Shopping the Major Fashion Houses at Zara (Part Deux)…

  • 21st March 2014

A continuation of our uber-popular post holding a mirror up to celebrated fashion house spring trends—that reflects back to Zara.  If you have not seen Part One, please take a peek…otherwise enjoy a second installment in the series.

 

 

Christian Louboutin’s Caged-Effect:

 

Christian Louboutin Laurence Lace-Up Red Sole Ankle Boot in Black

Christian Louboutin Laurence Lace-Up Red Sole Ankle Boot in Black

Open Work High Heel Leather Sandal

Zara Open Work High Heel Leather Sandal—Insanely Comfortable and Easy to Walk In!

 

 

 

Christian Louboutin Laurence Lace-Up Red Sole Ankle Boot in Black, bergdorfgoodman.com, $1,245.00 (Pre-Order)

Open Work High Heel Leather Sandal, zara.com, $99.90

 

 

 

Lanvin’s Coveted Flatform:

 

 

 

Lanvin Metallic Flatform Sandal

Lanvin Metallic Flatform Sandal

Zara Metallic Platform Sandal with Track Sole

Zara Metallic Platform Sandal with Track Sole

 

 

 

 

Lanvin Metallic Sandal, barneys.com, $790.00

Metallic Platform Sandal with Track Sole, zara.com, $79.90

 

 

 

 

Victoria Beckham’s Sold-Out Soft Peek-A-Boo Pleats:

 

 

Victoria Beckham Silk and Wool-Blend Crepe Mini Dress

Victoria Beckham Silk and Wool-Blend Crepe Mini Dress

Victoria Beckham Silk and Wool-Blend Crepe Mini Dress

Sold-Out!

 

 

 

 

Victoria Beckham Dress

Victoria Beckham Dress

 

 

 

Victoria Beckham Silk and Wool-Blend Crepe Mini Dress, net-a-porter.com, $2,425.00 (Sold-Out!)

 

 

 

 

Zara Dress with Fine Pleated Hem

Zara Dress with Fine Pleated Hem

The same soft white pleats and asymmetrical slice

The same soft white pleats and asymmetrical slice

 

 

 

 Dress with a Fine Pleated Hem, zara.com, $69.90

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana’s Feminine Coral:

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Above-Knee Short-Sleeve Lace Dress

Dolce & Gabbana Above-Knee Short-Sleeve Lace Dress

Zara Crochet Dress

Zara Crochet Dress

 

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Above-Knee Short-Sleeve Lace Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $2695.00

Crochet Dress, zara.com, $89.90

 

 

 

Ralph Lauren’s Shoulder-Baring Black:

 

 

Ralph Lauren Giana Cold Shoulder Top

Ralph Lauren Giana Cold Shoulder Top

Zara Asymmetric Top with Knot on ShoulderZara Asymmetric Top with Knot on Shoulder

Zara Asymmetric Top with Knot on Shoulder

 

 

Giana Cold Shoulder Top, neimanmarcus.com, $435.00

Asymmetric Top with Knot on Shoulder, zara.com, $69.90

 

 

Marc Jacob’s Sporty Style:

 

 

Marc Jacobs Sandals in Bazaar Magazine.  Retail for $845.00

Marc Jacobs Sandals in Bazaar Magazine. Retail for $845.00

 

 

 

Strappy Leather Sandal from Zara

Strappy Leather Sandal from Zara

 

 

 

Strappy Leather Sandal with Track Sole, zara.com, $89.90

 

 

 

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If You are Not Headed to Puglia—Part Deux

  • 14th March 2014

Last year we posted a delicious recipe which celebrated the ease of a one-pot pasta (sauce and pasta boiled together)!  This year’s similar recipe in Martha Stewart is equally delicious promising a silky sauce that clings perfectly to the orecchiette.  If you are not on your way to Italy, and even if you are, it really is a must-try!

 

 

Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives.

Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives. Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living

 

 

 

Delicious!

Delicious!

 

 

 

Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives

 

12 ounces orecchiette

1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted

2 tablespoons tomato paste

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 6-inch sprig rosemary

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 1 1/2 ounces), plus more for serving

2 cups baby arugula (about 2 ounces)

 

 

 

Use the best quality Oricchiette

Use the best quality Orecchiette.

 

 

1.) Combine pasta, chickpeas, olives, tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, oil, pepper flakes, and 5 cups water in a large straight-sided skillet.  (We found 5 cups to be way too much when we tried this dish.  In fact, 3 cups would probably work better.  If you use five cups, and the water has not completely reduced, ladle some out slowly and save it.  It is tasty in soups and added to other sauces. See below picture).  Season generously with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, then cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente and liquid is reduced to a sauce that coats pasta, 12 to 15 minutes.

 

 

 

The beginning stage is absolutely gorgeous!

The beginning stage is absolutely gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

Starting to bubble.

Starting to bubble.

 

 

 

 

Keep stirring it frequently or the pasta will stick.

Keep stirring it frequently or the pasta will stick.

 

 

 

The water will start reducing down.

The water will start reducing down.

 

 

This water was ladled out to reduce the sauce.  It was approximately 2 cups.  It's super tasty with the olives, garlic and rosemary and can be used later in soups and sauces.

This water was ladled out to reduce the sauce. It was approximately 2 cups. It’s super tasty cooked with the olives, garlic and rosemary and can be used later in soups and sauces.

 

 

2.) Remove skillet from heat, discard rosemary, and stir in cheese.  Add more water, a few tablespoons at a time, to thin sauce if necessary.  (We did not need to do this step as we actually removed water).  Divide pasta and arugula among bowls and serve immediately, drizzled with oil and sprinkled with cheese and pepper flakes.

 

 

Serve the pasta immediately!  We did not discard the rosemary.  Fresh arugula can be added.

Serve the pasta immediately! We did not discard the rosemary. Fresh arugula can be added.

 

 

Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives.  Photo Courtesy of:  Martha Stewart

Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives. Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart

 

 

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Sourcing the Best in Street Style

  • 13th March 2014

Four super simple but head-turning styles and accessories are easy to mimic with just a few clicks!

 

Draw the Right Card:

 

Face Card Clutch.  Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Mexico

Face Card Clutch. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Mexico

 

 

 

Queen Face Card Clutch Anthropologie

Queen Face Card Clutch Anthropologie

Jack Face Card Clutch Anthropologie

Jack Face Card Clutch Anthropologie

 

 

 

Face Card Clutch, anthropologie.com, $998.00

 

 

 

 I’m Lovin’ It!

 

 

Hearts abound...Photo Courtesy of: Elle Mexico

Hearts abound…Photo Courtesy of: Elle Mexico

 

 

 

 

Top Shop Fluro Heart Cross-Over Playsuit
Heart String Satchel Anthropologie

 

 

 

Top Shop Fluro Heart Cross-Over Playsuit, us.topshop.com, $80.00

Heart String Satchel, anthropologie.com, $98.00

 

 

Celebrating the Catwalk on the Streets:

 

 

Cat Walk Sweatshirt in Elle Mexico

Cat Walk Sweatshirt in Elle Mexico

 

 

Moschino Cheap and Chic Catwalk Cashmere Sweater

Moschino Cheap and Chic Catwalk Cashmere Sweater

 

 

 

Moschino Cheap and Chic Cashmere Catwalk Sweater, saks.com

 

 

The Shirtdress with a Little Something Special:

 

 

A perfect shirtdress.  Photo Courtesy of:  Elle Collections Mexico

A perfect shirtdress. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Mexico

 

 

Add a chunky, masculine black belt, like above, to any of these stylish shirt-dresses:

 

Mary Katrantzou Current Eillott Women Dress

 

 

Mary Katrantzou Current Eillott Women Dress, yoox.com, $1227.00

 

 

Eudon Choi Erygium Cotton Shirt

 

 

Eudon Choi Erygium Cotton Shirt, matchesfashion.com, $720.00

 

 

Bernhard Willhelm Asymmetric Dress

 

 

Bernhard Willhelm Asymmetric Dress, farfetch.com, $697.81

 

 

Halston Heritage Layered Stretch-cotton Shirt-dress

 

 

Halston Heritage Layered Stretch-cotton Shirt-dress, net-a-porter.com, $375.00

 

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Parting Words…

  • 13th March 2014

‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.’ – Coco Chanel

 

 

BonConseil

 

 

Airy Decadence in Beverly Hills—Le Mervetty

  • 9th March 2014

The boutique pâtisserie, Le Mervetty Beverly Hills, is named after a French-born and Belgian perfected dessert—should I repeat that?  I think I will!  French born, Belgian perfected dessert.   It’s called the ‘Merveilleux’ and it is made by way of delicately stacking crumbly meringue together with decadent whipped cream.

 

 

The chocolate Mervetty

The chocolate Mervetty

 

 

 

A dessert, with a heritage drawing back to two nations with a collective conscience focused on pastry perfection, has to be divine.  Its namesake in Beverly Hills is perfection as well.

 

Le Petit Mervetty in a 6-pack and 12-pack

Le Petit Mervetty, beautifully packaged, in a 6-pack and 12-pack.

 

 

Le Mervetty in Beverly Hills offers a selection airy temptations in flavors ranging from praline to speculoos to chocolate.  They come in regular and the adorable, mignon petit size.

 

 

Coffee flavored Mervetty

Coffee flavored Mervetty

Praline Mervetty

Praline Mervetty

 

 

 

The praline tastes as good as it sounds:  Meringue layers, hazelnut praline whipped cream covered with caramelized praline feuilletines.

 

The desserts are as eye-catchingly elegant as they are delicious.  They look especially lovely displayed on a tiered stand amongst colorful spring flowers like anemone and ranunculus.

 

 

Les Petits on Tiered Crane from Anthropologie.

Les Petits on Tiered Crane from Anthropologie.

 

 

Sharing is hard, thankfully!  It is particularly difficult to maintain elegance when cutting into them.  Here’s a peek inside with the neatest cross-section we could obtain.

 

 

 

Neatly cut Speculoos and Chocolate Mervetty.

Neatly cut Speculoos and Chocolate Mervetty.

 

 

Le Mervetty also tempts visitors with Le Pavlova—meringue layers, fresh strawberries, vanilla whipped cream covered with crystallized meringues and Le Grand Mervetty for bigger parties and fêtes.

 

 

Le Pavlova

Le Pavlova

 

 

 

 

Le Grand Mervetty

Le Grand Mervetty

 

 

 

Le Mervetty

319 North Canon Drive

Beverly Hills, CA

lemervetty.com

 

 

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Put a Bow on It!

  • 4th March 2014

From the oversized bows of Saint Laurent to the lbb (little black bow) of Chanel, Valentino and Kate Spade….Spring is all about adding this girlish embellishment.  From your head to your toes, it’s one trend that works wonders anywhere!

 

 

Black Bow Chanel, Saint Laurent

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

 

 

In Your Hair:

 

John Lewis Amy Bow Fascinator

John Lewis Amy Bow Fascinator

Federica Moretti Bow-Style Headband

Federica Moretti Bow-Style Headband

 

 

 

 

 

John Lewis Amy Bow Fascinator, johnlewis.com, $50.00

Federica Moretti Bow-Style Headband, modaoperandi.com, $65.00

 

 

 

 

For Coats, Dresses & Pants:

 

Calvin Klein Belt in Bazaar India

Calvin Klein Belt in Bazaar India

Penelope Cruz at the Oscars in 2014

Penelope Cruz at the Oscars in 2014

 

 

RED Valentino Belt in Bazaar UK

RED Valentino Belt in Bazaar UK

 

 

 

Kate Spade New York Skinny Bow Belt

Kate Spade New York Skinny Bow Belt

 

Kate Spade New York Skinny Bow Belt, couture.zappos.com, $78.00

 

 

 

The Wrap & Tie Belt:

 

Hermes Belt Vogue Italia

Hermes Belt Vogue Italia

 

 

 

Rose Byrne in Prabal Gurung

Rose Byrne in Prabal Gurung

 

 

 

Mango Studded Sash Belt

Mango Studded Sash Belt

 

Mango Studded Sash Belt, mango.com, $12.00

 

 

Cute and Flirty on Your Feet:

 

 

Black bows grace shoes in Elle Germany

Black bows grace shoes in Elle Germany

 

 

 

Black Bow Bootie in Elle Germany

Black Bow Bootie in Elle Germany

 

 

 

 

Isabel Marant Rilla Bow-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats

Isabel Marant Rilla Bow-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats

 

 

Isabel Marant Rilla Bow-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats, net-a-porter.com, $475.00

 

 

 

Kate Spade New York Michela Mesh & Patent Leather Bow Slides

Kate Spade New York Michela Mesh & Patent Leather Bow Slides

Love Moschino Heart Bow Jelly T-Strap Sandals

Love Moschino Heart Bow Jelly T-Strap Sandals

 

 

 

Kate Spade New York Michela Mesh & Patent Leather Bow Slides, saksfifthavenue.com, $328.00

Love Moschino Heart Bow Jelly T-Strap Sandals, saksfifthavenue.com, $165.00

 

 

The Saint Laurent Trend:

 

It started with Saint Laurent way back then.  And they oversized and jump-started the trend once-again!

 

YSL Autumn/Winter Collection 1966-67.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue India

YSL Autumn/Winter Collection 1966-67. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue India

 

 

How to copy it today!

 

Lanvin Black Classic Silk Bow Tie

Lanvin Black Classic Silk Bow Tie

 

 

Lanvin Black Classic Silk Bow Tie, liberty.co.uk, £80.00

 

 

 

Silk Chiffon Saint Laurent Bows Vogue India

Silk Chiffon Saint Laurent Bows Vogue India

 

 

 

Chiffon Oversized Bow, Saint Laurent, Elle Germany

Chiffon Oversized Bow, Saint Laurent, Elle Germany

 

 

 

 

Saint Laurent Black Polka Dot Silk Bow Collar for Women

Saint Laurent Black Polka Dot Silk Bow Collar for Women

 

 

Saint Laurent Black Polka Dot Silk Bow Collar for Women, ssense.com, $390.00

 

Easy, Fresh Eat from Donna Hay

  • 26th February 2014

This pasta appeared in Red Magazine from the UK as an ‘easy summer eat,’ courtesy of renowned chef, Donna Hay.  But, this speedy, healthy pasta is really absolutely perfect any time of the year.  The addition of a few chopped anchovy fillets ensures that you add protein, iron and calcium without adding many calories.

 

 

 

Donna Hay Tenderstem Broccoli Pasta with Lemon and Anchovy

 

 

Tenderstem Broccoli, Lemon and Anchovy Pasta

 

400 grams of linguine pasta

2 tbsp olive oil

350 grams Tenderstem broccoli, chopped (about 2/3 lb)

2 tbsp shredded lemon zest

6 anchovy fillets, chopped

4 garlic cloves, crushed

Sea salt and cracked black pepper

A large handful of mint leaves

Finely grated Parmesan or Pecorino to serve

 

 

 

pasta
Broccoli

 

 

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente.  Drain and return to the pan.

 

While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.  Add the Tenderstem broccoli, lemon zest, anchovy, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for four to five minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the broccoli is tender.  Add the broccoli to the pasta with the mint and toss to coat.  Top with the Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.  So easy, so yummy!!!

 

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Pork & Tomatillo Stew with Chipotle Mashed Zebra and Purple Potatoes

  • 22nd February 2014

A Mexican-style stew with a real kick that is loaded with vegetables, served alongside creamy, spicy, comforting mashed potatoes.  What could be better?

 

 

Pork and Tomatillo Stew with Chipotle White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

 

 

Pork and Tomatillo Stew (Recipe from Food & Wine Magazine)

 

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 1/2 lbs boneless pork loin, cut into 3-inch chunks

salt and pepper

2 large celery ribs, finely diced

1 small onion finely diced

1 Anaheim chile, seeded and finely diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons mild chile powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

Pinch of dried oregano

2 cups chicken stock

1 cup 1/2-inch diced carrots

Two 6-ounce russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice

One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 pound tomatillos—husked, rinsed and cut into 1-inch dice

Hot sauce

Chopped cilantro for garnish

Corn tortilla chips, for serving (optional)

 

 

 

Pork and Tomatillo Stew.  Photo Courtesy of:  Food & Wine

Pork and Tomatillo Stew. Photo Courtesy of: Food & Wine

 

 

 

1.) In a medium casserole or Dutch oven, heat the oil.  Season the pork with salt and pepper and cook over high heat until browned on 2 sides, about 2 minutes per side.  Add the celery and onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until softened, about 7 minutes.  Add the diced chile, garlic, chile powder, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.  Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Add the carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and tomatillos, cover and simmer over low heat until the pork is cooked through, about 25 minutes.

 

2.) Transfer the pork to a plate and shred with two forks.  Meanwhile simmer the stew over moderate heat until thickened, about 10 minutes.  Stir the shredded pork into the stew and season with salt, pepper and hot sauce.  Ladle the stew into bowls, garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with a few tortilla chips.

 

The stew can definitely be made-ahead and refrigerated and reheated gently!  

 

The stew can also be served atop corn tortilla chips as an appetizer, fancy nacho or amuse-bouche at a dinner party!  It’s a great way to kick-off a Mexican-style dinner.  Then use any left-overs for your own dinner the next night.  

 

 

A perfect amuse bouche that mimics a nacho!

A perfect amuse bouche that mimics a nacho!

 

 

Chipotle and White Cheddar Zebra & Purple Mashed Potatoes 

 

For the mashed potatoes we used a combination of Zebra potatoes (notice their thin barely-there striped pink and yellow skin) and Peruvian purple potatoes.

 

 

Zebra and Purple Peruvian Potatoes

Zebra and Purple Peruvian Potatoes

 

 

Both of these varieties are available at the Farmer’s Market.  They are soft, cook quickly and have a nutty flavor.  We cooked them first and then peeled them lightly, leaving traces of skin on.

 

 

 

Potatoes boiling

Potatoes boiling

 

 

Everyone has their favorite way of preparing mashed potatoes.  We only suggest that as an accompaniment to the stew you mash in 1 cup grated white cheddar cheese and 2 teaspoons of pureed chipotle chiles in adobo.  (Courtesy of: Bon Appétit)  *You can vary the above based on how many potatoes you are preparing and how spicy you wish them to be.  We used 8 potatoes for the amounts represented above. 

 

 

Chipotle-White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes.  Photo Courtesy of:  Bon Appétit

Chipotle-White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes. Photo Courtesy of: Bon Appétit

 

 

 

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Shopping the Major Fashion Houses, at Zara, this Spring!

  • 19th February 2014

You do not need to trot around the world, or attend a flurry of shows to cherry-pick some key pieces at a prime price point this spring.  One stop into Zara holds a mirror up to the best from the Spring/Summer runways while watching your wallet.

 

Chloe’s Slides:

The Chloe sandal is virtually sold-out on Net-a-Porter, but you can find an almost exact replica easily on Zara.com

 

Chloe Embellished Neoprene Slides

Chloe Embellished Neoprene Slides

Zara Leather Sandals with Metal Detail

Zara Leather Sandals with Metal Detail

 

 

 

 

Zara Leather Sandals with Metal Detail

Zara Leather Sandals with Metal Detail

 

 

Leather Sandal with Metal Detail, zara.com, $79.90

 

The Dior Floral:

 

It has sashayed into nearly every fashion magazine out there paired beautifully with a modern, structured blazer.  The Dior version retails at £2,500, the Zara version at: $59.90.

 

 

Dior Skirt Photo Courtesy of: Vogue UK

Dior Skirt Photo Courtesy of: Vogue UK

 

 

Zara Pleated Print Skirt

Zara Pleated Print Skirt

 

 

Pleated Print Skirt, Zara.com, $59.90

 

 

Chanel’s Oversized Pearl ‘Collier':

 

Chanel collier con maxi perle bijoux.  Photo Courtesy of:  Elle Italia

Chanel collier con maxi perle bijoux. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Italia

 

 

 

Chanel Oversized Pearl Choker

Chanel Oversized Pearl Choker

Chanel Oversized Pearl Choker

 

 

 

Chanel Oversized Pearl Necklace

Chanel Oversized Pearl Necklace

 

 

Zara choker with pearls in the store

Zara choker with pearls in the store.

 

 

 

Zara choker with pearls

Zara choker with pearls

Zara choker with pearls

 

 

Choker with Pearls, zara.com, $19.90

 

Prada’s Aloha Spirit:

 

 

Prada's Resort Collection featuring an Aloha Spirit

Prada’s Resort Collection featuring an Aloha Spirit

 

 

Prada's silks with tropical prints

Prada’s silks with tropical prints

 

 

Nicole Kidman in Prada.  Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue

Nicole Kidman in Prada. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

Adele Exarchopoulos in Prada.  Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue

Adele Exarchopoulos in Prada. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

 

 

 

 

Combination Printed Top Zara

Combination Printed Top Zara

Combination Printed Trousers Zara

Combination Printed Trousers Zara

 

Combination Printed Top, zara.com, $79.90

Combination Printed Trousers, zara.com, $79.90

 

 

Zara Printed Dress

Zara Printed Dress

Zara Flower Print Dress

Zara Flower Print Dress

 

Zara Printed Dress Up Close

Zara Printed Dress Up Close

 

 

 

Zara Printed Dress, zara.com, $119.00

Flower Print Dress, zara.com, $79.90

 

 

Celine’s Bold Brush Strokes:

 

Celine

 

 

 

Zara Printed Asymmetric Skirt

Zara Printed Asymmetric Skirt

 

Zara Printed Asymmetric Skirt

 

 

Printed Asymmetric Skirt, zara.com, $69.90

 

 

Marni’s & Tod’s Fringe & Jewels:

 

 

Marni Fringed Sandals

Marni Fringed Sandals

 

 

 

 

 

Tods Fringed Slides

Tods Fringed Slides

 

 

 

zara leather fringe sandal

Zara leather fringe sandal

 

 

Leather Sandals with Fringes, zara.com, $99.90

 

 

Marni Jeweled Calf Hair Sandal

Marni Jeweled Calf Hair Sandal

Marni Jeweled Calf Hair Sandal

 

 

Zara Leather Bio with Jewels

Zara Leather Bio with Jewels

leatherbiowithjewels

 

 

 

Leather Bio With Jewels, zara.com, $99.90

 

 

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