Friday, September 19, 2014

falling for fall.

COVETING: Vince Drape Neck Leather Jacket; $995
Okay, so it's a major splurge. But seriously. How perfect is this drapey Vince jacket? I love the super-soft leather, the scrunchable sleeves, the draped neck... It would be the perfect fall topper and would make for a great inner layer come winter (meaning that keeping your puff jacket on in chilly restaurants would be a thing of the past), and the perfect staple for years to come. Drool.

autumn books
Fall officially begins this weekend, and I'm off to make the most of it. That includes spending time with out-of-town friends, cooking a big family dinner (I'm thinking this), maybe finally getting around to seeing this flick (bonus: now at my favorite cheapie theater), and hitting this closeout sale. What are you up to?

xo Josie
Thanks to Nordstrom and Decor & More for the photos.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

obsessed -- c.wonder.

COVETING: HD in Paris Lemon Petal Skirt; $128
When I think about fall hues, lemon yellow doesn't exactly jump to the top of my mind (where mustard, cranberry, chocolate brown, and the like are mainstays for autumn). That said, this HD in Paris skirt is so adorable that I just can't make myself care. I love the contrast leather waistband and the slight sheen on the skirt, and the ruffle is, of course, adorable. Add a navy blazer or a pair of gray tights and boots and introduce a fresh new color to fall.

I have no idea how I went so long without discovering the joy that is C. Wonder, but it's been a gross oversight on my part. Everything that the powerhouse brand puts out, from smoking slippers to skirts to glassware to jewelry, is bright, chic, and just a little bit whimsical, which I love. It's such a well-curated collection of fun pieces, and I'm itching to pack my wardrobe and my home with it all.; $168 
I've fallen head-over-heels for this darling little bootie. I love the tobacco-colored suede and the charming crossover buckles, and the fact that it's a flat is completely perfect -- so practical for everyday. I'd love this with a pair of black tights and a wool skirt, but tuck in a pair of skinny jeans for equally killer effect.; $48 
These charming little tumblers would be the perfect addition to a vintage-inspired bar cart -- the gold harkens back to the heyday of after-work cocktails, but the chevron pattern feels so modern and relevant. I'd pour just about anything into these to serve to guests; I'm completely smitten.; $34
I love bracelets with a bit of pave stone detail, and thin gold cuffs are always winners in my book. This adorable one would remind me of my love for cities every time I glanced at my wrist -- the skyscraper detail is too cute for words and is subtle but still interesting. And at this price, it's a total bargain.; $20
I love trinket trays -- they're perfect for corralling jewelry on a dresser or keys and change on an entry table. This set is so clean -- I love the simple borders -- and the script is super-pretty. And they're totally affordable, meaning not only can you pick up one of each adorable phrase, but they'll make the perfect gifts.
What are YOU obsessed with today?
xo Josie
Thanks to Anthropologie and C. Wonder for the photos.

Monday, September 15, 2014

on my mind.

COVETING: Alice + Olivia Lizzie Midi Skirt; $396
This skirt is EVERYTHING. It's on-trend (mid-length, metallic), it's pleated, it's chic, and it sparkles like nobody's business. I love how it would act as the perfect statement piece, a counterpart to a simple black top and maybe a fitted jacket. There's an on-sale version as well that's slightly shorter (here), with which I'm also totally smitten. Choices, choices.

I'm reeling from the sudden fall-like weather (although this weekend was absolutely beautiful), a busy work schedule, a stack of magazines to catch up on, crossword puzzles that I can't seem to finish, and a crazy-long to-do list before winter hits. As I've been bouncing around online, I'm taking joy in the simple pleasures -- in-season fruit, fall-appropriate accessories -- and that's what's keeping me going these days.

I always struggle to put together weekend looks that are chic enough to be worn out of the house but are still insanely comfortable. Victoria breaks it down here.

I'm desperate to make the most of end-of-season corn, and I think that this dinner from Adrianna is just the ticket -- it combines so many of my very favorite things.

Madison's recent trip to wine country has me wanderlusting hard -- she and her husband are adorable, and northern California never fails to stun me with its beauty.

Rachel is one of my all-time favorite bloggers, and her recent closet cleanout is inspiring -- I'm definitely going to implement her ribbon system to weed out what I actually wear.

This book just came in for me at the library, and I'm desperate to dive in headfirst. I'm always fascinated by food trends.

I wish that I could wear a floppy hat without looking ridiculous. Ashley's got it down, and in a pretty plum hue, to boot.

We just got in the most gorgeous peaches. I'll be making one of these cobblers in a timely manner; Deb does fruit desserts like no one else.

What are YOU reading on the web these days?
xo Josie
Thanks to Bloomingdale's for the photo.

Friday, September 12, 2014

fall for the type-a.

ATTAINABLE: Ann Taylor Daxia Zipper Tortoiseshell Patent Leather Flats; $98 
I never think to look at Ann Taylor for shoes, but I have no idea why -- my two favorite statement-makers are actually from there (flats and heels). These adorable tortoiseshell patent flats are just what I'm craving for fall. They mix neutrals perfectly, they're shiny, and they look incredibly comfortable. Perfect for pairing with skinnies before the weather gets too cold to bear any skin at all (so I've got about a month).

Friday Favorites 

Speaking of fall, it's hitting me way too early this year. After an unseasonably cool summer, temperatures took a sudden 25-degree downturn this week, and I was totally unprepared. The only good thing about it is that I've been reunited with my favorite Madewell jacket and Sam Edelman booties -- but I wasn't ready for that for another couple of weeks. That said, I guess it's time to bite the bullet and embrace the sudden crispness in the air -- so here's what I'm looking forward to this year (see past lists here and here).

1. Indulge in my preferred Starbucks seasonal drink (don't hate me; I can't stand pumpkin spice).
2. Invest in a cable-knit sweater I love for curling up on chilly nights (this one's a contender).
3. Embrace a rich new nail color (I adore this plum-chocolate hybrid).
4. Enjoy the last walkable days crunching through leaves.
5. Head to an out-of-the-way orchard for apples and fresh-pressed hard cider.
6. Celebrate Halloween with homemade riffs on favorite candies.
7. Find a new favorite restaurant where it's always toasty-warm inside (suggestions welcome).
8. Use apples in savory cooking as well as sweet (this pork tenderloin looks fantastic).
9. Take an impromptu drive just to look at leaves.
10. Perform a massive cleanout of my closet, desk, and dresser -- I'm feeling a need to purge before I essentially go into hibernation for winter.

What's on YOUR fall to-do list?
xo Josie
Thanks to Ann Taylor and Lauren Conrad for the photos.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

look the book -- torn by ronny kobo fall 2014.

COVETING: Free People Snow Angel Pullover in Grey Heather (also in Ballet); $128
This sweatshirt is so unfortunately named, because I'm nowhere in the vicinity of being ready for snow. That said, I do completely adore this piece. I love that it's a sweatshirt with sweater-knit detail, and the placement, especially at the forearms and cuffs, is kind of brilliant. Forget snow; this would be perfect for curling up next to a fall fire.

Ronny Kobo never plays it safe. The globally-inspired designer churns out pieces every season taht are fun and interesting, but totally appropriate for everyday wear. This fall's lookbook has an irresistible boy-inspired quality to it that's perfect for crisp autumn days and somehow evokes back-to-school images thanks to the plaid, the pinstripes, and a perfect mix of prints.


What collections are YOU loving for fall?
xo Josie
Thanks to Free People and Shopbop for the photos.

Monday, September 8, 2014

how to wear -- camel.

COVETING: French Connection Jaymey flats in Gray Otter Suede (also in Black); $110 
I adore an ankle-strap flat. Even if it's covered by a pair of skinny jeans (but, of course, even more so when on display with a ladylike midi skirt, in tulle for ballerina-like bonus points). This adorable French Connection is is utter autumn perfection. I love the suede and the metallic strap, and I'm willing to be that these would be a perfect go-to pair to match with everything in your fall wardrobe.

Camel is one of my all-time favorite colors to wear. It's such a versatile neutral, but it has more warmth than black or gray, without seeming as plain as brown. It's ideal for fall (partly because it looks fantastic against a pile of bright leaves) and has such a cozy vibe when manifested in a sweater, coat, or a great pair of wool trousers. I've pulled some inspiration for my favorite ways to wear the hue and can't wait to break it out for autumn.

{A bright color, like Julia's hot pink colorblocking, provides sharp contrast}

{I adore Emily's striped sweater layered over a button-down -- such a clean, preppy look} 

{Blair's long camel coat is the epitome of classic chic}

{I love how Anna topped this capelike camel overcoat with a waist-cinching belt}

How are YOU wearing camel for fall?
xo Josie
Thanks to Piperlime, Gal Meets Glam, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Atlantic-Pacific, and See Jane for the photos.

Friday, September 5, 2014

life lately.

COVETING: Rebecca Taylor Combo Moto Jacket; $695
Oh, my goodness. I'm a huge Rebecca Taylor fan (her dresses are to die for), and this jacket has me completely enamored. I love the blend of leather and tweed, and all of the silver zippers add such great edge. It's cool without trying too hard, and I love it styled over a flirty dress -- but, of course, skinny jeans would make a killer pairing as well.

When it comes to life lately, well, it's been BUSY. The end of summer brought one of my favorite annual traditions, lots of work, checking out new places in town, lots of time with family and friends, and squeezing in plenty of good food. While I can't say that I'm really ready for fall yet, I'm coming to terms with the fact that it's time for a change -- and I'm looking forward to what the season has to bring.

{Sweet Martha's cookies and all-you-can-drink milk at the State Fair}

{Photo shoot at Lyn65, where everything looks impossibly delicious}

{Pharmacie may be my new favorite home store in the Twin Cities}

{My kind of health food at the new Solimar Spa at the Radisson Blu Hotel}

For more of me in real life, follow on Instagram @jfranske. Wishing you a happy weekend!
xo Josie
Thanks to Piperlime for the photo.