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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KATE SPADE NEW YORK: PLACES TO GO, PEOPLE TO SEE

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Get ready for pangs of wanderlust: Kate Spade New York: Places to Go, People to See comes out today! The brand has been celebrating travel all year long on its blog and this book (decked out in the brand’s signature kelly green, no doubt) is a compilation of just that: chic travel. The hardcover tome includes breathtaking photographs and jet-set widsom from destinations all over the globe including Paris, the Amalfi Coast, St. Moritz, Marrakech, and, of course, New York City. (Just hearing that list alone makes you want to book some plane tickets, doesn’t it?) I’m already a big fan of Kate Spade’s first book, Things We Love, so I just know that this one will be just as good – if not better. Whether for yourself or a gift for your favorite worldly friend, this is one book worthy of some space on the coffee table.

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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HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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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.

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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THE 5 DENIM STYLES YOU NEED FOR FALL

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Is there anything more classic than a pair of jeans? I’m certain that if you asked anyone which item of clothing gets the most wear , the answer would almost always be denim. There’s a reason that Yves Saint Laurent said, “I wish I had invented blue jeans.”  Good denim is a closet staple. I practically live in this pair – not to mention, my new boyfriend-style. Denim is versatile and works with anything – anytime. It’s the workhouse of the wardrobe.

There are so many different options to choose from – and the denim selection at Nordstrom has them all. Thankfully, they’ve made it easy to shop by dividing the various styles into neat and tidy categories for us – which includes a section of “under $100″ denim. Let’s make it even easier. Here, the five denim trends I’m focusing on for a fall refresh.

1. The Classic Skinny - You own a pair. You probably own seven pairs. And with good reason. They’re truly a classic. The very best skinny jean, in my opinion, is the Le Skinny de Jeanne from Frame Denim. That’s why I own them in four different washes (this one and this one are my favorites).

2. The Denim Skirt – This one is going to be a tough one for some to get behind. I really never thought I’d see this happen but the denim skirt seems to be making a serious comeback. It was spotted on the likes of Olivia Palermo (but she doesn’t count because she looks good in everything) and more than a few editors at fashion week – including Lauren Santo Domingo. If it’s LSD-approved then I can probably get on board.

3. The High-Waisted – This is the pair I’m most excited to start wearing more. I love the look of a high-waisted pair of pants. Not only does it make you look two inches taller (it really does!), but there’s something about a high-waist that adds a certain polish and put together-ness to a look. The best advice: opt for a fitted pair like these. Boyfriend, slouchy styles just don’t work with the high-waisted style. However, a flare-style like this one definitely does.

4. Novelty – We can’t rely on our dark blue skinnies alone. It’s a good idea to round out your denim collection with a few novelty pairs. I’m talking a colored pair (oxblood is a fall favorite for me), a print, and a coated pair for those times when you need something a little dressier.

5. The Denim Shirt – Like your humble white tee, a denim shirt (I can vouch for this one. It just gets better and better with every wash.) works as a neutral for any look. Pair it with anything you want – a pencil skirt, leather pants – and you’re good to go. And yes. Go ahead and wear it with your favorite jeans. Denim-on-denim has never looked better.

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Images via Tommy Ton, Stockholm Streetstyle, and Vogue

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own. 

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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HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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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.