Thursday, October 30

good tweed

$89, pixie market

This dress manages to be both winter ready and fantastically cute. (For added warmth, layer it over a black turtleneck and add tights!)

1. Pixie Market tweed dress, $89,
2. Salvatore Ferragamo wool coat, $2325,
3. Henri Bendel layered bracelet, $178,
4. Accessorize embellished pouch, $16,
5. Saint Laurent boots, $1595,

Wednesday, October 29

lace-up boots

Though my twin sister and I have the exact same DNA, we have our differences. Most notably in the shoe department. For example, she can sport Converse high tops, motorcycle boots, and in general, more tomboyish footwear with confidence and look great. When I put them on, confidence is not what comes to mind, even though in theory I look exactly like her. But I am still game to try, particularly with this season's cool lace-up boots. They look a lot like Dr. Martens, but less clunky and counter-cultural, and with designers like Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo and Acne Studios offering their own renditions, there are many options to choose from, including these standouts from Rag & Bone, Madewell, Via Spiga, Walter Steiger, Vince and Eileen Fisher. Leila Yavari, above, wears lace-up boots from Robert Clergerie.

Photo: Phil Oh/Vogue

mayle bonding

$198, club monaco

 Jane Mayle's retro-chic boutique on Elizabeth Street in New York used to be one of my all-time favorites until it closed in 2008. This new bag that she designed for Club Monaco captures everything that I loved about her signature vintage-y/feminine/downtown aesthetic--and then some.

1. Preen Line embroidered satin and chiffon dress, $890,
2. Rebecca Minkoff spike cuff ring, $46,
3. Mayle x Club Monaco studded cross-body bag, $198,
4. Gianvitto Rossi suede lace-up boots, $1020,

Tuesday, October 28

lip service

Ever since J.Crew staged its Fall 2014 presentation in New York last February, I've been coveting the gorgeous poppy red lipstick makeup artist Troi Ollivierre used on the models. Finally, it's just now available, along with J.Crew's signature orange-y red lip color called George, here. To get the model pout, above, first moisturize lips with lots of lip balm, apply Troi Ollivierre Parker lipstick, then follow with Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss for serious shine.

braided beauty

$187, nordstrom

Last year I stole an amazing braided cable knit sweater from my sister's closet in New York, which she had procured on a photo shoot, and though it was a little snug, I wore it like crazy. I think I might return it now that I've found this beauty! 

1. Eleven Paris braided cable knit sweater, $187,
2. Henri Bendel pave arc stud earrings, $88,
3. Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Plastic Beach, $18,
4. Bensimon camouflage pouch, $28,
5. Sophia Webster x J.Crew pumps, $595,
6. Adam Lippes pleated leather and organza skirt, $1790,

Monday, October 27

white about now

Any hesitation about wearing white jeans into the fall (and winter) should be assuaged by these pics, which also nicely demonstrate how to wear them. With beefy beautiful sweaters like this (25% off), this and this. With sexy stilettos or boots. With cozy, cold-proof layers. I also prefer a mid- to heavy-weight white denim jean, such as these by Citizens of Humanity (60% off!), Current/Elliott, Victoria Beckham and AG. Winter white perfection!

Photos: Trendy Crew, I Want to be an Alt, Harpers Bazaar UK, Tommy Ton/Style

knit wit

$49, joe fresh

Pair this cozy sweater dress with boots and tights. Repeat.

1. Joe Fresh sweater dress, $49,
2. Tai cubic zirconia earrings, $45,
3. Troi Ollivierre lipstick in George, $28,
4. Valentino appliqued leather shoulder bag, $2995,
5. Madewell boots, $238,

Friday, October 24

playful pinstripes

$78, pixie market

Now these are the kind of pinstripes I want working at my office. 

1. Joa pinstripe dress, $78,
2. Rebecca Minkoff faux pearl studs, $38,
3. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lacquer in Hall of Fame, $22,
4. Zara mini doctor bag, $49, 
5. Sergio Rossi metallic brogues, $1180,

Thursday, October 23

staples center

Shopping for wardrobe staples isn't the most exciting kind of shopping, but for me, it's the kind that keeps on giving. Take, for example, my new J.Crew grey (heather graphite, to be exact) wool sweater, which has been on repeat for, oh, three consecutive days now. I am already considering buying another one, because it's just that good--and it's 25% off, along with a slew of other fall staples and statements through October 26 with the code here. I'd like to stockpile such pieces as this hooded bomber jacket, this white side-zip pullover, these wear-everywhere cropped pants, and these high-rise black coated jeans.

mini me

$199, gap

For me, a mod-inspired leather mini can make chilly weather a little more fun.

1. McQ Alexander sweater, $545,
2. Illesteva sunglasses, $290,
3. Elizabeth and James gold/white topaz earrings, $85,
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs striped bag, $268,
5. Topshop leather ankle boots, $150,
6. Gap leather zip pocket skirt, $199,