Bucking Tradition

White Flower Chikan Tunic $195.00Valia Gabriela Lorient Taupe Sandal $175.00

Jemma Sands Coronada Wood Necklace $575.99Jemma Sands Montecito Opal Necklace $188.00

Remember the days when wearing white after labor day was considered a faux pas. That tradition seems so dated now, especially living in sunny Southern California. So today we are bucking the rules and celebrating  wearing white for as long as we like (or sunny weather permits).

Over at Shop Latitude, from India Bazaar, I found this tres cool white-flowered embroidered tunic crafted in the tradition of Lucknow. Accessorize it by two of my favorite ladies for the perfect boho chic look: Los Angeles’ very own Jemma Sands – this dress screams for layers of her longer necklaces. The Coronada wooden necklaces is my latest fav. I’ve been wearing my Valia Gabriel sandals all summer long to the raves of everyone who sees them. Mine are sold out but these taupe Lorient sandals are also wonderful!

Stella and Lori’s off-white fringe bag and a seasonless floppy taupe hat (for only $39.99), are the finishing touches on our boho chic look.

Happy Labor Day!!

Rocky Beaches Hat $39.99 Stella & Lori White Fring Bag $392.00

 

White Flower Chikan Tunic $195.00 // Valia Gabriela Lorient Taupe Sandal $175.00 // Jemma Sands Montecito Opal Necklace $188.00 // Jemma Sands  Coronada Wood Necklace $575.99

Rocky Beaches Hat $39.99 // Stella & Lori White Fring Bag $392.00

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The Upside To The End Of Summer

Sale

This weekend may signify the end of summer (UGH, where did it go?), but it also has some majorly fantastic sales going on. Now could be the perfect time to nab that item you’ve been yearning for all summer, get a fabulous deal on some summer basics, or pick up few items to start (or add to) your new fall wardrobe. Just remember, it’s not a DEAL if you don’t LOVE it!

In between your Labor Day festivities, check out some of these amazing sales!

Have a wonderful holiday and happy shopping to you!!

25 Awe Inspiring Labor Day Sales!!

ASOS: Up to 75% off sale items plus take an extra 10% off with code HAVE10.

Astley Clarke: Spend over $300 on the website and receive a free tiny disk silver “Love” bracelet with code FREELOVE.

Barneys Warehouse: Extra 30% off clearance items.

Calypso St. Barth: Extra 30% off sale styles.

Chelsea Brentwood - Extra 10% off Sale with code Curators Of Style. Ends Sept 1

COS: Take 20% off when you spent $200+. Ends Sept. 1.

Diane von Furstenberg: 30% off select items. Ends Sept. 1.

The Dreslyn: 15% off site wide with code WHITE. Ends Sept. 1.

DwellStudio: 40% off select furniture. Ends Sept. 1.

Editorialist: Up to 50% off select items and free overnight shipping with code LaborDay2014. Ends Sept. 1.

Intermix: Extra 40% off sale (savings applied at checkout).

J.Crew: Extra 40% off sale styles with code WEEKEND. Ends August 31.

La Garconne: Extra 20% off sale items with code LGWORK20. Ends Sept. 1.

Loeffler Randall: 15% off site wide with code LABORDAY. Ends Sept. 1.

Loomstate: 30% off select tees.

Madewell: Take 20% off select dresses and boots plus extra 30% off sale with code YESYES. Ends Sept. 2.

Need Supply: Extra 20% off with code SUMMERSUN20. Starts August 30.

Pheel: Take 15% off site wide with code AUGUST14. Ends Sept. 1.

Revolve: Up to 70% off select items.

Scoop NYC: Extra 40% off all sale items.

Sephora: Up to 75% off sale items.

Shopbop: Up to 70% off select items.

Tibi: 20% off select items with code HELLOFALL.

Topshop: 30% off select items. Ends Sept. 2.

The Tulsi Project: 20% off site wide with code LABORDAY2014. Ends Sept. 5.

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Get The look For Less + Olivia Palermo’s Colab With Aguazzura

Olivia Palermo

There are days when my mind travels to reassessing my style. Does it represent the person who I am now? What new risks can I take? Is it need of honing, perhaps a slight tweak, or is it just where it needs to be – sublime in its present state?

Much of style is an innate gift. Yet that’s not to say it can’t be cultivated and perfected, fine-tuned with practise. And, whose to say it can’t modulate over time, as long as it stays true to you.

When I fell upon this photo of Olivia Palermo debuting her new shoe collaboration with Aquazzura (available now at Net-a-Porter, prices range from $565 to $1,625), I thought to myself now there’s a women who was born with style. For me, she is always spot on. Always!

This first started out as a Get The Look For Less post (it had been a while), but it seems Olivia’s not only a style pro, she’s got her finger on the pulse of what’s unique – a trend starter. I couldn’t find a pair of shoes that resembled hers, and the same goes for Marchesa Voyage’s blue embroidered moto-style jacket – another to-die for piece! Therefore I took the main elements of her look (navy jacket, white blouse, navy shoes – all classic with edgy details) and created a simpler look. Yet, one that with a dose of imagination can be livened and spruced up.

Start with your favorite pair of slim boyfriend jeans and these basics, and go to it! Let your ingenuity no know bounds. Please share any and all brilliant ideas!

Vanesso Bruno Abigael Acetate-Blend Jacket In Marine $670 on sale for $402.00Zara Short Jacket $99.00

Zara High Heeled Printed Leather Sandals $119.00Pre Owned Jenni Kayne Blouse $75.00

Vanessa Bruno Abigael Acetate-Blend Jacket In Marine $670 on sale for $402.00 // Zara Short Jacket $99.00 // Pre Owned Jenni Kayne Blouse $75.00 //Zara High Heeled Printed Leather Sandals $119.00

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Burning Man Starts Now – Take Two

Konstantina Konstantinidi Nikolas Necklace $162.00Silvia Rossi Peacock Feather Necklace $671.00

Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Tassel Necklace $148.00Daniela Bustos Maya grey Plumas Necklace $165.00

Zoe Tassel Knecklace $69.00Boticca Dusty Pink Feather Necklace $80.00

 

Club Monaco Rosario Necklace $495.00Isabel Marant Gold Tone Crystal and Feather Necklace

Burning Man is back on. That is, the rain has stopped, the dirt/sand has dried up, and they are letting people into the grounds again. The festival had to close on opening day due to severe rain and thunderstorms, turning away thousands of RV’s and cars. Mother Nature is back on board and the music and festivities shall continue.

Yet, you don’t have to weather the crowds and all out craziness that ensues when thousands of people get together to experience a taste of the Burning Man vibe. This fall’s feather and tassel trend can let you participate (albeit, in a small way) without facing the all out madness of a festival.

Make a statement in Konstantina Konstantinidi’s vibrant blue and green feather Nikolas necklace, or try Isabel Marant’s somewhat subdued version in gold tone crystals and feathers. For a peacock look with no feathers, Silvia Rossi’s stunning necklace is made from rhodium plated brass, acrylic and plexiglas. Love it!!

While my preferred tassel versions were simpler and sleeker -  love both Rebecca Minkoff’s fringe tassel necklace, and Club Monaco’s leather and beaded one; Daniela Bustos’ maya grey Plumas version proves they can make a statement as well.

Check here for Burning Man traffic reports.

Konstantina Konstantinidi Nikolas Necklace $162.00 // Silvia Rossi Peacock Feather Necklace $671.00 // Daniela Bustos Maya Grey Plumas Necklace $165.00 // Boticca Dusty Pink Feather Necklace $80.00 // Isabel Marant Gold Tone Crystal and Feather Necklace // Club Monaco Rosario Necklace $495.00 // Zoe Tassel Knecklace $69.00 // Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Tassel Necklace $148.00

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Best Dressed At The Emmy’s

Anna Chumlsky In Zac PosenLizzy Kaplan In Donna Karan Atelier

Allison Williams In Giambattista ValliTaissa Farmiga In Honor

Julianna Marguilies Narcisco RodriguezMichelle Monaghan In Giambattista Valli Couture

I have to take a moment, get this off my chest before I can go onto the amazing fashion of last night’s Emmy’s. Everyone nominated in the Best Actor in a Drama Series (especially winner Bryan Cranston) are incredibly talented actors, yet I don’t understand how Matthew McConaughey did not win for True Detective?? Just thinking out loud.

On to the beautiful fashion of the evening. It was a great melange of classic, chic dresses, merged with slightly edgy dresses, and delightful touches of uniqueness. Thanks to Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano, and Kiernan Shipka in Antonio Berardi, wonderfully representing the youth, we had moments of freshness and modern age dressing infused into the evening.

I applaud Taissa Farmiga’s choice of her Honor’s amazing black and white dress (looked as if blank ink had bled done her bodice) with a lace skirt overlay (a superb risk taking choice). Jessica Pare’s stunning choice of Lanvin’s uniquely hemmed gown, and the always breath-taking Julianna Marguilies in her chic and oh so sexy (from the back) Narcisco Rodriguez were visions in black.

At the total opposite end of the color spectrum were the classic, but no less gorgeous, white dresses of Anna Chumlsky in a short-sleeved, fish tailed gorgeous Zac Posen gown, and Michelle Monaghan in a long-sleeved, elegant beauty of a dress with a front high slit from Giambattista Valli Couture.

 

Kiernan Shipka In Antonio BerardiSarah Hyland In Christian Siriano

Julianne Hough In DsquaredJessica Pare In Lanvin

Anna Chumlsky In Zac Posen // Lizzy Kaplan In Donna Karan Atelier // Taissa Farmiga In Honor // Michelle Monaghan In Giambattista Valli Couture // Sarah Hyland In Christian Siriano // Jessica Pare In Lanvin // Julianne Hough In Dsquared // Julianna Marguilies Narcisco Rodriguez // Allison Williams In Giambattista Valli

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When Does Want = Need??

3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Knitted Sweater $595.00ZARA DOUBLE BUCKLE SKIRT WITH SLIT $99.00

Gucci Leather Horsebit Knee Boot $1495.00Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 9.51.37 PM

While I like to embrace every breath of summer that exists this chic look almost, emphasis on the almost, makes me yearn for crisp cool days where a sweater and boots like these are not only coveted but needed.

If how swiftly summer flew by is any indication, these days will be here soon enough. You will have to pardon my obsession with these Gucci boots (you have seen them more than once or twice on COS), but I am sooo obsessed with them. I think I need a tall and a short pair (in black) this fall/winter!

I’ve also fallen for the color combo of camel – love the Zara asymmetrical hemmed skirt, brown and grey — 3.1 Phillip Lim oversized chunky sweater (another fall must have). This irresistible color combo is classic and modern simultaneously!! Now, if I could only fall for a guy this easily!

3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Knitted Sweater $595.00 // Zara Double Buckle Skirt With Slit $99.00 // J Crew Horn Hobo $268.00 on sale 25% off //Gucci Leather Horsebit Knee Boot $1495.00

P.S I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post, I’ll be going into much more detail regarding each fall trend in upcoming posts.

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Fall 2014 Biggest Trends

Sonia RykielChloe

Knits: whether head to toe, boyfriend size sweaters, or big chunky sweaters with uber wide turtlenecks, this is the year to invest in cozy, comfortable ultra modern knits.

 

GucciSacai

Fur: Mixed with leather, colored, shearling, real or fake (be kind, wear fake), fur was everywhere on the runways. It can be a big investment, but believe me this trend will be around for quite some time. (Gucci & Sacai)

Louis VuittonSaint Laurent

Swinging Sixties: Fall’s retro trend emerged from the catwalks of Paris — Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Valentino all imparted new life into the sixties dollybird dresses. Italy was in the vibe too, displaying Peacoats, full mini’s and ankle cropped pants.

CelineChristopher Kane

Slouchy Pants: Skinny pants aren’t going anywhere soon, but there’s a new relative in town. A more relaxed, roomier pant with a fresh new look yet still just as chic. (Celine & Christopher Kane)

Dries Van NotenPeter Pilatto

Pop Art: Prints aren’t going anywhere this fall, and you certainly can’t miss them. In fact, they might have you doing double takes. One might even frame them as Pop Art on your walls?? (Dries Van Noten)

Haider AckermanDVF

Dresses Over Pants: Speaking of not going anywhere. The dress over pants look has decided to stick around. I love how fall textures and fabrics give it a whole new vibe. I’m in love with this Haider Ackermann look.

GivenchyValentino

Spiced Up Evening Wear: Leave it to designers such as Givenchy, Valentino and Mary Katrantzou to add a little (or a lot) of zest, spice and humor to evening wear. It’s nice to see evening wear that doesn’t all look the same. I wonder how many of thee beauties will make it to the red carpet? Also, look for lots of sheer evening wear this fall.

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Model Moment – Daria Werbowy

Daria Werbowy AG Jeans

One of my favorite models, Daria Werbowy (the other being Lara Stone) looks striking in this simple yet ultra chic look. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting loafers this fall, and Daria’s look in AG Jean’s fall ad has sealed the deal. I’m not one to copy an ensemble from head to toe, I like to put my own imprint on a look, conform it to my own style, but in this case I will make a concession!

Along with the deluge of the long-awaited Fall Fashion magazines comes the designers and brands Fall Campaigns. The only model featured in more campaigns this season than Daria, is Cara Delevignie who is everywhere (Chanel, Burberry, DKNY, Top Shop, Mulberry, YSL Beauty, Balmain…you get the idea).

Below are some of the favorites of Daria’s Fall Campaigns.

Equipment

Equipment (above and below) photographed by the model herself.

Equipment

DVF

DVF

Mango

Mango

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2 Heads Are Better Than 1

Gwyneth Paltrow & Diane Von Furstenberg

I’ve always been a big fan of Gwyneth Paltrow, never could understand the people who heavily criticize her every move. She’s a talented actress, has incredible style, a great mom, and in general a caring and thoughtful human being. And then there is goop, which I love!!

She may promote a lifestyle I can’t always afford, but many times I have found clothes I adore and beautiful places and hotels I not only didn’t know existed, but can’t wait to visit. I love her attention to organic and healthy eating, the fantastic recipes and beauty secrets she shares with her readers. I find goop to be a plethora of inspiration!

Her collaborations with many of my favorite designers have always been spot on trend; they’ve covered a wide variety of goodies — beauty, jewelry, shoes, clothes, home, and the prices vary from affordable to splurge worthy. Her latest collaboration inspired by her mutual admiration and friendship with Diane Von Furstenberg is set to debut on September 10th on goop.com. (Prices vary from $298.00 to $598.00) I’ve got my eyes on that jumpsuit for sure!!

DVF x Goop

Another fabulous collaboration soon to hit Target stores, Target online and Net-a-Porter ( September 14th) is Altuzarra for Target. By now I’m sure you’ve seen the entire collection. Here are the pieces that are on my wish list.

Ruby Red Velvet BlazerRuby Red Velvet Tuxedo Pant

Python Print BlouseGreen Python Sweatshirt

Black Over The Knee BootBlack Orchid Print Maxi Dress

Green Python Flounce SkirtBlack Tuxedo Pant

Black Ankle BootBrown Smooth Belt

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Trend Report — Shades Of Grey

3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Knitted Sweater $595.00Zara High-Neck, Cable Knit Sweater $99.90

J Crew Collection Cashmere Sweater $278.00Balenciaga Chunky Rib-Kit Cocoon Sweater $995.00

Saint Laurent Fair Isle Sweater $673.00Stella McCartney Wool-Blend Sweater $804.00 on sale for $402.00

Not only are knits the trend of the season  – worn head to toe, in pants, skirts, dresses and jumpers the color to wear them in is grey. Light grey, charcoal or dove grey, which ever of the numerous shades you prefer its out there this season. And, in almost any silhouette – love the Balenciaga cocoon cardigan sweater – fabric style.

I’m tending to favor the over sized knits this year –3.1 Phillip Lim’s and Zara’s are two shining examples. I’ll wear them with everything from jeans to leggings to skirts – knitted and otherwise. But, I’ve always had an affinity for Fair Isle sweaters, and Saint Laurent’s fitted version is an easy to fall for!

Let the first sweater you buy this season be on trend in grey. And let us in on which version of grey knits you choose!

Clockwise: 3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Knitted Sweater $595.00 // Zara High-Neck, Cable Knit Sweater $99.90 // Balenciaga Chunky Rib-Knit Cocoon Sweater $995.00 // Stella McCartney Wool-Blend Sweater $804.00 on sale for $402.00 // Saint Laurent Fair Isle Sweater $673.00 // J Crew Collection Cashmere Sweater $278.00

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