While not many outfit photos have been happening lately, you will have to take my word for it when I say I've been living in these black jeans. Comfortable, easy, flattering and inexpensive, they tick all the boxes. I love the simplicity of the black jean and striped top, and even though I felt very minimal that day, leopard heels, red bag and an attention getting hat amounted to the contrary.

Otherwise, over the weekend I got into the Christmas spirit by putting up the tree, taking home the cutest brass reindeer from my churches fair, and getting a few more gifts off my list. Cards are nearly all out, and now that I've nearly bought TJMaxx out of their paper, wrapping needs to commence.

One more note - I got so many compliments wearing this hat! It made me think of a line from Aziz Ansari's new Netflix show, "Thanks for the compliment, reaffirmed the purchase." Which is funny because it's true. Sometimes I feel like I need that in order to feel confident in my purchases!

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The Rundown
Striped Shirt L.L. Bean thrifted
Black Jeans Old Navy
Leopard Pumps Sam Edelman
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via ebay similar
Wool Fedora H&M similar
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Cuff Gorjana via Rocksbox (one month free with lydiaxoxo)
PavĂ© Z Ring Sophie Harper via Rocksbox (one month free with lydiaxoxo)
Nail Color "Cement the Deal" OPI



  1. I wish I was brave enough for hats, I just feel dumb in them! Love how you amp-ed up the simple look with accessories :D

  2. You can't go wrong with basic essentials, effortlessly chic. I love the hat.

  3. That vintage Coach purse is amazing. I need it!

  4. On the subject of that hat, was it a recent purchase? Because if so, I need one! The purchase was definitely a good one; you can never have too many good black hats. Or black jeans. Or striped tops. Or, well, I could go on about all of the other pieces in this look but since I'm sure I've worn a variation of this outfit at least ten times on my own blog, I'm sure you can imagine just how enthusiastic I am about every detail :)

  5. Nice shoes!!
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  6. Oh I just LOVE your outfit! From your hat down to your shoes!! Especially your bag! Love the cranberry color!

    Have a wonderful week! Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

  7. How is it that I don't actually own a pair of black jeans? Yours look fabulous. And I love that you included a quote from Master of None - I've been binge watching it all week!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  8. You look great, nice blog BTW :)

  9. WOW! I wish I could do minimal like that Lydia - you look really great.
    AND now I want the Willis bag again.

  10. Such a lovely pairing, Lydia! I adore stripes and leopard and this outfit is such a great example on how to style the two! I also love the purse, the color and shape are perfection.

    I hope you have a wonderful day and start to your week, beauty!



  11. We all need a great pair of black jeans that are comfortable and fit you as well as yours do. I'll reaffirm that hat purchase as well. It looks great on you!

  12. i love love a black jean!! it's definitely a must have!

    Sandy a la Mode

  13. These jeans are wonderful, you can always use a new pair of black denim. I am loving the simple striped top with jeans trend lately, it is so effortless. That bracelet is so unique too.

  14. Your hat is adorable, and I love your stripes and leopard combo!

  15. I actually just got a pair of black... jean leggings. Because I can't commit to pants. I love the location for these pictures--lovely backdrop!

  16. Love this outfit! I've been stalking a "willis" bag for a while now on eBay. I love that you got yours in red.


  17. Loving that hat so much!! and there's nothing better than the perfect pair of black jeans.


  18. Love the black jeans! I ordered a similar pair a few days ago and can't wait for them to come in :)

  19. So cute and classic! In love with that striped top and how you paired it with the leopard pumps! So fun!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  20. That is a serious statement bag, my friend! The color is just - WOW.


  21. I've been pretty much living in a version of this outfit. I'm obsessed with my black jeans too! And that hat IS really cute on you!

    Fizz and Frosting

  22. What a pretty, classic look--it's all about the details here! That IS a great hat (and certainly worthy of the purchase) and I love the pops of red and leopard. I'm falling behind with Christmas... I have a good dent in my shopping but need to get cards mailed and a tree!!