Do you have a best friend? Does he have a big coat too?

As I’m sitting shivering from taking my pup out for a walk, I’m also dreaming of a white Christmas… wait, is that flurry I see outside?  I TAKE IT BACK!

I love the white stuff during the holidays but there is NOTHING worse or more painful (if you’ve experienced a North East winter lately, you’d know the pain) than being caught outside when freezing temps hit.. hard.  That’s why this Christmas, I’m actually hoping for less wintry mix conditions and more for a big puffy coat!

What was once seen as a ski-slope essential is now a must-have for keeping on trend and cozy during the winter months.  Add some fur to the trim on the hood and I’m ready to go. Another great option is to switch up the predictable black coat for a fun color – try a winter pastel!

Below are some perfect style ideas incorporating the puffy coat.

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Now shop for your own!  Here are some of my current faves:

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MCHAEL Michael Kors Reversible Hooded Down Walking Coat // BCBG Max Azria Adela Faux-Fur Trim Puffer Coat // Burberry Fur Trim Multi-Quilt Parka // Elie Tahari Gracie Mixed Media Puffer Coat

F/W 2014 Essentials

There is something about the temperatures dropping and daylight becoming more and more scarce each day that makes me want to pile on as many layers as possible… Which also leads to wanting shop as much as possible for all of the cold-weather necessities.  There are certain pieces that are so covetable this season, I had to share them with you.  To ensure you are not left out in the cold (wink), grab these winter-time essentials to have ready at a moment’s notice!

 

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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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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 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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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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Let Me Mule It Over

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1. Zara Shiny Leather High Heel Mules // 2. Jenni Kayne Perforated Pointed Toe Mules // 3. Aldo Acaren Heeled Mule Shoes // 4. Alexander Wang Glossed-Leather Mules // 5. Vince Camuto Peep Toe Platform Mule Sandals // 6. Topshop Waltz Perforated Mules

 

Few things make a gal happier than slipping into a fabulous new pair of shoes (and I mean FEW).  This Spring, the hottest trend in footwear are these half-heel-half-clog, all-around perfect mules.  Grab a pair that is perforated or that has cut-outs and you’ll have a brand new go-to shoe for every possible outfit!

Style Crush: Rachel Bilson

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When it comes to my “best dressed” celebrities, I tend to gravitate towards the petite ladies since I look up to everyone from a whopping 5 foot 1 view point.   Topping my pint-size fashionista faves is Rachel Bilson.  She incorporates the perfect amount of boho-chic with girly-glam and her hair always has just the right amount of ombre bronzed ends.  Her relaxed uniform of boyfriend jeans, a tailored blazer and ankle boots give off a laid-back New Yorker mixed with Cali-girl vibe.  Basically, mesh her TV personalities together – Summer Roberts (The O.C.) and Zoe Hart (Hart of Dixie) and you have Bilson’s IRL style.  While watching Hart of Dixie, I find myself having a hard time concentrating on the plot line because I’m so focused on Bilson’s designer outfits!   Here are some of my favorite looks from R. Bils:

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Is Ugly In?

When I first starting seeing Birkenstocks popping up on some of the most fashionable, I was shocked!  These simple, old-school sandals were making a comeback?  It couldn’t be.  They are ugly!  I’m used to seeing them on dads who have no sense of style whatsoever.  What was going on in the fashion world?  Who lost their mind and set off this ugly trend?  BUT then —- I started seeing how Birkenstocks were being worn and what they were being paired with. In a way, they almost brought an entire ensemble together in a comfy and minimalist way.  (And let’s be honest, the highest of fashion trends are usually a bit “ugly” so it’s obvious this footwear was bound to pop up sooner or later.)

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Will I actually end up trying this trend?  Let’s just say it’s going to take a lot to pry my gladiator sandals out of my hands and switch over to these grandpa simple shoes.  What are your thoughts on Birkenstocks making a comeback?

Suno Fall 2014

Suno is mostly known for it’s bright prints splashed onto their clothing.  However, their Fall 2014 collection proved to be a bit different than the norm.  While prints were still present, they were much more demure than the usual loud and bright patterns we’re used to seeing.  This collection actually consisted of a lot of black, white and gray with some tribal prints, polka dots and structured lines running across skirts, dresses and coats.

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Suno-ites  also added some shine with metallic details.  Oversized, lace-up hooded ponchos were a staple in this collection as well as midi skirts and dresses with booties.  This was truly business casual done right with suit sets and the oxford-underneath-shorter-tops trend.  While not the norm, Suno definitely produced a solid collection!

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