THE PERFECT PINK

HOLMES & YANG Blazer (Similar) // KAIN T-Shirt // DL1961 Jeans // MANOLO BLAHNIK Heels // INCASE iPhone Case

I’ve said it before: when it comes to wardrobe must-haves, a well-tailored jacket is at the very top of the list. The right blazer instantly pulls everything together, and polishes off even the simplest of outfits. This particular look is a great example of what I wear when I’m running behind in the morning (which is turning out  to be a bad habit as of late). My favorite black t-shirt and skinny jeans is an easy pairing, and topping it off with this Holmes & Yang blazer (Yes. Katie Holmes’ line. It’s a-mazing.) just adds the finishing touch. Plus – how can you resist a perfect pink like that?

(Dallasites: you can check out this blazer and the rest of the Holmes & Yang line at Forty Five Ten.)

(Image Credit: Molly Miller)

SANDY

In light of Hurricane Sandy, the blog is taking a little break today. It felt a little silly to be blogging about shoes and what not when the East Coast is dealing with one of the largest storms to ever hit the US. With damage estimates in the billions, The Red Cross is going to need all the donations they can get. You can donate online, or simply text REDCROSS to 90999. That’s it for today.

LUELLA & JUNE SPONSOR: MATINE

When it comes to handbags, I’m always drawn towards those that are more simple in design (no flashy logos or crazy prints for me). Carolyn Tillman (the same lady behind the adorable Tilly Maison trays) seems to share in my sentiment. Her newest Etsy shop MATINE offers leather accessories – everything from totes to iPad cases – with a simple-but-chic flair. Handmade by Carolyn herself, each item is unique and has its own distinct details (a gold-painted corner, a scalloped edge, a perfect polka-dot print). My favorite is the petite Avgvst Clutch. It’s just the right size – big enough to fit my evening necessities, but small enough to work as a wallet stashed in a bigger tote. Sounds like an ideal place to start your holiday shopping, if you ask me.

POLISH IT OFF

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REDS: 1.LE METIER DE BEAUTE 2. DEBORAH LIPPMANN 3. YSL  4. ILLAMASQUA GREYS: 1. ESSIE 2. CHANEL 3. NARS 4. DIOR PINKS: 1. ILLAMASQUA 2. LAURA MERCIER 3. YSL 4. NARS BLUES: 1. YSL 2. BOBBI BROWN 3. OPI 4. NARS

Fall is the perfect season to experiment with nail colors. While most tend to trade out their brights for darker hues (like this one), I think there’s room for both shades this season. Grays seem to be dominating the nail polish shelves at the drugstore. It’s a classic shade that will work as a neutral, and it feels just moody enough for the fall season. However, I really love a hot pink lacquer (no surprise there!) for the holidays. With a festive flair, pink offers a nice break from my usual red polish that I don throughout the month of December. And how about blues? From cobalt to turquoise, there’s plenty of blues to choose from. Even though it continues to remind me of my 7th grade nail polish days (anyone?), a solid blue just feels right for this season. No matter what color you’re craving, there’s a perfect polish out there for you!

 

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

TGIF. This week has gone by surprisingly quick, no? I didn’t return from NYC until Tuesday morning which made the week feel like it was cut in half (always a good thing!). The best part of the weekend is already here: the cold front! I woke up this morning to 43 degree temperatures. I’m so excited to bundle up in my winter coat and pick up hot chocolate (I told you all before that I get a little excited when it starts to get cold). I’ll also be trying to get things organized for this wedding. The second I think I have things under control, another list ends up on my desk. But what fun it is…

For your weekend perusal:

  • It’s no secret that I have a love affair with lucite. I came across these barstools last night and I can’t stop thinking about them.  They’re incredible. The Decorista managed to find a set on Craig’s list for a client of hers. Don’t think I won’t be scouring Craig’s List and eBay myself for my own set. I don’t have anywhere to put them at the moment… but that’s okay, right?
  • I made my first purchase on Moda Operandi last night. I’m not sure what took me so long, but I just couldn’t resist this Clover Canyon dress. The entire S/S collection is so good.
  • Brighton was so sweet to have me on her blog this week for her guest series. If you have a second, head over there and check it out.
  • Saved the best for last: If you haven’t already checked out this video, you’re missing out. “Mini” Coveteurs? Yes, please. I think I’m partial to mini Courtin-Clarins girls. Who’s your favorite?

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WEARSTLER WEAR

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Kelly Wearstler Blouse // DL1961 Jeans //Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Céline Handbag // Hermés Bracelet

As a huge (huge) fan of Kelly Wearstler’s home collection, it’s no surprise that I would instantly fall in love with her ready-to-wear line. Ever since its debut last fall, I’ve been coveting one perfectly printed piece after the next. This silk blouse is my latest favorite. With a bold geometric pattern, this blouse offers a strong dose of color; but, no matter what I pair it with (colored denim, printed skirts, you name it), it magically seems to mix right in. (Wearstler’s designs – home and fashion – tend to have this ability.) The lightweight material makes it so wearable, too: ideal during this transition period, but it will also make the perfect layering piece underneath many a sweater come cooler temperatures.

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(Photo credit: Molly Miller)

YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: IRIS & INK

When it comes to good deals, The Outnet is a one-stop shop. Known for its amazing prices on designers like Alexander Wang, Chloé, and DVF (to name just a few!), The Outnet has a selection of everything from cocktail dresses to denim to handbags. The only thing it didn’t have was its own line. Until now, that is. This month the online retailer launches its own label, Iris & Ink. The line consists of 35 styling basics (think silk Ts, trench coats, and cashmere sweaters) that every woman should have in her wardrobe. The wear-with-everything pieces are things you’ll keep in your closet for a lifetime. I’ve got my eye on the line’s covetable leather items (the second this dress comes back in my size, it’s going in my cart!). With prices starting at just $85 for a miniskirt, we’re still getting those great deals we’ve come to love from the site. Doesn’t get much better than that.

AND THE WINNER IS…

Congratulations to Kathryn Elise! She’s the lucky winner of the Shop Ten 25 giveaway. She’ll be receiving a $150 gift card to spend on whatever she pleases. (According to her comment, she’ll be putting it toward the zig zag throw. Good choice!) Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!

The winner was chosen using a random number generator from random.org.

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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I’ve been engaged for a little over two months now. I’ve set a date, booked a band, and decided on the perfect venue for the big day. However, it wasn’t until this week that it really hit me: I’m getting married. I sat down to start the design process for my save-the-dates and something about seeing our names in print made it suddenly very real. I really thought that the day of the engagement would be the most exciting one until the wedding day. But, really, every single day is more and more exciting than the day before. The next few days are going to be a whirlwind of wedding decisions, including one of the most important ones – the dress. I’m not going to spill the beans on any of those details yet (mainly because I really don’t know all of them yet), but I’ll be sure and report back on that some point. In the meantime, here are a few (mostly wedding-inpsired) links for your weekend perusal:

  • Since we’re on the subject of wedding dresses, have you seen Vanessa Traina’s? So stunning.
  • I enjoyed reading Victoria’s post on the question of women changing their names after they get married. It was such an interesting conversation there. I will be changing my name come May, but I really liked reading all of the thoughtful responses on the subject.
  • If you’re doing some online shopping this weekend, head over to Tory Burch to check out their SALE. (I wouldn’t mind this plaid coat to keep me warm as the temperatures drop.)
  • Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $150 gift card to Shop Ten 25. I’ll be announcing a winner on Monday.