I saw the above jacket in the J. Crew catalogue and about died. I have no real NEED for a pink coat, but holy gorgeousness Batman, do I want it (also those shoes, while we’re at it). I, like my mother, have a serious obsession with coats. Perhaps it’s genetic. Here in New England it’s easy to justify having more than necessary because for about 5 months out of the year that’s almost all people see you in! I need to edit my closet out and donate some older coats so I can make room for a couple new beauties. So I pulled together some of my fave coats right now, by type, so you can join me in my hunt for some new gorgeous toppers! ‘Tis the season, folks!
Last week I had the honor of judging the IIDA Fashion Show held at the Boston Convention Center. It’s a huge and fun event that is held annually and I was SO impressed with the level of creativity that the teams from some of Boston’s biggest interior and architectural design firms brought to the table, er, runway! The rules are that each team has to create runway looks using interior materials- from fabrics to tile, lighting, furniture parts, rugs and on and on. It’s a fascinating exploration of materials and innovative craftsmanship and I was in awe of what I saw! There is a theme every year and this year it was “coutourism”- blending couture design with the concept of tourism. People took that idea and ran with it- from actual destinations to more heady concepts of time travel, space and dreaming.
I am sure you will be as amazed with these designs as I was.
It’s been a long but short week- I’ve been bananas all week at the office, culminating in being out last night until 11:15 y’all (officially the latest I’ve stayed up since getting pregnant) while judging the IIDA New England’s Coutourism Fashion Show (I hope to post a recap next week- it was incredible and so inspiring!)
So I woke up this morning tired, behind in my schedule- hence the late post- and needing to get dressed. And as I have most days since becoming a mom- I just want to be comfy and able to move! However, I never, ever want to look like a slob. You never know who you will run into in the course of a day, and should always look somewhat pulled together (in my opinion- this also goes for while traveling!) I cringe when I see people running errands in actual Ugg slippers and pajama pants. There are so many easy ways to be super cozy and comfortable but while looking relatively chic and like you tried a little!
My formula for fall- stretchy skinny jeans (try these or these), leggings (obsessed with thesefrom Spanx because, well, mama needs a little compression and that tiny ankle slit is perfection) or faux leather leggings PLUS a big comfy sweater, cardigan, poncho or vest paired with a nice long sleeve tee. There are even sweatshirts with nice structure and design that look for like jackets than the ol’ college hoodie you have stuffed in the back of your closet.
SWEATSHIRTS (pair with nice, thick leggings and cool sneaks like these, or flay black suede booties!)l to r: 1, 2,3, 4
First of all, I want to thank all of you for your support and patience through the launch of my collection, which I am happy to say is up, functioning and priced properly! You can shop now on Wayfair and AllModern (and don’t worry, the items out of stock will be restocked next week so sign up for alerts on those items!) The baskets and lighting will be added in a couple weeks once the stock is received in the warehouse. For anyone who purchased items while the prices were fluctuating, price adjustments are in the works- and if you don’t see one on your bill in the next few days please contact customer service at the site you purchased the items. And also check out this great interview on Architectural Digest I did this week! :)
As for today, let’s chat shoes. I currently have only about 5 or 6 pairs in rotation and need some great new fall shoes so I thought I’d round up some I have and love as well as others I’d love to have!
Joules is a British brand that has been making its way into my closet (and Henry’s) over the past year. I first heard about them when I saw Erika Powell wearing one of their adorable Cowdray button collar sweatshirts on her blog a long time ago. Then my mom became a huge fan of those same sweatshirts (currently limited in inventory online- but they always seem to bring back new colors and styles of it) and then I got one. And now I’ve expanded past just that beloved item into other pieces from them. As for Henry, well there is just so much cuteness in the baby section (and all of it really well made) that it’s hard to not order everything. And today I have a great excuse to do just that as Joules is offering my readers 20% off all full-priced items with the code ELEMENTS(ends Oct 31st@)!!! Here are some of my favorite items:
I have this poncho and love it- perfect for fall, super warm and not itchy- I actually wore it just like this with a striped tee underneath. This plaid tweed coat is another awesome fall piece that is great for layering- ladylike but with menswear influence.