Pretty in Pleats

Call me old-fashioned, but I just love pleats. They are so sophisticated and chic. They are also universally flattering for every body type. This is true! So have some fun, and you will always be pretty in pleats.

1. $168 at WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com

2. $52 at Lulus.com

3. $88 at MaxStudio.com

4. $198 at Anthropologie.com. By Leiffsdottir

5. $248 at BCBG.com

6. $298 at Zappos.com. By Robert Rodriquez

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Flirty and Fun This Fall

Once a week or so I will start posting fabulous “Outfits for the Season.” I am not saying you should buy this exact outfit (although it would be an excellent idea), but I am saying that you should take these outfits as inspiration, and create your own fabulous looks. It is super easy! You may already have these pieces in your closet and you just need a little help putting them together. In today’s post, everything is under $200!

Top: Old Navy for $15

Skinny Jeans: Paige Denim for $179 at Nordstrom

Wedges: Zara for $129

Coat: Topshop for $150

Bracelet: $38 by Jessica Simpson Collection

Gold Hoops: Express for $19.90

Go for the Gold

Gold jewelry is one of the hottest trends of this fall. Don’t believe me? Then check out all of the magazines, runway shows, and the other fashion blogs. Gold jewelry is just so much fun to wear and it brightens any outfit. Just a touch or two of gold is all you need to sport a classic and sophisticated look. Still not convienced? Then ask the Greek Gods and Goddesses that adore this precious metal.

1. This gold cuff by Emily Elizabeth. It is such a classic. It is $75 at MaxandChloe.com.

2. I would love to see this Banana Republic necklace paired with a blazer and jeans for a night on the town. It is $45.

3. Alexis Bittar is one of my favorite jewelry designers, and I love this ring in particular. So sleek! It is $154 at ShopBop.com.

4.Walk like an Egyptian with these fabulous earrings. They are $48 at Anthropologie.com.

5. How fun is this bonefish necklace. It definitely adds a sense of humor to any outfit. It is a steal for $3.80 at Forever21.com.

6. If you really want to go out with a bang and splurge, then go for these gorgeous Marco Bicego earrings. They are $1,500 for Saks.com.

7. Who knew a shoe designer could make great jewelry too! I love Vince Camuto’s new jewelry line. This double studded cuff is $55 at Belk.com.

Too Hot to Handle

I am so in love with these lady-like chic satchels with the top handle. These bags are so versatile, in which they are perfect to take to work, but then they can be taken into the nighttime when you grab drinks and dinner with your friends. The structured bag gives you the extra polish you need to feel sophisticated. I love all of the colors, shapes, and embellishments these bags feature. Some are a steal too! These bags are the perfect arm candy.

This designer option by Badgley Mischka bag can be found at EBags.com

Ivanka Trump’s satchel bag is flatter, so it is easier to carry around. It can be found at Piperlime.com

This candy apple red satchel by BDG is the perfect weekender bag. It is very reasonable too at UrbanOutfitters.com

Snakeskin is totally in, and with this Tory Burch satchel, it is a winning combination. It can be purchased at Bloomingdales.com

Coach handbags have always been reliable and totally chic. I love this jet black leather satchel for extra polish.

Last, we have this great bag from Aldo.com. The shearling detail makes this the perfect winter bag.

Taste the Leather

Last Friday was the first official day of fall! Ahh, my favorite season is finally here. It is now time to put the shorts in the back of the closet and pull out the cashmere sweaters and turtlenecks. What is my favorite item for this fall? Well, it would have to be the leather jacket. When I went to Italy about 5 summers ago, my mom and dad forced my sister and I to go to this leather jacket shop with them. The last thing we ever wanted to do in 105 degree weather was try on multiple leather jackets. We endured the pain of trying them on, and we each ended up walking away from the store with a brand new leather jacket handcrafted with real lamb’s leather. I got this fabulous white motorcycle jacket with just enough toughness to it that it goes perfectly with a feminine dress (and it fits me to a tee!). My sister got a basic black leather jacket, but it is totally chic and just her style. These jackets are gorgeous, and I absolutely love wearing mine in the colder months. To add extra warmth, I just wear a cashmere sweater over my top but underneath the jacket.

Now, leather is more popular than ever, and I have found some amazing jackets in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

1. This cream faux-leather jacket is a great inexpensive version of the jacket I have purchased. It is $24.50 from Forever21.com, and it is surely a safe bet to get you through until you can afford a real one.

2. If you are looking for a more feminine yet funky leather jacket, then check out this one by BB Dakota. This is the perfect jacket to to with skirts and dresses. It is actually very reasonable for $238 at Shopbop.com.

3. For a tougher vibe that it totally chic, I found this one from Zara.com. It is pretty similar to the one I own, but mine is white and it has one pocket on both sides of the chest. It is $249 for the ultimate good-girl/bad-girl look.

4. This leather jacket by Rachel Zoe is the perfect jacket to go with jeans. It is the perfect shape for a more casual, yet sophisticated look. It is $695 at Nordstrom.com.

5. Oh how I love this two-tone biker jacket with the shearling collar. Man, it is stunning! I can’t get enough if this Tibi jacket. It is $1,450 at Net-a-porter.com.

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