pretty things no. 49

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For the first edition of pretty things this October, it’s only right that I’m sharing items that are rather witchy and perfect for a spooky month of outfits.

In the fall, you can’t go wrong with a dark floral and this Rixo dress is the perfect choice. It’s silhouette has an old world witchy vibe and would pair beautifully with a pair of boots (like the ones below), white sneakers, or a suede heel at night.

Pamela Love is known for creating jewelry inspired by the occult and mysticism, which is great for the month of October. I love this piece and how organic it looks in shape.

For a great transitional piece, check out this sleeveless top from Mango. When it’s still warm outside, you can wear it on its own but then as the weather cools down, it becomes a great layering piece to wear under jackets.

I honestly don’t believe there’s a spookier bag than Olympia Le-Tan’s Basquiat bag which features a felt appliqué of the artist’s piece titled “Revenge”.

For a simple, timeless piece this fall, I recommend Madewell’s easy black cardigan with chic tortoiseshell buttons. Layer this over a tank top or t-shirt with jeans or use it to keep warm over a dress in the evening.

For a feminine take on combat boots, I love this pair from Stuart Weitzman. They’re embellished with faux pearls and lace up in a way that looks straight from a Jane Eyre novel.

chic + comfy outfits to wear to class this semester

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I think it’s safe to say back-to-school is in full swing and everyone’s back for the fall semester. It wasn’t that long ago that I would’ve been heading back to college and remember the puzzle of putting together outfits for class. You want to look cute, but also be super comfortable. When it’s still hot out, you want to dress cool but then the classrooms are freezing, so you have to bear that in mind.

After four years in college and in the few years after where I worked in an office where a lot of the same factors were in play, I’ve become pretty good at styling looks that are chic and comfy and work in a variety of different environments.

As you’re packing up your school bag for class in the morning on Monday and brewing a cup of tea to settle in to study, here are five outfit ideas you should lay out for the week ahead.

LOOK 1 //
Start with comfy basics like an oversized, cable knit sweater paired with matte leather leggings. Then add chic accessories to dress the look up a bit, like black ballet flats, a neutral tote bag, and tortoiseshell jewelry.

LOOK 2 //
For something a bit French, start with a minimalist graphic tee and wide leg jeans, then add a ribbed cardigan for those cold classrooms. Pair with a leather bag for your books and a chic pair of Veja sneakers.

LOOK 3 //
For a look that’s timeless, pair a Breton sweater with your favorite skinny jeans, then add a trench coat for walks across campus. style with a chic, nylon and leather backpack and a pair of suede ankle boots.

LOOK 4 //
For early 8:00 AM classes, you’ll want an outfit that’s cute but really a no-brainer to pull out of your closet and style. Start with the very basic white tee and jeans, then add a cozy gray cardigan with stylish buttons. A pair of slides and a chic leather bag dress it up a bit.

LOOK 5 //
For a sportier look that’s still pulled together, put together a white racerback tank and black leggings, then layer over a long beige cardigan. Pair with clean white Converse and your favorite baseball cap for a subtle pop of color.

five outfits for autumn activities

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Happy first day of fall! I know I’m not the only one who is so glad it’s finally here. Even though the temperatures aren’t much different in the South, the light has definitely already taken on that autumnal golden glow that I love so much.

When I was in London this past May, although it was spring, the weather felt rather autumnal, so I got to pull out some of my fall pieces like trench coats, scarves, and ankle boots to play around with in the chilly weather. It was the best, most needed break from the heat back home, so we enjoyed every minute of the chill.

In the fall, I of course love to break out my trench coats which make fall layering super easy but I wanted to share some other combinations for great fall outfits to suit five different activities you might be getting up to this season.

a slice of pumpkin pie at the bakery
When you’re headed to the bakery for a slice of pie and a cafe au lait, go for a look that’s classic but with a little bit of street style edge. Layer an oversized check blazer over a simple, neutral-toned graphic tee with jeans. Then, accessorize with a pair of two-toned flats and a classic leather or leather effect handbag.

drinking hard cider in a biergarten
For a more laid back look that’s perfect for a day of drinking bottles of hard cider at the biergarten , try a striped long-sleeve tee with classic skinny jeans and suede ankle boots. Add a printed bag for interest and a cashmere scarf for when it gets chilly.

day at the pumpkin patch
If you’re headed to pick a pumpkin from the local patch, you’ll want something functional but, of course, cozy and cute. Try a white ribbed turtleneck under a shearling lined denim jacket with ‘70s style fares, sturdy boots, and a suede, wide-brim hat.

watching ‘you’ve got mail’ with a bowl of chili + cornbread
For your annual viewing of You’ve Got Mail, cook up chili in the crockpot and a fresh batch of skillet cornbread. Then, get cozy in a white tank top with gray pajama bottoms, a neutral soft cardigan, and the coziest slippers you can find. Top it all off with a matching mug of cider (and a shot of whiskey if you’d like).

dinner date with a glass of red wine
For a dinner date at a great restaurant or wine bar, try this classic pairing. Start with a black turtleneck then add a subtly printed midi skirt, and slingback heels that follow the same color scheme. Pair with a gold coin necklace and chic handbag.

wardrobe staples: the marinière sweater (under $300)

Happy Monday! I’m back with the second edition of my Wardrobe Staples series and am excited about this one because I’m an absolute sucker for a classic, mariner sweater.

WHY YOU NEED IT:
When I think about classic wardrobe staples, the mariner sweater is one of the first three items that come to mind along with a little black dress and a trench coat. It’s preppy and classically American yet very, very French and even obviously, nautical too. You’ll see it on everyone from Audrey Hepburn and Kate Middleton to Jeanne Damas and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The marinière shirt originated in the French Navy with very specific measurements and specifications, but eventually made its way into Parisian street style during World War I when Coco Chanel traveled to the seaside and was inspired by the sailors’ shirts. It soared in popularity in the 40s when it was worn by icons like Jean Cocteau, Picasso, and Brigitte Bardot and then in the 60s when Jean Seberg wore an Yves Saint Laurent one in (one of my favorite new wave films) the Godard film Breathless.

HOW TO STYLE IT:
The striped mariner sweater is such a simple piece that doesn’t take much styling to look good, but that can also be styled in some really unique ways. Throw it on with your favorite blue or white jeans with a leather ankle boot or white sneaker. Alternatively, wear it like Kate Middleton with a pair of sailor pants or like Audrey with classic, black cigarette trousers. For a more unique look, I love how Gwyneth Paltrow styled one here. Tie one around your shoulders over a white t-shirt or add a silk neck scarf for color and personality.

PIECES TO BUY:

My personal favorite brand for mariner sweaters is Petit Bateau, but you can also get incredible pieces from Saint James and A.P.C. When in doubt, go French (as always).

Below, I’ve compiled nine mariner sweaters below ranging in price from $35 to $295 from brands like J.Crew and Madewell to A.P.C. and Tory Burch. If you’re able to splurge on the higher end brands, I recommend it because they’re classic brands for a reason and should last many, many years in your closet. But, if it’s not in your budget at the moment, you can still be confident about the quality of the lower priced brands I’ve included.

pretty things no. 47

Happy weekend! The fall vibe I wanted to capture for this week’s edition of pretty things is sort of where American Western style meets Parisian street style. So, lots of subtle cowboy influences paired with French classics.

This subtle polka dot print dress from Mango is a great, easy piece for fall that can be worn by itself when it’s still a little warm out or with a cute jacket when the temperatures cool down. Pair it with Stan Smiths or a pair of Veja sneakers for a sportier look or with ankle boots for something more classically autumnal.

An oversized cardigan is something that screams Parisian to me, especially when worn by itself or over a silk camisole. This one in particular has these great tortoiseshell buttons that make it really interesting. Wear it over a dress or buttoned up with jeans and boots.

Need a new fall scent? Diptyque’s Oud Palao is the perfect choice. It’s a warm, exotic scent, combining East and West with notes like Bulgarian rose, Laotian oud, Indian cypriol, Sri Lankan sandalwood, Somalian olibanum, Madagascan vanilla, Spanish cistus, Indonesian patchouli paired with rose, vanilla, and incense.

A great pair of straight leg jeans will carry you through the fall as great base for your looks. Pair them with everything from classic cotton or cashmere t-shirts to wool sweaters, silk camisoles and jackets, or bohemian blouses.

This bag from & Other Stories is a simple piece that will add some fall texture and color to all of your basics. I love the idea of using it to dress up a white tee and jeans or to anchor a printed dress.

If there’s one shoe that, to me, screams autumn it’s the iconic Isabel Marant Dicker boot. I love its Western influences and the perfect height of its heel. This shoe works with pretty much everything and adds a great Parisian twist.