Links I’m loving this week…

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  1. Do you like reading? Do you want to be a genius? If you answered yes to both, check out the “9 Creative Ways To Find Books That Will Make You A Genius.” (Medium)
  2. Check out these inspiring Instagram ads from the Love Has No Labels campaign. (Mashable)
  3. Every time I see a poodle mix, I want it. Thus, it’s no surprise that I aced this quiz on “Can you guess the poodle mix?” (Buzzfeed)
  4. Do you dress practically? (No) – Good. Here are some amazing outfits with statement sleeves. (WhoWhatWear)
  5. Winter is my favorite time of year (New outerwear? Yes, please.) See what these editors want to add to their winter wardrobes. (The Coveteur)
  6. Tired of going to Paris? NEVER. But if you do need a break, here are the “Top 7 Day Trips from Paris.” You can see some of my posts from the City of Love here. (World of Wanderlust)
  7. Stuart Weitzman has delivered a new batch of amazing party shoes. Now I just need them to go on sale! (WhoWhatWear)
  8. This Santa Barbara wedding is simply gorgeous. (Vogue)
  9. Need a pick-me-up? I couldn’t help but smile while watching this little girl sing her favorite Taylor Swift tune. (YouTube)
[Photo taken during my ski holiday in Chamonix. I am craving a white winter!]

 

Photo Diary: Grey Days in Paris

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Need it Now: Velvet Blazer

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It’s November. Shocking. What that also means is that the holiday season is nearly upon us, and I know what you’re thinking – presents, trees, lights, snow… and obviously velvet.

A bit too heavy for the warmer months, velvet clothing and accessories are a great addition to your winter wardrobe. I have been lusting after a velvet blazer for quite some time now and believe the option above from Frame would be a very versatile piece for the colder months. Wear it with dark denim, wear it with a classic work dress or go seriously boho and wear it over a dark floral/lace dress (a la Chloé). Regardless, it’s a great texture to add into the fold each time winter rolls around.

Day Trip to Verona

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I spent several days in Venice earlier this year (AMAZING, photos here) and managed to sneak in a day trip to fair Verona.

This lovely Italian town is about an hour-long train journey from Venice, which has a very accessible train station right on the Grand Canal. Once you arrive in Verona it’s a short walk, or an even shorter taxi ride, to the town center.

I would suggest making a stop at the tourist center – they’ll hand over a map with the highlights of Romeo + Juliet’s hood. The tourist center is directly across the street from the Arena di Verona (can’t miss). From there I would recommend a few must do’s:

  1. Stroll down Via Giuseppe Mazzini (the main shopping street in Verona) to Piazza Erbe. Here you’ll find loads of cute cafés on the square for food or just an apertivo!
  2. DEFINITELY go to the top of the Torre dei Lamberti. It’s a tower just outside Piazza Erbe that offers an amazing view of Verona (photo above).
  3. Check out the bridges. Verona has seriously good bridge game. The Ponte Pietra was particularly pretty. You can admire the view from Terrazza Bar Al Ponte, it’s little bar with a patio right on the river’s edge. The Ponte di Castelvecchio is also a great spot for stroll across the river – it’s probably the most recognizable bridge in Verona. You’ll find it directly behind the Museo di Castelvecchio (nice to look at, but don’t go in if you’re pressed for time).
  4. Stop by Juliet’s balcony at Casa di Giulietta. You have to go here because you’re in Verona and it’s the thing you’re meant to do. It will be crowded, it will be smaller than you imagined, and you may be more impressed by the massive gum wall outside (I was!) – regardless, go and get a photo.

Verona’s center is fairly small; I felt one day strolling around was all I needed. If you find yourself there for a bit longer, you may want to check out day trips to Lake Garda and the Valpolicella vineyards. You’re in Italy so culture.pasta.wine.repeat.

(View from Torre dei Lamberti)
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Work Wear: Suede Skirt

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NEW SKIRT ALERT. The skirt above is a recent purchase I made from Theory (but in black). I thought it was a good first foray into the suede skirt world. It’s only half suede which means I’m half as likely to ruin it if I spill my coffee! It’s still available on their site here.

A suede skirt will look great in fall, winter and spring with slim fitting sweaters and blouses. But remember, wear this luxe look cautiously! Here are some other options…

Dream Shoes: Gucci

When I first saw Gucci’s kangaroo loafers my first thought was, “These are the most ridiculous shoes I have ever seen.” And my second thought was, “I secretly want them.”

Regardless of where you stand on the kangaroo loafer debate, there are some amazing things happening at Gucci right now in relation to feet. Above are 9 awesome examples that come in a range of colors. I may give in and purchase the basic black loafers (you know, out of necessity), and then proceed to wear them with everything I own.

Going Green

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This fall I’m going green.

I’m normally not that into color, but I’m considering this lovely shade of army green a neutral. It will look great paired with grey, black, white, tan… all the regulars.

I used to have a canvas green jacket from Urban Outfitters which I wore to pieces, and I think the adult version might be the Tory Burch jacket above. It’s a great staple, especially if you’re traveling. I find that sometimes a sweater is a bit too fancy and a leather jacket is a bit too heavy – that’s where this canvas jacket comes in. The green skirt is from Topshop. I am planning to wear it this winter with all black and transition it to spring/summer with brown booties and a white tee. Army green is going to be in rotation for a while!

Need it Now: Chunky Grey Sweater

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I have been lusting over this chunky grey Acne sweater since last fall and I think the time has come to finally make the purchase.

I’m planning to wear it with flares and block heels at the weekend, but it would look equally awesome with a mini skirt, opaque tights and some flat boots. For work, I’m going to be pairing it with pencil and A-line skirts and a pair of booties. Below are a few other chunky grey knit options to consider… I may need more than one!

Links I’m loving this week…

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  1. Check out these Drugstore Beauty Award Winners — I will be adding loads of these products to my Boots shopping cart in the near future. (TheCoveteur.com)
  2. This St. Barth’s wedding from Vogue.com made me want to get married all over again. Or at the very least, go on vacation. (Vogue.com)
  3. Breakfast (or rather brunch) is my favorite meal of the day by miles. In honor of that, I give you 29 awesome breakfast-y products. (Buzzfeed.com)
  4. Need more shoes? Here are 94 creative ways to start saving more money. (Greatist.com)
  5. Apparently there are free ways to be prettier, it’s worth a try! See these 7 free beauty tricks. (Byrdie.com)
  6. Who doesn’t fancy some dainty jewelry nowadays? After seeing this Delicates Collection by Mr. Kate, I may need to come up with a reason to wear metallic freckles. (shop.mrkate.com)
  7. I read this article the other week on the lazy way to an awesome life. Making more happy friends will make you happier (unsuprisingly), but now it’s backed by science. (bakadesuyo.com)
  8. Wine camp is a thing? Yes, please. I can’t imagine being homesick at any of these summer camps for adults… (Vogue.com)
[A gloriously sunny London day in Greenwich Park pictured above. #rareinLondon]