Must Have: The Double Breasted Jacket


 Despite the 80+ degree days here in New York, I’ve started to set my shopping sites on Fall/Winter pieces for the second season of my 5 Piece French Wardrobe. A front line contender is a double breasted jacket in some shade of sand, camel or other non-black neutral, to lighten things up a bit. Whether in knit, for a casual, yet polished look, like this style from Agnona, or in a more tailored silhouette made of a silk/cotton blend, from Golden Goose, the details are what make this style a must have. I won’t waver on the details: a notch collar, double-breasted closure, patch pockets (at least two, maybe three), abbreviated sleeves and the light, neutral color are paramount.  The Golden Goose jacket is on sale for half off, should this be the first piece to this season’s 5 Piece French Wardrobe?!



August List

August always seems to be the busiest month of summer. We try to pack as much sun-time fun into these last few weeks, and this year is no different. So many things on my mind this month, I didn’t know where to start! My August list…August-list-beach-days-via-CR-Fashion-book-Feit-sneakers-oneline-rack-margiela-notebook-desmitten

To Do // I am pretty sure this is the third summer in a row that I haven’t made it to the beach (yet). I always end up at the beach in the off seasons, it’s time I enjoy the ocean (up past my ankles). This beach image from CR Fashion Book inspires me to hang on the beach, maybe even with friends, topless…a sure fire way to break the beachless summer streak. Want to join me?

To Prep //  This is the month before New York fashion week, which means a lot of decisions, scheduling and planning have to be done before all the festivities begin. This Margiela moleskin makes the planning part much more chic. Stay tuned this month for my fashion week prep secrets including how to plan your look for fashion week.

To Shop // We’ve been flirting with Fall temperatures here in New York, making me ponder which pieces will fill my 5 Piece French Wardrobe this season (and what will possibly fill this minimalist clothing rack I’ve had my eye on). Throughout August, Fall styles begin to fill the floors of our favorite shops, making the pieces we’ve ogled on the digital runway available to meet in person. It’s like a first date after viewing someone’s online profile.

To Wear // We are heading to Seattle and Portland for a much-needed vacay this month and apparently my boyfriend has plans for us to go hiking (!) But hiking is just walking in the woods right? I was instructed to bring proper footwear…. Do these hand-made, vegetable dyed leather sneakers by Feit count as proper hiking shoes? Maybe not, but a girl can dream. I will probably end up getting these sneakers to hit the hiking trails and keep the Feit sneaks for city strolling.


Editorial Eclipse: Sweater Weather… Not Yet

Editorial-Eclipse-Sweater-Weather-W-Magazine-Fall-winter-2014-Womens-Fashion-DeSmittenBut that doesn’t mean we can’t soak up some major sweater weather motivation from this W Magazine editorial. Chunky and nubby neutral knits are all you need for your winter wardrobe. With the cooler than normal week we’ve had here in New York, this editorial, is all you need to start wishing the warm days away. Featuring marled, cable and heather knits from 3.1 Philip Lim, Edun. Rag & Bone and Joseph, the sweater options for the winter season are endless. I have to admit, I am looking more forward to the winter sweaters than the weather. But, if you are ready to shop for some unseasonably weather, then scroll through some of my favorites below…


Prepare for sweater weather…


Wish List of Basics

My mind is on my fall wardrobe while my heart is enjoying every moment of summer. As I add items to my mental wish list for my second season with my 5 Piece French Wardrobe challenge, I can’t help but obsess over some luxe basics that are missing from my closet. My wish list of basics for Fall 2014 is made up of pieces made in quality fabrics and that will stand the test of time. My budget will only allow for one, maybe two of these pieces, so I have to choose wisely. I love the updated black pump from Céline along with the everyday black belt from Saint Laurent. Do you have a wish list of basics?


Alexander Wang rib sweater // Isabel Marant striped shirt // ACNE white turtleneck  // Saint Laurent kitten heel booties // Céline heels //  Saint Laurent skinny black belt


Mini Handbags to the Max

Mini-handbags-Saint-Laurent-Small-Lulu-Handbag-Mini-Bags-Womens-Fashion-DeSmittenMini-handbags-Marni-Leather-Trunk-Handbags-Mini-Bags-Womens-Fashion-DeSmittenThere is a major trend happening in handbags, and it comes in mini form. Everyone from Saint Laurent and Givenchy are issuing mini versions of their most classic handbag styles. Barney’s even has an entire mini handbag section on their site, which is enough to declare an official trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. Made from luxe leathers, these mini handbags still go for more than $900, but this is a fraction of what you’d pay for their full-size versions. I can’t get this mini Marni Leather Trunk handbag out of my mind. The barely-there hardware and structured silhouette are what initially caught my eye, but the perfect neutral color is what I dream about most. Of course I also love the black version for everyday use. Scroll through to see my other favorite bags in mini form, do you have a favorite?

Street style image from Vanessa Jackman