Tuesday, September 23

pocket top

$263, steven alan

This denim pocket tunic is seriously cute and no nonsense utilitarian.

1. Lauren Moffat denim boatneck top, $263, stevenalan.com
2. Burberry wool blend jacket, $1295, netaporter.com
3. Current/Elliott distressed jeans, $270, netaporter.com
4. Burberry painted leather tote bag, $3995, burberry.com
5. Dolce & Gabanna Nail Lacquer in Petal 103, $25, nordstrom.com
6. Matiko suede pumps, $136, shopbop.com

Monday, September 22

weekend wrap

This past weekend was really no different than others, filled with the routine (Saturday morning kiddo soccer games) and the not so routine (last night's gorgeous sunset at the beach, above). However, it also was the last official weekend of summer! So I thought I'd share some highlights.

Things kicked off early on Friday, with a long lunch at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA with my mother. I love the decor--copper topped tables, emerald green leather banquettes, the checkered floor. And the blood orange mimosas aren't so bad either. P.S. If you haven't been, make sure to check out the chic rooftop bar, which affords glorious views of the city and the hippest cocktail lounging ever.

Friday afternoon's entertainment was provided by my five-year-old son and his cousin, who stuffed big balls fashioned out of duct tape under their shirts. Wielding what they called their "boob balls," they pretended to be sumo wrestlers as they bounced off each other's chests. Nice.

Things got a little more civilized later that evening at a friend's dinner party--with an out and out epic view.

Of course, the last weekend of summer must be spent at the beach, and so on Saturday afternoon, I set up camp with umbrellas, folding chairs, buckets and shovels, accommodating my flotilla of family and friends. The ocean was chilly, and (bittersweetly!) it was the first time I've had to put on a sweater in months.

An early and cool Sunday night dinner with friends down at the beach (again) called for sunglasses, hats and jackets and, for me, on-the-spot sweater shopping, inspired by a friend who wore this ah-mazing zippered Veronica Beard cable-knit sweater. I'll have it by next weekend, when fall will be here in full force!

cozy cool

$89, mango

This cardigan comes with an attached scarf, making it just about the coziest thing ever.

1. J.Crew denim top, $62*, jcrew.com
2. Mango scarf cardigan, $89, mango.com
3. Michael Michael Kors tote bag, $448, shopbop.com
4. Madewell boots, $198, madewell.com
5. Rag & Bone cropped jeans, $175, netaporter.com

*Get this price or 25% off with the code SHOPFORFALL through 9/24

Friday, September 19

day shift

$79, joe fresh

Classic, Chanel-ish, couldn't be cuter.

1. Joe Fresh frayed shift dress, $79, joefresh.com
2. Jennifer Zeuner ear cuff, $132, shopbop.com
3. Asos clutch, $38, asos.com
4. Givenchy sandals, $795, netaporter.com

Thursday, September 18

the denim dress

denim dress trend

Meet the Gucci Spring 2015 denim dress that will undoubtedly spawn a million spin-offs. (Think Zucci, I mean, Zara!) Some fashion insiders are already ahead of the game, as they trotted out their true blues during New York Fashion Week. Here are some current cute options in the market from Whistles, Warehouse, See by Chloe, Milly, Current Elliot, French Connection and Kate Spade

twist and shout

$80, topshop

The basic white top gets a little twist with some twist detailing. Nice!

1. Topshop twist front top, $80, topshop.com
2. Elizabeth and James star studs, $95, shopbop.com
3. Sarah's Bag's velvet clutch, $785, netaporter.com
4. Chloe two-tone ankle straps, $630, neimanmarcus.com
5. Whistles denim culottes, $145, whistles.co.uk

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, matchesfashion.com
2. Victoria Beckham tuxedo jacket, $2960, netaporter.com
3. Topshop fringed wrap skirt, $72, topshop.com
4. Antik Batik sequin clutch, $205, shopbop.com
5. Giorgio Armani Lip Stain in Code, $33, nordstrom.com
6. Balenciaga neoprene mules, $695, matchesfashion.com

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, hm.com
2. Nars Larger than Life lip gloss in Holly Woodlawn, $26, nordstrom.com
3. Henri Bendel ID bracelet, $118, henribendel.com
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs cross body bag, $348, shopbop.com
5. Dolce & Gabbana brocade flats, $795, netaporter.com
6. Miu Miu skirt, $1200, netaporter.com