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?

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

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Mini Handbags to the Max

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Street style image from Vanessa Jackman

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Shop My Style Now

Over the past few months I’ve had many people ask for shopping advice, help with streamlining their wardrobe and other general inquiries about adopting my style. That is when I decided to make it easier for everyone to shop my style right here on my site. If this is your first time visiting, let me tell you a little about my style. Based on a foundation of luxe basics, I continue to build a wardrobe made from quality materials, that have style longevity and unexpected details. 

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If you’ve been here before, you may have noticed the FAVORITES section that I added to my sidebar. For the past few weeks I’ve highlighted my favorite new arrivals in this section. To take that one step further, I’ve changed the SHOP button in the menu above to link to a curated shop featuring all of my favorite wardrobe pieces from clothing and shoes to jewelry and accessories. I’ve included reasonably priced high-street styles with designer pieces, because ultimately, a dream wardrobe is made up of a great balance of both. Everything I add to my SHOP or FAVORITES are pieces I would wear, if I had an unlimited shopping budget. Think of it as a recommendation from me to you. To start things off, the SHOP has the previous pieces featured in my FAVORITES side bar. Don’t worry, each week I will continue to update my FAVORITES sidebar, and after the week is over, those pieces will go into my shop. This way, you can shop everything in one place! What are you waiting for, get to shopping!

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Must Have: Check Blazer

 My closet full of blazers can attest to my belief that you can never have enough blazers in your wardrobe and they one item that are worth the investment, especially when they are in a classic menswear suiting fabric like the Prince of Wales check. The check blazer is on the top of my list for Fall 2014. A staple that gives a polished pencil skirt a bit of a rocker vibe, but looks equally as chic with jeans and booties, is a must-have for my closet. How would you wear a check blazer?

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 Stella McCartney // Saint Laurent (on sale!) // Topshop

Street style image via Allez Xandra

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Editorial Eclipse: The New Now

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 I know, it’s too early, or just too hot, to be thinking of such cozy textures, oversized outerwear and chunky knits, but I can’t stop looking at this editorial from Vogue UK’s August 2014 issue. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Julia Nobis looks stunning in The New Now defined by oversized coats tied with slim belts, architectural hats, platform shoes and sheer skirts that we could get away with wearing now. Styled with some of my favorite designers for Fall including Chloé, Céline, J.W. Anderson, Jil Sander, Haider Ackermann and Calvin Klein. I have to admit, I am setting my sights on Fall pieces to shop, I pulled some pieces inspired by this shoot, so be sure to scroll through. I will introduce my must-have pieces throughout the rest of the summer, so stay tuned!

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Shop The New Now look for Fall…

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