Sunday, July 31, 2011

J. Crew for Fall

AHHH, I LOVE me some J. Crew. But I have to admit that I've taken a bit of a breather this Summer. I couldn't quite wrap my head around the khaki shorts and all of the dresses seemed a bit too "Summer on the Cape" for my L.A. routine. But then I got a look at fall and the love affair has begun again. I think what strikes me most this go around--aside from the insane cuts and flattering fits--are the color schemes that they just seem to really get. People have been doing purples and corals together for a while but this one is so fresh and toned down for Fall. That mustardy yellow is a dream and surprisingly versatile once you think about what you can really pair it with (goes with chocolate brown, black, deep greys, and army green). I'm just loving every bit of this and love it even more knowing that the I can add these piece by piece to what I already have. Countdown to Fall.

(photo: courtesy of J. Crew)

SPOTTED: Accessories from Ann Taylor

I'm pretty certain I've already done a post about Ann Taylor's accessories, but really, here it goes again. I think soccer mom when I think of Ann Taylor. Cropped trousers, white button-downs, and cardigans with pearls. Catch my drift? But they've gone through this major overhaul and seeing what they have in store, I've actually earmarked certain pieces that I'm dying for myself. Take for instance these accessories. They scream high-fashion and expensivo, but I'll guarantee, they're anything but. The leopard is insanely amazing and that red purse would look tres chic with any color scheme. Job well done, fellas. I'm intrigued.

(photos: courtesy of All the Rage)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kelly Wearstler for Resort

I've been a fan of Kelly Wearstler's for a pretty long time.  She just has that quirky LA sensibility down pat. I'm eagerly anticipating the opening of her boutique on Melrose, and in the meantime, I'm busy coveting her new ready-to-wear line online. The latest images released from resort features a total melange of flavors and textures and patterns that is every bit her (I pretend I know her, sometimes). I'm still not over tie-dye so I think it's so refreshing to see in a spread of designs. It completely transports me to a tropical locale. The play of billowing fabrics and tighter cuts also works perfectly too. Separate they might both seem severe, but paired up against one another they seem to balance eachother out perfectly. 

(photo: courtesy of Refinery29)

SPOTTED: New for H&M

So I went to a talk last night with skincare and wellness experts about how we have to go all-natural and nontoxic or the products we're using are going to kill us. It was charming. One of the speakers was the designer of Bodkin, which is an all-natural collection of clothes. She was adamant that if we're going to buy, buy higher-priced items because they're made better and will last longer, leading to lower consumption overall. She told us to run away from the likes of H&M. But the new designs they just revealed are so "Designer" that it's hard to turn the other cheek. The graphic prints scream Fall in the rich colors they're using and the sateen that makes it shiny and delicious. Those wedge heels are also dreamy. Please let me know if anyone gets their claws on those. So here's what I propose. In making the effort to make smarter buying choices, let's start with baby steps. And shop this H&M Conscious collection first.

(photos: courtesy of Nitrolicious)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Ultimate Everyday Outfit

Is this not just the best everyday outfit you've ever seen? When it comes to your daily style, I always struggle. I want to throw on flats and an oversized tee over slouchy boyfriend jeans but my day-to-night routine means that I need to be a bit more polished. Throwing on a swipe of lipgloss no longer cuts it. I've got to wear that sophistication too. The striped shirt I have down pat, got me a few of those. That white blazer? We've talked about that and I'd swap it out for a navy one with gold buttons come Fall. The high-waisted jeans look so polished with an antiqued brown belt, and the outfit comes together with a totally functional crossbody bag that leaves your hands free for blackberrying and gives you enough room for that bulky filofax (which I still can't manage to be without). Looks like the perfect outfit to me. I'm going to start figuring out the different ways I can recreate it with what's already in my closet!

(photo: courtesy of

A New Must-Have Read

If you've been reading this blog at all, I think it's pretty clear that I'm a total sucker for any fashion/style related book. I've accumulated quite a collection and yet anytime I peruse Amazon and get "customers who bought this item also bought..." I end up with two more in my cart. This new book on style is the latest to be added to my collection. It's a compilation of style tips from some of the industry's most influential bloggers. Think Sea of Shoes' Jane Aldridge (who btw, I just spied at Fred Segal two weeks ago), The Glamourai, Tavi Gevinson (my absolute fave), and others. Though they're young, it's a great way to get new tips and ideas from the next generation of fashion influencers. Plus, it's essential eye candy!

(photo: courtesy of The Glamourai)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Leather + Lace Meet Naughty + Nice

When it comes to wearing femme details, like bows, lace, and the like, I really think it's just too sweet when you don't toughen it up. These booties are the perfect example. The lace is sweet and might be boring on its own. But when you add some studs, it's got that biker appeal. Those gold studs are an awesome contrast to the sweetness of the lace and the bow and make them all of a sudden an essential accessory for any look, not just something ladylike. It's an easy solution: just make sure to add elements of "tough" to something that's over the top sweet. Add your own studs, bring in some black leather (in a jacket or belt), and keep things interesting. You never want to do the expected.

The Way to do Rhinestones

Over the weekend I had the good fortune of going to a gorge wedding with a stunning bride. She was wearing a belt with her dress, the kind with a ribbon closure and I was shocked at how appropriate and entirely beautiful the rhinestones on the belt ended up being. I think if someone brought me the option of sequins before I would have turned my nose up  (which btw, I am VERY good at doing). But seeing it done in the right way makes me realize it's 100% do-able. I think it looks best when paired with something contrasting like this floral dress. The rhinestones aren't front and center, but instead a lovely accent that draws attention in this case to a cinched waist. It's elegant, a tad antique, and really femme. Love it in the delicate details like a belt, sweet pin on a schoolboy's blazer lapel, or something that wouldn't necessarily "go" with sequins. Go ahead, try it. The result is really stunning.

(photo: courtesy of Vanessa Jackman)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Street Style Inspiration for the Weekend

I'm always slightly confused on how to wear my Equipment silk blouses in a cool and casual way. I never seem to be able to tuck it in quite right and it ends up hanging over my jeans...every time. Not that I'm complaining but I would like some other options, at least so I can wear them during the day, which has somehow always evaded my daytime routine. I think this looser pair of tailored, billowy shorts is the perfect solution. I think you need something with a bit of volume to hide the bulk of the tucked-in shirt and it seems the perfect casual match for the blouse. This perfectly executed look has it all right for daytime, and slip on a pair of heels or wedges for night--and you're all set. Watch out ladies, going to try this look at home soon!

 (photo: courtesy of Refinery29)

Saving for a Signet

For some reason lately I have been on the prowl for a gold signet ring. Seeing as gold is now near record highs, the prices are rather insane and so I'm hoping an heirloom version somehow makes its way into my life. I'd hate to buy one because then it doesn't have the same vintage appeal but desperate times.... I think it's because I've been seeing all of these pictures of people wearing rings on their ring finger and right next to it, on their pinkies. I love the look of stacking different, mismatched gold rings, and I love the look of two different gold rings set next to each other. Hoping a magical version with some history behind it makes its way into my life soon, but in the meantime, I'll be staring wistfully at this perfectly accessorized picture.

 (photos: courtesy of

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Jackets with a Pop of Color

So the other night I was catching up with Rebecca Minkoff at her new L.A. outpost and we were talking about all of her designs. She told me that her colored jackets are her favorite because she's really a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, so she loves being able to throw on a cute jacket to pull the whole look together...and dress it up a bit for a night out. So of course after she said that I had to look at her jackets. Her "Becky" design is a dream. It's got kind of a tuxedo-y feel to it but in the coolest colors. Think bold red, bubblegum pink, and the coolest royal blue. Just thinking about the blazer I realized how many different places I could wear it and how many different looks I could build around it. Plus I think with a jacket or blazer you can get away with wearing it a ton, because it's outerwear and goes with everything. I'm totally obsessed and now I'm officially on the hunt.

(photo: courtesy of Shopbop)

What I Want: A long flowy dress

Long flowy dresses have been populating my wish list lately but I think you can easily run into a problem. If you're not careful, the shape can be more mumu than must-have. This number here has the kind of incredible print to make it unforgettable. I think the only way these kind of dresses really work though are with a belt. You've got to give all the fabric some shape, which she does here with a beautiful cinch right at the waist. It makes the long sleeves and long hem still flattering and sexy without showing any skin. I think even if we're not feeling our best, sometimes we want to hide underneath a long dress like this...the longer the sleeves the better. I think this just goes to show that you can have the best of both worlds. You may not feel fantastic under than long-sleeved dress but with the belt, no one will be the wiser.

(photo: courtesy of Candice Lake)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Everywhere I Go: White Blazers

You know when you hear a word for the first time and then all of a sudden hear it everywhere you go? I'm having that kind of moment with white blazers. I saw one on a friend who looked adorable, dressing up a maxi dress for an engagement party. Then I saw a coworker making one of her favorite black dresses a little more "summery." Then last night I nearly got whiplash when I saw a great draped white blazer in a store's window and nearly started crying when I realized said store was closed. Bottom line: it's all about the white blazer right now. Most of my blazers are dark (I load up on black and navy during Fall and Winter) and now that it's Summer, I'm a few J. Crew cardigans short of perfection. I love how a blazer gives me that sophisticated structure I love and makes my jeans feel just a little bit more sophisticated. Loving the look right about now.

(photo: courtesy of Golden Diamonds)

SPOTTED: Sandro for Fall

Clearly with my trip to the Left Bank fast approaching, I am gaga for anything remotely having to do with Paris. My former trips there have been characterized by trips to Longchamp, Petit Bateau, and Herve Chapelier, but now there are a few other important stops on the list. Aside from getting my fave skincare at la pharmacie, I am now feverishly mapping out Maje and Sandro. Both are super cute contemporary-ish brands (think Phillip Lim) that are opening in NYC soon, but in the meantime, I'm pumped to get my fix across the pond. this Sandro lookbook gives me a peak at what's in store. I'm obsessed with the leopard peter pan collar poking out of the sweater. It's like a very edgy version of my elementary school uniform. Tres genius and tres excited to see what I bring back home!

(photo: courtesy of Refinery29)

Monday, July 18, 2011

The New Neutrals

I think everyone considers camel a neutral, go with anything color. But, much as I may love me some camel, the shade is super hard to pull off. With my pale pale pallor, it's nearly impossible to find a version that doesn't wash me out. I spend more time on the hunt than I do actually enjoying those damn neutral pieces. I've decided that I'm going to make army green my neutral in the meantime. It's just so much more flattering on me. This deep camel is nearly perfect on olive skin and someone with deep dark hair and pale skin can probably pull it off. I like the idea though of creating your own neutral. Having a few "neutral" basics in your closet and building your looks around them each season. The best part is that there's always room for your "neutral" in any outfit you create. You just have to incorporate it in the right way...

(photo: courtesy of Chictopia)

New Sunglass Shapes

I'm now on my third pair of Ray Bans. They're pretty awesome for the price and they just seem to really flatter my face shape, which trust me, not all sunglasses do. So I've been pretty picky, but have figured, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Then I came across a new (at least new to me) pair of Ray Bans. The rounded shape kind of made me look like Harry Potter but I just LOVED the way they were different than what nearly 75% of my friends (male and female, mind you) are wearing. I like the idea of going against the grain. If it works on you, go for it. These rounded shapes are making a comeback and it is so refreshing that not everyone and their mom (sometimes literally) are wearing them. I like keeping it simple with a metal frame and dark lens like these, but you can also try and find a pair with tortoise shell if that suits you, too. Just promise you'll shake things up. K, thanks.

(photo: courtesy of Garance Dore)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Options for your Oxfords

I'm totally guilty right now of not paying attention to where we are (dead of July) and looking forward to Fall with fervor. Every day I pick new pieces from Shopbop that I "have" to have, and am so excited for sweaters and booties and scarves and all of Fall's fun pieces. But it's still hovering around 90 here in LA, so how am I to take advantage of what I want with what I already have--and not melt along the way. Well, my studded oxfords have been sitting in the back of my closet since about March, but this pic gave me the idea of how to make them wearable through the end of Summer. I'm going to switch the laces out for a fun color or even a rope with a tribal print (very in right now) and have them look totally new and less heavy for Summer. Neon laces would be rad too, anything to switch things up and keep it interesting. See where I'm going here? Now I can wear the oxfords again through Summer but they'll look perfectly appropriate with a fun, bright twist!

(photo: courtesy of Altmaria NYC)

How Insanely Chic?

I mean, honestly. This woman is insanely chic. The panama hat, paired with that long floral dress, which is the kind of silhouette that I've been dreaming about for Fall. It's so chic but still looks so comfortable. Concerned about it being unflattering? Cinch it with a beautiful leather belt and I'm pretty sure you'll look flawless. If you can't wait and need one of these dresses now, try it with gladiator flats and a straw bag. It'll dress it down in just the right way. Come Fall, add some booties and maybe a leather jacket and you're good to go. This dress will literally last you years and I can only dream about all of the different long necklaces and bangles that I could wear with it too. Plus, any picture that has a bit of Paris in the background has me misty eyed these days. T minus about six weeks until my own adventure!

(photo: courtesy of All the Pretty Birds)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Street Style Inspiration for the Weekend

Oh, my my. I am fairly obsessed with this picture. Maybe it's because I just invested in a pair of transitional (aka Summer to Fall) deep pink/magenta suede sandals. Literally the color of her skirt in her sandal. And the blousy top and tighter bottom is something that's become a bit of a uniform for me lately, so I like finding other ways to wear what makes me feel best. I've now started to collect Equipment blouses (which is what she's wearing), so any time I see them I automatically get outfit ideas. And those orange shorts? I'd imagine them in a cropped style and wear them with some neutral tones and even army green into Fall. when all else fails, seriously army green goes with everything. Plus, it's the perfect way to transition colors that may not be seasonally appropriate from one season to the next. Summer whites don't have to go into the closet end of August. Just wear some darker accessories and an army vest or jacket and you're good to go come September. 

(photo: courtesy of Hanneli)

Happy Bastille Day

I'm a day late (and a dollar short) on this one but Thurs was Bastille Day. I love me a nautical stripe and Repetto flat, so the idea of an ode to French dressing is totally up my alley. This cute little collage takes a stab at what we could wear across the pond (ps, going there in September and already working on looks), and makes me think I may do a totally French outfit to combat Carmageddon this weekend. the two have nothing to do with one another, but I'll take any excuse to rock some stripes. The addition of a cute little straw panama hat to combat the Summer sun may be a fun add-on, or some red ballet flats with jean shorts. How cute would that be? SEE! The ideas are endless! Fake it til you're French!

(photo: courtesy of Styleist)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dare to Bare: How to go Backless

Ever since I swam in high school (I know, shudder), I have been seriously plagued by the thought that I might have broad shoulders. No one will give me a straight answer on whether I do, so in the meantime I always avoid anything that really exposes my back. But so many deliciously stylist clothes have exposed backs right, low-dipping cuts, and cut-outs that expose so much. So what's a girl to do when she doesn't want to feel left out, but is unsure that she's willing to go fully bare, so to speak. Well, I saw this photo and realized there's a way to combat it while still looking fresh--and banishing all of those bra problems at the same time. I think Sarah Jessica Parker did this repeatedly in Sex and the City where she'd wear a bra that deliberately showed. The bolder the color (and prettier, duh), the better. The lace stands out in a striking and beautiful way that isn't trashy, but instead just really elegant. A must try.

(photo: courtesy of StyleLikeU)

SPOTTED: Tempting Resort from Temperley

Can someone take me back to Cabo? Now please. This image from the Temperley lookbook for fall is full of these saturated colors that are seriously destined for the beach. It has the feel of one of those traditional Mexican dresses, but obviously has been updated with shape, lace detail, and such a brilliant blue I can't quite get it out of my mind. I dont have a trip worthy of this dress on the calendar yet, but with something like this to wear, I obviously need the sand underneath my feet. Plus, it's Temperley, which Princess Kate loves. And frankly anything she loves these days is certified and approved for moi.

(photo: courtesy of FabSugar)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Easy, Breezy Braids

During the sweltering Summer months, more often than not, my hair ends up in some messy heap atop my head. And I'll admit it, I've been known to wear a scrunchy or two in the confines of my own home--I appreciate the way they don't tug at your hair. So I am always on the hunt for a chic way to stay cool and deal with lifeless locks. Just this morning I combed back my damp locks and put it into a braid but it looked so blah and boring. This fishtail braid is something new and fresh, and a total challenge considering I have no idea how to do them. Going to download a youtube video tonight (the challenge is like doing a lanyard, I hope), and something fresh for Summer. You can do it a bit messy and it looks deliberate (good for me), and I have a feeling it stays in a bit tighter than my braids that always fall out in an hour. Perhaps I'll even post some before and after pics!

(photo: courtesy of Who What Wear)

SPOTTED: Textile Elizabeth and James for Fall

I think sometimes I get so overwhelmed with trying to find the perfect accessory to complete my look that I forget how refreshing something can be when you bring it back to its simplest roots. Take for example the first ever print campaign for Textile by Elizabeth and James. I have to say I have a pair of their flare jeans and they're like pajama jeans in the best possible way. They seriously could not be more comfortable. I digress. They just launched an ad campaign and they spotlight their clothes without any fussy accessories or jewelry or anything. It brings you back to a simpler time when you could throw on a plain cotton dress and be happy. It's a reminder that accessories can be all that, but a clean slate can be just as appealing.

(photo: courtesy of Fashionista)

Monday, July 11, 2011

From Living Room to Living You

Sometimes, interior design can be do distinct that you can really walk away with a super distinct aesthetic. This picture from the recently launched Rue Magazine is very classic French goes modern, and I totally love it. I think you can even take a cue from it and it can inform the way you dress. For instance if I saw this picture first, I would try and create a look around a rich lavender, silver, and jet black color palette. I would go for black trousers probably (I've got Fall on the brain), maybe a delicate lilac blouse to offset the structured blouse, and a fun, metallic jacket. And dare I say it, Rachel Zoe has made a really cool brocade one that I pre-ordered for Fall). You could pull that all together just from looking at this picture, which is endlessly cool in my opinion.

(photo: courtesy of Rue Magazine)

Street Style Inspiration of the Day

When it gets hot, I am literally incapable of thinking, let alone think long enough to actually dressed..and look cute. I hate shorts, so I'm always stuck in rolled up jeans or a skirt or dress if I'm feeling good enough. And shorts? Forget about it, never gonna happen. This girl though makes me want to be hot and sticky because she looks so effortlessly cool. The white is spot on, and the light materials and textures, aka crochets, linens, etc are pitch perfect for Summer. Plus I literally never go for anything with a low-slung back but in this instance you just slide into a bandeau bra (would go for a fun color or neon) and it's not as intimidating. She wears it well and naturally, I'm jealz.

(photo: courtesy of The Sartorialist)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

One to Watch: New Blogger Alert

Ok, so you know how I went all obsessive over Tavi Gevinson, you know the 13-year-old Style Rookie, who I wanted to buy and put in my pocket. Well apparently there's a new kid in town who's got a fresher outlook and is stealing Tavi's thunder (oh hey, NY Times profile). Her name is Bebe Zeva and apparently she's it. Well, maybe just on her way to being it. Her blog, Fated to be Hated, have these insane outfit shots that make me realize not only that she is WAY beyond her years, but I was SO lame when I was her age. I never dressed like that and I probably still don't have the balls to wear half of what she models. Great fun to look at though, a new treat and something else to add to the blogroll.

(photo: courtesy of Fated to be Hated)

SPOTTED at Target: Cool Never Fades

You know you've heard it, what's old is new again. Well Target is getting in on the action, too. As if they weren't striking a chord enough with their designer GO International collections, they've gotten into the vintage trend, too. Now the mega retailer has launched a collection of 90 items in their Vintage Varsity collection. I can't tell whether these will be those comfy tees we lounge around the house and sleep in or the type we'd pair with some cool bell-bottomy jeans for a retro look. Regardless it's a pretty heavy collection that will bring us plenty of choices and of course, the price is insanely low, making the shopping that much more appealing.

(photo: courtesy of WWD)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Little Leather for Summer

I don't know about you, but whenever I think of leather, I think of thick motorcycle jackets that you bring out once Fall finally comes and wear right on through Winter. They're the perfect layering tool and meant to keep you warm. But leather for Summer? No, say you! But yes, of course we're wrong! Well Tibi has this adorable leather bustier number that is all about Summer. I like to think that while I'm so busy amassing a collection of prints and bright colors, I could be going against the grain with someone unexpected and what no one else is leather. It's such a tough material but in a sweet feminine shape it's not so bad-ass anymore. It's such a great design and I love the notion of wearing it when it's truly hot. 

(photo: courtesy of Tibi)

For a Hot Summer Day

This past weekend it hovered around 105 degrees, and I was just plain miz. I couldn't for the life of me get cool and what's worse, I kind of hate shorts. I was stuck in cropped jeans which really didn't serve me well and I needed a long, airy dress that was easy breezy. I love this outfit because it's really what Summer is all about. The pattern is sweet, plus it's Forever21...I know, true story. The t-strap sandals are perfect and the big, bad, bold jewelry is a must. She nailed her "I'm so hot I'm gonna pass out" look perfectly and I'm planning ahead for the next time we hit the century mark. Now I just have the perfect inspiration!

(photos: courtesy of B Jones Style)


This photo totally constitutes shoe porn. I mean I literally want one of everything captured here, hell, maybe two. And what I like even more is there is an element of texture and color in every look. I can't explain why, but I'm on a major color kick these days and this just feeds my fancy. There's that mustard yellow I've been so into, and really bright colors and melon colors that are so spot-on for Summer, but I would wear any of these come fall. Well I would wear them actually any time of year, but you catch my drift. Plus all these ladies can walk in heels, which I haven't quite mastered yet. Just might print out this pic and paste it to the mirror in my bedroom. Maybe it'll manifest, like The Secret.

(photo: courtesy of StreetFSN)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Street Style Inspiration for the Day

Aside from the distraction of her jumping, this adorable editor (who looks WAY young, I admit) might just be wearing the quintessential Summer outfit. I often wish I could pull off a jumper but it doesn't seem to want to work with me. So in the meantime, I just look at photos like these in envy. The print is what makes it work, it's so pretty. Plus it turns a design that could be beach-bound into a legit, dressed-up outfit. Those neutral tan heels were a great investment, since I guarantee she'll wear them for years and they'll "go with" everything she owns. The fabric of the jumpsuit on its own may be fussy, but she's dressed it down in such a cute, fresh way. It's parfait for Summer.

(photo: courtesy of NY Mag)

MUST-HAVE: Sheer Dress

I literally was JUST looking at pictures of models wearing uber-sheer skirts and I just decided that I love the look. I can't tell you if I'd ever wear it, but love it. Then I stumbled upon this very cool, transparent dress by none other than Tory Burch, who I am realizing more and more can really surprise you sometimes. It's that whole nightgown as daygown type of situation and I love that you can really do anything underneath. You could wear a nude slip to let the silhouette of the dress really stand out or you can wear some neon underpinnings to go for a much bolder look. The neutral color almost acts as a canvas for you to do whatever with. You can use the dress as the focal point or the background so other things can pop. I am really loving how it's feminine but in the strangest, unconventional way. Always my faves.

(photo: courtesy of Tory Burch)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Blog to Bookmark: Advanced Style

Now this is one of the most clever concepts for a blog I've maybe ever seen. I hate to admit it, but sometimes (just sometimes), I can learn a thing or two by looking to more "mature" audiences. My grandmother is pretty stylish and I love having lunch at Neimans on the weekend because the crowd is really something spectacular. But there is something about a woman of a certain age. If nothing else, she loves color (they all seem to), and they are pretty damn certain about what they like...they know what works best for them. Which, frankly, we could all aspire to. This blog spotlights some stylish older ladies. And as much as we think we've got it all figured out (cough cough), taking a closer look at them really shows us that they've got a trick or two up their sleeve.

(photos: courtesy of Advanced Style)

SPOTTED at Paris Fashion Week

I think that when it comes to street style photography, this is actually my favorite time of year. It's so hot that people have to start getting creative and they can't just layer on coat after coat like they do during winter--which btw, makes it WAY harder to tell what they're wearing. I was actually just perusing a mustard yellow knit skirt for Fall today (I know, dreadful, but I'm sure I'll regret it if I don't get it) and then I stumbled on this breezy pic from Paris. Denim shirt? Check! Now I just need some killer snakeskin shoes (ones that i can walk in, pls) and a flouncy skirt (I think any bright color would do). I love how her looks is so casual because of the denim but the heels totally dress it up. She'd be right at home walking around Paris, going to a fashion show, or even making a cameo at a big soiree. Tres chic, indeed.

(photo: courtesy of The Cut)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fit for a Queen

To say that I am obsessed with Kate Middleton would be a gross understatement. Aside from her sensible pumps that I'm not a huge fan of, I think she has a flawless record when it comes to what she wears. Pippa is a bit racy, but Kate is classy, elegant, and has she got a nose for fashion. I love the site's that track her every move, and I admit the photo diaries of her every outfit on the recent Canadian tour are awesome. Frankly, there should be some OTB for predicting who she's going to wear next. Anyhoo, Vogue took a cue from the royal lady with some inspirations of what Kate could wear, or what we could wear if we wanted to look every bit as sophisticated. I love this flouncy Topshop dress. The pleats dress it up and the small Peter Pan collar is whimsical, and reminds me of my elementary school uniform. The color is perfect for Summer's hot days and would look great with some black opaque tights or even midnight navy tights come fall. The Royal treatment, indeed.

(photo: courtesy of

MUST-WATCH: Mulberry at 40

It's no secret that I love Mulberry. What started out with totally "I need them now" handbags has turned into an entire collection that is spearheaded by some of the loveliest ladies I've ever met. After spending some time with them over Coachella, I was more enamored than ever, which is why I was jazzed when I saw they made this awesome video to celebrate their 40th birthday. Though we in the states prob think of them as a newish brand, they've been dazzling for four centuries now with durable leathers and awesome designs that are as timeless as their heritage. This video speaks to the brand's awesome sense of humor and utter deligthfulness. It may be anti-4th of July, but here's to hoping that these Brits invade the US with even more of their awesome designs.