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Punk Plaid Look

Zara Plaid Skirt  |  Cropped Tee from Korea  |  Free People Denim Jacket (similar) |  Sunglasses from Korea
Aldo Brendal Boots (similar Frye Engineer Boots)  |  Alexander Wang Rockie Bag


I wrote about how classic prints are making a comeback last week.  Another trend that is huge for Fall is the whole punk rock look.  Conveniently, anything plaid works for either trend so you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone.  To turn a look more "punky", I would add metallics like studs, chains, zippers and buckles.  As with any look, keep something about it simple and understated (in this case, the cropped t-shirt) to balance it out and to prevent from looking constumey.  

Shop my look here:


Fall Trends 2013: Pastel Coats

Pastel coats are so pretty, so unexpected and so on trend this Fall and Winter season.  A winter coat in a powdery blue or a pale blush would stand out in a sea of black and tan coats and I kind of love that.  That you don't have to take off your coat to make a statement all winter long.  I love the look below pairing it with a skirt or a dress and some black ankle boots.  I also think it would look great with a pair of slim fitting pants and a plain black turtleneck (which are back this season).

Since it is still technically summer and many retailers have not come out with their outerwear yet, it took more time than usual coming up with the options above.   I'm also finding that some pastel coats (like the Rochas one above) are selling out immediately.  There was a pink one at Club Monaco last week that isn't showing on their website anymore.  I have the H&M one on it's way to me so I'll definitely be reporting on how it turns out.

In terms of fit, as you can tell from my selection, I personally like the oversized cocoon style and rounded shoulders if possible.  Celine, Carven, Proenza Schouler and Rochas all showed that style in pretty pastels and they made me swoon.

I'll leave you today with a picture of the stunning blogger/photographer/model Hanneli Mustaparta shutting it down in this rose coat and metallic belt.  Happy Monday!

More pastel coats here: 


Fall Trends 2013: Classic Prints

Now that summer is slowly creeping to an end, I'm starting to get excited about Fall Winter trends.  There are so many to discuss but I will probably share in detail 5-6 wearable trends for the upcoming season.  So, without further ado, trend #1...

After a flurry of tropical prints, a return to classic ones is a breath of fresh air.  It seems like everyone from Stella McCartney to Celine to Rag & Bone showed classic prints for Autumn/Winter 2013.  The clear standout of them all was the houndstooth.  Love how a print centuries old can be made new again.  

Pair it with something unexpected like distressed denim or leather shorts to bring it up to date.  Add a bright red, cobalt blue or even a pop of neon for some color.  

Another great reason to partake in this trend is because you probably already own something plaid or checked.  Go digging in your closet or even your moms for some classic prints to wear this season.


Crop Top Meets High Waist Skirt

Zara Crop Top (similar)  |  White + Warren silk skirt (similar here & here)  |  L.A.M.B. Oxley Pumps (similar)
Alexander Wang Rockie Bag  |  Vintage Earrings  |  Cartier Ring  |  Michael Kors Watch  |  Ray-Ban Sunnies

Can I just be honest and admit that I kinda can't wait for this crop top trend to pass? I love how it looks on toned, sexy abs but on me, it's a constant sucking in game and that's not a game I like to play.  

Okay venting aside, I love this top.  The chevron cut bottom and the geometric back is so visually interesting.  So much so that I went very minimal with the jewelry.  No necklace so all attention could be focused on the top and my dazzling vintage clip on earrings.  I wanted to show you the earrings so badly that I even included a close up shot of my face, sun spots and all.

And once again, we have an appearance by my new love, Rockie.  What can I say?  I'm smitten!  


Leather Pouches: The Smallest It Bag

$$$: Celine Clutch Pouch $520

Before we discuss any further, let me show you these stunners (all Celine or CDG pouches) in action...

The bag trend seems to be transitioning from the large, statement pieces to their smaller, understated counterparts.  These Celine and Commes Des Garcons (CDG) pouches have  been seen on fashionistas and trendsetters everywhere for awhile now.  It's big enough to hold all your essentials like wallet, phone, keys, makeup, etc.  I also love that you can just throw the entire pouch into your larger bag for work or a day out with the kids and then, just take the pouch out to dinner afterwards.  I think it would also be great for travel since it's so slim and easy to pack.

I'm partial to the bright colored varieties but if you're looking for a more neutral bag, I would go with one of the CDG embossed pieces in black.  Which would you get?  The Celine, CDG or American Apparel pouch and what color?


White Summer Dress

Vintage Turquoise Necklace  |  Free People Washed Out Denim Jacket  |  Vintage Silver Bracelets
Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff  |  Cartier Santos Watch

I love a white dress for summer and this one's such a fun piece.  You can't really tell from the pictures but when you walk in this dress, the skirt has a lot of movement and it falls beautifully.  It's fitted on the top empire style and then very comfortable and roomy everywhere else.  I actually think this dress would look so cute on a pregnant woman.

I paired the dress with my turquoise find from a trip to an amazing antique store (Antique and Resale Shoppe, 7214 Harlem Ave, Chicago).  If you follow me on instagram, I posted about it there.  I found so many amazing pieces at great prices and I'm just waiting for the chance to go back.  I'm also wearing a vintage silver bracelet from the same shop.  If you're in the Chicagoland area, I highly recommend heading over there for some incredible finds!


Lace Midi Skirt

Tibi Lace Full Skirt (similar)  |  T by Alexander Wang T-shirt  |  L.A.M.B. Oxley Shoes
Vintage Necklace & Louis Vuitton Clutch  |  Tom Ford Whitney Sunglasses 

I love these full midi length skirts that are making a comeback.  In a day and age when ripped up shorts and old t-shirts are the norm, it feels nice to wear something so elegant for a change.  This skirt called for red lips and pointy pumps.  But, to keep the look current and not costume-y, I topped the skirt with a simple t-shirt knotted at the waist and some architectural silver jewelry.


Alexander Wang Rockie Bag


I've been wanting a small-ish but still roomy cross body bag for awhile now.  The Chanel WOC I have is great but it can only hold my phone and maybe a lipgloss before it feels like it's going to pop open.  Actually, speaking of the WOC...mine kept popping open even when barely anything was inside.  I had to bring it back to Saks to have it fixed and they said it would take 4-6 months! What a bummer.  Anyone with a WOC have similar issues? I know several girls that have WOC's whose button closures seem to be working fine.

Anywhoo, that's neither here nor there.  So, I've been wanting a cross body for when I'm post diaper carrying days and also a cute enough bag to travel with that can serve as a multi-purpose bag.   

After some browsing online, I came across the Alexander Wang Rockie.  I've always loved the Rocco but found it slightly too large and heavy.  The Rockie is the mini version of the Rocco and it is adorable!  I love the heavy pebbled leather, the studs, the cute rounded zip closure, the detachable strap and the list goes on.  But....when I finally found THE bag for me a few months ago, it was completely sold out everywhere in black.  After months of waiting, stores finally restocked and guess who has it? got it in and with their no tax ($80 savings!) + free 2 day shipping? It was a no brainer! 

I just got it in last night and snapped this quick pic before heading out to bible study just to show you what it looks like on.  It's so versatile.  You can wear it on your wrist, cross body, on the shoulder (as pictured) or just hand carry it.  I can see myself wearing this bag with a chic black pencil skirt and heels to dinner but then just as easily, throw it over jeans and a t-shirt to run errands.  Can you tell I'm really into my new bag??  LOVE!!