HAPPY WEEKEND

Marilyn Monroe via George Barris 1962

As excited as I am about the approaching fall season, I’m always a little sad to see summer go. Even though I’m not in school and summer breaks are no longer what they used to be, there’s still that very specific carefree feeling about that comes with summer. This weekend I’ll be soaking up the last bits of the season with plenty of time spent by the pool, afternoon snacks of popsicles, and cocktails on the patio. Come Monday, though, I’ll be jumping right into fall with preparations to head to New York next week for Lucky FABB and fashion week.

On another note, don’t you love this picture of Marilyn? It feels so right for summer. I love her lip color – a perfect orangey hue. If you haven’t already, you should check out this mini-gallery of never-before-seen images of the star. The images come from Museo Salvatore Ferragmao’s new book that will be released in late September.

LUELLA & JUNE SPONSOR: SEE DESIGN

Summer may be coming to an end, but the bright hues and vivid prints will live on. Luella & June’s latest sponsor, SeeDesign,  is owned by Dana Gorman. Gorman began SeeDesign in 2008 as a place where she could combine her love of pattern passion for travel in accessible, everyday objects. Gorman custom prints her hand painted patterns in India and then has them sewn into basic designed products. The SeeDesign collection includes everything from sarongs to cotton voile shirts to home accessories. As if the myriad of color options aren’t good enough, the budget-friendly prices are even better!

WHAT I LOVE RIGHT NOW

Clockwise from top left: ALICE + OLIVIA Reese Flare Dress // RUPERT SANDERSON Laira Heels // CAITLIN MCGAULEY Watercolors // DVF Ursula Animal-Print Chiffon Top // TORY BURCH Fox Loafer // Olivia Palermo Image // LIZZIE FORTUNATO Earrings // “Do What You Love” // VOGUE Tennis Balls // TIFFANY RICHEY Office // JONATHAN ADLER Acapulco Pillow

 

YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: ELTA MD CLEAR

I’m not sure I’ve ever done a post on my own beauty routine before, but I’m so in love with this product that today’s the day I’m changing that. First of all, here’s what you need to know: I have the world’s most sensitive skin. Seriously. The majority of the products I’ve tried on my face have caused breakouts and/or allergic reactions. (I’m even allergic to Neosporin. Just to put this into perspective for you!) In addition to all of that, I have a mild case of rosacea that pops up every now and then. In order to keep my skin happy (and redness/bump free), I stick to a regimen of super simple products: Purpose cleanser, Squalene oil as a moisturizer, a teeny-tiny dab of Retin-A (for the redness), and a daily sunscreen. The sunscreen was the most difficult product to nail down. Every single facial sunscreen I tried seemed to cause breakouts – not to mention felt heavy on skin. My dermatologist recommended EltaMD UV Clear, and, although I was wary to try anything new, I decided to give it a shot. It’s a miracle product. If a sunscreen can change your life then EltaMD did that for me. It’s incredibly light and feels so good on my skin (I actually look forward to putting it on every morning). It calms my skin and it has never caused a breakout – not once! And, of course, it keeps my skin protected from the sun. If you have sensitive skin and you’re looking for a good SPF, I highly recommend this!

I realize this post might sound like a commercial for EltaMD and that it might not be for everyone; but this blog is about letting you all in on the things I love and this certainly qualifies!

MAKING THE TRANSITION

 

Club Monaco Blouse // Club Monaco Skirt // Chanel Ballet Flats // Michael Kors Watch // Céline Handbag // Ray-Ban Sunglasses

As September slowly makes its way here (hurry up, fall weather!), I’ve been pulling out some of my favorite pieces to make the transition into fall. Besides a few minor exceptions (little white dresses, white denim cutoff shorts), I really try to make a lot of my wardrobe work year-round. By simply adding or subtracting a few layers here and there, you can really make most anything work for cool or warm weather.  For instance, this Club Monaco ensemble (I’m obsessed with that store right now) will make a seamless transition into the new season by simply adding a pair of tights and a blazer (like this one). And, of course, each piece will work on its own in many an outfit. (On another note, how adorable is this silk shirt? I’m not sure if you can tell in the pictures but it has an astrological sign print on it. It’s a nice break from all of my solid colored silk blouses.) How are you making the transition into fall? Any key pieces you’re holding onto?

FALL SHOPPING: THE LEATHER JACKET

Image via The Sartorialist

If there’s one fall piece that really gives you some serious bang for your buck, it’s the leather jacket. It never goes out of style (I’ve had my black one for nearly four years now) and you can pair it with everything. It’s one of those pieces that just really pulls any look together –  a perfect finishing touch. Since I practically live in my black one all season long, this time around I’ve got my eye on something a little different. (This brown version from Gap has been on my radar for a little while.) There’s just so many options! Whether you’re opting for classic brown or black, or wanting something a little more playful (like this one from Kelly Wearstler), you’ll be pulling this jacket out year after year.

 

Black: MANGO // JOIE  // VEDA   Brown: JOIE  // CARVEN  // MISS SELFRIDGE   Color: JOSEPH Leather Jacket // ACNE // GESTUZ

HEAD-TO-TOE BORDEAUX

Clockwise from top left: EQUIPMENT Brett Silk Blouse //BANANA REPUBLIC Infinity Necklace //  LAUREN MERKIN Stamped Snake Clutch // MARC JACOBS Cropped Pants // CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Pigalle Patent-Leather Pumps // NARS Nail Polish in Storm Bird

If I made a list of my least favorite colors, burgundy (bordeuax, maroon, port, whatever you want to call it!) would be near the very top of it. It’s just not my color, you know what I mean? It has never looked good on me (various shades of red usually don’t). However, this image from Candice Lake just might have me rethinking my stance on the color. She looks so chic! I’m all about tonal dressing this fall, and, I have to admit, head-to-toe burgundy isn’t looking so bad. I actually like it. I am making it a vow to get out of my color rut and make a solid attempt at burgundy  this season. What do you think? Are there any colors out of your norm that you might be willing to try for fall?

WHAT I LOVE RIGHT NOW

Clockwise from top left: MARKUS LUPFER Totes Amaze! Sweater // KOTUR Glitter Snowglobe Clutch // Lace  (Image via WeHeartIt)// TASCHEN Marilyn & Me Book // NIKE FuelBand // MADEWELL Skinny Jeans // DIPTYQUE Mousses Candle // MAJE Skirt // GIORGIO ARMANI Lipstick in Shade 301 // KATE SPADE Heel // J.CREW Flower Earrings 

STYLE NOTES: ROXY OWENS

It’s no secret that I have a serious weakness for a well styled bar cart. It’s a necessity in any home – especially the homes of those who love to entertain like I do. And I’ve been in bar cart heaven ever since I came across Society Social. The website is a menagerie of all things fabulous – and not just bar carts! You’ll find all kinds of gorgeous furniture (chairs, tables, upholstered headboards), pillows, vintage knick knacks, and, of course, all those accessories needed to make the perfect bar cart. Today, you get to meet the woman behind Society Social, Roxy Owens. I first got to know Roxy through her blog, My Cup of Te (add it to your bookmarks!). Roxy’s blog really gives you an insight to how fun and fabulous she really is; so, it came as no surprise when she decided to start her own business. Check out her Style Notes here and then head over to Society Social to get a look for yourself.

Images via Pinterest and Voluspa

 

INTO THE BLUE

StyleMint Striped Tee // Chan Luu Scarf (c/o) // Madewell Denim Shorts // Proenza Schouler PS1 Satchel // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Bracelets: Hermés, Sandro, J.Crew, Madewell

I normally don’t wear a whole lot of baby blue. I usually opt for the super brights (turquoise) or the bolder shades (cobalt).  However, there’s something about light blue – especially paired with bright white! – that feels fresh for summer. This StyleMint tee and Chan Luu scarf arrived at my apartment on the very same day. Perfect timing! I layered the scarf on top of the stripe tee and instantly saw a match. The coordinating shades of blue allow for the perfect print mix. These are the kinds of pieces I’m wearing day in and day out while the summer season is still around. Fall will be here before we know it!