The Blanket Poncho

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Last week when the temperatures dipped at night I reached for my version of a security blanket – my Elizabeth & James cashmere poncho. It is still as warm and cozy as when I first purchased it 5 years ago. This being the season of the knit, ponchos are again trending strong, and make a great investment piece for fall.

This season the new take on the poncho is the blanket poncho (I’m sure you’ve seen all the pics of celebs wearing the Burberry version), perfect to wrap your self in on these cool fall days. But if the traditional poncho is more your thing, don’t worry, they are not going anywhere…. it is a classic after all.

Free People Legends Poncho $148.00Festival Aztec Hooded Scarf $44.00

MIH Striped Wool-Blend Poncho $425.00Intermix Basket Weave Turtleneck Poncho $395.00

Aztec Fringe Knitted Poncho $72.00Burberry Color Block Check Blanket Poncho $1395.00


Free People Legends Poncho $148.00 // Top Shop Festival Aztec Hooded Scarf $44.00 //  Intermix Basket Weave Turtleneck Poncho $395.00 //Burberry Color Block Check Blanket Poncho $1395.00 // Aztec Fringe Knitted Poncho $72.00 // MIH Striped Wool-Blend Poncho $425.00

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R.I.P. Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

The designer, Oscar de la Renta, who is famous for dressing First ladies (Jackie Kennedy, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton), A-list stars (Amy adams, Sandra Bullock and Jessica Biel), and “ladies who lunch”, has passed away yesterday at 82. His elegant collections were best known for their exquisite red carpet gowns and evening wear.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta moved to Madrid at 18 to study painting. After discovering fashion, he landed an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga whom he considered his mentor. Later, de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio del Castillo as a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris. In the early 1960′s de la Renta became internationally well known after catching the eye of Jacqueline Kennedy, then first lady, who repeatedly donned many of his designs. The name recognition aided in launching his own label in 1965.

From 1993 to 2002, Oscar de la Renta designed the haute couture collection for the house of Balmain, becoming the first Dominican to design for a French couture house. In 2006, the Oscar de la Renta label diversified into bridal wear — his latest bridal gown (absolutely beautiful) was worn by Amal Alamuddin at her wedding to George Clooney.

Always known for being a gentleman, charming with a generous and warm personality, he knew how to make women feel and look radiant! Oscar, you will be missed.

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Amal Alamuddin & Oscar de lA Renta

View Oscar de la Renta’s last collection, RTW Spring 2015,  here.


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Fall’s Lightness

Isabel Marant Linares Mesh Chain Necklace $620.00Melinda Maria Pyramid Drop Earrings $58.00


Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C $195.00Jennifer Fisher Silver Ball Chocker $350.00

Eddie BorgoV Jewelry Deco Baguette Lobe Earrings $160.90


Pamela Froman White Gold Eternal Arabesque Ring $1650.00Ralph Lauren Leather Tri-Strap Belt $225.00 on sale for $99.00

Viewing the Spring 2015 collections (and as far back as the Fall 2014 shows) I was inspired by all the silver jewelry the designers were showing. Their takes were refreshing and modern after years of yellow and rose gold reigning supreme in the land of accessories.

It’s not just jewelry that silver has graced with its sparkle, the hardware on handbags and belts is trending silver too. And, we’re not simply talking the spring/summer months with this trend, you can expect to see a great deal more of silver all year long.

For those who love their gold there is white gold or platinum to satiate your taste, but at a much bigger price!

Isabel Marant Linares Mesh Chain Necklace $620.00 // Melinda Maria Pyramid Drop Earrings $58.00 // Jennifer Fisher Silver Ball Chocker $350.00 //  V Jewelry Deco Baguette Lobe Earrings $160.90 // Ralph Lauren Leather Tri-Strap Belt $225.00 on sale for $99.00 // Pamela Froman White Gold Eternal Arabesque Ring $1650.00 // Eddie Borgo ID Toggle Bracelet $125.00 // Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C $195.00 //

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“I’m Having Trouble Breathing In…”

Courtney Barnett

I’ve been listening to Courtney Barnett for months now, non-stop. Can’t get enough of her. Love the honest emotive ramblings of her hit single Avant Gardner, a song depicting a  journey which starts with an enterprising gardening venture eventually ending in a panic attack. Her American debut double EP “A Sea of Split Peas” (a compilation of two previously self-released EP’s) has garnered rave reviews for her witty and evocative lyrics poured over lo-fi, psych-influenced washes of guitar.

It took a little longer for the U.S. to catch onto how freaking utterly awesome she is (a year to be exact), but when we did it was with a fervor. Her American tour stops are sold out, and I can not wait to catch her at the El Rey Theater on November 4th.

Below is my dream look for her concert at the El Rey. But, alas, these awesome high waisted, side zipped Rag & Bone pants are only available through pre-ordering, and won’t be available till the end of November. Not to worry, Top Shop’s Moto skinny jeans are a fantastic substitution. A simple white tee under the plaid Smythe blazer is an easy way to finish up your look, or you could opt for my choice of  Zara’s quaint cream embroidered blouse.

For those not living in Los Angeles check out her tour schedule here.


SMYTHE Plaid Smoking Jacket  $622.00Rag & Bone Chatel Side Zip Pants $395.00

Bumber Odin-04 Pointy Toe Ankle booties $39.99Burberry Mini Eyelet Detail Leather Crossbody Bag $425.00

Smythe Plaid Smoking Jacket  $622.00 // Rag & Bone Chatel Side Zip Pants $395.00 // Burberry Mini Eyelet Detail Leather Crossbody Bag $425.00 // Bumber Odin-04 Pointy Toe Ankle booties $39.99

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Bon Voyage Laurie

Rosie Hunington Whiteley

In honor of my girlfriend, the uber talented writer Laurie Sandell ( Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family & The Imposter’s Daughter), who is about to embark on a two month journey abroad (that requires more than a few stops at airports), I’ve selected a few of my favorite jet setter/airport looks that will let anyone travel in chic style.

Shop Rosie Hunington-Whiteley’s look below.Rebecca Taylor White Noise Flight Jacket $357.00Linea Pelle Embossed Python Brooklyn Zip Satchel $465.00

Paige Skinny Jeans $199.00Charles By Charle David Gemini Bootie on sale for $139.99

Rebecca Taylor White Noise Flight Jacket $357.00 // Linea Pelle Embossed Python Brooklyn Zip Satchel $465.00 // Charles By Charles David Gemini Bootie on sale for $139.99 // Paige Skinny Jeans $199.00

Alexa Chung

Shop Alexa Chung’s look below.

Paige Denim Sierra Overalls $289.00Women IDLF Trench Coat on sale for $99.90

Coach Samantha Ballet Flat $198.00 Dolce & Gabanna Miss Sicily Bag $1595.00

Paige Denim Sierra Overalls $289.00 // Uniglo Women IDLF Trench Coat on sale for $99.90 // Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag $1595.00 // Coach Samantha Ballet Flat $198.00

Gwyneth Paltrow

Shop Gwyneth Paltrow’s look below.

Vince Light Weight Wool Sweater $225.00Hudson Krista Crop Jeans on sale for $132.00

Roberto Del Carlo Ankle Boots $615.00Saint Laurent Mini Duffle $1450.00

Vince Light Weight Wool Sweater $225.00 // Hudson Krista Crop Jeans on sale for $132.00 // Saint Laurent Mini Duffle $1450.00 // Roberto Del Carlo Ankle Boots $615.00


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The Dynamic Duo

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This season is all about the coat, or at least that’s what I gather from diligently reading my Vogue’s (and Bazar’s and Elle’s etc.) and fervently assaying my favorite blogs. This is the year of the statement coat!  But, I’ve also learned that this is the season to belt everything, apparently it’s also time for belts to have their 15 minutes of fame. I’ve heard the fashion mantra “Belt it” bandied about quite frequently.

So it only stands to reason that the biggest trend of all this season (wait for it)……… is belting your coats! Designers, editors and street style stars every where are tossing on their favorite leather belts (skinny, double wrap, braided and metallic) to their most cherished coats — silhouettes from blazers, dusters, cropped shearlings and smoking jackets.

I’m actually all in on this trend, ever since I spied Emmanuelle Alt, Vogue Paris editor, donning (or perhaps starting) this trend at the 2013 Autumn/Winter collections. I can’t think of a better way to make this season’s luxurious coats even more divine than wrapping them up in leather belts. If your chosen coat for fall comes with its own belt, try dishing it for a season and pull out one of your favorite reliable belts and wrap up! It’s the next best thing to snuggling up in your favorite cushy over sized robe.

Check out my curated duos below!

Isabel Marant Etta Wool-Blend Tweed Coat $975.00Rag & Bone Double Wrap Belt $185.00

BA&SH Ixia Patch Coat in Textured Wool with Belt $397.95Maison Boinet Belt $210.00

Michael by Michael Kors Faux Shearling Coat $225.00Mulberry Braided Leather Belt $300.00

Santos Coat $130.00Ralph Lauren Leopard Print Haircalf Belt $295,00


Isabel Marant Etta Wool-Blend Tweed Coat $975.00 // Rag & Bone Double Wrap Belt $185.00 // Maison Boinet Belt $210.00 // Mulberry Braided Leather Belt $300.00 // Ralph Lauren Leopard Print Haircalf Belt $295.00 // BB Dakota Santos Coat $130.00 // Michael by Michael Kors Faux Shearling Coat $225.00 // BA&SH Ixia Patch Coat in Textured Wool with Belt $397.95.

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A New Niche

Stacey Twilley went from publisher to designer without skipping a beat. After 14 years at the helm (and co-founder) of one of the largest city luxury magazine companies in the U.S, Modern Luxury Media, Stacey launched Twilley Atelier.

” I set out to put a West Coast twist on Park Avenue chic”, says Stacey. Her capsule collection for Fall/Winter 2014 is composed of 18 sleek and feminine dresses and coats, and accomplishes just that.

After working in all the major US cities (13 of them to be exact) — from Los Angeles
to New York, San Francisco to Miami, Chicago to Dallas – Twilley learned what women want from luxury designer clothing. And, it was the same for every city: finest fabrics, flattering fit, and feminine styles with a modern edge.

Her chic, fresh, with a classic flair dresses and coats are made in Los Angeles, and the craftsmanship, well, she has the same manufacturing team that launched The Row. Now that’s quality!

Prices start at  $1050.00  Available at Satine – 1508 Abbot Kinney Blvd Los Angeles, CA (310) 450-6218   &  8134 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA (323) 655-2142

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Wrap It Up

Curators Of Style Scarves


A chill is in the air, and what better way to stay warm and snuggly than with one of fall’s coziest accessories. Soft and comfy scarves in jersey knit, soft wools, cotton/linen blends, and my favorite, cashmere, not only wards off chilly winds, it’s a simple yet stylish way to freshen up your cold weather look.

Anyone of these scarves (Scotch & Soda and Love Quotes cotton blends are more suitable for California’s version of cold) will add flavor to your fall/winter days, but I’m lovin the cashmere wool tubular jersey knit reversible scarf by Alexander Wang.

1. Burberry London House Check Scarf $450.00 // 2. Scotch & Soda Woven Scarf With Tekst Border Print $49.00 // 3. Love Quotes Linen Knotted Fringe Scarf in Amber  $88.00 // 4. Chan Lu Zebra Print Scarf $275.00 // 5. J Crew Plaid Scarf $68.00 // 6. Alexander Wang Cashmere Wool Knit Reversible Scarf  $250.00 // 7. Rag & Bone Bold striped Scarf $195.00

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Barmeys New York Leather Sleeves & Plaid Jacket $995.00 on sale for $249.00Top Shop Cropped Peg Leg Trousers $80.00

Iris & Ink Luna Washed- Silk Tee $125.00Saint Laurent Clip On Earrings $795.00

A Detacher Eleanor Pump $390.00Rebecca Minkoff Jules Satchel Bag $375.00

I like to think of the change of seasons not only as a time to realign your wardrobe, but as a mini transition in the journey of life. A time to take stock of your life, your values, your goals, and to assess all that you are grateful for.

Here in Southern California we are still having warm, make that hot, weather, but soon the temps will drop as we move into fall. To ease the way when the cooler weather comes (it’s October, it has to be here soon. Right?) I’ve curated an uber chic transitional look.

I began at Barney’s wherehouse where I found a great deal (75% off) on the companies own label — an awesome brown plaid jacket with black leather sleeves. Great to pair with dark skinny jeans and leather leggings, but since we are in a changeover period, I opted for the lighter, stylish cream cropped trouser from Top Shop.

The philosophy of A Detacher, a store that offers a limited range of housewares, books, and what they call fetish items, reconciles nicely with our transitional theme — they present a selection of desirable objects and looks to their consumer and encourage them to give their clothing their own spiritual posture, to incorporate them in their own unique fashion. I fell in love with the Eleanor pump with its block heel, partially squared off toe, and simple silhouette.

Rebecca Minkoff’s Jules satchel bag (reminds me of a poor person’s Birken bag) completes the look, and a little jazz is added with Saint Laurent’s chandelier earrings (an alternative reality here).

While all these pieces are ideal for transitioning into fall, I guarantee you will procure use from them all season long. And, for us Californians into winter as well. Lucky us!!

Barneys New York Leather Sleeves & Plaid Jacket $995.00 on sale for $249.00 // Top Shop Cropped Peg Leg Trousers $80.00 // Saint Laurent Clip On Earrings $795.00 // Rebecca Minkoff Jules Satchel Bag $375.00 // A Detacher Eleanor Pump $390.00 // Iris & Ink Luna Washed- Silk Tee $125.00

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Haider Ackerman Goes Soft

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Haider Ackermann, joking backstage, laughed that he might be going through a tender, more gentle phase. What ever the catalyst there was a difference in this collection. For sure, the color palette was much lighter – ethereal variations on blush pink and oyster gray, pure white, dusty rose, sky blue with the occasional chartreuse and lavender spun in the mix. But it was more. The whole look and feel of the collection was lighter and softer. The draping he is so famous for was still present, but it was more languid and relaxed. A simpler collection overall.

Suede jackets layered over chiffon blouses and silk skirts were whisper thin, the supplest leather I’ve ever seen. Silks pants were loose and flowing, chiffon tops with ruffles cascading down the fronts paired with second-skin suede pants (with panels of patent in the front were a fav of mine), even the knits had a lightness to them. Dressing coats made from silk so fine they looked like the slightest wind would whisk them away. The lavender unstructured jumpsuit with its full length coat was a stand out. The new modern look of evening.

I’ve been head over heels in love with every Ackermann collection I’ve seen, yet is was especially sweet to see his softer side come into play.

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