HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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I recently got this bar cart from Furbish. I’m obsessed with the thing. Not only is it lucite – which you already know I love – but it’s also on wheels. A mobile bar! What I don’t have just yet are the accessories for it. I need some fun, colorful bits – glassware, swizzle sticks, you get the idea – to accompany it. This is where One Kings Lane comes in. They’re having a Happy Hour sale right now that includes everything from classic champagne coups to trays to gourmet sugar sets for rimming. It’s everything you need to make your bar looks its best! (Speaking of OKL… do not miss the Whitney Port office sale happening right now. It’s so fab.)

As someone who truly enjoys spending endless hours wandering the grocery store aisles, this article unveiling the Psychology of the Supermarket was quite interesting. Always take the exact same route around the supermarket? There’s a reason for that.

It’s about that time. This will be my first holiday in our house and I have no idea how to decorate for it. The fun, holiday goodies (hanging moss letters, for one) at Mark & Graham might be a good place to start. What do you think?

After reading yesterday’s article by Vanessa Friedman on how powerful women use fashion I’m even more inclined to make a trip across the pond to see the “Women, Fashion, Power” exhibit that opened yesterday at London’s Design Museum.

I’ve been in the market for a new trench coat but hadn’t found one I loved – until now. It’s a crisp, classic, and I love the wrap-look at the waist. And the fact that it’s on sale is a sign it’s meant to be.

I’m not even a cake person. (Ice cream and cookies are more my thing.) But this raspberry rose layer cake is just so pretty that I’m dying to bake it for someone.

DOUBLE UP: CHANEL LIP AND NAIL SET

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You know what they say: double the pleasure, double the fun. That’s certainly the case with Chanel’s Double Infidelity Lipstick and Nail Set. The limited-edition case comes with seven sets of tone-matched pairs of lipstick and nail polish. I’ve been thinking about this beauty set ever since I saw it at the Chanel counter last weekend and felt compelled to share it with you all. It’s just as good in person. With 14 of Chanel’s best hues (including “May” and “Coromandel” , this little pack really packs a punch. Whether your accustomed to matching your lipstick to your nail polish or not, now you’ve got the option. In fact, you’ve got lots of options. The set includes everything from the softest neutral (“Ballerina” has always been my go-to light pink) to a rich red and all the way to dark plum. Chanel always comes out with some really fantastic sets around the holiday season but this is one of the best I’ve seen in awhile. It would make the ultimate gift for the right person. I know I’ll be adding it to my holiday wish list!

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LETTERMADE DINNER NAPKINS

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With the end of October quickly approaching, the holidays are (almost) officially upon us. We have lots of festivities to look forward to this time of year but one of the things I’m most excited about is our first “Friendsgiving” we’re going to be hosting in our new house. It’s technically our first dinner party here and it will really be the first time I’ve pulled out all of my china and put it to good use. With that in mind, I’ve been dreaming up all some sorts of fun things I can do with the table.

That’s where Lettermade comes in. I posted about Lettermade earlier this year after I fell in love with her custom embroidered cocktail napkins. (Side note: with a price tag of $42 for a set of four, the cocktail napkins make for perfect holiday hostess gifts.)  Not only were the designs adorable (pineapples for me!), the quality of of the napkins is one of the best I’ve seen. And then just when I thought  it couldn’t get any better than those, they start a collection of dinner napkins. You could say I’m officially hooked. The quality remains exceptional (I’m talking thick linen here, not paper thin or scratchy) and the prices can’t be beat. The best part? The options are endless. There are over 10 different monogram styles to choose from – each one as fabulous as the next – and there’s a rainbow of color options for the embroidery. Plus: Malia, the super talented gal behind Lettermade, is a dream to work with so you can pretty much make anything happen with her.

I currently own a set of 12 of the Kennedy monogram which I chose to do in a bright aqua color. It’s been such a fun pop of color to my table. Now, with this Friendsgiving in mind, I’m thinking it’s time to invest in a new set. Maybe these? I do love orange – not to mention, the orange hue would pair nicely with these fun cocktail glasses or even my Capiz placemats (which, by the way, are on serious sale at One Kings Lane). Speaking of placemats, I’m secretly hoping that’s what next for Lettermade. The napkins are so good that I can only imagine how fab the placemats (and maybe tablerunners, too?!) would be.  Fingers crossed.

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SALE ALERT: SHOPBOP

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Sales haven’t stopped yet. Today, Shopbop not only increased markdowns to 70% off some items (my beloved K. Jacques sandals are now under $100!), but they also added lots and lots of new goodies (including these boots and this fab trench coat!) to the sale. This sale is absolutely worth a look if you have a second or two to spare.

Here’s what you can’t miss:

  • A  wear-all-the-time leather jacket is always a yes.
  • Leather pants? Right here.
  • I love sweaters that work more like a tunic. This one is perfect for wearing over my leather leggings.
  • I think these heels are super chic. Too bad they’re out of my size.
  • I’m obsessed with this new-to-me knitwear line.  Their sweaters are super cozy. And now they’re on sale, too. I’m going to snatch up this one and this one.
  • Even on sale, these sparkly earrings are still pricey – but oh, so good.
  • I’m still eyeing Tibi’s party skirt. The pine green color screams holiday.
  • Under $100: this pair of strappy sandals that would be ideal for holiday parties and so on.
  • Speaking of holiday parties…a statement necklace from Dannijo is always a good extra.
  • This bell-sleeve dress I’ve been eyeing is now on sale. Yippee.
  • So is this fringe-y skirt
  • Holiday gifting? There’s even some great books (this one and this one) that are now marked down.
  • These sweet little studs would make for a perfect present, too.
  • My favorite booties (in black or grey) are now marked down.

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COZY UP

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Who says you can’t wear white jeans after Labor Day? Certainly not me. While my darker denim is definitely getting a lot of wear, I’m still pulling out my white jeans on a regular basis. They’re a year-round staple for me – whether it’s blazing hot in August or below 30 in February. The trick to making them work for winter is simply pairing them with the right things. Think: tailored coats (this one or this one), leather boots, plenty of winter white (this sweater + this coat), and heavy knitwear. The latter is my favorite way to do it. I find myself reaching for chunky knits all season long and they really make for a great pairing with white jeans.  This cozy sweater (a piece that will certainly be on heavy rotation this season) from Emerson Fry is the perfect example. White jeans are so light and have an airy feeling to them, so to make them work in the winter, they need something heavy. This chunky sweater (I love it in this color, too.) is exactly that. If what the weatherman says is true and we’re actually in for a dip in temperatures then this is probably what I’ll be wearing all weekend long. Crossing my fingers.

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LAURA MERCIER’S RADIANCE PRIMER

 

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If there’s one product I continue to hear about over and over, it’s primers. Along with daily SPF (I use this and love it), primers are one product that beauty experts and makeup artists swear by as the key to flawless-looking skin. They’re said to blur wrinkles, minimize the appearance pores, and even out skin tone, among other things. They sound kind of magical, don’t they? So why haven’t I have been using one? Good question. As someone that really doesn’t wear that much makeup (more due to a lack of knowledge on how to apply it correctly and not for lack of trying), a primer just seemed like an extra step to me – and not really an important one. I was wrong. It is kind of a magical product.

After hearing all the primer-praise I could handle, I decided to give it a try myself. Since I’m very loyal to Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer (another magical product, if you ask me), I decided to give her primer go, too. There are several primer options there: regular, hydrating, oil-free and radiance. They all do basically the same thing so it’s just a matter of skin-type and personal preference. I opted for the radiance primer. The nice lady at the Laura Mercier counter told me that it gives a subtle glow to the skin. Sold. After a couple of weeks of trying this stuff out, I can attest that her claims were true. It really does give my skin a slightly dewy look. It also really smooths things out along with hiding some of that redness around my nose I can’t seem to get rid of. Magical. You could say I’m hooked. The best part? The radiance primer also comes in a 1 oz. size for traveling. I’ll never have to leave home without it.

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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I’m really not what you might describe as “crafty.” My D.I.Y. projects seem to never quite turn out like they should. However, since I’m feeling extra festive, I’m thinking about embarking on this sequin pumpkin project this weekend. Who doesn’t want to add a little sparkle to their pumpkins?

J.Crew. I love their warm-weather wear, but it’s fall-winter where they really excel. Things like this kelly green coat and a chunky cashmere knit are just two of the brand’s latest arrivals. Guess what? They’re all 25% off this weekend. Enter the code TGIFALL at checkout.

As someone that relies on her iPhone as much as I do, you’d think I’be be better aware of its capabilities. Here, 20 things you probably didn’t know your iPhone could do.

Leave it to West Elm to give us a super chic and super affordable brass side table. That’s just one of the goodies in their latest shipment of new arrivals. Another favorite? Their most-loved Martini side table (I own one in white) is now available in three new hues – including copper!

Color me (and my coffee table) happy. If you haven’t already, you should take some time to  peruse Tory Burch’s new bookWith each chapter dedicated to a different hue (the pink chapter is so, so good), the glossy tome explores what living in color truly means

It’s World Pasta Day, you say? We should definitely celebrate, and I think we should do it over a big bowl of pappardelle. If you’re in need of some noodle inspiration, check out my “Pasta” board on Pinterest.

SALE ALERT: 25% OFF AT J.CREW

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Just in time for some weekend shopping (and hopefully some cooler weather, too?)! J.Crew is offering 25% off full-price styles with the code TGIFall. (You can also score an extra 30% off the sale items!)This one’s a little dangerous for me because the new arrivals are so, so good. I mean… how can you say no to a coat like this? Or a cozy knit like this? Oh. There’s also this winter-white wonder, too. See? Like I said: trouble. The promotion is only good through the weekend so better start looking now.

Here’s what you can’t miss:

  • My favorite silk bib top updated with a pop of emerald green.
  • Now, these are really cool. Simple and a bit edgy for J.Crew. A set of three for $58!
  • The new outerwear is too good to be true. The color options! Belvedere redneon coral, emerald green…it’s like a candy shop.
  • You know I can’t resist a good pair of pajamas – especially one as adorable as this heart-print pair. (I also love the red polka-dot flannel.)
  • Under $100: this statement necklace that would work for the office or a cocktail party.
  • The flounce skirt in wool would be ideal with a pair of tights and boots when it starts to get a bit cooler.
  • I never think of J.Crew as a place to go for my dessert plates but this striped set will change that. If not for yourself, a set of four would make a great gift!