pretty things no. 25

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Happy Saturday! I’ve been really inspired lately by a kind of soft, bohemian look for fall that I take to be very Parisian, although it has roots in southern fashion, too.

There’s something so pretty about pairing soft, light textures with the heavy textures of fall. That’s why I love the idea of this soft pink, silk camisole from Theory layered under a woolly cardigan or leather jacket with suede boots and gold jewelry.

Another thing I love for fall is a textured wool sweater in a soft color. This J.Crew pullover is the perfect pick and the polka dots make it super fun.

This little bag from Loewe reminds me of a miniature version of the old-school messenger bags that high school and college boys used to carry. The color and texture make it the perfect companion to a feminine dress or soft camisole.

While it may seem like a summery pick, I actually love warm toned peasant dresses for the fall. This one from Ulla Johnson comes in the prettiest blue shade and would pair so well with suede ankle boots, white Stan Smiths, and vintage jewelry.

I’m a huge fan of gold coin necklaces to dress up a white t-shirt or make a feminine dress have a little bit of a cool vibe.

Can you guys believe how huge cowboy boots are this season? I used to have two great vintage pairs and I’m seriously regretting letting them go. This pair from Isabel Marant are cool because they’re taller than the typical cowboy boot, giving them a little bit of an edge. I think they’d look so good with skinny jeans, a white t-shirt, gold coin necklace, and oversized blazer or even a denim jacket.

easy costumes using things in your closet

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We’re halfway through October, which means Halloween is quickly approaching! I love seeing people go all out with their costumes but honestly, most of us are just looking for something easy and inexpensive to pull off, right? Here are a couple of ideas for chic costumes using items you already have in your closet!

old-fashioned detective
For this classic costume, all you need to buy is a magnifying glass from the costume shop or a home decor store. Pair it with a trench coat, simple white tee, and your favorite wide brim hat.

angel
Pair a dressy white romper with comfortable white sneakers and angel props like a halo headand and wings from the costume store. If you don’t have a white romper, a white dress or just white t-shirt with denim cutoffs will do just fine.

witch

This witch costume relies more on the makeup than the clothes and hair. Pair together your little black dress with a black wide-brim hat, black ankle or high-knee boots, and a cross necklace in silver or gold. To make it more witchy, paint your nails black and get creative with your makeup.

olsen twins at nyu

I personally love this costume because it’s nostalgic but also really comfy. The Olsens, particularly Mary-Kate had that distinctive oversized style when she was in college and it’s super easy to replicate. Start with wide leg silk trousers or bell-bottoms, then layer on the oversized sweaters, cardigans, and scarves. Top if off with big sunglasses and a Starbucks cup.

mysterious masquerade

You can literally make a costume out of any cool outfit by adding a black, lace mask. I like the idea of doing a super cool, Haim-inspired look with a biker jacket, black camisole, and distressed boyfriend jeans.

pretty things no. 24

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This month is about all things cozy and warm but also a little bit dark and spooky. I’m celebrating October with my favorite “scary” movies and taking inspiration from them for this weekend’s edition of pretty things.

When it comes to Halloween costumes, I’m the type of person who tends to like dressing not as anything in particular but in a generally chic outfit with a spooky element added on. The perfect thing is this lace mask. You can really put together any all black or white outfit and add this on top to make a chic and easy Halloween costume.

This A.P.C. high-neck blouse made me think of Victorian and Gothic fiction like Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Sleepy Hollow, and Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak. In real life, though, it would look great with a pair of jeans and suede ankle boots!

The Apocalyptic scent from Byredo is so good for October, as it was inspired by “a landscape of ashes and despair”. Sounds depressing, but smells really good and will get you in the mood for Halloween. It has notes of white-hot iron, black raspberry, oak moss, papyrus, dark wood, and birch.

This Hermès Rocabar wool blanket, with its 70s inspired color palette, is like an expensive version of something you’d see in a vintage shop. It just looks like the perfect thing to wrap up in to read or watch old movies.

One of my favorite go-to masks for fall is the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. I used it all the time in college because it smells amazing and exfoliates with pumpkin enzyme, AHAs, and the same crystals that are used in microdermabrasion.

I’m absolutely obsessed with these fauve-inspired earrings from Madewell. Artists in the fauve movement like Matisse and Derain were known for flat, fragmented shapes like what you see with these earrings. They’re the kind of thing you could pair with a basic white tee and jeans for a carefree, French girl vibe.

I have a tradition of buying a pair of themed socks from J.Crew every season and this year, I’m proud to say that I used rewards and coupon codes to get three pairs of socks for $2. Yes, two dollars. I love this pair with dancing skeletons for Halloween!

outfit ideas for fall activities

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I don’t know about you but, for me, fall is in full swing! I’m making a point to do something everyday that celebrates the season and it’s been so much fun already. Some things on my list I’m looking forward to? Watching “You’ve Got Mail” with caramel popcorn and Applejack sangria. Making vegetarian chili and cornbread. Getting together with friends to drink wine and watch “Rebecca”. Checking off some autumnal books from my reading list…Ray Bradbury, anyone?

There are so many ways to celebrate the season and we’re all about looking cute doing it, right? I’ve put together some outfit ideas for five fall activities you might be getting up to in the coming weeks.

Picking apples at the orchard
Have plans for harvesting some apples at your local orchard? To keep cozy, layer a quilted vest over a long-sleeve tee. Pull on your favorite worn-in skinny jeans and Bean boots, then top it all off with a colorful ball cap.

Cozy day at home
Let’s be real, the best fall activity is enjoying all the cozy days at home. For that, you’ll need a slouchy wool or cashmere sweater layered over a pretty lace bralette. Pair it with the comfiest lounge pants and furry slippers for your all-day movie marathon.

Baking in the kitchen
There’s no better season for baking than fall and I’ve got a post coming up soon with all sorts of ideas for fall deserts. In the meantime, prep your outfit for baking by putting together a white t-shirt and cozy colorblocked cardigan with distressed jeans, loafers, and, of course, a cute apron.

Holiday shopping at the town center
It’s October which means it’s time to start doing some early holiday shopping. Get festive for the season with a white oxford underneath a navy sweater. Pair that with a patterned wool skirt, tortoiseshell sunglasses from Persol, and your classic camel trench.

Coffee date with an old friend
Heading for coffee with a friend? For a sophisticated yet cozy look, try a sweater dress paired with neutral accessories like a handbag and knee-high boots. Add in tortoiseshell sunglasses for a a little something extra to balance out all the solid colors.

What activities are you looking forward to this fall?

pretty things no. 23

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Happy first official day of fall, everyone! 🍁 I sometimes see articles telling you how to celebrate fall without ‘being basic’ and my first thought is always ‘Who cares about being basic in the fall?!’ Give me all the seasonal drinks, cozy sweaters, Lululemon leggings, and boarding school books in the world! As they say, if being basic in the fall is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

So, in honor of the first day of the best season, I put together my fall essentials for pretty things. As you can probably tell, they’re very inspired by the brand Sézane, who I think does autumn really, really well.

The first essential is a good, camel coat. My favorites are always from J.Crew like this one. There’s honestly nothing more classic and elegant that will enhance your outfit like a quality camel coat.

Another must-have is a cashmere sweater such as this white one from Theory. It’s soft, luxurious, and will last you a lifetime if you take care of it. Plus, it’s a great fabric for fall because it’s versatile. It’ll keep you warm if it’s chilly, but won’t be too hot if it’s still warmer outside.

If you want to add a bit of charm to your look, try a felt hat (I recommend Rag & Bone). It’ll complete the outfit and give you a bit of a vintage, Parisian edge.

I’m sure that every fall, most of you bring out your collection of tall boots. I love this pair from Aquatalia. They’d look perfect with everything from skinny jeans and a sweater to a mini-dress or skirt.

The next great piece for fall is the silk scarf. It isn’t cold enough yet to warrant a wool or cashmere scarf, but a silk one serves as a great transition.

If you ask me, the perfect classic fall jacket is a quilted Annandale from Barbour. It has the distinct vibe of an English hunting jacket that would be worn by members of the royal family, making it both practical and luxe.

Finally, if you want to make a statement, do it with a pair of corduroys like these from Ulla Johnson. The color and texture are probably the most autumnal thing you’ll ever find, plus I guarantee they’ll make you stand out in a crowd.