The beauty of the bottle

I admit it.  I’ve been known to buy a fragrance based more on how beautiful the bottle is rather than the scent inside it.  “Hi, I’m Heather and I have a packaging fetish.”  Don’t get me wrong… I wouldn’t make a purchase if I disliked the smell of the actual product.  But given the choice between two equally appealing fragrances, I will definitely go for the cooler bottle.

Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Marc Jacobs has got me all a flutter over this one – Lola ($65 – $85).   This is one of the most gorgeous scent bottles I’ve seen in a long time.  I want it.  I need it.  I must have it.  No matter that I already have an entire dresser’s length of fragrances. I’m about to finish off my Gucci II (which was actually purchased based solely on the scent – go figure) so I’ll soon have an open spot to fill…

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You can’t escape it

Despite the fact that temperatures are still in the 90’s, fall is on its way.   And the best evidence is hanging on the racks at just about every store in the mall.  So, today I bring you an excellent transition piece from Banana Republic.

Image courtesy of Banana Republic

Image courtesy of Banana Republic

 

 

This cotton/silk blend top ($60) is lightweight enough to be appropriate in warm weather but the rich color is great for fall.  

I like how they’ve styled it here – with a belt but if that’s not your thing, I think it would look equally excellent tucked into a pair of wide-leg trousers.

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New season, new Reva colors

I’m a big, big fan of the Tory Burch Reva flat ($195).  And just in time for fall, a new color:

Image courtesy of Shopbop

Image courtesy of Shopbop

 

Oh my.  I’m drooling a little bit.  Isn’t that just the most perfect shade of plum?  And though I love the original gold or silver medallion on the toe, the discreet leather one is gorgeous too.  (And nice because you don’t have to worry about coordinating your jewelry or the hardware on your bag to the hardware on your shoe.  What?  No one else worries about these sort of things?  Just me?  Really?)

And just in case you’re not already in the loop on this, let me fill you in.  Tory Burch Revas are, hands down, the most comfortable flat on the market.  And I mean that.  They are worth every penny.  They are divine.

 

And here’s a quick tip:  Order a half size down.  They’ll be a little tight at first but the leather will very soon stretch out and you’ll have the perfect fit.  I learned this the hard way with my first pair.  I got my regular size and they felt great at first but eventually the leather stretched and my heel kept coming out of them as I pounded the pavement all over Paris.

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Back to reality

After yesterday’s expensive Miu Miu masterpiece, I bring you an equally lovely dress by Porridge ($148) that’s much more attainable.

Image courtesy of Anthropologie

Image courtesy of Anthropologie

 

 

Mixing patterns can be a challenge for even the most seasoned fashionista, but this is a perfect example of how to do it.  A small, repeating one on top and a larger, more abstract one on the bottom – broken up by a solid sash.  Gorgeous!

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I need it: Miu Miu dress

Indulge me if you will and step back into fantasy-land for a moment.  

Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter

 

 

Everything about this Miu Miu dress ($2,075) is perfection.  The silhouette is basic, yet timeless and elegant.  The mosaic pattern is innovative and edgy.  The colors are bold but understated so as not to compete with the print.  

Perfection.

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Buy now, wear later

If you’re looking to get a jump start on your fall shopping, you’d better get yourself over to Nordstrom for their Anniversary Sale.  They’ve got boots (and a host of other items) temporarily on sale. 

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

 

These Sam Edelman boots are regularly $300 but you can get them now for $200.

I know, I know.  I’m also finding it a bit difficult to think about boots when temps are still in the mid-90’s every day.  But I assure you, come October, your wallet will be thanking you!

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Where am I again?

Well, I’m back.  Sort of.  My body is here but I left my heart and mind in Northern California.

If anyone is curious, I did manage to fit all my belongings into a carry-on.  And I was able to include my Mike and Chris heels and the most perfect matching Michael Kors clutch.  I even had room for a pair of Juicys and Tory Burch flip flops (all the better to lounge in, my dear).  Now that’s some smart packing.  

Hopefully I can get back into proper writing mode by tomorrow.  Till then, I’ll be California dreaming for another day…

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