Simitri Bags – The Beauty of Whimsy

If you follow my Instagram and Facebook accounts (@ChicByAlisonRose), you have already seen my posts on bag designer, ‘Simitri Bags.’ After being gifted a black and white ikat print bag following our photo shoot and styling sesh,  I immediately filled it up with all of my goods.  And I’ve been carrying it around ever since.  I have gotten so many compliments on this bag, it’s insane.  People are grabbing their phones to pull up her website, www.simitridesigns.com, on the spot, to search for the perfect bag to order.  With a discount code (10OFF), people have been floored at how affordable and stylishly chic her bags are.

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I was asked to collaborate with head designer, Gayatri Chopra, who operates out of India, Dallas and Philadelphia, along with fellow bloggers, @ModaNinja and @_Mosef_ (check them out on Instagram!).  After choosing our outfits and accessorizing the looks,  we had a girls-girl kind of day.  With faux cocktails in hand and a plethora of whimsical and quirky handbags to choose from, we went at the photo shoot with wild abandon.  It was the kind of group that just ‘clicked’ and felt very comfortable from the beginning.  And I think you can see that level of ease in the photos, who were taken by equally at-ease photographer @Wyche_studios.  It was as if we have been friends forever and just happened to be catching up over cocktails and handbags strewn across the floor.

Black and White Aztec Ikat print bag shop here.

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Above is an evening look with the ‘Shimmer Zari Briefcase’ and, as you can see, it is the perfect blend of elegant and chic.  I envision wearing it with an outfit like you see here or just as easily with ripped jeans, a t-shirt and oversized sweater.   Click here to order.

In these photos, I am wearing:

White Cape Jacket

Escada Black Pants from a long time ago when I worked for the brand. Similar here.  Other options I love (on sale!) here and here.

My Alexis Bittar choker is sold out but similar here and here.

Cuffs are Stella and Dot.  Contact my friend, Beth here to purchase.

The red caged sandals are by Alexandre Birman, (a major deal I found on Revolve Clothing), which most of this outfit was purchased.  Similar styles can be found here and here.

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The photos above feature a cocktail party look with the ‘Tassle Chunky’ clutch. This is such a fun clutch that can be used in so many ways!  From a girls night out, dinner dates, cocktail parties and beyond.  I love how fun this bag is and the way the tassles swish around.  Anything with tassles or fringe and I’m hooked. Every time.  Shop the bag here.

Blue dress is an old Alice and Olivia dress I’ve had in my closet for years.  I found a very similar style here and here.

Photos: Wyche Studios (@wyche_studios)

Makup/Hair: Tori Skrot (@tori.skrot)

 

 

Over The Knee Boots and Luxe Outerwear

I’m sure you’ve all realized by now that over the knee boots aren’t going anywhere.  They’ve been in stores for the past couple of years and don’t show any signs of disappearing any time soon.  In fact, the styles keep evolving and the length of the boots keep moving further and further up the thigh. And I can’t get enough of them.

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Here I’m wearing the sensational M. Gemi brand grey suede stiletto.  These boots are so lush and impeccably designed.  This company quickly became a favorite of mine when I discovered their Italian-made, all leather shoes about 6 months ago.  From their lace-up flats & ankle boots, to their oxfords, pumps and OTK boots, this brand has me keeping a “to buy” list that keeps growing and growing … The hardest part for me is deciding which pair to order next.  The prices are on point as well because they (you guessed it!) have cut out the middle man and sell directly to the customer.  What does that mean for you?  It means you get an insanely gorgeous pair of ALL leather shoes (including the soles, people) for an insanely reasonable price. In addition to that, when you use my exclusive code, alison143, at checkout, you get an additional 20% off 🙂 Yay! Shop M. Gemi Here.  For other styles I love click here, here, here & here.

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These black beauties with grommet detail (pictured above) have been in my closet for years.  They are designed by LK Bennett and I’ve worn them more times than I can count.  Since they are flat, with barely any heel, they are one of my most versatile pair of boots.  Even when I’m having a casual day, I can add a little bit of edge and luxury to my outfit when I throw these on.  For options similar to this, shop here, here, here, here, & here.

Now, lets talk fur and leather .  Two of my all-time favorite textures to wear.  Both fur and leather add dimension to an outfit and can break up an otherwise plain or simple outfit.  Likewise, they can compliment an extravagant or luxurious outfit just as well, making both textures by go-to options for both casual and dressy events.  Their versatility is so great that you’ll find yourself reaching for both options more often than you thought you would.  Pictured above are two of my favorite coats this season.  An Elizabeth and James French navy fur coat and a black Mackage coat with leather sleeves.  Both are equally versatile and have been worn several times already this season.  I believe every girl needs a bit of fur and leather in their closet.  Hop on the trend by shopping these links:

Faux Fur – LOVE this

Faux Fur – LOVE this one too

Splurge — but this coat is insane and on sale 🙂

Another Splurge — not on sale :/

Similar Leather Sleeve Jacket

Another Similar Leather Sleeve Jacket