What I Love: The 2019 Wish List

Happy 2019! Although I am not one to do New Year resolutions, I love the idea of making new plans. My closet is in a constant state of flux, and often a constant state of disarray as well. I am a bit of a neat freak actually, but after busy months of holidays and fashion events things have gotten a bit crazy in my closet. It is time for bit of ruthless rehab.

I am a big proponent of shopping and styling from one's own closet, where I find that I can put my own spin on the current trends using what I already own. Admittedly I am a shopper too, and love to check out what is new, adding pieces with the season changes. And if that something you have coveted has finally gone on sale, make sure you love it. Although I haven't make too many mistakes, most of us have made a few fashion errors that end up taunting us, unworn, from the closet. I constantly rotate things out of my wardrobe and consign them through designer consignment or Poshmark, although I have had limited success with the latter. This ongoing process for me creates more room and less guilt. ;) I buy a lot of consignment pieces as well, which is green shopping at its best.

Right now I am re-evaluting my closet as well as checking out the January sales. What is on my list for 2019? I am in love again with western boots, a bit of anytime sequin, unusual denim, white boots and the color blue. Here is what is on my list for 2019.....

Western Boots

Ganni Lovina Python-print Ankle Boots

I grew up in Montana, but eschewed all things western until senior year of high school, when I asked for "real" cowboy boots for my graduation present. It was 1980 and Urban Cowboy was the hit movie at the time so I may have been influenced by that, or I could have just been a whimsical 18 year old. The boots got a lot of beer spilled on them in college and disappeared somewhere, but on a trip back to the Big Sky country years later I bought a second pair of "real" western boots. The boots, from Lucchese Boot Company, were all gorgeous tooled two toned brown leather and fit like a glove. I still have them, they are still fabulous and yes, timeless. No beer spills, all classic cool.

Isabel Marant Dacken Bootie

Natacha Ramsay-Levi's styling at Chloé can be heavily credited for kicking off the return of the western influence, including the boot. Leave it to the talent and eye of the Parisian designers to keep us on our toes. I have always been a fan of the Parisian western boot from Isabel Marant, especially her Dacken Bootie. A short suede bootie is a year round shoe, and can be worn with everything from denim to dresses. I like mixing them in with non-western apparel, such as a floral dress, leather pants, a cozy knit.

My Isabel Marant Denzy Boots are perfect for lounging or tearing it up on errand day!

I recently bought a black suede pair of Isabel Marant Denzy Boots and have hardly taken them off. I found these at La Ree Boutique in Old Bellevue, where they were on after Christmas markdown, and I was immediately smitten. The boots are tall and to the knee but not super fitted, making them super chic with my skinnier denim and with dresses. They are on sale here as well, and note that you need to size up a whole size as they run small.

Danish brand Ganni has been knocking it out of the park with their street style clothing that delivers on major style without the huge price tag. I love their aesthetic in everything they do. Since I also love a great mash up as well as a python print, the Ganni Lovina is my pick for western boots with major flare. I will be wearing this awesome kicks all winter and spring. And this gorgeous pair of Schutz Luccyen Leather Western Boots with a python print and a metal toecap for some added edge.. and they are under $300.

The Blues

I know that Pantone's color of the year is Living Coral, which I love. It is so optimistic and happy and it suits every skin tone. I definitely will be looking for some pops of it to add to my wardrobe. But right now I am really into the blues. I keep reaching for these steely blues and teals and am totally in love with how beautiful they look with all the grays, creams, navy and camel, as well as black. The above sweater is was designed by my friend Elisa, who is a designer at Nordstrom. I saw her wearing it on her Instagram and was so smitten I ordered off my phone in the car! This Nordstrom Signature Cable Cashmere Blend Sweater is so stylish and cool. I fell in love with the oversized cowl neck, which you can wear over your head if you want to be super cozy, and the cropped silhouette is modern. It comes in a denim color as well, which I think I need as well, right? Head over to Elisa's instagram or shop it here

Genuine People Wool Coat 

I love a wool topper which is something that works in between seasons year round. I found this Wool Coat by Genuine People in a gorgeous ice blue on Spring, a website I love to shop. I love shopping Spring not only because you can find virtually anything on it but because you earn 4% cash back on top of the sales and markdown prices and after 60 days the money goes back on your credit card or you can use it as credit in the store. This website is a gem. 

Katz Pleated Maxi Skirt by Alice + Olivia

There isn't anything cooler than a pop of blue, especially in a rock star skirt or even a faux fur jacket. I have been stalking this Tibi Trouser Skirt in metallic faux peacock leather and it is finally on sale! It comes in a cool silver as well. I also love the Katz Pleated Maxi Skirt by Alice + Olivia, which would be beautiful with a chunky sweater now and perfect with a white tee in the warmer weather. And this Dazzler Sequin Skirt from Anthropologie is a little pop of gorgeous sequin color. I'd wear it with another bright color, or go more classic with black or white. 

White Boots

Photo by Kirsten Beeksma Morse

For the record, I first embraced the white boot in fall of 2017 when I wore my Joie Saleema White Booties for a photoshoot. I got some love and some hate for them, but now I have the last laugh, as this boot continues to be a strong look for 2019. I actually owned a pair of Elizabeth and James Paul Haircalf Booties for years as well, although I bought them too big....but I digress. A similar look to these (but in leather not hair calf) is the more Marc Fisher LTD Yale Chelsea Boot. You can't go wrong with a Chelsea boot style.

Stuart Weitzman Juniper Leather Kitten-Heel Booties

The combat and hiking boot has also been really fun this past fall and the white lightens them up for a new season. I am a fan of the classic Doc Marten 1460 Boot in white myself, but the Dolce Vita Wylie Combat Boot is also a super cool way to kick off your white boot obsession. 

Dolce Vita Wylie Combat Boot

The white bootie gives a fresh perspective to any look you are wearing. The above-mentioned Ganni brand has a fabulous pair of Callie Leather Boots in white with a contrast black stitching that have been wildly popular. They cover both the western boot and white boot style series perfectly. For a chic, dressier look go for the Stuart Weitzman Juniper Leather Booties with a perfect little kitten heel. 

Inspired Denim

Ksenia Schanider Demi Overlay Slim Jeans

There is a lot to be excited about in the denim world. Creative silhouettes have gotten my attention in a big way. I saw this pair of Ksenia Schnaider Demi Overlay Slim Jeans in Soho in New York back in May but the shop only had white in my size. Shopbop has the black and it is on sale so it was meant to be. The culotte over the slim denim is just so unique. Can't wait to wear these and confuse people.

This small Ukranian line is by Kiev-based fashion designer Ksenia Schnaider, who launched her namesake label alongside her husband, graphic designer Anton Schnaider, in 2011. I am also loving the Denim "Fur" Jacket by them, which puts a new spin on the faux fur trend.

Mother Denim High Waisted Looker Ankle Fray

One of my favorite denim brands is definitely Mother Denim. I bought the High Waisted Looker Ankle Fray in Guilty Flash in December and wore them with out to a ton of holiday events. Come January, they are just a bit of daytime light with a blazer or sweater. As a fan of the high waist, I am definitely loving the skinnier jean, but the wide leg is a go-to for me. My Khaite Wendell Cropped Wide Leg Jeans in Stoned Black are a favorite pair, especially with booties. They feel dressed up and chic. 

I hope you are inspired this month to find new ways to love what you have on. Happy hunting and thank you for reading~