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Blue Velvet

Velvet is a super hot shoe and boot trend this season, today’s post features a beautiful blue over the knee boot by ASOS.    ASOS Kingdom blue velvet over the knee boots now on sale at a great price of $41.50.   Living in the Northeast it is not practical to invest a lot of money in a velvet boot; these fit …

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Cape Coat

The Zara cape coat is a blend of old classic plaid with modern cut.    No longer in stores;  some similar options are by Shelli Segal and with a fur collar Eliza J, both available at Nordstrom.   Skinny pants by Topshop. Accessories are Hermes 42mm Constance belt and 28cm black box kelly.   Valentino rockstud ankle boots, similar rockstuds in stock at Neiman Marcus.   Vintage black conductor hat.   …

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Holiday Bright

Holiday bright in gem colors for this festive time of year.    H&M cold shoulder top in green with bell sleeves worn with the very popular faux leather leggings from the same brand.   Accessories are Anthropologie sequined beanie (several years old) with Chanel crystal brooch,  Hermes Sous l’egide de Mars cashmere shawl,  Chanel blue velvet flap and chain peep toe booties.  

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Brie, Currants and Honey

‘Tis the season for entertaining!  This brie, currant, and honey cheese plate is perfect for those expected or last minute guests.   Brie, a handful of currants (in the raisin section at the grocery; look for the orange box), a couple tablespoons of honey and petite toasts are all that’s needed for a pretty presentation.      Decorative plate currently …

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Ruffle sleeves

Cool winter greys for today’s fashion post.    H&M ruffle sleeved blouse, currently in stores.  Another option here.   Zara faux leather leggings, Nordstrom has many styles including pretty grey by Trouve.    Accessories are custom Himalayan belt and Hermes 30cm birkin.   Christian Louboutin Iriza pumps in silver, Neiman Marcus has many colors and sizes of Iriza in stock.  

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Equateur Strap

Just press and slide for a funky new strap on the Apple watch Hermes.         The Equateur strap is a single tour in printed leather, available at Hermes boutiques and online.   Inspired by Robert Dallet’s wildlife sketches, the Equateur collection features majestic wild animals in their natural settings.  

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Embroidered Velvet

Feeling festive with an embroidered velvet jacket from Zara.    Velvet current style embroidered jacket now online at  H&M golden chiffon sleeveless blouse, James Twiggy jeans in burgundy in stock at Nordstrom.   Accessories are Gianvito Rossi Savoie boot, now on sale at Neiman Marcus, and Louis Vuitton Amber cat eye sunglasses.

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Vegetable Farro Salad

Farro is a whole grain similar to barley, with a nutty flavory and chewy consistency.  Commonly grown in Italy, Farro is used in soups and salads since it is a healthy, filling food.  Grill some veggies and add Farro for a colorful crowd pleasing main or side dish.     You will need: farro 3 carrots 1 yellow pepper 1 …

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Palm Springs Mini

I can’t say enough positive things about the Louis Vuitton Palm Springs mini backpack, the perfect bag for the weekend warrior!      Vuitton canvas is indestructible, making this a no worries bag for travel or the active mom.   An added plus is that the Palm Springs mini can be worn as a backpack and messenger-style with adjustable straps.  And, it holds …

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The cat’s meow is this $17.99 blouse with a tie from H&M. This H&M blouse has been one of my go-to tops this season because of the fun print.  Worn with contrast mini  by Zara, and Cole Haan Marina boots (now on sale at    Accessories are Louis Vuitton Epi Alma pm and Celine Shadow sunglasses.

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