The Red Lip

Fair Isle Leggings | Like Fresh Laundry

Fair isle leggings | Like Fresh Laundry

Fair Isle Leggings | Like Fresh Laundry

Maybelline Color Elixir lip color c/o Refinery29 and Maybelline, Madewell chambray shirt, Joie Morie Sweater (similar here on sale), J. Crew heels, Cuyana Perfect Tote (c/o)

Look, my lipstick’s so glossy! Fun, huh? Refinery29 and Maybelline asked if I wanted to try out some of the new Color Elixer #lipmagic shades. They come in a lip gloss tube but the color is saturated and rich and very satisfying.

The timing is just right because I start experimenting with more dramatic makeup when the holiday season hits. Bold lip color makes me feel more festive — and as evidenced by my fair isle crazypants, that’s how I like to feel this time of year. I’m sporting the shade “Signature Scarlet” here but “Fuchsia Flourish” is another great one. Hot pink, I’m all over it.

Skirt and Sneakers

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J. Crew Horsing Around Sweatshirt (also here), Cuyana Perfect Tote (c/o), Zara skirt, Gap Animal Print Slip-On Sneakers (similar here)

Every so often I wish I would have kept some quirky pieces I used to wear when I was younger since they all come back in style eventually. These slip-ons remind me of my old Vans, which are actually still around, by the way. And they’re currently sitting on the shoe rack next to my Nike high-tops, just like old times.

You know what’s really nuts — there are designer versions of these skater shoes now. Here’s a pair by Givenchy. Striped eel, can you believe it?

Dressing for Decor

Natalie Goel, Like Fresh Laundry

Natalie Goel, Like Fresh Laundry

Natalie Goel, Like Fresh Laundry

Tibi Basket Weave Jacket, Elizabeth & James skirt (love this one too), Pickwick & Weller tee (c/o),Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses, Alexander Wang pouch, Zara heels

Maxi skirts make great weekend wear. I kind of like wearing mine with some sneakers and a tank to keep it comfy, but since I was decor shopping this weekend, I kicked up the formality a notch with heels and a blazer. Dressing up puts me in the right mood to buy some nice pieces.

And it worked! I found some gems, this time at Hudson Grace, and our living room is very slowly but surely coming together.

Black and Gold

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gold skirt outfit

Sweater and bracelets c/o Banana Republic Factory and Monogram, Elie Tahari gold skirt (similar here), KORS Michael Kors booties (similar here), Clare Vivier Messenger Bag

I teamed up with Monogram and Banana Republic Factory to preview some of the BR Factory new fall arrivals. Even when I paid the store a visit there were some crazy discounts to be had (at least 20% off almost everything, even though it was well-priced from the get-go), but from Oct. 11 – 14 they’re taking 50% off every single piece in the place.

I came away with some glam black and gold staples, but I’m also a fan of all the jewel tones they’ve got going on. You’ll need to head to a store to actually shop the stuff, but they do have some outfit inspo styled up over here.

Fancy

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clare-vivier-leopard-clutch

clare-vivier-leopard-clutch

clare-vivier-leopard-clutch

Clare Vivier leopard haircalf clutch (foldover version here), Nina Adelaide booties (c/o), Topshop trousers (similar here; last seen awhile ago), J. Crew pom sweater, J. Crew belt, Samantha Wills and Sweet & Spark bangles (c/o)

I did some closet-cleaning and dug these trousers out of the depths of my wardrobe. Still good! Every once in awhile it’s nice to wear pants that aren’t so skinny. The trousers are pretty billowy so I tucked in the sweater to tighten up the situation up top.

Horsing Around

J. Crew horsing around

J. Crew horsing around

j crew horsing around

J. Crew Horsing Around Sweatshirt (also here), Clare Vivier Haircalf Clutch, Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans, Samantha Wills bracelets (c/o), Urban Outfitters button down, Nine West heels (c/o)

Hard to get cozier than boyfriend jeans and a sweatshirt. Now, comfy shapes like this can get muy messy, muy rapido. But the prancing, fancy-pantsy horse motif does help counteract the slouchy effect (far more prepster than hipster), and a good pair of pumps can elevate any outfit.

Florals and Stripes

Natalie Goel

Natalie Goel

Natalie Goel

Haute Hippie Floral Blouse, BCBG Skirt (similar here in white), Alexander Wang Prisma Tote, Joie Day Dreaming Flats, Sweet & Spark bangle (c/o)

For the most part I’ve culled my wardrobe down to just a few main color palettes. One of the combos is grays, whites and muted tones. It really makes mixing and matching a lot easier (pairing florals and stripes? no problem!), and just generally makes my closet more functional.

Also, pairing pencil skirts with flats is A-okay if you ask me. Especially if walking is your thing. No shame in that game.

Beach Bound

mary meyer -- natalie goel

mary meyer -- natalie goel

mary meyer -- natalie goel

mary meyer -- natalie goel

Mary Meyer dress from Mira Mira, Alexander Wang Prisma Tote, Loeffler Randall Heddie Sandals (also here and here), leather bracelet c/o Fillmore & 5th

I have a hard time resisting clothing made out of that super soft t-shirt material, so it was game over when I tried this jersey number on. A couple weeks ago I popped into Mira Mira (a very cute boutique in the Mission district), bought this dress and wore it right out of the store. Definitely a sign of a new favorite.