the latest trend hitting the streets (and the blogs) is the cocoon coat. basically it’s a modified version of a giant overcoat- with fleecy fabrics, and a round sort of swaddled shape. celebs such as Gwinnie (looking lovely at the airport in alice + olivia), miranda kerr (with flynn in isabel marant), and my favorite chic pea miroslava duma (cocoon coat + over the knee boots = yum) have all been photographed in them recently. it’s kind of a 60s shape but the best ones have clean, modern lines and are worn with interesting touches to avoid a retro feeling.

 gwyenth paltrow a+o coat


miraslava duma cocoon coat

while the 65 degree Charlotte weather hasn’t exactly driven me to purchase any winter coats this season, let alone a $600 one, here are my favorite picks.

1- the alice + olivia for goop one worn by Gwyneth Paltrow. Color blocked detail makes your outfit interesting even if you’re wearing jeans and sneakers.

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2- this graphic black and white parker could easily be dressed up or down. i think it would be the perfect winter coat to top a LBD or over bundled over work clothes on a chilly day.

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3-a runway worthy, rachel zoe-esque shearling number from rebecca taylor. no words for this lovliness.

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4- a classic vince – one of my friends owns this coat and the amount it is borrowed out is proof positive of its chic pea, easy to wear -ness . other great options include a nubby cream one here, a classic j.crew wool one, and a wear-with-everything gray marc jacobs,

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green eyed monster

you know when you almost buy something in a store and decide against it, then later you see someone else wearing said item, looking amazing? ive decided this is the worst kind of fashion karma out there- and it always seems to happen when im trying to be frugal (hah) and not buy things i dont need. its like twice the pain- you didn’t get the item for yourself AND you’re forced to watch someone else look great in/with it. and it makes me one jealous chic pea.

this happened last night while getting our nightly dose of E! I tried on this amazing sweater dress from bcbg a few weeks ago (the fit is amazing, btw, and the material is the perfect thickness.) and there was Guiliana, in the dress of my dreams (i mean, in reality, i had forgotten about it since i tried it on.) anyways- seeing her look divine made me want to get up and run, not walk, back to the southpark mall pronto.


wear it uptown with kate-middleton-made-famous LK Bennett pumps, this classic Cartier watch and a simple navy blazer.


wear it downtown with these boots, these killer marni earrings (option 2 would be these) and this awesome leather vest (although i DIE for the rebecca taylor tweed moto vest too)


red hot

Thissss little guy arrived in the mail today from shopbop (of course I couldn’t resist last weeks 25% off sale) and this little chic pea couldn’t be happier. I plan on using it as a pop of color for my typically mundane winter outfits (i.e. all black.) It was the perfect pick me up after a busy monday. If you need some inspa for how to wear it, Whitney of See Shop Eat Do looks uber cute with hers. Get all the colors here.


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date night

After a long sunday phone chat with one of my besties, hearing all about her exciting single gal love life in NYC, I’ve got dates, and more importantly, date outfits, on the brain. The idea of crisp evening air, buttery leather jackets, and going out to meet someone new seem so quintessentially fall and romantic (like the opening to a rom com.) Here’s an outfit I’m dying to wear- for girls night, date night or dinner with friends.

To start off, this body con ribbed dress. It’s thick fabric and the bustier detail make it sexy without trying too hard. Very Rachel Bilson, n’est-ce pas? Disclaimer- I did order this dress hoping all of the above dreams would come true, but it did not work out for me (petite girls beware) but I am still so in love with it, I’m hoping to one day live in a world where me and said dress make nice.

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A leather jacket has always been one of my go tos for nights out over the last few years, but unless you live under a rock, you know leather is IT this season. It’s literally everywhere. I’m pretty sure leather jackets are going to pop up at the grocery store one of these days. (But i digress…) At least the increased popularity has sprouted some great styles- like this classic one by Dorothy Perkins (love the simplicity), this great cropped one by alice + olivia (on sale!) or a trimmed cotton option by Vince

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For shoes, I love the idea of a heeled clog or chunky bootie. These rebecca minkoffs are from a few seasons ago, but you could also wear it with a simple suede pour la victoire bootie (I own this pair and wear to death) or a similar pair by Steve Madden.

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I feel like there are a lot of bag and accessory options for this outfit, based on how dressy you wanted to be. The trendy option would be a cool bucket bag (I’ve been eyeing this Alexander Wang one that’s been in a lot of street style pics), but you could also be classic with a Chanel 2.55.

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My personal fave would be a bright clutch, like this beaded one by Jason Woo (can’t. breathe.- don’t care that its a cool $2500, daring to dream here) or my initialed clare vivier.

Screen shot 2013-10-20 at 8.01.19 PMPersonally I wouldn’t do much jewelry, but maybe some gold stackable rings. I love this one from shopbop but Gorjana has tons of options. Now who’s ready for a night on the town?!!

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