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Get Your Stripes On

A cold, crisp north wind has finally pushed away all memories of the hottest summer on record and put a spring in my step as well as a spring in my horses hooves! It’s time to dig out and dust off your coats and your horse blankets. I’ve had my eye on a Horseware Newmarket Fleece Dress Sheet for my horse and a Horseware Newmarket Fleece Jacket for me. The super-soft anti-pill fleece will be extra cozy for cool fall days as well as make a great base layer on really cold days. The preppy stripes in striking colors add a fashiony touch to traditional solid colors, giving your and your horse’s wardrobe a little zing.

Wear your fleece jacket with jeans or breeches and don’t forget to layer with a fur lined-hooded vest on colder days. Available in three colors at DoverSaddlery.com.

The Horseware Newmarket Fleece Dress Sheet is made from an anti-pill, double-bonded fleece which offers excellent thermal and wicking properties. Cross surcingles and two-surcingle front closures. Sizes 63″-87″ (3″ increments). Available in 4 colors at Shop.Horseware.com. On really cold winter days layer it with your horse’s thick winter blanket for an extra bit of warmth.

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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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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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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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Quenched

My best friend is a major beauty junkie and she recently shared a few of her favorite must-haves with me. Included in my box of beauty goodies was a tube of First Aid Beauty’s Ultimate Repair Cream. It is beyond amazing at quenching dry skin!

Just one little dab and any dry skin vanishes, leaving soft, smooth and glowing skin. It also works great when added to your daily lotion to maintain moisturized skin. My legs get so dry in the summer from the heat and constant use of self-tanners but this cream combats the dryness. Add this to your shopping cart next time you are browsing Sephora.com.

Available in a tub ($28) or an on-the-go tube ($12). Put one on your bathroom counter and one in your purse.

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Tried, True and Looking New

I am seriously loving Diane von Furstenberg’s newest addition to her long line of amazing dresses. The Agata is a sophisticated yet playful take on a 1980’s cocktail dress. The bow detail (a nod to the 80’s) combines with elegant draping and form fitting structure to create a stunning and modern dress perfect for a cocktail party, wedding or work related dinner. The silhouette is sliming yet forgiving and works on all ages. Available in three colors and one print ($385) at dvf.com and net-a-porter.com.

The jewel hued red Agata will look stunning now worn with nude heels and can do double duty during the holidays with leopard heels or boots.

Stand out from the crowd in the apple green Agata made from sumptuous silk. Pair with sky high nude heels or jeweled gold stilettos and big gold earrings.

I also love this black and white print, it’s very modern and will look amazing paired with red suede peep toes and an armful of bangles.

Buy it in black for an investment piece that will never go out of style. Wear it season after season mixing up your accessories.

Sneak Peek into Fall: The long sleeve version of this dress for Fall is stunning. Plus, do you know how hard it is to find a long sleeve cocktail dress?!

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The Weekender

Summer is all about traveling, whether you are setting off on a long holiday or a short weekend getaway. Thanks to Deux Lux, travel has become a lot more stylish. Deux Lux has created the perfect weekender duffle bag, equals parts sturdy, utilitarian, stylish and fun. They took standard cotton canvas and dressed it up with brilliant sequins, simple yet perfect. Why shouldn’t your duffle bag look as great as you?

Now, what color do I get? Available in three sizes (Small $80, Medium $93, Large $119) and multiple colors at deuxlux.com.

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The Bee’s Knees

Harsh, dark lipstick seems to look out of place in the summer time, clashing with light and airy clothing and melting into a hot mess in the summer sun. Stash your favorite lipsticks until fall and swipe on a tinted lip balm. Your lips will appreciate the extra moisture and you will love the rosy sheen of color they lend to your pucker.

My newest addiction in the form of a tinted lip balm comes from the Guru Of All Things Organic, Burt’s Bees. Their tinted lip balm is full of organic and good for you ingredients, as well as a hint of color. They leave your lips soft, full and juicy colored. There is no gloss or glitter and they glide on without leaving your lips sticky. Available in 6 shades from neutral to pink to red. I currently own Rose and Red Dahlia and plan to add the rest to my makeup drawer, purse and car. Available online at burtsbees.com.

PS Not a paid advertisement, I just wanted to share my favorite lip balm.

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Go Undercover

It seems like every year when spring gives way to summer many women forget to make adjustments to their undergarments to echo the new lightweight, light colored and breezy garments they are donning to beat the heat. I am always shocked when I see my first black thong showing through white pants. I mean how hard is it to look in the mirror before you leave!

In order to avoid these major faux pas keep these tips in mind when getting dressed:

Always, always wear nude colored underwear under white or other light colored pants. Leave the bright colors, whites and prints in the underwear drawer when wearing anything white.

A thong does not always look invisible, especially under lightweight, clingy jersey fabric and tight cotton pants. Thong lines, in my humble opinion, are way worse than panty lines! If you see thong lines switch to a no show, invisible edge pair of panties or boy shorts.

T-shirts and tank tops reign supreme in the summer and they demand a few bra changes. First invest in a great t-shirt bra that will look smooth under all tees and tanks, leave your lace bras in the drawer when wearing a lightweight tee. Only wear nude colored bras under white tops.

I am also totally against allowing your bra straps to show with tank tops and halter tops, this is not a fashion statement, you look like you belong on Jerry Springer. If your bra straps are showing switch to a strapless bra, end of story. I am not a fan of clear bra straps either, we can still see them and you still look trashy. Go strapless!

Also, on the subject of lightweight, clingy jersey fabric that dominates summer dresses, make sure you look at yourself from all angles before walking out of the house. Yes, these dresses are cool and comfy but they can show every lump and bump in a not so flattering light and often need support garments underneath that zero out their cool and comfy quotient. Unless you have zero percent body fat and no cellulite you might consider breezy chiffon or linen when looking for casual dresses or invest in great support garments.

My favorite summer supporting cast:

Soma Vanishing Edge Hipster literally looks invisible under anything and everything you wear. Buy them in nude to wear with all your whites. Truly Amazing!

Soma Travelers Allura Underwire T-Shirt Bra is the best I have found, it provides seamless, full coverage all day shape-enhancing support while being extremely comfortable.

Invest in Spanx’s Bra-Cha-Cha Strapless Bra and Bra-llelujah Racerback Bra to keep bra straps from ruining your sleeveless and strapless tops and dresses.

Spanx Hide and Sleek Full Slip is 5% slip and 95% personal trainer! It keeps you looking slim and toned under lightweight, clingy fabrics.

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