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the shearling jacket


 

Chic Parisians like Anne-Laure Mais, above, and Leia Szef, below, are fending off fall's first chill with a shearling jacket (in Sandro and Ralph Lauren respectively), and I'm inclined to follow suit! My dream would be this one by Isabel Marant, but I could also be happy and warm in a style slightly less pricey, such as these from MotherStand Studio, Bernardo NY, and H&M.




love the label


There's so much to love about newly-discovered Love the Label, starting with its bohemian-chic Ulla Johnson-meets-Sea New York vibe. Perhaps most compelling is its refreshingly affordable price point. Everything comes in under $300. My favorites include the puff-sleeve batik print dress, above, year-round wearable with sandals or knee-high boots, along the floral jumpsuit below (layer it over a black turtleneck to autumn-proof it), and the vibrant balloon-sleeve blouse, below. Check out so many more cute pieces here!





 

hard core

 



Whenever my twin sister shoots Gwyneth Paltrow, she makes an extra effort to dress up, even it's  just throwing on a tailored blazer over a sweater or a pair of Chanel flats instead of Converse high-tops. Her approach has been historically successful (GP would concur) until earlier this month, when the last shoot had her working in a no-shoes-allowed house--and, unfortunately, in old mismatched socks. D'oh! In short, she was mortified. But I think she compensated for it--and then some--by executing these beautiful pics, featuring G. Label's latest Core Collection, replete with pieces that will look like she made an effort to dress up! Next time!






scarfing

 


I'm seeing the matching scarf-and-sweater styling combo everywhere (including Banana Republic, above, and below), and I want to pile it on, too! Ganni makes it easy for me, with its all-in-one cable knit sweater, along with The Frankie Shop, Le 17 Septembre, H&M, Zara, and Brochu Walker.




leather weather

 

Leia sfez

So when did "bomb cyclone" become part of Southern California's vernacular? Can't we just call it, like, leather weather instead? It sounds a lot less ominous! Besides, this season's newly wide-legged leather trousers are all I want to wear when the mercury (or as today's case may barometric pressure) dips here. I love Loulou Studio's ankle-grazing pair, above, because I can wear them with sneakers, loafers or boots, and they can be dressed up or down. These vegan leather options by The Reformation and Nanushka are also amazing, along with these up-cycled pairs by AGOLDE and Deadwood.


Photo: Leia Sfez

sweet carolyn

 


I may look happy below but, to be perfectly honest, it's not all that fun posing next to Carolyn Murphy for a picture! She's ridiculously beautiful! Actually, she's more radiant in real life than on all the magazine covers and runways you've seen her on. And, yes, on the inside too! An environmental advocate, painter, sculptor, avid surfer and friend, Carolyn just launched her first capsule collection for Mother on Net-A-Porter today. All the thoughtfully designed pieces--denim jackets, patchwork jeans, a cotton-poplin blouse, track pants--are responsibly made and amazingly imbued with a modern Americana style. My favorite: the army jacket, above, with a detachable hoodie and cuffs! Perfect for hanging out together in Malibu. Check out the collection here!




bootie call

 


A friend whom I've not seen for weeks came over the other night for dinner, and before even saying hello to me, she complimented my new boots. And my body, because of my boots! My legs look longer, she said, and my butt looks lifted. Naturally, these Loeffler Randall boots are now glued to my feet! I scored them on Tuckernuck (more sizes here and here) along with this statement leather top, and this cute bell-sleeved cardigan.

close in


 

Dutch artist Anouk Yve is majorly fostering my obsession with German denim label Closed Official. (Which, BTW, is currently taking Europe by storm!) Not only do I love its signature flattering jeans (particularly this one and this one!), but I'm also all into the denim-elevating counterparts such the roll-neck jumper and cashmere scarf, above, and contrasting cuff jacket, below, along with this sleek belted blazer (to wear over everything!), these cuffed trousers, this knit skirt (last pic), this cozy turtleneck, and these high-waist wide-leg jeans. Check out the new season collection here!




Photos: Anouk Yve

mango and more

 

 

Whoever is styling Mango's fall campaign is seriously convincing me I need nothing more in my closet than its current hero pieces. (No, this is not a sponsored post!) Everyday effortlessness and uncontrived cool anchor all of these looks here--exactly what I strive for in my routine dressing. The mainstays: a statement coat, above, with cuffed jeans, tailored blazers, straight-cut full-length jeans (for $59!), polished loafers, stripes, stripes and more stripes. I'd supplement with some more flawlessly chic musts from Simone Rocha, Tory Burch, AGOLDE and Aeyde






pre-ski prep


During this morning's school run, the car thermometer bottomed out at 49 degrees. "When are we going skiing?" my youngest son asked. Good question! Even though I don't quite know the answer quite yet, I did just find out where I can suit up for the slopes this season in style--and for way less. At The Outnet, all kinds of technical (yet cute!) gear is half off including this Perfect Moment base layer, these super flattering Fulsap bootcut ski pants,  and this Perfect Moment retro-print sweater. Free People also has some great statement-making options including the quilted waterproof ski bib, pictured, these bold-print ski pants, this vintage ski sweatshirt and this zip-up fair isle base layer top.
 

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