fall style: blazers & statement bags

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Well, this blazer is kind of the most amazing thing in my closet right now, on account of the beaded crystal collar (I mean, really?!). I’ve worn it for a few sets of photos (coming soon), but here I decided to move away from my usual gray or black in favor of a warmer neutral fall palette. Also a good opportunity to wear these (kinda weird/kinda cool) brown denim skinnies — a welcomed change from all my blue and black jeans. In this case, they worked perfectly with the colors in the houndstooth blazer.

I also wanted to dress neutrally so I could let this bold Furla bag do it’s thing. Last week, I helped host a really fun event to celebrate the newly-opened Furla store at Copley Place (this red leather beauty was my date/literal arm candy for the night). If you’re in the Boston area, I definitely recommend a visit to the store – it’s bright, open and full of stunning Italian leather bags (at great price points, too). They have everything from colorful wallets (which make great gifts) to distinctive and chic fur-trimmed satchels. I chose this bold color-blocked bag for its classic shape and because it’s different from anything I own – plus, it’s super practical for work/travel (holds my MacBook!).

Have a great Wednesday!

Outfit details:

Blazer: J.Crew Regent blazer with beaded collar // Shirt: Banana Republic silk popover blouse // Jeans: J Brand brown skinnies // Shoes: Jimmy Choo Anouk pumps in metallic gold // Bag: c/o Furla Polaris satchel (small version here, medium here and here) // Sunglasses: vintage Maui Jim // Jewelry: J.Crew necklace

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effortless style with lou & grey

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Lou & Grey, created under the Ann Taylor LOFT umbrella, specializes in the kind of style that’s both enviable and approachable – it’s effortless, chic and (most importantly) super, super comfortable. If you’ve shopped at LOFT in the past few months, you’ve probably noticed a little section of the store (or website) dedicated to a collection of texture-rich neutrals and stylish loungewear. Since its launch, that collection has burgeoned into a standalone brand – and brick and mortar stores are starting to open across the country. Last week, I got to check out the newest store (only the second location to open!) at the Natick Mall, just outside of Boston. After a long day at work, I was almost too tired to shop – but I forgot about my exhaustion pretty quickly once I walked in.  The store has a breezy, laid-back vibe (maybe even serene?) – with white-washed walls, marble tabletops and racks of dreamy knits. The store feels like a natural extension of Lou & Grey’s aesthetic: effortlessly cool, minimalist (in a non-obnoxious way) and really accessible. Plus, I couldn’t help but admire the lovely ampersand that decorates the space (it’s also printed on the shopping bags and tissue paper), being the typography nerd that I am.

Everything is laid out neatly – stacks of sweaters and denim, delicate jewelry, small home accessories and apothecaries – all artfully arranged on tables throughout the store. The clothes look so soft and inviting, it’s sort of expected that you’ll want to walk around and touch everything (I did) or try on about a million pieces (I did that too). The fabrics are out of this world (especially the signature tees) – you need to feel it to believe it. I ended up getting the textured jacket and silky light blue shirt I’m wearing in these photos, as well as this flattering and versatile dress that you’ll see in an upcoming outfit post, for sure.

I think it’s pretty great to see a brand championing this kind of uncomplicated, comfortable style while still managing to stay chic. And Lou & Grey does it in a refreshing, friendly way. I definitely recommend a visit to the Natick Mall store if you live in the area. If not, I pulled together a few of my favorite Lou & Grey pieces at the end of the post so you can shop online!

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Outfit details:

Jacket: c/o Lou & Grey peppered open jacket // Shirt: c/o Lou & Grey silky sweatshirt // Pants: Blank NYC vegan leather leggings // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (similar here and here) // Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel (medium) // Sunglasses: Illesteva leonard sunglasses with pink lenses // Jewelry: J.Crew necklace, Banana Republic ring and bangle

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