shopping Archives – A Little Leopard
shopping Archives – A Little Leopard

shopping Archives – A Little Leopard

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I’ve been a fan of Topshop for awhile, but recently discovered that they have an amazing, robust section of content and inspiration, including one of the best tools I’ve discovered yet: My Topshop Wardrobe.

More than just a style quiz, My Topshop Wardrobe takes into account your taste as well as your lifestyle, your figure and even what you hope to get out of the quiz.

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Image: Topshop

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The quiz also asks you to choose five words to describe your style (i.e. rocker, minimal, glamorous, casual, etc.), what your body type is and and which features you’d like to highlight, and what types of outfits you’d wear for weekdays, weekends and nights out:

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Image: Topshop

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I was quite pleased (but not surprised!) by my result, “The Chic Girl”:

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Clean silhouettes and classic investment pieces? Yep, that sounds about right. Here are a few of the pieces that make up The Chic Girl wardrobe, all of which I would most definitely purchase:

The quiz also features a style guide with tips on pieces that work well on your body, as well as ones that might not. There’s also an edited selection of sample outfits to help you visualize how your Topshop wardrobe can all come together. It’s sort of like a capsule wardrobe, Topshop-style.

My item recommendations were all spot-on, and the outfits were all things I’d love to wear. In fact, I frequently use the outfit recommendations to inspire my own clothing choices based on similar styles I already own. I love the way that My Topshop Wardrobe uses the same pieces in multiple outfits, which makes the whole concept feel much more realistic and approachable. I’m trying to take a smarter approach to shopping (ahem, Kon Mari method), and seeing how pieces can form the basic building blocks of a wardrobe helps inform that approach, I think. I’ve even saved a few pieces to my list and plan to pop over to Topshop soon to give them a test run! (Don’t forget, if you don’t have a full-fledged Topshop nearby, much of the line is available at Nordstrom, too!)

What do you think? I’d love to hear what your result was and if you agree with it, and if you like the pieces Topshop suggests for you!

Caroline de Maigret is one of those impossibly chic, cool French girls. She literally wrote the book on it (How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are) and embodies that enviable, quintessentially French je ne sais quoi, as evidenced by this video from British Vogue:

One other thing about French girls? They’re basically an endless source of sartorial inspiration, somehow managing to look effortless and chic no matter what they wear. Why do you think I’m so excited for Carine Roitfeld’s second Uniqlo collection? When you’re severely underwhelmed by your wardrobe, or faced with yet another “closet full of clothes and nothing to wear” dilemma, look to French girls for outfit inspiration. The French have mastered the art of getting dressed without being overly fussy, resulting in always-stylish ensembles.

Not all of these bloggers/street style stars/celebrities are French, but they’ve certainly got the effortless, casual-chic thing down — proving that you don’t actually have to be from France to get the Parisian look.

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Aimee Song layers basic, timeless pieces like a blazer and camel coat (ugh so chic) for a very Parisian vibe.

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Caroline de Maigret and Chiara Ferragni both love leather jackets, and with good reason. They’re endlessly versatile and can add a bit of roughness and edge to nearly any outfit.

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Case in point: the leather jacket thrown over a slip dress and heels combination that would be too obviously sexy on its own.

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Seriously, how do French girls make a simple blazer, jeans and tee look so good?

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Clemence Posey, a.k.a. Fleur Delacour from Harry Potter, masterfully mixes a ladylike jacket with menswear inspired loafers.

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Finally, Emily Weiss proves that sometimes, simplicity is best.

Put together your own French girl outfit with the style picks below:

Are you a fan of French style? Share your style muses and inspirations in the comments!

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A turntable has long been on my wishlist, but it’s a chicken-and-egg situation: do I get the turntable or the records first? Urban Outfitters’ selection of Audio-Technica players is super tempting right now, too — really loving this pink one and this white one.

And you know what goes really well with a turntable? A speaker. Like the amazing vintage-looking Marshall Acton or Stanmore Speakers. I mean, I should probably definitely get a turntable in my life first, but look how pretty!

They come in fab colors black and cream, but even better, actually have good sound quality. Too often, good-looking items sacrifice function for aesthetics, but not so with Marshall products (or so the internet reviews tell me). The brand has a storied history, creating amps and audio products for the likes of The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. If it’s good enough for Baba O’Riley, it’s good enough for you mmkay.

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Thanks to their vintage look, Marshall speakers are at home in almost any room and any setup. I’m particularly a fan of the petite Acton speaker (which at around $250 is one of the cheapest options) but you really can’t go wrong with any option.

The Acton is also Bluetooth-enabled, but still…probably best to get the turntable and records first, yeah?

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February is traditionally my least favorite month of the year. Somehow, despite being the shortest month, it drags on and on, cold days and long nights.

Luckily, there are two bright spots to look forward to this February. And yes, both are excuses to shop.

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First up is the Who What Wear Target collaboration, announced last fall. The collection officially debuts on Jan. 31 (so soon!) and will be a monthly rotating capsule of elevated basics and street style-inspired pieces. In fact, the lookbook features street style stars Lily Kwong, Zanita Whittington and Gala Gonzalez. The best part? Every single piece is under $50.

I’m really hoping that because this is a monthly collection, it won’t sell out in a hot second like other designer collaborations. There are so many great pieces, but I’m particularly eyeing the classic black moto jacket – something my closet has needed for awhile now!

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Seriously though, so. many. good. pieces. I also super hope the shoes are available to buy because those lace up flats? Uh, yes please. Shop the collection here, starting Jan. 31!

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Then on February 11, Carine Roitfeld will debut her second Uniqlo collection. She’s one of two French fashion icons who have partnered with Uniqlo in recent years. If you tend toward the preppy, check out Ines de la Fressange’s collection (author of Parisian Chic), which is available to buy now.

Like Carine’s own work and style, her Uniqlo collection is a bit edgier, featuring a mix of textures like leather and lace in a muted color palette of black and olive – a.k.a. my dream closet. (Black is the best color and anyone who says otherwise should probably not be trusted.)

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What’s interesting about the Ines and Carine collections is that neither woman actually designed the pieces, and that’s sort of precisely why they work so well.

“I would design clothing for them, and they would provide feedback to me about the clothing that I proposed,” Uniqlo design director Naoki Takizawa told Elle. “If Uniqlo can create clothing that Ines or Carine would be willing to wear, then that would be very genuine and authentic clothing, wouldn’t it?”

Shop Carine’s second Uniqlo collection here beginning Feb. 11. It will also be available in the Michigan Avenue store, on the sixth floor by the Starbucks, which is one of my favorite weekday work-break hiding spots. But that’s beside the point.

Are you excited for these upcoming collections? Any pieces you’ve got your eye on?

According to my horoscope, January is a big month of nesting and home-tidying and decorating. Granted, those are pretty much always high on my agenda, but it seemed like a good excuse to do a design and decor themed Wednesday Wishlist.

I’ve been all about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo this month, and recently snagged both books and some super pretty new grey sheets from Target. Seriously, though, tidying up really is life changing and magical. All I’ve done so far is clothes, but I swear my closet actually smelled better when I was finished. I got rid of five bags of stuff. Count ’em – five! In fact, I’m selling two bags’ worth of stuff, including some really nice J.Crew pieces that will be uploaded to my closet soon. Shop it here!

In the meantime, here are a few pieces that currently spark joy for me that I’d absolutely love to toss into my cart and bring home next:

Drink More Coffee / The Kinfolk Home The Private Lives of the Sun Signs

Totes on the Same Page Pencils Olympus PEN Camera UO x Audio-Technica Turntable

Vintage-style Rug Black Mid-Century Modern Mini Desk