Trend alert: Woven

I think baskets and woven accessories in general are going to be big for spring. I was reading the April issue of Elle over the weekend and saw this editorial.

Then I was reading Frolic and came across this image of Jane Birkin rocking a basket as a purse. Here are some of my basket purse picks. And if these are too much you can probably just pick up a basket at your local craft store.

J.Crew Seaside tote, $45

Kate Spade Picnic Quinn, $275

Sweetgrass basket from South Carolina, $140
This last basket can be found if you are ever trolling the marketplace in Charleston, SC. These are all handwoven.

Wardrobe staples

Brooks Brother’s Blouse, $89.50
Via Spiga Pump, $175
Longchamp Purse, $285

Another thing I learned while on my spending freeze was that there are a lot of classic wardrobe staples I have never gotten around to purchasing because I was always impulsively buying “fun” clothes. I never had a shopping list of clothes I actually needed. With a shopping list in hand, I feel less tempted to spend frivolously, and I am more inclined to wait until I find that perfect black pump or crisp white shirt. I prefer to spend more money on pieces like these because I know they will be worn over and over again. I have a white shirt that I bought for $15 at New York and Company. It was cheap and easy to buy at the time, but the shirt is a really thin material that easily wrinkles. It also has lost the buttons on its french cuff. We all know that just won’t do.  My sister swears by the blouses at Brooks Brothers. I would suggest investing in one of their shirts when they are having a sale. Basics likes these are also easy to find at TJ maxx and Marshalls, and you usually have your choice of brand names.