While on Instagram, I also discovered another brand which I am impressed with. It’s called Harper Lawrence and they are making a very chic and stylish calf leather tote. A friend of mine has one and I can attest to the impecable design and quality.
The totes are made in Florence in a variety of colors with rich detailing both inside and outside each bag. And I really like that part of one’s purchase will be donated to CARE, World Vision, and other charitable organizations to educate and empower women and girls.
Below is Harper Lawrence tote: a perfect combination of clean and modern lines mixed with functionality!
Harper Lawrence Tote, $545
Love the chocloate brown or the light blue!
I recently joined Instagram and have started following a line of shoes called Dear Frances which I am loving. I also like that their Instagram posts are often just inspirational pictures with not a shoe in sight; very creative.
The London-based and Italian-made line was founded in 2014 by Jane Frances who studied footwear design in London and Milan. Her shoes are made at a family owned footwear facory where she had started out as an intern.
I love the classic feel mixed with unexpected elements like the slice of lucite running through some of the heels.
Dear Frances Uma Loafer, $420
Dear Frances Float Boot in Sapphire, $495
I have my eye on the UMA Loafer and the Float Boot!
No matter where you work, whether it’s in a creative field or a buttoned-up and conservative setting, you will have work events that require different levels of formality. Some are easy to figure out and others a bit more daunting. Whether you are having a work-at-your-desk-day, or are taking a client to dinner, you want fashionable work looks that are appropriate for the particular occasion.
With that in mind, here are three work events and three fashionable options that will help you sail through your day looking professional and sytlish. And remember that whatever you wear also needs to feel comfortable so you can concentrate on the task at hand and not worry that it’s tugging and pulling in the wrong places. We’ve all had days when we’ve worn an outfit or shoes that are just not comfortable, and that can make for a very long day at the office! So, word to the wise, avoid overly form-fitting clothing or sky-high heels.
A Sit at your Desk and Work kind of Day
Betabrand Yoga Pant, $78, In an array of colors: Super polished and comfortable
The Client Meeting
J Crew Combo Tweed Dress, $168
Vince Paulette d’Orsay pumps, $350
The Client Dinner
Stylish options to help you look you best in any scenario.
Banana Republic revamps their brand with the help of Olivia Palermo. This is great news because in the past couple of years, Banana Republic has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride. They, like many other brands trying to survive intense competition, set out to update their look and change their image. However, they veered too off course and ended up with looks and color selections that were simply not stylish or pretty. My first shock was when I walked into a store and noticed that the walls were painted black, and the merchandise was primarily grey and black. Now, I like grey and black but both the setting and the merchandise felt wrong: too edgy and dark, and ultimately did not work.
Fast forward and this past year I started to see some much needed changes, like back to white walls – thank you! And more colorful and wearable selections. With Olivia Palermo as its brand ambassador the hope is that her sense of style and ability to look good in anything will bring back some allure and pizzaz to the brand.
I found lots of pretty pieces that I would purchase for work or weekend. Here are my picks:
Banana Republic Aire Crew Neck Pullover, $68 (I tried this on and it supper light and fluffy!)
Shoes and Bags
I wish Banana Republic all they best in this venture and their efforts to make fashion accessible and stylish.
In Rememberance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
This week I went to the Hampton Classic, the annual horseback riding show in Bridgehampton. It’s one of my favorite events out here, not only for the riding aspect but also for the great selection of vendors selling lovely things. Ever year I look forward to walking around admiring the beatiful horses and riders and, of course, discovering new vendors.
Though I saw a few that caught my eye, the prize this year goes to Katherine Page’s gorgeous shoes. What first caught my eye was the pretty booth she created to show her wares. She is a horseback rider herself so her collection is inspired by the equestrian world. The shoes – Ballerina flats and sandals are lovely and beautifully made. I was very impressed!
Katherine Page’s booth at the Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton
A lovely painted well to showcase her shoes and sandals
Ballerina shoes in fabulous colors come in suede and leather, $340
Capriole in Blazer Blue $340
Menlo Brown and linen sandal $375
Fairfield Bridal Sandal, $375
Newmarket Brown and linen sandal, $375
Please visit her website and happy shopping!
And last but not least, let’s talk about shoe trends for Fall 2016. As usual, designers made something for everyone – from variations on the classic pump to chunky meanswear. And, as always, some more wearable than others.
Embellished and Velvet
Dolce & Gabbana
Over the Knee Boots
Take a look in your closet and see if a previously forgotten shoe or boot can enjoy the limelight this fall.
Now that we have a better sense of what to expect in clothing and jewelry trends for this fall, lets look at what’s in store in bags; one of my favorite accessories, by the way!
I was very pleased with the bag trends; all pretty classic and wearable – I would not mind owning one of each!
I actually have a lovely velvet knot bag made of gorgeous Fortuny velvet that I purchased in Venice 11 years ago and have barely used. I think it’s time to take it out for a stroll!
A few months ago, I wrote a post on the Canvas by Land’s End line which was relaunched as a more upscale collection. One of the items that caught my eye was a very stylish jumpsuit that comes in black, white and peach. I read the reviews and they were, on the whole positive, but I was not brave enough to take the plunge withouth trying it on, especially because jumpsuits tend to be a bit drapey and quite full in the leg so they fit better on taller people.
Canvas by Land’s End Jumpsuit, $175
Fast forward, and recently I saw a woman wearing the jumpsuit at a cocktail party. She looked fabulous and told me that she was very happy with her purchase. Lucky for me, Land’s End opened a pop-up store this summer in Southampton, so off I went. I was actually quite suprised that it fit so nicely and that there was no extra fabric floating around in the wrong places. And I don’t have to rush to the tailor to hem it!
I can see also owning this jumpsuit in black as it would be perfect for the city, day or night. But for now, I am happy to own it in white, for cocktails or dinner at the beach.
By the way, I also love that it’s a great canvas (pun intended) to show off accessories.
Please check out the website for lots of pretty and wearable looks for fall.