When did I become a coat person?

For years (as in, several), my primary winter coat was a very basic gray peacoat from…wait for it…Costco. Let me tell you, I wore that thing into the ground, and never had any issue with the name on the tag (I don’t even remember what the brand was, to be honest). To me, coats have really been more utilitarian than anything else. But sometime in the past year, that seems to have changed, because I CAN’T STOP OBSESSING OVER GORGEOUS COATS.

Last Christmas, I got this really pretty raspberry colored wrap coat from Banana Republic that I got tons of compliments on. This year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I picked up an awesome oversized plaid coat that I’m absolutely dying to wear. But apparently that’s not enough, even though I also have several older coats in my closet and have zero need for any more — that’s not stopping me from swooning over new coats pretty much every day.

If you’d like to swoon with me, I’ve put together a collection of some of the beautiful coats that I can’t stop staring at.


Gorgeous, am I right?

Five lip products that never leave my bag

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I used to be really big on buying new eyeshadow, but in the past few years, I’ve definitely stocked up on lip products more than anything. This means that I have lipsticks, glosses, pencils and balms everywhere: in my house, in my car and, of course, in my bag. Unless I’ve sized down to a small bag for the day, I always have my LeSportsac makeup case stocked with the basics, plus usually a few products floating around in my bag. I tend to rotate items periodically (a.k.a. continue adding things to the case until it’s ready to burst and then I reorganize and take things out). But, there are a few lip products that never leave their treasured spot in my bag. I thought I’d share, since they’re the ones that I wear most, by far (all pictured above, from left to right).

  1. Korres Lip Butter Glaze. Ever since I was introduced to the tube version of their Lip Butters (which I’ve loved for years), I’ve been a complete convert. I’m currently using the pomegranate color, which is sort of a coral-pink. It’s my go-to when my lips are chapped or if I just want something really easy without adding a lot of color.
  2. NARS Lip Pencil. At any given time, I have Luxembourg (a fabulous bright fuschia) and/or Rikugien (a mauve pink) in my bag. I love how easy these pencils are to apply, and that I don’t have to worry about using both a lip pencil and a lipstick — this works as both. The satin formulation — which both of these are — also has just enough of a gloss to it.
  3. Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss. This gloss/balm hybrid was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law last year and, like the Korres Lip Butter, it’s great for when you want a little bit of color and a lot of moisture. The difference is that this one definitely has more of a gloss to it, so it makes a bigger impact. The color I use is the classic Black Honey, which looks scary in the tube, but is just a nice wash of color.
  4. Tarte Natural Lip Stain Pencil. This is another product that’s extremely easy to apply, but it’s definitely much more glossy and sheer than the NARS pencils. I go back and forth between Lust (a bright orange red) and Moody (a deep berry).
  5. A bold lipstick. I’m cheating a little bit here because this one does rotate a bit, but I always have a fairly dramatic lipstick in my bag for the days (or nights) that I want to make a statement. Right now I’m circulating between NARS Fast Ride, which is a dark purple but fairly sheer, and Deborah Lippmann Sexyback, a gorgeous bright fuschia that was added to my collection recently. I have a number of others in a drawer at home that make appearances from time to time.

Which lip products do you keep within arm’s reach at all times?

How to wear white after Labor Day

I know, the “no white after Labor Day” rule has long been passe in most of our minds. But that doesn’t mean that how we wear white into the fall and winter shouldn’t adjust somewhat. Let’s face it — while we’ve technically got a couple more weeks of summer, tank tops and strappy sandals won’t be great choices for much longer.

With that in mind, I’ve put together three looks that will take you into the cooler months: one for the transitional weather, one for when it’s really cold, and one that’s a bit more dressy.

First up is an outfit that would be great for the weekends or a more casual office environment. The color of the top screams fall, and the jacket can come on or off with the variable temps. I will definitely be wearing some variation on this look in the next few weeks.

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Jeans // Jacket // Top // Shoes // Necklace

And then when the weather gets colder, white jeans work perfectly with a slouchy sweater. Add a pair of boots and a great bag in a fall color, and you’re all set. Again, this could be weekend or business casual (at least in my world), but you could always dress it up a bit more with a structured sweater and heeled boots.

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Jeans // Sweater // Boots // Bag

Last but not least is an outfit I’d wear to a work event or date night. Without the blazer, this dress would be perfect in the middle of the summer, but with the navy and the pumps, I think it transitions nicely into fall. Granted, it’s short, so probably not something you’ll be wearing around Halloween, but it’s perfect for September!

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Dress // Blazer // Pumps // Necklace

How do you like to wear white outside of summer? Or, are you like my mom’s friend who wears all of her white leading up to Labor Day, and practically gets the twitches if she sees a woman in white pants after that date? (True story.)

On the hunt for a black clutch

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As I mentioned recently, I own a lot of bags. A number of those are clutches, but somehow I don’t own a good basic black clutch. I have a cheap one that looks really cheap, and I have a black Rebecca Minkoff MAC, which can technically be worn as a clutch, but I’ve never actually done that. So instead of blankly staring into my closet when it’s time to get ready for an event, hoping that a new clutch will magically appear, I’m trying to find the right one to buy.

Of course, now I’m going down the rabbit hole of infinite possibilities. Something formal that I can wear to weddings? Something casual I can bring out to dinner (I almost typed “out to a bar,” but then I remembered that I don’t have that kind of social life anymore)? Something petite that fits my cell phone and a lipstick? Something big that fits my full size wallet? An investment piece that I’ll have forever? An inexpensive bag that will do the job for now?

My life is exhausting. ;) Check out some of the options I pulled below!


Marie Turnor Dinner Clutch // Kate Spade Cobble Hill Niccola Clutch // ZAC Zac Posen Posen Oversized Angled Embossed Clutch // Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch // 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Clutch // Banana Republic Gemma Black Box Clutch // Henri Bendel Debutante Plated Clutch // House of Harlow Danielle Clutch // Diane von Furstenberg Envelope Clutch

Want. Need. Must have.

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Kate Spade Saturday Slip Neck Tee // Converse x Missoni Chuck Taylors // Loeffler Randall Rider Satchel // Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil // Gibson Textured Jersey Sweatshirt

{one} I’ve got a lot of basic tops for work (many from Banana Republic) that I’ve worn to death. Once my body returns to some semblance of normal after this baby arrives, I need to start replacing them. I love the neckline on this Kate Spade Saturday tee, and the poppy color is so fun.

{two} I’ve never owned anything from Missoni, but I’ve always been enticed by the iconic chevron (which was around WAY before chevron became all the rage). Plus, I love my Converse sneakers, so this is a win win.

{three} In real life this Loeffler Randall bag isn’t the most practical size or shape for me, but I’m a big fan of the lines, and of course I love the classic gray.

{four} Drybar sent me their 100 Proof Treatment Oil a couple of months ago, and I’m obsessed. I very rarely put heat on my hair (mostly out of laziness), so that means a lot of air drying. That can also mean a lot of frizziness. But for the last several weeks, I’ve been putting a few pumps of this oil in my hair when it’s damp, and ending up with some really nice waves/curls that are pretty manageable. It’s got a little bit of a sticky consistency to it, but doesn’t seem to weigh down my hair. Big fan.

{five} Apparently this is a sweatshirt, but I don’t think that really does this top justice. It looks like the perfect weekend top for running around and still managing to look fairly pulled together.

IFB Links À La Mode Weekly Roundup: August 14th

My post on being brand loyal vs. being boring was picked up in this week’s IFB Links a la Mode. Check out the list below for some other great blog posts from the fashion blogging community!

Note: The following was written by the IFB team and reposted here.

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What Really Matters

This week has been rough for a lot of us. The news is full of terrible things. Sometimes it’s hard to focus when the world seems to be descending into chaos. But, at the end of the day, we all have to show up to our regular lives. Family, friends, work, creating the best life possible. Sometimes fashion seems, well, not the highest on the list of priorities, so sometimes you just have to return to the basics, the classics to work for you while you get your life on track. It’s not all about the clothes.

Links à la Mode: August 14

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Am I boring, or just brand loyal?

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Ask any woman who loves fashion, and she’s sure to have some brands that are her favorites. For most people, I think this usually applies to clothing — just ask my friend Katie about her love for J.Crew, or refer to Grechen’s recent post about James Perse. At different times, I’ve certainly frequented one store or another (Banana Republic in the first several years of working life is probably the best example), but that had more to do with convenience and price points than true fanaticism. But where I do find myself really falling in love is in accessories: namely Rebecca Minkoff bags and Kendra Scott jewelry.

I discovered Rebecca Minkoff about four years ago, thanks to my daily Shopbop stalking, and bought my first bag, a butter yellow MAC, not long after. Since then, I’ve added two more MACs (another regular size and a mini), two MAB Minis (my favorite of all the RM styles), two small crossbody bags, a striped tote and a slightly ridiculous fuschia croc Swing that I picked up at a sample sale. Oh, and my diaper bag. I’ve rarely paid full price for any of these bags, but that’s still a LOT of Minkoff. You can see a bunch of the bags in my old posts, if you’re curious.

My love for Kendra Scott is more recent, but is growing rapidly. It started with a pair of the classic Danielle earrings, which led to the smaller (and much easier on the earlobes!) Elle earrings, the Rayne necklace I got for my birthday (pictured here and here), and most recently, the Alexandra earrings that I wore to my friend’s wedding (seen here). AND I just found out that the August PopSugar Must Have box includes a pair of Elle earrings, which I couldn’t be more excited about.

I couldn’t even tell you what it is about either brand that I love so much, but I do know that I seem to be addicted — the more pieces I own, the more I want. So, herein lies the question: am I a brand loyalist who sticks with what she likes, or just completely stuck in a rut? I’ve definitely told myself that I need to stop buying RM bags — and I did get that Kate Spade bag in the spring — but I can’t help myself.

On one hand, it seems silly to stop myself from buying things just because I have a lot of pieces from a certain brand. On the other hand, I don’t want to be a one-trick fashion pony who can’t branch out. What’s a girl to do?

Do you have brands that you can’t get enough of, or do you try to spread the shopping love?

{Fall essential} Pretty printed blouses

Now that I’ve started thinking about fall clothes, I can’t stop. Maybe it has something to do with the Chelsea28 coat I bought during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that’s now taunting me from my closet, but I’ve got jeans and boots and jackets on the brain. And blouses. The right blouse in a great print goes with a pencil skirt, dress pants, jeans — you name it.

There are about a million printed blouses hitting the shelves right now, but here are a few that are catching my eye, most for under $100 (hover over each clickable picture for details).


Happy shopping!

Want. Need. Must have.

wnmh 8.4.14Shoshanna // J.Crew // Everclen // Theodora & Callum // Rebecca Minkoff

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has thrown me into full shopaholic mode. Does that ever happen to you — you buy something great or get a good deal and then can’t stop yourself from more shopping? Anyway, I’m trying to keep myself under control, but only partially succeeding. Speaking of which…

{one} I’ll be honest — this Shoshanna Lara Dress is probably not something that I’d ever buy for myself because I don’t think it would work with my chest size. But it’s absolutely something that I’d see on someone else and think to myself, “Ugh, why can’t I wear dresses like that??”

{two} Is the J.Crew Three Stars Necklace the most sophisticated piece of jewelry out there? No. But is it extremely cute? Definitely.

{three} Everclen is a line of sensitive skin care that I was recently introduced to. The whole line is hypoallergenic, uses clean ingredients, and all of that other good stuff. I’ve been really liking the facial cleanser, which is creamy but still foams up enough to make me feel like my face is really getting clean. At the same time, it’s not so soapy that it’s drying out my face.

{four} With the wacky unseasonably cool (in a good way) weather last week, I busted out one of my scarves to keep me warm in the office. And of course that’s made me want to revisit my scarf collection. This Theodora & Callum style is very Santa Fe and very unlike the rest of my scarves, but I think that’s why I like it.

{five} It’s been almost a year since I got my last Rebecca Minkoff bag, which of course means that I’m craving a new one. But I couldn’t be less in need of a bag (sshh don’t tell Geoff I said that, in case I change my mind), so instead I’ll just drool over her new Small Amorous Satchel. So ladylike, even if it’s not the most practical size for me.

My early Fall 2014 wish list

As usual, it’s about to be August and I have no idea where the summer has gone. Just as I’ve settled into my warm weather wardrobe, I’m starting to be inundated with fall looks. With baby #2 coming in October I won’t be doing much fall shopping this year, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a wish list going! Here are some of the things that are already on my radar in preparation for the weather turning cooler.

I didn’t really plan out a theme here, but I’m obviously gravitating toward neutrals, with the occasional pop of color (how amazing is that pink coat?!).

What are the top items–either specifics, or categories–that you’re in the market for? I hope that you all buy some fabulous things and think of me sitting on the couch on maternity leave wearing yoga pants while you wear them :)