GET THE LOOK: PENCILED IN

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On my list of least favorite colors, maroon (burgundy, oxblood, whatever you want to call it) is most certainly on there. Who know why our eyes gravitate towards certain colors and retreat from others, but, for me, maroon has always been in the latter category. However, this Olivia Palermo look has me re-thinking the whole thing for fall. (Leave to her to change my entire stance on a single color.) What I always love about Olivia’s looks is the way she totally commits to whatever she’s wearing. She didn’t just tip-toe around maroon, she decided to really go for it with a tonal look – and then added a statement necklace to boot. Not only do I really like the head-to-toe color, but I love the way she lessened the formality of a pencil skirt with a cozy, half-tucked turtleneck. I can’t imagine OP looking bad in anything but this color, in particular, really stands out on her. It’s such a rich color and feels so right for fall. Something like this skirt would look really cute paired with black opaque tights and a pair of boots. I also love the idea of taking a break from my usual black leather pants and opting for this color instead. It might not be a color I incorporate into everything in my life, but I’ll most certainly be adding at least a few maroon pieces (this and these are no-brainers) to my closet.

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SALE ALERT: THE DRESLYN

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Just when we thought all the sales were over, The Dreslyn gives us one more to peruse. From now until Friday night, the site is offering 20% off any purchase. Just enter the code WHYNOT at checkout. I’ve said it before but The Dreslyn is one of my favorite spots for chic basics (things like this and these) and with this promo going on, now would be a perfect time to scoop up some of those. Don’t forget to check out their home goods section. The selection is equally as chic there.

Here’s what you can’t miss:

  • I love the Play by Comme Des Garçons line. Their new t-shirt feature a teeny-tiny heart. How cute.
  • This is the kind of jacket that would some serious wear with everything from jeans to skirts to leather pants.
  • You’ll walk miles in these black leather ankle boots.
  • I love the asymmetrical draping of this classic black top. I will be pairing it with leather pants and a great necklace come holiday party season.
  • With the holidays coming up, I’ve got my eye out for pretty things for my tablescapes. These brass Tom Dixon napkin rings are too cool.
  • This chunky turtleneck would keep you warm all winter long.
  • I might not be wearing them anytime soon but now is as good a time as ever to score 20% off my favorite sandal line.
  • No matter what the cake tastes like, you know it will look pretty sitting atop this gold and marble stand.
  • Olive green is one of my favorite colors this season. This long coat looks extra chic in the army-inspired hue.

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black + pink

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Lately my mornings have been even more rushed than usual. I make a solid effort to get things organized the night before but it rarely ends up happening. My evenings are usually spent chatting with my husband, cooking dinner (or doing take-out), and catching up on an episode on my DVR. And then I go to bed really early. I am not a night owl. I’m an early-to-bed, (very) early-to-rise kind of person. I relish my early, early mornings. I’m much more productive in the a.m. hours and therefore I guess I just procrastinate on everything – blog work, answering e-mails, writing thank-you notes, wrapping a birthday gift, whatever it may be! –  until then. Needless to say, figuring out what to wear takes last priority.

That’s where the head-to-toe black comes in. It’s the easiest way to look put-together when you haven’t a clue what to wear or you’re crunched for time. If you have some key black pieces in your closet, it’s pretty much effortless, too. In my opinion, those “key pieces” include: a perfect-fitting t-shirt (this one from Vince is my absolute favorite right now), a blazer, a pair of tailored pants (in leather and denim, too), a cashmere sweater, and of course, one or two little black dresses (try this one or this one). Since these are things that get worn all the time, I think it’s important to buy things that will last (classic over trendy) but that doesn’t mean they have to be super expensive. This LBD, for example, rings in at under $100. The same goes for this pair of (faux) leather pants from Michael Kors. I’m always scouring The Outnet for good deals, too.

One of the best things about black is that any color and/or print you add in really stands out. My Candy Land-pink ballet flats from Loeffler Randall look even brighter, and the polka-dots are even more playful. A touch of color and a whimsical print always lighten (and brighten) things up.

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SALE ALERT: TIBI

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Doing a little Sunday shopping? Be sure not to miss the Tibi Friends & Fam sale that’s going on. You can score 25% off with the code FF2014TIBI.

Here’s what you can’t miss…

  • If you like the feather dress I posted then you’re going to love the feather jacket. I’m going to pair mine with a pair of leather pants and heels for cocktail parties.
  • Now is the perfect time to scoop up one of Tibi’s famous party skirts. Which color to choose?
  • Since I rarely wear red, I rely on plenty of sparkly things and the color green to get me through the holidays. Good thing Tibi has some of the best when it comes to emerald green. Check out this dress, this little leather top, and a party skirt, too.
  • Stripes. You know I love ‘em. This cozy dress is another one to add to my closet.
  • The most classic of coats in your choice of gray or blue.
  • Something shiny and new.

20 CAMEL COATS TO BUY RIGHT NOW

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When it comes to outerwear, there’s really nothing that’s quite as classic as a camel coat. While there are many coat trends that come in and out of style, a good camel coat is something that’s timeless. It’s a piece you’ll love forever and one that you’ll continue to pull out year after year. It’s one of those things that just gets better with age. The good news is that there are plenty of options this season. Looking for something that works as both a coat and a blazer? This Theory one is pure perfection. (I’m sort of in love with this Theory one, too.) Here’s one that’s more of mid-weight. It works right now – but still transitions into the cooler months with some layering. If you’re looking for something a little more utilitarian, this toggle style is really cute and just so happens to be on sale, too. I’m in love with this wrap-style from Jarbo. It’s certainly not a style steal but it’s one you’ll forever and therefore might be worth the splurge. If you’re looking for a good steal, this Phillip Lim one just got marked down on The Outnet.

Speaking of good steals, here are two things to keep in mind:

First: Shopbop is having their Friends & Fam sale right now. That means that camel coats like this one and this one are 25% off. Just remember to enter the code FAMILY25 at checkout.

Second: Saks is also offering 25% off right now any purchase right now. Now would be a great time to stock up on a new coat – whether it’s camel or not. Enter the code FRNFAM at checkout for this one.

I’ve done a little bit of the shopping for you. Here, 20 camel coats – in all styles and prices – to buy right now. Scroll through to shop your favorites.

 

PEPLUM POWER

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Remember last week’s post when I told you all that I’m a big believer that when you find a piece that you really, really love to buy it in every color? I definitely applied that rule with this peplum sweater. I found it while shopping with my mom at Scoop NYC (we actually came out of separate dressing rooms wearing the same one and there’s a selfie to prove it). I loved it so much that I bought it in all three colors. (The beige one is the perfect pairing with white jeans in the winter.) I’m always on the hunt for good basics that are simple enough that they can work for everyday-wear, but that also have a little something extra (i.e. a peplum) to keep it interesting. This sweater is exactly that. I can throw it on for work with jeans and flats or make it work for a night out by dressing it up with some statement jewels (a necklace or a colorful pair of earrings). Peplums are good at that – making something work from day-to-night. They add just the right dose of feminine flair without overpowering the look.

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THE WORKS

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After seeing my little sister sport this gingham shirt, I quickly ran out to J.Crew and bought my own. And after two weeks of pretty much wearing it non-stop (no, really – nonstop), I jumped online and ordered it in two more colors. (Along with this polka-dot one I just got, it’s officially my favorite casual basic this season.)

In fact, that’s pretty much the story with every piece you see in this look. They’re all my fall favorites. These are the things I wear so often that it’s necessary to own them in more than one color. The jeans, for example, are probably my fifth pair of Frame Denim.  After wearing my white cropped pair so often, I realized this length really works well with sneakers and ballet flats so I opted for both the black and blue pair. Both have been excellent decisions. Clare V. has become a new favorite of mine since I bought her leopard clutch. The quality can’t be beat and the size – large enough for a mini-iPad but not so big that you feel like you’re carrying a portfolio – is ideal. I figured it was time to invest in another and this decided to go with a true leather version this time. I tossed around the idea of the plain brown leather but then I saw this polka-dot version and knew it was the one. The dots are the best addition – just whimsical enough. (For the record: her silver metallic will without a doubt be my next one. It’s too good to pass up.) When you find those things that just work for you, those pieces that just make getting dressed easier, go ahead: buy it in more than one color. You won’t regret it.

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GET THE LOOK: PARIS FASHION WEEK (PART 1)

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Of the four cities that make up “fashion month,” Paris undoubtedly my favorite. There are lots of reasons for this (the Chanel show is one), the least of which isn’t the street style. Paris is special and the show-goers dress accordingly. Weather can be tricky in Paris (rainy one morning, warm and sunny by afternoon), and I think that forces people to get creative. I also want to think that editors save some of their best looks for Paris (or maybe it’s just what happens to be left in their suitcase after three weeks of traveling). Whatever it is, it brings out the best in street style. In fact, I had so many favorite looks that I’m creating not one, but two “get the look” posts for Paris. Check back for the part two next week!

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Images via Harper’s Bazzar and Collage Vintage