by martha, fall 2014, Fall Fashion, fashion trends, leather, white t-shirt

it’s just not fair…

just when the september fall fashion issues hit my mail box the ol thermometer hits 100. oh the humanity. i’m being tortured by all of the fabulous fall styles and unless i want to wear an ice suit under my clothes, i’m just going to have to wait.

so i’m in transition mode. wanting to pull out something “fallish” but not sweat like a pig. what i find is if i pair something with a fall flair with a summtertime piece it helps satisfy my craving.

today is the leather skirt. i’ve been seeing the leather skirt (or let’s just face it, lots of leather of all kinds) all over the magazines. but how do you pair it right now? let me suggest the leather flare skirt with a short sleeve tee and some wedges; the perfect balance between summertime and just enough fall.

when cooler weather finally arrives all you have to do is throw a sweater over that t-shirt, add a pair of tights or boots and voila bring on the cold.

summertime/fall leather skirt outfit

summertime/fall leather skirt outfit

banana republic leather flare skirt
piperlime vegan skirt

susana monaco leather skirt

xo
martha

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by caroline, fall 2014, Fall Fashion, things we love . . . to wear

coat check . . .

that it is predicted to be almost 100 degrees outside this weekend is not lost on me.  because, who can think about a wool coat while they are saying “cooling centers” and “heat stroke” on the local news?  not me, right?  wrong!  if you wait until it is actually cold enough to wear a wool coat, every good looking one is sure to be sold out in your size.  and this is going to be a great year for coats!  below, I have hooked you up with three prize winners that hit the racks this week at zara that you HAVE to consider and some of coats from the fall 2014 runways that surely served as inspiration.

xo,
cg

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altuzarra fall 2014, look 1

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altuzarra fall 2014, look 6

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chloé fall 2014, look 1

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chloé fall 2014, look 4

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hermès fall 2014, look 1

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the row fall 2014, look 15

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the row fall 2014, look 13

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by caroline, fall 2014, Fall Fashion, shoes

a shoe in . . .

i’m ready to call THE shoe for fall . . .  it’s early yet with the september issues having just hit the stands over the weekend.  and, we haven’t really seen the merchandise in the stores yet (at least not here in alabama).  i get this is like calling the miss america pagent before we have even seen Miss Texas.  but, still.  i can spot a winner a mile away. . . ladies and gentlemen, here she is . . . .

. . . the céline spazzolato padded wedge sandal.   did you just whence and say, “are you kidding me?” out loud to yourself?  ha!  totally NOT kidding about this.  this shoe is going to be the cinderella story . . . it’s going to grow on you so bad that, come december, you will be scratching around trying to find a pair like this in your size and cussing my name under your breath. . . .   some of you probably just cheered inside . . . some of you probably just said “the hell I will.”  either way, get ready for it . . . .

to help with the adjustment, i’ve hooked you up with some céline runway shots to help you deconstruct to look. enjoy!

xo,
cg

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céline fall 2014 runway, look 17

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céline fall 2014 runway, look 23

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céline fall 2014 runway, look 31

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by martha, fashion trends, travel

billy reid is cool

i’ve spent a lot of time lately in florence (alabama not italy) lately for work and have been impressed with this city in northwest alabama. not to mention that it is also my friend and partner’s hometown. but what is really cool about this city is billy reid, renowned fashion designer and winner of many cfda awards including men’s designer of the year.

billy reid’s flagship store is in florence, alabama in a converted bookstore with his design studio upstairs. he also has retail stores in new york, dallas, nashville and atlanta. you can also find his clothing in many bloomindales.

how to describe his style…i would classify it as southern classic with an edge. i feel like my husband could put on an outfit from his store and wear to work and then at night, just remove the tie and carry on. now he does carry women’s clothes but he is more well known for his gentlemen’s line.

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billy reid shephard vest

billy reid campbell rust blazer

billy reid campbell rust blazer

billy reid kennar navy henley

billy reid kennar navy henley

billy reid dover crew

billy reid dover crew

billy reid putnman blouse

billy reid putnman blouse

billy reid liza button down

billy reid liza button down

but let me tell you a few things that you might not know…he throws an annual party called shindigs right downtown where by the way he also has a wharehouse sale at the same time. shindigs gathers musical artists across the country. he, in my opinion, also helped revived downtown. i’ve been going to florence for almost twenty years and i haven’t seen it so vibrant in a long time. ever since he opened his store, new restaurants and stores have opened and people are returning downtown; giving credence to the phrase, “if you build it they will come”.

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by caroline, industry news, make-up, things we love...to do, vogue

makeup day . . .

it’s our lucky day . . . september 1, that is.  it’s our makeup day.  that’s the day charlotte tilbury’s make-up line hits the e-shelves stateside.  charlotte is billed as the most saught-after makeup artist in the world and is credited with developing the iconic looks of the world’s most beautiful women, like kate moss, gwyneth paltrow, jennifer lopez, and rihanna, to name a few.  and she’s created a line of her most important products, such as her “magic cream,” a pre-makeup skin plumper that “has gained cult status behind closed doors,” according to vogue.  charlotte believes while celebrities and models get the importance of makeup, most women aren’t doing their faces justice.  so, she has curated her line into different “faces” to make it simple to unlock.  from rock chick to ingenue, everything you need to accomplish the look is included in the palette.

from my research it looks like her line will be available on both www.net-a-porter.com and www.beautylish.com starting september 1.  you can sign up for notification of its arrival on either site.

so, when i suggested in my post, did you know, that you should watch the charlotte’s makeup masterclass series on the youtube net-a-porter.com channel, i was not talking to your friend who also follows this blog who could really use some help with her makeup.  i was actually talking to you.  i am totally serious about this one:  it is worth your time to stop and watch a couple of these 4 to 7 minute videos.  and i don’t suggest this so that you can learn how to make yourself “glamour shot”-ready.  i mean so you can learn some great tips on how to to enhance your features while making your makeup look more natural for everyday. trust me on this

below, i have teased out some of charlotte’s most iconic faces, a few of her products, and because we never say die around here, a couple of her makeup masterclass videos.  you can thank me later.

xo,

cg

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charlotte tilbury uptown girl luxury palette, $52

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charlotte tilbury wonderglow instant soft-focus beauty flash, $52

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charlotte tilbury full fat lashes 5 star mascara, $29

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by caroline, handbags

go far with goyar(d). . .

do you find that you assign everyone a “cool” quotient on a scale from “totally uncool” all the way up to “super cool” and, then, the pinnacle, “could not get any cooler” (a really tough category to crack, since most of us have some room for improvement)? really? it’s just me? margot shaw, editor in chief of flower magazine, is one of the few people that i had placed squarely into the “could not get any cooler” category. that was until the other day. i ran into margot in the atlanta airport where she was returning from a flower show in east hampton. and she was carrying not one but two (TWO!!!!!) emerald green goyard tote bags. mind. blown. and just like that, someone who really could not get any cooler just got a little cooler. . . i really did not think the laws of physics allowed for two goyard totes . . . .

wait, back it up.

so, the house of goyard was established in paris in 1792 (just after the french revolution) and catered to the aristocracy’s need for folding implements (you read that right) and eventually worked their way into making trunks and bags. goyard luggage is characterized by a chevron coated cloth made of hemp, linen, and cotton available in a crayola rainbow of colorways. goyard also offers hand-painted personalization with a multitude of options. while there are certainly those demigods about that buy their trunks and luggage in sets, most days, if you run across goyard, it is going to be the “saint louis” tote bag.

huddle up. here’s the deal. the saint louis totes are great looking and timeless, yes. but what makes them phenomenal is the combination of those elements with extreme practicality. unlike most other durable tote bags in the world, this bag is as light as a feather, waterproof, completely pliable and indestructible. you can fold it, roll it, stuff it, crumple it, crush it, set it down on the rainy ground, spill your water in it, and on and on, over and over and you just cannot destroy it. that means it is the perfect beach bag, the perfect diaper bag, the perfect extra bag to pack in your suitcase on vacations for toting home your unexpected finds, the perfect carry-on bag for your iPad, purse, and travel reading. the list goes on. and just carrying it makes you look 10x chicer. word.

and while the price point is going to make you choke, the truth is, this is a forever bag. this is a bag you can throw your majiang set into when you head to the game room at del boca vista, phase II, retirement community. this is a bag your daughters will fight over when you are dead and gone. this is a bag you will always use and need and it will never go out of style. so instead of investing in a bag that is sure to be out of style within the next 5 years, this year consider grabbing a super chic saint louis tote in your favorite color.

below, i have hooked you up with celebs looking super chic with their saint louis totes and some pics of girls keeping it real in the streets.

enjoy!

xo,
cg

btws, flower mag is supercalifragilistic. you really need it in your life. click here to subscribe.

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kate moss and daughter lila

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reese witherspoon

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gwyneth paltrow

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kate, again

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nicky hilton

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have i mentioned that kate moss has a goyard saint louis tote?

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leanne rimes

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shania twain

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gwyneth, again

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can you even imagine two of these? the peak of chic . . .

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