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Straight and Narrow

I am a huge fan of Paige Denim and recently added a new pair to my closet that I am obsessed with. The Hidden Hills Straight jean will change your life! Well, that may be an overstatement but you will certainly love wearing them and that will make you happy. This high rise, straight leg jean has a double button waistband that holds you in while eliminating muffin top. It also contains enough stretch to make them incredibly comfortable while keeping their shape in tact, no baggy bums here. The straight leg gives the appearance of a skinny jean but is better at balancing your look if you have wider thighs. Plus, their made by Paige which means they will make you look fabulous from all angles. Available in three dark shades at Paigeusa.com.

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Five For Five – Fossil

My mailbox is filling up fast and furious with holiday catalogs and I have a duty to flip through each one. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my brother and I would fight over the huge Sears toy catalog and return it to my mom with dozens of dog-eared pages in hopes she would pass the hint on to Santa. Now, I still dog-ear pages but instead pass them on to my husband in hopes of helping him with his holiday shopping. One such catalog that is is now worse for the wear is the current Fossil catalog. It is full of casual, cozy, rustic-chic pieces that will pair easily with jeans and tees. Great everyday wear that will guide you through the day in laid-back style. Here is the link to the online version of the catalog and each piece is available for purchase online at Fossil.com.

My five favorite pieces:

Better start with the shoes, my achilles heel. Seriously love these rustic boots, can’t you just see them worn with skinny dark jeans and a cozy, chunky marshmallow-colored sweater curled up by a roaring fire sipping hot chocolate.

This charcoal flannel bootie will dress up jeans and tees while running errands as well as look great paired with dark tights and a sweater dress. I love the vintage silhouette, turned up toes and stacked wooden heel.

Ahh The Mackenzie… the perfect cozy, grandpa-inspired chunky cable knit cardy. What else is there to say? A true must-have that you will reach for time and time again. Go ahead buy it in all colors, you will thank yourself later.

The Cameron Jacket is an absolute must-have barn piece, a puffer vest/jacket hybrid that comes off looking feminine and fashionable (two words not usually associated with a puffer vest). Layer over a long turtleneck or striped tee with jeans and boots. It will help keep you warm during changing fall weather.

The piece de resistance! Channel Amelia Earhart with this leather and shearling aviation inspired jacket in crisp, snow white. Rich leather and warm shearling is the perfect combination to combat a chilly day.

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Free Fur All – How To Wear A Fur Vest

We can thank Rachel Zoe for glamorizing the fur vest and making it a must-have this season. The fur vest is an easy way to jazz up your fall and winter wardrobe.

Just keep in mind these few basic tips when shopping for and wearing one:

1. Due to the bulky nature of the vest keep your bottoms slim, think leggings, skinny jeans, fitted dresses and dark tights.

2. Cinch and define your waist by adding a belt over the vest.

3. Look for vests that have a soft, silky feel that doesn’t shed (I prefer faux).

4. Stick to natural looking colors, tan, blonde, gray and black. Avoid white or you will look like the Abominable Snow Monster.

If your style is more traditional throw the fur vest over a solid, dark colored silk button-down shirt, skinny jeans and booties or leggings and knee-high boots. Layer on a long necklace and an armful of bangles (roll the sleeves up on the shirt).

If your style is fashion-forward pair your vest with a solid long sleeve black tee, sequin shorts, black tights and suede booties. Add sparkly chandelier earrings.

Try pairing your vest with a slim sweater dress, add tights and platform heels for an extra sleek look. Perfect for holiday parties or date night.

A leather tie or belt will help cinch your waist and add a bit of definition to your figure.

All fur vests and outfits available online at Piperlime.com.

Rachel Zoe wearing her signature fur vest look:

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Covetable Collection

Every season I browse through the latest styles from many of the designers I used to carry in my store, imagining which pieces I would have bought for my customers. Nanette Lepore by far is one of my absolute favorite lines and this season is chock full of amazing must-have pieces that look current and modern with a touch of vintage charm that will have true staying power. Each piece is truly an investment that can be worn again and again. This collection seriously has me missing buying at wholesale! All pieces available online at NanetteLepore.com.

Vine Talk Dress: Bohemian flare and elegant ease, pair now with high-heeled loafers and wear later with patterned tights and boots. It can even pitch hit at a casual holiday party.

Tasting Top: If separates are more your speed, try this top with skinny jeans and jeweled flats or skinny black tuxedo pants and dressy booties.

It’s never to early to start thinking about the holidays and these dresses are the cream of the crop, sure to make you the best dressed.

Nanette Lepore’s tailoring is unprecedented making her jackets and coats fit like a glove. The Napa Valley Coat in teal will add a punch when worn with your basic black and brown and the Riesling Coat’s rich tweed and fur collar will glamorize anything, even when worn to the gym over your workout clothes.

An amazing collection of dressy blouses that can be worn with everything from jeans to pencil skirts to tuxedo pants. Wear to work under a suit or out to a party with sparkly jewelry.

Two of the sexiest basic black skirts, wear with anything and everything and look amazing.

The perfect basic black dress, exceptionally made that will last forever. A true elegant workhorse with a chameleon-like quality. Change it’s entire look with a mix of different accessories, go casual with dark tights, booties and a scarf or wear with sky-high stilettos and a big statement necklace. It’s the perfect base to show off a fabulous range of accessories. Plus it looks like something Kate Middleton would have in her closet.

Love the mix of feminine and tough in this military-inspired sweater. I plan on wearing it with leggings and flat boots as well as to the barn with breeches and riding boots to keep me cozy during early morning, chilly riding lessons.

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Fall Fashion-Equestrian Style

Fashion has a long history of taking design inspiration from the horse world. Just look at Ralph Lauren’s iconic polo pony logo, Gucci’s snaffle bit detail, everything Hermes, knee-high boots modeled after riding boots and the constant return of jodhpur inspired leggings. Equestrian chic holds a certain allure; full of luxury, sport, and rich history. As a horse person I am thrilled when high fashion tips it’s head to the world of horses and riding.

This year SmartPak (the go-to place for all things horse related) tipped it’s head to fashion and composed a fall fashion look book full of gorgeous outfits to wear in and out of the barn. The boots featured are drool worthy and will look great worn with breeches or skinny jeans. Click here to see the full look book.

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Hidden Treasure

As I mentioned in my last post (Unlikely Places), my brother is getting married and that has precipitated the search for an amazing outfit to wear to said wedding. After finding the perfect dress, I was in need of an amazing statement necklace. While searching the web in vain for a necklace that was the perfect mix of bold yet dainty, I stumbled upon this hidden treasure.

Ayana Designs creates modern necklaces with a vintage feel. Each piece is hand-made and absolutely stunning. The attention to detail as well as the mix of colors, materials and textures make for little treasures that will bring you years of joy. Each piece can be worn dressy or casual, the sky’s the limit! Available online at Ayanadesigns.com.

The necklace I bought:

The next necklace I want next:

Love these too:

How gorgeous is this bracelet!

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Unlikely Places

Great fashion items can come from unlikely places. Case in point: On a recent trip to Talbots with my mom, who was on the hunt for something to wear to my brother’s wedding, I took a surprisingly large number of garments into the dressing room to try myself. I was shocked to have found some serious gems to add to my early fall wardrobe.

Talbots has recently stepped up their fashion game, adding more fashion forward yet still classic pieces to their offerings. The quality is superb and the pants can be a bit more forgiving (if you have hips or thighs) than other contemporary brands like J Crew. Just ignore the more mature looking styles and hone in on the fashiony pieces and remember it’s all in how you wear them!

The pieces I bought: (all available at Talbots.com)

This silk diamante top’s slouchy yet sexy silhouette is right on trend to wear with dark skinny jeans and high heel booties or straight black pants and strappy platform heels.

Button-down silk utility shirts are popping up everywhere for fall and look amazing paired with cropped skinny pants and flats or tucked into a glamorous pencil skirt with high-heeled loafers. The open neck is perfect for displaying a chunky statement necklace. If you are busty, this shirt also fits and buttons better over “the girls” than other brands.

I love long cardigans and this is the longest one I have ever seen and it’s amazing on! The perfect go-to piece to throw on over a silky tank and cropped pants.

This lightweight merino wool batwing sweater is super versatile, wear now by itself and later layered over a striped long sleeve tee with jeans for a comfy, casual weekend look.

If you are a fan of the “Minnie” pant from J Crew, then you will love these because they actually fit and wear better. The perfect elegant black ankle pant, so Audrey Hepburn.

A super cute and simple suede high heel booty that will look great with patterned tights and skirts or slouchy rolled boyfriend jeans.

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Cheap Trick: Toughen Up

It has been an insanely hot summer and I am dreaming of cooler days and the slew of boots, sweaters and jeans that go with it. Stores and websites are slowly pushing their summer stuff out the doors with deep discounts and trickling in rich colors, cozy sweaters, new denim and a slew of boots. Now is the time to be on the lookout for items that can be worn now and later, adding newness to your weary summer wardrobe while also helping you transition into fall mode.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when these booties showed up in my e-mail inbox courtesy of a Nine West e-mail. They are super chic and sophisticated with a tougher, rocker edge. Perfect to buy now and wear in place of wedges with rolled boyfriend jeans as well as structured shift dresses (the black will add an edge to colored dresses and the brown will look amazing with creamy neutrals). Then as the weather turns cooler pair them with skinny jeans or tights and skirts.

Did I mention they look way more expensive than their $139 price tag? Available in three colors at NineWest.com.

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Juicy Lips

My husband had me help answer phones at his office a few weeks ago and I spent a fair amount of time online shopping. Sephora was my boredom breaker of choice and I stocked up on all of my faves as well as tried a few new things.

The product I was most excited to get and try was Yves St Laurent’s Volupte Sheer Candy lipstick. It was lauded high and low by pretty much every beauty editor in print and online. Since I am a sucker for a good sales pitch, I just had to have my own shiny silver tube of “the best summer lipstick” that will make your lips look juicy while also creating world peace. I figured that was a lot for a lipstick to live up to but I was willing to sacrifice my lips for science and give it a try.

I am happy to report that the beauty editors had it right; it is the best summer lipstick. Each tube of fruit-filled color swipes on a sheer wash of berry-liciousness, leaving your lips soft, shiny and like you just took a bite out of a ripe piece of fruit. My only complaint is that it wears more like a gloss than a lipstick, meaning it does not have a lot of staying power. But hey, in this heat I am not sure I could take a thick lipstick and this fills the void nicely!

Yves St Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy ($30) is available in 6 colors (I recommend the Mouthwatering Berry and Luscious Cherry) at Sephora.com.

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IPhone Couture

Every fashionable woman knows that good style comes down to the details and that every accessory can make or break a good outfit. Cell phones have become an accessory in much the same way as briefcases, wallets and sunglasses, lending style and showing a bit of your personality. Show your colors and personalize your iphone with one of these preppy, colorful monogrammed covers. Available in a variety of patterns and colors ($49.95) at Paper Concierge. Which one do I choose?

PS They also make great gifts for your friends, family members or bridesmaids!

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