Where Did U Get That is a blog by a British blogger Karen Blanchard, obsessed with shopping and fashion in New York. Documenting personal style and street style. Best places to shop, cool boutiques and shopping.
Do you hear that? It’s the far away sound of screaming of women in the skinniest of heels and pointy toe shoes when seeing a ‘return’ of the chunky or the ugly sandal. Anchored in the nostalgic appeal of the nineties that has influenced everything from dresses, to bags and to make up, these shoes are meant to juxtapose against any spring summer dresses or feminine silhouettes. They segway nicely into the summer follow up of the Dad sneaker, carving out a legitimate shoe category that still has half the fashion world kicking and screaming. Not surprisingly, the classic Birkenstock and Teva have paved the way for an army of brick-like spin offs ranging from $100 to north of $700. This two tone style are in unexpected baby pink and my lace up Dr. Martens shown above are here in black and white. Numerous designers, including Rebecca Minkoff have their version right up to ACNE and Chanel.
Usually fastened by velcro or some type of Dad-like men’s hiking shoe detail, the uglier the overall vibe – the better. This kind of ugly sandal talk is right up my street. You can blame it on my life long love of Dr Martens and anything f**k off worthy that remind me of the anti-establishment British Punk era of my roots.
Below are a few more that look ugly enough to contrast against anything you wear north of your ankles. Tip: the more feminine your attire, the better.
2019 is my year for building on my skin care routine because some things I used to use are either now discontinued or don’t seem to work anymore. With that in mind, I thought I’d share what I’m using right now.
(This post is in collaboration with Colleen Rothschild)
I’m using a few products from Colleen Rothschild including their Radiant Cleansing Balm. This is a first step for getting rid of the crap on my face. Bonus: I don’t have to use a separate eye make up remover and my skin feels facial-like clean afterwards. It comes with a muslin cloth which I wet in warm water then let that sit on my face for a sauna like feel before wiping off the balm. Extra bonus: A little of it goes a long way.
Another one I’ve liked is their Intense Hydrating Mask. Over the years my skin is slowly getting dryer. I still have an oily t-zone but the rest is getting dry patches. This is my first time using a hydrating mask and I was worried it would break me out or something but so far my skin seems to drink it up after rinsing. Also it’s oil free and pretty concentrated. To be honest my goal is to have dewy looking skin (who religiously drinks at least ten glasses of water a day?) so a hydrating mask makes more sense to me than ones that dries up my skin and goes rock hard which is what I used to use. I reckon I’d look like an extra White Walker from Game of Thrones if kept using those.
I have a love hate relationship with eye creams. Like mascara I’m looking for the perfect one. Before moisturizer, I’ve been dabbing, well dotting on the Colleen Rothschild Complete eye cream before sort of smoothing it all over my eyes – more for prevention. Yes, I have a few fine laugh lines under my eyes and it was the Hyaluronic Acid that got me into it. At this point, it can’t hurt.
There a few other products from the line I’m trying out including the Pomegranate and AHA mask which is basically an exfoliater to help make skin glow. Anything that says the ‘g’ word, I’m trying. Side note: It smells identical to a fresh fruit smoothie.
Their line rarely goes on sale but the brand is offering a discount if you want to give them a try:
$75 off $300 or more. Code: REWARD75. $50 off $200 or more. Code: REWARD50. $25 off $100 or more. Code: REWARD25
Offer starts today and ends April 28th!
p.s. I’m still tempted to actually taste the Pomegranate mask.
I feel like fashion has gone into one of those circles again. You know when things ‘come back’? That’s what’s going on with the rise of the skinny naked, usually kitten heeled sandal.
There are some block heel ones too that are gorgeous. Do you prefer block heel sandals or a skinny? Personally I like both, typical that I can’t make up my mind. I see the appeal of a slim heel that harkens back to the fifties or sixties. It’s refreshing to the usual big boots clashed with dresses which yes, I still love but this just feels so chic.
Being that I’m not usually a heels type of woman, I’ve embraced these naked skinnies because they’re a welcome contrast to what I usually stomp around in. Granted, the pedicures are forced to be on point but that’s a welcome excuse to slip feet into the floss like heels.
Photo: Who What Wear
Let me know which from the below naked sandals I found are most you. Hint, one or two I already own.
In case you hadn’t noticed I’m into small bags. At school it was about carrying bags bigger than me, but as time has passed, my bags have literally shrunk. Lots of you know about my love for the Shrimps Antonia bag found in 2018 (moment of silence for that find please) and that followed this year with the Shrimps Quinn in a rich marigold yellow.
I recently added the Staud Sadie bag which is the perfect little structured bag in a go with everything tan. The inside has an unexpected large mirror which eliminates the need to carry one. This is not a new feature in bags, but it’s cool to see what was usually seen in perhaps vintage bags being brought back.
Speaking of vintage, this beaded wood bag from Mango has been a constant grab bag when I don’t have much on me. The malteser references are not lost on me either (British followers will understand).
For small bag lovers, below is a round up of some of my favorite spring bags. Some small and some more medium-ish in size. As always, prices range from low to high so pick your poison.
Below are a few at a higher price bracket that are still well south of wondering into four figures. These are investments for those whose wardrobes just work with smaller bags and so you’ll be getting your cost per wear down from day one of delivery.
I’m not a fan of Valentines Day since there is an assumed presumption of romance but I am ok with an Essie nail polish session to remind me of the friendships that I have which deserve a recognition of their importance. I was stocked when essie reached out to me about this Galentine’s Day themed post because that is right up my street.
My side kick, Krystal Bick from This Time Tomorrow and I oddly overlap in the wardrobe department, often realizing post purchase that we have the same dress, shoe and bag. We met up recently in honor of Galentine’s Day which I’m more into and wore retro styles from our favorite decades while both wearing the new essie Valentines Day 2019 collection Krystal wore #essielove and I also wore #essielove (no surprise we picked the same one) but I layered it with Sparkes Between Us
Even though we met for a fun essie nail polish session, I’ve realized the importance of fostering and maintaining friendships with women. Growing up, I didn’t have many friends but had a tight few (around three) that were special to me and me to them. As a woman it’s the same pattern: I have life long friends that I can count on one hand, one of them I have known since I was six years old and we are still friends today.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Valentines Day is a brilliant concept, but I think that when we realize the support that we can get from female friends, can’t those relationships get recognized too? Like I have said once before, I’m not a believer in reality shows that depict women as haters on each other. Those are for the ratings and indirectly make women feel that this is how it is when the real realityis that having even just that one friend in our life is way more empowering and deserves passing down that power to little girls too.
Question: What are your thoughts on Valentines? Do you acknowledge it or do you prefer the concept of celebrating friendships instead?
As promised here is a round up from most of what I wore with similars to each when Michael and I were in St. Lucia staying with family. Believe it or not spring looks and vacation dress ideas will start have started hitting your inboxes (the current winter clearance is your clue) so maybe this’ll be some shopping inspiration. For those booked to be away somewhere hot for a few days, then I hope this post helps give you some ideas.
Dress is Topshop from last summer. The plunge front requires tit tape if you don’t want to flash anyone. Other than that it’s a good ‘is that vintage?’ moment. I suspect they’ll release something similar next season but until then below are a few dupes that give off a similar look.
Dress is Topshop from last summer paired with a Cleobella bag that’s now out in a beaded version. The plunge front requires tit tape if you don’t want to flash anyone. Other than that it’s a good ‘is that vintage?’ moment. I suspect they’ll release something similar next season but until then below are a few dupes that give off a similar look.
This Rhode Resort is one of my favorites from them because it’s an easy fling and go number that shows off the shoulders while the rest is covered. It comes in a zillion colors and patterns. The cobalt blue in it is incredible although I’m partial to cobalt. I reckon this dress is a good day to night, holiday to city piece.
Outside of dresses, this leopard print silk skirt was an easy packer. Roll it up in your suit case and you’re done. I wear it with basic t-shirts or in this case, a cropped puff sleeve blouse from &OtherStories from last year. I linked to some similar pieces below since you could split them apart and wear with lots in your wardrobe e.g crop top with high waist denim??
Ok so first off, this is a belted dress in the same cut as the one further down in this post but I really like the way it looks without one. The material is heavy which gives it a massive swing when walking. Plus let’s face it, the belt serves as a reminder of food babies post meals anyway which neither of us need. Side note: the stars all over it had me in this for New Years night too.
YouTube and Instagram watchers already know about this skirt and how I feel about daisies. It sort of started from last summer when I stumbled across a fantastic daisy print shirt captured in this video from a thrift shop which I then went on to wear repeatedly on Instagram. I’ll call this skirt the inevitable follow up. Yes, I will probably wear both together but for now the Boden blouse satisfied my print clashing urge. Plus this makes a change from wearing a typical vacation dress.
Ok don’t laugh but this hat was love at first sight even though ironically you can’t see shite while wearing it. Picked up from the local St. Lucian market (which you have to visit, more on that in an upcoming YouTube St. Lucia guide!!), it’s ridiculously Jacquemus vibe big but that’s why I love it. Below are a few for anyone after the ultimate solution for no make up days or for a complete sun block solution.
Believe it or not this vacation dress is the same cut as the black all over star version above just done in cotton and with a rainbow colored skirt. Warning: it’s a bit on the short swingy side so wear cycling shorts underneath to disappoint any onlookers after a gust of wind. This one too comes in tons of beautiful colours and patterns which is helpful (or not) for the indecisive.
Well I figured if I don’t get this list out now I never will! If you’re a procrastinator like I am, then you’ll know that this is probably hitting your screen at just the right time. This is for those who put if off to the last second and to be honest, with increasing numbers going away for Christmas, it’s becoming more common to exchange gifts well past the 25th. Code for you’re still safe. Anything gifted below would make anyone forget it was late anyway.
I broke it down into pricing budgets to make it more palatable. The first is under $100. It’s always good to give something that feels like luxury. If you know someone who’s wanted to try Sunday Riley then their kit “Power Couple” of Good Genes and Luna Oil is my choice. Its $105 value but bundled down to $85 for the pair. Bonus: perfect for a wide age range so your best mate plus your Mum would love. For a book that is unique, I reckon Humans of New York is worth it for under $50. Check their Instagram account alone to see why it’s so thought provoking, inspiring and humbling. Back to beauty, I hear raves about the Peter Thomas Roth 24K gold mask. Get this and sit back and wait for the reaction. Another jaw dropper is a dupe to the Shrimps Antonia beaded bag. Speaking of bags, my Mango snake print bag shown above is now on sale so say no more.
A few other gifts under $100:
Moving up a tier are the gifts under $200. Now this is where you’re thinking of spending extra on someone who you know will really appreciate it or has seen something that you have and always commented about it. Example? The Missoma Ceasar pendant which always gets compliments from strangers and friends when worn ( also it’s 18ct gold plated). Now’s your chance to get it for them. The above boho-esq dress from Topshop is about as food baby friendly as it gets and will slide nicely into Spring. It runs true to a big big and slots into the under $200 mark. Also my Jennifer Zeuner wish bone necklace is an annual fave that slots into gift idea posts.
A few other up to $200 gift ideas:
When you’re looking at up to $500 it’s for someone you know who you’re buying for (derr). Most of us don’t treat ourselves to designer coin purses so this is a chance to gift one. Pick any brand you like. Gucci has this cherry red leather coin purse that would be kept for years. Beauty and fashion wise, this stunning hair clip trio on Net-A-Porter screams luxury when teamed now for parties or even better with a white tee and jeans. Worn clustered or separately, it’s a versatile treat that most woman would probably side eye want.
Anyone started Christmas shopping yet? I hit Rockafeller Center recently because all shops are steps away from each other. I made two stops while there, looking for gift ideas particularly for women. I don’t think any of them are reading this so I’m safe posting this (I think).
The bracelets feel reassuringly heavy and come in a thin and wider bangle style and can be bought separately.
I liked the men’s watches which are big enough to feel like you borrowed one from your other half. The sales assistant told me that women buy the men’s watches as much as the men do for themselves – not surprising really. I tried on one of the leather strap men’s watches with leather that patinas over time and yes it does feel like an old vintage watch.
Tip: When buying for friends I buy for them what I would want for myself, hence modeling the above men’s watch and layering it with one of the thin gold bangles. If I like it, they probably will too.
I thought that the gold metal strap watch above is something that my Mum would love though.
I was torn for a bit between the black or the white face since both look good for different reasons. The black works well for a friend working in a corporate environment since they came off as more formal versus the white face.
Like me, my friends are into unique scents if not what’s the point of wearing one? The choice here is wide but the store is intimate enough to not feel overwhelmed so I got stuck into trying a few.
Penhaligon has been around for 130 years so it felt like I was buying a unique piece of history versus buying perfume brands that we see bombarding tv commercials every night.
I left with this perfume and shower gel gift set because I knew there is the option to layer the scent or go either/or depending on her preference. You can of course buy a single item. Being a candle lover, I almost caved one of them as well.
Two stores down in less than an hour. I’ll be back to check out more brands though since the convenience of them all being in close proximity is a God send.
Dresses are like a jumpsuit. They are that one piece with minimal thinking involved and you may have already noticed on my Instagram that I’m getting increasingly into them this season. This wide leg velvet jumpsuit is from REISS and I sized up in it for slouch (read: food baby friendly). The back detail for me meant ditching jewelry (another thing to not have to think about). The bag is enough bling for breaking up the black anyway.
As with approximately seventy percent of my dresses, the velvet jumpsuit comes with side pockets which raises it’s comfort equivalent to wearing pyjamas at parties or nights out. Check my Instagram @karenbritchick for more.