Monday, October 20

sugar coated

One of my biggest fall indulgences is investing in at least one coat (if not several!) for the cold weather season. But courtesy of this year's seemingly endless L.A. summer, I just could not focus my attention on this wardrobe building block. Then I came across Emerson Fry's fall coat lineup, and blammo, my coat block is no more. Chock full of supremely chic, amazingly versatile toppers such as the tailored beauty, above, rendered in the prettiest creamy oatmeal hue, there is, it seems, something for everyone (or at least my every whim!). Also fantastic: this wear-with-everything drop-shoulder coat, this slick coated tweed topper (below), and this smart indoor-outdoor wool coat (last pic). And the goodness doesn't stop there. I also adore this perfect v-neck tee, these black d'orsay heels (shown with dress, below) and these moto-inspired jeans (second to last image).   


$235, barneys

A fun lunch at Gjelina with friends last week called for big appetites and super cute outfits. One pal turned up in gorgeous ankle strap Tabitha Simmons flats, which prompted me to go out and get a similar pair, above. (They run large; I bought a half a size down).

1. Marni peplum top, $275,
2. Pixie Market faur fur sleeve puffy jacket, $69,
3. Victoria Beckham Denim jeans, $365,
4. Halston Heritage bucket bag, $325,
5. Beauty Counter Lip Sheen in Rose, $28,
6. Barney ankle-strap flats, $235, 

Friday, October 17

indigo girl

$69, gap

Weekend soccer games do not call for major fashion moments, but last week a friend of mine walked onto the field in head-to-toe denim and came out a winner. I'd like to get in the game with this cute top.

1. Gap denim puff sleeve top, $69,
2. Topshop plaid jacket, $156,
3. J.Brand mid-rise jeans, $200,
4. Nadri pave curved bar stud earrings, $38,
5. Bensimon camo tote bag, $140,
6. Alexander Wang ankle-strap pumps, $495,

Wednesday, October 15

pattern play

Speaking of parties, we're approaching that ho, ho, ho festive time of year, when fun frocks are in order. Inspired by the eye-popping prints outside the shows during Paris Fashion Week (above), I'm thinking of going all out in playful patterns, rather than ho-hum solid hues. Some party-perf options include this spotted Red Valentino, this monochromatic BCBG, this edgy Givenchy (80% off!), this geometric Topshop, this floral Alice + Olivia, this python-print Michael Kors, this checked French Connection and this graphic Stella McCartney.

Photo: Giovanna Battaglia

party prep

I love a fun evening out, but even more I love getting ready for an evening out--especially when I am getting ready with good friends. For me, the anticipation in the air, trying on outfits, chitchatting, shoe swapping, and sipping a glass of something add up to a party before the party. My friends and I partook in all of this the other night, and had Vensette, a new-to-LA hair and makeup service that comes to your home, do us up right. Proof: the pic, below, in which I'm sporting a chignon I could never pull off on my own, a dramatic stay-on Stila lipstick the Vensette makeup artist put on me, and a gorgeous lace backless dress by Haney. Check out the pre-party at my friend Annie's house here

Photos: Alden Wallace

black magic

$99, warehouse

My new antidote to crazy morning rush hour.

1. Warehouse zippered dress, $99,
2. Lulu Frost bracelet, $108,*
3. Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Tesoro, $22,
4. Chanel tote bag, $2695,
5. Stella McCartney faux leather loafers, $995,

*Shopbop's 25% off sale continues! Get this price--and 25% off almost everything else at Shopbop (through tomorrow October 16) with the code here

Tuesday, October 14

in the stars

I am not big into horoscopes but I read mine last week (as my birthday was approaching) and learned that a lunar eclipse on October 8 would wreak havoc on my life. And so it did, as my 5-year-old got strep throat, my husband got food poisoning, our go-to babysitter got sick, and thus a fun birthday weekend getaway got cancelled. Not the end of the world, and everyone is fine now, but it was unfortunate! Thankfully, now the stars appear to have realigned, as I awoke this morning to discover. . .  Shopbop's 25% off Friends & Family sale! To start, I'd like some new slip-on sneakers, because they're just about the most comfortable shoes ever and a pair in grey, this season's hue, is in order. Also tempting: these perfect (and nicely priced!) Pour La Victoire pointy-toe ankle boots, this Clare V. striped clutch, these gorgeous crystal-studded Ca & Lou earrings, this about-to-sell-out Rodebjer faux fur coat, this forever-chic Alice + Olivia tuxedo blazer, this Opening Ceremony boxy jacket, and this statement LBD by Nanette Lepore (perhaps for a festive rescheduled birthday celebration?).  

Photo: Tommy Ton

the big cover-up

$58*, shopbop

I'd love to throw on this cute striped hooded poncho over a basic pair of jeans and an easy knit--and stand out.

1. J.Crew textured sweater, $98,
2. Pixie Market striped poncho, $58*,
3. J.Brand cropped jeans, $170,
4. Clare Vivier suede messenger bag, $299*,
5. Vince loafers, $318*,  

*Get this price and 25% off almost everything else at Shopbop (through Thursday October 16 only)--get the discount code here! I am working on a roundup of my sale favorites and will publish them shortly!

Monday, October 13

the sweater dress

sweater dress trend

I haven't worn a sweater dress since my early teenage years, when I had several from Benetton that I busted out for birthday parties and the like. But they'll be making their way back into my life this fall... and not just for birthday parties. Because what could be cozier and easier than wearing a knit dress? Right now, I'd give it a whirl, bare-legged with ankle boots or slip-on sneakers. When it's chillier, I'd add tights and knee-high (or higher) boots. The dresses I'd like most to slip into include this Joie or this turtleneck Joie, this A.P.C., this Stella McCartney (pictured above) and this Milly.

Photos: Harper's Bazaar, LA Cool et Chic

tough love

$129, mango

Mr. Frost won't mess with me in this super cool faux shearling biker jacket.

1. Dolce & Gabbana  floral silk chiffon dress, $2727,
2. Mango faux shearling biker jacket, $129,
3. Virzi + De Luca enamel gold plated bracelet, $375,
4. Alexander Wang painted leather clutch, $450,
5. Gianvito Rossi suede over-the-knee boots, $1746,