to decorate / {high and low} design within reach platner coffee table

Top: Design within Reach Platner coffee table ($1,421), Bottom: Stainless Steel Coffee Table from the Foundary ($477)

The photo quality of the Foundary table isn’t great, but it looks just like the DWR one in person. And that’s how I convinced myself it was ok to buy this blindly online. I have a typical small NYC apartment. During my coffee table search, I was looking for a glass or acrylic coffee table because they evoke airiness. While I would’ve preferred something with gold accents, all of the ones I liked were way out of my price range. I subscribe to many flash sale websites but don’t check them daily. I found this coffee table back in October, thanks to CopyCatChic.

If you are in the market for a coffee table, the sale is open for another half a day. It comes shipped in two packages. It’s best to have moving gloves on hands (splintery wood is used in the packaging), cash (to tip the delivery folks to carry it up x flights of stairs), and some strength (to rip open the crate). Here’s a grainy pic of my table after I “assembled” it.

to shop / {high & low} gold choker, leopard print jeans, embroidered top, fringe leather skirt

The Gold Choker

Are chokers making a comeback? I have flashbacks from the late 90s with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

COS Matte Gold Choker (€29) vs. Forever 21 Graduated Choker ($5.80)

When I was at COS in Paris, I picked up this matte gold choker. I used to go crazy with their accessories but have learned to tone it down a bit. Overall, I’ve significantly toned down my shopping on this trip to the point where I have no VAT tax to claim back. The “splurge” was the pharmacy goods. You can find a similar graduated choker at Forever 21 in gold or rose gold for much less. If you’re worried about tarnishing, swipe the underside with a coat of clear nail polish.

The Dark Leopard Print Jean

As mentioned here.

Joe’s Jeans Leopard Print Ankle Legging Jean ($75.60 on sale) vs. Old Navy Rockstar Animal-Print Jeans ($22, before additional discounts)

The delicate embroidered blouse

Dolce Vita Deirdra Lace Top ($198, also known as the Sagiso on Anthropologie and currently available in mint for $168) vs. Forever 21 Eyelet Embroidered Top ($27.80, in cream – selling out quickly – and blue) (Update: The F21 top quality is extremely lacking — they used crochet for the detail…)

If you like the look, Dolce Vita also has a dress under the style name Valentina that has made its way around the blogosphere. Find it here and here (in sale colors).

The Leather Fringe Skirt

When I went to Giverny this summer to visit Monet’s gardens, there was a woman in her 50s who was tastefully dolled up in a black leather fringe skirt, long beaded necklaces, tights, and a leather jacket. Since she is French, she pulled it off very well.

Chan Luu Leather Fringe Skirt ($91.60 from $298) vs. Forever 21 Faux Leather Fringe Skirt ($24.80)

to shop / {high & low} contrast sleeve blazer, vertical striped blazer

A blazer does an outfit make.

J.Crew Contrast Knit Blazer* ($188, $97.50 sale) vs. Forever 21 Contrast Sleeve Blazer ($34.80)

Zara Striped Blazer ($129) vs.  alice + olivia Striped Elyse Blazer ($484)

(Image source: J.Crew, Forever 21, Zara, and Alice & Olivia)

*The J.Crew blazer quality is not that great. They should have used a better quality of wool on the camel contrast.