Daily Covet: Schoolboy Blazer

With a schoolboy blazer for fall, you can go virtually anywhere.

Wear a schoolboy blazer to work with a pencil skirt.  Wear a schoolboy blazer on a date with jeans and heels.  Or wear a schoolboy blazer over a pair of cargo pants to run your weekend errands.

No matter where you wear your blazer, you’ll look polished and stylish.

I have a navy velvet blazer, but am on the hunt for a charcoal or black schoolboy blazer, nipped in at the waist, that I can wear with the sleeves rolled or not.

This cute TALULA shrunken blazer from Aritzia is perfect for my needs, and it’s inexpensive too!

What’s your must-have item for fall dressing?

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Daily Covet: Classic Vans in Checkboard

Vans were as common, if not more so, than underwear when I was growing up in Southern California.

Classic Vans were worn by skateboarders, BMX riders and surfers starting in the early 70’s.  And although, Vans have always been popular, they have had a resurgence the last few years as they have put out more styles and colors.  And as J.Crew picked up Vans for their Crewcuts line for kids, Vans are once again a household name all over the country.

Of course, I have always loved the look of vans, but now I am thinking practicality too.  My youngest son is a few weeks away from starting preschool.  In order to save myself and his teachers some time and angst, I’m thinking I want to order him these adorable checkerboard Vans in bright blue and orange.

As I mentioned in my blog several weeks ago, color is king.  And these Classic Vans slip-ons definitely boast some color.  What a cute addition to a little boys wardrobe, which doesn’t have the option of fun, frilly details like a girl’s would.

My hope is that he’ll love the independence of putting on and taking off his own shoes as needed.  I know I will!

Poignant this morning, as I send my son off to his first day of kindergarten.

Bright, shiny objects!

I find this post from Robert Chen fascinating:

According to scientists, we’re 99% the same, genetically.

Yes, the same.

Not similar, not close, not related. Exactly the same. And that’s actually a good thing.

Here’s why:

Imagine a world where we were all very different. What would it be like? Well …

Pharmaceutical companies would have to invent a different drug to cure the same disease for every person in the world. No one would read Stepcase Lifehack or any other personal development and productivity blog because useful tips about being successful for one person won’t work for someone else. Research institutes would collapse overnight. What would our children look like?

You get the point.

But take a look around you. What do you see? Do you see how similar we are or do you see our differences?

We’ve been trained and wired to notice the 1% that makes us different and this is…

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Daily Covet: YSL Crossbody Bag

YSL.  I know, I know, so out of my league right now.

This YSL Bassace Cross-body bag is so yummy, and fall is the perfect time for cross-body bags, if you ask me.  I love pairing them with skinny jeans and knee-high boots.

This cross-body bag is a cool, muted gold, which is still big as far as metals (metallics) go.  And it looks great with all the delicious jewel tones that are big this fall too!

What do you think?  What’s your favorite bag style for fall?

Back to School

I’m sending my first born to school in 6 days.
He’s excited.  I get knots in my stomach just thinking about it.
He’s ready, but I can’t believe he’s going to be gone all day, every day.  He’s been with me for almost 6 years… my buddy. my associate.  my Tomas the Train enthusiast.  my personal shopper.  my lunch date. my baby.
So, in honor of my little guy’s first day of school, I’ve put together a fun collection of “Back to School” items that any girl could show off — in class or otherwise!

Daily Covet: Sachin + Babi Dress

I need a dress.

My husband and I are going to Vail in September.  His cousin is getting married, and it’ll most likely feel pretty fall-ish up there in the mountains.

That means I’ll want to be thinking fall colors, and what better color than this “leaves turning red” red dress?

From the front, this Sachin + Babi dress is classic and elegant with plenty of ruching and a simple cut.  The back features an exposed zipper in bold black, which always adds a touch of modern, if you ask me.

If it turns out to be downright cold, I can throw a classic, black satin trench over it.  If it’s warm, the sleeveless style will be perfect.