Birthday ShopBop & Louboutins 4

Today is my birthday, and I’m trying to head into my 26th year with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.

Yes, the likelihood of my sunshine-and-daisies positive attitude lasting longer than a day is slim – and if one more person forgets to card me, I might cut a bitch – but for the time being, as far as I’m concerned, I am so freaking positive woodland creatures help me do my chores.

Since I have bluebirds folding my laundry, I’m going to do a post of clothes from some of my favorite stores and designers. Most of the items are a step up from my usual jeans/t-shirt/sneakers uniform, so I’m choosing to think of this post as the clothes I plan on growing into this year.

And really, what’s more grown-up than ShopBop’s amazing collection of designers?

Opening Ceremony at ShopStyle
Catherine Malandrino at ShopStyle
Haute Hippie at ShopStyle

Left: Rodarte for Opening Ceremony Reverse Pleated Skirt – $322
Center: Catherine Malandrino Pleated Skirt – $325
Right: Haute Hippie Camo Iconic Miniskirt – $695

I’m not a flouncy skirt girl (or a sequined miniskirt girl for that matter), but these Malandrino and Rodarte skirts could change my attitude. And the camo is a nice take on the now ever-so-slightly overplayed sequin trend.

Citizens of Humanity at ShopStyle
Current/Elliott at ShopStyle
Paige at ShopStyle

Left: Citizens of Humanity Dita Petite Boot Cut Jeans – $150
Center: Current/Elliott The Ankle Skinny Jeans – $168
Right: Paige Denim Petite Hollywood Hills Bootcut Jeans – $190

I love jeans. I can grow up style-wise, but I don’t think I’m going to be evolving past jeans anytime soon. I’m devoted to Citizens of Humanity, but I’ve always been curious about Paige Denim. As for the Current/Elliott skinnies – honestly, I doubt I’ll ever find a pair of skinny jeans that doesn’t make me look misshapen, but these are very on-trend for spring and I’d love to be able to wear them with a drapey silk tank.

Marc by Marc Jacobs at ShopStyle
Equipment at ShopStyle
Alice + Olivia at ShopStyle

Left: Marc by Marc Jacobs Marcelle Stripe Shirtdress – $248
Center: Equipment Signature Shirt – $258
Right: Alice + Olivia Haylen Lace Blouse – $275

Three pieces of clothing that could be straight out of Zooey Deschanel’s closet. While I find her to be insufferably twee, she does have a wardrobe I’d love to raid. Granted, she’d probably start randomly singing because she is compelled to spread her magic pixie dust through song, but if I manage to hide my rolling eyes, I’m sure I’d come away with some clothes very similar to the three finds above.

Halston at ShopStyle
Diane von Furstenberg at ShopStyle
Herve Leger at ShopStyle

Left: Halston Heritage Swing Cocktail Dress – $365
Center: Diane von Furstenberg Isadora Dress – $975
Right: Herve Leger Metallic V-Neck Dress – $1,350

I have absolutely no reason to buy a dress that costs more than $300, but in my fantasyland I have weekly social engagements – galas, cotillions, charity balls … pretty much anything in an episode of Gossip Girl – that require an endless wardrobe of dresses. The way I see it, if you’re going for a look, go authentic. Something flowy and swingy? Halston. Slinky and 70s inspired? Without a doubt, DvF. And while I’m over the bandage dress trend, if you’re looking to squeeze into something tighter than sausage casing, you might as well go with the real deal.

Christian Louboutin at ShopStyle
Christian Louboutin at ShopStyle
Christian Louboutin at ShopStyle

Left: Christian Louboutin Beauty 100 Leather Pumps – $695
Center: Christian Louboutin Rolando Platform Pump – $795
Right: Christian Louboutin Balota Heels – $1,195

Okay, these aren’t on, but did you really think I could get through a wishlist post without including a few pairs of super-fancy shoes? I went with the tan pumps because they’re daintier and less overtly sexy than most Louboutin offerings. The Rolando platforms have a zipper and zipper pull on the heel which is just a cool little addition. As for the Balota heels … I made this joke in my Emmys-themed Friday Feets, but I’ll say it again: if, tomorrow morning, I woke up and looked like Blake Lively, I would wear these shoes as soon as possible.

I started this post on my birthday but didn’t finish it until a day later, so I’ve decided it’s still my birthday (in fact, it might be my birthday until I finish my five nights straight of trivia hosting this week).

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4 thoughts on “Birthday ShopBop & Louboutins

  1. Reply Izalika May 24, 2011 5:43 pm

    Happy birthday!!
    Amazingly enough, after I sent you the picture of those tights, I was about to reply something to the effect of “I can already tell you love them. I’m pretty sure you have a birthday coming up, so…YOU’RE WELCOME.”

    Wow, my secret psychic ability surprises me sometimes…

    • Reply Amanda May 24, 2011 11:56 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, your psychic gift really paid off, because those leggings were just a horrifyingly delightful surprise.

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