Fall 2013 Must Have: Leather Accents

Leather is HOT for fall 2013.  I am definitely not sharing anything that you haven’t read in Every. Single. Fashion. Magazine. What I am sharing, as a personal shopper, is that it has never been easier to try the trend.  Whether you stayed away from leather based on principle, price or style…those are no longer issues.  Enter…. faux leather… looks and feels real and makes the pricing much easier on the wallet.  Commitment phobe?  Lucky for you there are “accents” everywhere….allowing you to try the trend without fully committing.

This dress is a perfect example of leather accents for those who might be weary of the trend from head to toe.  Completely workday appropriate (for most) but also easy to transition out to dinne, this Sa Va dress is utterly gorgeous. You have seen this brand highlighted on the blog many a time as I love and wear the clothes consistently.  No longer available online…the company has completely repositioned itself and is now carried in boutiques all over the US.  Visit here to find the closest boutique to you!  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and crossing fingers I have inspired you to take a chance on some leather accents this fall!

Dress c/o Sa Va ($298- email me for more information) Necklace Vintage, Clutch GAP (no longer available), Pumps Jimmy Choo (last season)but similar available here

Leather accents are on everything for fall…coats, skirts, blouses, vests, pants, tees, sweaters and dresses!!!

Pieces with Leather Accents
Closet faux leather full skirt / J.Crew stitch sweater / Ella Moss white tank / Mossimo shirt / Diane Von Furstenberg loose fitting top / Zara vegan coat / Mossimo black vest / Madewell short long skirt / Club Monaco black zipper pants

Taking My Own Advice

I am sure you wonder if I take my own fashion advice…..and I can honestly say, I do!  For example, you might remember this post where I advised readers to get to know a great tailor.  I believe customizing your clothing to fit perfectly is key to a fabulous wardrobe.  A few months ago I did a complete overhaul of my closet.  I sent items I haven’t worn in 12 months (my rule of thumb) to consignment, donated some items that were worse for wear and made a small pile of items that I still loved but didn’t fit properly. The dress below was originally purchased when I was 8 months pregnant and I wore it for Prestons shower here.  The dress is by my favorite Philadelphia brand Sava and it was not maternity, so at the time I sized up considerably to make room for my ever expanding waistline.  I am still completely smitten…loose flowing silk, soft tie dye print….what’s not to love?  I decided to take my own advice and brought it to my local tailor (along with a few other items) and had it sized down to fit me now that all the baby weight is gone.  What do you all think?  I wore this to dinner with my husband before he heads out of town this weekend.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and have an awesome weekend!



 Silk Maxi SAVA (older style) similar vibe available here, Necklace c/o Touchstone Crystal, Bracelet Leigh Ann Barnes (older style), Shoes Christian Louboutin (older style), Clutch Louis Vuitton


As I venture further into my thirties, I am always cognizant of what trends I can appropriately try out and what trends I have to leave behind.  I posted the “crop top” to my “Style to Skip” Pinterest board last week because, as cute as the trend is, I just don’t think I can rock it with any sort of confidence.  I am however majorly smitten with the see through shirt, or as I like to call it, the “peekaboo” trend.  By keeping the rest of the outfit simple and understated, the blouse is the perfect and appropriate amount of sexy for me.  Of course, the blouse can absolutely be worn with a tank underneath, but for a night out on the town, I was willing to go a little bit scandalous.  I am in my thirties, not dead:)

I am highlighting SAVA again…if you are a newbie..check out my prior posts on this amazing brand hereherehere and here.  If you are a regular..you know I love the brand…and the Spring 2013 Collection is no exception.  So many items to love….let’s start with these below.  Currently there is free shipping on their site and you can also use code TSF10 for ten percent off either of the items below! Hope you find some outfit inspiration and Happy Shopping:)

Skirt c/o SAVA available here, Blouse c/o SAVA available here, Snakeskin Pumps Brian Atwood, Clutch Deux Lux, Belt Remie and Reid, Earrings D.Monaco Boutique, Bangles c/o Lydell

Crazy for You: Boyfriends

I posted the link to my new Skinny Boyfriend Jeans on my Facebook Page yesterday.  I haven’t been this smitten with denim since the Rockstars.  I just ordered them in white too because I am crazy about them.  As I have mentioned time and time again (you are probably sick of it) I have a few lbs left to lose from Preston. I can squeeze myself into my size 28’s but it isn’t a pretty site…muffin top anyone?  So,  I am hitting the gym hard and making some small diet changes, but I am certain, doing it the healthy way will take at least another 3 to 4 months.  I want to be fashionable and comfortable up until then and these jeans serve up both of those requests. I love the slouchy fit and especially love the forgiving nature of the waist.  Reviews online say they are running large…I suppose it depends how you want them to fit.  For me, I really wanted them to look like slouchy boyfriend jeans so I ordered and am wearing a 6.  I could probably squeeze into a 4 but that is not how I wanted to wear them.  On a side note, I do not know when or how, but mint has become a neutral color for me and I am wearing it with everything like red and orange as shown below.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and Happy Shopping!

Tshirt Old Navy available here, Skinny Boyfriends  Old Navy available here, Blazer SAVA (pre spring not available yet),  Scarf Banana Republic (old),  Clutch Deux Lux, Earrings Stella and Dot, Bangles mix of c/o Lydell and Boutique Brands, Booties TOMS (no longer available)

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Zazu: Two for One

When a piece in your wardrobe can perform double duty, it is worth a splurge.  I am adoring this SAVA dress for a few reasons….it is perfectly appropriate for any office setting….special enough for a night out on the town…comfortable and best of all RED…which is a great color for the holiday season ahead. I have styled it up for both work and play and hope you find some outfit inspiration. Happy Shopping! PS: That Rachel Zoe leather vest will be getting it’s own post soon…I am obsessed!


Zazu dress c/o SAVA available for purchase size S-XL $165 please inquire here or via my email carly@thirtysomethingfashion.com,  Blazer SAVA (old style), Shoes Johnston and Murphy (old style), Bag Louis Vuitton 


Zazu dress SAVA, Vest Rachel Zoe available here (vest runs very small), Bangles mix of gift and c/o Lydell,

Fedora Andi’s Boutique, Clutch Deux Lux, Pumps Christian Louboutin

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Exclusively Striped

This jaw dropping fabulous skirt JUST arrived at one of the boutiques I work with, D. Monaco. The boutique owner is so kindly offering my clients the exclusive! As I posted early last week…the high low hemline is huge for Spring and it is done beautifully on this Judith March skirt.  Easily worn now with layers, tights and boots….and obviously perfect for warm weather with just a tank and nude sandals.  First come (email), first serve. Available in size small, medium and large and it retails for $98.00.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and Happy Shopping!

 Tank M Rena similar available here, Blazer SAVA similar available here, Skirt Judith March (available through special order with me), Belt unknown similar available here, Stella and Dot Necklace available here, Earrings c/o local artist, Sunglasses D&G

* Note skirt is lined as a mini and not completely see through 

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Stylin in SAVA


If you haven’t gotten the memo yet, I love SAVA. The brand is just everything I adore about fashion. Beautiful, impeccably made, not mass produced and fits like a glove. I recently wore this look and thought I would share. Kind of in love with this jacket.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration!

Jacket SAVA purchase here, Dress SAVA purchase here, Belt unknown, Necklace local artist, Earrings c/o In Pink, Leather fingerless gloves SAVA, Pumps Christian Louboutin

The jacket is AMAZING and retails for $219.00. Purchase by clicking here

Dress is 100% cotton and can easily take you from day to night with just a change in accessories.  Flattering cut for every body type and completely seasonless.

Gloves are also not available YET on the website, but retail for $87. Email with interest.

Happy Shopping!

What a Night!

Thursday evening, the rain stopped and the sun peaked through the clouds…THANK GOODNESS! I hosted and welcomed about 20 of my top clients (and met some new ones) for a fun night of champagne and shopping. I was nervous the torrential rain would keep guests away but it held off for the entire event and we had a fabulous time. SAVA is fast becoming one of my favorite brands. I have told their story before here if you want to learn more about why I love them. The clothing is so classic and beautiful- true investment pieces that will last you from season to season. Some of the best sellers of the night were this dress and this top.  Hope you enjoy the little sneak peak into the event!

Strapless mini dress worn as top Britton, Wide Leg Pants SAVA, Necklaces gifted and Soko, Bracelets David Yurman and Lia Sophia, Watch Rolex, Shoes Christian Dior

One lucky guest won the Addison Wrap Shirt and a Total Closet Makeover from yours truly!

Posing with some favorite and satisfied clients!

Client Jennifer Hall in her new SAVA pants and shirt, Myself and Owner/Designer of SAVA Sarah Van Aken

Happy Shopping!

Fashionable HANKY’s and my favorite new PANTS!

So I am working on a fashion show in Philadelphia and whenever I head into the city I like to look my best. Wore my new SAVA wide leg pants and my old trusted Nicole Miller fur trimmed sweater. Mostly, I wanted to share my new accessory….from Happy Hanky – I know you are probably thinking, “why is she so excited about a hanky”? Well when you see the outfit post I think you will agree, this is NOT your grandmothers handkerchief. I have posted about this amazing Handkerchief line before HERE and am still as smitten as I used to be. Obviously I am not using it in the traditional sense, but how great does it look tied around my wrist. This Damask Print Hanky is so fashionable and really MADE my outfit. But beyond being fashionable these hankies are the PERFECT baby shower, bridal shower, bridal party, or special occasion gift. I personally love this Something Blue Hanky for a bride to be:) So stop by the site…the owner Colleen is the sweetest thing and is SO talented! Hope you find some inspiration and Happy Shopping!

Damask Print Hanky Retail $15

Black Fedora Andi’s Boutique in BayHead NJ
Earrings and Necklace Vintage

Pants SAVA, Sweater Nicole Miller, Tank Gap, Shoes Stuart Weitzman

SA VA…Locally Made…Globally Inspired

As I state in my mission…….I love discovering new and interesting designers……that is why I am so excited to tell my readers about this brand. For those in Philadelphia- you must go visit the SA VA store on 17th and Sansom, for those not in Philadelphia- you must shop online at SA VA online. This brand is amazing! Not only is the design interesting, beautiful and fashionable….EVERYTHING is sourced, produced and made in the USA and even better most of the collection is made in my favorite city, Philadelphia. It is more than admirable to keep your fabrics “made in the USA” when so many other retailers are producing in China and India. Keeping your production in the city you retail in…creating jobs within and supporting your own community…..genius!
When my dearest intern at Nicole Miller from a few years back reached out to me to tell me about this brand she is working for…..she sounded so proud…I just had to take a look.  I was immediately smitten.  I said, send me a box and I will feature on the blog….Here we are… The jeans and blazer are both SA VA….I loved the jeans, but didn’t NEED another pair in my life…BUT IMMEDIATELY PURCHASED THE BLAZER. It was love at first wear, and it is now the proud owner of a hanger in my closet!  Yippee!

Now on to the clothes……

Chocolate Brown Blazer SA VA, White TShirt Gap, Scarf The Spot (available for purchase please inquire),Skinny Jeans SA VA
Shoes Stuart Weitzman

Loving the wash/color on these jeans. I think they fit great- Very comfortable with just the right amount of stretch. Retailing for $200 they are part of the SA VA Honest Denim Line- Cotton grown and milled in the USA and made locally in Philadelphia.

Lauren Jacket retails for $398.00 and worth every penny AND as you can tell from my face, I am VERY serious about this blazer. Draping is beautiful, silk is soft, smooth brass buttons, fully lined, like butter on the skin. Look at that pocket details….I LOVE THIS BLAZER!


Happy Shopping!