Ohh boy. I can already feel that these monthly mood board posts are going to trip me out because I feel like they come around way too often. Just a second ago we were welcoming in the dog days of summer, and just like that it’s time to say hello to fall! Not that I’m complaining. September is always an epic month, don’t you think? There’s an energy unlike any other month of the year. It’s the perfect time to pick up the pace after a laid back summer, grab a hot coffee, and dive head first into the final quarter. School is in session, fall TV is back, and layering is creeping back into our daily outfits (yes!). It may still be hot for a little while longer, but the crisp fall air is waiting around the bend, sweaters and leather in tow. For me, it’s the month the husband and I finally take a long overdue vacation to Italy and let me tell you it cannot come soon enough. September, here we go!
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It’s very apparent that 2014 is the year of the horse – it’s galloping by so fast I can hardly keep up. As time only ever feels to be speeding up, we all need a little reminder to really grab a hold of little moments throughout the year and hone in on what makes each day so unique. Every month has it’s own vibe, so I thought it might be fun to take a moment at the beginning of each one to look forward to the next 30 days. I heard a quote this morning about how August is the Sunday of summer, and that feels so true to me. We’re soaking in every last bit of it in the most relaxed way possible. Colors start to fade to neutral as we prepare for fall. Outfits get more comfortable and effortless, after the hype of July dies down. I’ll be wearing lots of ripped denim, chambray, linen, with black staple accents on repeat. Enjoy this August, and soak in the dog days of summer before they’re gone!
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With the recent revival of Birkenstocks, flannels, and Clueless references, it seems we’ve taken a step into the past these days. While I can appreciate some 90′s nostalgia, I’m even more on board with a futuristic approach. I normally lean towards gold when choosing metallics, but there’s a cool, fresh vibe in silver that’s been catching my eye recently. The crispness of a good chrome metallic perfectly elevates any look without feeling too loud or too fancy. Wether it’s more of a statement piece or a small accessory, this color stays versatile yet keeps things interesting. So move over gold, silver is in first place this season.
Topshop striped top / Saint Laurent sleeveless motorcycle jacket / Arteriors bar cart / Madewell oxford / Vince Camutto earrings / Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish / Othermix metallic skirt / Karl Lagerfeld leather tote / Mirror Image Home mirror / Rablabs coasters / Michael Kors watch / Kathy Ireland pillow / 8 bracelet / J Crew pumps
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American Horror Story : Coven, shall we? When I first saw a promo for this show I was already fully committed. The wide brimmed witch hats, black neck ties, and lace up boots were speaking my language. I would watch this show no matter what the season’s theme is, but when there’s a distinct fashion moment to pull from it, all the better. Seems to me they were somewhat inspired by Saint Laurent’s SS13 collection, which could have basically provided the entire show’s wardrobe and made the costume designer’s life a whole lot easier. One of each for me too please? Alas, we may have to get a bit more creative in adding some witch worthy pieces to our collections. Here are a few ideas…
Let’s geek out for a second over
Saint Laurent bow tie / Maison Michel fedora / Bella umbrella / Blue Bayer cigarette holder / L.K. Bennett dress / Charlie Ford vintage whiskey decanter set / Marc Jacobs purse / Alexandre Birman boots / Jonathan Adler key keeper / Black.co.uk shawl
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Well folks, it’s Christmas. It snuck up real fast and it’s time to wrap up the prep and sit back and enjoy. Everywhere we go over the holidays, it’s inevitable that we see a lot of ruby red. It’s a loud shade that I might not normally put on a list of favorites, but these days I’ve been finding myself gravitating towards it. While it’s normally considered a “lady” staple, I love to see it worn with a bit more edge and structure. If you’re not typically a red gal, go ahead and try it out this week. You might be surprised with an extra spring in your step.
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By Catherine & Alex
1. Kate Spade mug, $16 / 2. Savon de Marseille handsoap, $23 / 3. Modcloth cocktail shaker, $35 / 4. Ibride rabbit tray, $192 / 5. Craft Cocktails, $50 / 6. Jonathan Adler unicorn salt & pepper shakers, $50 / 7. Alessi citrus basket, $200 / 8. Anthropologie throw, $128 / 9. Eclectic by Tom Dixon champagne bucket, $235 / 10. Cards Against Humanity game, $25 / 11. Pi bottle opener, $30 / 12. Thomas Fuchs skull ice tongs, $45 / 13. Kelly Wearstler pyrite bottle stopper, $175 / 14. Jonathan Adler Animalia coasters, $78 / 15. Sharper Image electric wine opener, $36
See the rest of the holiday gift guide!
1. Smythson runway notebook, $135 / 2. Jonathan Adler zebra dish, $32 / 3. Isabel Marant for H&M sweater,$129 (available 11/14) / 4. Le Specs sunglasses, $55 / 5. Luv AJ rings, $29 ea / 6. Karl Lagerfeld Tokidoki bauble watch, $195 / 7. Alexander McQueen card case, $145 / 8. Next Issue, $10-15 per month / 9. NARS Guy Bourdin – Fling lip kit, $49 / 10. Conair steamer, $35 / 11. Assouline Survival Kit – set of 4 books, $150 / 12. Emily & Merritt for PBTeen clothing rack, $299 / 13. Eddie Borgo cone stud earrings, $150 / 14. Marc by Marc Jacobs foil iPhone case, $38 / 15. AllSaints beanie, $120 / 16. The Laundress ‘On the Spot’ kit, $40 / 17. Lanvin set of 2 packs of playing cards, $95
I love the day after Halloween because it’s the day the world generally considers it acceptable to get started on the holidays. The pumpkin spice latte hands the spotlight over to his gingerbread cousin, who’s now served in a special festive cup (who’s excited to go to Starbucks today? Me!). OK – I know it’s a litttttle much that we can’t even wait one day after Halloween to move onto the holidays, but I say why wait? This is the part of the year that only gets better and better, and we should all milk every last bit of pleasure out of it! Mulled cider + bourbon are waiting to be sipped on. Twinkly lights are waiting to be hung. Party outfits are waiting to be styled. Holidays are for indulging, giving, and taking moments to be grateful for the little things and the big things. It all goes by so fast! I am going to start my Christmas shopping early this year, simply so that I can enjoy it all – no stress and rushing at the last minute. Maybe I’ll even start today. Have a happy weekend friends!
If you’re like me, you’re starting to brainstorm Thanksgiving table tops. Lucky for us, West Elm is having a sale on all the good stuff right now, including all the items featured in my home shopping list.
I’ve got boots of every variation on the brain these days, and this week I kept going back to these. Sleek and elegant yet casual all in one.
Every time I see a Sharon Montrose piece, my heart does a little flip flop out of adorableness. I’m going to have to get one at some point, but how would I choose? I don’t think she has a baby dinosaur…
H&M does designer collabs better than anyone in my opinion, and I’m guilty of counting down the days until Isabel Marant‘s collection. Only 13 more to go!
These brands’ “tweaked” tag lines are so spot on.
When I came across this at Whole Foods yesterday, my mind was blown. As was the checkout guy’s. The possibilities!
Ahhh navy. What a best friend of a color. Nautical in the summer and classically elegant in the winter, it’s one of the few hues that’s equally relevant all year round. Mix it with black for a modern take on a timeless shade, or douse yourself in navy sequins or feathers for a unexpected yet timeless holiday statement. It’s every bit as versatile as any neutral color out there, yet just a touch more complex. This season I’d like to wear my navy via a leather jacket, chunky sweater, and some suede wedge booties, to name just a few.
River Island fedora, Ash booties, Zadig & Voltaire watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors cape, NARS eyeliner stylo in Atlantic, Myla lace bra, By Malene Birger jumpsuit, H&M faux fur blanket, Chanel nail polish in Blue Satin, Markus Lupfer sequin unicorn sweater, Sergio Rossi heels, 202 Factory belted mini bag, Comme des Garçons zip pouch
By Catherine & Alex
Asos bat clutch, vintage spider brooch, New Look ghost sweater, West Elm branch candelabra, Zara cat ear hat, Asos fang ring, Diptyque Feu de Bois candle, Floss Gloss glow-in-the-dark nail polish, Asos faux raccoon tail, Phoebe Richardson skeleton hand plate, Topshop bat skirt, Mac lipstick in Cyber Deep Plum, Z Gallerie Poison bottle, Nasty Gal skeleton leggings, Rupert Sanderson bootie, Z Gallerie gold skull
Each time Halloween comes around, I get excited for the spooky vibe, scary movies, and endless candy. It’s definitely a fun holiday that marks the exciting transition in the season between early fall and holiday time. It’s been a few years since I actually dressed up. The last time I did, I went as Catwoman and spent enough time and money on that costume that I felt totally justified in letting myself off the hook for a few years, at least until the next solid costume opportunity came along. That won’t be this year, but I’m perfectly happy celebrating it simply by incorporating some stylish Halloween elements into my wardrobe and home, which somehow seem to fit right in with my everyday stuff. Enjoy the holiday and whatever you do to celebrate, just be sure to stay clear of the zombies.