Wednesday, November 25

coco's crew

I was just going through the J.Crew holiday catalog, marveling at how many of the pieces I needed/wanted, when I suddenly remembered that my identical twin Coliena shot most of the photos this past summer in Ireland! Needless to say, the pics are amazing and so is the lineup. My favorites include the belted wool trench featured below, along with this feather-trimmed cardigan, these velvet sandals, this faux fur striped scarf, this sequin cardigan, these tailored denim trousers, and this chunky cable knit sweater. P.S. pretty much everything on the site, including all of the above, is 30% off through 11/29!

*Photographer's note: While the weather delivered (it was suitably cool and moody foggy), the sheep, pictured above, were not as cooperative, given their penchant for causing traffic jams and generally ignoring the photographer's shot direction!

Tuesday, November 24

sale some more

Here's another thing to be thankful for: Net-A-Porter's bi-annual sale, which kicked off today, and it's replete with refined staples, major party wear, and then some at up to 50% off! I'm coveting this cool Alexander Wang cable knit zip sweater, these dance floor-worthy Jimmy Choo metallic lace-up sandals, this edgy Toteme wrap skirt, this sexy Self Portrait lace dress, this dramatic feather trimmed turtleneck by No. 21, this resort-ready Michael Kors embroidered top, this McQ Alexander McQueen mini LBD, and this forever chic Missoni crochet knit bikini. Check out the whole sale here.

set sale

My family and I decided to have Thanksgiving early this year and stage our dinner (for 21!) at our house on Wednesday night. Turns out we're not the only ones jumping the gun on Thanksgiving as the Black Friday sales have begun. Over at Shopbop (up to 25% off everything!) my wishlist spans, as per usual, a wide gamut of wardrobe boosters, including this Derek Lam lace-up dress, this cozy-chic See by Chloe cardigan and scarf, fur trimmed Mackage wool biker jacket, this night-out-worthy Flynn Skye blouse, this silk wrap Zimmermann dress, this tassel-trimmed C/Meo top, this Self Portrait lace minidress, these A.P.C. everyday-perfect booties and this Clare V. simple suede tote.

blue shoes

$49, gap

A lace-up flat in do-it-all denim is totally in step with my fall style. (Also, the ginormous sales at both Shopbop--get code here--and Net-A-Porter--here-- start today! I will publish my favorites from each shortly.)

1. Victoria, Victoria Beckham flutter sleeve top, $295,
2. Weekend Max Mara color block jacket, $1125,
3. Monica Vinader diamond studs, $250,
4. Saint Laurent suede bag, $2450,  
5. Gap denim lace up flats, $49,
6. Alexa Chung x AG Jeans, $200,

Monday, November 23

a fresh coat

Russian stylist Natasha Goldenberg sticks to a compelling winter dressing formula that's not only incredibly stylish but easy and practical. Which is exactly up my alley! She employs a long, elegant, indoor/outdoor coat to dress up an otherwise relaxed, everyday outfit of jeans and flats. I'd like to follow suit this season with these versatile toppers by Muveil, Mango (similar to above), RED Valentino, James Perse, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Topshop, Elizabeth and James, and Rebecca Taylor.


shimmer and shine

$129 h&m

This is how I am going to sparkle on this year's holiday party circuit!

1. H&M sequin dress, $129,
2. Kate Spade earrings, $32,
3. Le Metier de Beaute Lipstick in Icon, $25,
4. Charlotte Olympia silk clutch, $525,
5. Gianvito Rossi pumps, $670,

Friday, November 20

the open back sweater

El Nino isn't the only thing shaking up sweater weather right now. So is some open back detailing. I love this fresh, unexpected flourish--and its inherent sexiness too. Here are some especially desirable sweaters that are all business up front and party in the back: this Vince, this Dion Lee, this Proenza Schouler, this Zara and this Inhabit.

Thursday, November 19

portrait pretty

Before heading out to a splashy charity gala last Saturday night, some friends and I gathered to primp ensemble. We each came armed with various dress options, and by far the most compelling options all happened to be from UK-based designer Self Portrait. I've sung this brand's praises before, but my infatuation has intensified, due to its current line-up of fancy party-ready (and nicely priced!) pieces, including this pleated minidress, this red lace frock (my newest addition), this guipure lace dress, this white mesh midi and the paneled dress, above.

cape town

$98, pixie market

This embellished sweater cape is my kind of warm and toasty--and chic! (I'd layer it over a black cashmere knit for extra coziness.)

1. Pixie Market embellished knit cape, $98,
2. Elizabeth and James ring, $95,
3. Tony Moly Cherry Lip Balm, $10,
4. Tory Burch cross-body bag, $250,
5. Isabel Marant boots, $975,
6. Madewell jeans, $135,

Wednesday, November 18

the kick flare jean

Alexa Chung is making a very strong case for this season's kick flare jean, proving that this fresh, new silhouette can be both funky and bold as well as classic and cool (below). I like these versions by AG (pictured above and below, also in black here and winter-ready corduroy here), The Great (similar looking), Frame, Topshop, JBrand, Stella McCartney, and Citizens of Humanity.