What do you think about when you’re trying to fall asleep? Do you count sheep? Meditate? Focus on your breathing? Distract yourself with TV or books until you’re drowsy and heavy-lidded? I could use some tips. It’s an odd thing: I’m woefully sleep-deprived (have not had a full night’s sleep in close to seven months — well, longer, probably, if you count all that fitful sleep in those uber-pregnant third-trimester days before minimagpie arrived, when I woke up to pee every three minutes or so), but with all the excitement and anxiety in our life right now, I find myself laying awake for hours at a time. I’ll often read to prevent myself from going down dark holes of “but what about…” and “I have to remember…”, but that strategy often backfires and I’m suddenly sucked into a book for two hours at 3 a.m. (All that said, I’m woefully behind on my reading list for September given all the frenetic activity.)
One pro: I lay awake and distract myself with all the pretty things floating down the runway, like Chanel’s sparkle boots (shown above; more on them below) and the softest, comfiest loungewear in all the lands, and, well, other fodder for today’s 10 picks.
Pick No. 1: The Cozy Loungewear
I’ve been so harried these days, I consider it a win if I wear anything other than leggings (still love these) and t-shirts. (Gulp. Glamorous life I’m living over here.) I have been talking about Monrow for a long time but have never quite been able to stomach the idea of spending north of $100 on a pair of sweats. Well, the time has come, my friends. I need this supersoft Monrow ribbed sweater ($112) and these supersoft joggers ($124). I’ve also been lusting after these cashmere joggers, but one thing at a time.
Pick No. 2: The Glitter Boot
All the fashionistas at LFW and NYFW have been sporting these insanely loud glitter boots from Chanel ($1,575), which were seen all over the Chanel runway. I don’t know if I can pull off a knee-high sparkle, but I like the glitter trend I’ve been spotting, and these Jimmy Choos in the neutral color or, better yet, these Paul Mayers, on sale for $130 (!!!), will satisfy the craving. (Or, in a slightly different lane, these metallic silver booties!)
Pick No. 3: The Checked Blouse
Pick No. 4: The Suede Bootie
These mid-calf suede booties (on sale for $131) are pretty much perfect, in my opinion. I like the shaft length, the drape/fold styling, and I’m always a sucker for suede. I feel like the quality of nappa leather will tell you immediately how expensive the shoe was — not so for suede. The booties below could easily be an Isabel Marant retailing for north of $600. No one needs to know you got a bargain, baby!
Pick No. 5: The Chunky Knit Sweater
$20 for a slouchy chunky knit? Yes, please.
Pick No. 6: The Evening Dress
Needle + Thread has some spectacular evening dresses available for your upcoming winter wedding guest wardrobe. I especially love this embellished gown ($485). The Outnet has some great pieces of theirs on sale, including this gown, very similar to the one shown below, for over 60% off.
Pick No. 7: The Embellished Slide
Speaking of embellishment, these Loeffler Randall slides are TOO GOOD. I’m dying over them. I like to imagine myself wearing them with everything from skinny jeans to silky dresses. OK, I’ll admit it: I have a major shoe problem and need to cool it on the embellished footwear purchases.
Pick No. 8: The Chanel Perfume
I need a new winter perfume, and Chanel’s latest fragrance, Gabrielle ($105), has caught my attention, described as “based on a bouquet of four white flowers: a rich, enveloping heart of exotic jasmine shimmers with the fruity green notes of ylang-ylang, while fresh and sparkling orange blossom shines through, offering a glimpse of grasse tuberose captured at its finest.” Who writes this copy?! V. imaginative.
Pick No. 9: The Fringed Poncho
OK, this fringed and tasseled poncho ($90) looks SO cozy for fall.
Pick No. 10: The Striped + Embellished Blouse
This J.Crew top ($79) is just plain lovely, combining many trends: the statement shirt, the shirting stripe, the embroidered. Polite golf applause to J. Crew.