Monday, September 15

September steals

While I have been trying to keep my spending to a minimum, I can't help but splurge on some pieces for September! The weather is changing and my mind is on dark burgundies and soft leather. I found some amazing steals this month, such as the J.Crew Fluted Skirt in Double Crepe. Originally $98, I practically stole it for only $28 (code SHOPFORFALL)!
Next, I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket from Banana Republic. The Aida Ballet Flat was the perfect addition to my closet for the perfect price. These are only $79 $61, and I love the easy color combination that will add a little something extra to a solid colored dress!
My final purchase included two adorable dresses from the LC Lauren Conrad line at Kohl'sI always seem to love pieces from this brand, and there was no exception when I ran to Kohl's for a last-minute wedding outfit on Saturday!

I left the store with two dresses: the first, the LC Lauren Conrad Textured Fit and Flare Dress. I was blown away at the price, a steal at $60 $36, and I loved the simple yet flattering cut. The fabric is substantial enough to make this dress a great dress for when the weather cools (and I love the little cutout in the back!).

The second is very feminine, with a cutout Peter Pan collar and a pleated skirt. The soft gray LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Dress was only $64 $32, and this ended up being my pick for the wedding! The swinging crepe skirt was perfect for spinning around on the dance floor, and I loved the fit. 

What did you splurge on this weekend?


Friday, September 12

Basic black bests

Sometimes you have to splurge a little for the basics, and you certainly don't want to skimp on your black pieces in your closet. A perfect black shoe will be necessary for the rest of your life, and leggings will be your friend through the fall and winter. While I love a great deal, I also think it's important to spend a little extra on the really important staples that you'll use over and over again.

See my very favorite brands for the best basic black necessities!

Cole Haan, $298 $165
I fell in love with Cole Haan the moment I put on the Violet Pumps (beloved, but they're mostly sold out) in Woodbury. The classic light brown is a great color for fall, but nothing can replace a perfect black shoe. Enter the Chelsea Pump. The slight platform and easy 3½ inch heel make these great for work or play.

left to right: J.Crew, $98; J.Crew Factory, $85 $45

I've mentioned these before, and I'll definitely mention them again. The perfect ponte black legging-pant hybrid is here. The J.Crew Pixie Pant ($98) has an elastic waist band with a zipper in the back, and thick, durable stretch ponte fabric to keep everything smooth and comfortable. If this is a little out of your price range, the J.Crew Factory Gigi Pant ($85 $45) is a great alternative.

Theory, $225 $102
Nothing can quite replace a perfect black silk blouse in your wardrobe. When you get that amazing patterned skirt, or want to keep it simple in black and white, a black blouse is your best friend. For work or play, you're going to want one of these in your closet. I love Theory for quality basics.

Kate Spade New York, $398 $179
The easiest bag you can get is a nice leather tote. It's big enough to carry everything you need, but it's slim so it won't get in your way or be a hassle to carry. I love Kate Spade New York for bags, and this Kirk Park Britain is a great choice (and it's on sale!). The first one I bought was the Bow Terrace Fulton in black, and this is a close match.


Thursday, September 11

Brand Spotlight: Jack Wills

Photo: The Georgetown Dish
I recently came across the fabulously British store Jack Wills while shopping in Georgetown, and I'm glad that I did. Upon first look, you can't help but notice the overwhelming (and adorable) pink and navy color scheme that adds a bit of extra charm to the shop.

The preppy lines for both men and women can be dressed up or down, and I love the simple cuts and fabrics that they use. I'm a huge fan of this store, and I'm excited to shop their sale (which is extensive and really affordable)! See my very favorite picks on sale now.

top to bottom, left to right
Edwoth Shirt $60 $39
Westbury Crew $80 $54
Carew Belt $40 $15
Ibstone Clutch $30 $24
Fairlawn Blazer $148 $69
Fullford Tee $30 $19

Photo: Jack Wills


Tuesday, September 9

Wear it better than the boys

A huge trend I've been noticing lately in stores? Menswear. 

cardigan, button up, cuffed black pants, oxfords.
Photo: Vanity Fair

I feel like loafers came around heavily last fall, and they certainly aren't going anywhere anytime soon. If anything, women's footwear is only getting more borrowed from the boys. Some designers are sticking with signature men's shoes and adding a bit of flair, such as a fun pattern or an extra detail, like zippers on the J.Crew Leather Double-Zip Loafers
LEFT TO RIGHT: J.Crew, $150; J.Crew, $278; J.Crew; $258

I'm a huge fan of this look because it's super casual and easy to wear. Girls have been stealing this look for years, but they've been getting paid special attention in stores lately.

A.P.C. Atelier de Production et de Création            James Perse       

Adding a blazer to anything makes it instantly more dressed up, especially with the blazers that are coming around now. I love the round necks and fun patterns of the blazers coming around in stores now.

Open Front Blazer      

LEFT TO RIGHT: Topshop, $90; Ted Baker London, $395; Ted Baker London, $425

Whether they're being rounded or embellished, collars are made to stand out for fall. I love the subtle addition of rhinestones or embroidery to a collar, and the Peter Pan collars are instantly girly. 

LEFT TO RIGHT: Marni, $1,020Piazza Sempione, $840; Alice + Olivia, $297


LEFT TO RIGHT: MICHAEL Michael Kors, $150 $102; Clarks, $120 $90; Paul Green $280 $85

 Image 1 of ASOS Baseball Top with Chiffon Panel
LEFT TO RIGHT: 3.1 Phillip Lim, $195 $98; Townsen, $99 $68; ASOS, $54 $38

Image 1 of ASOS Cropped Tailored Blazer Image 1 of New Look Blazer 
LEFT TO RIGHT: ASOS, $86 $35; New Look, $38; J.Crew Factory, $188 $138

LEFT TO RIGHT: LOFT, $55; J.Crew Factory, $73 $50; LOFT, $55


Seeing spots

SS Print Shop, $15

Leopard is easily one of my favorite prints. It is so versatile, and as Jenna Lyons bravely yet obviously once said, "As far as I'm concerned, leopard is a neutral." But does that mean that it always has to be one? 

One of my favorite skirts is leopard, and it was a total steal from Target last fall. But it totally breaks the status quo by incorporating navy, burgundy and gold, making this a total standout piece that I never stop getting compliments on! As loyal as I am to my very favorite black-and-beige leopard, I am ready to venture out and see what else I can find to make a statement in this popular pattern.

top to bottom, left to right

Topshop Neon Leopard Umbrella $32
Making your fashion statement one rainy day at a time.

Maison Scotch Oversized Intarsia Cardigan $229
This soft wool knit cardigan is perfect to throw on with jeans for the cool days ahead. The base color is neutral, but the pop of navy leopard makes for an interesting piece!

I love the subtlety in this print, and the dark green is a great jewel tone.

Oversized works well with leopard, and this print is really eye-catching!

Still on the line of a neutral, I like the gray and navy that are incorporated in this print.

Joie Rancher Top $178 $103
A swirl of white, blue and black, this color combination is subtle and easy to wear.

Because I'm still not giving up on summer completely. What a fun color (and the price isn't bad either)!


Wednesday, September 3

Keep in touch

As we get older, it's only a matter of time before our friends start to move around to difference places. I have had friends as close as a state away, and as far as Thailand! Thankfully social media has really helped us in the way of keeping in touch with those who live far, but to me, there is nothing like a hand-written note from a loved one to cheer you up and make the distance seem a little less lonely. 

I want to do my best to keep in touch with my friends by snail mail in the hopes of brightening days (don't you love getting mail that ISN'T a bill?) and letting the people I care about know that I'm thinking about them. 

Mara Mi Leopard Blank Note Cards $7 for 15
Friends Set of 12 Assorted Flat Notes & Envelopes
Rifle Paper Co. Friends Stationery by Garance Doré $22 for 12
Botanical personalized flat notes & calling cards
Rifle Paper Co. Botanical Personalized Stationery $85 for 25

Sugar Paper Los Angeles Bee Note Set $28 for 6

Sugar Paper Los Angeles Dear Note Set $24 for 6

Kate Spade New York How the Devil Are You Card Set $20 for 10

Do you write snail mail to friends? 


Tuesday, September 2

Pinspiration: prints, sweaters and neutrals

So September is here and we are all saying, "ugh, summer is over," but we're also really thrilled to start the season fresh. Summer starts to feel really long once you hit the end of August, and you start to realize we totally have more time to enjoy the heat! I'm not going to rush summer away, because I know once we get snow in October like we did last year (it better not happen again), we're all going to be begging for beach days and warm evenings.

That being said, I am guilty of already having bought my first sweater of the season, and my eyes are already being drawn to the new fall lines that I can't wait to get my hands on!

I'm ready to shop some great looks for the upcoming season, and I'm loving this look I found on Pinterest. It incorporates everything I love about the season: neutrals, sweaters and animal print. Shop the look below!

Fall necessities.....

Image 1 of French Connection Par Leopard Print Leather Zip Top Pouch
SPEND | French Connection Par Leopard Print Leather Zip Top Pouch $106
SPLURGE | Oliveve Haircalf Queen Clutch $135

SAVE | Lauren Ralph Lauren Ribbed Cowlneck Sweater $109 $55
SPEND | Express Cowl Neck Hi-Lo Hem Sweater $60
SPLURGE | Vince Cowl Neck Wool & Cashmere Sweater $345

Madewell Legging Jeans In Cyclone Wash      
SAVE | Madewell Legging Jeans in Cyclone Wash $100 $80 $56 CODE YESYES
SPLURGE | J Brand 915 Super Skinny Legging Jeans in Pitch $150 $105

Finish off the look with a great neutral nail polish!

like linen - sheers by essie
Essie Like Linen $8

Would you wear this look for fall?