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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.

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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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Photos by Molly Miller

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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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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THE STRIPE BIB TUNIC (+ ON SALE)

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I love it when I can share that one of my closet staples has gone on major sale. Today is one of those days: my favorite stripe tunic from J.Crew is now under $100. I bought it earlier this summer and it quickly became a mainstay in my wardrobe (not surprising, of course, considering that it’s my favorite combo of blue/white stripes). It’s one of the things from summer that will definitely be sticking around for fall and winter. Here’s why: the silk amps it up and makes it just a bit fancier than my usual cotton stripe tees, and since it’s technically a “tunic,” the length lends itself nicely to layering underneath sweaters like this one. The best part? (Besides the fact that it’s on sale along with this adorable thing.) That neon trim, obviously. It adds a touch of whimsy to an otherwise classic – but a bit serious – top. Neon + stripes + on sale? That’s a winning combination.

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MEET THE VERONICAS + THEIR PERFECT JACKET

 

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It’s certainly not even close to fall weather here. It’s hot, hot, hot and that shows no sign of changing any time soon. However, that has no bearing on my preparation for the cooler temperatures to come. I’m in the mood for fall clothes – sweaters, lots of leather, and my boots. I may not be wearing any of it right now but that doesn’t mean I can’t shop for it. At the top of my fall shopping list? A jacket from Veronica Beard. The sisters-in-law (both named Veronica Beard, both Cancers, and both adorably chic) have created an oh-so-perfect jacket for the season. It’s not new. In fact, it’s become their signature style. I, however, am late to the party. I eyed a couple of them last season but never followed through on a purchase. I knew it was a mistake when I continued to think about the jacket long after it had been sold. I’m not going to make that error this year. Sign me up for this one.

Why is it so perfect? First of all, there’s nothing more classic than a single-button blazer. It’s something you wear forever – and ever. It never goes out of style. It’s timeless. This one, though,  is extra special because it has the cable-knit dickey that comes with it. It’s removable and simply zips in our out of the blazer. That means you can wear the blazer now and when the cold-weather season rolls around, add this cozy layer. It’s layering without actually having to layer. You know what I mean?

It comes in several colors combinations, including bordeaux with gray and black with black, and gray with gray. But I’m partial to the navy with white. It’s always been my favorite. The new, longer version is really interesting, too. If you’re looking for something a little more casual, then take a peek at this one. I love the material combo and the sweatshirt hoodie is such a cool addition. Like I said, I’m not going to miss the boat on this one this year. This is one jacket that’s definitely worth the splurge.

(Side note: The jackets aren’t the only amazing VB things. The entire collection is pretty fantastic. Think super-chic classics like this peplum top and this tiger-print dress that would be perfect with tights this fall. It’s all worth a look.)

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Images via Tory Burch