peep into spring

peep toe booties - spring shoes

 

I’ve never been on board with the whole peep-toe thing, but I’m warming up to it this spring. These booties in rich shades of cognac are perfect for transitioning into the new season—especially if you’re not ready to leave the comfort of your fall boots just yet. It’s about time to stomp out winter… Who’s with me?

1. Carvela Kurt Geiger, $200 at Nordstrom // 2. G by GUESS, $79 at Macy’s // 3. Pour La Victoire, $325 at Zappos // 4. Mossimo, $39.99 at Target // 5. Nine West, $99 // 6. Crown Vintage, $69.95 at DSW

Olivia Palermo via Harper’s Bazaar

printed pants, please

In my relationship with prints, I’m wearing the pants. My obsession with printed pants has come alive over the past few weekends—thanks to the weather. Given the current snowy situation, I take whatever chance I can get to wear crops and let my ankles run free. I’m still debating whether they are work appropriate, so for now, I’ve filed them as weekend wear. And by that I mean, I may have sported three pairs in three days (Friday-Sunday). Is it spring yet?

printed pants - lesley siu

Banana Republic Hampton Print Crop // ASOS Floral Trousers // Vero Moda Mono Print Peg Trousers // H&M Jacquard-Weave Pants // J.Crew Campbell Capri

shop the sale: banana republic friends & family sale

…and my coupons are out! I love a good sale, and I’m happy to share the joy of shopping at Banana Republic. The best part of my day was sending the e-mails out—because everyone deserves a pretty little surprise in his or her inbox these days. If you subscribe to Banana Republic’s e-mails, you should have received a 40% off coupon code. Here are my top picks in stores right now. Sorry I’m not sorry for being an enabler… Let’s just say I’m helping you get started with your holiday shopping, k? Buy some gifts…including one (or two) for yourself.

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plaid blazer // sloan slim ankle pant // regency necklace

sloane riding boot // candy oval drop earring // fit-and-flare wool coat // ponte zip-back dress

images: bananarepublic.com

shop the sale: kate spade friends & family sale

These fall sales are killing me… It’s kate spade‘s friends and family sale until Sunday: 30% off full-priced and sale styles with the code FALL13FF. Oh, and there’s free shipping and returns to all 50 states. Someone, stop me.

I like kate spade’s clothes, but I love their accessories. Quirky, charming, lovely pieces that would be a treat to almost any home or wardrobe. I just might be scooping up a few gifts…or starting my wish list. Is it the holiday season yet?

kate spade friends and family sale

claremont drive marcella bag // metro watch // things we love coffee table book

floral féte studs // silver street let’s do lunch business card holder // escape the ordinary idiom bangle

skinny mini bow ring // fairmount park neon coaster set // 2014 17-month agenda

how to look parisian

Yesterday, I was on my normal café hunt when a man started talking to me as we were crossing the street from the metro. He said something to me in French. I gave the courtesy smile and nodded along. When I didn’t respond, he repeated, in French.

“Désolé, je ne comprends pas…” (sorry, I don’t understand), I began to say.

“What? You’re not French? I thought you were French. You look French!” he exclaimed.

Mission accomplished. My black uniform, cat eye sunglasses and near-perfect bun had fooled him.

Five minutes into the conversation, he repeated, “You’re really not French? I mean, I know you’re Asian, but you look French!” Merci, monsieur, I get it. I politely said goodbye and walked away.

So, that gave me some validation that perhaps I know a thing or two about French fashion. Here are a few style rules:

1. Always anchor your outfit in black. Pair with other dark colors.

2. Essential extras: sunglasses, lipstick and a top knot.

3. Keep jewelry simple and timeless (pearl earrings, gold watch, one ring).

4. Skinny ankle pants. Just do it.

5. Flats are a must (if you walk everywhere, like me).

parisian look by lesley siutop: Banana Republic // sunglasses: ASOS // earrings: Kate Spade // lipstick: Clinique // jeans: J.Crew // flats: Marc by Marc Jacobs // hair via Instagram

brunch at le bal

j.crew dress - brunch outfit - lesley siu

On Sundays, I brunch. Some things will never change.

Dress: J.Crew (similar) // Necklace: New York & Company (similar: INC, Macy’s) // Purse: Modalu London, Pippa // Wedges: A2 by Aerosoles

I went to Le Bal Café at Place de Clichy for some good ol’ bacon and eggs. It’s a cute little café attached to a documentary photography museum. Very cool.

le bal cafe brunch

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