the sophisticate

April 23rd, 2012

I’m often asked how I describe my style, and it’s one of the toughest questions for me to answer.  I kind of like a little of everything, but above all, I like feeling comfortable and confident in whatever I’m wearing.

So, while this outfit is basically the exact opposite of the one I posted on Friday, I think it’s equally “my style” (whatever that is)!  I love the minimalism and effortless chic of this look — the combination of black and white and neutrals make me feel like I’ve just stepped out of a magazine ad! 

I promised to tell you guys the story of this bag — the crazy thing is, it’s Spring 2012 Celine, and I bought it at T.J. Maxx for half price!  Nieman Marcus has the exact same bag for full price — without being crass and saying how much I paid, let’s just say that the difference is astronomical.  The one I found at T.J. Maxx had a faint water stain, but after a little research, I sent it in to Lovin My Bags to get it cleaned and protected.  A few weeks later, the bag was in better condition than the brand new ones at stores!  I’m still a little scared to carry it around — light tan is a dangerous color — but it just might be the most beautiful thing in my closet. 

Last but not least, these are my first pair of white jeans!  I wore them all weekend — since Houston is going to be insanely hot all summer, I have to get my fill now! 

Gifted MIH Paris jeans, Celine large Box Bag (bought at T.J. Maxx!), Jimmy Choo heels, Topshop tanktop, Alexis Bittar bracelet (in chocolate gold here), gifted Jewelmint LOVE rings.

Tags: style

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Greetings From Texas // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Love the nude shoe with the outift. Looking good girl!

  • 2 Juliette // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

    A must-have! this beige purse is lovely. It reminds me these I saw on at Sandro, the Parisian clothier. I read an article about this awesome store which arrived in New York this year

  • 3 pc // Apr 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I THOUGHT it was a Celine bag! TJ Maxx? Yikes. Haven’t been there in eons: used to pick up some Spode/Orrefors for wedding gifts. At that point the clothing was not my style. Glad you’ve changed my mind. Love your style, Katy

  • 4 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic // Apr 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I love the classic colors here! I can’t really pin down my own style either – I am somewhere in between girly/classic/funky. I don’t go to TJ Maxx often enough but I really should for amazing finds like this!

  • 5 Skin Care Specialist // Apr 24, 2012 at 2:22 am

    This beige purse is simple yet classy, really a must-have! Your style is really fit for this summer. Glad you gave me an idea on what to wear. Do you think this look can also be good for some girls night out?

  • 6 Sarah // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I just came across your blog and love you style. This outfit is so simple but looks so put together!

    Will definietely be following your blog from now on 🙂


  • 7 Jessica // Apr 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    so super jealous of your sweet TJ MAXX score! I am going to be stalking that bag now! You look great – in dressed down jean shorts, or grown-up designer duds

  • 8 Tisha Loves Fashion Merchandising Schools // Apr 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I always get so excited when I find great buys and the white jeans are fab! I was scared when I bought my first pair but now I own two and they’re PERFECT for spring. You totally rock that look too =)

  • 9 Patricia Streeter // Apr 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    This look is fab! Its clean, modern, and chiq all wrapped in one. You can go to the office, meet with the girls for lunch, and enjoy a nice walk in the park. You look stunning. The nude bag and heels are perfect.

  • 10 celine outlet // Apr 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    This look is fab! Its clean, modern

  • 11 LESLIE // Apr 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    i swear by tj maxx. I think that there are way to many gems there to pass up. I have found badgley miska, rebecca minkoff, ect…

  • 12 nuha // Apr 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    i get so jealous whenever i hear bloggers buying high end designers at tjmaxx..we don’t get that here in 🙁

  • 13 Katy // Apr 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Aww, I’m sorry (I’ve never found anything like the TJ Maxx-es in Houston)!

    One thing that might help — you want to look for ones that have the “Runway” section, you can search here (under “special feature”): Those are the ones that are most likely to carry high end designers!

  • 14 Karissa // Apr 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Wow, what an amazing find! That bag is gorgeous and classic. Love the other accessories as well – heels and jewelry.

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