Seeing Spots

Fall/Winter 2011 seems like a collaboration of very diverse trends into one huge, fashion overload (in a great way). First we saw jewel-toned hues, then the eclectic mixture of suede with leather, and of course combination of textured patterns everywhere. Now, designers all over are seeing spots! Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Stella McCartney is implementing polka-dots into their collections. Although we’ve seen it on the runways, it may be a little much for your daily ensemble to contain all pieces polka-dot; but add one dotted statement piece for a very well-rounded (pun intended) wardrobe!

1. Long spot clutch, $37, Asos. 2. Stella McCartney vita polka-dot tulle blouse, $1,195, Net-a-Porter. 3. Marc Jacobs polka-dot wool fleece pencil skirt, $995, Net-a-Porter. 4. Marc Jacobs spotted teddies shearling hobo bag, $1,495, Net-a-Porter. 5. Free People staying cool skort, $58 $29, Shopbop. 6. Diane von Furstenberg markie fine-jersey tunic, $225, Net-a-Porter. 7. MinkPink stop and stare polka-dot chiffon blouse, $82, Asos. 8. Yves Saint Laurent arty dot ring, $250, SSENSE. 9. Commando polka dot tights, $32, Shopbop. 10. Marc Jacobs polka-dot cashmere and silk-blend scarf, $450, Net-a-Porter. 11. Stella McCartney lucia stretch cotton-blend and tulle dress, $2,155, Net-a-Porter.

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The Lovely Bones

As much as I am a fan of The Lovely Bones, this post is appropriately about the ongoing infatuation with skulls and skeletons in the fashion world, not the story about a pedophile. I began my love affair with skeletons in a high school art class, when I realized they were probably one of the best things I could draw, keeping it semi-realistic looking. There is something about the natural beauty of a skull, which is inevitably found in all of us, that mixes a rough exterior with an enchanting beauty. Thinking “skull“, of course the first designer that comes to mind is Alexander McQueen, but this boney masterpiece is becoming more and more prevalent throughout each season’s trends. Here are a few of my favorites.

1. DSQUARED2 skull t-shirt, $190, Shopbop. 2. Juicy Couture skull stud earrings, $45, Bloomingdales. 3. Rebecca Minkoff skull ipad case, $125, Shopbop. 4. Alexander McQueen black leather skull clutch, $1,195, My Theresa5. Your Eyes Lie floral skull tee, $34, Urban Outfitters. 6. Tokyo Milk skull shea butter soap, $11, Beauty.com. 7. Ilena Makri skull chevalier rose gold diamond ring, $3,735, Net-a-Porter8. Kosta Boda still life skull votive, $35, Bloomingdales. 9. Alexander McQueen leather and brass skull keyfob, $275, Net-a-Porter. 10. Alexander McQueen skull-print silk-chiffon scarf, $295, Net-a-Porter.


Possessions, Obsessions

Here’s my pick for this week’s top five Possessions and Obsessions. TheLouboutin’s may be a little out of reach, but there’s some special holidays coming up in my life (dare to dream). That golden nail polish is sort of a now or never thing, being that fall is rapidly approaching; but it certainly is the best hue of yellow notresembling fungus that I’ve ever seen. As you can tell by my possessions, I’m veryfall focused with my purchases of late. I can’t wait to get back to my leggings, and definitely get the best of both worlds with these leather-front-cotton-backed stems. Finally, if you have an at times, shiny face like mine – you NEED the oil absorbing mattifier. Trust me.

Clockwise from Left: Trové Fair Aisle sweater in Taupe/Walnut, Nordstrom / Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ring, SSENSE (item no longer available) / Murad Oil Control mattifier SPF 15, Beauty Bridge / Trouvé Faux Leather Front Leggings, Nordstrom / Rhinestone panel toggle bracelet in Red, Forever 21.

From Left: Christian Louboutin Bibi pumps in black suede, Christain Louboutin / Chanel Mimosa nail colourChanel.com / Dior DiorSkin AirFlash spray foundation, Sephora / Asos Portfolio envelope clutch, Asos.com / Versace Bright Crystal perfume, CosmeticMall.