Wednesday, August 27, 2014

get the look -- knife-pleat skirts.

ATTAINABLE: Kate Spade New York Varadero Tile earrings; sale (now) $45.56 
I tend to stick to embellished stud earrings for the everyday, but when it comes time to play dress-up, I'm a big fan of more elaborate varieties. I love this Kate Spade New York pair -- the stones are the prettiest shade of green, and I love how elegant the drop is from the single stud. Perfect to pair with a summery sundress or to breathe some extra life into a go-to black evening top.

I'm admittedly wary when it comes to pleated skirts. There's a lot that I just dislike about them: their ability to immediately make me look like a 12-year-old, the fact that they add bulk to hips (who wants that?), and, of course, the many negative connotations associated with them (Britney, private school, etc.). That said, I've kind of been taken in by knife pleats. These aren't the big box pleats that overwhelm me or the too-perfect plaids of prep school uniforms; they're neat rows of dozens of razor-sharp pleats that look sophisticated and chic -- and in great skirts, are utter perfection for fall. Pick one up in your price range and get ready to rock a whole new silhouette.

EXTRAVAGANCE: RED Valentino Pleated Skirt; $595
Spendy, yes, but this Valentino skirt is sure to stand the test of time. The length and color are super-classic, but I love how the slight paper-bag waist updates it and keeps the look from being too schoolmarmish. Rather than pairing with a crisp button-down (too uniform-esque for my tastes), I'd style this with a chambray shirt, tights, and booties for fall.

DEAL: Cheap Monday Weekday Foil Pleated Skirt; $87.06
For a dressier occasion, I can't imagine a piece much more fun than this Cheap Monday skirt. I love the copper color and foil finish; it's a great way to liven up a fall nighttime wardrobe without showing too much skin. Pair with black or brown for a safe bet, or pile on some color (I'm thinking deep cranberry) to really make a splash.

EXTRAVAGANCE: Alice + Olivia Pleated Midi Skirt in Navy (also in Rose Quartz); $330 
This is the epitome of ladylike chic. The midi length is so classy, and I love the deep navy hue for fall (although the soft pink color that it comes in is kind of to die for). It's floaty, flirty, and utterly charming, and would pair well with anything from a V-neck tee to a sleek, sparkly top.

DEAL: J.Crew Pleated Chevron Skirt; $148 
I love that the stripe pattern and colors in this skirt me vaguely of a rugby shirt -- perfect for fall. But the chevron-style stripe and killer pleats are just so chic. I love this paired with pumps and a button-down for work, but I think it would make the perfect brunch piece with a pussybow blouse.

I'll be taking this Friday and next Monday off to soak up the last rays of summer -- see you next week!
Will YOU be wearing knife pleats this fall?
xo Josie
Thanks to Nordstrom, Shopbop, ASOS, and J.Crew for the photos.

Monday, August 25, 2014

beauty trend to try -- silver eyes.

ATTAINABLE: Ladakh Nivelle Tank; $78
This easy, breezy Ladakh tank is ideal for summer's hot, final days. I love the simple, swingy shape, and the draping in the back is really stunning. Best of all, of course, is the easy fit and fun print (love the dots-on-stripes). This would be perfection with sandals and a pair of crisp white shots -- fedora and side braid opitonal.

Silver eyes were all over the runways for fall, and I'm completely obsessed with the shimmery, glittery look. Let me be clear: this isn't a smudgy, smoky charcoal eye, rimmed in kohl and worn for a night out. This is an ethereal look, one that projects a luminous quality and not only brightens eyes, but makes its wearer appear to truly be glowing from within. Keep the rest of the face simple (a little blush, a little gloss) and lighten things up a little for fall.

Taylor Swift, Earrings, Grammy Awards 
{I love how Taylor Swift's eyeshadow echoes her metallic dress}

Richard Chai Love Fall 2014
{Thin black liner and a bare face keep this Richard Chai look wearable}

{This Preen look is on the older side, but I love that there's just a touch of silver shadow}

{Smudge light silver shadow under eyes, too, for an extra-shimmery look}

What beauty trends are YOU loving right now?
xo Josie
Thanks to Anthropologie, E!, PopSugar, Elle, and Musing on Beauty for the photos.

Friday, August 22, 2014

on my mind.

COVETING: Club Monaco Gilmore Romper; $198.50
This is, as far as I'm concerned, the absolute ideal end-of-summer splurge. It's a romper that's clean and sophisticated, with a grown-up geometric print, sleek cut, and very chic piping. I think that a pair of nude, leg-lengthening pumps would be a killer accompaniment for a breezy night out, but pair with sandals and a tote for Saturday errand-running.

{Soaking up the last days of summer via Bright Bold and Beautiful}

I spend an outrageous amount of time reading blogs, researching online, and generally coming across things that are really great in my everyday adventures, and it's time that i start sharing them with you. This regular feature will tell you what recipes I'm dying to make, what I've been reading, where I've been going, and where I'm headed -- can't wait for you all to join me.

Alicia's musings on TV relationships are priceless -- I'll admit, everything I know about love, I learned from Gilmore Girls, Felicity, and Dawson's Creek.

It's State Fair season in Minnesota, which means that I'm already planning a full day of food gluttony (locals: here are two helpful guides if you're looking to deviate from your mini-donuts-and-cheese-curds staples).

Jo's talking exercise this week -- how do you stay in shape? I'm an elliptical and Pure Barre addict myself.

Shaynah's Instagram feed rotates between pictures of her gorgeous kids and her boho-chic wardrobe -- which I desperately wish I was cool enough to pull off.

This may be the simplest recipe ever to grace Smitten Kitchen, and I need to make it immediately with the strawberries sitting in my refrigerator. Like, tonight.

Mara recently celebrated a blogging milestone -- I'm a longtime fan, and her notes on how blogging has changed, her effortless style, and the major love between her and her husband are truly inspiring.

I'm not usually one to pair booties and shorts, but Chelsea's casual summer look has me reconsidering.

What's on YOUR mind these days?
xo Josie
Thanks to Shopbop and Bright Bold and Beautiful for the photos.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

look the book -- joie fall 2014.

ATTAINABLE: Sabine Sleeveless Lace Mini-Dress; $89.97
I find it absolutely impossible to believe that August is wrapping up -- summer flew by at a rate which I'm not really comfortable with. So as the days for little white dresses wind down, I've naturally found an ideal one: short, lacy, and cool-looking without being too revealing, it's perfect for transitioning from warm weekend days to cooler evenings.

There's a reason that Joie brand is named for the French "joy." Everything is just so perfect: well-fitted, perfectly-proportioned, easy to mix-and-match, flirty, feminine, and a lot of fun. The fall collection is a perfect example of these values. The sweaters are cozy, the prints feel fresh, and the hiking boots are totally adorable. It's all a little rustic and a lot chic and almost makes me crave crisp autumn days. See a few of my favorite lookbook shots below.


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


Monday, August 18, 2014

good enough to eat -- for chocolate lovers.

COVETING: Ann Taylor Trellis Lace Skirt; sale (now) $114.88
Midi skirts scream ladylike to me, but I always fear that I'll be dwarfed by them due to my height (I stand at all of 5'3" on a good day). But this lacy number from Ann Taylor is irresistible. I love that the lace overlay gives it the illusion of being a midi skirt, but enough skin peeks through that I won't feel overwhelmed by the length. And in a crisp navy blue hue, I can see it carrying straight into fall when paired with the right pumps and a gold blouse.

After making this over the weekend (and, yes, it was as delicious as it looks), I definitely have chocolate on the brain. While I fancy myself a true chocolate lover, I have to admit that I have a major, major soft spot for... Milk chocolate (I know, the horror). Still, I'm not opposed to a super-rich, bittersweet treat. I've rounded up some of the most chocolate-y treats I can find, so pour a glass of milk and get ready to indulge.

{These Chocolatey Chocolate Chip Cookies are not for the faint of heart} 

{This Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream looks so rich and creamy} 

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting 
{Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting deliver a double dose of chocolate power}

Friday, August 15, 2014

beauty trend to try -- extreme lashes.

ATTAINABLE: Madewell Paddleboard Mini Coverup in Moroccan Mix; sale (now) $49.99
While I tend to reach for a pair of cutoffs when it comes time to find something to throw on over a bathing suit, I must admit that I'm always tempted by pretty coverups. This cute, gauzy sundress from Madewell is just the ticket for end-of-summer pool parties when paired with flat sandals, a sleek bikini, and an oversized tote. And with the sale on right now (an extra 40% off sale pieces, so I'll definitely be making a stop in), I think it's the perfect time to pick one up. 

When it comes to makeup, I keep things pretty simple. Concealer, a little blush, and mascara, and I'm pretty much done for the day. But when it comes time to do something a bit more dramatic, I love playing up my eyes. They're hazel bordering on green, so smoky purple and brown shadows really make them pop, and I love finishing with just a little more mascara than is really necessary (this is my favorite). For fall, I'm adoring the extreme lash looks that have been hitting runways -- from lush, curled fringe to falsies (which I've never used and may finally be ready to bite the bullet on), I'm ready to try it all.

{Full, curled lashes at the Versace show -- ideal for everyday}

{This dollike look from the Gucci show would be fun for an extreme night out} 

{If false lashes terrify you too, this tutorial seems like just the ticket for easy, natural-looking fringe} 

What beauty trends are YOU loving for fall?
xo Josie
Thanks to Madewell, Harper's Bazaar, The Fashion Spot, and Beautylish for the photos.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

obsessed -- splendid.

ATTAINABLE: Banana Republic Heritage Sequin Full Skirt; $89.50
It's hardly a secret that I'm a fan of pieces with a little sparkle -- and this skirt has a LOT of sparkle. I'm completely enamored with it; I think it would be so fun to wear through the rest of summer with bare legs and pumps, but come fall, it will be ideal paired with a slightly-oversized sweater, tights and booties. I might be warming up to the idea of autumn just a little.

Splendid will forever be one of my go-to brands for pieces that are insanely comfortable without seeming sloppy (see: this soft, well-cut tank). That said, the ultimate T-shirt brand has seriously been stepping up its game lately. From adorable, affordable shoes (there are some killer booties in the lineup for fall) to chic rompers to the softest of sweaters, everything still looks like you want to curl up in it -- but it's all at the height of fashion.

Splendid Desert Rain Tie Dye Romper; $138 
Romper season isn't over yet, and I'm determined to make the most of what's left. I love that the button-front placket and loose, well-cut shorts keep this little romper sophisticated. The colors are so dreamy, and I can just imagine a perfect morning at the farmers' market wearing this number.

Splendid Indigo Dye Overalls; $198
Obviously, the big fear with overalls is that you'll either look like a ten-year-old or a Blossom extra transported to the new millennium. But these soft Splendid ones are just too cute. I love the detail at the waist and the tapered ankles, and the loose, chambray-esque fabric is so soft-looking that I can't imagine them looking at all like the '90s nightmares of yore.
Splendid Harrison Booties; $168 
These cute Chelsea booties are just what I'm hoping to find for fall. I love the olive-colored suede, and the heel is just high enough to give some extra height but still looks super-comfortable. These would be perfect with skinnies, but I bet they'd be just as charming teamed with tights and dresses or skirts once the air turns chilly.

Splendid Indigo Button Front Cotton Shirt; $128 
What I love about this little button-down is that it looks like denim, but -- surprise -- it's made of the same ultra-soft cotton as the rest of Splendid's pieces. That's a major win, especially when paired with white denim or even a pencil skirt and pumps.

What are YOU obsessed with today?
xo Josie
Thanks to Banana Republic, Revolve Clothing, and Nordstrom for the photos.