Falling into Place

I always get “frost-bite” this time of year — that hankering for colder weather, the smell of autumn, and all of the fun holidays fall brings with it.  (Mr. Magpie and I have a dear set of friends who have celebrated “Octoberfest” with us for several years in a row — we carve pumpkins, down spiked cider and brewskis, watch scary movies, and eat homemade pretzels and schnitzel.  It is the best.  I just can’t imagine fall in Chicago without them — it’s sort of heartbreaking…miss you, B + M!)  To stave off the homesickness, let’s focus our energy on something positive, i.e., the amazing fall wardrobe I have planned for myself.  (Sorry, Mr. Magpie.  You might want to avert your eyes at the financial catastrophe this blog post might yield.)  The strangest thing has happened as I’ve been filling e-shopping carts with goodies for the cooler climes — I’ve been gravitating towards forest green.  Now this is a strange moment.  I normally turn up my nose at any dark, “burnt,” colors — no rust, browns, maroons for me.  And now — forest green?!  It just feels right, y’all.  I mean — what can be wrong about this Vanessa Bruno capelet ($1,090)?!  So yummy and refined.

A slam dunk with other fall must-haves, like this darling brown leather watch from Kate Spade ($215) and this chunky link bracelet (slightly menswear-inspired — me likey — $78):

And this signet ring ($98 and up depending on metal) finishes the look with panache:

Other top picks?!  This unbelievable statement necklace from Beth Lauren ($132),  these Croc-effect burgundy loafers ($56), and this Phillip Lim clutch ($427):

This would all look spectacular paired with a chunky Peter Jensen waffle knit sweater ($295)


A scarf with an edge (this McQueen puppy — $445 —  just never goes out of style) adds the perfect slouchiness to the look:



Now, the ultimate closet addition would be this Marni dress ($1,070), which I’d wear every day of the week and twice on Tuesday.  I just love it.  Love the frilly sleeves, the print, the length.  It is the perfect transitional item.  And it would look oh-so-fetching with these Beth Lauren drops ($132):

I’d wear it with nude flats (these are perfection) and then with boots (love the nude color of these Loeffler Randalls — $695)…and would, in a dream world, finish with the Reed Krakoff Atlantique bag ($1,995):



Might be perfection with this Rachel Zoe pendant ($350 — loving her entire new collection) —

— AND these sloafers will definitely make their way into my closet at only $39!  I think I’ll snag the denim or black ones, though…

Finally, ending on a high note — OMG.  The YSL Cabas bag ($2,150).  TO.DIE.

EEEEP.  Fall!


  1. Totally agree, Summer. I love that Loeffler has been expanding into bags, too — such cool picks! I need.need.need. those Riley OTK boots. I’ve been drooling over them for about 2 years straight.


  2. i normally reserve my lusting for shoes…but lately the bags have just been outrageous! that YSL is amazing. speaking of shoes…Loeffler Randall has really been bringing their A game the last couple of seasons, and fall is the best yet in my opinion. still a solid month of hot summertime here in NC though, so i’m trying not to get too excited!

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