SALE ALERT: KATE SPADE NEW YORK

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Here’s one more sale you might want to add to your radar: Kate Spade New York is offering 30% off any purchase. Just enter the code F14FFUS at checkout. This came at a perfect time for me. I’ve been wanting to purchase some of their adorable tabletop things (a set of these in black and a pair of polka-dot tumblers, mainly) I’m also pretty much in love with this chartreuse coat. Have you seen a more perfect color? Keep in mind this promo is only for one more day! It ends Sunday night. So you better start your lookin’ now.

Here’s what you can’t miss:

  • First things first: this bejeweled coat. I’m obsessed. It’s certainly pricey and even with the 30% off promo, it’s still a stretch but it’s oh-so-lovely.
  • Under $100: these adorable turquoise studs. It might be worth it to get them in a couple of colors.
  • This clutch is so un-Kate Spade to me. Is it the neon? The python? Whatever it is, it’s a nice surprise and I love it.
  • I love a good sweater dress. I love it even more when it’s in navy blue and there’s a little leather involved.
  • If you’re thinking holiday gifts, now would be a good time to scoop up a few. I love this jewelry box. It’s perfect for traveling – and it’s under $100.
  • Maybe you want something to put in that jewelry box? These earrings will work.
  • On the hunt for a classic but cozy coat? This coat is the ticket.
  • A sparkly pair of sunnies? Don’t mind if I do.
  • Kate Spade has got all the jewels in all the right places this season. This light pink turtleneck just got a major upgrade thanks to some sparkle.
  • I’ve been wanting one of these turquoise rose bowls forever. I’m finally adding one to my cart.
  • Who doesn’t love a little leopard dress?

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Here come the brides! My wedding day might be behind me but that hasn’t stopped me from perusing the Fall 2015 bridal collections. The gowns from designers like Oscar de la Renta (including Amal Alamuddin’s dress!), Vera Wang, and Lela Rose are seriously dreamy. One of my personal favorites was Monique Lhullier. The designer only included five ivory dresses, the rest were all color: lavenders, mints, pale pinks.  The entire collection felt modern and elegant.

There’s nothing new about my love (and probably yours, too) for avocado toast. But it’s always a good idea to spice things up a bit. I love this simple recipe for incorporating fall ingredients (pears!) to give a classic breakfast a bit of a seasonal twist. It would be even more amazing on sourdough bread, don’t you think?

When it comes to managing that hustle-and-bustle of everyday life, my iPhone has certainly become one of my greatest allies. Among many (!) other things, it keeps me organized, on time, and entertained. I’m always up for learning about new tricks to put it to even better use. This list of the 25 apps to make your life easier is quite helpful.

Calling all fellow bookworms! The latest Goop newsletter gives us insider tips on the best books to buy, give as gifts, and have in your own personal library. My book wish list just got even longer.

SSB. Otherwise known as, “Secret Single Behavior.” Carrie Bradshaw was on to something when she coined the term. It’s all of those things that you used to do when you were single, when no one else was at home and you had your weekends free. I know we can all relate. I love spending time with my husband but I have to admit that I occasionally look forward to those rare nights where he isn’t home and I can fully indulge in my favorite SSBs: watching 90210 reruns (Dylan. McKay.), reading a big stack of magazines that I continuously tear pages out of stack them all over the floor, eating weird snacks (popcorn + peanut butter)…among plenty others. Go ahead. Tell me yours.

It’s a sale-sale-sale weekend. Here are the five sales you can’t miss:

SALE ALERT: SAKS FRIENDS & FAMILY

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What can I say? It’s a good week for sales. The latest one to shop is Saks. They’re offering 25% off any purchase (with exception of jewelry, which is 20% off). Just enter the code FRNFAM at checkout and you’re all set. It’s not just apparel and shoes either. You can score some on their home and decor section, too. (That includes books, thank you.) One thing to keep in mind: the 25% off also applies to their sale. The promo only runs through Sunday which means you have plenty of time to score some good deals on your favorites.

Sale selections…:

  • I just purchased a pair of over-the-knee gray boots. I love the idea of keeping the look really tonal and pairing it with this pair of jeans. And maybe really go for the gray look it with this sweater, too?
  • You can’t go wrong with a pretty pair of ballet flats. (These are some of my favorites.)
  • Now would be a good time to stock up on some quality basics. Look no further than Theory. (I need this poncho.)
  • My favorite pair of white jeans? Now on sale for under $100.
  • For my bar: I’m obsessed with this Rablabs tumbler set.
  • When it comes to costume jewelry, Kenneth Jay Lane knows how to do it. These clip-on sparklers are a holiday must-have.
  • The last thing I need is another pouch. However, this polka-dot pouch one is really hard to resist.
  • Adrienne Landau. Nobody does a good fur quite like her. I bought this vest last year and it was an instant favorite. I have a good feeling this coat would be no exception.
  • Speaking of spots, this pair of strappy sandals would work with everything from jeans to cocktail dresses.
  • I’m obsessed with these Oscar de la Renta earrings. Pink or white? Either one!
  • Remember my malachite plates? You, too, can score a set now.
  • I’ve been eyeing some things by Diane Kordas lately. I love her whimsical take on jewelry. This lips necklace, for example. Christmas wish list, perhaps?
  • The holidays really are right around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about the upcoming festivities. This little metallic mini is cocktail-ready.
  • On sale: denim. What’s better than finding your favorite pair of denim already on sale and then getting an additional 25% off? The sale selection has some really perfect pairs (these and these for me).
  • I’ve told you all how much I adore my black Reina kitten heels. So much so that I need them in another color, too. They’re the perfect party shoes because they’re oh-so-comfortable on the dance floor.

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SALE ALERT: SHOPBOP’S FRIENDS & FAMILY

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Hip. Hip. Hip. Hooray. It’s about time! Shopbop is hosting a little Friends & Fam sale and offering 25% off any purchase with the code FAMILY25. That means that for the next three days you can score a deal on all of those things you’ve had on your fall wish list but have yet to add to your closet. (For me, that’s things like this, this, and these.) Three days only. Go for it.

Here, a few things you can’t miss…:

  • Temperatures are dropping and you’re probably starting to focus on fall coats. Now is the time to scoop one (or two) up. For something tailored, opt for this or this (love the red!). f you like a classic toggle-coat then look no further then right here. For something equally as functional that you’ll wear forever and ever (I know this because I own it in camel), this hooded one from Vince is the ticket.
  • Extra cold weather where you live? This Mackage coat will you keep you warm – and chic.
  • If you’ve already got your brown and black boots covered, then why not a pair of blue ones? I love the sapphire-blue hue of this pair.
  • It’s officially sweater season. I’m in the mood to pile on the chunky knits. I’m pretty sure that Vince (this one and this one!) has the best sweater selection out there.
  • When it comes to flats, I’m usually all about sneakers or ballet flats. However, there’s something about these shiny oxfords that have me smitten.
  • These are a little trendy, I know. But I love them.
  • Winter white is always a good idea. Get your fix with this cozy sweater or this coat.
  • I love Anine Bing’s new line of sunnies. This pair is my favorite.
  • Leather pants are a must-have this time of year. If you already have black, then opt for a second pair in a moody, fall hue like this one.
  • I could love in this poncho all season long.
  • Nothing like a heavy dose of pink to brighten up the grayest winter day.
  • Feelin’ extra cozy about this Milly sweater dress.
  • The holidays are around the corner. I usually add my touches of red through my accessories. This pair of adorable ankle-strap flats would be perfect.
  • Speaking of the holidays…how about a feathered party skirt? Yes, please.
  • I’ve become a little obsessed with the idea of a pastel coat. I’m eyeing this one and this one.

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As I mentioned this in yesterday’s post, “salted carmel” are magic words for me.Lucky for me: ’tis the season for caramel flavoring.  I crave salted caramel popcorn all the time, and I’ve been harassing my local ice cream shop to find out when their delivery of Blue Bell’s Sea Salt Caramel flavor will arrive. Combined with another one of my favorite fall flavors, these salted caramel-apple muffins are pretty much my dream breakfast right now.

Blame it on the change in weather or maybe it’s all the travel (to and from weddings, no doubt) but my skin is in need of some major TLC. Dehydration, I’m assuming. My face looks like it needs to drink one tall glass of water. Ever heard of Eve Lom? I keep seeing the name pop up in magazines and on beauty blogs and then a friend of mine recommended the line’s Rescue Mask (sounds like exactly what my skin needs) to me. I’m interested to give the entire line a try. Good news: Sephora offers an Eve Lom “Essentials” kit that’s perfect for traveling or, in my case, a trial run. If you’ve tried any of their products, I would love to hear about it.

Another reason to love One Kings Lane: they introduce me to interesting and creative people like Donald Robertson. The artist, who also serves as Creative Development for Bobbi Brown, is known for his whimsical and and lighthearted illustrations which have graced the homes of New York’s chicest, including Lisa Perry. Another fun fact I learned: he was one of three original founders of MAC Cosmetics. Check out this fun Q & A to learn more about “Drawbertson.”

I have such a crush on Palmer Weiss. The interior designer creates some of the most beautiful and rich spaces. She really knows how to put color to good use. If you need proof, just take a look at this recent Presidio Heights 3 project published to her portfolio.

I watch a lot of TV. I’m one of those people that gets completely engrossed in whatever show(s) I’m watching (currently, I am obsessed with The Good Wife. In the middle of season 3 now) and I’ve definitely been known to binge on more than one show. (I’m not even going to tell you how quickly I went through the first three seasons of Scandal.) What is it about certain shows that make us love them so much? What gives certain shows a cult following? There seems to be a formula. Read through this interesting article to understand the anatomy of a hit TV show.

Sale shopping! Charm & Chain is offering 25% off all purchases. Just enter the code CHARMPARTY at check out. The timing couldn’t be better either. They have so, so many good things right now. My personal favorites? This statement necklace, these funky earrings, and anything from Lele Sadoughi. I’ve also had these chandelier earrings on my wish list since they arrived. Is now the time to bite the bullet?

Just one more thing… to celebrate the long weekend, J.Crew is offering 30% off any purchase. Enter the code WEEKENDPLANS at checkout. It’s good through Monday. Guess this is a good time for me to pick up this foxy lithe sweater I’ve been eyeing.

SALE ALERT: LES NOUVELLES

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If you’re planning on doing some weekend shopping then Les Nouvelles is definitely where you need to head. They’re having a special Friends & Fam sale through Tuesday where you can get 25% off any purchase. Anything!  And that includes the sale. Just enter the code FAVE25 at checkout.

Sale selects:

  • I’m a huge MOP fan. Their shift dress fits me to a T (I own a pink one from spring). I’m glad to see they’ve reissued the silhouette in a beautiful blue. Although, it’s this longer, red version that’s really tempting me.
  • Speaking of dresses, you can really never have too many LBDs – which is why I’m thinking of adding this one to my closet.
  • This Clare V. polka-dot clutch is officially my new favorite. I’ve been carrying it non-stop for the last few weeks.
  • A little faux-fur, perhaps? Warm and toasty all winter long.
  • Remember your days of Mary Janes? How about these for a new pair…!
  • Calling all pink ladies: this coat (and this sweater!) is for you.
  • …and for those looking for something a little more subtle, this IRO coat is the jam.
  • You all know those Rag & Bone booties I’m always singing praises about? This pair and this pair are on sale. Add in the 25% off discount and they’re a steal.
  • I would wear this dress with tights all winter long. Navy blue! Classic.
  • Another navy blue beauty: this Tibi coat.
  • The jewelry: this, this, and these.
  • How about adding some rose gold to your life?
  • I’ve been eyeing this one-piece for the last few months. The fact that it’s now on sale (plus I can get an extra 25% off) is extremely tempting. It’s a good thing I don’t actually basque in the sun because otherwise I might get weird tan lines.

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Do you like cinnamon? What about rice krispie treats? And s’mores, too? Well, good. Because this recipe has all three.

If you haven’t already done so, you really should take a gander at the latest additions to the Shopbop sale. A whole bunch of “my hearts” (like these!) were marked down and I’m betting yours were, too! We’re talking coatscocktail dresses (I think I’m going to order this one), and the most perfect winter-white, cozy sweater ever.

Dylan and Brenda, Johnny Depp and Kate Moss, Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano… the infamous breakups of the ’90s were hard on all of us. The only one on this list I didn’t shed a tear over was Dawson leery and Joey Potter. Joey was always meant for Pacey. Agreed?

Is there anything better than cozying up in a chunky-knit sweater this time of year? I’ve already pulled out my current favorite from Emerson Fry. It’s still a bit warm to wear it outside just yet but that doesn’t mean I’m not turning the A/C way up and wearing it around my house. (My husband thinks I’m crazy.)

The latest addition to my coffee table? Elle Decor: The Height of Style. It’s proving to be even better than I imagined. Not only is it chock-full of beautiful photos, but it’s divided into tidy categories (“Functional,” “Fanciful”…) making it very reader-friendly.

While I’m really looking forward to cool temperatures and winter days, the Chloé S/S 15 collection had me dreaming of sunny days in the French Riviera – if only just for a second. This collection was a dreamy one. It was breezy (something Chloé is always so, so good at) but elegant. Those lace-y white dresses? It doesnt get much prettier than that.

Plus a few more… 

Dallas had its first cold front blow through today. It actually feels like fall here. With that in mind, I can’t wait to start whipping up soups like this yummy butternut squash one from Victoria.

As much time as I spend on my Mac and as tech-savvy as I believe myself to be, I’m still amazed at all the simple things I have yet to learn. This list of the “10 Things You Didn’t Know Your Mac Could Do” was eye-opening.

If you’re a fan of IRO like I am, you’re in luck: The Outnet just received a shipment of new arrivals. As always, the prices (55% off for this jacket!) can’t be beat.

Go bold or go home: that’s the motto for this color- and pattern-filled Paris apartment.

SALE ALERT: MANGO

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If you’re doing a little Sunday shopping, be sure to check out Mango. The store is offering 30% off any purchase today with the code 5WEEKEND3. Mango already has some really good deals (this coat!) so getting an extra discount just makes it all the better.

Don’t miss…

  • This coat reminds me of a classic Burberry – without the hefty price tag. It’s timeless.
  • I’m a little obsessed with fringe right now. (You, too?) This mini-skirt would look super cute over opaque tights. In fact, I’d probably wear it with this sweatshirt.
  • This swingy dress is under $75 – and that’s before the extra discount! Go ahead buy both colors.
  • A no-frills, super-simple and chic poncho.
  • I love a good dose of winter white.
  • You can never go wrong with a good blazer. I love the herringbone pattern here.
  • Pleats, please!
  • I wouldn’t mind wrapping up in this cozy scarf come winter.
  • Where Mango really excels is their coat selection. I’ve been in the market for a tailored grey coat and this one fits the bill perfectly.
  • Lookin’ for a leather dress? Here you go.
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Still trying to figure out how to justify that pair of new boots (or, in my case, this bag)? Take a lesson from The Coveteur in Fashion Math. (You’re welcome.)

As the weather turns cold, that dewy glow my skin had this summer starts to slowly fade into something dry, itchy and not so pretty. The only way to combat that? Exfoliation. (Any other good tips I need to know?) While I’m fairly good about remembering to scrub my face (I use this and this on the reg), I hardly ever remember to exfoliate my body. No longer. I’ve heard rave reviews about this miracle product from Clé de Peau Beauté. I’ll be giving it a try this weekend.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and it also happens to be my favorite meal of the day. No matter what city I’m in, I always try to do some good restaurant research to locate the best breakfast (or brunch, if we’re talking weekends) spot there. The editor of Harper’s Bazaar have now shared their list for the best brunches in NYC. They all look heavenly. I think a trip to the Big Apple is in order.

Summer may be over but that’s no reason to stop indulging in icy-cold treats (read: ice cream sandwiches). It just means it’s time to put a fall spin on them. These pumpkin ice cream sandwiches (with gingersnap cookies!) embrace some of fall’s best flavors.

Here’s just one more reason to turn off the TV an hour earlier and pick up my book. According to this article, we all need to take a lesson from first-graders and go back to the old days of reading slowly, quietly and without distractions. In other words: turn off your cell phone and get cozy with a good book.

I’ve told you all before and I’ll say it again: red really isn’t my color. Save for a few standout accessories, there’s hardly anything red in my closet. Lately, however, I am finding myself drawn more and more to the shade (say hello to this coat). Case in point: this red shift dress from Jill Stuart. It’s made from bouclé tweed (think Chanel) and I just adore the classic shape. It would be perfect now, or later with tights and a pair of these booties.

 

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There’s no better time to enjoy a cheeseburger than the weekend: the 11 Best Cheeseburgers Across the Country.

Thank you, J.Crew. They’re offering an extra 25% off any purchase (with the code SHOPFALL) – including all the new arrivals! I’m personally considering this cozy sweater, a pair of these leopard flats , this bright blue flannel shirt, and this perfectly-perfect striped shirt (because, really, why stop now?). I’m also thinking that now would be a good time to take the plunge on this coat I’ve been eyeing.

I’m always looking for fun additions to a party table. These bright piñatas would certainly fit the bill.

The best sale of the weekend: Waylande Gregory on OKL. Maybe it’s just me who gets excited to see his unique and clever creations (hello) – and when it’s on sale, I’m over the moon. This bowl is really tempting me and well, we all know I can’t resist a good pineapple.

Love white marble? Me too, me too!

Who doesn’t miss Carrie Bradshaw and the rest of the gang? Here, 50 facts you probably didn’t know about Sex and the City.

And a few more for good measure…

For all my brunettes out there, here’s a list of the 34 Best Brunette Beauties of All Time.

I have a thing for peplums rights now – especially when they come in the form of a cozy sweater.

Falling asleep has never been an easy task for me. (Any tips there?) After a few nights of getting just four hours of shut-eye, we accumulate “sleep debt,” according to this article. And we need to start paying it back sooner than later.