Autumn Inspiration 2014

As I am sitting here sipping my pumpkin coffee (yes, hot coffee and yes, I’m sweating), I’m dreaming about bright orange and red leaves falling to the ground and cool, crisp air just cold enough to see my breath.  I’m also dreaming about that magical time of year where big warm scarves and sweaters accompany jeans and boots of all heights.  September, October and November – well, really fall in general is my favorite season of year.  The fashion, the cooler temps and the beverages all make for the coziest months of the year.  Mind you right now it’s in the 90’s and all of those layers are giving me a bit of anxiety but it’s all about painting the picture, right? Right!  So, I thought I’d share a little fall outfit inspo to get us all ready for when those coat-needing, chilly days arrive.  Enjoy!

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SJP Fall 2014 at Nordstrom

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When Carrie Bradshaw Sarah Jessica Parker introduced her brand new shoe line last season at Nordstrom, it was a Sex & the City/shoe lover’s dream come true.   Ms. ‘I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!’ did not disappoint in the designing department.  However, her SJP Fall 2014 collection has me gasping for air (and searching for some extra cash)!  I have to get my feet in those leather booties and semi-caged knee-high boots!  In addition to footwear, Parker also included brand new handbags.  The bags aren’t my favorite but I’m sure that’s only because the shoes completely steal the show.  See some of my favorites below and find the complete collection at Nordstrom.

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SJP ‘Serge’ Leather Bootie

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SJP ‘Daphne’ Grosgrain Pump

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SJP ‘Blythe’ Leather T-Strap Mary Jane Pump

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SJP ‘Pat’ Knee High Leather Boot

Inspiration Post #2

Maybe it’s the cool, crisp weather we’ve been having but I am CRAVING fall and its fabulous new fashions that come along with the season.  All I want is to break out some amazing coats, cozy knits and great boots.  This inspiration post is all about the warmed up styles for those cooler days that are quickly approaching!   With major borrowings from menswear, this season is all about oversize well, everything!  And I can’t love it more!

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Zara Fall 2013

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Lanvin Fall 2013

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Tory Burch Fall 2013

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BCBG Max Azria Fall 2013

The Essentials : Now & Forever

While styles may come and go and we all look back on certain trends that we probably never want to revisit again, there ARE, however certain things that must really always be in your closet.  At all times.  For every and any occasion or outfit.  These are the old-faithfuls that have treated us well over years of fashion.  Here they are, along with some of my favorites in each category.

Black Ankle Boots – paired with jeans, skirts, dresses – you name it! The perfect go-to shoe to dress up or down.

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Acne, Rag & Bone, Maison Martin Margiela

Statement Necklace – Need to glam-up an outfit?  Look no further than the statement necklace!  It pulls together any outfit and can turn a plain tee and jeans outfit into a great night-out look.

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Tom Binns, Emporio Armani, Marni

Clutch – The perfect “bag” for a night out or an errand to run when you just need your card, phone, and maybe some fab red lipstick.

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Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent

Flats – These can be switched out with the first “must-have” and can be worn with almost everything.  Flats are great everyday shoes that you can just slip on and be off!  Plus, the colors and prints that you can choose to work them into an outfit are limitless – just look at the ones below!

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Valentino, Stella Mccartney, Tory Burch

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Not Your Typical Tweed

I tend to shy away from many menswear-inspired trends because I am such a girly-girl ( I know, I hate me too).  But one piece of fabric that has been taken from our lovely male friends’ closets that can totally be worn by us gals is tweed!  I love this trend because tweed is such a polished, chic look and yet it adds a little masculinity and structured to an otherwise average feminine outfit.  Not to mention you totally Chanel-ify your outfit with a little tweed (hello, signature Chanel tweed jacket).  Not to mention, the textured material will keep you warm during the cold months to come!  Below are some greatly styled outfits featuring tweed. Enjoy!

Here are some outfit ideas by me!

Tweed Skirt
White shirt – Topshop / Blazer – All Saints / Tweed skirt – Topshop / Tights – Barney’s / Boots – Emilio Pucci / Bag – Balenciaga / Necklace – Kate Spade
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Blouse – Chloe / Jacket – Rebecca Taylor / Pants – Topshop / Flats – ALDO /  Bag – Foley + Corinna / Earrings – Michael Kors / Bracelets – Alexis Bittar 

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Let Your Feet Shine!

While statements are usually made by our clothing, why not let our feet do the talking for a chance!  Shoes are usually the last pieces of our ensemble to be slipped on but now they are taking charge of the rest of what we adorn ourselves with thanks to shiny shoes!  The high shine trend which I’ve spoken about before, has traveled it’s way down to our feet and I absolutely love it!  The metallic gold shine will brighten up any dreary day and remind us of summer sun!  The shiny glamour can be subtle with just a gold capped toe or heel OR it can be a completely gold shiny wedge or bootie.  Either way, this trend will cast eyes downward very quickly and leave everyone drooling over our gorgeous footwear!   Here are some of my favorites from Net-A-Porter!

Left to right : YSL Mae suede and metal pumps / Christian Louboutin Rock & Gold 120 metallic leather ankle boots / Stella McCartney Metal-heel velvet pumps

 

 

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Buying Guide : Fall ’12 Trends

With the cooler weather really setting in and the first official day of fall this weekend, it’s really about time we hit the stores (or websites, however you may shop) and find the latest and greatest trends for Fall 2012.  I would like to provide all you fashionistas with the latest, chicest choices for your closet this season.  Below are clothing and accessories broken down into their selective trends so that you can pick the ones that appeal most to your style.  Enjoy!

Equestrian Militant – No, not for a day on the back of a horse but a sophisticated and clean look for the super simple, basics-are-my-life fashionista.

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Rich Glamour – If you plan on walking into the offices of Vogue anytime soon, I suggest following this trend which includes a super rich-color palette with bold accessories that pop.  This look is for someone who is NOT trying to blend in.
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Embellished Brocade – Over the top?  That doesn’t even begin to explain this look.  Think eccentric Lady Gaga meets elegant Beyonce.   The brocade pattern is nothing new but it’s making a big statement this season by adding embellishment and shine to every piece of clothing and every accessory item it graces.
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Fall’s Color Guide

Today was so fall-like I wanted so badly to finally hike on my boots and slip into a cozy peacoat.  Please understand “fall-like” to someone who wants fall to just get here already means it was about 70 degrees and bright sunshine  – no where near the kind of weather appropriate for that kind of attire I’m dying to flaunt.  However all that desire to raid my closet and pile on all my fall pieces made me choose a few key colors for this season.  These hues could be the main event in your outfit or you could pull together some basics and use the colors as accessory pops.  Dress them up or down, whatever you’re feeling!  Below are my picks, enjoy!

Crimson Red

Fall Time Crimson
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Royal Purple
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This Week’s Absolute Must’s!

Here is a round-up of the things I think all you fashionable ladies need to take notice of this week! Enjoy!

 

Anthropologie’s amaze new boots for this fall/winter – including these Openwork Laurel Boots ($278)

Marni’s Winter 2012 Edition Sunglasses – in some zany colors and shapes!

 

All of the NYFW coverage on The Cut blog – my favorite place to check out all the latest runway shows!

 (from BCBG Max Azria Spring 2013 show)

 

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Asos Fall ’12 Lookbook

I don’t know about you, but Asos is the perfect place to shop all the exceptional trends of the upcoming season without putting a damper on your bank account.  I wanted to share their great lookbook for this fall’s styles because they’ve put together all the right looks with all the right prices.  See everything including plaid, ankle boots, printed suits, leather skirts, trophy jacket, parkas, patterned sweaters, lace, baroque, hot pants, printed clutches, hip emphasis pieces and statement necklaces below.  Enjoy!

 

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