If you're still looking for a winter boot, it's not too late! I've been on the hunt all season and haven't been able to find a sleek, sophisticated style that would click with my new "look" I'm going for—French-infused fashion. Until now, when, of course, I decided to look at the types of shoes that the French are designing. Sézane is a classic French brand that can now be bought online (and shipped rather quickly) on this side of the world, and if you spend over a certain amount, you'll get free shipping. With all of that said, these are your new go-to winter boots. And, they're stylish enough that you can wear them on cool spring days as well.
Find the Léa Boot in ocre and black suede for $230 here.
I'm a huge fan of Lee Coren's work. (I don't think I could possibly own enough of her bags.) For Christmas, she featured a remarkable bulk sale and I was lucky enough to be gifted with three items from her current collection, including the Portofino Pouch in Bronze Indigo ($34) seen above. This handheld beauty is big enough to hold your phone, keys, lipstick, and more. You can use it as a small evening clutch, or put it in your daytime bag to hold your essentials. It's even prettier in person! Find it here.
Did you know that you can sometimes commission original baubles from jewelry designers? That's just what I did this past Christmas. I had spotted these enamel beauties from Blank Verse Jewelry sold online and at Cameron Marks in Santa Cruz, but I wanted to see if there was a way that designer Laamie Young could tweak the original design just a bit, so I reached out to her and guess what? She agreed! Instead of a full circle bracelet, I asked for Laamie to create more of a cuff shape. We discussed measurements, thickness, and a color palette, and she invented this beauty seen above, which I gifted to someone this past holiday. If you're looking to give yourself or someone else a New Year's present, reach out to Laamie here and tell her The Penny Rose sent you.
This past September, I had a chance to go to Europe and of course, it was amazing. But the bag that I took with me didn't cut it. I carried around a large canvas tote bag that was thick, hefty, heavy, and super awkward. Mostly, I had a bag that big with me so that I could tote around my iPad for writing excursions. But my bag ended up being more annoying than helpful. Since then, I've been looking for a crossbody bag to take with me on future exotic trips, as well as day trips to places like San Francisco. I need something that will accommodate my iPad, wallet, and other essentials. Enter: Lee Coren's fabulous vegan Everything Crossbody purse in black on black confetti. For $70, you honestly can't find anything better out there on the market. Trust me, I've been doing extensive research for the last three months to find just the right crossbody bag, and this is it.
It's super lightweight, easy to care for and clean, and it's just big enough to fit an iPad and other important daily items. As a bonus feature, you can remove the crossbody strap and use it as a clutch for an evening out, and it has an inside pocket. This is perfection in a purse.