animal prints, blazers, by martha, Fall Fashion, fashion trends

easy tiger

no, it isn’t tiger print but i’m obsessed with this leopard blazer. our love for zara is well documented. see here and here and here and here.

the love doesn’t end with this jacket. i’ve written about leopard before, this summer when i saw it at birmingham fashion week and the same rules apply this summer. a little goes a long way. use restraint.

zara leopard print blazer

zara leopard print blazer

i see this blazer with my leather pants and a red lip or blue jeans and a white shirt for a night on the twon. the blazer is lightweight so even could be layered underneath a coat to make it last through winter. you could also pair it with a black pencil skirt and wear to work and then take it out afterward for drinks with friends.

the point is we love zara and the versatility it can add to our wardrobe without breaking the bank which is a win win for all.

xo
martha

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

#obsessed. . . the slit skirt

last week, when i was all “#nyfw” and reviewing the spring 2015 collections, i developed a slight obsession with the slit skirt and her cousin, the wrap skirt with the side slit. #nyfw recap2 was full of slit skirts; in #nyfw recap3, i ended with a pic of brandun sun’s lbd with a high side slit; and admonished in #nyfw recap wrap up that we would all be wearing them come spring. problem is that, literally, i can. not. wait. and, i was having trouble finding one in the “affordable brand” genre that i love. then, i notice that there was one in the altuzarra for target collection. so i did what we do in this sitch — i dashed out to target last night, grabbed one from the altuzarra for target collection, wore it today. L.O.V.E.!!!!!

i did not post about altuzarra for target because it was impossible to miss the ads (so odds were that you already knew about it) and also i have become disillusioned with the the target/designer joint ventures because the quality had gotten to be a big womp. womp. womp.

but then i was not able to find easy access to the slit skirt and i AM crazy for altuzarra . . .

so, here’s the skinny. y’all know that i am not the girl with the great legs. that is just not me now and has never been. (god bless my grandmother trapp for having solid legs. they have been a “work around” my whole life.). so, i felt like the slit skirt could break either way. if the slit plays up the beefy factor, i am out – o.u.t. – no questions asked.

i am pleased to report that this slit skirt thing is a real gem. having the slit on the front side of the leg creates a long line for the eye to travel. it gives the impression of long thin legs without actually revealing a full leg. brilliant!!

so, at $35 — this baby won’t last long. the quality is better than $35 but don’t be thinking this skirt is going to read like $350. also, i just noticed today that jcrew posted two great wool side zipper skirt options in three perfect hues and a houndstooth for fall that i am way considering.

and, because i love you (and i seriously do!), i have hooked you up with some street style picts to help you take your slit skirt look to the streets. good luck!

xo,
cg

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by martha, fall 2014, fashion trends, florals, Uncategorized

april showers bring september flowers

say what? i know; it seems like an oxymoron but lately i’ve  been seeing a lot of floral and i have to say, i love it. september brings thoughts of yellows, oranges, greens and browns but i love the idea of a floral to brighten the mood.

so if we have all of these fall colors in our closet, how do we incorporate the floral pattern? the easiest way is with denim and then incorporate a pop of color with a high heel or a bright colored necklace. here are a few options

 

floral options all found at shopbop

floral options all found at shopbop

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jcrew skirt

jcrew skirt

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now do you want to punch it up a little; try a colored skirt from jcrew such as theses. still subtle enough but you are just adding that pop of color below the waist. i just would do a neutral shoe and simple jewelry if going this route.

 

 

so don’t save the florals for spring, go grab a sweater and wear it now and into winter when we will all be craving those may flowers.

xo

martha

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

the steal . . .

with #nyfw behind us, it is time to get down to the s’rus b’nes of fall. i think i mentioned before that this is the year of the sweater but, if you are like me, these images from the fall runways left you a little bereft of ideas of how to take the long ribbed knits into the street for everyday – because let’s be honest — these runway looks are intense. . .

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stella mccartney f/w 2014

then, i found this picture of sarah harris, features editor for british vogue, in w’s coverage of #nyfw street style . . .

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and then, preston davis posted these street style pictures from w and collage vintage on her blog, my favorite, keep it chic,

and a light bulb went off. . . wow. this. could. be. awesome . . . both sweaters on the gals that preston posted are from zara.  both are a MAJOR steal and are just the thing to get your fall wardrobe kick-started.

these pictures also show us that for real life, if you want you can go more dressy with a leather legging or narrow leg trouser OR you can play it cool with faded or destroyed levi’s.   also, when you are dealing with a ribbed knit (which hugs every curve and bulge) i recommend sizing way up and keeping the bulk underneath to a minimum.   clearly, there is no need to worry about the length of the hem or sleeves this year, so that should free you up to up-size without too much concern.

so, steal these while you can girls. they won’t last long. . .

xo, cg

 

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xo,
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athleta, by martha, jogger pant, white t-shirt

if i could…

i would wear nike shorts and running shoes everyday to work. alas my work requires me to wear a suit and heels most days so when the day ends, all i want to do is get comfortable. so i’ve been on the hunt lately for something that i could throw on after work and still look somewhat stylish. this week, at the suggestion of a friend, i went and checked out athleta and found these pants.

athleta city jogger pant

athleta city jogger pant

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now let me tell you why i like them. first, they’re comfortable, i mean really comfortable, like it’s hard for me to take them off. second, the pants fit true to size. i can’t tell you how frustrated i get when i go into some athletic wear stores and i’m trying on pants in my normal size and i can’t get one leg through. ugh! the city jogger pant found at the athleta store is my answer. in this picture i’m wearing them with these nike shoes and and a plain white t-shirt both found at jcrew

i can also change it up with a pair of booties and a sweater and take it out to dinner and a movie because please know that i’m not advocating wearing exercise clothes out except to exercise on a regular basis. but let’s face it we all need an outfit that we can literally run out the door without throwing on a pair of heels.

 

xo

martha

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by caroline, sleepwear

#nyfw recap wrap up

whew! #nyfw concluded last night with a bang as always with the marc jacobs show. i see us wearing a lot of navy, buttercream, and white, of course, next spring. it is pretty clear we are all going to be buying some culottes, a slit skirt, and some wider leg pants. and, you might have volume up top OR you might just be buying a crop top to pair with a high waisted skirt or pant (oh, yes! i did just say that!). stripes, well, what can i say? after one week, stripes were so overdone that i am done . . . but then, again, i am kind of crazy for stripes. my favorite trend has to be the butterceam palette combined with the new, fuller volume cuts. this just feels really fresh and stunning. . .

so as #lfw and #pfw and #mfw begin to sequence (#lfw is starting NOW), i will hit you back with just my favorites from the best shows . . . definitely be on the look out for chloé and céline, my two tippy, tippy top favorites.

what are your thoughts on spring 2015? let us hear your comments!!! and don’t forget to like our post!!!

xo,
cg

the row . . .

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the row always takes a month or two to digest before you come around to the genius in it. so, if you aren’t exactly blown away, just wait. the buttercream looks were my favorites from the collection and i think this and the following look were my favorites overall.

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rosie assoulin . . . brand to watch . . .

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rosie assoulin has been coming on strong for the past couple of seasons and this season was no exception . . . this may be my favorite look from spring. period. perfection. love.

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another look from rosie with perfect pitch . . .

rag and bone . . .

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rag and bone put out a great collection but this look is my favorite for the cut and butter-creaminess. so cool it is killing me . . .

veronica beard . . .

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veronica beard is increasingly one of my favorites. this look really captures THE silhouette for spring. . .

michael kors . . .

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kors had a pretty good collection, though I was not as blown away by the blue and yellow prints as I was the looks from his more neutral palette. this look, to me, is classic kors, all american refined chic. love.

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this silouette keeps recurring and no one has done it better for spring than kors. it doesn’t get any better than this. . .

tory burch . . .

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tory had a pretty good collection. this and the following looks were my favorite. she seems to be able to consistently deliver sportswear that hits the mark between cool and preppy. well done.

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nili loten . . . brand to watch . . .

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not sure who nili loten is or thinks he/she is, but this collection had me at hello . . . every look, from first to last, has it’s finger on the pulse. word.

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calvin klein . . .

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calvin klein stayed true to its aesthetic with a super sleek collection this year in navy and buttercream. several looks captured my attention. . .

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elizabeth and james . . .

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mary kate and ashley olsen’s diffusion line, elizabeth and james (named for their parents) is having a moment for sure. these two looks capture spring 2015 in a nutshell: high waisted skirt, cropped top, stripes, culottes, volume. boom! done! love!

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marc jacobs . . .

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marc jacobs did an awesome job of bringing up the rear . . . his army of bobbed brunettes in military inspired volume was fascinating to watch . . . kind of considering cutting my hair . . . his looks in deep teal, navy, and buttercream captured my fancy . . . but I am just not yet sold on big buttons . . . what do you think?

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we remember…

flag9-11we can’t let this day go by without remembering the brave men and women who lost their lives that day, thirteen years ago. everyone of us has a story to tell, from who we knew either on one of the planes or in NYC to where we were when we saw the first plane crash into the tower and knew that life would never be the same.

so as we begin our day today, please take a minute to remember those who lost their lives or were injured and their families that carry on their legacy.

God bless America

xo
caroline and martha

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