STRIPED + ON SALE

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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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Photos by Molly Miller 

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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I love seeing the spaces in which creative women work. Jenna Lyons certainly falls into that category. (It is, after all, where this magic happens.) Fast Company gave us this little peek in March, and the latest issue of Vanity Fair offers a even more of a look into the J.Crew Creative Director’s newest office – complete with Cherner chairs, loads of washii tape, and a neon green dinosaur!

Since we’re on the subject of chic offices, have you checked out this sale? With pops of color, super cool prints for the wall, and some vintage pieces, One Kings Lane will make your workspace the creative and inspiring hub it should be.

Next weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. (Where did the time go?) In order to give summer the proper send off, I think a picnic is in order. Rip + Tan gives us a recipe roundup with the season’s most essential ingredients. More watermelon, please!

Happy Birthday, Saved by the Bell! The hit ’90s TV show turned 25 years old this week. 25! Kind of hard to believe, isn’t it? I spent many-an-after-school-afternoon in front of the TV watching Zack, Kelly and the rest of the gang and their 30-minute schemes. If you can recall similar afternoons then this Bayside flashback will leave you feeling nostalgic.

There are so many fabulous new books coming out next month. (I’m going to share my entire pre-order list next week. Stay tuned!) At the top of my list? Assouline’s Young Hollywood. I love the work of photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank (her first Assouline book, American Beauty,  is still one of my favorites) and I just know this one will be a page-turner.

Take some time this weekend to peruse the new arrivals at Kate Spade Saturday. They’ve got the building blocks for a great fall wardrobe: basics like this and this that will become daily go-to’s.

 

SALE ALERT: SHOPBOP’S SHOES

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Let’s hope Shopbop decides to keep these sales coming. The latest not-to-miss markdowns: shoes. From Rag & Bone’s most coveted fall boots to K. Jacques sandals to a perfect pair of sling-back pumps, this sale covers all your bases.

  • Everyone needs a good, strappy pair of black heels. At 50% off, this pair will certainly do.
  • Doesn’t everyone need a pair of yellow ones, too? I think so. (70% off!)
  • A super chic sandal for $56. That’s what I’m talking about.
  • I love the mix of textures happening here. This is a heel that works no matter what season it is.
  • I love Anniel’s ballet flats. They’re so classic – not to mention, super comfy. The basic colors are always a good choice, but there’s also this glitter pair for when you simply can’t stand another minute in heels.
  • Classic leather + a lucite heel? Right here.
  • I never can resist the pull of a pair of K. Jacques. (I practically lived in this pair all summer.) They’re on the pricier side for a pair of sandals, but here’s the good news: they’re made to last. You’ll be wearing them for many summers to come. Another reason that I’m going to bite the bullet on these.

STYLE STEALS

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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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PERFECTLY POPPY

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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

 

GEOMETRIC GEM

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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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HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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Raise your hand if you love Clare Vivier. I do too. The accessories designer is most well known for her leather goods – including adorable foldover clutches (how does one even choose a print? they’re all so good!), laptop cases, and totes. Now, thanks to One Kings Lane, we get a tour of Vivier’s L.A. studio. Don’t you love behind-the-scenes peeks?

For me, a trip to the Big Apple is not complete without a stop at Barneys. More specifically the 9th floor of Barneys. Because that’s where Freds is. And I love Freds. It has of those epic (seasonally-inspired!) menus with so many delicious options that you can’t go wrong but, for the most part, you almost always end up getting the same thing. (The Palm Beach salad and an order of pomme frites for me!) After reading The Definitive Guide to Eating at Freds, however, I’m inspired to change up my order the next time I’m there.

I seriously just can’t get enough of Aerin Lauder’s home collection. There’s already a pair of these beauties in my living room (in fact, they’re the only thing in my yet-to-be-furnished living room), and now I’m drooling over her newest arrivals. These ceramic vases, for example. The tall gold ones are fab. Can’t you just see a gorgeous dozen of pink peonies in one of those?

As a book collector, I’m always interested to see what others have stacked on their shelves. This is especially true when it comes to designers, artists, and others who inspire me. Kelly Wearstler is certainly one of those people. Thanks to her online library, I not only get to peek at some of Wearstler’s favorite tomes but I can purchase them right then and there, too. The selection includes everything from fashion photography must-haves to rare, out-of-print gems.

When was the last time you had a Pop Tart? I haven’t thought about those delicious things in years – which is totally surprising considering they’re pretty much all I wanted to eat for breakfast between the ages of seven and ten. After seeing this homemade pop tart recipe pop up on my Pinterest, they’re on my mind. I’m actually craving one. I guess we know what I’ll be whipping up for our weekend brunch.

Ever feel totally overloaded with all of the information being thrown at you via Facebook, Twitter, etc.? You’re not the only one. It’s non-stop. And it’s really hard on our brains. This New York Times article is a great reminder that our brains need a break. A real break. Even on my “vacations,” I’m guilty of checking social media and responding to emails. This isn’t a good thing. Our brains need a chance to reset in order to function properly.

COLOR MOMENT: NEUTRAL PARTY

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As much as I love a hot pink or an Yves Klein blue, I’m also someone that favors colors of the more neutral variety: creamy whites, beiges, nudes, and blush tones with just the slightest hint of pink. These colors look fresh, and along with black and gray, these are usually the hues I find myself wearing the most often. The neutral-tones items in my closet are often the ones with most longevity. For instance, a leather jacket like this one will never ever go out of style. (During the summer, I’ve favored this Elizabeth & James jacket. It’s the perfect weight for these hot temperatures.) Another must-have in neutrals: knitwear. I own this J.Crew cashmere tee in a million colors but the tan, light blush and gray are the ones that get the most wear. And no fall/winter wardrobe would be complete without a camel coat. This one looks downright cozy, but I also love the tailored silhouette (and the lower price tag) of this double-breasted one. One of the things I especially love about this palette is how it looks when layered together. There’s nothing prettier than white jeans with a creamy blouse and a tan jacket on top. It’s a palette cleanser, don’t you think?