get the look // olivia palermo



Fall is *almost* here.

That means college football, cool weather and incredibly easy access to pumpkin flavored foods.

 Oh. And it's also the best fashion season. 

To celebrate, let's look at some of fall's best outfits over the next few weeks. We'll start with this one. 

Let's break down the key components. 
  • a cross body bag. wear it under the cape which has rendered your shoulders useless.
  • chic boots that are also waterproof. 
  • a faux fur vest adds warmth and texture.
  • pants that are almost leggings…but still socially acceptable.
  • tan + black + white = a classic combo

xo
smash




Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton

Can we please talk about how amazing Michelle Williams looks in the new Louis Vuitton campaign?

I guess it's that point in the summer where I've enjoyed the heat, but I'm secretly coveting fall clothes. These images have me dreaming of paired down basics, classic silhouettes and simple color schemes. 

Let's discuss how to achieve this look. 

Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton
deep purple + dark green + red lips



Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton
white + jeans + khaki 



Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton

black + citron




Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton
black + tan







Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton

white + blush pink + red



Which look is your favorite? 

xo
smash



get the look // ripped denim shorts

ripped denim shorts
ripped denim shorts
I was off jean shorts for a while. They always seemed to be really short, and really tight, and really unflattering…dare I say trashy? However, I'm totally jumping on the bandwagon this summer with the new denim trend...
oversized and destroyed jean shorts

They look effortlessly cool and insanely comfortable. Above, they pair perfectly with red, white and blue. This shirt would be perfect for a casual Saturday around town.
ripped denim shorts
ripped denim shorts
I also love the way it looks with crisp navy or black and white. It replaces the skinny jean for a more laid back look, and is an unexpected choice with a ladylike bag (I love this one).
ripped denim shorts

ripped denim shorts

Or pair it with pretty florals (either on your shirt or in your bag). And of course you know I love a white button-down with jeans.
ripped denim shorts
ripped denim shorts

The best part? This American classic is available at almost any price point.
get the look, xo smash


xo
smash



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get the look // blue and white


jeans | necklace | shirt on sale! | clutch on sale! | watch | earrings | belt on sale! | shoes

Classic with a twist. Love.

xo
smash



Isabel Marant Basley Bootie Look-A-Like

Isabel marant beslay boot for less, isabel mar ant beslay boot DIY, isabel marant beslay boot lookalike

I'm not afraid to admit that I can be a bit of a slave to trends. However, as I discussed yesterday, you can usually achieve a trend's look without having to pay full price. 

So, when I stumbled upon these Isabel Marant Basley booties (or Beslay depending on which website you're reading) of course I wanted them. But at over $600 a pop, I couldn't justify it. I'm all for splurging on an investment pump if it's within your means, but a concealed-wedge-suede-tasseled-bootie? Might be a good way for some people to splurge, but it's not for me. 

If you recall last week I spotted these similar booties at Nordstrom so I decided to dust off my old shoe-DIY skills at attempt this hack. 

To start you will need a pair of suede booties (I used these, but I have included more options at the end of the post), some suede cording (I got mine at M&J Trimming), pliers, scissors and small metal jewelry clasps. I couldn't get thee exact color of cording so I decided to use two similar colors and mix them together. 


To start, decide how long you want your tassel to be. If you want it to be two inches long, cut four inches of cording, because you are going to fold it in half. Adjust the number of strings to get your preferred thickness. Lay the strings together and tie a knot around them.


Once you have tied the first knot, fold the strings together (below left) and tie another string around toward the top. (Martha Stewart has an easy tassel DIY here if you want a better demonstration). Then, using pliers, open a jewelry loop and carefully slide it through the top of your tassel.




Then close the loop around the zipper of your boot. Repeat three times until all four tassels are complete.


Once you're done it will look something like this. 


And in case you're curious. The original boots range from $600-$650. 

These boots were on sale for $63 and supplies cost $9…for a grand total of $72. They are on sale all over the web right now, so depending on your size you can get them for even less. 

Not too bad if I do say so myself.

xo
smash




*The lighting in my apartment is a little bizarre, so the boots appear to be two different colors based on the first picture and the last. The last picture is more true to real life which is the olive color