A surefire casual Friday formula that I wore before and am sure to wear again.
the 7 For All Mankind dojo denim
I had my eye on these since spying them – and their 36 inch inseam – just prior to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. 36 inch inseam 7 For All Mankind Dojo denim do not come walking into one’s life everyday, you know. And so, understanding how premium denim runs small, I ordered these in a size 32 after the jeans were marked down, even lower than the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale price.
Big mistake! I was swimming in that pair. The following day, they were dropped back in the mail. Thank you Nordstrom for your free return policy!
Getting this pair of size 30 7 For All Mankind Dojo denim from Nordstrom was quite an ordeal. I ordered the 30 and 31 waist over and over and over again, only to have the purchases cancelled due to the jeans “no longer available in stock.” A friend from the states was visiting and both she and my husband witnessed my meltdowns as orders were cancelled and yet, said sizes inevitably became available on Nordstrom’s site.
Finally – finally! – I received a shipment notification for one of the orders for a pair of size 30 denim. I am relieved not to have any of the orders for a size 31 take, because I love the way the size 30 fit.
the Smythe equestrian blazer
As mentioned in last year’s Smythe blazer review post, I have been a Smythe convert since fall 2008 when I started unpacking the shipment at Cusp Georgetown (RIP Cusp). Later that year Serena van der Woodsen sported an equestrian blazer from the brand, one that we carried in the store! I will say that it really strikes me as a Blair Waldorf brand aesthetic, and this is likely why I am obsessed with collecting it.
I know the pieces are pricey, and those prices are not necessarily aligned with the quality of the fabric content. I am truly puzzled that a polyester blazer is priced the same, or comparably, to a wool counterpart. The same goes for outerwear. Nevertheless, I do not hesitate to splurge on a Smythe wool equestrian or rifle blazer (or coat! or sweater!) as the construction, fabric, and detailing (elbow patches, hi) are impeccable!
Fair warning: Smythe blazers run small. I used to be able to get away with a size 12. Post baby, that is a total pipe dream. These days, I max out at a size 16.
the Sarah Flint natalie flat
I counted six pairs of the Sarah Flint Natalie flat in my closet and for good reason. These shoes are truly a closet workhorse. There is nothing they cannot take on be it occasion, weather, or otherwise.
I walked a mile and a half through a blanket of snow and a – less nice – ice sheet to lunch in these Sarah Flint Natalie flats. Peep the first row of photos below for a scary few (albeit totally candid) moments of finding my ice legs. Big ups to my husband who whipped out the camera and started capturing my
struggle victory against the icey conditions.
I started out wearing a size 10 in these shoes. As I not-so -pleasantly discovered, they were too small. Since then, I went up a half size in the suede and an entire size in fabrics and leather options. Stay tuned because I will be doing a giveaway for my worn once size 10 Natalie flats (same color, Saddle Vachetta, as in this post).
If you are not a size 10 and you do not want to take your chances on a giveaway, use code SARAHFLINT-BALU for $50 off any full price pair of shoes from Sarah Flint.
blazer: Smythe • cashmere sweater: Lands’ End (available in tall) • denim: 7 For All Mankind • flats: Sarah Flint (use code SARAHFLINT-BALU for $50 off any full price pair) • scrunchie: Jennifer Behr x Loveshackfancy • earrings: Banana Republic • signet ring: Kendra Scott • pointed ring: Kendra Scott • watch: Cartier (also here)