Mule-ing It Over.

In Accessories, Black, Fresh Combos, Shoes on June 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

So, 2016 is the year of the mule.  It’s back in a big way.  [Carrie Bradshaw style lovers exhale with relief.]  And this makes me laugh for several reasons:

  1.  There was a time, not so long ago, that I vowed never to wear mules again.  “They’re soooo passe!  And they don’t do anyone’s legs any favors!” I exclaimed authoritatively, willfully ignoring the truth-known-to-all-women: what comes around goes around.  And damn it if I’m not kicking myself for chucking a few pieces I considered “flash in the pan” that have since come back in vogue.
  2. My Dad has, for many years, referred to any shoe he does not care for as, simply and uncomplicatedly, and regardless of shoe style, “a mule.”  It could be a pointy-toed stiletto or a flat sandal.  If he doesn’t find it attractive, he’ll refer to it as “a mule.”  I find this incredibly charming for many reasons–first, that he’s crafted his own masculine lexicon for referring to fashion that makes sense to him, and second, that, at some point in his life, he somehow learned the word “mule,” far as it is from his day-to-day life.
  3. In college, during a particularly heated game of “Battle of the Sexes” (have you played that game? You essentially ask the guys questions about “girly things” and girls questions about “manly things” — sorta reductive and I feel probably very passe/”in poor taste”(?) in 2016).  One of my husband’s best friends was asked a question: “In fashion, what is a mule?”  His answer: “The woman who helps prepare models to walk down the runway.”  LOLOLOLOL.  What creativity.  [This, and we still lost because we couldn’t remember the name of a Phillips screwdriver.]

So, in honor of these hilarious anecdotes, I introduce the shoe of 2016: le mule.






Some ways to get the look:

+I saw a super chic lady sporting these Balenciagas (on sale for $592) along with a simple black leather jacket and black skinnies and she was ROCKING at life.

+This pair from Raye are Balenciaga lookalikes, but way cheaper ($177).

+These embellished Fendi mules ($900) are giving me life.  How fun with a simple LBD?  Love a statement shoe.

+Mansur Gavriel recently branched out from its cult-inducing bucket bags to tackle footwear, and these sueded mules in a rainbow of colors have been flying off the shelves.  I like them best in red ($475) or nude ($475).  The chunkier styles (shown above, in the 2nd-to-last snap) are also raging — score one of the last pairs here for $625.

+This pair of banded mules from Rachel Zoe ($206) is perfect for the season.

+And, of course, there’s the Gucci Webby crossover mule, shown twice above, which have grown on me in such a major, inexplicable way.  At first I was skeptical.  Then curious.  Then obsessed.  I like them in gaudy, outlandish gold ($595 — VEGAS, BABY!  But also, Reese Witherspoon wore them and they look ahmazing) or neutral ($595).

+For those intrigued by the Webby but not willing to shell out the big buxxxx, there’s this pair of lookalikes from Jeffrey Campbell for $135.


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In Accessories, Beauty Products, Bombshell, Cocktail Dresses, Fresh Combos on June 23, 2016 at 8:10 am

Hi lovely ladies.  Thought I’d share today what’s been hovering at the top of my shopping list for the past week or so: Pick1 I absolutely cannot resist an LWD in summer, setting aside how freaking impractical they are.  And this one ($112) is no different.  I just imagine wearing it over a tanned shoulder to a romantic dinner date and I’m sold. dress2 dress1 Pick2 I’ve seen so many chic peas wearing white Ked-like sneakers over the last few seasons, and I want in.   s4 s3 s2 s1   Now, the question is — what pair?  Supergas ($65) are a classic, and an affordable option at that.  These Rag + Bones ($325, also shown below) have also caught my attention.  Of course, the Adidas by Raf Simmons pair (on sale for $141!) has gotten a lot of street style wear — though these Kaanas ($119) give them a good run for their money, especially with their funky leopard print splash.  What do you think? Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 5.49.08 PM Pick3 These gold pineapple tumblers ($34 each) make me want to throw a party or lay poolside with a cocktail…or both.  And how cute would these paper plates ($6) be alongside?!  Especially if you’re serving hors d’oeuvres with these precious food picks. Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 5.59.42 PM   Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 6.01.58 PM   Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 6.02.47 PM Pick4 This shimmering body oil ($98) looks so rich and indulgent and perfect for summer.  I love all of Tom Ford’s fragrances.  Right now, I’m wearing (and LOVING) his Neroli Portofino scent, which smells like beach in a bottle. Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 6.04.06 PM Pick5 Talk about traveling in style ($400). Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 6.07.31 PM Pick6 I absolutely LOVE this pinafore dress ($300).  I imagine pairing it with a pair of classic Dr. Scholls ($88) and a funky woven clutch ($30). Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 7.57.59 PM     Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.00.00 PM   Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.02.46 PM Pick7 Speaking of clutches, I know I’ve been featuring a lot of precious embroidered box styles in the $200 range recently — epic pieces like this Serpui Marie floral ($233) and this catcus print from Kayu ($184).  So I was SO FREAKING EXCITED to find a $98 strawberry patterned one at Anthro and immediately snatched it up.  Perfect with LWDs this summer. Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.05.40 PMScreen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.03.59 PM Pick8 I’ve seen a bunch of chic peas wearing these platformed espadrilles from Chloe ($625). ss2 ss1 Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.12.29 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.10.48 PM I’m intrigued.  Apparently they’re uber comfy.  And these lookalikes give the Chloes a run for their money at only $160. Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.16.00 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.15.54 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.15.49 PM Pick9 For years, I’ve been keeping our bathrooms stocked with Molton + Brown hand soap ($28) — and I’ve hooked many-a-guest (including my mother!) on their elegant scents.  This rhubarb + rose concoction is my absolute favorite.  Just restocked my powder room with it! soap Pick10 I know I’ve been all over Self Portrait this season (such.fab.dresses), but I’ve come across a couple of labels that are putting out that lacey/mixed-medium look for a fraction of the cost.  Check out this top ($79) or this coordinating top ($98) and skirt ($98).  Or this $45 (!!!!) white lace dress.  WOW.  Or this Tularosa ($180) — also available in top form here for $138 (get the look for less with this $51 steal).  But P.S. There are lots of Self-Portrait beauties on sale right now, including this dress I just snapped up, and this stunner.  And this navy lovely is a slam dunk. sp3 sp2 sp1

Summer Livin.

In Accessories, Americana, Brights!, Denim on June 22, 2016 at 10:23 pm

This is the kind of outfit I plan to wear to summer BBQs:

+marbleized shades (Le Specs, $125);

+the cutest top I’ve ever seen (Saloni, $295);

+white skinnies (JBrand, $175);

+Dr Scholls ($88).


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Other options to mix in:

+Innika Choo tunic ($249);

+K Jacques sandal (on sale for $103!);

+Funky Tory Burch clutch (on sale for $315 — WOW!);

+Denim top ($56);

+Statement necklace ($115);

+Patterned clutch ($48);

+Red top ($160).

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+Or, how about a striped sweater (Petit Bateau, on sale for $124);

+Seavees sneaker ($78);

+Ramona maxi dress ($395);

+Charlotte Olympia watermelon tote (on sale for $995);

+Needlepoint pillow ($165);

+Red flounce-sleeved dress ($128);

+Striped clutch ($39).

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