Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fashion Week: 7 Wardrobe Essentials (Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers)

Hello friends!  Today you are all in for a real treat as I somehow suckered Natalie from Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers to share her 7 wardrobe essentials!  

Natalie is the full on I-kind-of-hate-you package.  She's beautiful, her home is beautiful, she looks good in everything - probably even work out clothes, and she can cook!  Yeah- like I said, I kind of hate her.  ;)  But seriously I can't remember when I fell down the rabbit hole at her blog, but oh what an adventure it has been ever since!  She's always dishing up the goods - passing along great deals- and quite often making me wanna bust out my credit card.  Without further adieu.......... 
Hello Fifth House Readers!  I'm Natalie from Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers  and I am so excited to be helping Carmel out with this amazing series!  In no specific order here are what I consider the 7 things all women need in their closet!

My all time favorite skinny jeans are Rag and Bone Skinny Jeans in Kensington wash.  I can't live without them!  They suck you in all the right places!

Even my style icon Gwyneth Paltrow has them!

Nude pumps go with anything and everything.  They look great with jeans and dresses, so versatile.  I love this Micheal Kors version.

As a mommy to a little one I always need a huge purse to stash all my stuff in.  Your purse can be hot mess but you still look chic if you are carrying a great purse.
This is my personal collection of big fabulous totes:)

 I am a blouse hoarder.  They are my favorite item to buy so of course I feel like all women should own a super feminine blouse!  They can really dress up jeans and make a pulled together outfit.   Rebecca Taylor, Joie, and Diane Von Furstenberg make the best blouses!
I am lusting after this Joie Blouse for Spring.

I love to wear dresses but there is nothing I hate more than seeing bulges and underwear lines.  All women should own a great slip.  I wear my Spanx one all the time.

A statement necklace is the best piece of jewelry you can own.  It can dress up even the dullest outfit.  I love to wear a casual tee shirt and a fun necklace.
I adore this Adia Kibur one, it would go with everything!

Last but not least I think everyone needs a Maxi Dress.  They are chic in the winter with a cool blazer or leather jacket and perfect in the Summer.   Effortlessly chic!


Thanks so much Natalie!  I'm a big believer in the power of a great blouse and a big fabulous tote as well!  I told you all she was always dishing out the goods!  Be sure to head over to her blog for more fabulousness.  

In case you missed any of the other fashionistas included in this series - be sure to check out Cassie (HI Sugarplum!), Courtney (A Thoughtful Place) and Amanda (Amanda Carol At Home).  


  1. i have everything except a slip and i keep saying i'm going to get one - thanx for rec the Spanx one!

    ps - giveaway going on (LUX giveaway coming up right after this one)

  2. Great picks! and I am ashamed to admit I have not read her blog- adding her to my reading list now!

  3. I need to get a nice slip, too! I was actually at Target the other day scratching my head and trying to figure out which one to get... seems Spanx is pretty popular!

  4. I'll take the necklace please! : )

  5. I love all of your choices, Nat. And you keep tempting me with that maxi dress. ugh!

  6. Love Natalie's style...I would raid her wardrobe in a hot minute! Such a fun series! :)

  7. Love natalies picks...shes made me look at blouses differently bc she always looks amazing in them!

  8. Thanks for letting me participate in such a fun series Carmel! I have loved seeing everyone's picks!

  9. Natalie has amazing style! Her blog was one of the first ones I started following and I admit now that I am obsessed with blouses :) Love adding statement necklaces to a simple outfit! Great picks Natalie!

  10. Fun series! I need a lot of fashion inspiration in my life. And Natalie is one of my favorite gals for that, that's fo sho!

  11. such a great styling for a great outfits! amazing fashion!

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