The Color that Will Spring You Right Into Fall

We’re all too familar with the standard Fall uniform: black, tan, navy and maybe even a touch of cream for excitement {sarcasm fully intended}. But even if you’re a total color-phobe, we’re here to assure you, you can add color to your fall wardrobe – especially if it’s this lush moody mossy emerald green!

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Sure, a closet full of neutrals is a very wise investment. When you stick with a uniform you’re suddenly able to mix and match with ease, you’re likely to wear pieces more often and can keep your closet edited down {my current fashion life-goal!}. But every once in awhile it’s fun to throw in a curve ball and this season I’m all about this crazy cool green hue! More sultry than your standard emerald, but more luscious than the old-school forrest green, it’s actually rather difficult to put your finger on what makes it so perfect. One line called it Woodland Green – I think that gets close. It’s like the deepest, richest green of a pine tree. Regardless, I love how perfectly it would pair with black, with brown – even navy!

If you’re still not totally convinced, why not test it out with a little nail polish {they call the color Shutter.}? Or if you want to keep things understated {and hidden!} how about switching up your lingere!?

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I think my favorite option is that super cute handbag. It’s nice to give your standard black bag a break every now and then! What do you think? Would you add a new hue to your fall look?

GET YOUR SHOP ON:

> Phillip Lim for Nars Nail Polish
> Topshop Satin Bra
> Ojai Garden Pot
> Marlowe Dome Satchel

image 1 via Nordstrom // 2 + 7 via Emma’s Design Blogg // 3 via Once Wed photography by Ali Harper // 4 via Artek // 5 via // 6 via Blog Milk Blog 

12 Last Minute Beach Bag Essentials

I’ve lived by a beach my whole life. But it wasn’t until recently that I considered myself lucky to have the sand and bay right underneath my nose toes. If my day has been particularly stressful, the constant beat of the waves reassures me tomorrows always start fresh. When I’m feeling like I’ve literally got more issues than Vogue, the ocean quiets my secrets and is the perfect soundtrack for me to dish all to my girlfriend! The vastness and never ending horizon is a true source of inspiration and a great reminder in humility. And while that country song about “feeling small against the ocean” is catchy and all, I like to think that standing beside the ocean makes everyone feel powerful, big- a part of something HUGE. You?

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But perhaps most importantly {and in attempts to steer this post from feeling like a freakin’ funeral!}, on a beautiful sunny day, the beach is a FREE and easy place to seek refuge from stress and enjoy some serious relaxation. Whether you’re in need of a break from the office or just want to have a random BYOB day with friends, you’ll want to pack these must-haves in your bag! ’Cause you know they’ll aid in a good Instagram or two! ;)

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I’m in love with this woven J.Crew Panama Hat- I have it in every style. It’s a great classic to have in your wardrobe. These leopard-like sunnies are everything! Ordering immeditately. And let’s talk about this sweet little pouch for your credit cards and lip balm. No need to rummage at the bottom of your bag with this adorable organizer and it can double as a clutch when you head out for drinks post-beach day! Of course, you can just as easily take these essentials with you to the lake, swimming pool or even the park {a post on our favorite SF parks is forthcoming!!}

As we live out the last days of summer, we’re becoming slightly obsessed with making an escape outdoors for some good weekend r&r! You too?? Well, with that, I’ll see you babes at the beach! —Bianca

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Get Your Shop On:

> Madewell Tote Bag
> Dream Wave Pouch
> Panama Hat
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Beach Body Oil
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BaubleBar Knot Bracelet
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Sandals
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Beach Towel
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Sunglasses
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Magazine
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The Perfect Sunscreen
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Rosehip Seed Lip Cream
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bkr Water Bottle

image via Garance Dore 

How to Connect the Dots on a Monday

Mondays suck- it’s a universally agreed upon fact. It’s right up there with the sky is blue and the most jealousy-ridden news of 2014: Eva Mendes is in fact, having Ryan Gossling’s baby. She just took all living hope right out from under us. There is no chance any of us are having Ryan’s first born because hey, we had a chance, ok?! But back to Mondays sucking and connecting the dots. After copious amounts of coffee, we like to exercise our brain to fully wake up. It helps get our juices flowing for the week and we do this by looking for connections in unlikely places.

Frequently, things just go together like two peas in a pod {like Eva and Ryan….le sigh} and it’s fun to look for those connections. It makes you feel slightly accomplished, like you’ve discovered a crazy scientific pattern that no one has seen yet. It’s also a preferable substitute to playing games that were invented to make you feel stupid, like Sudoku or the NY Times crossword puzzle. And besides being pretty to look at, we’re almost 100% certain that shopping Net-A-Porter for color coded lacy bras and matching them to the imaginary girl who lives in the badass room below is similar to brushing our teeth with our left hand- it’s sure to keep our precious brains healthy!

Without further ado:

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We’re obsessed with this room and it’s funky flair. A leather jacket, designer skateboard {talk about a decor statement!} and nods of glamour mean a bad ass chick lives here, we’re sure of it.

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Get Your Shop On:

> West Elm Souk Wool Rug
> ABJ Glassworks Cosmos Geo Group
> Steven Alan x West Elm Abstract Crewel Pillow
> The Kate Moss Book
> Calypso St. Barth Carre Stool
> Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soy Wax Candle
> Specimen Editions Cement Wood Pendant
> Calypso St. Barth Moroccan Wedding Pouf

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Oh look! Maybe it’s Leandra? Or some other fashionista rockin’ the dress du jour: The Shirt Dress. We’re loving the classic look with a mix of some accessories that scream “my closet is cooler than yours.” And can we talk about reinventing the shirt dress over pants? Duly noted for Fall.

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Get Your Shop On: 

> Belted Leather Biker Jacket
> Ray Ban Gold Aviator 
> Calico Shirt Dress {great price for a piece you can wear year round!}
> Yasmine Eslami Lace Bra
> Lanvin “Me” Parfume
> J. Crew “Sophie” Crossbody Bag
> Vince “Nolan” Wedge Sandal
> J.Crew High Shine Wide Cuff

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And just in case you weren’t picking up what we were throwing down {we get it- it’s Monday and connecting the dots can be tough!}, this resort collection matches our color palette, so we think it belongs in this post too.

There you have it. We feel smarter already. We encourage you to take some time every Monday morning to connect the dots. You’ll be pretty proud of what you come up with! –Bianca

 

image 1 via Husligheter // 2 via A Love is Blind // 3 via The Polysh // 4 via Radar Magazine // 5 via Cédric Charlier