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There’s no better time to enjoy a cheeseburger than the weekend: the 11 Best Cheeseburgers Across the Country.

Thank you, J.Crew. They’re offering an extra 25% off any purchase (with the code SHOPFALL) – including all the new arrivals! I’m personally considering this cozy sweater, a pair of these leopard flats , this bright blue flannel shirt, and this perfectly-perfect striped shirt (because, really, why stop now?). I’m also thinking that now would be a good time to take the plunge on this coat I’ve been eyeing.

I’m always looking for fun additions to a party table. These bright piñatas would certainly fit the bill.

The best sale of the weekend: Waylande Gregory on OKL. Maybe it’s just me who gets excited to see his unique and clever creations (hello) – and when it’s on sale, I’m over the moon. This bowl is really tempting me and well, we all know I can’t resist a good pineapple.

Love white marble? Me too, me too!

Who doesn’t miss Carrie Bradshaw and the rest of the gang? Here, 50 facts you probably didn’t know about Sex and the City.

And a few more for good measure…

For all my brunettes out there, here’s a list of the 34 Best Brunette Beauties of All Time.

I have a thing for peplums rights now – especially when they come in the form of a cozy sweater.

Falling asleep has never been an easy task for me. (Any tips there?) After a few nights of getting just four hours of shut-eye, we accumulate “sleep debt,” according to this article. And we need to start paying it back sooner than later.

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STYLE NOTES: LELE SADOUGHI

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It’s the return of the Style Notes series. I can’t think of anyone better to help me reintroduce the series than Lele Sadoughi. The New York-based (but Dallas-born!) designer has long been one of my favorites – and after getting reading through her interview and taking a look through some of her latest pieces, I imagine she’ll be one of yours, too. A veteran in jewelry business, the mother of two (busy lady!) designed for esteemed brands such as Ippolita and Tory Burch, as well as served as Jewelry Design Director for J.Crew before breaking out on her own in 2012. Her eponymous collection is now in its fourth season – and it’s better than ever. Inspired by art, travel, and vintage jewelry (she has a collection that numbers in the few thousands!), the line features geometric designs rendered in bright stones and enamels.

I first fell in love with Sadoughi’s designs when I came across a stack of her signature slider bracelets. (Don’t you love those?) Since then, what I have really come to love about her collection is the way it fuses classics with edgy elements. The pieces are wearable and timeless, but unique. They make a statement without being one of those things you only pull out on special occasions. This pearl bracelet (one of my very favorites of hers) is a perfect example of that. It makes a statement on its own but it’s also something I would wear everyday, layered in between other gold bangles. And her designs are fun! Here’s a fact: the current collection is inspired by  the allure of the arcade – specifically pinball machines. Knowing that just makes this necklace even more fantastic than it already is.

After getting to know her a little better with this interview, I love her jewelry even more. I love anyone that can reference a Nan Kempner story on cue and says her splurge is “decadent food.” And her advice to aspiring designers? Well, I think that applies to all of us – no matter what industry you’re in. I hope you enjoy the interview! You can shop the Lele Sadoughi collection here.

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GET THE LOOK: NYFW STREET STYLE

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The first stretch of fashion month  has come and gone – and there’s a hoard of street-style snaps to prove it. Fashion’s finest hit the city in everything from head-to-toe white (the “no white after Labor Day” doesn’t apply here) to eye-popping prints. It was an everything-goes sort of week. I was actually surprised to see that, with the exception of a few looks here and there, most of the show-goers looked more dressed-up than in season’s past. Not fancy per se, just more pulled-together. Think: lace pencil skirts, leather culottes, super-chic shifts  (paired with sneakers, obvs), and tailored blazers. It was a refreshing mix. Here, three of my favorites from last week’s streets – and how you, too, can get the looks.

Check back next week for a London’s looks!

Images via Tommy Ton, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue

 

SURF SKIRT

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Another favorite J.Crew purchase of mine from the summer that will be hanging around through the fall: the surf skirt. It’s made from neoprene (hence the name) which gives the skirt some structure, along with a little bit of a sporty feel. The flared hem, however, adds a feminine touch. I’m not going to lie: I’m not a big skirt person. It’s the item of clothing of which I own the least. There’s no real reason for this other than I’ve just always found myself gravitating more towards dresses or pants. This skirt has been a surprising favorite of mine. I’ve been able to wear it so much different ways – it can be dressed-up paired with a collared shirt and ballet flats (perfect for the office) or made super casual with a simple tee and sneaks. (Speaking of sneaks: how about this gold pair?) And I don’t see any reason why it won’t continue to get just as much wear this fall. It’s the perfect accompaniment to cozy sweaters (this one and this one come to mind), or, of course, is an easy answer with my chambray shirt. All you need is a pair of booties and you’re set.

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SLEEVELESS COATS

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If there’s one item of clothing that is the hallmark of “transitional dressing” then it’s the sleeveless coat. When it’s not hot anymore but it’s not quite cold, it’s the ideal piece to have. Editors and the likes were sporting the sleeveless look all over the streets at NYFW last week – including TKTK in her gorgeous canary yellow one.  It’s definitely an on-trend piece, and I’m totally on board.

There are so many different ways you can go with this trend. (And if I hadn’t waited so long to make a decision on one then I wouldn’t have missed my size in this Mango one.) There’s the super classic: a trench. This is one you really can wear year-round which is always nice. Another equally classic option is a camel version. You really can’t go wrong with a camel coat – sleeveless or not. (If I hadn’t waited so long to make a decision then I wouldn’t have missed my size in this Mango one.) I also love this gray one from Topshop. There’s no collar, making the silhouette even more streamlined. (This JOA one has a similar look but it’s under $150.) Or you can throw caution to the wind and go for it with a bright color. There’s this one from Tibi that’s pretty perfect. I love the pale blue hue. For something brighter: how about this red one? You can also score some good sea

 

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HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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In honor of fashion week (read: month), why not add some fashion-editor-worthy touches to your home? I love it when One Kings Lane does this sale. I always find the coolest vintage things – like these lucite bookends and a pair of leopard x-benches, for example. There’s also some splurge-worthy extras for the closet, too (a vintage Rolex and a pair of Chanel earrings come to mind).

I’m always hesitant about wearing red lipstick. It’s a bold choice, and I’m always worried that I just can’t pull it off (even a red as good as this one). After taking a look through this list of fellow blondes donning a scarlet lip, I’m feeling a bit more confident to give it a try.

Brussel sprouts are one of those love it or hate it foods. I’m definitely in the former camp. I love them. I can’t get enough of them. If I see brussel sprouts on the menu, it’s pretty much guarenteed that I’m going to order them. What happens when you throw in a juicy apple and a couple of crunchy walnuts?

Nate Berkus has once again nailed it with his Target collection. The newest arrivals are some serious gems: a black-and-gold side tablegeometric additions, and gold accents like these candlesticks and this faceted vase. Did I mention that most of it is under $50? Sure is.

The last couple of days’ weather has been especially gray. It’s reminding me that the only way to brighten up the upcoming fall days is with a colorful coat. I happen to love the chartreuse hue of this one.

Speaking of color, spring is set to be a bright one. You can thank designers like Ralph Lauren for that. The American designer filled his runway with bold, saturated hues (and jewels to match!). Just one, quick look through this collection will put you in a cheery mood.

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MI GOLONDRINA

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This past weekend I took a quick (as in 36-hours-quick) trip to Mexico to attend a friend’s wedding. Traveling all that way for such a short amount of time can be a bit hectic but I’ll tell you one thing: it sure does makes packing super easy. A little fact about me: I’ll admit that I’m what you might call an “anxious packer.” Figuring out what to take (and what not to take…) on trips has never been an easy task for me. I feel the need to try on each and every thing before deciding whether to pack it which means that clothes end up everywhere (my husband and I refer to these times as “clothes attacks”). It’s silly, I know. But for whatever reason, that’s just how it goes for me.

That was not the case this time. When your trip time is 36 hours (six of which are spent actually traveling to and from the destination), that doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for outfit changes – especially when there’s a wedding involved. Here’s another thing that made my packing a cinch: my Mi Golondrina top. A weekend in Mexico pretty much requires Mi Golondrina. It was the first thing that went into my suitcase and the first thing I pulled out when I got there. After all my Instagrams, surely by now you all are aware of how much I adore this line. Designed by my adorable friend Cristina, each piece is hand-embroidered in a Oaxacan village. It’s not just tops, either. The collection includes dresses, pajamas and bedding. She’s even added baby dresses to the mix. (How adorable is this?) The materials keep getting better and the bright color combos are always irresistible.

I’m relishing these last few days where I’ll be able to dress in easy-breezy summer wares like this. The sandals will certainly need to be retired for the fall (though I’ve really gotten my wear out of them, wouldn’t you say?), and I’ll switch to a darker-wash denim. But the Mi Golondrina top (paired with jeans and my favorite booties) should be able to hold its own – at least for a little while, before it gets too chilly.

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DINNER DIARIES: REVIVING THE ART OF THE HOSTESS BOOK

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August and September have been exceptionally good months for books. From the French Riviera to Claiborne Swanson Frank’s new book, there has been no shortage of page-turners in my shopping cart. One of my favorite arrivals so far (though, trust me, it’s hard to choose just one) has been Dinner Diaries: Reviving the Art of the Hostess Book. Published by Assouline, the glossy tome follows the same format as their Proust “questionnaire” books (Wine Questionnaire, Fashion Questionnaire). This one focuses on the art of the dinner party and features questions such as “What was the greatest dinner party you ever attended?” and “What makes for a great guest?” You’ll find handwritten answers from expert hostesses around the world, including Ivanka Trump and chef Alex Hitz.  They cover every topic you can think of, too – lighting (candles or votives?), good hostess gifts, flatware preferences…everything! My favorite question is the topic of seating arrangements.  As someone that loves to entertain, I find seating arrangements to be one of the trickiest parts. It’s a crucial part to a any good dinner party, and it’s something every hostess strives to get right.

Throwing a good party is an art form. If you love to entertain, this book is a good one for your shelf. Or, even better, gift it to your favorite hostess.

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