Wednesday, September 17

business class

On one August day in New York City after visiting the LEGO art exhibit with my children, I found myself standing on a long lunch line at a popular midtown salad spot with dozens and dozens of dressed-for-work women. I felt like a fish out of water in my flat sandals and sundress. On the one hand, I was kind of glad I was not queued up in battle attire, but on the other, it caused me to think about what I would like to be wearing. I found this Reiss look this morning. It is what I would have liked to be wearing. 

feeling fringe

$72, topshop

This fringe-trim wrap skirt is dramatic dinner party material.

1. Baja East cashmere tank, $687,
2. Victoria Beckham tuxedo jacket, $2960,
3. Topshop fringed wrap skirt, $72,
4. Antik Batik sequin clutch, $205,
5. Giorgio Armani Lip Stain in Code, $33,
6. Balenciaga neoprene mules, $695,

Tuesday, September 16

london eye

As prim and proper as London may seem, a wild print never looks out of place. That's certainly proving to be the case this week on the city's runways (Erdem, Peter Pilotto, Burberry, etc)--and on the streets, where the local and international rainbow warriors are maxing out on layers (and layers) of mixed patterns, colorful capes, chunky knits, vibrant lace and eccentric fur. Here are some of my favorite looks, along with some ways to execute this punchy style. 

The floral lace hem on this Topshop skirt, above, is both edgy and feminine--just the way I like it.

Moda Operandi founder Lauren Santo Domingo opts for a languid lace skirt in the prettiest pale pink shade, tempering its frothiness with a Carven chunky patchwork knit sweater.

Leandra Medine kicks up her bluesy mood (love that Stella McCartney skirt!) with Etoile Isabel Marant leopard print sneakers

I'd love to carry around a plush faux fur bag like this--kind of like a pet, but it doesn't bark, and you don't have to feed it!

true blue

$39, h&m

A crisp and simple cropped top like this lends itself to repeat usage. 

1. H&M crop top, $39,
2. Nars Larger than Life lip gloss in Holly Woodlawn, $26,
3. Henri Bendel ID bracelet, $118,
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs cross body bag, $348,
5. Dolce & Gabbana brocade flats, $795,
6. Miu Miu skirt, $1200,

Monday, September 15

what comes around

It looks like a new pair of sunnies are in order, and the rounder and more retro-ish, the better. Proof: these sightings of New York and London Fashion week goers, all sporting circular sunglasses. I love how they appear both vintage and modern--and playfully cool. I'm eyeing these glasses from Acne Studios (pictured above, left), Rag & Bone, Whistles (below), J.Crew, and Sunday Somewhere.   

Photos: British Vogue, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar

nice and toasty

$96, topshop

LA's bajillion-degree heatwave isn't stopping me from dreaming about wearing this faux fur trimmed sweater on a cold brisk day.

1. Topshop faux fur sweater, $96,
2. Ray Ban mirrored sunglasses, $155,
3. MAC lip finish in Imperial Light, $20,
4. Sophie Hulme leather tote bag, $1120,
5. Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, $79,
6. Chinti and Parker wool and cashmere blend pants, $285,

Friday, September 12

basic training

Stripes! Gingham! Cut-outs! Crops tops and off-the-shoulder-blouses! These were the headlining Spring 2015 trends on the New York runways. Meanwhile, off the catwalk, wardrobe basics grabbed the spotlight. I'm talking good old jeans, crisp button-down shirts, denim blouses, classic pointy-toe slingback pumps, and go-with-everything black bags. The look is all-American, elegantly understated and forever stylish. While I already possess many of these closet staples, I'm inspired to seek out a few updates that will endure for seasons to come, such as these black slingbacks by Jimmy Choo, Paul Andrew and Nine West. (As far as classic black pumps go, I still swear by my Louboutins, but covet these sexy shoes from Gianvito Rossi.) Denim-wise, I'd love to stockpile these cropped dark wash Rag & Bone jeans, these vintage-looking relaxed-fitting Citizens of Humanity, this Madewell denim shirt and this button-down blouse!

Photos: Style, Vogue, British Vogue

Thursday, September 11

cool bands

$135, topshop

With all the stripes coming down the Spring 2015 runways, Topshop was smart to re-issue this previously sold-out dress (see last image below) this time in black and white. P.S. It's the contrasting seams and rounded hem that make this dress super flattering and chic.

1. Topshop stripe satin dress, $136,
2. Super Sunglasses, $169,
3. Luv AJ asymmetrical earrings, $45,
4. Warehouse clutch, $21,
5. Christian Louboutin python brogues, $1195,

boxed goods

the new it bag You can always bet on a new "it" bag emerging from fashion week, and this year it's Mark Cross' Grace leather shoulder box bag, which has a structured, briefcase-like shape along with an elegant ladylike vibe. (Interesting trivia: this bag's design was inspired by luggage used in Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film Rear Window.) These boxy bags are showing up in a myriad of colors like this and this and not leaving the sides of fashion bellwethers, such as model Alexa Chung, below, who chose tried-and-true black leather, and Vogue editor Kelly Connor (last pic.) Of course, like most "it" bags, this one comes with a hefty price tag, but I dug up some inspired options from Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Asos

Wednesday, September 10

wrapped up

Now I know exactly how I will freshen up my tireless leather jacket this season! This cute French-preppy scarf will soften my jacket's edge and add some (much needed in the wintertime) pop.