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you just have to have it

as i said before this time of year is hard. you’re kind of tired of your summer clothes but the first hint of fall is coming in. but seriously who wants to buy a truly fall piece when it’s 100 degrees outside so the goal is transition pieces. the jcrew catalog came in the mail this week and this dress called my name.

i love dresses, especially for work. it is one piece dressing. when you are running late but you still look together, a dress is the answer. plus you can throw a blazer over your dress or a sweater and voila you got some other looks. i used to shy away from prints; a solid dress is just easy and plus i thought if i wore a print everyone would remember it but that’s the point everyone will remember it.

i posted about my black halo dress a while back and i still wear it and get compliments each time i throw it on. i plan on treating this jcrew dress the same way. i’ll wear it now and then when it gets cooler, i’ll throw a blazer or cardigan over it and carry it on to another  season.

here are a few other  dress options… each one of these dresses you can wear now and later. also you’ll notice that i’ve paired black pieces with each one of these dresses but because of the print you can pick any color that you want to emphasize. for example the clover canyon dress you could pair with a cashmere sweater in eggplant or the kenzo dress you could pair with hot pink or bright orange. the combinations are endless.

 

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  1. kenzo print dress
  2. soft joie blazer

  3. jcrew cashmere sweater

4. clover canyon dress

5 pedro garcia shoes

  1. banana republic blazer
  • just female dress

  • jcrew sheath dress

  • aquazzura shoes

  • xo

    martha

     

     

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    the color you need for fall . . .

    the way biggest color for fall is marsala/wine/berry/burgundy/cranberry.  call it what you like, everyone, and by “everyone” i mean “EVERYONE,” has wine in their fall lines.  i pulled a variety of to-die-for “wear it now and later” options for you in the hue sure to be on fleek for fall.  pair anything wine with white now and switch to black come late september and you are sure to super fly.  the pic on top gives you a ton of options for fall.  the bottom pic shows you how to make it work for right now.

    and, i don’t know about you, but i did not let too much time get between the seeing and the buying of the $49 suede fringe clutch from zara (buy it here).  now THAT is a guaranteed success.

    xo,
    cg

    some great pieces to consider for fall . . .

    loafers | double cloth trousers | linen v-neck pocket tee | scarf | handmade coat | sleeveless blousetote | sunglasses

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    an outfit idea for right now . . .

    earrings | linen tank | suede fringe clutch | cork wedges | white denim pencil skirt | cortina cuff

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    two fab tops

    these two tops from zara are perfect for now – hot summer – and will be perfect for later – when it’s fall, still scorching, and you are totally feelin’ a fall look.  i plan to wear them now with shorts and, when fall rolls around, i plan to bust out my flare denim and rock a seventies look.  oh yea, oh yea.

    xo,
    cg

    v-neck tunic | ring | earrings | flared denim | stacked heel sandal | long top

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    it was a barn burner

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    sloss fest

    so this past weekend was sloss fest and i think my brain is still recovering from the heat. wanted to give a quick recap with some of the sights and sounds but needless to say this 80’s hair band groupie found some new bands to check out and i’m giving you a sampling below.

    st. paul and the broken bones

    st. paul and the broken bones

    st. paul and the broken bones. y’all already know how much i love this band and the energy they bring and 100 degree temps weren’t stopping them on sunday night. they’ll be all over the country so go check to see if they will be near you and then go!

     

    sturgill simpson

    sturgill simpson

    sturgill simpson is a mix between merle haggard and waylon jennings and he brought the heat, literally and figuratively on saturday. from someone who lived in nashville, simpson is the real thing.

    zella day

    zella day

    i went and checked out zella day on the recommendation of my daughter and she packed the house. i’ve been trying to figure a way to describe her sound and my daughter said it best “techno indie”. one listen and you’ll know what she means.

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    clearly he didn’t read friday’s blog post

    xo

    martha

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    two for the price of one

    this weekend is sloss fest; some of the coolest bands will be coming to the historic sloss furnaces. sloss furnace was built in 1871 when l & n railroad invested more than 30 million dollars in furnaces, mines and other alabama operations. the site closed in 1970 but in recent years it has hosted a variety of bands. it is a neat venue to be surrounded by history but let’s not kid ourselves it is going to be hot. many of the artists performing at sloss fest – notably the avett brothers, sturgill simpson and st. paul & the broken bones – offer a timeless sound, so we need to find some timeless and functional clothing items to match.

    so what to wear? here is where two for the price of one comes into play. i thought it would be cool to show what the women and the men should think about wearing so i enlisted my better half and the true music lover to help me out on the guy’s perspective.

    alright so we want to be comfortable because it is going to be a long day; look good because you never know who you are going to run into and finally dress so at least they won’t see you sweat.

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    this is brent, martha’s husband and the music fanatic and the most hot-natured person you’ll ever meet. sloss fest will have an incredible lineup but, unfortunately, incredible heat to match. my goal in attending these events is to come across not looking like a hot mess. you can find the items clockwise here, here, here, here, here and here

    it’s martha again. i love the idea of a jumper for an event where i’m going to be outside; less muss and less fuss. of course what’s any outfit without accessories. so for the ladies go check out (from clockwise again) here, here, here, here, here and here.

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    festival wear

    xo

    martha

    if you’re in town come check out the first annual sloss fest. bands from the alabama shakes to zella day.

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    5 reasons you should be shopping COS

    if you are not shopping COS you are missing out.  cos. that’s right. the europe-based label owned by h&m.  i could not be crazier for this brand.

    so, i reported on the opening of the first cos store here a year ago because vogue was so excited about it.

    and then, i studied the website and said to myself, “you HAVE to be kidding me.”   it’s like the art director is daring you, just daring you, to actually like the clothes or as if they ask themselves, “how can we make these clothes look totally ridic.”  (and, that’s coming from a gal who LOVES an editorial look.)

    but, when i was in paris a couple of weeks ago there was a cos store down the street nestled between céline, stella mccartney and prada and i remembered everything i had read about how fashion insiders would stop in when in paris or london to fill their coffers and how even a trained eye could mistake cos for céline, stella mccartney, or the row.  and, so, i decided to investigate for myself. . .

    and i was blown away.  one touch of the fabric. . .  one glance at the pieces (and prices) in person. . .  and i was hooked.  but then, i took ten different pieces to the dressing room.   many a flash pan can cover hanger appeal.  the true test is the dressing room, right?

    and everything, and i mean EVERYTHING was flattering and I wanted every single thing I brought in there.  and i wanted to go get more things because they all made me feel like i looked good.  rare, because i am a way tough nut when it comes to shopping.   so, i had to prioritize and ended up with four pieces: three dresses and a top.  and my only regret is that i could not buy every single thing.

    back in 2013, when cos did a pop up shop at opening ceremony, vogue editors gave us 5 reasons to love cos (read the full article here).  i could not agree more on all five counts:

    1. It’s affordable, but not disposable.
    Though COS falls at a low price point, at its core are basics that are mostly seasonless. “I find the quality to be better than H&M and Zara and less trendy, which means you can rely on them for years to come,” Vogue’s Photo Research Editor Maureen Songco says.

    2. The collection is for grown-ups.
    “It’s turned more into a regular go-to [for me] since turning 30 and outgrowing Topshop and H&M’s younger pieces,” says Vogue Fashion Writer Esther Adams. It’s true: At COS, you don’t have to keep your eyes peeled for a chic coat nestled in among kitty cat tees or other teenage looks. “I love the modern, graphic, off-kilter silhouettes for women (cocoon jackets and harem pants in simple, classic prints or block colors) and the bomber jackets and oversize printed sweaters in the men’s department.”

    3. It’s current without being trendy.
    There’s always some detail that makes the minimal pieces at COS look fresh, but nothing in the collection is an exact reference (or knockoff) of pieces on the runway. “It’s kind of label-less in that way and perfect for a half-hearted minimalist,” Adams says.

    4. The details draw you in.
    “I’m a sucker for clean Scandinavian design,” says VogueFashion Writer Chioma Nnadi. “I swear by their underwear; they’re much more pared back than the bras I tend to find in the U.S.—no padding at all, and they manage to make luxe silky bralettes that are not at all sickly sweet.”

    5. Two words: guaranteed compliments.
    Says Vogue’s Fashion Associate Stella Greenspan: “For real, every time I wear something from them, I get complimented. It’s like clockwork—I probably jinxed it now by saying that out loud.” And when Hanneli Mustaparta came into the office wearing a COS sweater? She barely made it down the hall without being stopped and asked about its origins.

    below, I hooked you up with a couple of fab choices. and, if you are still not convinced, check out this article from who what wear from last week heralding cos as the new zara.  and, you’re welcome.

    xo,
    cg

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    honestly, you would be, like, a complete rock star anywhere you would wear this dress ($67 on sale).  and, am i wrong but is this not 100% stella???  word.

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    delightfully polished.  especially for $125.  get it here.

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    either of these pieces (jacket $ 112 on sale) (skirt $67 on sale) separately are amazing basics that work for every wardrobe.  together, a fab editorial.

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    this dress ($87 on sale) is phenomenal in real life.  of course, you’re going to need the appropriate “foundational garment” for this one.  but once, that’s in place, wow.  just wow.

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    check out sincerely jules in her fab cos, goyard, and isabel marant ensemble.  and if you aren’t following (here), don’t you think now is the time?

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    oh the temptation

    this time of year is hard, i’m inundated with emails advertising one sale after another and i’m just tired of my summer wardrobe but i also know i need to be smart because very shortly i’m going to be inundated with emails advertising all the fall clothes that i’ll want to try. so what can i do? this time of year if i can’t withstand the temptation i try and buy something that i can wear now and into fall. here are a few items i’ve found.

    summer temptation

    summer temptation

    on sale: vince popover blouse

    now: alice and olivia shorts and pedro garcia wedges

    later: siwy jeans and schutz wedges

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    on sale: vince long draped vest

    now: jcrew shift dress and sam edelman pumps

    later: hudson jeans and

     

     

     

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    on sale: tibi midi skirt

    now: james perse t-shirt and converse shoes

    later: jcrew cashmere sweater and sam edelman shoes

    so a few more options which you can get for a steal and carry them into fall…

    more summer buys for now and later

    more summer buys for now and later

    haute hippie muscle tank

    alice and olivia cargo vest

    vince satin sleeveless dress

    theory cashmere vest

    tibi suede skirt

    xo

    martha

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