FIFTY SHADES OF GREY // RUNWAY TO ROOM

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While I can rarely resist the temptation of a true pink or a kelly green, the majority of my closet is dominated by a palette of grey, white, and black. They’re the most classic trio and they go with everything which makes getting dressed that much easier. The exact same thing can be said about decorating a room in your house. I’ve always held that the way I dress myself is the exact same way I “dress” a room. In fact, when I’m feeling stumped on where to start with decor, fashion is often a place I look to for inspiration. This fall, it seems that designers share my feelings about the importance of a good neutral as the runways were filled with every shade of grey. Just a quick perusal of the Hermès and Ralph Lauren collections had me longing to add more grey to my fall wardrobe (preferably in the form of this and a pair of these, thank you) – and my house. That’s where West Elm comes in. When it comes to neutrals and great basics, they’re one of the best. Their new arrivals are an assortment of essentials that have been updated with interesting touches. My favorite example is this side table: classic grey top paired with a metallic base. The geometric base is kind of awesome, isn’t it? (Speaking of shape… this table is still one of my favorite purchases I’ve ever made from West Elm.) Other grey favorites include this throw (such a great price!) and this metallic pillow. And because every room needs a splash of color: how about a sunny yellow lamp? Yes, please.

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This post was sponsored by West Elm. All opinions are my own.

HAPPY MENOCAL X PAPERLESS POST

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It’s been over a year (here) since I’ve blogged about my love for Happy Menocal. Since then I’ve seen her watercolor designs popping up more and more (even a few wedding invitations!). The most recent spot you’ll find her work is probably the best of all: Paperless Post. This means that her cheery, watercolor illustrations are right at our fingertips. It’s a really fantastic selection, too: everything from invitations to holiday cards to stationery. You can even get your hands on one of her famous family crests. While it’s probably too late in the game to use her summer fling card this year (how is it already Labor Day?), her “Harvest Market” designs are kind of perfect for autumn. How fun is her cocktail party invitation? The Valentino Rockstuds! Very clever. I’m thinking of throwing a cocktail get-together just so I can put that one to use. Any excuse to have a party, right? Of course, her beautiful blue-and-white card would work for any occasion (I’m picturing all-girls brunch for this one), any time of year.

Speaking of blue and white, if you love it like I do, then be sure to check out her Orleans Family Crest stationery. It really doesn’t get much more classic than that. If you’re looking for something a little more on the whimsical side, her signature animal watercolors make for a great addition to a personal card. In case you’re wondering: the flamingo is my favorite. For those of you with a love for the King Charles breed (Hanna comes to mind), then this card should be right up your alley.

I’m pretty much jn love with it all. My friends are going to have Happy Menocal invitations and notes popping up in their inboxes left and right. Of course, the best part about this is that it’s not just limited to e-mail. Like most of the selection on Paperless Post (don’t you just love that place?), you can design any of these for paper. They’ll be delivered to your doorstep in no time.

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SALE ALERT: SHOPBOP & J.CREW

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It’s a good Tuesday for shopping. There are two sales you need know about today.

First, there’s Shopbop. They’ve added even more items to their sale – plus increased the mark downs on lots of things. Some of the new additions are colorful ones – including pretty, coral dresses like this one and this one, a fab kelly green clutch that I’ve been coveting, and the best and brightest K. Jacques sandals. On the not so colorful side, they’ve added a huge selection of white denim to the sale. Now would be a good time to stock up on a pair or two of those. I’m also excited to see the Marysia Swim go on sale. It’s never too late to add a cute suit (this one, please) to your closet.

Next up: J.Crew. They’re offering 25% off your purchase (there are some exclusions). I really love all of their new fall arrivals so this could not have come at a better time. Things to check out: the new silk blouse (I love the lilac color), a wear-all-the-time tunic sweater, a quilted vest, a black-and-white pair of ballet flats, and this new sparkler for your jewelry box.  All you have to do is enter the code ALMOSTFALL and you’re all set.

(P.S. This code will also get you an additional 25% discount if you’re shopping their current sale. Best buy yet: this classic trench.)

TECHNICOLOR DREAM COATS

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The September issues have arrived. In fact, there’s currently a stack (no lie: it’s about a foot tall) in the middle of my couch just waiting for me to dive in. While I haven’t had time to make a dent in those just yet, I did finally have a chance to go through the latest issue of WSJ magazine. (Have I told you all how much I enjoy this magazine? The WSJ is one of my favorite papers, and my Saturday morning is never complete without a full-on read of the Off Duty section. However, it’s the magazine that I look forward to the most. I think Kristina O’Neill has done such an amazing job as editor.) While there was plenty to love about this issue, a particular story that left my heart beating a little faster was the Technicolor Dream Coats. Shot by Driu & Tiago and styled by Zara Zachrisson, it was one dreamy spread after another of fall’s best coats. I just love the simplicity of everything here. It really allowed the coats – and colors – to shine. Of course, now more than ever, I want a colorful coat in my closet.

Don’t get me wrong: everyone needs a coat in a basic color – camel, black, or gray. It’s the most functional and coats in these colors are ultimately the ones that get the most wear throughout the fall/winter season. With that said, options are always a good idea, and this season, I’m going to make sure that my other coat choices include at least one fantastic color. The only question is: which one?

I think a pastel could be really pretty. Pink, perhaps? I love the tailored look of this Nicholas one. There’s also this one from Joa – similar shape and a much better price tag. I even think this lavender one is pretty. There’s also pale blue. This one is out of this world. But again, you could also go for something a little more budget friendly like this one. If I decide to go the minty-fresh route, then there’s really only one option and it’s this Tibi one.

If pastels aren’t your thing, then I think it’s a go-big-or-go-home mentality. In other words: opt for something bold. A cobalt blue or a super rich teal.  You all know I’m normally not a red-wearer but I would totally make an exception for this. (It’s kind of more of an orangey-red, no?)

What do you think? Will you be investing in some colorful outerwear this season?

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THE EMMYS: 10 FAVORITE LOOKS FROM THE RED CARPET

 

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Tonight! The Emmys! Have I shared my love for awards shows with you all? I love them. I do. I always have. When I was a kid, my little sister and I used to pile into bed with my mom and watch the entire thing – from the first look on the red carpet to the very final award. The only thing that’s changed is that I now watch them from the office. I’m lucky because watching the red carpet is actually part of my job. I’m responsible for reporting the red carpet for the Dallas Morning News. Tomorrow morning, if you pick up a paper, you’ll be able to see all of my best- and worst-dressed picks from the show. I’m really excited to see what the stars bring to the red carpet tonight. I have high hopes for Robyn Wright. I’m obsessed with the her character’s wardrobe on House of Cards, and I’m really hoping she’ll play into that chic-and-sleek look. I’m also really looking forward to seeing Claire Danes. (Side note: what’s the status of Homeland?) She’s been a best-dressed on the Emmys red carpet for the past few years and I’ve got no doubt that she’ll rise to the occasion once again. A few other leading ladies I’m looking forward to seeing: Kerry Washington, Julianna Margulies, Christina Hendricks, and, of course, all the ladies from Downton Abbey. Who are you looking forward to seeing?

(Side note: I’m really, really crossing my fingers that Breaking Bad takes home its share of awards. Any TV shows you’re hoping to see take some golden statues?)

In anticipation of the the big night, I’ve put together ten of my favorite red carpet looks from Emmys past. Did I miss someone? Tell me your favorites!

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Images via Just Jared, Glamour, Vogue, Getty

 

STRIPED + ON SALE

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My love for stripes is no secret on this blog. In fact, if you all think that must be all I wear most of the time then you’re (almost) right. It’s a basic pattern that I love dearly and that’s why my closet boasts such a heavy collection – tops, shorts, and even a pair of sandals. One of my favorite stripe purchases of the summer, however, has been this little dress from Friends & Associates. (Side note: This was a line I had never even heard of before purchasing this dress. It has a cool collaborative design philosophy behind it.)

It’s been a perfect summer dress. It’s so lightweight and keeps me cool on these triple digit days, and it’s cotton so I can easily throw it in the wash (a necessary feature when you’re wearing it as often as I have been). I wore it in Austin and after posting this Instagram, I received quite a few emails and comments requesting the details. Well, here you go! The best part? It’s now on sale (40% off, to be exact) so it’s definitely a worthwhile purchase now. It certainly would make a good Labor Day dress (so would this striped dress, by the way). I can promise you I’ll be wearing it at least once – probably twice –  this weekend. stripe dress marni jewel sandals stripe dress

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HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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I love seeing the spaces in which creative women work. Jenna Lyons certainly falls into that category. (It is, after all, where this magic happens.) Fast Company gave us this little peek in March, and the latest issue of Vanity Fair offers a even more of a look into the J.Crew Creative Director’s newest office – complete with Cherner chairs, loads of washii tape, and a neon green dinosaur!

Since we’re on the subject of chic offices, have you checked out this sale? With pops of color, super cool prints for the wall, and some vintage pieces, One Kings Lane will make your workspace the creative and inspiring hub it should be.

Next weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. (Where did the time go?) In order to give summer the proper send off, I think a picnic is in order. Rip + Tan gives us a recipe roundup with the season’s most essential ingredients. More watermelon, please!

Happy Birthday, Saved by the Bell! The hit ’90s TV show turned 25 years old this week. 25! Kind of hard to believe, isn’t it? I spent many-an-after-school-afternoon in front of the TV watching Zack, Kelly and the rest of the gang and their 30-minute schemes. If you can recall similar afternoons then this Bayside flashback will leave you feeling nostalgic.

There are so many fabulous new books coming out next month. (I’m going to share my entire pre-order list next week. Stay tuned!) At the top of my list? Assouline’s Young Hollywood. I love the work of photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank (her first Assouline book, American Beauty,  is still one of my favorites) and I just know this one will be a page-turner.

Take some time this weekend to peruse the new arrivals at Kate Spade Saturday. They’ve got the building blocks for a great fall wardrobe: basics like this and this that will become daily go-to’s.

 

SALE ALERT: SHOPBOP’S SHOES

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Let’s hope Shopbop decides to keep these sales coming. The latest not-to-miss markdowns: shoes. From Rag & Bone’s most coveted fall boots to K. Jacques sandals to a perfect pair of sling-back pumps, this sale covers all your bases.

  • Everyone needs a good, strappy pair of black heels. At 50% off, this pair will certainly do.
  • Doesn’t everyone need a pair of yellow ones, too? I think so. (70% off!)
  • A super chic sandal for $56. That’s what I’m talking about.
  • I love the mix of textures happening here. This is a heel that works no matter what season it is.
  • I love Anniel’s ballet flats. They’re so classic – not to mention, super comfy. The basic colors are always a good choice, but there’s also this glitter pair for when you simply can’t stand another minute in heels.
  • Classic leather + a lucite heel? Right here.
  • I never can resist the pull of a pair of K. Jacques. (I practically lived in this pair all summer.) They’re on the pricier side for a pair of sandals, but here’s the good news: they’re made to last. You’ll be wearing them for many summers to come. Another reason that I’m going to bite the bullet on these.