i’ve been going through my fall wishlist, and a new pair of shoes are at the top of my list! all summer long, i was scouring ebay and etsy for a pair of western mules that i’d dreamed up in my head. i found a few pairs that weren’t my size, and was getting pretty discouraged until this perfect pair popped up by marais usa. i love the almond-shaped toe and the low heel, and i really like the way the haircalf adds just the right touch of interest. or if you want something a little more flashy, they also come in two different snakeskin patterns and leopard print!
the marais usa cowboy mule.
for the first time in my entire life (ok, maybe since i was a little kid), i left the house in a pair of sweatpants. mind you, it wasn’t like i’d just rolled out of bed and meandered out into the street. i was wearing a pair of “fashion” sweatpants rolled at the cuffs, styled with a pair of loafers, a soft button-up shirt, and a denim coat. even so, it was a departure from my typical style. for me, walking around in the daylight wearing glorified loungewear was akin to wearing my underwear in public. i kept glancing at the people around me, scanning for their looks of disapproval. but of course, once i realized that people weren’t shocked and horrified by my relatively boring sartorial choices, i got comfortable with the idea, and have since become obsessed with what i am now calling “elevated loungewear.”
so of course, i now dream of swathing myself in all of the clothes from the lauren manoogian fall 2014 collection. these beautiful knits are spun with luxurious alpaca blends from peru. they’re expertly constructed in cool silhouettes that would elevate even the laziest of outfits. toss on a pair of old 501s and a big roomy sweater with a statement necklace, and you’re good to go! i have been wanting a cozy shawl collar coat, and i certainly wouldn’t mind one of these. a girl can dream, can’t she?
photos courtesy of lauren manoogian, photography by dan mcmahon.
despite the fact that the highs will be reaching near 90 degrees this week (in october!), we have been generally experiencing our first hints at cooler weather. which makes the novelty of bundling up in warm, cozy knits all the more exciting around these parts. last week, we all exclaimed how chilly it was when the morning temperatures dropped to 50 degrees, haha! and i pulled out my sweaters so i could wear them at least during the early hours of the day. so of course, it only seems fitting to share the fall 2014 lookbook from one of my favorite knitwear designers, good night, day. i’ve been following tara lynn online since probably before i even started this blog. and i’ve continued to admire not only her work, but her dedication to hand-crafting beautiful knits with sustainability and fare wages at heart. she knits every piece with fairly traded natural wools from south america. not only that, but in addition to all of the hand-knits you see here, she has published a series of knitting books, so you can try your hand at making your own!
photos courtesy of good night, day.
the new myrtle fall 2014 look book was just released today, and i think i’m in love. this local la-based shop has an amazing and ever-expanding selection of some of my favorite indie designers, and her look books never disappoint. shot in the historic holmes-shannon house in los angeles by megan mcisaac, the latest collection features pieces by shop favorites dusen dusen, samantha pleet and wrk-shp, and also introduces many new-to-the shop brands like charlotte stone, delfina blada, diarte, j southern studio, loup, and roos vandekerchkhove.
photography by megan mcisaac
modelled by claudia cassina and natalia hawe
styled by whitney bickers
all clothing is available for purchase at myrtle boutique
as i slowly begin to pull out my fall wardrobe, i’ve been looking to some of my favorite designers for a few bit of inspiration. and the new mona fall 2014 collection, titled “lovers in lisbon” is right up my alley. in contrast to her sugary sweet spring collection, designer moriah hemed has taken a decidedly more mature turn this season with elegantly patterned prints and a cool blue palette. of the collection, she says:
during my honey moon in portugal back in 2010, i took special attention in the unique buildings of lisbon. they took my breath away, all covered with fascinating painted tiles, telling stories in many different colors. one image that didn’t leave my mind ever since is of a black yorkshire sitting at the edge of an amazing blue and white window on a gloomy day. so this collection is all about lovers in love holding hands, making plans and walking through colorful streets made of dreams.”
she still has plenty of dreamy signature frocks, but i’m also enjoying some of her more structured pieces as well. so much so, that i’m actually have a hard time picking a favorite from the bunch! you can shop the collection on her site now.
photography by ifat vercik, styling by anna karpunov, hair and make up by hen zarum, modeled by chen sherer at mc2
isabel wilson first caught my attention last season with a beautiful spring collection filled with fresh, bright colors and trippy water prints. with a background in textiles, it’s no wonder that she has a serious talent for design. and if last season was all about the prints, then her fall 2014 collection is all about texture. of the collection, she says she focused more on complex knitted structures and kept the color palate very simple. the result is a beautiful collection filled with luxurious wool coats, thick knits, textured prints, and the most adorable fringed crop top that i need in my life like right now. that paired with an easy color palette of black, grey, and navy and just the perfect hints of a bold, dark red, are really making me excited for when the temperatures finally drop!
photos courtesy of isabel wilson.