Happy Friday

I am sitting here eating a mini frozen Twix. I need to get this Halloween candy out of the house. We asked P if he wanted “The candy witch” to visit (he puts all of his Halloween candy under his bed and the “witch” takes the candy and leaves him a present) and he thought about it for a long time, and then said no. This morning he asked where his candy was and said, “I just want to play with it” when I told him he needed to eat breakfast first. It was great seeing him super excited last night. He couldn’t get enough and it was fun to see it finally click with him. My favorite was he told our 5 year old neighbor Ella, who was dressed as a witch, that “her face looked beautiful.” I melted.

So Straw and I want to plan a little trip somewhere together but not sure where to go #WhitePeopleProblems.  I really want to go to South Carolina, but as we head into winter, I’m not sure I’m down with freezing cold.  I’m always up for NYC, but he doesn’t like it there.  He suggested Hawaii which would be lovely, but I kind of want to go somewhere I’ve never been.  The Caribbean is too far.   I don’t like Mexico.   I would love to do an East Coast trip and do Maine or road trip it and do a bunch of little East Coast towns.  Ideas?

This is my new favorite purchase and it’s nice and cozy (and I need to move away from stripes)

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Double zip sweater by J.Crew ($98)

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Cutie pie Blaire Eadie of Atlantic – Pacific collaborated with Bauble Bar on some pretty fabulous pieces.  I love the Birds of Paradise bib for $48.  If you’ve never seen Blaire’s blog, you definitely need to check it out!

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I’m putting Jeffrey Alan Mark’s “The Meaning of Home” new coffee table book on my Christmas wish list.

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This Halloween costume was pretty incredible.  Hard to believe it’s Heidi Klum!

Saturday Night Live’s take on a Wes Anderson horror movie is pretty genius.

Tonight I’m going to a wine and cheese party and then have photo shoots all weekend which I’m looking forward to.  Christmas card photos are in full swing!  P and Straw are going on an “adventure” to go camping and duck hunting.  Hope you have a great weekend!

C

The perfect shoe

Ever find the perfect shoe that perfectly suits you? I was surfing Nordstrom.com last night while watching “Homeland” and came across this flat. It pretty much sums up everything I love about beautiful shoes but also fits my criteria of shoes that I’m obsessed with (black and tan combinations, ballet flat, pointed toe, cool designer, decently priced, feminine and would look great with a pair of jeans and army style jacket or cropped black pants and blazer).  The tan color has to be the right shade and the black and tan has to look polished together.   I know, I know…..  this shoe is super dreamy and would look great with so many outfits.

 

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Aimee flat by Tory Burch ($250)

This & That

If you’re a fan of Wes Anderson’s work (“The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Moonrise Kingdom”) like I am, you’ll definitely have to check out his new book.  It’s on my Christmas list.

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Just scored this oversized clutch from Toss designs -$40 (and the store offers monogramming in gold on the bag which makes it extra special).  Also comes in navy and black but like Steel Magnolias,  “orange is my signature color!””

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Love these Hunter Wellies in Dark Olive.  Perfect for rainy winter days and pretending you’re in the English countryside.

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Pretty cable turtleneck sweater from J.Crew that comes in every color.  Perfect with jeans, Hunter Wellies and an orange clutch!
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If you’re looking for an exciting, can’t put-it-down thriller, check out “Alex” by Pierre LeMaitre.  Story takes place in Paris.
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Angelo Merendino documented every stage of his wife’s breast cancer.  His portraits capture the emotional battle of this senseless disease.
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I like this stencil initial cuff from C. Wonder ($48).  Would make a great holiday gift.
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 These black bow pumps from Tory Burch are perfect for upcoming holiday parties.  Would look great with a sleek cocktail dress or cropped pants.
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Go inside the Chateau Marmont for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Runway show 
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I think the Teavaro bib from Bauble Bar ($36) is so pretty.
Any plans for the weekend? Saturday is usually P’s “adventure” day, where we take him somewhere top secret.  When I was growing up, my dad would take me and my brother out for “adventures” and we’d wind up at a park, at the beach, out for club sandwiches and ice cream.  The anticipation of not knowing where we were going always made it fun and we went all over the Bay Area.   Tonight we’re making Halloween cookies and watching Charlie Brown.   Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful fall weather!C

(photos courtesy of sites mentioned above)

This & That

Because I love “H.O.V.A.” (a.k.a. Jay-Z),  “Made in America” is a must see.  It didn’t disappoint.

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These J.Crew pumps are stunning.

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And these Marais USA flats would look great with a pair of boyfriend jeans

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I’m wearing this Zara dress Friday night.  Just need some gardenias for my hair and some simple glittery jewelry.

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Digging this geometric rug from Anthropologie

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If you want a fun read about an American writer living in Paris, check out Haleigh Walsworth’s blog

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Couldn’t resist getting this t-shirt for Straw

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Love these clutches from Clare Vivier.   Might have to put the maroon one on my Christmas wish list (with monogram of course).

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Wild & weird.  This deadly lake has turned animals into statues  (photos by Nick Brandt. One of my favorites….)

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I love NY socialite Olivia Palermo’s street style

Man, I’ve been in a hole.  Having to take care of a soon-to-be 4 year old with a husband out of town and a knock you down flu almost had me in tears.  I almost threw up in Safeway (which would’ve been kind of funny and ironic since I hate Safeway) and I had sinus headaches all week.  I couldn’t even sit upright.  Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.  And it’s hard when you can’t bribe a 4 year old to sleep when you want to.   I still feel crappy, but not close to what I was feeling last Monday.  And why is October so crazy busy? Birthdays, photo shoots, engagement parties, black tie events, and there is no end in sight.

Enjoy your day…..

C

Monday, Monday

How are you? How was the weekend? Ours was good.  P and I went to the gym, to a birthday party and then we hung around and relaxed all day yesterday and I did a Target run (exciting, I know! But Target is Mecca and I almost do a happy dance in the parking lot).  I’m in the planning stages of P’s 4th birthday and last night he asked Straw for a pet cobra for his gift.  Straw said, “but it can kill you” and P said, “no, it would be behind glass in my room.”  I think he thinks we can have a collection of animals over here like at the aquarium.  It’s going to start looking like Noah’s Ark if we have a dog, a rabbit, and now a snake.  Well….we’d have to have two of everything (no thanks! I’m not cleaning any more animal crap out of cages. I’m a mom, not a zoo keeper).   I’m also starting lots of fun photo shoots, trying to lose 15 pounds and convinced I’m going through menopause (hello? Night sweats anyone? Probably doesn’t help that I’m under a down comforter when it’s been 75+ degrees out).

A few things for your Monday:

Anyone see Ray Donovan last night? Holy smokes! I could barely watch it it was so disturbing but the show is soo good!

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Sarah Jessica Parker is teaming up to do a capsule collection with Manolo Blahnik exclusively for Nordstrom in the $250 to $450 range

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My new favorite Pinterest boards to peruse are Lauren Conrad’s

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Digging this bold dress from the GAP

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Beautiful & affordable coats are back in at Zara (“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”)

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Putting “The Writers Room” on my list of must watch TV.  They do a round table discussion of how the writers behind our favorite shows (“Breaking Bad,” “Dexter”) come up with ideas and character plots.

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The portrait blog, “Humans of New York.” by photographer Brandon Stanton is pretty cool.

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San Francisco socialite and  Creative Director of Swanson Vineyards, Alexis Traina, has a pretty sweet Instagram

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Wouldn’t you love a rustic retreat south of Paris like designer Isabel Marant?

We’re off to our first t-ball this afternoon at the park.  Have a good one! C

(photos courtesy of Showtime.com, Harper’s Bazaar, Google, Flickr, GAP, Brandon Stanton, Zara, Lauren Conrad, NYTimes.com)

Going green

Happy Friday! Where did the week go? Hope you enjoy this beautiful fall weekend.  Still too hot for cute jackets and jeans but excited as this is my favorite time of year.

Here are some of my green faves:

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Chelsea flats by Tory Burch ($185)

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Asymmetrical bracelet by Tai ($95)

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Stripe shirt by PLAY Comme des Garcons ($150)

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Teal Ariel Wreath necklace by Bauble Bar ($34)

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Green quilted jacket by Burberry Heritage ($595)

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Pashli leather satchel by 3.1 Philip Lim ($895)

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Nail polish by Butter London ($15)

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Spectator silk crepe dress by Tibi ($385)

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You can’t beat $17 camo flats from Target.  To quote Rachel Zoe “I die.”

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Outbound jacket from Madewell ($148)

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Color block v neck top from Banana Republic ($79.50)

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Green clutch by Givenchy ($962).  Would look great with an all black outfit

Also, check out contributing Vogue Magazine editor Lauren Santo Domingo’s killer Pinterest page

Enjoy the weekend! C

Très Chic: French Vogue’s Emmanuelle Alt

Every season there’s a look I love and this season it’s French Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt’s personal style. The cropped pants, the heels, the rock chick-meets-a simple laid back and very french look. Perfect.

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Get the look:

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Stretch faux leather pants from Michael Kors ($100)

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Black wool blazer from Zara (79.90)

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Chambray shirt, J.Crew ($72)

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Christian Louboutin pumps ($625)

Happy Labor Day weekend! It’s so nice to have three days and nothing planned.  Well, we’re doing things locally like swimming and bbq-ing but it’s nice to not be stuck in a hot car in traffic.  What are you doing? I’m in the middle of “The Silent Wife” by A.S.A. Harrison and can’t put it down.  How is it fall already? P and I are already talking about what he wants to be for Halloween (how on earth I’m going to come up with a green mamba costume, I don’t know.)  This is also a time of year that I like to do a lot of cleaning (pulling out old clothes, toys, junk!) and putting donation piles together.  I also can’t wait to throw on a chunky sweater and jeans.  It’s time!

Enjoy your weekend!