Archives for October 2013

High Necks & Fringed Cardigans

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Missguided Felicia High Neck Midi Dress  |  Missguided Pakita Aztec Fringed Waterfall Cardigan
Rag & Bone Newbury Booties  |  Celine Luggage Tote  |  Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff  
Essie Nail Polish in Butler Please  |  ASOS Gold Bands  |  Glam Rocks Mid Knuckle Rings

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I’m not a big fan of turtlenecks.  They cut off my already short neck, making me appear neckless and on top of that, I sort of feel like I’m being choked.  But when I saw the resurgence of turtlenecks this season, they looked so chic that it had even me reconsidering this once fashion foe.

I prefer the short turtlenecks (often called high necks) to the full blown, up-to-your-chin versions.  And for moments like this when I want to partake in a trend but know I probably won’t wear it past this season, I look to the super trendy and also super affordable online shops like Missguided.  This is where I found the high neck midi dress I’m wearing here for $10!  Such a great layering piece for Fall and Winter.

I layered a fringy, waterfall cardigan in an aztec print over it to add movement, volume and texture to the understated dress.  And, my nails in Essie’s Butler Please provide the perfect little pop of color to this black and white look.

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Plaid Dress

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Rachel Comey Eddi Dress  |  Humanoid Leather Tie Belt  |  L.A.M.B. Oxley Pumps (back in stock!!)
Mackage Leather Jacket  |  Chanel Bag  |  Vintage Necklace (similar)

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I love that plaid, a typically informal, laid back print can be elevated by a luxurious fabric and sophisticated cut.  This dress has so many interesting details, from the criss cross shoulder line to the raw edged ruffles on the bustline and down the sides.  The rich colors (deep navy and plum) are so Fall appropriate and the best part, I found it at a deep discount at p45, a great boutique in my neighborhood.  The dress is still available on the Rachel Comey site and on sale there too!

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Fall Trend 2013: Over The Knee Boots

So it’s the third day in a row of gloomy, grey weather here in Chicago and we can no longer deny that Fall has arrived.  The good news is we can finally start wearing all those exciting Fall trends (classic printspastel coatsall white & all greyfluffy sweaters).

Another Fall trend I’m loving is the over-the-knee boot.  Scroll through my picks above!

If you were smart enough to invest in a pair last year, pat yourself on the back. My style of preference is a simple, black, flat or low heeled boot. Wear them with your leather leggings or skinny jeans tucked in.  You can also wear them with a preppy pair of tweed or houndstooth shorts from the menswear trend that is big right now.  My absolute favorite way to wear it is with an oversized, super chunky but very short sweater dress.  I love the contrast of the oversized, shapeless sweater dress but with sexy, over-the-knee boots and exposed bit of thigh.  Leave people wondering “Is it sexy? Is it not?”  Okay fine, no one will be thinking about it but you and me.

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The picture above is of the gorgeous Kate Moss in THE original over-the-knee boot…Stuart Weitzman’s 5050 boots.  These boots are a must have and have been seen on so many of my favorite fashionistas like Miranda Kerr and Olivia Palermo and they are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.  If 20 years doesn’t say CLASSIC to you, I’m not sure what does.

In honor of this special anniversary, Gilt.com is having a digital pop-up shop featuring the classic versions of the 5050 boots, as well as unique, exclusive styles (think sea crystal snake calfskin and prune woodsnake!) Also, they are offering $50 gift card to Gilt.com and $50 to Stuart Weitzman with the purchase of a pair of boots.  I think that reads $100 discount considering the savings on future shopping.  The sale begins today and will be live for 20 days.  Click onto www.5050bootcamp.com to shop!

Shopbop & SAKS Friends & Family Sales!

It’s that wonderful time of year once again…the SHOPBOP and Saks Fifth Avenue friends & family sale! While most retailers offer 20% for friends & family, these 2 are taking off a whopping 25%!

While I was working on my picks for this post from SHOPBOP, I noticed many of the items were already listed low in supply or sold out in certain sizes.  The one thing I wanted the most was the faux fur jacket (look through my picks to find it) and it was already sold out in Medium and only 2 left in Small.  I’m glad I was able to get it in my cart. I hope it fits!

SHOPBOP: 25% off with code  INTHEFAMILY25 (Ends Thursday, 10/17)

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: 25% with code FRNFAM (Ends Sunday, 10/20)

Oh and international shoppers, don’t forget SHOPBOP offers FREE shipping internationally if you spend over $100! Anywhoo…without further ado, here are some of my picks.

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black jumpsuitTop from Korea (Similar: Club Monaco Sandra Silk & Mesh Top)  |  Aritzia Pants (Similar: ASOS Pants)
Free People Jacket (Similar: Rag & Bone Crop Denim Jacket)  |  Dolce Vita Sandals (Similar: Schutz Slate Bootie)

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I’ve always been a fan of jumpsuits.  The year was 1997, I was 16 years old and the winter formal was approaching.  Unable to find a suitable dress, I decided to design my own jumpsuit.  I drew out a crude sketch of a jumpsuit with a halter neck (loved those halter necks back in the day!), purchased a pale pink textured silk fabric and took these items to a seamstress.  The end result was about as good as the inexperienced designer.  Basically, it was bad but I wore that jumpsuit to the formal with pride.  I remember people asking me “Are those pants??” and being puzzled by the look, which gave me a weird sort of satisfaction.  I was able to track down a picture of that night and I almost can’t believe I’m posting this but here goes…

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 I like to think I’ve come a long way since that awful pink jumpsuit in high school but I guess I have to give my 16 year old self credit for effort, if nothing else.

So back to today’s post…A smart way to fake the jumpsuit look is to wear separates.  Keep the top and bottom in the same color and similar fabric.  I think a high waisted, harem pant style works best with a loose-ish top.  Nothing should be too tight.  The ASOS pants are a dead ringer for my Aritzia ones and only $39!  You’ll get more use out of these pants than you think.  Looks great with a shirt tucked in and you can layer vests and jackets on top of it.  Also, the tapered leg allows you to show off your shoes.

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