On this post, the Chanel it shoe of the season and the best dupes as well, and the J. Crew 40th Anniversary book..
Hi friends it’s been a quick week and I feel like it was a busy one since I had Signature Style with Cindy on Tuesday! I’ve been getting excited for fall after writing more about the trends..
We have so much pushing us to buy new and refresh for the season.. On Friday, I shared this as it’s so timely.. I found a few hidden gems in the closet, that actually look pretty current.. I would bet a lot of us have a ballet flat, a chunky sweater, even a jean that could be cut and worn as a boot crop.. See what you have in the closet before you buy. It may be cooler than what’s being sold for fall- and more unique too! Plus you’ll shop for what you truly need when you do go.
The Chanel Look Shoe for Fall…
After going through the closet and finding some things that work for fall- (like a pair of ballet flats at the bottom of a basket ), I noticed I could use a pair of shoes that can work for dresses that’s not a sneaker, boot or high heel.
I love the look of the Chanel shoe and I think the slingback with a chunky heel would be what I am missing in the closet.
These are good current options if you love that look and the original…
The latest iteration of a slingback in a lower heel by the original -Chanel, ( You can also look for resale versions, beware many are asking the same or more as the new cost which is $1,100. Options at here, here, and here.)
Also linked in pics- top left to right- the French Sole is a beautiful version of the timeless slingback and popular, the Sam Edelman has a square toe and a cutout, Anne Taylor has also a slingback flat, Tory Burch – her ballet flat is chic as well as a heeled version , and VanEli has a fun quilted take.
Keep a few good catalogs in the closet..
Is there a catalog you love? I say catalog because sadly it’s been a while since a fashion magazine has given me a great outfit idea..Maybe there is a catalog you wish you could buy all the outfits? Juliet had a really smart Insta post a few weeks ago and said recreate those looks you’ve seen with what you have. It’s surprising what we have.
It’s not always easy remembering the looks and the simplest way may be to keep that catalog in the closet. I did that with the Jenni Kayne fall look book. There’s a whole lot of cute looks that are really simple, but nicely styled. Use one as a guidebook of sorts and when you’re bored of your clothes, see what you can make the same or similar looks using what you have.
The J. Crew 40th Anniversary Book..
Speaking of catalogs, I am a total J. Crew fan girl so the new book, J. Crew- Forty years of American Style is on my wish list. It’s pricey, but a lovely coffee table book and how fun to read all these stories of those who worked for and modeled for them, like Adam Scott..Hard to believe it began as only a catalog when we first got it and you had to mail in or call as there was no online! Seems a lifetime ago.. Love this video clip of the book..
On My Radar
This jacket from Vuori may be one of my most loved pieces I bought last year. I wear it for tennis and for everyday running about..It’s soft, lightly warm and easily packed for travel. I am so excited to see it’s back in more pretty colors. I can’t decide between the pistachio, mauve or black.
These Trader Joe’s Everything Rolls are a weekly dinner go-to. I usually do some kind of toasted sandwich with them on a busy night. Last night I used slices of Jarlsberg, leftover roasted chicken, and sun-dried tomatoes. I just roast them for a few minutes sliced open at 350, take them out and add the ingredients, and roast another five minutes. They are delicious!
No surprise Homegoods has their Halloween stuff out. There is a lot of junk, to be blunt, but there are some things of quality and the Sand & Fog soaps and candles that come from California are some of them. Right now they have a White Pumpkin hand soap that does not smell sweet, but expensive and lovely. I bought this plastic one, but it also comes in an etched glass version with bats.. SO CUTE for $4.99. They aren’t online, so you’ve got to make the trek there- and hunt, but they make a nice hostess gift for this time of year too.
I’ve had a few people ask me about our yard this week, and it’s still doing well more than three years in. We do not regret removing the lawn and putting in natives at all! An article this week also inspires about how Cornell is developing sustainable grasses that require no fertilizers and mowing only twice a year. Don’t miss the hundreds of comments – worth reading with ideas on how some people said adios to the lawn BS.
Pretty in Newport Beach..
I just fell in love with this darling home in Newport Beach I saw in Frederic Magazine. The designer is Casey Hill and photos were by Laure Resen. You can follow the talented Casey on her Instagram and on her website... Much more to love on the original post on Frederic.
The Blue Zones guys Dan Buettner’s show ‘ Live to 100’ began on Netflix and Max and I started to last night and it’s good. There are four episodes and last night was all about the Okinawans and some reasons why they live the longest.
A friend recommended the documentary about the clothes and behind the scenes of the making of ‘And Just Like That,’ and I really enjoyed it. The trailer is here.
If you missed the Signature Style post on my Fall Wish List there are some good pieces to consider..
Last Weekend’s post, I shared about the French tradition of la rentrée, reconnecting with your people now that summer is over, a great trench for California, and more..
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