Currently coveting // fall fashion

I'll take them all.


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When I worked at J.Crew they had a rule I will never forget. We always had to wear at least three layers. Three! This might seem excessive but as a layer-a-holic it was heaven. Fall actually might be my favorite season just because of it's potential for layering. And what's layering without a good vest? It goes everywhere. College football? Check. Tailgates? Check. October baseball? Check. Early morning dog walks? Check. The vest does it all. Plus, they're a lot less expensive than their sleeved cousins, and if you're petite you can usually get away with wearing one from the boys' department. 

Which one would you choose? 

I'm particularly partial to the pumpkin color of this one from L.L. Bean. I wear a lot of navy so orange would be a fun contrast. I also like the shininess of this J.Crew number (although this Old Navy version looks a lot like it, and is a total steal).



Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes, goat cheese and olives recipe

Happy Thursday my friends. Here is the eggplant and tomato recipe I bragged about promised on Monday.

Eggplant and Tomato Salad

1 large eggplant
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil 
1 3/4 lbs mixed tomatoes
1 package Boursin (or similar) goat cheese
1/2 cup mixed olives 
1/2 cup lightly packed parsley leaves
salt and pepper
baguette for serving

1. Preheat boiler with rack six inches from heat.
2. Slice eggplant into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Place sliced eggplant on a wire rack set on a baking sheet.
3. Broil until eggplant is blistered. About eight minutes on one side. Then flip and repeat for another eight minutes.
4. Remove eggplant from oven and immediate place in a boil with the olive oil. Cover the bowl with a plate (or lid) and let stand for about ten minutes or until eggplant has softened.
5. Arrange eggplant on a plate. Top with sliced tomatoes, olives, parsley and goat cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with crusty French bread for dipping. 

adapted from Martha Stewart Living


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fall essential // wear to work boots

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It's almost that time of year. When the flats that you have been wearing to work every day, are suddenly leaving your ankles frozen. And while we still have a few good weeks left, cold weather is right around the corner.

And sadly, you can't just hibernate in your apartment until sandal weather rolls back around.

Because I know you want to.

But back to shoes.

What is the winter equivalent of the flat

Last week I got talking to my sister-in-law about this particular footwear conundrum. What are the best work appropriate boots? There's a lot out there, but it can be hard to find the one that feels at home in the office. You don't want anything to blingy, or trendy. And if you're like me and spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably don't want it to be in a three inch heel.

So, this is by no-means a comprehensive list, but they are some of my favorites.

A few break the rules. Some notes on that…

The simpler the better. In general, I would steer clear of flash details or logos in the office. But I love these Loeffler Randalls. Maybe you work in fashion and can rock them.

Stacked heels tend to be more comfortable, supportive and work-appropriate than their stiletto counterparts. Stilettos are fine in pumps, but in a boot, they can get all lady-of-the-night pretty quickly.

Flats are king. In my old age I have realized that running around in heels tends to bother my lower back the next day. And now that I'm old and wise, I realize it isn't worth it. I have worn these Frye boots year after year and they never bother me.

It's not just cold weather. We also get that fun snow-slush stuff going which means a multi-tasking pair of boots in a lifesaver. These rain boots are so chic you wouldn't even have to change when you get to the office. 


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currently coveting // burgundy for fall

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It's no secret that jewel tones hold the key to my heart. Emerald green. Navy blue. Burgundy wine. They look great year round, but they are especially prominent in fall where they're always the stars of the show. I especially love them because they're flattering on pale brunettes (like myself) and they mix seamlessly with the neutrals in your closet…more so than say, neon. This season, it's all about burgundy…especially in accessories. This hat and these shoes for a casual football game. This hat and these booties for a city brunch. Wherever you go, wine is the color of the season. 


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