Have you bought anything you loved lately? In the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices, the answer to that question is usually “Yes.” Below, check out the sequined numbers we couldn’t bear to send back — and the leather jacket and amazing bath products we’re evangelizing about. Then tell us what you’re loving on Twitter or in the comments!
Courtesy Zoe Ruderman
Zoë Ruderman, Senior Style Editor: I wish the two items in the photos at left fell into the category of “What We’re Buying,” but sadly the only thing I bought was that In N Out burger. The outfits are filed under “What I Rented … and Really, Really Didn’t Want to Give Back.”
Last month I went to L.A. to cover the Grammys red carpet for People.com and my first thought (after BeyoncéJayZerrmerrgerd) was, what will I wear? Obviously, I spent the next five hours on RenttheRunway.com. I ended up with this allover sequin black-and-gold Milly dress and a Robert Rodriguez Collection romper (more sequins). I wore the off-the-shoulder romper for PEOPLE’s pre-Grammys party on Saturday and — I kid you not — I couldn’t even make it from my table to the bathroom without being complimented on it.
I wore the Milly mini for the actual red carpet and I’m so glad I did. Not just because I felt awesome in it and it was flattering and comfortable. But because it has a sexy open back. And as I found out later, my back was featured in just about every video PEOPLE shot that night. (See: here and here.) To book my back for an appearance, please contact my back’s agent.
I begrudgingly returned both pieces, only because the dress was only $30 (!) and the romper was $40, so I know I can easily have them back in my arsenal next time I need to feel amazing and rake in compliments.
Courtesy Anine Bing
Nikki Pennie, Celebrity Stylist: The last fashion item I bought that I loved was a leather jacket by Anine Bing. I love the shape. It’s so beautiful. It looks Balmain, but it’s not Balmain prices. The shape of it is just so beautiful, and a think a leather jacket is a really important piece in someone’s wardrobe because you can wear it with an evening dress or a gown, or you can wear it with jeans, and I think leather jackets are really key.
Yesterday I wore it with some really cool trousers and a nice top and heels to this event, or you can just wear it with Converse and jeans. I’m all about being effortless and comfortable.
Nikki Pennie is a celebrity stylist who has worked with the Duchess of Cambridge and is a member of the style council for David’s Bridal. Follow her on Twitter and check out her blog here!
–reporting by Gabrielle Olya
Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: I’m living on the west coast against my will at the moment, but I’m making the most of it by doing all the things I wouldn’t be able to do on the snowbound east coast, like whale watching, driving to Tahoe and taking day trips to Napa. And I’ve been making a point to try every spa along the way — for work purposes, obviously. And let me tell you, Californians know how to do relaxation right.
My most recent stop was at the Bardessono hotel in Yountville — I’d gotten a cocktail there in the fall and seen people wandering around in robes, so I had a feeling the spa experience was not one to be missed. Understatement of the year. The last thing I remember before passing out on the massage table in a state of bliss is a really amazing, soothing scent. So when I came to, I asked my massage therapist about it. She told me they get seasonal blends from a company called Tara, and I was dozing to the scent of their Therapeutic Sports Oil with rosemary, eucalyptus and birch.
I checked out the website and found the perfect gift for my mom’s birthday in a few weeks: a jet-leg kit from Tara with essential oils and bath salts in all her favorite scents. It was such a good find I think I’m going to have to go back to the Bardessono spa again next week to see what other inspiration I can glean.
What are you buying lately? Tell us in the comments. Plus, check out what else our editors have been loving over the past month…
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What We’re Buying: Leather Midi Skirts and the Perfect Jackets For Work and Play
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