OLIVIA PALERMO x AQUAZZURA

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I think we can pretty much all agree that when it comes to personal style, Olivia Palermo has it in spades. I find myself pinning look after look of hers to my board. This girl just knows how to put together an outfit, and she rarely ever gets it wrong. You can imagine my excitement when I found out that she was teaming up with one of my favorite shoe designers for a capsule collection. Talk about a match-made in shoe heaven. The Olivia Palermo x Aquazzura collection (available in just a few stores in the US and exclusively online here) includes what the duo referred to as the “essential styles” every woman should have in her wardrobe. There’s a really fab ankle bootie, several different sandals (this pair is definitely an upgrade from your basic black strappys), and a classic pump.

I think they’re all pretty wonderful but my favorite pair by far is the mirrored ankle-strap sandals. I already bought a pair over the weekend and they’re currently on their way to me (free next-day shipping! hooray!). With so many weddings, I was in need of a great, metallic sandal that will work with a number of different dresses. This pair certainly fits that bill. I just love the shape (it’s the kind of sandal that makes your legs look longer) and metallic color they chose really allows it to work as a neutral. In other words: it’s a perfect party shoe.

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SO LONG, SUMMER

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Here’s one thing I know about Labor Day: it’s not actually the last day this year I’m going to wear my white jeans. I don’t technically follow that rule. But it is probably the last time I’ll wear flouncy, colorful tops like this one, and while my Loeffler Randall sandals are never far from my reach, it’s probably best to retire those, too (at least until I start packing for my holiday in Harbour Island.) I’ll be embracing the new season in all its cozy glory with marled-knit sweaters, turtlenecks (in creamy colors like this one) and a tailored coat. I’ll be swapping out my sandals for ballet flats and boots. And, while my white jeans will be sticking around for a little while, I will start to make the transition to a more ecru pair like this one or this one. (Bright whites really don’t do anything to flatter my ghostly-pale skin in the dead of winter.) My bright bags (especially this sunny yellow tote I can’t seem to stop carrying), on the other hand, aren’t going anywhere.  There’s nothing like a touch of color to complement all gray or black look in the dead of winter. My vote: embrace a bright tote.

But none of that is happening today. Nope. Today, I’m pulling out all my summer favorites. One last time. (Or maybe the second to last?)

 

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Photos by Molly Miller

SALE ALERT: THE DRESLYN

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For all those Saturday shoppers, here’s the sale you don’t want to miss. The Dreslyn is offering 15% off any purchase with the code WHITE at checkout. It’s my favorite kind of sale because I can stock up on all those things I’ve been eyeing for fall. Things like coats, the most perfect and cozy, grey turtleneck sweater, and this sexy pair of boots. The essentials (especially in a palette of black, white, and grey) are where The Dreslyn really excels. (Oh, and they have a pretty cool home goods section where you can find some really unique things.) If you’re looking for some great bascis, this is the sale to shop.

For your perusal:

  • On the hunt for a new pair of leather pants? These are a recent favorite of mine.
  • On the subject of leather: how about a jacket?
  • Fall means plenty of layering – which means classic tees like this one are in order.
  • I’ve loved my slip-on sneakers so much this summer that I think it’s probably time to invest in a pair for fall. I certainly wouldn’t mind a shiny, gold pair.
  • Navy is such a classic hue and when it comes to outerwear, it’s one of the best to choose. This one from new-to-me brand Soya is quite good.
  • I know that white dresses aren’t the usual buy for fall, but I’m obsessed with this little dress from Opening Ceremony. The hemline is so interesting and would look great with a pair of flats or heels.
  • I’m in dire need of a new black blazer. Since it’s something I’ll wear often and forever, I’m willing to splurge a little. But 15% off makes this on-sale one all the better.
  • Last but not least: this beautiful pair of agate bookends. I should probably give them to someone as a gift but instead I’m going to gift myself. And my books.

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This post was sponsored by The Dreslyn. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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Clearly I’ve been spending a lot of time on Paperless Post this week. In addition to the cheeky and fun Happy Menocal collection I told you all about on Wednesday, there’s also another one to get excited about: Sugar Paper. Cocktail party invitations, baby announcements, save the dates – there’s something for everyone in this one!  I’m already a huge fan of Sugar Paper so having them right there with the click of my mouse is like a dream come true.

“Believing you can fix a shoe is like believing you can fix a man: it does not work.” How many times have you tried to justify a pair of shoes that don’t quite fit but are simply too good to pass up? It’s happened to me… more than once. Joyce Walder’s NY Times article is a good reminder for all of us shoe shoppers.

Summer is my favorite season so I’m sad to see it go, but I’m also surprisingly ready for the fall ahead. (Perhaps my anticipation has something to do with the August heat we’re currently experiencing.) What do I need to gear up for the cool weather ahead? This swingy little coat from ASOS. It’s full shape makes it a little dressier and will lend itself nicely to cocktail dresses. Not to mention, it’s a good deal at $135!

When it comes to being in the know on beauty products, models are some the best. Between fashion shows and photo shoots, they test out more products than you can imagine. (Plus: who doesn’t want to know what Karlie Kloss uses to get that glowing skin?) Thankfully, Vogue has compiled a list of the 10 products every model has in her medicine cabinet.

This weekend I plan to soak up every last bit of summer – and that includes the food! This tomato salad paired with a yummy Thai-inspired vinaigrette sounds like a perfectly refreshing appetizer.

Twenty years. That’s how long it’s been since the pilot episode of Friends. Kind of hard to believe, isn’t it? (I still watch the reruns even though I’ve seen every single episode at least ten times.) In honor of the big anniversary, they’re bringing back the coffee shop we all know and love: Central Perk. It will be one-month pop-up shop in Soho designed to be an exact replica of the one on the show. Oh – and they’ll be serving free coffee. Admit it: you’re dying to take a seat on that big orange couch.

 

 

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.

Images via Style.com and Elle Decor

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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