Favorite store – Agnès B.

I am totally obsessed with Agnès B., most comfortable, stylish and well-made clothes on the market right now. These pants are my absolute favorite

Green Ketty pants

wish they came in more colors. I’d love these in black or charcoal grey.

Right now I am on a lookout for a pair of black jeans and I think I found just a pair – straight leg (so hard to find!), just the right amount of stretch, impecable stitching, very flattering

The big issue here is sizing. Normally I wear 36 but Agnès runs low, so I usually get 38. Well, originally I purchased these jeans in 38 and they were way too small, I was unable to even zip them up and the leg was so tight I was not able pull them all the way up. So I figured I might need to go as far as 2 sizes up, as I did not want them to be tight. To be on the safe side I ordered them in 40 and 42. 42 was baggy, 40 is a better fot although still a bit loose in the waist. I really do not know whether to keep them and wear with a belt or return altogether. I really want to keep them though…

Another great find is this beret:

And a high neck Loulou Picasso graphic t-shirt

I normally prefer lower neckline but I really loved this tee. It would look great with black jeans and merlot-colored purse.


Most versatile purse color

I was looking to buy a new purse and my number one choice was a black Agnès B. black Boston bag. The only issue was the color – I was not sure whether I wanted to buy a black bag – as much as I love black when it comes to clothing, I am not the number one fan when it comes to accessories, as they do not work more times then they do work.

For instance with navy or the blues. Or with bright spring color like orange or lime green. So I had to come up with something else.

After much hesitation I picked the perfect color – black cherry (or deep burgundy). It goes well with navy, khaki, tan, gray. Absolutely fabulous with black, and a beautifully contrasting when put together with orange and lime green.

The only color I do not like pairing black cherry with is red, but only when it comes to tops or dresses. Luckily I currently do not own a single red top or dress. I only have a pair of red capris but I can see myself wearing them with white shirt and black cherry bag just fine. WSo now I am on a lookout for the perfect black cherry purse. One in particular is mini Pashli by 3.1 Phillip Lim. Too bad I already have it in tan.

Packing for the beach getaway with two children

I usually let my husband to pack for himself his own clothes, which he does in just a few short moments – a pair of swimming trunks (we normally end up buying an extra pair at the destination. He must have a pair from all over the world.), 3-4 t-shirts, pair of long linen pants, one long-sleeve shirt, 2-3 pairs of shorts, flip flops, sunglasses, camera, phone charger – he is done. Then in the course of a few days I plan and stress over the vacation wardrobe for myself and our two children. Our last trip I feel I did not do such a goid job since it has been a while since we’ve been to Caribbean – since January 2014 to be exact, over 2 years. So as far as the boys go, I got a lot of unused shorts and catastrophically running out of t-shirts and tank tops. The reason is that bathing suits are often used as bottoms and all one need to change frequently are tops. So here is what I SHOULD have packed for 2 boys for the 8 days 8 nights trip:

-2 pairs of sunglasses
-2 pairs of sandals plus beach shoes for the baby, 2 pairs of loafers for evening outings
-2 swimming devices
-for each child 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of long linen or cotton pants, 3 t-shirts, 2 tank tops, 4 pairs of swimming trunks, 3 pairs of socks, 1-2 long sleeve shirt and 1 pair of sweat pants
-24 regular diapers for the baby plus 12 swim diapers
-band aid,children’s tylenol, sunblock, after sun lotion, children’s toothpaste, toothbrushes

As for me:

-pair of shorts
-short denim skirt
-capri pants or linen white pants
-2 tank tops, 2 sleeveless tops
-4 bathing suits
-heels, flats, tropeziennes

Is more than sufficient for 8 day trip

Personal wardrobe essentials

Do you have any items of clothing you simply cannot live without? Not necessarily the widely accepted basics, but your personal wardrobe staples. And I am not talking LBD, crisp white shirt or a pair of good jeans but about clothing articles that are unique to you. There 5 things that I am always in search of and when one gets to worn out, I know I will miss it greatly.

1) Jean skirt – Mid-thigh jean skirt, not too short, and with a nice extra touch, like a small bow inthe back near the slit or a slit in the front, not just plain.

I got a perfect skirt while visiting Israel from the Cannon mall – a chain store called twenty four-seven. The past year or so I started worrying about what will I do when it looses its charm. Thankfully I was able to find my next jean skirt this past December in Paraguay at the Argentinizn brand store Kevingston. My new favorite brand. We get some of their stuff it the US but it is all rugby related. All the Kevingston stores in South America carry regular clothes. I got a whole bunch of cute tops in addition to the skirt.

2) Black t-shirt or tank top with some sort of neck embelishment. Banana Republic has been my top choice for years. Once, years ago, I got a black t-shirt with satin neckline. It was simple, classic yet slightly dressier then a plain t-shirt. It has been my go-to top for many years untill about a year ago when it started getting worn out. I very much regretted not buying more that time.

A few months back I got a new job and was going out to lunch with one of my co-workers. She needed to return something to the new BR factory store and while I was waiting for her I saw some t-shirts and tanks with satin neckline. I got a few in different colors, at least two of each kind in black. I know I will make good use of them.

3) Shirt dress – possibly gingham or solid color. My current go to shirtdress is a gingham dress from Boden – one of my favorite stores. I bought it in navy and grass green but with I have gotten them all!

4) Plain sheath dress in black, navy or grey. Very versatile, practically uniform.
Again my pick was Audrey dress from Boden which I purchased in grey and black. Did not like the one in navy.

5) Pair of good capri pants. My favorite one is a pair of jean capri I bought in Buenos Aires back in 2009. Unfortunatelly I have not been able to either fit into them after pregnancy or find a replacement. Here are some really old pictures taken somewhere in Brazil:

I am really curious to find out what are the top 5 items for others