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Right off the Runway: Our Favorite Looks From New York Fashion Week 2014

You see a little bit of everything on the runway, from prim and pretty to the downright bizarre. And while ready-to-wear is relatively accessible in the realm of fashion (at least compared to couture shows notorious for their “what?” moments and unwearable high concept looks) the term is a bit of a misnomer. 

Even those pieces that are technically getting ready to be worn next season can feel more like performance art than a sneak peek of what will actually hit stores. 

But it’s undeniable that the trends you see on the six-foot-tall, size zero creatures of the catwalk now will trickle down in time to pop up everywhere from fast fashion outlets to the high-end boutiques. So, even though we probably won’t be splurging on the latest from Herve Leger, Alexander Wang, and Prabal Gurung come spring, we couldn’t be more excited to see what’s in store. 

Besides, New York Fashion Week is as much an excuse to see and be seen (in the words of Karlie Kloss, it’s one big family reunion) as it is a sartorial preview of the next season. 

These are our favorite looks from this year’s get-together––flipping through them almost makes it feel like we were there. 

Alexander Wang:

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Alice & Olivia: 

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Baja East:

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Band of Outsiders:

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Coach:

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Crosby Derek Lam:

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Donna Karan:

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Diane von Furstenberg:

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Herve Leger:

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Kate Spade:

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Lela Rose:

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Lisa Perry:

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Mara Hoffman:

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Milly:

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Misha Nonoo:

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Monique Lhuillier:

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Nanette Lepore:

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Opening Ceremony:

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Philip Lim:

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Prabal Gurung:

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Rag & Bone:

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Rodarte:

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The Row:

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Sass & Bide:

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Tory Burch:

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Tracy Reese:

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Trina Turk:

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Vera Wang:

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Vivienne Tam:

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Zac Posen:

All About Fall: 11 Things We’re Looking Forward to This Season

Okay, so the first day of fall isn’t actually until late September, but with summer styles making way for fall fashion on the shelves of retailers across the country, autumn flavors hitting seasonal menus, and days that feel just a little bit colder, you don’t have to wait until it’s official to get excited for the season of change. Here’s our list of 11 things we’re looking forward to. 

BACK TO SCHOOL:

If you’re a mom, back to school season means new notebooks, backpacks full of books, photo-worthy memories, and a house that’s finally quiet after a whirlwind summer of having the kids home all day. But even if you’re not, back to school time can be a great excuse to start something new. Have you been wanting to learn Italian, master a new recipe, start a new hobby, or just clean out your closet? This is the perfect time. 

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PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING:

It does seem a little bit silly that Starbucks officially brought back the drink that started it all in late August, waaay before actual pumpkins are in season and hitting stores. But, like just about everyone else, we can’t help but love the pumpkin spice latte and all pumpkin-flavored fuss it’s caused. Besides, there’s nothing better on a chilly day than getting warmed up from the inside out, and the sweet, spicy flavor makes it feel like the holidays are right around the corner––which is fine by us. 

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 

Your team doesn’t have to be destined for the championship bowl for football season to be fun. Even if you’re not a face-paint-and-jersey caliber fan, game days are a great excuse to get together with old friends you haven’t seen in a while, tailgate, indulge in something delicious and unhealthy, and wax nostalgic for your days as an undergrad. 

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STATEMENT COATS:

When you have to wrap up day after day, it can start to feel like the weather is stifling your style. But by investing in a coat that you’ll be excited to put on over your outfit, you turn chilly days into your own personal runway. 

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MULLED WINE:

Once again, our stomachs are leading the charge. Mulled wine is great for a lot of the same reasons as the pumpkin spice latte, but with the added advantage of being wine. It’s festive, perfect for an evening curled up on the couch, and you can channel your inner Martha Stewart and make it yourself. 

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RAKING LEAVES INTO ONE BIG PILE AND JUMPING IN:

This is the fall equivalent of building a snowman. You might not actually do it (especially if you don’t have kids) but isn’t it kind of fun to think about? 

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CULINARY AROMATHERAPY:

There’s something so soothing about seasonal fall flavors. They’re sweet, yet savory, so every bite is an indulgence. It’s cold outside, but the kitchen is warm, and full of exotic yet familiar aromas to make your mouth water. It’s something you can appreciate whether you’re a professional chef or order takeout on a daily basis––if you cook, you can prep your own treats, but if not, you can always get a similar effect (minus the calories) with a scented candle. 

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DRAMATIC LIPSTICK:

Summer was the season of bright shades, sheer tints, and natural, barely-there makeup. So naturally fall and winter are the perfect opportunity to take your lips to the next level with oxblood, deep berry hues, plums, and vibrant reds. 

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HARVEST TIME:

Go to a harvest party in wine country––this is when they bring in all the grapes, and some vineyards even have grape-stomping competitions. Or, go apple picking. It may be cliche, but it’s cliche for a reason, and there are tons of delicious apple-themed recipes you can try out at home. (You’ve got to do something with all those apples). 

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GETTING COZY:

What is cold weather good for if not an excuse to snuggle up to someone? Whether you’re married, unattached, or somewhere in between, fall brings a whole new set of romantic moments. So plan a date, get coffee, walk through the park, and enjoy having a hand to hold when your fingers get cold. 

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CHUNKY KNITS:

Variation in texture is crucial to making your looks feel fresh and unexpected, but the thinner the fabric, the harder it is to do something new with it. That’s why we can’t wait for fall: it’s sweater season. Silhouettes are bulking up, and even couture designers paying homage to knitwear, sending pieces of every shape, size, and color down the runway. We’re excited to embrace a new take on sexy that’s not about showing skin––and if we get to leave the house in something cozy enough to sleep in, so much the better. 

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In with the New

Fall is a great time for new beginnings. Whether that mean a new haircut, a wardrobe overhaul, or even an idea that could change the world. Here in San Francisco, we’re surrounded by innovation. Sure, there are a lot of social apps and addicting games, but there are also some really smart people solving real problems, and we love to see so many people putting their time and energy towards making the world a little bit better. So, we’re taking a moment to shine the spotlight on two companies that are making big moves. 

Problems come in all shapes and sizes; some are small everyday problems, like figuring out what to do when you can’t be home to sign for a delivery. Doorman is changing that. If you can’t be home during the day, you can ship your package to their address for a small fee, and they’ll deliver it to you at home after work hours. That’s pretty cool; as frequent online shoppers, we can definitely see ourselves using the service. If you solve a small problem and do it well, that’s not a small thing. 

And then there are companies that take on huge problems, like the guys behind new nail polish brand Undercover Colors. When the founders realized that they all knew someone personally who had been the victim of sexual assault, they wanted to do something about it. So they created a line of nail polish shades that change color when exposed to date rape drugs. All a woman has to do is dip her finger in her drink to see if it’s been contaminated. They haven’t launched yet, but they recently received funding to complete the project.  A beauty product that could save your life? Now that’s definitely something we could get behind. You can learn more here. 

So whether you’re going back to school, starting a new job, or debating quitting your 9 to 5 to work on a passion project, there’s no better time to try something new––we can’t wait to see what you’ll do next. 

Your Guide to Summer-to-Fall Shopping: Pieces You Can Wear Now and Later

Here’s the dilemma: tons of retailers are currently on sale, shuffling the last of the summer styles out the door at great prices––but the days of getting away with sporting shorts and a bikini to the local pool are running out fast. 

On the other hand, fall styles are already in stock, but with temperatures still hovering in the 80 degree range, cute cold weather clothes like moto jackets, leather, sweaters, and leggings are difficult, if not impossible, to wear now. So what’s a girl to shop for? 

As fun as it it to totally swap out your wardrobe for a new season, there are actually a few key pieces that work, not just all year round, but during this especially tricky transition. 

To help you navigate the sea of odd match ups (crop tops and parkas anyone?) and avoid making a purchase you regret three weeks down the road (or stash in your closet until the time is right, then forget about it and find it months later, tags still attached) we put together a handy guide to summer to fall shopping. These pieces are our picks to wear now, and wear forever. And guess what? Some of them might surprise you. 

The Leather Skirt:

Shop the look: Leather Midi Skirt, Crochet Tote, Love Sandals, Treisi Ring, Turquoise Bib Necklace, May Tweed Jacket, Leather Pencil Skirt, Layered Necklace, Lizard Embossed Clutch

The Jumpsuit:

Shop the look: Jumpsuit, Lizard Embossed Clutch, Beaded Wrap Bracelet, Olive Moto Jacket, Cutout Cuff

The Silk Blouse:

Shop the look: Moto Blouse, Vintage Necklace, Reversible Tote, Cargo Skinnies, Gold Ballet Flats, Geode Print Blouse, Leather Espadrilles, White Jeans, Lizard Embossed Tote, Jigsaw Buckle Cuff

The Moto Jacket:

Shop the look: Moto Jacket (coming soon), Wedges, Lace Dress, Leather Leggings, Avant Garde Necklaces

The Wrap Dress:

Shop the look: Black Wrap Dress, Grey Moto, Wrap Bracelet, Blue Wrap Dress, Earrings

The (Un)Official Outside Lands 2014 Recap

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Whether you’re an avid festival-goer or prefer to do most of your music-listening from the comfort of home, you’re probably already aware that San Francisco played host to the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival last weekend. 

Once a low-key rock & roll fest, Outside Lands has morphed into a three-day music, food, and arts extravaganza and earned itself the nickname “the Coachella of Northern California,” so it’s no surprise that it’s not just about the music anymore. 

In the days following the festival, the internet has been abuzz with recaps, photos, and viral videos, and its enough to make even the most apathetic music fan feel like they might have missed something.

If you’re bummed that you didn’t make it out, it can be fun to live vicariously by browsing through photos of celebrity sightings, outrageously-dressed ravers, and secret VIP areas you never knew existed, but similar to clicking through friend’s vacation photos and memorable moments on Facebook, it’s a highlight reel that doesn’t always give you an accurate portrayal of what the weekend was really like. (You may have missed out on a few great shows, but you also ‘missed out’ on waiting in line for 45 minutes to use a port-a-potty that may or may not have had hand sanitizer.)

In celebration of the good, the great, and the slightly painful moments of the weekend, plus everything in between, here it is: our favorite highs, lows, and wait, what? moments of the seventh annual OSL. 

Goofiest Mascot: Ranger Dave. That mustache…

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Most Unusual Musical Equipment: Chromeo. Are those legs?

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Best Use Of The Small Stage: Boys Noize. When an artist who could play the main stage requests the small stage in the middle of a bottle neck,  chaos ensues. 

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Best Synchronized Dance Move: Capital Cities, who got the entire audience to take of their shirts, jackets, or sweaters, and spin them around their heads.  

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Weirdest Stage Show: The Flaming Lips

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Best Lipstick: Haim

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Best Comedy Show: The Cast of Silicon Valley

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Best Freebie: From the Renwood booth at Winelands. Free earbuds at a music festival? Well done. 

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Best Trick To Staying Warm: Two pairs of pants, especially leggings under faux leather pants. Warm enough to make you sweat under less severe weather conditions, but perfect for the chilly, foggy nights. And the best part? Totally undetectable, so you don’t have to base your entire outfit around last season’s ski coat. Alternatively, a fur coat. Glamorous, cozy, and on trend? Check. 

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Biggest Wardrobe Mistake: Dressing like it’s Coachella. Kudos to all who are brave enough to try it, but that does not look comfortable… 

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Best Exit Strategy: Bikes, or cutting out twenty minutes early to beat surge pricing. 

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Biggest Waste of Money: A tie between fake tickets, $9 beers, and the Uber home at 5x surge. 

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Shortest Bathroom Line: The “secret” bathrooms by the entrance that are always empty. 

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Worst Line: The Heineken Dome. Is the beer free? No? It’s just a DJ and another booth where you can wait in line to pay for beer? So what gives? Some of the people in this line are sitting on the ground in sleeping bags. Sleeping bags! 

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Longest Line That’s Worth The Wait: Homeroom’s garlic mac & cheese booth. The name says it all: this is childhood comfort food at it’s finest, but with a gourmet twist. It’s cheesy, carb-loaded, and totally indulgent, but with all the miles walked trekking back and forth across the festival grounds, there’s no question that it’s well deserved. 

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Best Food Truck: Del Popolo. The Del Popolo truck is one of the few food options that’s actually easier to get at the festival than it is on a regular day in the city. The line is long, but they don’t run out early like they do on weekdays, and considering you’ll have to wait in line for everything at OSL, the trade off is actually pretty great. 

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Most Decadent Food Item: The donut cheeseburger. Why does this even exist? 

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Best Low Key Hangout: Wine Lands. It’s warm inside the tent, and they serve you wine in actually (plastic) wine glasses. Enough said. 

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Best New Addition: Cheese Lands. Inevitable, but still just as sweet. 

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