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MCLV Style | Peter Pan Booties

Since I (finally) gave up heels in favor of being able to walk without excruciating pain {You can read the story here – The Painful Truth About High Heels} I’ve been on a seemingly full-time mission to find cute, flattering, versatile flat shoes.

You know the ones I mean.

A pair that you wear to work or out for dinner, and can – GASP – Actually walk in.

You can check out my Fall Footwear blog post for some of my picks for this season. Hands down, my two favorites are the Vince Camuto Karita Leather Block Heel Over The Knee Boots and Unisa Adivan Over The Knee Boots from DSW.

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Booties – Costume National

Metropolitan Watch c/o Timex

Gucci Crossbody Bag – The Real Real

Fit and Flare Sweater Dress – Eliza J

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

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So when I saw these flat Peter Pan Booties on The Real Real website, I was thrilled. They have that delicate, feminine silhouette to them that makes them look great with dresses as well as slim-cut pants. They even look great with tights!

Plus they’re flat with a thick sole, which means that they’re comfortable for walking around the city in this time of year.

Sadly, this specific pair is sold out, but here are some similar styles:

What’s YOUR perfect boot?

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MCLV Style: Army Green Trench

There are few things that I love more than a well-tailored trench coat. It’s classic, it goes with everything, and you can literally throw it over any old thing and take your look to a new level.

I mean… There’s a reason all the most stylish women in history are known lovers of a good trench coat!

So when I was browsing the Fall outerwear on the Tobi website I immediately zeroed in on this army green coat. Classic with a twist is just my style!

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Stormy Skies Trench Coat c/o TOBI

Striped Pocket T-Shirt – Paige

Black Skinny Jeans – Jolt from Nordstrom {Junior department win!}

Black Faux Leather Backpack – Soul Society

Tan Peep-Toe Mules – Kate Spade

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The weather in San Francisco during the Fall and Winter is unpredictable to say the least. It’ll go from thick fog to clear blue skies to rain in a single day. Without notice. So pieces like this coat are perfect since they’re lightweight and easy to carry around.

I live for killer cold weather outwear, but San Francisco isn’t necessarily the place for those heavier overcoats.

You’d be sweating in minutes!

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Another thing that I love about trench coats is how versatile they are. Pair a timeless trench with a little black dress and a pair of pumps for a Jackie O-inspired look that works for everything from date nights to a business meeting.

Want a little edge in your daily life? A striped top, jeans, ankle boots, and trench – Bam! Street style chic with virtually zero effort.

Tell me – What’s YOUR favorite way to wear a trench? How do you feel about colored versions like this green one?

{Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Tobi, but all opinions, of which I have many, are my own!}

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MCLV Style: Trench Coat

Finding the perfect trench coat has been on my To Do List for a while now. It’s one of those pieces that just makes an outfit. With one quick additional your look is polished and ready to go.

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Trench Coat – Rag & Bone via The Real Real

Aubergine Leggings c/o Les Lunes

Leopard Print Pumps – Go Jane

White Tote – Dooney & Bourke

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So what was I looking for in the trench of my dreams? I toyed with the idea of either a black coat and a long version. I went so far as to order this DKNY maxi trench and this Ellen Tracy black trench coat.

They were both great, however, deep down, I think I knew that I really wanted a classic khaki trench.

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

When I saw this Rag & Bone Trench Coat on The Real Real it was love at first sight. It’s exactly what I wanted – Classic, but with a twist. The buttons are the perfect little extra to give it a fun new spin.

I can’t stop wearing it!

What’s YOUR closet staple for Fall/Winter this year?

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Fall Shopping

After getting inspired for Fall and checking out the fashion and beauty trends for Fall I wanted to share my personal picks for this coming Fall/Winter season – It’s all about classic lines and dark, moody hues.

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{Asos Faux Leather Pants – $59, Ralph Lauren Plaid Shirt Dress – $129, MICHAEL Michael Kors Peep-Toe Bootie – $225 & French Connection Faux Leather Trimmed Trench Coat – $205}

 

Faux Leather Pants:

What I love about these babies is how versatile they are – They add a rock n’ roll twist to everything from an oversized tunic to a basic tee paired with a cropped jacket.

Plaid:

I love classic plaid for Fall and this season there’s tons of fun plaid out there – From accessories and handbags to pants, tops, and dresses. This plaid shirt dress caught my eye because it can be dressed up in so many different ways. Tights and comfortable flat booties will be the perfect daytime look and for evening you can add a pair of sexy heels and a cropped leather jacket to glam it up.

Lace-Up Booties:

Boots and booties are a must for Fall and this year I just can’t get enough of fun, eye-catching extras like open toes, buckles, and laces. Luckily for me these gorgeous heels include all three, so obviously I can’t live without them!

Trench:

A navy trench coat has been on my Must Have list for a while now and while a girl can dream of Burberry sometimes you’ve got to compromise. This French Connection faux leather trimmed trench is so cute that I just had to make it my own!

What’s at the top of your Fall shopping list?

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Fall On A Budget

At the beginning of October I shared my Fall 2012 Must Haves, which included eye-catching patterns & prints, faux leather, fun pants, tweed pieces, asymmetrical details, and the color de jour for Fall – Oxblood.

It’s easy to see pictures from the Fall 2012 collections and put together a mental list of all the things you want, and then give up in frustration because you can’t afford straight-from-the-runway pieces. But I’m here to tell you that we can very easily update your wardrobe for Fall without having to dip into your 401k. I promise!

I like to get one or two great new investment pieces each season – something like an updated but classic Little Black Dress, a chic new handbag, or a timeless trench – but I’ll also collect a handful of fun, on-trend pieces from less expensive stores that quickly update my looks for the season. There are great stores like Zara, ASOS, H&M, and TopShop were you can find trendy, well-made pieces each season for a steal. Read on for some of my personal suggestions & recommendations as well as a collection of great articles that’ll steer you in the right direction for all of your Fall 2012 needs.

I have to confess that some of my favorite places to shop are the Spanish retailers that I was first introduced to when I lived in Italy at the age of 21 – H&M, Mango, and Zara. The clothing is stylish and well-made, but doesn’t cost a fortune and the collections are updated frequently so there’s always something new in stores and online.
{Lace Trousers – $90 @ Zara, Blouse – $60 @ H&M & Contrast Panelled Dress – $30 @ Mango}
  • Where Do Editors Really Shop from Refinery 29 is just the sort of article that I love to read – Knowing where the most fashionable and stylish women in the fashion world shop is like being handed the keys to the kingdom! And wouldn’t you know it, along with the high-end designers that you’d expect them to mention, they also list great inexpensive shopping destinations like E-bay, Target, Zara, Amazon, Madewell, J.Crew, TopShop, JewelMint, ShoeMint, and even The Salvation Army. Great news, isn’t it?

Another lucky break for us fashion obsessed is that more and more high-end designers have been coming out with reasonably priced collections for retailer giants like Payless, Target, and Macys.

{Long-sleeve Shirt Dress in Red Geometric Print – $40 @ Kirna Zabete for Target, Long-Sleeve Satin Blazer – $60 (on sale) @ Nicole Richie for Impulse & Racquel Side Zip Bootine – $50 @ Christian Siriano for Payless}

  • Lucky Magazine’s 100 Cheap Fall Finds is a trove of fun Fall pieces from printed pants and embellished collars to chic dresses and leather trimmed jackets. In addition to featuring clothing from Luckymag.com, they included other retail websites like Romwe.com, Pixiemarket.com, Urban1972.com, Levis.com, and Ulta.com.
  • Two of the trends that I’m most excited for this Fall are printed pants and leather-trimmed pieces and luckily for all of us the fun website The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style featured fabulous recommendations for both trends –  Geometry Class & Just The Sleeves Please. So no matter what type of fashion you’re in the mood for this site has what you’re looking for!

The less expensive secondary lines created by designers and sold at department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macys, Nordstrom, and Kolh’s are great pieces to keep an eye out for.

{Left to Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Jac’ Denim Leggings – $140 @ Nordstrom, MICHAEL Michael Kors Sleeveless Cowl Neck Banded Bottom Dress – $45 (on sale) @ Bloomingdale’s, and LC Lauren Conrad Embellished Ruffle Tee – $40 @ Kohl’s}

  • Not quite sure how to approach stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Ross? Refinery 29 took it upon themselves to teach us how in their piece Discount Shopping – How To Shop At Marshalls where they had three different editors put together 6 cute looks under $50. Wow!
  • Waiting for stores to have announce a big sale is a great way to find the pieces you’re craving without paying full-price. Not sure just how to make this tactic work for you? Check out Sales Rack Skinny: The Subtle Statement’s Sale Shop Tactics for tips that’ll help you find just what you’re looking for in stores or even online.

Are you still in the mood for more tips, recommendations, and suggestions for updating your wardrobe, Fall dressing, and online shopping? Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Style For Hire and a series of informative posts all about online shopping.

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