another grey tee option….

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j.crew linen tee

Don’t let “metallic” in the description scare you; this little linen tee from J.Crew is absolutely lovely. I got this one on Thursday and wore to the office yesterday. The scoop neck and rounded hem keep it from looking boxy, and the fabric (at least on the “gunmetal” color) is opaque enough to wear alone. It’s on sale now, so even though I’ll feature in an outfit post soon, didn’t want you to miss out. (Also, try code SALETREAT for an additional 40% off.) Available in gold and navy metallic too.

I sized up one size for an easier fit.

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long over long

buffalo check tunic

earrings (similar) | cardigan (similar) | tunic | bracelet | pants | bag | booties (similar)

Yes, I did wear this outfit earlier in the week, even though it’s been a bit warm and humid (for L.A.). I needed the linen sweater as I had to sit in on several meetings in a very chilly conference room. After the first day when my toes almost suffered frostbite, I switched to these closed toe ankle boots.

I’ve worn this Eileen Fisher buffalo check tunic a couple of times now, and I really like both the fabric and fit. It’s lightweight and cut a bit slimmer and closer to the body than a lot of the tunics from recent collections, so it layers very well. The checks are on-trend for fall, but I can envision this as a piece that will span seasons.

Brahmin bag, French Kande bracelet

The bracelet is from French Kande’s new “Concorde” collection. Those cracked agate beads are just gorgeous!! The bag is from Brahmin, purchased during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I have friends who are really into this brand, and now I can see why. It combines light weight and functionality with a really standout look, and they are a good value for the price.

long cardigan over tunic

I’m wearing the Make Up For Ever “N47” lipstick, which I’ve worn daily since purchasing. LOVE this color!

How do you handle dressing when exterior and interior temperatures diverge?


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style stalking: petite sweater coats

posted in: Coats, Jackets, Sweaters | 5
tweed knit jacket
This is a good one. Eileen Fisher

Sweater coats are poised to be very on trend this fall, but for those of us in the “petite” (5’4″ or under) size range it’s easy to get swamped by the more voluminous styles. The pickings are still a bit slim in the Petites size ranges, but in response to a reader’s request I’ve tracked down a few. The one above from Eileen Fisher, may look like a cardigan from the online photo, but actually has a bit more “heft” and structure. It’s a winner for those who love tweed but not fussy, boxy or stodgy jackets. It would dress up or down beautifully, depending on what you pair it with.

petite sweater coats

I’ve not had a chance to check out these two from Talbots (links: left and right) but in the past I’ve found their Petite cuts to be well-proportioned.

Here are a few others that are available in Petite sizes. I’ll keep looking; as we get deeper into the Fall season, more may become available.

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shapes of fall at Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher long wool linen cardigan
cardigan | dress | boots (similar) | bag

As I mentioned on Instagram on Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a fall fashion show at the Eileen Fisher store on Robertson Blvd. The silhouettes reflect the same shift toward long-over-long I’ve also noticed in collections from many other designers. The looks are soft and focused on drape and movement. (Afterward I had a “d’oh!” moment when I realized I should have captured some of these looks in videos to really show to best advantage.)

Eileen Fisher soft suede jacket
jacket | scarf | top | jeans | boots

That jacket is a very thin, soft suede. So luxe and elegant! I really like the colors included in this fall collection, especially Passion Flower (a darker version of Marsala), Red Saffron (Bordeaux red) and Surplus (muted olive).

Eileen Fisher alpaca coat
coat | top | pants | bag | shoes


Eileen Fisher wool poncho
poncho | top | jeansboots

That poncho looked SO soft and cozy.

Eileen Fisher waxed leggings
coat | shirt | leggings | boots | bag

This coat is very soft and not the stiff boiled wool that I remember.

Eileen Fisher check tunic
sweater | tunic | pants | boots

This sweater is really soft and light. Right before the show, I tried it on in the surplus color and it came home with me. It can be worn pulled forward a bit so the neckline isn’t quite so high as she’s wearing here. The tunic is a great layering piece, and this one has a slimmer fit and not a lot of volume (yes, I bought that one last month, and you’ll see it on the blog soon).

Eileen Fisher fall fashions 2015

There were a couple more outfits shown, but the photos I took weren’t in focus. Those models moved pretty fast! One of the outfits included a midi pencil skirt, which has piqued my interest. I’ve ordered one in Petite and will give it a try.

After the fashion show, a makeup artist from Make Up For Ever was on hand to do some “touch ups” and light makeovers. Knowing she’d done the models’ makeup for the show, I wanted to know what the pretty lipstick was she’d used on both. It was this one: “N47.” She applied some and I loved the color, so picked up a tube on my way home.


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monday miscellany – makeup and more

liquid cushion fountadion
Lancôme “Miracle Cushion” Foundation

This stuff….wow. I’ve been dissatisfied lately with my usual stable of foundation, BB Cream and tinted moisturizers. It may be the season, or maybe my skin has changed again in the last year or so, but everything I have seems either to absorb into my skin and disappear quickly or get dry and start to look cakey after a couple of hours. The Lancôme Sales Associate suggested this one (which I’d tried and posted about a few months ago, but had passed on due to no SPF). I don’t need a lot of coverage, and am mostly just looking to smooth and even out my skin tone, so gave it another try. Though I was initially intrigued by the Travel Friendly packaging aspect, I love how this feels going on and how it looks: smooth, slightly dewy not shiny. Even though I applied without any primer it stayed on and looked fresh for hours. Minimized lines and pores, but never felt dry. The Sales Associate warned me before she started trying to match that the colors “jump” (meaning one might be too light, and the next darkest one too dark) but on the second try found a perfect match (#220). I’ve read some reviews that say the product doesn’t last as long as a typical bottle of foundation, and I can live with that. (I hardly ever get through an entire bottle or jar of foundation anyway because I apply sparingly.) They sell refills, so you don’t have to re-purchase the compact every time. I’m happy to have found another travel friendly makeup option, and one that works so well!

I also picked up the “Le Crayon Khôl” eyeliner in Bordeaux Corse, just to shake up my eyeliner routine. 😉


volumizing mascara
Bobbi Brown “Smokey Eye” Mascara

On an earlier expedition to get a refill for my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow (color “Cement’), the Sales Associate urged me to give the “Smokey Eye” mascara a try. I told him I don’t wear a “smokey eye” look, and besides was still quite happy with my “Le Volume de Chanel” mascara. He made the case, I relented, and yes, this is a good one. It does add volume but separates the lashes a bit more than the Chanel, and does clump less. Stays on like a champ, no smudging or flaking.

perfect grey tee
Eileen Fisher linen tee

I’ve been on a search for the Perfect Grey Tee™ for years. Trying to find one with fabric with that isn’t too flimsy, sheer, clingy, or conversely too thick and stiff, with anything-but-a-crew neck, and with a length that doesn’t hit mid-thigh has been like hunting unicorns. Everyone believes they’re out there, but no one’s ever seen one. I initially didn’t look closely at this tee, even though I’ve had good success with Eileen Fisher linen knits, because of the word “boxy” in the product description. But in one of my “leave no stone unturned” moods, I tried it, and found all my boxes ticked. Lightweight? Check. Opaque? Check. Shorter length? Check. (The Petite length hits right at the top of my hip.)  Open neck? Check! I wouldn’t have minded if it were a little more fitted in the shoulders (hence the “boxy” description) but because it has nice drape thanks to the linen, it’s not an unflattering cut. This fills a hole in my wardrobe for a simple neutral under-the-jacket top for work that isn’t black or white.

Fortune cookie says: Sometimes a curious nature is rewarded.

This is shaping up to be a very busy week at work, but I have some fun stuff to share, and hope to get those posts up soon. (Those who follow me on Instagram got a sneak peek yesterday.)

Has your curiosity turned up anything good recently?

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