Currently Craving: Burgundy

Burgundy is pretty much the hottest fall color for the up and coming fall season, and rightly so. This rich tone screams falling leaves and sweater weather, and goes well with cream, camel, black, and dark green. For a color cozy yet supremely sophisticated, look no further.
Mini Skirts are perfect for fall despite their length, because hellooo?! tights! They make everything better, cuter, warmer, and sexier. Sortof. The T by Alexander Wang Leather Mini Skirt (1) is sexy, the Pleated Neoprene Mini Skirt (2), also by Alex Wang, is different and fun, and Carvens Mini Skirt (3)  is girly and polished. For something more substantial on your legs, The Row makes some fantastic
Leather Leggings (4), and the combination of leather and burgundy is pretty killer. Jersey and burgundy is pretty cool too, especially in Helmut Langs Draped Jersey Dress (5).

To keep your head and neck warm, or at least stylish, go for a cool hat- Borsalino Hare Velour Hat (6) and a cozy scarf, this Topshop Snood (7) is especially great because a food is by far warmer, so there you go. For more coziness, we move on to sweaters, you can't go wrong with a turtleneck like Etros Wool Blend Sweater (8), or cashmere, like Uniqlos Cashmere V Neck Sweater in Wine (9). More toasty fashion comes in the form of Haider Ackermans Wool-Blend Felt Coat (10) and the Versus Hooded Shearling Coat (11), which is pretty much the best thing ever. Not much warmth, but fashion for days comes in Haider Ackerman's Swinton Taroni Jacket (12), which is the next best thing to the Versus coat.

If you aren't ready for this strong color all over your body, try it on just a small part, like your nails with Illamasquas Nail Varnish in Unnatural (13) or NARS nail polish in Chinatown (not pictured). You could also go for a strong lip with Dolce and Gabbanas Classic Cream Lipstick in Dahlia (14). In terms of shoes, there are many, but none so good as the Miu Miu Suede Stud Ankle Boots (15). The CC Skye Warrior Princess Cuff (16) is perfect snippet of the color, while the YSL Large Patent Leather Clutch (17) and 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Leather Tote (18) showcase the color a bit more.


Rodin Gardens, Paris

The outfit is sort of hard to see (I wanted to focus more on the gardens than what I was wearing)- but nevertheless: Madewell Blouse, Rebecca Taylor Skirt, Steve Madden Sandals, and Brandy Melville Backpack.


Eiffel Tower

Equipment Blouse, Alice and Olivia Shorts, J.Crew Scarf, Prada Sunglasses, Bloch Ballet Flats.


Dressing For: Outside Lands

Outside Lands is pretty much like any other music festival in that your inner hippie gets to come out, except this time it has to come out slightly more clothed. San Francisco, home of the Hippies, is at it's foggiest in the summer (so if you are planning a visit, wait until October or November), so more than just a bathing suit top is required. While it won't be raining, layers and jackets are highly recommended, especially as you go from morning (foggy) to midday (sunny/warmish) to night (cold).
Jersey Maxi Dress (1) is always a good option, as are something a little more substantial for the leg area, like AllSaints Paradise Leggings (2), or BDG's Embroidered Cigarette Jeans (3) and Maroon High Rise Cigarette Jeans (4). Next layer a sweater like Wildfox Couture's worn-chic Lennon Sweater (5) or Isabel Marant's sporty-cool Cilla Crochet Lace Pullover (6) over a tank, a Woven Bustier (7), or a Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt (8), which could also go over a tank top that has a bustier under it. Layering! In addition or instead of, depending on your body temperature and the weather, a sweater coat- Flower Power Cardi (9)- or a real coat- QSW Beach Blanket Coat (11) will keep you nice and toasty. If you really want to go all out, though, the Isabel Marant Miel Suede Fringed Jacket (12) is pretty much the perfect thing, for any facet of life.

Footwear for this occasion includes Billy Short Boots (13)Ankle Boot with Studded Toe (14), and Superga's 2750 Metallic Sneakers (16), because even hippies need a little metallic in their lives. Moccasins are also acceptable. You might also see birkenstocks, which are not acceptable, ever, but hippies will be hippies. Ski-like socks-Marled Boot Sock (17)- are fully acceptable, especially if casually poking out of one's boots. Keep your neck either fashionable or warm with Dannijo's Brielle Necklace (10) and AllSaints Blossom Decay Scarf (15). Your wrists will probably be cold anyways, so go ahead and jewel those up with an awesome Vintage Marana Cuff (19), or any other vintage or wild-west-inspired thing. The Hepcat Shades (18) might not be vintage or wild west, but they are still cool. And, of course, one needs a backpack at these sort of festival like things, so here you go-Tribal Leather Flap Backpack (20).


Currently Craving: Shoes from the Barney's Warehouse Sale

So I was going to do a post covering the entirety of the Barney's Warehouse Sale, online for the first time ever, but then I got to the shoe section and it all went to hell. There are too many pairs and so little blog space to show them with, especially if combined with clothing, the horror! Instead, what you see below is a nice little collection from the sensational shoe section available to us all now! Not just those in New York and Los Angeles! (Though I was enjoying being part of that club). The Barney's Warehouse Sale is my favorite time of the year (when it happens, at least, since Couture time is a have when that happens, and fashion week time, and so on). But I digress. Now, see for yourselves, and relish in the show glory.
First we have Chloé, with the Chunky Criss-Cross Wedge (1) -which, I might add, I have shown before-and the Snakeskin Platform Sandal (2), if you prefer something more delicate. Continuing on with yellow, we have Phillip Lim's Espie (3) and then Rag & Bone's Hanalei Ballet Flats (4) which aren't yellow, but fell next to the yellow shoes because they are flats, just like the pair before them. In continuation with the now blue theme we have going, we have Manolo Blahnik's Pamukfac (10) and the Alexander Wang Aida (5), whose textured pieces might start molting like a bird does, in which case the shoes would be ever sicker.

Moving on from shedding shoes we have Haider Ackermann, who just kills it in everything he does, and in particular with these Laser Cut (6) and Brocade (7) Oxfords, which are particularly amazing in that your ankles will be saved from blisters due to the lack of a back in the shoe, which also make you look like you don't care that your expensive oxfords are folded down to save you blisters, which, in turn, makes you the coolest ever.

If you prefer a Chunky Shoe, meet Sergio Rossi's Sandal (8), Rag & Bone's Cutout Platform Sandal (9), and both Proenza Schoulers Slingback (11) and Slingback Cutout (12) Platform Wedges. They are your new best friends. And last but not least, though not chunky, is Pierre Hardy's Cube Mask Sandal (13).


Balenciaga x Comme des Garcons

Balenciaga and Rei Kawakubo for  Comme des Garcons are certainly an unlikely pair, through they make for one (almost 2) great exhibition(s). The Balenciaga x Comme des Garcons exhibits really have nothing to do with each other; they are in separate rooms and are displayed in the most unparalleled way ever, though you don't just go to one and ignore the other. The Balenciaga side has pieces made and owned by Cristobal Balenciaga, and includes garments, accessories, and sketches. It's funny to see how history repeats itself in Nicolas Ghesquiere's recent collections for Balenciaga (hello, Darth-Vadar-Visor-Hat) and is astonishing to see if nothing else than for the beauty of Balenciaga's garments.

Walking into the Comme des Garcons side of the exhibition was like walking into a completely different world. Garments from Kawakubo's Spring 2012 collection, all in white, were showcased in big, clear bubbles. Think a hamster ball blow up to twice-human size. But in a good way- it was very cool, and contrasted nicely with the historic-inspired yet thoroughly modern look of Kawakubo's clothing. The clothing, while creepy at times, was eerily beautiful, and made even more interesting by the seclusion provided by the bubbles.