In no particular order:
- Isabel Marant "Dickers" in anthracite. What can I say except that these ankle boots are extremely comfy. I took them with me to the US earlier this year and crossed Manhattan in them - that's how comfortable they are. I also think that this style of ankle boot looks better with skinny jeans than say the ACNE Pistol which means that they are more versatile for casual wear in my circumstances since I wear jeans every weekend.
- Marni at H&M Necklace. I love this thing. I wear it all of the time. It was waiting for me on the shelf at Madison Avenue H&M the day after the launch. I think someone must have returned it. As I stood in the line for the cashier, no less than 5 women asked me where I got the Marni. Haha.
- Mulberry "Alexa" (regular) in black. Since I bought this bag, I have not stopped using it. I love that it is light and that I can go hands free. At the time I also bought the "Alexa" in oak. It has not made the list as it is no longer mine! Over Christmas my Aunt did not have to work hard to convince me to swap with her... So I'm now the proud owner of the "Bayswater" in oak that she bought just last month but found too big for her after only using it twice. Thank goodness for an Aunt who buys designer handbags and is willing to swap since I now can't afford to drop a small bundle for just one bag. I think the Bayswater will suit my corporate job a little better than the "Alexa" since it just fits A4. You might see the "Bayswater" make next year's list :)
- Marni at H&M zigzag top. This is so flattering on me. I wear it casually with jeans or under a blazer to work. It's really easy to take care of too. Although comprised from silk, I just throw in my front loader washing machine on the delicates cycle. All tops should be made like this.
- Comptoir des Cotonniers bird print blouse. I bought this at Bloomingdales in NYC. I really like the vibe of this brand and wish that it would open up shop in Australia. Please?
- Jane Lamerton breton stripe top. I actually bought two of these tops and I'm glad I did. I absolutely love the style and that fact that there is some Lycra in the fabric, which means it keeps its shape. If it was re-released again in other colours, I would buy them all. I think that is saying something.
- Étoile Isabel Marant "Lexy" jacket. I bought this jacket from the comfort of my hotel room in NYC. I got an email from Net-a-Porter to say that it was back in stock and reserved for me in my cart for the next 24 hours. It only took me a couple of minutes to whip out my credit card to purchase it and I'm glad I did. It's wonderful. It's the second jacket I own from this label, and although disappointing that they are unlined for the money, the cuts really work on me.
- Fleur Wood "East 63rd Blazer". I have really enjoyed wearing this... once I finally got around to snipping off the tags. I feel really neat in it. It's a great equestrian style and the elbow patches are cute. Warm too!
- MM6 Maison Martin Margiela 2-piece knit. Another NYC purchase. It's ingenious really. It is a knit with a detachable vest so that when worn together, it looks like a thick woolly cardi with a light grey knit underneath. I wore it all through out Winter as well as the vest buy itself. It has a real 'grandpa' feel to it, which I love.
- Cue in the City black dress. This was really cheap. $60 I recall. Although not perfect, some how it found itself on my permanent work dress rotation in Winter. A winner.
This year I have struggled in the pants and skirts department. I have bought a few, but none have really stood out. Although worn everyday, each and every bottom has its flaw *sigh*.
Also, I should point out that in the past week I have bought a couple of coloured items (!). Quarterly shopping wrap up coming up in the coming days as promised in my last post.
I will stop short at declaring that I want to turn minimalist (the fact that I still own 37 pairs of shoes makes me ineligible to join that club)... but seeing this rack filled with my favourite pieces, has again helped me remember that I really do not want to own anything that I do not love anymore.
This whole culling process has been a long one for me. I have read many other people's culling journeys and they seem so much easier. I hope my journey ends soon. I'm getting tired.