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It’s no secret, I am a stripe lover and there is nothing better than a good mix of two pieces in that family.  The thin mixed with the wide, the navy against the black-all of differences helped elevate an otherwise basic jacket and tee. The tee I’ve had for a bit, but I added the boucle Marant a few weeks ago as an investment piece I knew would work on every level.  The fact that it combined, black and white, stripes and the nubbiness of the boucle-it was a no-brainer!

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Jacket: Isabel Marant Etoile (also in this color), Denim: AG Jeans (also here), Tee: NSF (similar here-25% off F&F), Bag: Balenciaga (also love this version), Booties: Sigerson Morrison, Sunnies: Ray-Ban. 

 

 

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Sundays

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Hands down, Sunday’s are my favorite day of the week and this one past, although chilly, was super relaxing. Totally over the snow, I decided my gray direction needed a pop of color. Brunch, followed by a stroll through the Winter wonderland that was Central Park ended with yummy nibbles and the Oscars.

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Sweater: French Connection (similar here), Pants: Aritzia (similar here), Booties: Sigerson Morrison, Bag: Alexander Wang (also love this & this one), Hat: Lou & Grey (similar here & here), Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Earrings: Sweetie Pie.

 

Peachy

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Neutrals are fabulous!  Easy, versatile and usually posses a comfort factor.  It’s funny, but when I scan my closet, a large majority of my favorite pieces are grey, black, blush or white.  I’m all for a bold pop of color, but you can never go wrong layering on classic basics in softer tones.

I was tempted to go for this sweater is black, but I loved the peachy, blush tone and am glad I did.  It so comfy and will be on high rotation as a perfect neutral.

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Sweater: Asos (also love this one), Denim: AG Jeans, Booties: Sigerson Morrison, Bag: Chanel, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Hat: J. Crew

 

Lou & Grey

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(Lou & Grey cashmere tunic in grey melange (also love this color), Lou & Grey mittens (matching hat here), Leggings: Zara, Booties: Sigerson Morrison-On Sale!, Sunnies: Oliver Peoples).

Although New York is growing on me by the day, nothing is better than heading South to my hometown of Raleigh, NC to see friends and family. On my last visit, I stumbled upon a new shopping gem in North Hills-Lou & Grey.  As a member of the Ann Taylor/Loft family, Lou & Grey is the hip, younger sibling that is effortlessly chic with the accessories to match.

Walking through the doors, I feel like I’ve entered a cozy, fabulously curated boutique in NYC.  After being greeted warmly, I start to explore. My first find is a dainty, golden wrap bracelet-perfect for layering or everyday use, followed by an irresistible wide brim hat.  These pieces part of Lou & Grey’s Maker’s collection which are handmade in small quantities by artisans across the country.  The collection is somewhat reminiscent of a cool little market you would stumble across in Brooklyn or San Fran one weekend, full of one of a kind treasures that you know won’t be on everyone.

As I make my way through the store, I thumb through beautiful layers of cashmere, knits, leathers and prints, accompanied by tables of beautiful accessories, books and dainty jewelry.  Stacks of sweaters next to soft, tees in neutral stripes provide the perfect selection of must have basics for any girls closet.  I cannot help but notice the amazing woven leather chair and nature inspired antler stands atop log tables scattered throughout the store as well.  It’s such a unique but welcoming space. 

After about an hour of exploring, I left with some amazing, unique finds and a new favorite boutique on my Raleigh list.  Lou & Grey is a must for any girl who loves luxe basics that will work with your current wardrobe or easily stand alone.  I’m already looking forward to my next visit over the holidays!  

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(Lou & Grey sweater (also love this one), Hat: Lou & Grey “The Makers” collection (in store only), Jeans: J Brand-On Sale!, Booties: Sigerson Morrison-On Sale! Bracelet: Lou & Grey “The Makers” collection (in store only).

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(Lou & Grey ponte textured leggings (also love these coated zip version), Striped tee: Lou & Grey, Sweater: Lou and Grey-sold out (similar here), Scarf: Lou & Grey (in store), Booties: Sigerson Morrison-On Sale)!

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(Lou & Grey hat, Basket weave sweater: Lou & Grey (also love this one), Denim: AG Jeans, Flats: Zara (similar here), Clutch: Chanel).

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(Lou & Grey fair isle black and white sweater-bottom right & “Makers” soap). 

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The Makers

Scattered throughout the store, you will find little cards that highlight”The Makers” collections. These are lines offered exclusively by Lou & Grey of a carefully curated mix of handmade artesian pieces.  Within each collection’s offering, you will find everything from yummy apothecary selections to handmade hats and scarves. Each location stocks different artists.  I was one of my favorite parts of the store. 

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Winter Pop

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Well, it’s official-Winter is here.  I love the first few weeks before the threat of mounds of snow and grey days.  There’s a crispness in the air, accompanied by the last of the fiery leaves falling. For those less than sunny days ahead, I always find a little pop of color brightens my mood and my outfit.  My go to (really year round) is a fabulous scarf from Theodora & Callum.  I love playing with different ways to wear and nothing can come close to the vibrant colors and unique patterns each piece has.

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Denim: J Brand (also here-30% off with HOLIDAY30), Sweater: Vince (similar here & here-both on sale!), Booties: Sigerson Morrison (also here-on sale!), Scarf: Theodora & Callum (similar here & here)-30% off all Fall scarves on Theodora & Callum!, Hat: Annabelle NYC (similar here-25% off with SHOPNOW), Sunnies: Ray-Ban-20% off with HOLIDAY!, Ring: Gemma Redux.

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With the weather warming over the weekend, I couldn’t wait to slip into my pair of serpent sandals that have been taunting me every time I pass my closet.  The recent cold snap has had my tootsies bundled up for weeks.  I love the snake print on these otherwise simple sandals.

Shorts: J Brand, Top: Theory, Shoes: Belle by Sigerson Morrison (here & similar here & here), Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Clutch: Proenza Schouler (Similar here, here & here), Necklace: Olivia Palermo for Roberta Freymann (Similar here, here & here), Nails: Chanel Orange Fizz, Bracelet: Vintage (Similar here)