Whimsical dressing is one way to escape the dreariness of the impending winter weather. Enchanted forests came to life on the Fall 2014 runways with leafy sets, embroidered animal motifs, and hooded capes, making a mysterious, dreamlike vibe one of the season’s most compelling trends. Here are five key items to complete your fairytale look.

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  1. Casadei Suede Butterfly Shoe. Rich black suede and butterfly appliques add a playful twist on the standard strappy sandal.
  2. Bottega Veneta Snakeskin Bag. A classic shape is made current with genuine green snakeskin and black hardware.
  3. Caruana Bordeaux Wool Hooded Coat. Pull on this luxurious coat – a wearable take on Little Red Riding Hood’s signature look – for extra warmth on dark winter days.
  4. Shoshanna Multicolor Printed Dress. Swap your usual LBD for dark graphic prints that evoke a sense of drama.
  5. gorjana “Buckley” 18K Plated Antler Drop Earrings. Delicate antler earrings are a subtle nod to the outdoorsy trend.

 

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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November 10, 2014

This time of year it’s easy to rely on a less-than-exciting uniform. I often step out in skinny jeans and a classic blouse or sweater. But a statement accessory – a feminine extra like an animal print or a string of pearls – can elevate your tried-and-true ensemble to an anything-but-basic look.

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1. RED Valentino Bow Clutch. Leopard print is equal parts provocative and sweet in this bow-shaped silhouette.

2. Stella & Ruby Tassel Necklace. Choose a simple dark-hued or jewel-toned top for a contrast that will let these pearls shine.

3. Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum. With notes of violet and cedarwood, this French fragrance is both lovely and mysterious.

4. Dior Satin D’Orsay Pump. Don’t just save these for special occasions. These stilettos add just enough glam to dress up dark skinnies and a black crewneck sweater.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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November 3, 2014

Getting around in extreme weather can certainly be a battle, especially when you’re trying to look chic while pounding the pavement. Take a cue from the fall runways and look for of-the-moment utilitarian details (think exposed zippers and oversized pockets) to elevate the pieces you’ll wear all season.

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  1. Movado “Sportivo” Watch. A sporty watch flawlessly complements your urban uniform.
  2. Rebecca Taylor Tweed Long Coat. This classic black-and-white tweed coat boasts deep front pockets that are big enough to warm cold hands and hold an extra pair of gloves.
  3. Design History Ribbed Fisherman Sweater. I want to live in warm, chunky knits all season. Comfy and cozy? Yes, please.
  4. Tom Ford “Alix” Leather Tote. Padlock your valuables to protect them from the perfect storm in the front pocket of this richly hued bag.
  5. Jimmy Choo “Youth” Waxed Suede Boot. Walk the walk in boots that already look like they’ve trudged through the snow. Tough hardware gives this pair an edge.

 

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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October 27, 2014

Investing in quality staples can mean long-term savings – but, contrary to popular belief, simple must-haves don’t have to be basic. Here, I’ve picked style-savvy updates on the most overworked items in your fall wardrobe. From edgy eyewear to a black bag with striking hardware, these trends are worth buying in to.

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  1. Mackage “Paulina” Merlot Wool Blend & Leather Coat. A traditional wool style is made current with an of-the-moment hue and leather trim.
  2. Catherine Malandrino “Karen” Leather Pant. Replace your go-to skinnies with this versatile pant for an instant dose of luxury.
  3. Chloé “Drew” Small Shoulder Bag. Minimalist hardware has maximum effect on this classically tailored shoulder bag.
  4. Super Unisex “Andrea” Sunglasses. For an approachable look, choose tortoiseshell when trying an edgy frame shape.
  5. Valentino “Rockstud” Patent Leather Ballet Flat. Swap out your basic black flat for this pointed-toe patent pair in a color combo that goes with everything. It’s a commuter’s best friend.

 

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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October 20, 2014

 

As temperatures dip, coats will quickly become the finishing touch on every outfit. Whether you sport a classic trench or a belted cape, the extra layer adds visual interest, tying together the rest of your look. Along with a cape-sleeved topper, here are bold picks from this week’s Boutiques, including rose-tinted accessories and a graphic black-and-white dress.

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1. French Connection Dress. Add dimension with this printed dress.

2. Hilary Radley Coat. Exaggerated sleeves and a stand-up collar give this classic style a modern twist.

3. Saint Laurent Tassel Clutch. This rose-hued clutch softens an otherwise heavy look.

4. gorjana Double Bar Ring. Rings have stolen the spotlight from bracelets – but the same rules still apply. More is more!

5. Valentino Rockstud Pump. Trade your black pumps for this coveted pair in patent leather.

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September 15, 2014

 
Modern femininity requires a finely tuned mix of sophistication, sex appeal, and a little bit of edge. Present-day incarnations of Brigitte Bardot come to mind, like Kate Moss and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. This week’s picks channel these three elements – all you need to pair with them is a noir-heavy wardrobe and a touch of leopard. (And great genes don’t hurt either.)

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1. CÉLINE Mini Luggage Tote. Tap into your feline side with this leopard-print tote.
2. Rivka Friedman 14k Earrings. Dramatic earrings are an easy way to glamorize your look.
3. Trina Turk Leather Skirt. Add a bit of edge with leather statement pieces, like this perfectly fitted pencil skirt.
4. Casadei Pump. Swap out classic pumps for this high-impact pair with cutouts and gold heels.
5. L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream. Keep your hands feeling soft with this shea butter cream. The travel size is perfect for your purse or desk drawer.

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September 2, 2014

 
Fall is full of indulgences, from spiced lattes to luxe outfits. Linen and sundresses are exchanged for cashmere and leather – and with rich hues and textures, you’ll be embracing the chilly air in no time.

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  1. Badgley Mischka “Gwyn” Clutch. A touch of gold is the right amount of opulence and the ideal complement to a jewel-toned look.
  2. Floral & Leaf Drop Earrings. Tie everything together with jewelry that mixes and matches for you.
  3. AERIN “Sullivan” Suede Bootie. Both retro and modern in feel, this cutout bootie strikes the perfect chord in an aubergine hue.
  4. susana monaco Cutout Dress. Belts and subtle cutouts take a dress from simple to wow.

 

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August 25, 2014

 

Balance is needed everywhere from yoga class to your skincare regimen – but especially in your wardrobe. To achieve it, be mindful of proportion, color, and texture. Check off each one with this week’s picks and find yourself on the path to a harmonious outfit.

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1. Salvatore Ferragamo “Vara” Mini Shoulder Bag. This chain-strap mini may be small in size, but it’s large in impact.
2. Parker “Quinn” Dress. Digital prints make fall dressing a breeze – just accessorize with a matching neutral or complementary cool hue. The options are endless.
3. b.u. “Sister” Pendant Necklace. Dainty jewelry adds a personal touch without overdoing it.
4. Cartier 2000s “Pasha C” Watch. Round out a feminine look with an oversized watch.
5. La Prairie Cellular Refining Lotion. Maintaining equilibrium is crucial for your skin. Prep for fall with this luxe toner.

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August 18, 2014

 
Tweed blazers, suede satchels, and classic denim are the modern schoolgirl’s essentials. Take note of the collegiate touches spotted on the fall runways (like that of Marissa Webb) and rule the office hallways with these tailored wardrobe updates.

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1. Hermès Watch. You won’t miss a beat with this pre-loved investment piece.
2. NARS Casablanca Satin Lipstick. Pick up this peachy hue for an understated pop of color.
3. Enzo Angiolini Leather Pump. Finish your outfit with black pumps – the extended heel gives this pair a modern twist.
4. Pippa Blazer. Team this blazer with a slouchy tank and dark denim for an effortless and polished look.
5. Jimmy Choo Satchel. Fashion or function? No need to sacrifice one for the other. This taupe number does it all.

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August 11, 2014

Want to take your style game to the next level? The key is the details – rich leathers, embellishments, statement-making sunglasses. And don’t forget a perfectly coiffed hairdo.

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1. JOIE “Lexington” Leather Bootie. Pebbled leather, lace-up closure, and a peep-toe? Meet your go-to summer-to-fall booties.
2. Cynthia Steffe Embellished Dress. Intricate, vintage-inspired embellishment gives this black and white number a one-of-a-kind feel.
3. Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil. A personal favorite for super soft locks. Try now, and thank me later.
4. Longines Sunglasses. Stand out in a crowd with these unique shades.
5. FENDI “3Jours” Tote. A structured, sumptuous leather tote is timeless – and worth the investment. No buyer’s remorse here.

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August 4, 2014