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It’s been over a year (here) since I’ve blogged about my love for Happy Menocal. Since then I’ve seen her watercolor designs popping up more and more (even a few wedding invitations!). The most recent spot you’ll find her work is probably the best of all: Paperless Post. This means that her cheery, watercolor illustrations are right at our fingertips. It’s a really fantastic selection, too: everything from invitations to holiday cards to stationery. You can even get your hands on one of her famous family crests. While it’s probably too late in the game to use her summer fling card this year (how is it already Labor Day?), her “Harvest Market” designs are kind of perfect for autumn. How fun is her cocktail party invitation? The Valentino Rockstuds! Very clever. I’m thinking of throwing a cocktail get-together just so I can put that one to use. Any excuse to have a party, right? Of course, her beautiful blue-and-white card would work for any occasion (I’m picturing all-girls brunch for this one), any time of year.

Speaking of blue and white, if you love it like I do, then be sure to check out her Orleans Family Crest stationery. It really doesn’t get much more classic than that. If you’re looking for something a little more on the whimsical side, her signature animal watercolors make for a great addition to a personal card. In case you’re wondering: the flamingo is my favorite. For those of you with a love for the King Charles breed (Hanna comes to mind), then this card should be right up your alley.

I’m pretty much jn love with it all. My friends are going to have Happy Menocal invitations and notes popping up in their inboxes left and right. Of course, the best part about this is that it’s not just limited to e-mail. Like most of the selection on Paperless Post (don’t you just love that place?), you can design any of these for paper. They’ll be delivered to your doorstep in no time.

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It’s a good Tuesday for shopping. There are two sales you need know about today.

First, there’s Shopbop. They’ve added even more items to their sale – plus increased the mark downs on lots of things. Some of the new additions are colorful ones – including pretty, coral dresses like this one and this one, a fab kelly green clutch that I’ve been coveting, and the best and brightest K. Jacques sandals. On the not so colorful side, they’ve added a huge selection of white denim to the sale. Now would be a good time to stock up on a pair or two of those. I’m also excited to see the Marysia Swim go on sale. It’s never too late to add a cute suit (this one, please) to your closet.

Next up: J.Crew. They’re offering 25% off your purchase (there are some exclusions). I really love all of their new fall arrivals so this could not have come at a better time. Things to check out: the new silk blouse (I love the lilac color), a wear-all-the-time tunic sweater, a quilted vest, a black-and-white pair of ballet flats, and this new sparkler for your jewelry box.  All you have to do is enter the code ALMOSTFALL and you’re all set.

(P.S. This code will also get you an additional 25% discount if you’re shopping their current sale. Best buy yet: this classic trench.)


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The September issues have arrived. In fact, there’s currently a stack (no lie: it’s about a foot tall) in the middle of my couch just waiting for me to dive in. While I haven’t had time to make a dent in those just yet, I did finally have a chance to go through the latest issue of WSJ magazine. (Have I told you all how much I enjoy this magazine? The WSJ is one of my favorite papers, and my Saturday morning is never complete without a full-on read of the Off Duty section. However, it’s the magazine that I look forward to the most. I think Kristina O’Neill has done such an amazing job as editor.) While there was plenty to love about this issue, a particular story that left my heart beating a little faster was the Technicolor Dream Coats. Shot by Driu & Tiago and styled by Zara Zachrisson, it was one dreamy spread after another of fall’s best coats. I just love the simplicity of everything here. It really allowed the coats – and colors – to shine. Of course, now more than ever, I want a colorful coat in my closet.

Don’t get me wrong: everyone needs a coat in a basic color – camel, black, or gray. It’s the most functional and coats in these colors are ultimately the ones that get the most wear throughout the fall/winter season. With that said, options are always a good idea, and this season, I’m going to make sure that my other coat choices include at least one fantastic color. The only question is: which one?

I think a pastel could be really pretty. Pink, perhaps? I love the tailored look of this Nicholas one. There’s also this one from Joa – similar shape and a much better price tag. I even think this lavender one is pretty. There’s also pale blue. This one is out of this world. But again, you could also go for something a little more budget friendly like this one. If I decide to go the minty-fresh route, then there’s really only one option and it’s this Tibi one.

If pastels aren’t your thing, then I think it’s a go-big-or-go-home mentality. In other words: opt for something bold. A cobalt blue or a super rich teal.  You all know I’m normally not a red-wearer but I would totally make an exception for this. (It’s kind of more of an orangey-red, no?)

What do you think? Will you be investing in some colorful outerwear this season?

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Tonight! The Emmys! Have I shared my love for awards shows with you all? I love them. I do. I always have. When I was a kid, my little sister and I used to pile into bed with my mom and watch the entire thing – from the first look on the red carpet to the very final award. The only thing that’s changed is that I now watch them from the office. I’m lucky because watching the red carpet is actually part of my job. I’m responsible for reporting the red carpet for the Dallas Morning News. Tomorrow morning, if you pick up a paper, you’ll be able to see all of my best- and worst-dressed picks from the show. I’m really excited to see what the stars bring to the red carpet tonight. I have high hopes for Robyn Wright. I’m obsessed with the her character’s wardrobe on House of Cards, and I’m really hoping she’ll play into that chic-and-sleek look. I’m also really looking forward to seeing Claire Danes. (Side note: what’s the status of Homeland?) She’s been a best-dressed on the Emmys red carpet for the past few years and I’ve got no doubt that she’ll rise to the occasion once again. A few other leading ladies I’m looking forward to seeing: Kerry Washington, Julianna Margulies, Christina Hendricks, and, of course, all the ladies from Downton Abbey. Who are you looking forward to seeing?

(Side note: I’m really, really crossing my fingers that Breaking Bad takes home its share of awards. Any TV shows you’re hoping to see take some golden statues?)

In anticipation of the the big night, I’ve put together ten of my favorite red carpet looks from Emmys past. Did I miss someone? Tell me your favorites!

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My love for stripes is no secret on this blog. In fact, if you all think that must be all I wear most of the time then you’re (almost) right. It’s a basic pattern that I love dearly and that’s why my closet boasts such a heavy collection – tops, shorts, and even a pair of sandals. One of my favorite stripe purchases of the summer, however, has been this little dress from Friends & Associates. (Side note: This was a line I had never even heard of before purchasing this dress. It has a cool collaborative design philosophy behind it.)

It’s been a perfect summer dress. It’s so lightweight and keeps me cool on these triple digit days, and it’s cotton so I can easily throw it in the wash (a necessary feature when you’re wearing it as often as I have been). I wore it in Austin and after posting this Instagram, I received quite a few emails and comments requesting the details. Well, here you go! The best part? It’s now on sale (40% off, to be exact) so it’s definitely a worthwhile purchase now. It certainly would make a good Labor Day dress (so would this striped dress, by the way). I can promise you I’ll be wearing it at least once – probably twice –  this weekend. stripe dress marni jewel sandals stripe dress

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One thing I love about this time of year: the sales. There seems to be one at every single turn (Shopbop, Neimans, and Les Nouvelles, to name just a few). You can score some great discounts on not only a few last minute summer favorites you’ve been holding out on (for me, that includes this and this), but there’s also plenty of deals to be had on pieces that are worthy of a fall wardrobe, too: a pair of these, cozy knitwear, and a little leopard-print. Even the new arrivals to J.Crew are ringing in at under $100 (plus there’s an extra 25% off with the code SHOPNOW). No matter what it is you’re looking for, there’s more than likely a good deal to be had.

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When I’m in need of some style inspiration, there are certain gals I know I can count on to deliver: Olivia Palermo, Taylor Tomasi Hill, and Poppy Delevingne all come to mind. The latter of the three has been a constant face popping up on my  “Looks” board lately. And for good reason: this British blonde knows what she’s doing when it comes to getting dressed.

I’m always on the lookout for Poppy pictures during fashion weeks. What I really love about her style is that she doesn’t have just one. Her looks range from uber-feminine in florals and lacy dresses one day to ripped jeans and studded Converse sneakers the next. (One thing that stays the same: her love of Chanel. You can almost always spot at least one double C something on this lady.) She just  mixes things up – pairs unexpected pieces, textures, and colors together.  I’m always inspired to try out something new after looking though some of her expert ensembles.  Put simply: she has great taste. (And seriously great hair.)

Side note: Have you checked out the latest issue of Porter magazine? There are at least six pages featuring Poppy’s weddings. (Yes. Plural. There were two – two weddings, two locations, and two fabulous dresses.) It’s definitely worth a look.

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The Look: “Perfectly Poppy”

Images: Stockholm StreetStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Vogue



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I popped in to Trina Turk to buy an ice bucket and walked out with this dress. (Did you know that she makes some seriously fabulous ice buckets? You’ll have to take my word for it because I can’t seem to find any of them online. They must only be available in the stores. But they’re worth a trip. Trust me.) I was buying the barware when this geometric gem caught my eye. I paused my purchase to try it on and that was that.

There are so many things I love about this shift dress: the cutaway-shoulder silhouette and the triangular print are just two of them. It’s actually a surprising color + print combo from Trina Turk, in my opinion. I always expect over-the-top hues paired with and super bold prints from the designer, but this dress is more subtle. It’s a little more unexpected from her. I like that.  The length is perfect (works with flat sandals but it isn’t too short to pair with heels), and it manages to work both as a more casual piece on a summer patio or, accented with some statement earrings, it’s ideal for a cocktail party. You know what else I love about it? It packs well. I mean that I can throw it in my suitcase and somehow it comes out looking perfectly pressed and ready to go. When you’re packing your suitcase for as many summer weddings as I am, that little detail is key. trina turk dress
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