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We are in the middle of a heat wave here in New York. It’s hot. It’s humid.

It’s not sweater weather.

But I am a firm believer in retiring my summer clothes (or at least the super summery ones– you guys know what I mean, right?) after Labor Day. Plus I already packed ’em away to make room for my new fall additions. So I kind of can’t wear them.

That is why transition pieces are so brilliant. If you dig deep you will find awesome closet staples that can easily be worn from one season into the next. And if you don’t have any of these things don’t worry, I took the liberty of picking all new duds out for you.

Happy shopping!

BOHO PANTS X SLOUCH SWEATER X FLATS 

I basically lived in these relaxed, comfy pants all summer. Bring your favorite summer prints into fall by adding a simple, thin sweater and a pair of stylish flats. The structured bag is also great for those of us who need a little more organization as we get back to our daily routines. PS- all of these items are under $100 except the real leather Ralph Lauren tote, but I added a second option under $20!!!

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DENIM JACKET X FLORAL DRESS X FLOPPY HAT

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A denim jacket will never go out of style. Take your favorite summer dress into fall with a cute hat, a scarf and your trusty denim. You can add knee high socks and boots if you start to feel a chill in the air. Otherwise a cute flat or even a gladiator sandal would still work! Again– all of these picks are wallet friendly! Nothing over $55!!

     

MILITARY VEST X STRIPED DRESS X SNAKESKIN CLUTCH

Mix patterns and textures with stripes and snakes! I love adding a vest over a simple dress. It adds layers and allows you to still have bare arms during those last few weeks of summertime sun. If it is already chilly where you live then a military jacket would work just as well. I added a long sleeve swing dress to my picks because it is so easy to wear with or without the vest. Everything here is under $100 with the exception of that insanely awesome GiGi bag!

  

What is your favorite way to head into fall? I love rocking a dress with riding boots. Share your style with me with the hashtag #STYLEglossblog. Can’t wait to see what you guys are wearing!

Barn Jackets

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Images c/o Pinterest. I do not own them.

A closet staple that I have always been keen on is the quilted barn jacket. It is a simple piece that is casual yet tailored enough to be styled so many different ways. You will get a ton of use out of this coat in both the fall and the spring. I can throw on some leggings, flats, a simple sweater and this jacket and look super pulled together without even trying. A barn jacket has become part of my unofficial fall “uniform” along with riding boots and blanket scarfs.

Here are a few of my personal picks for fabulous barn jackets for any budget.

Joan Rivers Quilted Barn Jacket, $69.12 [ON SALE]

 I have wanted to order this jacket many times but I keep resisting because I already have a black one that I love! But when I look at all of the bright color ways that this brand has to offer I can’t help but salivate.  I may have to just take advantage of the Labor Day sale price and order the Khaki. Or the red. Or both! You can’t beat the price!

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Ralph Lauren Turnkey Barn Jacket, $84.90 [ON SALE!]

I love the pop of print from the lining! Perfect dressed up or down. Only available in size small right now, but if that is your size  you are in luck because this is a great price!

LL Bean Women’s Quilted Riding Jacket, $139 [FREE SHIPPING]

Don’t you love this color? Shown here in the Dark Ivy, this coat comes in five color ways and in both misses’ and petite sizing. It also fashionable and functional with a an insulated lining. Does’t it just look warm?

DKNY Knit Trim Quilted Jacket, $236 [FREE SHIPPING]

This variation of the barn jacket is great for curvy or hourglass figures. The belt will help to create a waist and maintain your shape while wearing this otherwise boxy style.

Burberry Diamond Quilted Jacket, $595

Perhaps the most iconic quilted jacket and a true super splurge! I have the older version of this coat and I have worn it so many times that it has paid for itself for sure. The tailoring on this jacket just hugs the body beautifully. If you are looking to treat yourself this should do the trick!

Which one are you picking up this weekend?! Tell me in the comments!

Buttoned Up!

As most of us celebrate the last few days of summer all I have on the brain is FALL! Some of you may think I am CRAY-CARY but this is the total norm for me.

When I worked in fashion we would buy seasons ahead of time. Purchasing prom gowns six months in advance meant that I pretty much mentally celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the first snow long before any of those things even happened. I was already thinking to the springtime when we had just barely made a dent into summer. Fashion thinks in the future. It was one of the most exciting things about my job— trying to predict the trends and what would be popular nearly a year in advance. But I digress… back to fall!

So here I am in the present day, sweating it out in my office (yes, I am indoors… but I promise I am only waiting for a client while I write this blog! I’ll head out into the sunshine in just a bit) dreaming of suede and crisp leaves. And maybe a #PSL or two, but they would have to be iced. Even I can’t drink hot coffee just yet!

If you grew up in the 90’s you probably have noticed that our beloved styles are making a major splash in current trends. I am loving that the button down skirt is back (I was ALL about the knee length denim button down)! A-line suede button skirts in rich fall hues have hit stores. Here are a few of my favorites and where you can pick them up without emptying your pocket…

Forever 21 Button Suede Skirt, $37.90 (three colors available!)

WetSeal Faux Suede Mini, $16.90 (free shipping over $25)

Express A-Line Suede Skirt, $49.90 (free shipping on orders $125+)

Charlotte Russe Scalloped Mini, $36.99 (40% off entire site! $22.20 with coupon!)

Kendall + Kylie for PacSun Suede Mini, $36.95 (free shipping on all orders)

What fall trends are you excited to wear? Let me know in the comments!

Stitch Fix Review- June 2015

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I have officially been a Stitch Fix subscriber for one full year!

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that delivers five handpicked pieces to you each month. When you sign up you complete a survey that assesses what you love, what to hate and what you can’t live without. A stylist is assigned to you and based on your answers she sends you clothing and accessories that she thinks you’d want to wear. There is a $20 styling fee per fix, which can be applied toward your purchase should you choose to keep any of the items.

If you are like me you get super excited when you see a package at your doorstep. I love getting my monthly fix because it is always a surprise when I open that box. Sometimes my stylist totally gets me. Like when she sent me a black RD Style sweater that I already had in cream and NEEDED to find in another color. Or when she shipped me a faux leather reversible tote that was brown on one side and black on the other (that is forever my bag battle– which color do I get!?). It is like she read my mind for those fixes.

But sometimes, like this month, I really wish I could read HER mind to know what she was thinking when she put my fix together! Here are my thoughts on all of the items in my fix!

Bay to Baubles Misha Floral Gem Necklace, $34 

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My first thought is “pretty” and my second is “I think I have something like it already.” But pretty nonetheless, and I have been really big into statement jewelry lately. I like that it is purple and gold (two of my favorite colors) so I am considering keeping it if nothing else works out. Lately I have kept some of the accessory items only because I didn’t want to lose my $20 styling fee. The necklace is certainly my style, I’m just not sure if I NEED it. On to the next item in the box…

Market & Spruce Short Sleeve Tee, $44

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As soon as I pulled this out I knew I didn’t want it. I am generally not a tee shirt kind of gal, but I decided to try this one on anyway because it was soft and I loved color. I’m not a fan of the fit or length and I just can’t justify spending $44 on a tee shirt. A little pricey for such a Plain Jane top. Not keeping for sure!

Ezra Maud Mixed Material Knit Top, $48 

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At first glance this top isn’t so bad. I like that it is roomy and has a little flare at the bottom (I usually gravitate tops with this silhouette), so I am not opposed to trying it on. Once it is on I hate it. I feel like I look like a little girl wearing an adult sized version of one of my back to school outfits from the third grade. The mix of patterns is fun but possibly a little too juvenile for me. Back in the box it goes!

Kut From The Kloth Danny Pant, $68 (also pictured above)

These are really comfy! Not too high and not too low– actually a perfect rise! They are basically a knit ponte pant with lots of stretch. As a makeup artist I really appreciate a stretchy and comfy black pant that don’t look like slacks. This pair can be dressed up to the point where I look professional but not like I am about to head in to a board meeting. If I didn’t already have a bunch of pants just like these I would have kept them. A great fit!

Moon Collection Bailee Poncho, $58

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Here is the pièce de résistance of the entire fix– the Bailee Poncho. When I saw a bulky sweater in the box I said to myself “You have GOT to be kidding me!” For those of you (including my stylist) that don’t know, I live on Long Island, about a stone’s throw away from the beach. It is June (and officially summer as of yesterday) and it is HOT. If I wore this poncho out now, even if it was let’s say a “mild” day of 70 degrees, everyone would look at me like I was CRAZY. That point aside, I LOVE IT! I love, love, LOVE the color. And the fit. I even love how soft it feels. I want to keep it but I am not sure if it makes sense. The color is super summery and I have a small obsession with coral, but can I really wear it in the fall? Is it too summery for fall but too wintery for summer?! That is why I need your help!

Help me decide what to keep– the poncho or the necklace? Leave me a note in the comments with which one you think is the better buy! Remember, I get to apply my $20 fee, so the necklace would be $14 and the poncho would be $38.

Overall this fix was certainly not my favorite. After a year of fixes I can honestly say there has not been one shipment that I really wanted to keep all five pieces (if you do you get 25% off your entire purchase!). Some fixes have been better than others and I usually end up loving one, maybe two items. The quality of the clothing is quite good and there are brands that I know and love like Olive & Oak, Just Black Jeans and Street Level. I like the personalized service and the fun of trying on the pieces each month. I will for sure continue to get fixes through the next year!

If you want to try Stitch Fix for yourself you can sign up here!! Try it and tell me what you think!