During seasonal transitions, I often find that none of my clothes feel quite right. It’s like I can’t remember how I made outfits out of anything six months ago, or why I even thought such an undertaking with my current clothing options was even an idea worth exploring. Because of this, I’ve spent a lot of time dressing myself in my head with stuff that I can’t afford all at once, which brings me to today. It dawned on me that perhaps I’m not the only one having this issue, and that a little blog-post group-therapy session might be in order. So, PurseBloggers, this is the outfit I wish I were wearing this weekend.

I’m having a bit of a neo-grunge, tomboyish, Angela Chase moment lately, so I’d definitely want some plaid and some olive green in there, plus these great waxed charcoal jeans. I’d finish it off with a Giambattista Valli haircalf skater shoe, because who would have guessed that such a thing even exists? To balance out the boyish elements of the look, I’d add in a leopard Valentino bag in contrasting red, plus a little bit of bling – the irregular shape and slightly grimy finish of this gorgeous Susan Foster necklace means that it fits perfectly with more casual looks. Check out all the pieces below and let us know what you’re looking forward to wearing this weekend!

There are a lot of things to love about Karl Lagerfeld (and perhaps some things to loathe, if you’re not partial to his filterless public persona): his always-impressive creative direction at Chanel and Fendi, his commitment to dressing like a flamboyant, monochromatic sheriff in an old Western, his obsession with his cat, Choupette. My favorite thing about Karl, though, is that he’s in on the joke – Lagerfeld may seem self-serious to the casual observer, but over time, his behavior has indicated that he knows he’s a little ridiculous. How else do you explain the just-launched Karl Lagerfeld + tokidoki Collection? (more…)

As I told you last week, Vlad and I were honored to be part of LUISAVIAROMA’s 7th Annual Firenze4Ever Event. The event, which gathers fashion and style bloggers around the world to celebrate Italian style, is magical in a way that I can only fall short in describing. Every detail is so thought-out, each gather, dinner and activity is more amazing than the next. While being wined and dined in stunning Florence is a dream, Vlad and I were even more excited about working on our Style Lab, in which we had the opportunity to style Fall 2013 items from LUISAVIAROMA‘s boutique. We were given a model, the super talented and lovely Rebecca, and told to have fun.

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From hair and makeup, to location scouting, to picking the perfect items to wear, this was a first for us. From the moment I first stepped into the LUISAVIAROMA store, though, I knew without a doubt that we would be using MCM for our first Style Lab endeavor. MCM is a brand you may be familiar with, but it’s time to get reacquainted. Once German-owned, the brand has seen a renaissance under new South Korean ownership, and even if we only saw a glimpse of what’s to come, you better be prepared.

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We worked with items from the MCM Worldwide x Craig & Karl Collection, which infuse a young, fun, quirky beach vibe to the accessories. Since I’ve always believed accessories are the way to dress up your look, we decided to keep the clothing simple and comfortable and opt for stand-out accessories.

This is by far my new handbag obsession, actually all things MCM Worldwide are, but the fun Craig & Karl collaboration is just what I’m looking for. Shop MCM via LUISAVIAROMA now.

Grab her look: MCM ‘Eyes on the Horizon’ Backpack ($970), Thierry Lasry Cat Eye Sunglasses ($564), MCM Craig & Karl Eyes on the Horizon Document Case, Rag & Bone Pullover, Rag & Bone Skinny Jeans, Converse Distressed Flag Sneakers. All available via LUISAVIAROMA.COM.

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As you’ve probably seen, Vlad and I were in Florence with LUISAVIAROMA for its 7th annual Firenze4Ever event. One of the main parts of the exciting few days is having the chance to style our own looks on a model. We really had fun with it and put together three different looks with a feature on some of our favorite bags. Next week we will be revealing our LUISAVIAROMA style labs, but for now, we have a preview of one of the images photographed by Vlad to give you a taste of what’s to come!

If you’ve ever woken up in the morning and tried to solve the problem of how to pick one outfit that will last you until well after dark, we feel your pain. In fact, I feel your pain right now – I tried to accomplish that feat this morning, and only time will tell whether or not I was successful. I do have some practice at all-day outfit crafting, though, so my hopes are high that I won’t look like I came directly from work beyond the requisite happy hour. If you’re less confident in your day-to-night abilities, though, we’d suggest you take a dip into our PurseBlog Picks page at Net-a-Porter, which is full of ways to finish your look (and if you need more than one look in a day, we can do that, too). We’ve taken the liberty of demonstrating how it’s done with this lovely Christopher Kane dress. (more…)

Even though our Thanksgiving meals may still be hanging out around our waistlines, there is no stopping the fact that the holidays are knocking at our doors. Holiday season means time with family, friends, colleagues, and everyone in between. With so many parties and gatherings to attend, prepping outfits to help get you through the season is a total must. I could spend most of my days draped in ALLSAINTS from head to toe, and that goes doubly for the holiday season.

From dinners with family and friends, to staying cozy by the fireplace, to the perfect outfit for all the holiday parties, we’ve put together three ALLSAINTS outfits you will want to live in this season.



Look 1: Holiday Dinners with family and friends


It’s important to be dressed appropriately and stylishly when it comes to the many holiday visitors you’ll be having, whether they’re in-laws, friends or somewhere in between. Dress it up a bit by wearing a floor-length skirt paired with a cozy sweater on top. The standout piece of this look is the sheepskin jacket, which is sure to keep you warm, And don’t forget the accessories, from boots to a necklace to a clutch.

Mures Sheepskin Jacket
$1,150

Gora Pullover
$150

Raegan Skirt
$225

Jackson Evening Clutch
$150

Hessian Boot
$270

Teague Pendant Necklace
$145



Look 2: Cozy by the fireplace


Just because cold weather means bulkier clothing doesn’t mean that you have to lose your style or comfort. Many winter nights are spent cuddling by a fire and sipping hot cocoa, so for these times, dress cozily. A great pair of leggings becomes an integral part of winter wardrobes, and with it, pair an oversized shirt. I’m having a total obsession with this cape, and spruce up the look with haircalf boots, a beanie, and funky earrings.

Solstice Shirt
$195

Dune Cape
$395

Ridley Leggings
$120

Rixey Tote Bag
$295

Katana Earring
$65

Repose Beanie
$40

Hessian Hair Boot
$395



Look 3: Out on the town for Holiday Parties

One of everyone’s favorite parts of the holiday season is the plentiful parties. From cocktail hours to work parties to New Year’s Eve, dress to impress. The embellishment on this tee dress will wow, and add a chic coat to cover up a bit. With it, wear a pair of rocking boots and layer some jewelry to make your outfit an instant hit.

Conical Tee Dress
$495

Elissa Evening Clutch
$150

Fur Shield Coat
$435

Crescenza Bracelet
$95

Widow Buckle Boot
$365

Menswear, as an industry, is in an interesting position right now. More men than ever are interested in personal style and upping their aesthetic game, but because of the traditional cultural views on men and fashion in the US, so few of them have any idea where to start. Of course, we have a novel (or not so novel, to our loyal readers) idea: Start with a great bag, like the AllSaints Stonewall Laptop Bag and go from there.

The best way for a regular dude to elevate his style and still feel like himself is to choose great basics that have a couple of special details. That way, everything can be mixed and matched and he still feels like he’s wearing normal clothes. We teamed up with our friends at AllSaints to create a men’s look around our favorite bag from the retailer; think of it as a guide for male style newbies. Check out our picks after the jump or shop the full men’s selection at AllSaints. (more…)

How to put this delicately…the fashion at Sunday night’s 2012 Emmy Awards was mostly not great. A lot of it was fine, if you like sparkly, crowd-pleasing gowns or bright colors, but there were only a few wow moments to be found. Well, guess, what – we found ‘em. And we made a little post out of ‘em, as we are wont to do.

We know you’ve probably seen a few Emmys best-dressed lists now, but we like you guys, and we like talking about fashion with you, even when the photographers who covered the red carpet arrivals didn’t bother to get us any close-up shots of anyone’s handbags. So if you’ll indulge us a bit, we’d like to do a rundown of our favorite Emmy looks, including a few that we’re sure will be controversial. Join us, won’t you? (more…)

3.1 Phillip Lim is the new “it” kid in the accessories world, and I find myself wanting to sit at his lunch table all day, every day. Of the Phillip Lim handbag family, the standout star has been and continues to be the Pashli Satchel. For Spring 2013, a faded floral canvas print adorns the bag. You know what, I’m in love. We all see other designers utilize florals for spring; it’s not a novel idea, but it’s one that can be done in a modern way – think Proenza Schouler Spring 2012. This particular pattern that Lim has chosen is stunning; there’s just something about the stiff shape of the bag and the geometrical lines that works so well with a floral print on a black background.

There are some other designs that stand out, but I’m really still in my Pashli phase, so I have a hard time seriously considering any of the other items. There is a sense of the grunge era that touches this collection, but that was a reoccurring theme on the runways and it looks like it won’t leave. Moda Operandi has an assorment of the accessories available now, and I’m extremely close to placing my order. Shop the assortment via Moda Operandi now. (more…)

If you’re a regular PurseBlog reader, you know that Megs, Hilary and I all have really different, distinct tastes in accessories and clothing. Megs tends to lean toward clothes with a hippie vibe, Hilary likes clean-lined, modern neutrals and I like lots of industrial black mixed with occasional bold prints and colors. Somehow, all three of us find a lot to love at British retailer AllSaints, which has a location in Soho that we all visit semi-religiously. AllSaints also has a handful of other US standalone stores, in addition to shop-in-shop locations at select Bloomingdale’s locations around the country. If you don’t have one near you, there’s always that old standby: the Internet.

We’re particularly fond of AllSaints Fall 2012, which marries cool-girl leather with effortlessly modern shapes and enough neutral earthiness and natural details to keep the whole thing from skewing too industrial. The end result feels extremely modern and current, and the contemporary price point keeps many of the brand’s pieces accessible to people who are looking add a note of edge to their wardrobes. Need some ideas for taking your style to the next level? Check out our recommendations from AllSaints Fall 2012 after the jump. (more…)

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