After seeing some of the most beautiful weather we've had all summer over the weekend, it's kind of hard to accept but, fall fashion is here. OK, so it may not be time to break out my new mixed-media trench that's been hanging in my closet for at least a month already, but it never hurts to look ahead to some of the trends you'll be seeing the moment they break out the pumpkin spice lattes (admit it!). It's also StyleWeek in Rhode Island, which is the perfect inspiration for updating my closet. Though, technically, the designs being shown on the runway this week are spring 2014, in fashion, you can never be quite cutting edge enough! I couldn't keep my eyes off the cool crocodile patterns shown during the "Chances R Designs" runway show by Toni Lyn. You already know the classic pattern is a staple for belts and purses (like my FAVE Brahmin bag!) but now you'll be seeing it for apparel, too. Whether actual leather, or just the print, it's somehow both a timeless and edgy way to incorporate some cool staples into your closet.
Z Spoke by Zac Posen Textured Crocodile Dress
Current/Elliott The Ankle Skinny metallic-coated low-rise jeans. Also like these for a more of a basic staple.
Express Crocodile Jacquard Double Layer Mini Skirt
MKL Accessories The Rodeo Crocodile Sunglasses
Traditionally, I'm more a fan of Hannah's style on PLL, but since she's been in sweats crying all season, Aria's been having some standout pieces. Her leather cutout dress caught my eye this week. Yes, leather is still hugely hanging around for fall, and this very inexpensive dress is a great way to get on the trend train courtesy of, who else, Nordstrom. I've been writing way too much ab Nordy's lately, but for the record, they do not endorse me in anyway, I just really love them. So much so, that my bank called me about some suspicious transactions on my account with them. Of course, I called back and told them that, no, those purchases are all me. Oops.
Aria on Pretty Little Liars in Leith "Gloss" Cutout Dress
Let's be honest, I get alot of emails about shopping. My inbox is filled with sale alerts, trend-watches and product launches. So much so, that I rarely read all said emails- even the ones I really like (I'm talking to you, "Who, What, Wear")! For some reason one caught my eye the other day titled "Escape to the Hamptons". Maybe I'm still on a Hamptons high from Super Saturday or maybe I need a vacation, but I was dying to know what was inside! What I found were some road-trip-esque snapshots accompanied by suggestions on what to pack for a weekend away, and I was happy to see Boston-based designer Daniela Corte in the pack! The email came from the website "Shoptiques"; a site that brings the "boutique shopping experience online". Created with the thought that everyone should have access to unique and expressive apparel, they boast boutique styles from New York to LA and will soon be expanding to international territory. I absolutely love the idea that I can get up-and-coming designers without even leaving my zip code! Now about that vacation...
This morning I woke up to the most beautiful sight I've seen in a while, and no, I'm not talking about the hot air balloon I watched hover over the ocean at dawn- although that was lovely. What I am talking about is the H&M homepage that proudly and poetically proclaims "Shop Online". I have literally waited YEARS for this to happen. I remember a particular twitter correspondence with the affordable and on-trend apparel store a couple years ago where I whined to management (interns?) about my deep need for online shopping. I'd like to believe I played a part in this triumphant, life-altering consumer shift, but I imagine many of you did as well. So let's all celebrate together today and buy some drop-crotch pants and midriff baring tops from the comfort of our couches... all with one click!