Friday, August 29

endless summer

Evidently, I'm in denial that summer's just about over, as I snapped up this darling embroidered throw-it-over-a-wet-swimsuit dress. But I am also thinking it will work like magic on warm winter getaways (that I am already plotting!)--and for many summers to come. Happy long weekend!

Photo: Pandora Sykes

Thursday, August 28

jog on

I've never been the type to wear sweatpants out in public (except to the gym), but the cool jogger-inspired pants that are everywhere right now have me re-thinking this. More convincing evidence: the above picture perfectly demonstrates how joggers are a legit everyday-chic alternative to jeans. Plus, they could even work into night, paired with ankle boots or high heel sandals. I could see myself running around in these joggers by Splendid, J.Crew (in charcoal), Stella McCartney, Mother of Pearl, and Gap.

wild love

$198, anthropologie

This gorgeous wristlet clutch will stand up to the wildest nights out on the town. 

1. Toteme crepe dress, $365,
2. House of Harlow 1960 earrings, $28,
3. Cleobella wristlet clutch, $198,
4. Prada studded t-strap sandals, $1100, 

Wednesday, August 27

fall flats

These Madewell flats are pointy-toe, jeans-to-skirt perfection and walk-everywhere convenience, to boot. And may I add: it's all about the pointy-toe flat this fall. (Thank goodness!) I also love these sharp shoes from Jimmy Choo, Sigerson Morrison, Dolce Vita, Steve Madden, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

wrap party

$98, topshop

This mixed print wrap skirt moves gracefully (and eagerly!) from cubicle to cocktails.

1. Belstaff oversized cotton blend sweater, $695,
2. Sarah Chloe zigzag diamond earrings, $688,
3. Bite Beauty for J.Crew lip gloss in Sherry, $28,
4. Asos leather buckle clutch, $67,
5. Vince Camuto suede booties, $89,*
6. Topshop mix print wrap skirt, $98,

*Clearance Sale (up to 40% off) starts today at Nordstrom. Check it out here

Tuesday, August 26

shape shifter

Among my favorite trends for fall are wide-leg pants, which, of course, give the illusion of a taller, slimmer figure. I'd like that, of course, and I'd go for it with a new pair of boot-cut jeans--a back-in-fashion fall style that looks compellingly fresh again. Thanks to Shopbop's sale, which just started today, there are loads of jeans to choose from, including these by J.Brand (similar to above), Paige and Citizens of Humanity, plus other excellent finds that tap into the biggest trends of the season. My picks include these Vince perforated leather slip-on sneakers, this Rebecca Taylor knit biker jacket, this Vionnet sleeveless dress, these Tory Burch moto boots, this Tibi full leather skirt, this Iosselliani ring, these Monrow vintage-looking sweatpants, and these Sam Edelman ankle-strap kitten heels. To peruse all the offerings, click here.

P.S. The summer-friendly items on sale--such as this gorgeous eyelet-trimmed Christophe Sauvat tunic, these forever-chic K. Jacques sandals and this flowy Joie embroidered blouse--are also incredibly tempting, particularly to a year-round beach-going Angeleno like me.

Monday, August 25

relaxed chic

Here's an outfit that nails end-of-summer style, as it blends a bit of beachy ease (lace-up sandals and pajama top) with citified edge (asymmetrical skirt). I'd replicate this chicness with this Equipment blouse (pictured above, or this one, which is almost identical) or this J.Crew one or this one; these lace-up sandals (same as above) or this pair; and this asymmetrical skirt or this one or this one.

Photo: Pandora Sykes

mr frost

$178, topshop

This faux fur leather biker actually makes me excited for the first cold front to sweep in.

1. Pixie Market lace top, $239,
2. Topshop faux fur biker jacket, $178,
3. Kate Spade cross-body bag, $280,
4. Jimmy Choo patent leather pump, $575,
5. J.Crew floral print pants, $475,

Friday, August 22

borrowed from the boys

I thought it was love at first sight. I spotted an oversize white sweater on a mannequin at Zara, styled with the sleeves rolled up and a knee-length skirt. It looked exactly right: comfortably stylish. Like something I'd live in all winter long. But when I tried it on, it looked more like I was wearing one of my husband's sweaters. Not right at all. When I left the fitting room, I concluded that I definitely need a oversize sweater but not one that is so extra large it looks like a baggy sack. Finding one that strikes the extra large-but-flattering balance is no easy feat, but I managed to find a few such as this J.Crew, this Equipment, this Gucci and this L'Agence, along with a few snaps of girls, who pull off this big-next-season look with aplomb.

buckle up

sam edelman jodie botts
$155, piperlime

This just may be the best way to buy into fall's sophisticated moto-inspired boot trend.

1. J.Crew cashmere sweater, $288,
2.  Mulberry wool and silk blazer, $1900,
3. Smith+Mara ear cuff, $250,
4. Bauble Bar ring set, $28,
5. Sam Edelman buckle boots, $155,
6. Issa pants, $325,