the new look: cocoon.

you guys know i love a good sweatshirt, but this one is ah-mazing. it's juan carlos obando, from the cfda/vogue fashion fund collection in collaboration with j.crew, and i remember really being into it when the line first came out. my local j.crew didn't carry it, and since it had such a unique shape, i was wary of just buying it sight unseen. flash forward to a few weeks ago, when the site was having a major sale (40% off sale!), and i had to pull the trigger. after reading the reviews, i ordered a small and i'm glad i did. it's slightly cropped (read: waist length) in the front, the fabric is almost like neoprene (and feels like something you'd get from barneys), and i looove the cocoon shape.

p.s. the sweatshirt is 30% off until tomorrow—along with some other great pieces from his collection and this fab public school sweatshirt if you want something more traditional.

juan carlos obando for j. crew sweatshirt (extra 30% off with code styletreat), no. 21 skirt (love this one and this one), christian louboutin pumps, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, marc jacobs clutch, banana republic necklace, henri bendel bracelet, campbell and gemma crus rings, jewelmint earrings, marc jacobs kiss pop lip color stick in headliner


the new look: fall mix.

it was finally time for some warmer layers last week, and i was all too happy to break out some cashmere. instead of a tweed or leather skirt, i paired it with something more traditionally summery, like a flared white mini. the heavier fabric and texture on the skirt will look great all year round with chunky sweaters and a leather jacket. so don't put away the whites just yet...

hope your week is off to a good start!

aqua sweater (old, check out some newer ones below), gap shirt (similar), banana republic skirt (old, new version), vince pumps, chanel bag, forever 21 earrings, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, alex mika and vita fede rings, hermés bracelet, nars pure matte lipstick in valparaiso


the new look: too cool.

can't go wrong with all cool tones, like grey, silver, and navy...

j.crew cardigan, truly madly deeply t-shirt, zara skirt (similar) and bag, jil sander pumps (sandal version), linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, elle-meme vintage earrings, michael kors watch (new version), jewelmint bracelet (similar), campbell and vita fede rings


go/see/buy: AYR.

back in april, menswear brand bonobos introduced their women's label called AYR (for all year round), and the concept had me intrigued. a selection of clothing for women that works, you guessed it, all year round. headed up by brand director maggie winter (formerly of j.crew and madewell) and design director jacqueline cameron (formerly senior denim designer at madewell) the line is not big on frills or fuss, just well made pieces that are the foundation of every wardrobe—a tweed coat, a soft as can be sweater, a clean button front shirt. they also focused on denim because it's such a big part of today's lifestyle, with four fits, seventeen (17!) washes, and nine inseams, with every pair made by hand in los angeles. 

AYR just released its latest "edition," which has so much amazingness, like this drapey top and sexy cami, the perfect cigarette jean, and a dress it up or down black and white coat. you can shop it all online, but if you're in san francisco, the brand is launching a pop-up shop tomorrow night where you can see the line in person, be fitted for a new pair of jeans, and save 30% off. details are in the invite but i'd love to see you there!

AYR (twitter / facebook) pop-up shop
thursday, october 23 / 5-8pm 
55 grant avenue, 2nd floor (near geary)
rsvp to max@ayr.com

all photos via ayr


the new look: boy meets girl.

every once in a while i get the urge to switch things up, like last week when i was over my skinny jeans and pants. so with that in mind, i pulled out a pair of pants from hugo boss from years ago (such a great buy: grey is timeless, and they travel beautifully), a j.crew boy shirt (you know how i love those), and an oversized moto jacket. it definitely made me think, 'why haven't i worn these more often?' as they look equally good with a shirt as they do with a graphic tee or chunky sweater. expect to see more of these as we head into cooler weather...

photos by krystal bick

acne studios jacket, j. crew shirt, hugo boss pants (old, similar here and here), hervé léger pumps c/o dsw, chanel bag, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, forever 21 earrings, express belt, henri bendel and vita fede rings, jewelmint, céline, and eddie borgo bracelets, dior addict extreme lipstick in paparazzi


alexander wang x h&m.

people seem to be truly gaga over the alexander wang x h&m collection. last week the hype hit a fever pitch, as the lookbook with prices was released, and wang staged a sport-inspired runway show at the new balance armory (where i've seen a few track meets). for me, the highlight of the show was the performance by missy elliott, who has been out of the limelight for quite a few years. hopefully this means she's back making music.

anywoo, maybe because i own quite a few pieces from aw and i know you can find it (and t, the more casual diffusion line) on sale, i'm not overly excited about this collaboration. but also because just about all the pieces are sports-inspired in a bit-too-sporty-for-everyday sort of way. if you're like me and work a 9-to-5, you'd be hard pressed to find a way to incorporate a cropped sweatshirt with the word "wang" emblazoned across it into your work wardrobe. so if you want something that whispers instead of shouts, get this dress above, which at $99 is a steal. the cutouts are sexy not vulgar. i'd play off its fitted silhouette and pair with an oversized cardigan or boyfriend blazer. and if you've scoured ebay in hopes of finding the coveted freja bootie you're in luck because the line will feature a new version, done in leather and neoprene.

check out the video from the show, plus some great behind the scenes photos on the coveteur and get ready for the mayhem on november 6.

photo via hm.com


the new look: long and lean.

a look from last week when it was a few (ok, at least 10) degrees warmer than it is now. it sort of looks like i'm wearing my dad's shirt—and the print is reminiscent of a hand towel—but i love it. it's just oversized enough (given my newfound love of oversized), and shows a sliver of black mini.

H&M shirt (similar), rvn skirt, vince pumps, marc jacobs bag, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, banana republic and jest jewels necklaces, céline and jewelmint bracelets, alex mika and vita fede rings, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park