Today is rather a significant, landmark day for our country.
This is the first year (that I can remember in my 30+ years) that American citizens are gathering together en-masse to recognize International Women’s Day. A day commemorating the global struggle for equal rights and the important contributions that women are making to society.
Ladies (and a few gents), in case you were wondering — women do a whole f*cking lot!
Did you ever have one of those months when you just feel like you are bleeding money?
Even if it’s anticipated expenses (tuition, registration fees, home improvements, etc.), it still stings to see all of your hard earned cash dispensed out of your bank accounts. That was basically my September in a nutshell.
Sometimes, this whole “responsible adult” deal is hard. Especially when it’s your absolute favorite season of clothing and you’re eyes are bigger than your bank account. It’s situations like these that call for a little bit of restraint, strategy and planning when it comes to updating your seasonal wardrobe. It’s about taking stock of what you own, researching the new trends and interpreting a select few in your own non-debt inducing way.
What I’m saying is, yes, we can have our cake and eat it too!
Ok, let’s have a serious discussion about those VELOUR ANKLE BOOTIES, for a sec? I am telling you now, these will sell out. No question about it. Whether you wear them with more ladylike fall florals, or use them as the focal point of an all black minimalist ensemble, these booties will steal the show.
Now, I will address the (suede) elephant in the room: those Abercrombie SUEDE PANTS. I cannot remember the last time I set foot in the store. Usually I hold my breath and walk past the heavily perfumed entrance as quickly as possible… BUT I have read about Abercrombie’s attempt to revamp their image and change their product. These SUEDE PANTS are a nice start. With the zipper detailing at both the hips and ankles and rich color, you’ll be shocked at the price tag.
I’m already picturing those pants styled with that TIE-NECK BLOUSE and BLUE BLAZER. Obviously, those velour booties must be involved as well.
All of the ridiculous pumpkin spice bullsh*t aside — I never understood the obsession!? — the fall season always evokes very specific images and feelings for me, especially when it comes to style.
Warmth, texture, neutral tones, wine colored accents… just to name a few. That’s MY quintessential fall.
(Click on images below for shopping details!)
Now, let’s break down this look!
• The Striped Shirt: This item is on my very exclusive, “Seasonless Staple” list. It’s one of those things that can easily transition season-to-season, year-after-year. For clothing like this, why not upgrade to the best quality for your money/budget? SAINT JAMES is the brand by which all other striped shirts should be measured. It’s the O.G. The first and truly the best. One word of caution — SAINT JAMES shirts are not made to be extremely form fitting or stretchy. It’s more of a stiff, androgynous cut, yet universally flattering and can hold up to countless wash and wears. If you haven’t tried their shirts yet, I highly recommend you do.
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• The Distressed Black Jean: I bought this item on a whim last spring to mix up my denim collection a bit– you can check out their debut HERE. I haven’t looked back. The faded black is a nice alternative to traditional denim and the slight distressing give the jeans more personality and interest.
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•The Modern Loafer: I have to say, loafers have come a long way from their original mom-shoe status. As much as I love heels, they’re not always the most practical choice for most women and it’s nice to find an alternative that equally stylish, but actually comfortable for long days on the go. COACH has managed to really deliver this season in the shoe department. Although I have definitely overlooked the brand in the past, I was sort of eating crow when I was hunting for fall flats for my clients. I love the updated platform loafer this season — the slightly tapered toe box keeps the style streamlined, not clunky.
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• The Sleeveless Coat: Honestly, I can’t get enough of this transitional superstar. From the VEST I spoke about last Friday, to this WRAP-AROUND COAT, I’m constantly drawn to this simple style. I love it for day– layered over basics like these, or as an elegant topper for night. Consider this a much more refined and sophisticated take on the ubiquitous puffer vest that you see everywhere each fall.
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• The Floppy Hat: Everyone needs a floppy hat in their lives. I have yet to see a woman who didn’t look good in one. Try it… you might just pleasantly surprise yourself.
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• The Structured Crossbody: I can’t think of a single luxury brand that has come such a long way in such a short time in terms of defining modern accessory style, as CHLOE. I’ve been wearing my FAYE bag every opportunity I can and have been admiring the DREW for months. Now, welcome the GOLDIE. All of the Chloé bags are so beautiful to look at and completely functional. I’m always amazed at how much I can fit into my little FAYE and how comfortable the cross-body strap is. Enough of my Chloé, love-fest… Just take my word that you’re going to be seeing these undertstated bags everywhere. If you like the style of the GOLDIE, but not the price tag (ouch!!) — take a look at a few of the much more budget friendly options below!
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• The Makeup: I’ve been preaching about the RMS Beauty makeup line for about a year now. The all natural, organically derived makeup is actually good for your skin. Rather than mask your beauty, the RMS line is all about naturally highlighting your best features by creating a glow from within. For fall, I am all about the lips: natural skin, flushed cheeks (like you just came inside from a crisp, fall day) and a rich, wine stained lip. Since I’m no makeup expert, I love that this entire line can be applied with your fingertips. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Every now and again, I come across a new brand of clothing that just makes my heart skip a beat. The cuts, the patterns, the price point: J.O.A.is THAT brand.
The designers of J.O.A. (it stands for Just One Answer!) and I must be spirit animals… for sure. Formed in 2013 in Downtown LA, J.O.A. is just the perfect blend of feminine with a little bit of edge. Classic silhouettes are updated with little modern twists like modest cutouts and cropped tops. The pattern options are also phenomenal: interesting without being too much, you know? I’m already mixing and matching my favorite patterned pieces in my head!
I’ve only seen J.O.A. available at a few select online retailers, so if you don’t look (or shop) hard enough, you may just miss this great find. I’ve pulled some of my favorites from their Spring/Summer ’14 collections for you to peruse. For you eagle eyes with fantastic memories who might have recognized a few of the pieces from a previous post (LOVE.SET.MATCH.), impressive… I like it!
So, here’s some fun news to share on this rainy grey day…
This week, The Heart’s Delight was one of 20 blogs chosen for the IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) Links a la Mode Roundup. Each week, the editors over at heartifb.com pour over submissions and curate the best 20 links for their readers to peruse and share. In addition to increasing any selected site’s traffic, this also gives readers an opportunity to check out some new up and coming blogs written by some pretty talented people out there! This week’s edition tackles some assorted fashionista problems. Hope you enjoy.
Fashionista Problems Solved
No one is immune to fashion problems. So why take them so seriously? Cue side-eye and say, “Puh-lease, as if!” No really, whether it’s what your friend says when you’re trying on a new trend, or determining if you’re a good bitch or a bad bitch, heck, even if you’re trying to make those jeans work with heels, it’s all here this week. Plus a couple of cute ideas for Halloween! Even if you need to fix your brows, this is the link list to browse.
1) First. I must apologize in advance for those cat-lovers out there who will find offense in the link about to be provided. Second, I must apologize to those ladies who take the bouquet toss tradition at weddings very seriously. Brides throwing cats. Enough said. (bridesthrowingcats.com)
2) In the beginning, celebrities had the traditional assistant. Then came the bodyguard. Next, there was the professional umbrella holder (P.U.H. for short)… which we non-celebrities mocked. So how do we feel about the new “Instassistants?” Discuss. (nymag.com)
3) They’ve come a long way since their days playing Michelle Tanner on ‘Full House.’ The Olsen twins are officially the cool “it” girls of fashion. Between their multiple fashion ventures (Elizabeth & James, The Row, etc.) and multi-million dollar fashion and entertainment empire, Ashley & Mary-Kate still manage to pull off the “Oh, I just rolled out of bed and my hair looks perfectly frizzless and tousled” look. Find out their hair secrets, courtesy of their long-time hair pro. (thecoveteur.com)
4) Cheese is perhaps my #1 guilty food pleasure. I just can’t ever get enough of it. This grilled cheese recipe elevates the humble sliced cheddar to new proportions. (flourishingfoodie.com)
5) I’ve found the perfect dress to help me transition into the Cleveland winter tundra. NOW: wear it with a light denim jacket and strappy heels. LATER: wear it with black tights, leather booties, big layered scarf and moto jacket. All for less than the cost of your weekly Starbucks habit. (asos.com)
6) Thinking about updating a bathroom or powder room? Before you make any changes, read this. (apartmenttherapy.com)
7) I love home decor. I hate browsing through a design magazine, falling in love with a piece of furniture, and then getting my heart crushed when I find out it costs $12,000. Well, the editors at ‘The Everygirl’ heard my cry and have come to the rescue with 10 Money Saving Decorating Tips. (theeverygirl.com)
5) While I LOVE over-the-knee leather boots, and I LOVE Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, I DO NOT love looking like a lady-of-the-night when wearing aforementioned boots. Here is a tutorial on how to pull off the tall-boot look like the classy girl that you are. (whowhatwear.com)
6) I know I’m getting old when I have to look up what “Molly” is… Read THIS to get the low-down on the new street drug that everyone seems to be talking/singing/rapping about. (refinery29.com)
7) Yes, my fig obsession continues. These crostini are the perfect fall appetizer, and easy as can be. (theglitterguide.com)
I love finding designers and collections that are relatively under-the-radar. Their pieces are generally more accessible, less hyped and less likely to be copied 1000x over. This morning, while doing a little fantasy internet shopping (you know, when you fill up your baskets with oodles of fun goodies that you will never really pull the trigger on?!) I came across a collaboration by Sophie Theallet and The Limited. Usually, I’m on top of most designer collabs with major retailers, but this one slipped by me unnoticed. That is, until NOW!
If you are not aware, Sophie Theallet was the 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award winner. Since launching her own self-named label in 2007, she has dressed celebrities from Jessica Alba to First Lady Michelle Obama in her elegant, French-girl-with-a-twist fashion. The Limited teamed up with the designer last year to offer seasonal capsule collections, including this most recent fall line of chic pencil skirts, lovely blouses, sheath dresses and my absolute A#1 favorite, the anorak. I highly recommend you take a look and coordinate your purchase with The Limited’s pretty major sale currently in effect! Buy 1 Get 1 Free Jackets?! I’m sold.
Here are some of my favorite pieces from the collection:
Have you had any good under-the-radar shopping finds lately? Do TELL!
A few days ago, at my daughter’s pre-school orientation, another mom in class complimented me on my outfit (which by the way, was totally sweet and much appreciated). The conversation went like this:
Mom: I LOVE your outfit!
Me: Thanks so much!
Mom: Do you work, or do you just dress up like that every day?
That very brief exchange got me thinking about how my style as a stay-at-home mom has evolved over the last 2 years and how I’ve evolved with it. No doubt, I’ve worn my share of stereotypical black leggings and work-out attire, especially on those days that I’m under the weather, exhausted, or just plain lazy. After a few months of the “stretchy black pants phase,” as I like to refer to it, I realized that my attitude as a mom, a woman, a person- in general, changes when I feel good about myself and how I look. If I feel good, I tend to smile more, work harder, be more enthusiastic and hopefully, be a better mother and wife. It was almost as if a switch went off and I suddenly realized that fashion allows me to not only dress for what I am currently doing, but dress for what I WANT to be doing and the type of person I WANT to be.
So now, instead of saying, “Nah, I can’t pull that off! Where would I wear it?” in reference to something I love, I make it a point to surround myself with things that make me happy and make me, ME… only better. Whether it’s a printed silk top, a fitted jacket, or flouncy skirt (I am in LOVE with my 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target skirt, by the way) there is no “wrong” place to wear these things as long as you stay true to yourself, stay classy, and stay fabulous.
Coco definitely knew what she was talking about.
(P.S.- I would love to hear how fashion has helped YOU evolve over time! Feel free to share you own thoughts and personal anecdotes in the comment section below.)
One of the bigger themes to emerge for this Fall ’13 season is the return of plaid. No, it’s not the Nirvana 90’s all over again. This year, plaid is coming back in a more refined and sophisticated way. From fitted shirts with details, to elegant cropped trousers in a classic windowpane pattern, there is a plaid out there for everyone. I believe the key to successfully incorporating plaid into your wardrobe, is to contrast the masculine nature of the pattern with something a bit more girly and feminine- a scarf, an elegant ballerina flat, a voluminous skirt. In this case, opposites really do attract!