Wednesday Wishlist: Fall Must-Haves

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My favorite fashion season is approaching fast – yes, you guessed it, fall!  I need to gear up quickly and purchase some of these covetable items!  Cozy knit sweaters (an obvious fall staple), ripped skinnies, Chelsea boots, wide-brimmed hats, warm scarves and stackable rings are all on my must-have list.   What’s on your autumn wish list?

Altuzarra x Target

Let me ask you a question.  What’s better than the release of a new collection by one of your favorite designers?  A release of a new collection by your favorite designer… for less!  AMEN SISTER!

Coming September 14th to a Target near you (and on net-a-porter.com), Altuzarra will be releasing a fab, affordable collection with everything your closet needs this fall.  Office-appropriate separates like sharp blazers, blouses and perfectly tailored trousers make up most of the VERY reasonably priced collection with the most expensive piece coming in at $90.  But my personal favorites are the shoes – a gorgeous ankle strap heel and some to-die-for black leather ankle booties (like literally, these CANNOT be Target).  See my favorite looks below and see the full collection here!

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Altuzarra for Target Look 17

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Altuzarra for Target Look 23

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F/W 2014 Fashion Campaigns

August has arrived and that can only mean one thing to us fashion-forward folk: fall fashion is upon us.  There will be no more sweating the days away for much longer.  It is time for coats, boots and knit layers.  However, jumping the gun and throwing all of these pieces on in the still-sweltering heat will give you heat stroke and a few looks.  So, we’ll all just sit back and wait for the cooler temps while lusting over some fall campaigns.  See below for some of my favorites including Burberry (hi,Cara), Balmain (hi again, Cara) and Givenchy (Kendall, is that you?!)

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Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Couture

Is there anyone else out there who gets those excitement butterflies, kid-on-Christmas morning feeling when another Fashion Week has arrived?  I get so anxious waiting to see the new lines of clothes and accessories being presented down the runway.

But the Holy Grail of all Fashion Weeks has started and WOW has it left all of us fashionistas weak in the knees.  Couture week is not just about fashion.  This is about a dream world – living the celebrity life and deciding which of these gorgeously crafted gowns will be the winner to wear on the red carpet.  So excuse me for the rest of this pst as I enter my fashion fantasy world and re-live the fairytale that was Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2014 Couture show.

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The intricate beading.  The bold colors.  The slim gowns, but ALSO the fuller silhouettes.  EVERYTHING about this collection was astonishingly beautiful and effortlessly sexy.  And I’m super confident that at least ONE of these gowns will be appearing on the red carpet very soon!

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Fashion Icon? More Like Fashion GOD

There are so many points that could be covered from last nights CFDA awards, but let’s focus on the major highlight…or shining moment, should I say?

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Rihanna, the CFDA Fashion Icon recipient f0r 2014 showed exactly why she deserved the award by absolutely DESTROYING any other competition, by arriving decked out in a custom-made gown of head-to-toe Swarovski crystals by Adam Selman. Accompanying this bedazzled dress was a matching head wrap and gloves and a fur pink stole.  And I mean, just LOOK at those sparklers on her fingers and hanging from her ears.

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Rihanna truly did “shine bright like a diamond” (sorry, had to) and was an obvious choice for this highly-fashionably award.   In love with each and every part of this look!  What did you think of her choice of ensemble?

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Wednesday Wishlist

Yesterday was my birthday and I am about ready to start shopping these wish lists I keep making!  Here is my want, need, have list from Nordstrom’s new arrivals.  No matter how hard I try, I always seem to gravitate toward whites and neutral-hued items.  However, that Free People breezy white dress will be perfect for hot summer days!

 

Chanel Resort 2015

Imagine every possible fabric, print or texture all in one collection and it’s 99% likely that you are thinking of the Chanel Resort 2015 collection.  Karl Lagerfeld really outdid himself this time with over 80 looks (yes, you read that right) sent down the runway in Dubai.

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Layers upon layers tweed, chiffon and lamé were piled on to models.  There were structured jackets, flowing skirts, dresses and loose-fitting pants that were cinched at the ankle.  Short sleeves were accompanied by a sheer longer sleeve underneath.  And it looks as though the pants-underneath-dresses/skirts trend is here to stay for a bit longer.

The beadwork and embroidery was intricate yet exploded on the clothing.  Oh, and no one has stopped talking about the accessories – a gas can bag, anyone?  While this may all seem a bit over-board, and maybe it was, Lagerfeld has kept us on our toes these last couple of collections (who could forget the western Texas/Paris collection?).  Maybe this is the world of Chanel changing from traditional to over-the-top wow-factor collections that become immediate trending topics on social media.  

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Cupcakes & Cashmere x Club Monaco

One of my favorite bloggers along with one of my favorite stores have teamed up to create an exclusive collection together – coincidence?  I think not!

Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere has created a capsule collection with Club Monaco, mixing girly with simplicity and sophistication.  These pieces can be worn any where from the office to a Saturday stroll around the city to a nice dinner-date night.  Pastels rule this collection with leather thrown in not to rough up the pieces but to make them even more clean and structured.  My favorites from the collection are the Georgia dress and the Delaine Moto Jacket (because who WOULDN’T want a pale pink leather jacket?).  See the full collection here.

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Dior Resort 2015

The recent show of Christian Dior Resort 2015 took place in a very unlikely and un-resorty place – Brooklyn!  Yes, the huge fashion house chose to surprise everyone when Raf Simons showed his latest collection in hipster heaven.  Alright, enough about the location and on to the fashion!

The Resort 2015 was all about the scarf.  Scarves as dresses, skirts and tops, even tied up around feet as sandals.  Although this may not sound appealing, all of the artsy prints and breezy pieces truly came together with the addition of more traditional, structured black and white staples.

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Beauty was very simplistic with straight hair parted down the middle and tucked behind the models’ ears.  An updated cat-eye was used with a line from the top lid and an additional extended black line on the lower lashes.  Then mascara. Lots of mascara.  Lips were kept very basic and bare with nude lipstick.

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What did you think of the collection?

Outlet Shopping Plan

So, I have a problem.  It’s called a shopping addiction.  The bigger problem?  I refuse to stop!  The only thing that could make a shopaholic more excited than a major sale is… living 5 minutes from the Outlets.  And that, I do.  Woe is me.  HOWEVER I have devised a plan that will (hopefully) keep my shopping and wallet in check.  I am going  to scout out exactly what will be available and what to buy.  No more of this walking in to a store, wanting everything and leaving with nothing but a very sad looking bank account.  Here are my picks one of the outlet stores by me:

J. Crew Factory is probably one of my biggest weaknesses.  All the bright colors, the sparkly statement necklace wall and everything is just so neat and tidy.  But no, not this time.  I am going in looking for some cute pieces for warmer nights out and casual weekend wear.

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FACTORY PRINTED CRINKLE TUNIC // FACTORY PONTE PEPLUM TOP  // FACTORY LONG-SLEEVE BOATNECK TEE // FACTORY PRINTED MAXIDRESS // FACTORY SHINY-STRIPE MINI // FACTORY DENIM CUTOFF SHORTS // FACTORY PRINTED SKIMMER PANT // FACTORY TANK (SWIM) // FACTORY CRYSTAL BROOCH NECKLACE // FACTORY RIBBON FEDORA // FACTORY MILO SANDALS