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)

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

Tory Burch at home in New York

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Love Tory Burch’s Manhattan apartment.  What a beautifully designed space (I’m a fan of stacked coffee table books).  The orange walls, the all green room.  Designed by the talented Daniel Romualdez (he did Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home), Tory’s place is a perfect balance of classic East Coast prep and reflects Tory’s style to a T.  Pun intended.

Top Picks for Fall: Part I

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I’m inspired by Kate Moss’s street style for my fall picks…

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Zip up coat by Zara ($189)

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Timex Andros Watch from J.Crew ($118)

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Chanel style quilted Ballet Flats by Ann Taylor ($88)

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Heidi Gold Plate Chain Bracelet by Tory Burch ($225)

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Foldover Clutch by Clare Vivier  ($210)

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Matchstick Jean in classic rinse by J.Crew ($115)

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Collection Valentina calf hair d’orsay pumps from J.Crew ($350)

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Terry Drop-Hem Raglan Tee from Old Navy ($16.94)

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Tuxedo style crepe blazer by T by Alexander Wang ($315)

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Roseau Croco by Longchamp ($530)

This & That

Happy Wednesday!

How are you today? I’m doing well.  Trying to figure out how to get the office back in shape again (over the weekend it became our dumping ground for “where to hide shit when company is over and fool them into thinking your house is clean.”)  It’s amazing how laundry never ends, how you can fill up a paper shredder in no time, how the recycling bin overflows and the donation pile grows by the day.  How do we have so much stuff in our house? I don’t feel like we buy a lot, it’s just a matter of not having a place for everything (I have this weird notion that the moment I throw away a receipt, the item I bought will break, rip or fall apart).  I wish I could turn the house upside down and shake it out.  And I need to sell my stroller on Craigslist before Patrick applies to high school.

A couple of cool things for the week (or what I think is cool):

We watched “The Imposter” last week and were blown away.  Unbelievable. Scary. Strange. True. You can watch it on Netflix On Demand right now.

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I want to order this “bloom” paper table runner for my next party (by Cake Kitchen, $33)

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I love this candid between Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  Wonder what he said? They’re starring in the new Coen brother’s movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis” together.

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How sweet are these landmark ring dishes from Anthropologie ($12)? Of course I love the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Digging funny gal Kristin Wiig’s sexy photos in the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

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One of my favorite authors, Jeannette Walls (“The Glass Castle”, “Half Broke Horses”),  was recently featured in New York Times Magazine about how she comes up with good stories from bad memories.

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I may have to put this double breasted trench from Zara ($99) on my wish list.  Would look great with jeans and it’s perfect for a summer evening.  I’m also loving this look from them.

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How cute are these wooden utensils from Sweet Lulu? ($10) They’d be great for a picnic or a park play date.

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Wowza! Tory Burch makes Forbes list of billionaires.  See their other list of billionaire moms.

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Lovely color combo on these ballet flats from 993 nove-nove-tre ($90) from Yoox.com.  If you’ve never explored the site for shoes (lots of cool designs from around the world), especially ballet flats, you’re in for a treat (and everything is on sale now)

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I adore the painted wooden animal figurines from Holztiger.  They look great on a book shelf in a baby or kid’s room and make nice gifts (from $8).

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Jennifer Aniston recently invested in the Living Proof hair care product line.  The only reason I bought it was because I overheard a sales woman at Nordstrom say how great it is.  I tried it and love it.  I use their restore shampoo and conditioner but their frizz styling cream  ($28) is awesome (since having P, my frizzy hair is unbelievable!).

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Excited that “Memoirs of a Hamster” has come out from Devin Scillian. ($12)  I’m sure it’s as funny as “Memoirs of a Goldfish.”

(photos courtesy of sites mentioned and linked above)

It’s in the Bag

Good morning! Instead of enjoying good mexican food and a margarita last night for Cinco de Mayo, I spent the good part of the evening in the ER with the little man who had a temperature of 104.5.  He’s fine now (why do these things always happen when Straw is out of town?). Just when I starting to get better, poor P got sick yesterday.   The good thing was the whole weekend wasn’t spoiled.  We went to a nice BBQ at a friend’s house Saturday night and hung out in the yard.  Today we’re having P’s room and our bathroom painted (as I’m trying to shove all the stuff out of one room to another (never enough time in the day to get stuff like that done.)  Straw and I are champion “shovers” of crap from one place to the next.  Just don’t venture in our garage.

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Because I love seeing what celebrities wear on red carpets, tonight is the Costume Institute Gala a.k.a The Met Ball in New York City.  The ball celebrates the annual opening of the Metropolitan Museum’s fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute.  Vogue.com will be streaming the red carpet live at 7pm EST.

Because my brother refers to me as “the bag lady,” (and I love all kinds of purses and bags) I put together a list of my favorite summery totes (as we’re starting to plan summer vacations and park picnics).  I have a stripe canvas duck bag from Baggu and it’s a great tote for the farmer’s market or to throw sand toys into.
Have a nice Monday!

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Striped Merona tote from Target ($22.49)

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Canvas Duck Bag from Baggu ($26.00)

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French stripe tote from Ballard Designs ($39.00)

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Printed Canvas Tote from Gap ($39.95)

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Sisal Navy T-stripe tote from Bamboulaltd. ($52.00)

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Bondi Beach Bag from Roberta Roller Rabbit ($95.00)

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Caracas Sisal Tote from Calypso St. Barth ($145)

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Personalized canvas bag from Iomoi (from $100 to $225)

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Woven Tequila Straw Tote by Sensi Studio ($225)


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Theresa Tall Tote from Tory Burch ($295)

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Furla Arianna Tote bag from Lord and Taylor ($298.00)

Photos courtesy of Vogue.com and all the bags above mentioned