Best of: Lucite Furniture Inspiration

Last week, I shared a new design obsession of mine with you- black walls. This week, I'm focusing on a design element I've loved since I first saw it used- lucite furniture. I love lucite ghost chairs,  lucite tables, and lucite consoles. If you check out my "best of: spaces" pinterest board, you'll see that practically half of the photos on there involve lucite furniture in one way or another. While lucite furniture everywhere may be a little much, I'd love to own one or two pieces sometime in the future. 
source: design*sponge
source: pinecone camp
source unknown (let me know if it's yours!)
source: atlanta homes mag
source: design*sponge

What I Wore: Leopard Peplum Top

UVa lawn in fall
fashion blog leopard print top
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Brett and I did a little mid-week date last night, and walked around on UVa's campus for a bit first. It's really gorgeous right now- a few of the leaves have started to turn, and it's making me so excited for the next few months of fall. 

top: zara | jeans: uniqlo (similar) | shoes: kate spade (similar) | watch: michael kors | bracelets: gift from sister, c/o t+j designs

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Glossybox Review

I recently had the chance to try out Glossybox, a monthly luxury sample delivery service similar to Birchbox. Glossybox generously included one of their sample boxes in my Lucky Fabb gift bag, and I wanted to share my thoughts on each product, as well as a little more info about Glossybox.

Glossybox sends 5 travel sized items to you once a month for a subscription cost of $21 a month vs. Birchbox's $10. I really liked both services, but I will mention that Glossybox's samples are definitely travel sized, while I'd probably describe Birchbox's as sample sized, a little smaller, which makes the price difference between the two make more sense.

Glossybox focuses on bringing you products from around the world, and aside from the Illamasqua and Toni & Guy products in my box, I had never heard of any of the brands before. I think this is a great way to find out about new products that you wouldn't usually find in your local Sephora or Ulta.

Glossybox has an online magazine section of their site, full of helpful beauty advice to try out and suggestions for using the products in your box. I'd definitely recommend checking out the magazine even if you don't subscribe to the service!

Keep reading to find out what was in my box!

Figs & Rouge | Lip, Face and Body Balm
This gorgeous tin is filled with a 100% pure and natural skin balm, a multi-use wonder product that will keep your  skin feeling soft and beautiful throughout the day.
My thoughts: I absolutely love how this smelled, and I'm pretty picky about scents. I haven't  tried it anywhere other than my lips, but it definitely kept my lips soft and flake free, which is no small feat for my dry lips. 

Senna Cosmetics | Mineral Eye Shadow Trio
This silky pressed mineral eye shadow trio in metallic or matte colors gives you a hypnotic yet polished finished with amazing dimension.
My thoughts: This eyeshadow trio was awesome. I feel like I usually have to put a ton of eyeshadaow on to see the color come out, but this one was super pigmented, and only took a little bit. It seemed to stay put on my lids, and the colors were pretty perfect for my skin tone. 

Illamasqua | Sheer Lipgloss
This gorgeous, highly pigmented lipgloss has a lightweight formula and a brilliant color that will gie our lips a sweet pout.
My thoughts: I usually wear lipstick over lipgloss because I hate how sticky glosses usually are. This one was considerably less sticky than the last I tried, and I loved the sheer red hue- it was subtler than my usual red lipsticks, but still there. 

Vegebom | Skin Repair Balm
This organic balm is made of an exotic mix of essential oils that will provide skin repair, a stimulating effect, and will soothe irritated skin.
My thoughts: The Vegebom definitely has a unique, kind of herbal scent that I'm not sure I love, but when I applied it to a small blemish I had picked at, it helped ease the redness and seemed to expedite the healing process, so I'm chalking it up as a winner. 

Episteme | Moisturizing Cleansing Cream
This premium facial cleanser from the super luxurious Japanese skincare brand will softly enrich your skin and boost its complexion and firmness.
My thoughts: I only used this a couple of times since I'm planning on keeping it for my next trip, but I loved the super subtle scent and how soft my skin felt after using it. 

Tony & Guy | Sea Salt Texturizing Spray
This spray will create texture and natural movement with light hold. Suitable for all hair types and perfect for achieving a lived-in, beach look.
My thoughts: I seriously am obsessed with this stuff. I've never tried a salt spray, but consider me a convert. I've loved spritizing this in day-old hair to give it a bit more body, and make it look intentionally messy vs. just a mess. 

Hermes On Sale at Rue La La

I generally keep things reasonably budget friendly on the blog, since that's how I shop! But sometimes, I have to make exceptions to the rule, because sometimes I like to window shop and you know, pick out what I'd buy if I won the lottery. Hermes is synonymous with luxury, and you really can't find handbags more classic than their Kelly and Birkin bags. These are the kinds of bags that never go on sale, but I have a little secret for you. You can buy Hermes bags (or just online window shop, like I'll be doing) on Rue La La this weekend, starting on Saturday! Yes, you heard me-you can buy Hermes scarves, Hermes bracelets, Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags from your own home!

Rue La La is one of my favorite flash-sale retailers (I bought my rehearsal dinner dress for our wedding there!) and in true Rue La La form, the sale will only be up for 48 hours, so if you're in the market (lucky you!), be sure to act early. All of the bags and accessories are gently pre-owned and pre-authenticated, so there's no chance of getting stuck with a fake, and  prices will start at $399. The photos in this post  are a preview of what's to come, and I can't wait to ogle the other sure-to-be gorgeous pieces. Rue La La is invite-only, and if you need an invite, click here!

FTC Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Rue La La gave me a heads up about the sale, and I wanted to share the details with you!

6 Things to Do to Get Your Wardrobe Ready for Fall

It's started getting chilly in the mornings and evenings in Virginia, and I couldn't be more thrilled. With a new season upon us, it's always a good idea to do a little wardrobe maintenance to prepare for that first really cold day. These are pretty simple tasks to accomplish, and you'll be so glad you did when there's a chill in the air and you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the season!
skyline drive in Virginia in the fall from last year
1. Check out your boots and other winter shoes. Waterproof them, or take them to your cobbler so he can take care of that. Do your soles need to be replaced? Replacing shoe soles is a great way to inexpensively extend the life of your shoe wardrobe.

2. Check to make sure you have gloves and scarves, and that they're in an easy-to-access place. Gloves and scarves seem to get lost in the shuffle. Pick up a back-up pair next time you're at Target, for good measure.

3. Chances are, your tights from last season are probably looking a little...sad. Take inventory, figure out what colors you need, and  replace what is necessary.

4. Are your go-to sweaters still wearable, or are they stretched out and pilled up within an inch of their lives? Take a look at what you have and what you need to repurchase so your favorite fall outfits are all ready in a pinch.

5. Take your coats and still-wearable sweaters to the dry cleaners now,  so they're ready to go when you need them.

6. This isn't a wardrobe tip, per se, but important, nonetheless. Now is the time to swap out your summer beauty essentials for cold weather favorites. Avoid flaky skin by picking up a more moisturizing face cream, and prevent manicure meltdown by picking up a good cuticle oil. Don't forget that even though you're done with the beach for the season, you still need SPF protection!

What are your "get ready for fall" tips? 

Best of: Gold Cap-Toe Shoes

If I had to describe my style to someone, I'd probably say that I like classic items for the most part, but with a little bit of a twist. Sometimes, that's a classic skinny jean in a shockingly bright pink, or a tweed pair of shorts in lieu of a skirt made from the same material. Cap-toe shoes have been around for ages, and they're definitely one of the most classic styles of shoes out there. Lately, though, I've been noticing a fun update on the classic- cap-toe shoes that are shiny gold. These are those special shoes that could make a boring outfit look special, and you can find a pair that works for any budget.
leopard//red (comes in brown and black, too)//nude pump//black pump//burgundy//black flat Giveaway

When I was at Lucky Fabb, I heard about a new e-commerce company called Copious was founded last year,  and anyone can set up their own Copious shop to buy and sell items from other Copious members.
With online shops being a dime a dozen now, what makes Copious different is that it's a socially-driven site, which of course, the social media nut in me loves. Instead of buying items from unknown usernames, you can link your profile to popular social media networks, like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I love this feature, because it makes shopping online seem a lot more safe, since you know there is a real person behind the Facebook page or Twitter profile. 

My favorite parts about Copious? It's a great way to buy designer items for less, and it's filled with fun and unique handmade items, too! You can "follow" various users, and when you create your profile, you fill out a questionnaire that determines which users Copious thinks you might be interested in. When you follow a user, their new items go into your "feed," which makes it much easier to never miss an item you may love.

I started a little Copious shop full of clothing, shoes and bags that I'm no longer using, and if you'd like to shop my Copious shop, you can click here to do so! It's full of fun things, so take a peek! 

Copious has generously offered to do a giveaway for Best of Bklyn readers for a $40 Copious credit that you can use in any Copious shop. You automatically get a $15 credit for signing up for Copious, so you could wind up with a $55 credit in your account if you win the contest! 

To enter, follow these 2 easy steps:
1. Sign up for a Copious account on their website.  (Note: you don't have to list things in a shop to have a profile, you just have to sign up for an account.)

2. Leave a comment on this blog post with TWO things: the link to your account (for example: my Copious profile link looks like this: and your email address!

If you want up to four bonus entries, like Copious and Best of Bklyn on Facebook, or follow Best of Bklyn and Copious on Twitter- one bonus entry per each of those, and please leave separate comments for each, thanks! 

Good luck, and go check out Copious!

Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM EST next Wednesday, September 26th.

FTC Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. Copious generously gifted me Copious credit, but my opinions are my own. 

And our winner is...comment number 3! Congratulations Jess, I'll be emailing Copious today to have them credit your account! 

Demeter Fragrance Library

Demeter Fragrance Library is a line filled with "simple, subtle, and singular scents." I recently heard about Demeter, and after visiting their online shop, my interest was piqued. Demeter is full of perfume that smell like some of my favorite natural scents, like salt air, apple blossoms, and peach. Additionally, Demeter carries fragrances modeled after the scent of birthday cake, gin and tonics, and pure soap, to name a few. Demeter was kind enough to send me three scents to sample: Dragon Fruit, Apple Pie, and Baby Powder. Keep reading to find out what I thought of each scent!

buy dragon fruit
buy apple pie
buy baby powder

FTC Disclosure: Demeter sent me samples for review, but this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own. 

Best of: Black Wall Inspiration

I've recently found a new interior design fixation. I really, really love black walls, and I so wish that we could paint in the apartment we're in right now! I think they're truly striking, and if you paint a room that gets plenty of light, the dark color doesn't totally overwhelm the room and make it feel tiny. I've been collecting lots of inspiration for the day that we can actually pain, and here are my favorite images so far.



A Little Different

Edited by: Jess of Fresh Jess If I had a dime for every outfit post out there, I’d be a billionaire. With so many in the mix, it makes the “different” posts stand out that much more. For this week’s Links a la Mode roundup, you’ll get a peek into IFB bloggers’ lives well beyond their closet. Many of them are tuned into Fashion Week, fall trends and Fashion’s Night Out, and have put some serious thought into how these major events affect their own personal style. Others are beating to their own drum, telling stories of how dreamy places, artistic notions and the evolution of street style are bringing their wardrobes alive. Whether you’re enjoying the first, crisp breeze of fall or savoring an Indian summer, there are some great reads from some truly unique voices here for you. Enjoy!


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10 Fall 2012 Fashion Trends

I've noticed over the past few weeks that it seems like there are so many trends I'm excited about for fall. Here are my top ten trends to try for Fall 2012! 

1. Leather seems to be everywhere this fall, and I'm especially loving leather skinny pants or leggings. Paired with an oversize sweater, it would be the perfect fall casual look.

2. Peplums started emerging again this spring, and I recently picked up my own version to wear. I think it's an extremely flattering style for most women, so I'm excited to see it all over stores.

3. Cobalt blue is such a fun shade, and I think it's universally flattering, to boot! If you're too shy about going for all-over bright colors, a shoe or bag is a great place to start.

4. Polka dots are back in a big way, but the dots are also classic, so you can wear your polka dots for years to come.

5. Winter white gives any coat an air of luxurious sophistication. Break the "no white after Labor Day" rule, and pick up a coat or blazer in the shade.

6. Chunky knits are both trendy and cozy. I love the jade shade of this sweater, but neutrals are a failsafe way to invest in this trend.

7. Tartan was all over the runways in the forms of dresses, coats, and pants, but tartan scarf is a lot more wearable for the real world.

8. Ladylike tweed blazers will never go out of style, so if you want to purchase something you'll wear for years, pick up a  tweedy jacket in a classic hue.

9. Ankle boots have been on-trend for years, but I'm noticing even more lately. I have a pair almost identical to the ones pictured above, and the wedge heel makes the shoes extra-comfortable.

10. Army green is back in a big way. I love the idea of mixing an army green jacket or vest with a sequin top and jeans.


Charlottesville Countryside Photos

Brett and I took a little drive Saturday evening. It's something we both like doing every now and then, and we wanted to see everything outside while it was still green. I grew up in Arizona, where it  couldn't look more different than the Virginia countryside. I'm still amazed by the amount of green that surrounds me on a daily basis. I can't wait to take more drives as the fall colors start to pop up- it's sure to be gorgeous. 

What I Wore: Stripes and Spots

Brett has Fridays off of school, and I was pretty much done with work for the week, so on Friday, we had a little impromptu lunch date amidst running what felt like a zillion errands.  Chipotle and hanging out with him makes errands a whole lot better.  I threw on this easy tunic dress, wore my new leopard print flats for the very first time, and I'm pretty much smitten with them. I feel like they fill a void in my closet that I didn't even know existed! Cheesy? Maybe, but definitely one of my new favorites. 
dress: uniqlo//belt:express//flats: sam edelman c/o piperlime//necklace:c/o shop jami//sunglasses: ray ban//tote: vintage gucci on "permanent loan" from my mom, ha!

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Fall 2012 Trend: Burgundy, Oxblood, and Wine

In the last week, temperatures in Virginia have gotten crisper, and I feel like fall is in the air and right around the corner. One of my favorite fall 2012 fashion trends is the color you see above. Some call it wine, some burgundy, and some oxblood (not my personal fave, to be honest), but no matter the name you give it, it's everywhere for fall. I love the color, and this is one you can definitely bet I'll be sporting. Bonus points: since it's a more "sedate" color, it's a lot easier (and less scary) to work into your wardrobe than this summer's neon hues. These are just a few of my favorite pieces in this fantastic hue. 

What I Wore: Navy and Tweed

This navy blazer was one of my finds from Lucky Fabb day two. One of our stops on the shopping tour was Aritzia, a Canadian brand that's been making it's way into the States. I had never had a chance to shop in one of their stores, but it was full of covetable items, and I took this blazer home thanks to a gift card from the store. I heard that they're launching e-commerce soon, and I'm so excited- seriously gorgeous, great quality items at reasonable prices. 
 blazer: c/o aritzia//shirt: gap//shorts: gap//shoes: pierre hardy for gap//watch: michael kors//monogram necklace: west avenue jewelry//pink necklace: forever 21//spike bracelet: c/o t+j designs//navy bracelet: j.crew//anchor wrap bracelet: stella and dot//bead bracelet: small shop in italy (thanks sissy!)

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Birchbox Review

One of the many fun goodies that was in my Lucky Fabb gift bag was my very first Birchbox! If you haven't heard of Birchbox, it's a membership subscription site that curates unique sample boxes each month for its members. For a $10 monthly price, members receive a box filled with deluxe samples of luxe beauty products. If you need ideas on what to do with the things in your box, Birchbox's website is full of helpful tips and video tutorials to help you use your new products. If you fall in love with a certain item, you can easily purchase it through
I've been curious about Birchbox for a while, and getting this sample box may be just the thing to get me to sign up. I love the idea of getting a fun little package once a month, and it's a great way to try out new products without investing in pricey full-size versions of the product.

Here's what was inside of my box, plus how the  Birchbox insert describes each item. I've included my thoughts in italics, too:

BVLGARI | Mon Jasmin Noir Perfume
With waves of ripe fruit and a base of heady jasmine, this luxurious scent is the perfect accessory to fall outfits.
While this scent isn't really me, I love the concept of trying new scents, since I tend to get stuck in a perfume rut- I've been wearing the same one for 2.5 years now!

Color Club | Custom Nail Polish
We teamed up with Color Club to create this custom shade inspired by the Fall 2012 runways.
I haven't polished my nails with this hue yet, but I'm loving what I'm seeing in the bottle. Plus, I think it's awesome that it's a custom shade- it's always fun to have something unique and different than what's on store shelves! 

Dr. Jart+ | Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+
Think of this four-in-one moisturizer, serum, sunscreen, and skin-perfecting tint as the (extremely stylish) Swiss Army Knife of your beauty lineup.
I've been wanting to try this BB Cream since I first heard of it, but didn't pick it up on my last trip to Sephora. I've used the Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm once, and it seems like a great, light coverage, tinted-moisturizer-like product! 

Sedu | Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment with Pure Argan Oil
IGet super shiny, super soft hair with this argan-infused serum, which also protects from heat styling and UV rays. Use on damp or dry hair.
I haven't used the oil during a blowout, but it's definitely tamed frizzies well when I've run it through my dry hair. Plus, it smells absolutely DIVINE. 

tili Bags | Bags
Breeze through airport security with these too-cute plastic bags. They're perfectly sized for storing all of your beauty essentials.
I'll definitely hold on to this cute patterned bag for my next flight- it's so much more fun than a boring Ziploc.

twistband | Hair Tie
Give your ponytail a makeover with these colorful, snag-free elastics.
Well, this is definitely cuter than my plain black elastics, and I've heard that hair ties like this are less likely to leave indentation marks on your hair when you let it down again, which is great!

Best of: Coach Legacy Collection

Coach recently released their Legacy Collection, and it's all crave-worthy. Each bag is a duplicate or updated version of a classic bag in Coach's history, and each bag is absolutely gorgeous. Coach got a little crazy with the logos and trends the past few years, but I must say, their classics are hard to beat-I stole one of my mom's Coach handbags from the 80s, and it's still looking great today. They've updated each bag enough to look current, while not being trendy. These are a few of my favorite pieces- I"m especially crazy over the shoes on top, and the handbag on the bottom right.

Piperlime NYC Store Opening

Lucky Fabb's second day was a shopping tour guided by Lucky Magazine editors! Our first stop of the day was the Piperlime store. Piperlime has long been one of my favorite e-retailers, and last week, they opened their very first brick and mortar store in NYC. We got to shop the store right after they did the official ribbon cutting, and it's like the website, but in real life! Each area of the store is divided into themed sections, just like the website, with sections that are curated by style trendsetters like Rachel Zoe and Olivia Palermo. The store is packed with fabulous finds- I'm not sure I've ever been a store where I truly loved so many things! A big thank you to Piperlime for inviting all of us bloggers in for the morning!

If you're in NYC, Piperlime is located at 121 Wooster Street in Soho.

Note: This post was not sponsored by Piperlime. Piperlime did gift me a gift card, but my thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.

Best of Lucky Fabb: Rachel Zoe, Lauren Conrad

Last Wednesday and Thursday, I attended the Lucky Fabb blogging conference in NYC. If you haven't heard of it, my mom explained it to my dad that it was kind of like going to Augusta to watch the Masters (golf tournament) of blogging, and that's probably a fair explanation (he's a big golf fan, and texted me telling me to "enjoy my Masters" right before I left- he's a sweetheart). 

 It was such a great experience, and I feel like I learned so much about blogging and social media in a super short time period- I'm still processing it all. Rachel Zoe and Lauren Conrad were the keynote speakers, and their insights on fashion, business, and life were both informative and inspirational. A few of my favorite people to follow through their blogs and/or Twitter accounts were there too, like Erica from P.S. I Made This, Aliza Licht (also known as DKNY PR Girl), and Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller. We had the opportunity to meet a few brand reps, which was exciting, and  I got to meet a few of my favorite bloggers, and make new friends, too! If you're a blogger, I highly reccomend the conference! 

Because I'm a social media geek, I've included each speaker's twitter handle and website below the photos. There were several other panels, but I didn't take photos of each- these were my favorites! 
Rachel Zoe, stylist, designer, reality tv star and businesswoman extraordinaire, and Lucky Editor in Chief, Brandon Holley. Big news from the panel: The Rachel Zoe Project (Rachel's TV show on Bravo) has been renewed for another fabulous season! One of my favorite lines from Zoe during her talk: "As soon as it's easy, you need to be doing something else."
"The Big Picture" panel, moderated by Lauren Sherman, the Executive Digital Director of Lucky, with Leah Chernikoff of Fashionista, Annie Georgia Greenberg of Refinery 29, and Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller. My takeaway from this panel: we shouldn't be afraid to have an opinion, and in the digital era, we're all sharing similar things. What's important is to present it in a different way from everyone else.
Lauren Conrad, reality TV star, author, and designer and Lucky Executive and Fashion News Director Jean Godfrey-June- you can barely see them in the photo, but Ms. Godfrey-June had on one of the most amazing, intricate pairs of shoes I've ever seen!
"Amplifying Your Brand" panel, moderated by Deb Schwartz, Executive Editor of Lucky (who also gave a great talk at a breakout session about developing a voice for bloggers) with Susan Lyne, the Chairman of Gilt Groupe (she's tucked behind Deb), Lauren Bush Lauren, Co-Founder of FEED Projects, Aliza Licht (DKNY PR Girl), Senior VP of Global Communications at Donna Karan International, and Erica Domesek from P.S. I Made This. Erica had one of the funniest lines of the day, when she encouraged bloggers to "Embrace your cray." 
I was so excited to meet one of my favorite bloggers and Twitter friend Alyson from Average Girl's Guide!
The ironic part of the day: I spent almost 12 hours with 300 fashion bloggers...and didn't take a single outfit photo. Whoops. I'll share photos the next time I wear the outfit, but it was the above leopard peplum top from Zara, a (faux) leather pencil skirt, and Kate Spade bow t-strap shoes. 

Next up: Day 2 of the conference!