the new look: fade.

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while the weather hasn't turned into full on spring yet, i'm getting into the mood by wearing lighter denim. 7 for all mankind's ankle skinny has been my denim go-to for lived-in feeling jeans that don't have holes (i also love j brand's 811 mid-rise skinny for a more polished finish). i added black accessories to keep the look sophisticated and not too casual—great for a more creative workplace. and then a little surprise when i take off the jacket in the form of my name in red. madewell is doing embroidery on select denim pieces (in 18 colors!); i'm already contemplating what i can put on a pair of jeans...

forever 21 blazer (old, similar here and here), madewell shirt, seven for all mankind jeans, manolo blahnik heels, chanel clutch, similar choker, super sunglasses

photos by alex drysdale


the new look: sporting.

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t by alexander wang is one of my favorite diffusion lines out there—full of basics and other pieces that can incorporate seamlessly into what is already in your closet. i have a few of the t-shirts (the muscle tee is my fave) which are slouchy yet slim and not-too-see-through for the office. last week while checking out the many friends and family sales, i saw this waist length top and scooped it up. i love the thicker stretch fabric and the sporty stripes. to dress it up a little, i paired it with a sequined pencil skirt from banana (you may still find this on sale at your local store) and neutral pumps.

it's been extremely busy around these parts planning for another photoshoot but there's some fun stuff on the horizon like a vacation! happy hump day!

mango jacket (similar), t by alexander wang top (also available in a dress), banana republic skirt (similar), vince camuto pumps (also here), céline bag, super sunglasses, dior earrings

photos by alex drysdale


reed is back.

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if you've followed this blog for a while, you know i am a huge fan of reed krakoff. the designer, who built coach from a $500 million brand to a $4 billion dollar brand, then left to start his own higher-end line. it wasn't overly expensive—bags started around $500, which is where alexander wang and phillip lim sit. unfortunately the line never seemed to catch on with retailers, critics, or shoppers and it folded after a few short years.

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now krakoff is back with reed, a collaboration with kohl's that's not part of their designnation brand (which may or may not continue), but a standalone line. when the collection was announced back in november, i thought you'd see krakoff taking a fresh approach to the mass space. well now that it's here, it's literally his main collection now priced from $15-$130, which is a bit of a letdown in a few ways.

while i applaud that krakoff is back, i think of the people (like myself) that spent 5 times (or more) on the real thing. you spend the money on luxury items to get just that—the luxury of them. krakoff's original line had bags in that sweet bag pricepoint—the $500-$1000 range—made of beautiful leathers and exotic fabrics. and when it comes to a mass produced partnership, i don't want to see the same thing i paid for dumbed down. the idea behind these types of collaborations (think h&m's partnerships with balmain, marni, and stella mccartney or eddie borgo's recent collab with target) is for people to get the look, but also for the designer to experiment with new ideas within their aesthetic, which i was i was hoping for. maybe this is kohl's is hoping to halo off the buzz of the krakoff name, but based on lack of success of the line, many mass shoppers probably don't know who krakoff is. did you? (you can check out past runway collections on vogue.com)

the full collection is available on kohls.com and will be in-store starting thursday, but if you really want a piece of reed, i'd suggest bypassing this and finding the real thing. there are new and pre-owned bag styles on yoox, saks off fifth, overstock, the real real, or tradesy (including the one i had, the two-toned boxer for about $400). yoox and off fifth also have some of the clothing, which was made from gorgeous silks, cashmere, and leathers. think quality over quantity, and in the meantime, i'll be holding out hope for when krakoff relauches his collection for something better than this.

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the new look: visual interest.

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i picked up this sweater a couple weeks ago from club monaco—they always seem to have classic pieces with a twist. this sweater is burgundy and navy with fun ruffled sleeves. i've worn it with high waist jeans (this pair) and then later with this skirt, which also has some visual interest in the form of a tonal pattern. the fullness of the sleeves and the fitted, slightly cropped body are balanced out a less skinny bottom (although i think it will also look good with a high waist skinny jean or pant). unfortunately it looks like my color isn't available anymore online, but check your local store.

club monaco sweater, tibi skirt (old, similar here and here), schutz shoes, céline bag and knot bracelet, giles and brother nail bracelet, super sunglasses, ben-amun earrings (love this pair too)

photos by alex drysdale


the new look: tuesday blues.

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we've all had times when you feel like you're stuck and right now i'm going through one of those. i've been struggling with creating more of a work/life balance, and also feeling that i should be doing more than i am. but then i think about what's already on my plate and adding something else to it seems daunting. meghan wrote a great post about her quest to find balance, and some things she's doing to help with this. i have also been exploring some things since the start of the new year (actually since last september), but again, because of other priorities in my life, i haven't been able to really devote myself to it. one of those things is to take a vacation. a real one. not one to visit my family or to go to fashion week, but somewhere tropical, some place new. in the meantime, i'm also reading this that a friend posted to facebook yesterday. we can be our hardest critics, and we can't control everything. work hard, and trust the timing of your life.

on another note, i picked up this bustier from the olivia palermo + chelsea 28 collaboration a few weeks back and had just recently had the chance to wear it to the office and then to dinner. there are lots of beautiful pieces in the line, and most retail for under $200.

isabel marant for h and m blazer (similar here and here), olivia palermo + chelsea 28 bustier, seven for all mankind jeans, manolo blahnik pumps, super sunglasses, dior earrings, céline clutch

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the new look: chill in the air.

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sorry for the radio silence last week...the day job has been kicking my a%* but it culminated with the final part of our summer photoshoot, which went really well. it's also been chillier here than usual, hence this look featuring a blanket coat, chunky sweater, and an oldie but goodie scarf.

hope your week is off to a good start!

zara coat (old, similar), polo ralph lauren sweater, seven for all mankind jeans, miu miu heels (similar), alexander wang bag (new version here), oliver peoples sunglasses, dior earrings, gap scarf

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fall/winter 2016 paris: dries van noten.

dries. van. noten. when people talk about the amazingness that is gucci, i counter with the eclectic fantasticness that is dries, especially this fall collection. he is a master when it comes to mixing prints and textures in a way that doesn't feel contrived or costume-y. it also feels grown up, perfectly suited to a woman who is strong, confident, and unapologetic about herself or her choices. when the review of the collection popped up on vogue.com, i was immediately struck by this quote by sarah mower: "inexplicably, even in the century when such huge purchasing wealth is concentrated in the hands of successful women over the age of 40, only a handful of luxury fashion designers give a single thought to dressing them." not only dressing them, but dressing them well—and in a modern, not stodgy or unsexy way. hands down, my favorite collection of the season.

photos via vogue