August 29, 2010

fall bags: ladylike and structured

I love a slouchy hobo on a lazy Sunday, but there’s something so chic and put-together about toting a tophandle satchel on your elbow. I’m a practical girl so an additional longer strap is essential for the days when I’m walking all over town. Structured, ladylike bags are all the rage right now, but they are also classic staples that will never go out of style. Rebecca Minkoff’s Morning After bags are high quality, beautiful bags if you’re looking to make an investment. Alternatively, TopShop and Asos have tons of affordable, on-trend styles.

Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Mini        Topshop Zip Pocket Square Holdall

Michael Kors Callista Satchel                Asos Front Pocket Bowler

Another fabulous way to wear structured and ladylike is a longer style with a chain strap, ala the forever coveted, quilted Chanel 2.55. Or try a saddle bag for a more laid-back approach.

Halston Herritage Carla Lady                      Topshop Woven Crossbody bag

Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Clutch      Asos Quilted Lock Across Body Bag

Topshop small leather satchel          Urban Outfitters Cooperative Saddle Bag

fall shoes:heeled oxfords

I have many shoe crushes this season, but so far nothing tops my obsession with heeled oxfords. Wear them with cropped pants, skinnies, wide-leg trousers, a skirt and tights, dressy shorts—everything! There’s a wide range of styles: peep-toe, sling back, saddle shoe, etc. Heeled oxfords are popping up all over the place and at every price point. I equally love Steve Madden’s classic Docile ($70) and Stuart Weitzman’s Fausto platform peep-toe ($395).

Heeled oxfords

Heeled oxfords by elisabethcarr featuring j crew shoes

Heeled oxfords- black and grey
Heeled oxfords- black and grey by elisabethcarr featuring bass shoes

August 23, 2010

fall coats

While I’m reluctant to accept that fall is approaching, I do acknowledge that now is the time to start thinking about fall purchases. New styles are hitting stores and I’m loving what’s going on this season. There will be many fall trend posts to come on mission:closet, but right now I’m mainly thinking about coats, bags, and shoes. These items are usually where I start as the season turns because just a couple of smart purchases instantly update your wardrobe and will go far with a good set of basics (skinnies, pencil skirt, long sleeve tees, etc) Add some inexpensive, trendy accessories and you’re set for 6 months. Here are a few of my fave outerwear options. 

Camel coats were all over the Fall ‘10 runways.The J.Crew, wool-cashmere icon trench is a no-fail choice. I love the way they style it with different shades of brown here, but I think a camel coat also looks great with black.  I’m imagining this with a smart black leather satchel and big sunglasses. Their shorter Ever pea coat is another a fab option.

Gray is huge this season. So is leather. Gray+leather=match made in heaven. This WIlliam Rast Ruffled leather jacket is so unique and fashion-forward. Leather jackets are a great investment in SF because they are the perfect weight for the climate— I wear mine year-round. Throw it on with a pair of jeans or over a party dress for a fun contradiction. 

Tweed is another big fall trend, and not just for coats. Boden is an English company that has recently arrived in the US. Their British Tweed Blazer comes in three colors. Add flair to the classic collegiate look with bright colors. 

August 12, 2010

montana wedding

I was in another awesome wedding this summer in Red Lodge, Montana. Andrea and Charlie got married along a beautiful creek surrounded by trees and mountains. Andrea’s dress featured a vintage broach so all the bridesmaids found one to wear. My photos didn’t turn out very well so check out this slideshow by the photographer. You might recognize the makeup artist (yours truly). And check out Andrea’s fab Manolo’s.

August 11, 2010

1969 jeans

A few weeks ago my friend Jess and I were shopping for jeans at Hayes Valley’s Azalea Boutique. They have a great selection of premium denim (J Brand, Paige, Nudie, AG) and though Jess tried on a few pairs she liked, nothing really made her pull out the credit card. As we were leaving Jess pointed at a girl in the shop in a perfect pair of dark skinnies. She told us she’d bought them at Gap. I promptly checked out the Embarcardero store’s selection for myself and I was surprisingly pleased. Gap’s “perfect fit” marketing scheme is no lie—I tried on five pairs and each one fit me like a glove. I especially liked the new line of Legging Jeans (I prefer to call them jeggings) and a pair of wide leg trousers, perfect for the more casual office. The best part? They’re all around $60, a steal for a pair of jeans that fit well.

                            Denim Trouser

*Warning: The dark denim color seems to rub off at first. Proceed with caution and wash them a couple of times before wearing.