Fall Hit List

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New York seems to be hanging onto the last days of Summer with a hot and sticky Labor Day weekend, even though Fall started months ago in the fashion world.  With a flurry of cozy knits and buttery leather leggings, it’s hard to resist the ever growing sweater stacks in stores even though it’s still hot.

I always find myself overwhelmed at the beginning of a new season, trying to decide which key pieces will anchor my wardrobe for the coming months, and which to spend less on as a trend.  The above hit list picks are my must haves for the cooler months, season after season.

Clutch: Alexander Wang, Sweater: Vince, Boyfriend jeans: Current/Elliott, Sunnies: Celine, Leather leggings: Helmut Lang (15% off code-WHITE), Coat: River Island, Nail Polish: Chanel, Shoes: Valentino, Lips: Dior in Vie D’enfer.

 

More options…. 

Leather Leggings: Helmut Lang, All Saints,  Budget friendly here & faux option here.

Cozy Sweater: Asos, Colored knit, Budget friendly here, love this one.

Animal Print Shoe: Leopard, flat version here, lizard, color pop.

Textured Clutch: Obsessed with this one, Clare Vivier quilted, detailed version.

Neutral Sunnies: Structured, Detailed.

Boyfriend jeans: basic, distressed, slim boy, love this basic option (Extra 40% off-WEEKEND).

Dark Lip: bloodred, rich Chanel.

Dark Polish: outside the box, MAC in Sin, TF in Crimson Noir.

Neutral Coat: style steal, love this one, tailored, cashmere splurge.

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Balaboosta

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Last weekend was my husband’s first birthday in New York.  Celebrating in Sydney has always been amazing, so I was determined to make the weekend one to remember.  I thought it fitting that brunch started off the day at Balaboosta in Soho.  The name itself quite literally means good wife, so I thought it fitting for our morning nibbles. 🙂

The rest of the weekend was comprised of cortados at Intelligentsia, walk along the High Line, watch shopping at Shinola(love the story behind this brand) and an afternoon in Central Park.  The birthday boy was in his element and very happy!

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Top: Topshop (similar here & here), Bag: Sophie Hulme, Shorts: Sydney markets (similar here & here), Bracelet: Gemma Redux.

 

 

High Flyer

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As some of you know, I’ve been marinating on which new bag to add to my family for several months now.  I think any girl will understand my mental conflict:  What’s going to remain a classic but has personality?  Functional vs. fashionable or both? Size? What don’t I have in my collection?  The list went on and on, especially when deciding on an investment piece.

I have always kept a short wish list, which is where I started my journey. After countless hours on Purse Forum, many visits to Valentino, Celine and Chanel and even a Facebook poll, I narrowed it down to the Chanel boy bag vs. the new Celine trapeze mini.  Ultimately I went with the Celine for several reasons.  While I love the boy, the trapeze has been on my list for quite sometime.  It’s classic yet knows how to nail color saturation, and the mini size sealed the deal being perfect for my frame.

As any girl will attest, it ultimately comes down to sheer emotional attachment and for me, the rich cobalt and classic design of the mini trapeze stole my heart. I can’t wait to pull this little baby out all season for a happy pop of color during the dismal Winter months!

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Top: Theory (also love this one), Leather shorts: Alexander Wang (similar here & here), Shoes: Vince (similar here), Bag: Celine, Bracelet: Gemma Redux, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Lips: Dior

 

 

Faded

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Last week was all white and this week, I’m drawn to the dark-side. I was inspired by revisiting my favorite plum lip, to slip into some of my darker pieces head to toe. Basic black always works, but when textures mix and different shade come together, it gives an otherwise predictable outfit dimension. I’ve had my Rag & Bone distressed denim for two seasons now and they are still my go to as a nice change from my normal blue ripped jeans.  They’ve been in  R&B’s rotation for several seasons now and I can see why. Perfect fade, perfect rips and perfect fit….as per usual from the brand.

 

faded acc   faded half Denim: Rag & Bone (also here), Top: Rag & Bone (also love this one), Shoes: Vince (also love this one), Bag: Chanel, Sunnies: Wayne Cooper, Bracelet: Gemma Redux, Lips: Chanel. 

Hamptons Hopping

 

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Champs at Southampton Social Club – Make sure to splurge on the funnel cake fries 🙂

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Must break for gelato – Pistachio & Salted Caramel are my picks. 

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Bringing my own shiny treasures to the sand.

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Fresh apple cider doughnuts.

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Theodora & Callum Tie-all:  Must have accessory for any excursion.

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Early morning beach stroll.

C is for Chanel

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When deciding on an investment accessory, there is no better purchase than Chanel.  Sure, it comes with a large price tag (one that seems to be increasing by the minute) but the classics are timeless and always work.

My first and only piece, thus far, was the classic flap.  I had it in my sights for sometime and after many hours of research, and many months of saving, I welcomed my first member to the family in Hawaii in 2011.  Since then, the flap has been my go to for everything from cut-offs to formal attire.  As Chanel lovers know, the construction of the bag is phenomenal and works equally well as a cross-body and a shoulder bag.  With the release of the Boy Bag, I’m definitely ready for my next investment.  My only issue….which color.  #chanelproblems 🙂

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Tee: Vince, Shorts: Vintage Levi’s (similar here), Booties: Rag & Bone, Bag: Chanel, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Ring: Gemma Redux

 

 

All white everything

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There’s always something so clean and simple about white.  It’s the perfect blank slate, making accessories pop.  With that in mind, I decided with the onset of Fall showing up everywhere, to take full advantage of the Summer days left. A muscle tank paired with distressed denim gave me the edge I was after while keeping a clean look with white from head to ankle. Leopard and a poppy red capped off my lighter look.

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Denim: J Brand (also love these), Top: Topshop (similar here), Shoes: Mulberry, Sunnies: Barton Perreira, Earrings: Gemma Redux, Clutch: Sophie Hulme, Ring: Tom Binns.