Black & Blue + Cyber Monday

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No I’m not black and blue after the frenzy of Black Friday sales; however it got me thinking about a fashion myth that has always circulated: Wearing black and blue together is one of the ultimate faux pas.  I have to disagree on every level.  I love the combo, especially with the right accessories.  Because the two colors are in similar families, the combination creates a neutral palette with a bit of contrast.

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Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim-on sale (similar here), Demim: Frame-on sale (also here-on sale), Clutch: Elizabeth and James (also love this version), Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Sunnies: Celine, Bracelet: J. Crew-30% off with HOLIDAY, Earrings: Gemma Redux, Nails: Chanel in Accessoire, Book: Kate Spade.

 

Best of Cyber Monday sales:

J Brand: 25% off sitewide with CYBER2014-My pick here

J. Crew: 30% off sitewide with MONDAY-love this piece

Piperlime: 30% off sitewide CYBERSALE-My faviorte bootie ever here

Helmut Lang: 40% off sitewide

 

Neutral bits & bobs

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I find a sneaky pre-Winter sale can sometimes be overwhelming.  It seems like it take hours to scroll through all the options and by the time my shortlist is complete, it’s quite frankly become long.  I find that using a pop up sale to snatch basics that will have staying power and get you though the season ahead, are always a good way to go. Here are my top picks for neutral gems, perfect for any closet- after perusing Shopbop’s friend & family selection (25% off sitewide with code: FAMILY25)

Watch: Nixon, Gloves: Carolina Amato, Denim: Frame, Sweater: Mason by Michelle Mason, Sunnies: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Hat: Hat Attack, Booties: Belle by Sigerson Morrison, Clutch: Clare Vivier.  

 

 

The Dark Side

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Although cooler months are ahead, I can’t seem to totally commit to wrapping myself in layers yet.  I love a good cabernet (wine and color) 🙂 – so this pencil was right up my ally.  I decided pairing a cropped top and peep toe bootie made my migration to the dark-side a little easier.

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Top: Zara (also similar here), Skirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar here & here), Booties: Steve Madden, Sunnies: Westward Leaning, Earrings: Sweetie Pie Jewelry.

Fall picks

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It happens every year.  Cozy sweaters, buttery leathers and gorgeous booties fill my inbox as the Fall collections enter stores, while outside, it is still 95 degrees.  I can never resist that first over-sized, soft knit in the anticipation of cooler weather.  (Vince is the master of these). Regardless of the current trends, I feel there are key pieces and prints that have staying power year after year. Here are some of my favorites…

{Cozy Luxury}

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Sweater: Vince,  Leather leggings: Alice Olivia, Shoes: Kate spade, Clutch: Sophie Hulme red purse

{Classic Leopard}

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Skirt: Moschino cheap & chic, Loafers: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Top: Equipment, Clutch: Clare Vivier, Pumps: Nasty Gal,  Sunnies: Sole Society, Watch: La Mer

{Neutral Story}

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Leather jacket: Vince (also here), Denim: Rag & Bone/jean, Sweater: Equipment,
Booties: Rag & Bone, Bracelet: Gemma Redux, Scarf: Leigh & Luca, Sunnies: Westward Leaning