My Essentials // do I even like this?


My Essentials: do I even like this?

Amanda  Baumgarth is one half of the lovable and unique duo who together create a shopping girl’s dream blog cleverly named, do I even like this? 

“Every girl has that one special friend who is their personal style arbiter, whose opinion is so valued that you need to know if they like something to know if you even like it yourself.  Elizabeth and Amanda are those friends.”

As the pair goes back and forth on topics such as what to wear, fashion trends, and recent purchases, you get to follow their correspondence – staying current with style affairs in the go-between and chiming in with your opinion when fitting. It’s a fun place to visit daily…but don’t take my word for it, take a peek at do I even like this? and I assure you, you will.  Amanda has graciously rounded up her style essentials to share with us today. I was thrilled to bits when I received her list of key items, as she is one stylish lady, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed!

Amanda’s Style Essentials: 
1 Oversized Sweater: I am unashamed of my love for oversized sweaters. It’s cold in Chicago, y’all. Rather than buying several sweaters each season I like to save my pennies for one special purchase like this Cocoon Cardigan from VPL.

2 Hermes Market Bag: Bags are definitely my statement accessory of choice.  I received a pre-loved Hermes Market bag in Dalmatian leather from my darling hubs for Christmas and can’t wait to bring it out for it’s springtime debut.

3 Diamond Studs: I am a super minimalist when it comes to jewelry but I wear my one dainty pair of diamond studs nearly every day.  They’re just the right amount of sweet bling for me.

4 Tortoise Glasses: I am awful at putting contacts in so my glasses really have to rock my world.  I dream of being the kind of girl who has a glasses wardrobe but for now, one solid pair of tortoise with some presence will have to do.

5 The Flat Boot: I am a flat boots girl from way back and these Corso Comos are among the most comfortable I’ve ever owned.  I love them so much that I have them in two colors.

6 Manicures: Maybe it’s the Southern belle trapped inside me but I’m a really firm believer that I always look more put together when I’m on the ball with my beauty regime and manis are a big part of that.  Buff or Mademoiselle are the two ways you’re most likely to spy my digits.

In a few words, how would you describe your style?
A mix of modern and classic pieces with carefully edited accessories and an allergy to color and frills.


Oh, I’m loving every single one of these must-haves! I don’t wear glasses but I’ve been tempted
to for style’s sake.  Thank you Amanda for coming by today, we’re so happy to have you!

Have a great weekend!

Emily Smith

Emily Smith is the founder and editor of The Best of this Life. She has two littles, a darling husband, and dreams of owning a new puppy. A gluten-free connoisseur, social media maven and reigning fashionista (in her own rights). She loves writing and shares her three core values with her readers – love life, live well, share the beauty.

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6 Comments on My Essentials // do I even like this?

  1. Olivia N.
    February 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I really like that black cardigan, it looks so cozy and stylish, great selection here :)

  2. Jessica Lafrance
    February 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm (3 years ago)

    The black boots look like the perfect combination of style and comfort. I’ve been looking for some to love for a while now. The whole look is fabulous.

  3. Bonnie
    February 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Buff by Essie is one of my favorite nailpolishes too and that black bag is so pretty.

  4. Anonymous
    February 12, 2012 at 4:23 am (3 years ago)

    The shoes look great. I would love a pair!

  5. Natalie Cottrell
    February 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Great choices, A! No surprise there. ;) So excited to see two of my favorite blogs in one place. Hehe. I finally gave myself a manicure the other day after about a month of fifth-grader hands, and it seriously gave me a new lease on life. I usually reach for Ballet Slippers, but I’m thinking a true pink might be on the agenda for V-day. xo

  6. Amanda
    February 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for having me, Emily! It was so much fun!


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