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MARGARITA (ON THE ROCKS WITH SALT), ST. GERMAIN COCKTAIL, RED WINE
EARLY MORNINGS OVER LATE NIGHTS, VANILLA OVER CHOCOLATE, SUMMER OVER WINTER
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AERIN LAUDER, GWYNETH PALTROW
THE GREAT GATSBY, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE GLASS CASTLE
Before we get too far in London fashion week (have you seen the Preen collection yet?! Love.), I wanted to post a few of my favorite street style looks from New York. After the temperatures warmed up a little bit after the blizzard, showgoers began to shed the puffers and fur coats for lighter layering pieces. I love Hanneli’s neon green Acne coat – just because it’s freezing outside doesn’t mean you can’t sport super brights. Speaking of color, I feel really inspired to don a tonal look like the one on the left. The blue pairings are pretty much perfect, don’t you think? Next up: London!
How cute are these girls? I would think after seeing this picture, these girls would track down Phil Oh and ask for a copy. It’s such a perfectly captured BFF moment, no? On another note: how about those coats? I love a military-inspired jacket (like this one). It works as a neutral year-round and is such a great substitute when you’re black coat needs a rest. I’m definitely feeling inspired to pull out my J.Crew one this weekend. Speaking of weekend… I’m especially excited about this one. My cute friend is hosting a wedding shower in my honor tomorrow. My first one! How fun is that? Happy weekend!
For your weekend perusal:
Sweet superlatives: Just when I thought yesterday couldn’t get any sweeter, I saw this post on Hanna’s blog. How cute is she? I felt so honored to be included amongst all of these incredible ladies. A virtual valentine. I love it.
It’s in the stars: Have I told you all how much I love horoscopes? (And not just mine! I actually like to read other people’s.) I’m one of those weirdos that asks people when they’re birthday is so that I can figure out what their sign is. (I’m a Taurus, by the way.) My fiancé thinks I’m crazy, but I’m a firm believer that there’s something to it. Especially when it involves astrologer Susan Miller. Heard of her? According to this week’s New York magazine article, she’s the “go-t0 astrologer.” I’m not surprised. I’ve been checking my horoscope (and probably yours, too) through her app on my iPhone for years. She’s eerily right – most of the time.
If the shoe fits: When I think of Vince, great tees, amazing denim, and classic blazers come to mind. The basics. I never thought about Vince as a go-to destination for shoes. That’s changed this season. Their newest shoe collection is quickly becoming one of my favorites. True to the brand, the shoes are clean and simple, but anything but boring. They’re the kinds of shoes you’ll wear over and over again. I’m especially in love with this pair.
Love songs: Valentine’s Day is over, but I’m still listening to Tory Burch’s playlist. Dedicated to the holiday of love, the playlist is full of songs like “Woman” by John Lennon and Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.” It’s one you’ll want to listen to any day of the week. I mean, any playlist that involves The Supremes is my kind of thing.
Ever since I posted about this wedding last month, I’ve been thinking about that blush-colored dress. Not only is it a stunning dress in and of itself, but the fact that this bride opted for blush rather than traditional white for her dress makes it all the more special. Like I told you all before, my dress will be white (a soft white, to be exact), and while I wouldn’t a change a thing about it, this wedding got me thinking about nontraditional options. Blush is a popular alternative. Remember Reese Witherspoon’s wedding to Jim Toth? The actress walked down the aisle in a soft pink Monique Lhullier corset dress. Stunning. More recently, Jessica Biel opted for a pink floral Giambattista Valli gown for her Italian nuptials. There have been plenty of other colors, too. Elizabeth Taylor wore yellow (!) for her first wedding to Richard Burton. I’m also partial to the idea of light blue (a lá Blair Waldorf to Chuck Bass) or even a pale gray. More and more bridal designers are sending color down the runway. Oscar de la Renta had several light blue gowns in his 2013 bridal collection – as well as a floral option. My favorite, though, is Elie Saab’s spring 2012 couture collection. That entire runway was dreamy.
What are your thoughts on breaking this tradition? Would you do color?
With a major work deadline and several wedding to-do’s, fashion week just wasn’t in the cards for this time around. I’m definitely feeling a little bummed not to be there, but following along with the street style snaps is a quick fix for that. The overall looks are always amazing (especially when you’re forced to dress for blizzard conditions!), but it’s the little details that I love to see the most. In this case, it’s the handbags I’ve been eyeing. Bags of all shapes and sizes – everything from the ubiquitous Céline trapeze to Charlotte Olympia’s book cover-inspired clutches – have been spotted on the streets. I’ve even seen a couple of mini-backpacks (are they in for a comeback?)!
It started with these Loeffler Randall sandals. I was browsing Shobop’s new arrivals (it’s a bad habit of which I’m certain I’ll never be able to break) and once they popped up on my screen, it was like all I could see was that lucite heel. So good. (I’m normally not even into a short block heel like that. For me, the heel either needs to be high or not there at all. These are definitely the exception. But when is lucite not the exception?) The next day I spotted the Kate Spade pair and then I was seeing lucite heels everywhere. With cut-outs and sheer fabrics all over the runways for spring, I guess it’s no surprise that the peek-a-boo trend eventually made its way to our feet – which is exactly where the LR pair is going to end up on me.
TGIF! After a busy week, I’m looking forward to a little downtime the next couple of days. I need to cross a few things off of my wedding to-do’s. The wedding isn’t until May, but right now really feels like crunch time. I’ve been in a lull with the wedding lately. We made so many decisions so quickly at the beginning that it left us with a fairly clear schedule for awhile, but now that we’re just three months (according to friend Gretchen, 99 days to be exact!) out, it seems it’s time to rev up the planning again. I hope you all have a fab weekend. For those of you in NYC, stay warm! Happy weekend!
For your weekend perusal:
The secret to a long-last blowout: I think I’ve mentioned to you all before that washing my hair is not something I do very often (gross, I know). When you have long hair, washing it and blowing it dry is kind of a work out. In order to keep it looking somewhat decent, I rely on this magic stuff from Oribe. Ah-mazing.
Sale alert: Don’t forget about Shopbop’s sale this weekend. Like I’ve told y’all before: you know it’s a good sale when there’s markdown on Equipment blouses like this one.
Nashville, anyone?: I’ve taken to Twitter this week to express my obsession for this Wednesday night show. Anyone else with me? I look forward to it every week, and it’s one of the only shows (besides Downtown Abbey, of course) that gets my full attention. To get my fix during the other six days of the week, I downloaded the show’s soundtrack. Yep. Obsessed.
Gadabout’s new look: Have you all checked out Hanna’s blog? It’s always been one of my favorites, and I adore the new look. Simple and chic – just like the designer herself!
XOXO: I love Valentine’s Day. I do. It’s a fun excuse to send people little surprises and love letters. (Or just an excuse to stock up on the pink and red M&Ms.) I’ll be working on my Valentines this weekend, and I’m feeling inspired by this idea from Oh Happy Day. Who doesn’t need a room filled with heart-shaped balloons?
First of all, I’m so glad to see that you all like this idea of wedding features on Wednesdays. I received such a great response a couple of weeks ago, so this is definitely something I’ll continue.
Today’s “Vows” is another one of my favorites (let’s be honest: all of the weddings I feature here will be my favorites). Model Jacquetta Wheeler and James Allsopp’s English countryside wedding is what I would describe as truly magical (note the white horse in the image below). The nuptials took place last summer at Chilham Castle, an estate which belongs to Wheeler’s family, in Kent. (It’s like a modern-day Downtown Abbey wedding!) The dress, you ask? It was a custom Alice Temperley gown made of chiffon and voile. The handmade veil, which required the work of ten embroiderers to create, was just as exquisite. After exchanging vows at the fifteenth-century church of St. Mary’s, the couple returned to the house for a Moroccan-themed dinner party followed by a long night of dancing. And to top it all of, guests enjoyed fireworks that were perfectly choreographed (!) to the beat of Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers.” Like I said: magical.
Don’t miss the newest markdowns in Shopbop’s sale! You’ll find everything from wardrobe staples like these leather pants to pieces that scream spring (check out this Tibi mini). Oh, and remember these shoes? They’re on sale too. Shop to it!