieces are beautifully made. I know because I’ve ordered three so far, including the Ring & Brass Dagger earrings shown above. And I’m sure I’ll order more in time. Here are a few of her recent creations:

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Industrial Pendant Necklace with Black Spikes – $40

This is another of the pieces I bought, and I ADORE it. I upgraded to the 28″ chain so it hangs a bit lower than shown here, and it is just about my favorite piece of jewelry right now. Lightweight, eye-catching, badass, totally affordable.

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Arrow Drop Earrings – $35

I love that most Lockhart Wrks earrings are either available in multiple sizes or manageable lengths and shapes. These guys are 3.5″ which is on the long side, but not veering into shoulder-duster territory. Totally dig the mixed metals and turquoise accents.

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Triangle Bracelet with Burgundy Chain – $30

Yep. Burgundy chain. And such a simple, elegant design. Perfect for you minimalists out there.

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Large Double Dagger Earrings – $38

Pretty sure these will be my next purchase. They mirror the shape of the necklace, but have thoughtful, subtle differences like the tiny bit of chain and mottled spikes. Ach, I love these so much.

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Patinated Chevron Necklace – $38

This necklace is the perfect shape to fit into v-necked shirts and sweaters. Each pendant is totally unique, and Rebecca will email you a photo of the one she plans to send you beforehand so you can make sure you love it.

Hope you’ll take a look at Lockhart Wrks and maybe pick up a piece or two for yourself!

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… Tracy Reese.

Like many people, I first found out about this designer’s work through her Plenty line, some of which can be found at Anthropologie and Modcloth. I only own one piece – this dress, which is fancy enough to get fairly infrequent wear – but found my interest in her work rekindled when I saw this Amazon ad last fall. That dress was NOT from a lower-end line and way out of my price range, but oh how I daydreamed about it.

Reese is a Detroit native who attended Parsons and, after graduation, rose quickly in the fashion design ranks to women’s design director at Perry Ellis. She launched her eponymous collection in 1998, Plenty in 1998, and Frock (another lower-end line) in 2006. She’s been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) since 2000, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. So, ya know, she keeps busy.

Although I’ve backed off my color obsession in my own wardrobe, I continue to admire Reese’s bold and inventive use of intense colors and intricate patterns. She has such an amazing eye for detail, and even her more subdued designs have thoughtful and unique touches. Her main line runs in the $500-$600 range, but the diffusion lines are more affordable. Here are some pieces you can nab right now:

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Deveney Ponte Sheath – $148

Fearful of print mixing? Let Reese do the heavy lifting for you. Such a great mashup of geometrics and florals, and will pair beautifully with black layers for the rest of the winter. Also comes in petite sizes.

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Chunky Toggle Sweater – $164

 After days and days of subzero temps, this sweater looks like heaven to me. It’s 60% cotton so it’ll be wonderfully heavy and warm, and I adore the toggle closures. Also comes in ivory with black closures.

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Easy Printed Henley, Watercolor Blocks, Petite – $35.40

There’s only one of these left and it’s a size small, but I wanted to call it out both for its gorgeous print and to point you to Plenty section over on Amazon, which has some mind-blowing bargains.

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Larmona Lace Dress – $178

Such a classic black lace frock. Perfect for winter parties and nights out, but would also be so fun paired with a leather jacket and ankle boots. The low scoop in front will frame a necklace but this dress has a nice, high back.

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Floral Surplice Silk Blouse – $117.49

Such a creative take on ombre, and in rich magentas and pinks. Layer this 100% silk blouse under a blazer for now, and pair it with a sleek pencil skirt in spring. Too spendy? This Plenty blouse has a similar palette and is only $27.02 on sale.

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Jersey Dress – $34.99

This one’s a bargain because it’s secondhand and listed over on thredUP, which has 67 fun Tracy Reese items for sale right now. You’ll need to create an account to purchase, but the account is free. Also love this arty sleeveless silk top.

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Stitched Jali Coat – $199.95

Blanket/wrap coats are super trendy this winter, and this one provides a fantastic pop of color.

Sadly, Reese hasn’t done any plus or tall sizes yet – I hope she will – but if you love her aesthetic and are sized out of the clothes for now, check out her shoe and handbag designs. (A plus size designer with a fairly similar aesthetic is Anna Scholz. My post about her here.)

Other sources to check for Tracy Reese designs:

Anyone else a fan of Reese’s designs? Is this your first time seeing her stuff? Which piece is your favorite?

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… turtleneck and cowl neck sweaters.

I’m still a little leery of turtleneck SHIRTS, I have to admit. My winter uniform in middle school was a colorful turtleneck and cheeky printed sweatshirt, and I look back on those photos and wonder how I landed on that combo as a 12-year-old. But I spent much of last winter swaddling myself in scarves, and this year I realized I wanted some actual sweaters that covered my neck and kept me warm. Here are some of my current faves:

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Banana Republic Waffle Turtleneck Tunic$98

I own and adore this very sweater. Mock turtlenecks fell out of favor for a number of years, but I’m thrilled to see them making the rounds again. They’re just as cozy as full turtlenecks, but a little sleeker and less bulky. This one isn’t long enough to be a proper tunic, if you ask me – I wear it with pants, not leggings – but it’s longer than a typical sweater and incredibly comfy. Available in black, gray marl, or navy in sizes XS – XL, including petite and tall sizes. This slightly shorter mock turtleneck comes in seven colors in sizes 0X – 3X.

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Charter Club Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater$69.99

That is an AMAZING price for 100% cashmere, and you can choose from 16 gorgeous colors. I’ve read a lot of cashmere reviews this season, and it seems like many people expect thicker knits. Some reviewers said this style was too thin, others raved. Probably a great bet for warmer days and could be augmented with a nude tank underneath. Also in three colors in 1X – 3X.

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J.Crew Cambridge Cable Turtleneck – $68.60
with code HOLIDAYTIME

Chunky knits are trendy now, and this cabled turtleneck certainly qualifies. It’s a 3-gauge wool/nylon blend and will look fabulous with jeans. Available in sizes XXXS – XXL in this navy as well as camel, cream, heather gray, lavender, chocolate, ice blue, violet, or black. Size availability varies by color. This style is cotton, but is a cozy cable t-neck and comes in petite and plus sizes.

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Woolovers Slinky Turtleneck$41.40
with code LASTMINUTE

I own this style as well, and it’s really lovely. It is definitely on the lightweight side, but a soft merino/cashmere blend that’s warm and lofty. And it comes in a whopping 29 colors. Available in sizes S – XL. Woolovers doesn’t do plus sizes per se, but their unisex sizes will fit through a 47″ chest.

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Anne Klein Marled Cowl Neck Sweater$89

I am really loving marled knits this winter, and this one has a particularly high-contrast, arty look to it. Available in sizes XS – XL. This space-dyed cowl tunic has a similar look in sizes 1X -3X. Looking for a lower price? This cotton blend Chaus cowl is only $41 but in limited sizes.

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Gap Cozy Turtleneck$43.99

I’ve tried this on in-store, and it is quite cozy. It’s also very oversized which means it looks great with slim or skinny pants. Available in this heather brown as well as navy, cream, tobacco, or heather gray in sizes XS – XXL. Also in petite and tall sizes. Not quite as oversized but lovely colors and great quality in these Pendleton mock necks in sizes 1X -3X.

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Colour Works Merino Cowl Neck$19.04
with code 30CLOTHING

This one is definitely lightweight, but a great price for 100% merino which is warm and soft to the touch. Available in this red as well as brown, cobalt, black, or heather gray in sizes S -XL. I couldn’t find merino cowls in other size ranges, but this one is gorgeous in a cotton poly blend in petite and plus sizes.

Are you wearing turtlenecks, mocks, or cowls this season? Any other great sources for these styles?

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