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just a hint of fall

no, not the weather. it’s hotter than blazes here but the first hint of fall fashion is starting to trickle in. i get so excited about this time of year, but it is too hot to wear any of the fall lines right now. also aren’t you, by this time of the summer, just a little tired of your summer wardrobe.

what is one to do. what about nail polish? i love chanel’s rouge noir polish or the 3.1 philip lim for nars. now i’m no fool. this is not going to take the place of that new cashmere sweater we will wear in late september or october but until it cools down this might be an alternative while we are reading the fall vogue in our shorts and sleeveless top.

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by caroline, Fall Fashion, industry news

how bazaar? harper’s bazaar at the hunstville space and rocket center . . .

in celebration of the clearance of passenger space flights (richard branson’s virgin galactic is now booking!!), harper’s bazaar magazine heads to huntsville space and rocket center this month for an out-of-this-world photo shoot with famed photographer terry richardson. thrilling the thought of fashion heavy hitters so close to home! a few of my favorite picts from the feature are below. you can find more in the magazine, on stands now. enjoy!

xo,
cg

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by caroline, industry news, red carpet

cover girl . . .

blake lively is one of those girls you would just love to hate if she were not so gorgeous, awesome, and real, am i right?  she also has a knack for making good decisions, which really makes it hard to hate her.  she graces the cover of vogue this month and the feature pictures are amazing.  shot by mario testino on location in jackson hole, wyoming, each pict is a visual delight.  below are a couple of my favorites as well as a link to the vogue videos video short, 73 questions with blake lively, that is fun to watch (how can her waist be that tiny?).  and because she never seems to get it wrong on the red carpet, a few of her best moments from the past year. enjoy!

xo,
cg

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blake at the cfda awards earlier this year. perfection!

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at the cannes film festival for premier of the captives in gucci première

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in gucci première again at the cannes film festival premier of grace of monaco.

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clearly, gucci première works for blake’s body type! (also, there is the matter of her being the spokesperson for the gucci première perfume). here, again, at the met gala in gucci première.

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at the cannes film festival premier of mr. turner in chanel couture. va-va-voom!

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by martha, summertime cocktail

the mockingbird next door

growing up in alabama, to kill a mockingbird was requisite reading. i’ll never forget the first time i read this timeless novel and being captivated by the history surrounding the story, the town and the characters.  growing up in a family full of lawyers i felt a special kinship with atticus as i imagined my dad arguing to a jury like gregory peck did in the movie adaptation. (my dad and i will  tell you that arguing in front of a jury is nothing like that but i digress) i’ve read the book many more times and i learn something new each time. also i’ve read the stories that that lee actually didn’t write the book but her childhood friend, truman capote.

last night my friend Jenna and i went to hear author marja mills talk about her book the mockingbird next door which is about her time spent with harper and alice lee in monroeville, al. the book is not without controversy. however, we found ms. mills to be charming and full of stories that bring harper “nelle” lee to life; to someone that you could drink a cup coffee with and discuss the latest going ons in monroeville or the world. i can’t comment on the book but just the time listening to ms. mills i can’t wait to read more. i learned that the book will enter the new york times best seller list at number four which means that more than one person liked it.

ps. let me give a shoutout to the alabama booksmith. if you are fortunate to live in birmingham you must go check out this store. jake reiss, the owner, only carries signed copies of books and was instrumental in bringing ms. mills to birmingham, not to mention many other authors over the years. if you don’t live in birmingham go check out their website. my friend jenna turned me on to the booksmith many years ago and i’ve been a fan ever since.

xo

martha

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

open to kimono????

if i had to pin my body type to a celebrity, i’d probably say britney spears — the later years.  i’d love to report it’s cameron diaz or even miley cyrus but . . . although i exercise, stay in shape, and watch what i eat, i think you can tell by looking at me, like britney, that i fall prey a bakery treat now and then and never look like i have starved myself.  “healthy” my mom might call it. . . .  so, i am always (read: ALWAYS) on the lookout for a flattering silhouette — something to make me feel lithe, whether or not it is a reality.  if i FEEL more slender, then i see green lights all day.

enter the kimono. . . . asian ladies got this one figured out a while ago.  with the cinched waist and the butterfly sleeves, the kimono jacket or dress is an odds on favorite to make you look and feel like you are 5 lbs lighter.   mango just released their premium line fall and there are two fabulous looking kimono jackets that will be perfect for now and perfect for fall.  throw either on now with a pair of black slacks, bermuda shorts or mini skirt and some great slides for a fun summer look.  then pair them this fall with black wool separates.  for a really super fly look, pair the white kimono with a white midi skirt and booties like phoebe philo showed in the celine fall 2014 show or kind of like clare waight keller did at chloe.  srsly,  you should be open to the kimono . . .

xo,

cg

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a celine runway look with a kimono-esque jacket

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chloe fall 2014 runway

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biker chic, by martha, Fall Fashion, fashion trends, handbags, leather, Uncategorized

i wanna rock n roll all night and party everyday…

this past weekend i went to the kiss def leppard concert and i felt inspired, especially when flipping through this month’s bazaar and saw a fashion layout on “biker chic”. how awesome is that because let me tell you you are going to see a lot of biker chick at the kiss concert. see below. just an fyi, that’s me on the right just in case there was any confusion.

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by caroline, gym wear, things we love . . . to wear

yo, sporto!

based on the popularity of lulu lemon, and the size and number of stores that have popped up in the past five years, it’s a pretty good bet that you, like me, spend a good amount of time during the week in work-out attire.  where martha and i live, it seems almost like an addiction — er’body wears them some work clothes er’where!   despite the amount of time i spend in work-out clothes, i have a very small collection of functional pieces and most of those pieces have seen their better day . . . what?  i just end up spending my money on other things  . . . like clothes that i don’t wear as much as my work-out clothes . . . .  at some point this has got to change.

lucky for us a couple of heavy hitters are entering the arena and there are some white hot options!!!  net-a-porter.com just launched net-a-sporter.com, which has an enormous platform of options — from sports to designers . . . . seriously, anything you could be looking for to keep you looking fly at the gym or starbucks on saturday is covered!  also, one of my new favorite designers, emerson fry, has launched an activewear line that is fabulous!!!  i need a gift certificate for my next gift receiving event!!  (hint! hint!)  below, i have teased out a couple of my favorites!!

xo,

cg

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emerson fry element crew, $128, yoga capri, $158, and unisex surf short, $128. i am totally diggin’ this look, top to bottom. white capris are ordinarily a non-starter for me, but i think they look great with the navy shorts which would hide all of my “tough” spots (or what i like to call my “T&A” – thighs and a**!!)

 

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emerson fry sun racerback set of two, $138. i get so tired of black . . . this graphite/navy hits the perfect note of dark and classic. well done!

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bodyism lily stretch sportsbra, $80. i love the cut of this bra — certainly should avoid the uni-boob and it promises to accommodate high-intensity work-outs. of all things, my sportsbra needs freshening up! and often!

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bodyism “I am shiny” paneled stretch jersey leggings, $145 at net-a-sporter.com. these are totally fly — i love the idea of mixing it up a little!

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nike roshe run mesh sneakers, $85 at net-a-sporter.com. bright colorful sneaks are the only sneakers to have these days and i love the orange/pink/yellow color combo . . . very summer . . .

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this desert sands cotton terry top by splendid is perfect to throw on after a workout. i am absolutely crazy for it! $105 at net-a-sporter.com

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for all you media addicts, the jawbone UP24 bluetooth activity tracking band will help you keep track in style! $150 at net-a-sporter.com

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