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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Photos by Molly Miller

 

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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?

 

A SUMMER OF LEMLEM

 

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As if you needed more proof of my love for Lemlem. I’m such a huge fan of this line, and this summer my affinity seems to have only grown.  The entire collection is the definition of easy-breezy, glam – exactly what you want in a look this time of year. My love is certainly evident in my closet as my collection of Lemlem seems to have grown exponentially. Over the past couple of months, I’ve managed to acquire a coverup, a dress (I have worn a long cotton slip underneath so that it can indeed function as an actual dress), a scarf, and a top. Oh. And I am very seriously contemplating this hoodie. Someone stop me. The colors, the gauzy material (ideal for these hot temperatures), the stripes: I love it all. Anyone else have a line they can’t live without this summer?

(Note: My trusty Loeffler Randall sandals. These are officially the workhorse of my closet. They’re my favorite sandal. Loeffler Randall, if you’re reading, please consider re-making these. I’ll be smarter this time and buy them in every color. I promise.)

 

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BRASS KITCHENS

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During my renovation, I found that some of the most difficult decisions had to do with hardware. There are just so many little things (size? shape? style?) to consider, and I found it a little overwhelming at times. (I’m easily overwhelmed by these types of things though so perhaps I’m alone in this.) The most important of these considerations – and often one of the first decisions you have to make –  is the color: brass or chrome. There was only one room where I never hesitated with this question. That room was the kitchen. It never occurred to me to do anything but chrome in there. The kitchen was completely gutted so we had a blank slate, but I just never thought of anything else as an option. Don’t get me wrong: I love brass. (All it takes is one quick peek at my “Decor” section of my little shop to see that). And there’s plenty of it in my house. However, for some reason or another, I just always envisioned my bright white kitchen with chrome. For me, it was a good decision and I haven’t looked back. I love the way it looks set against the white countertops and marble.

Lately, however, it seems like chrome may be in the minority when it comes to kitchens. Brass seems to be taking over. It’s not just the hardware either. Some people are really going for it with full-on brass islands, backsplashes, and hoods. It really does warm up a kitchen and it certainly adds a glam touch. I initially thought this was just a trend but it seems to be sticking around. What do you think?

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Images via Remodelista, Cococozy, Eclectic Trends, Studio Arrc

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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Darius Rucker’s Charleston home tour has made its way around the internet this week but if you haven’t already checked it out, it’s absolutely worth a look. Or maybe you just want to peruse it for a third time because it’s that fab. It’s a perfect example of how to incorporate color and texture into a home.

Shopbop’s sale just got better – and bigger. The retailer added hundreds (!) of new styles to the markdowns list. I already snatched this pair of Frame jeans, but  these sandals and this statement necklace have also caught my eye. And maybe I’ll grab this bikini, too? My summer could always use one more swimsuit.

I’ve long been a fan of Tracey Emin’s work with neon lights, and James Clar’s sculptures can certainly file under the same category. This new-to-me artist experiments with fluorescent tubes and 3D printing to create his large scale pieces. I wish one of these would light up in my living room.

There’s all kinds of potatoes (russet, red gold…) but there’s no potato quite like the sweet potato. It’s by far my favorite. If there are sweet potato fries on the menu, you can pretty much guarantee that’s what I’ll be ordering. This weekend, I’m thinking about attempting to make my own. This recipe sounds pretty simple. And that sriracha ketchup? Well, yum.

What is about geometric things that get me? These West Elm S & P shakers are are not only a great shape, but the metallic touch makes them too good to resist.

The September issue of Architectural Digest is out. The entire issue is a good one, but one of my favorite stories is the tour of Tory Burch’s NYC office. Loads of brass, orange pops, rattan, and animal prints: it has it all.