I don’t know what it is lately, but I have been leaning into a cozier, slightly outdoorsy vibe — and Alison’s cabin pretty much sums up how I’m feeling. I’m never going to be one for a full-on woodsy aesthetic (even if my Animal Crossing island suggests otherwise), but I’m all for a modernized take on organic materials and cool-toned hues.
In all honesty, the pandemic has changed my shopping habits. I’m no longer scouring retailers’ sites to find gorgeous items to share every week, which made creating a weekly “The Coveted” roundup nearly impossible. However, a monthly roundup complete with the inspiration behind my whims? That I can do! Lately, I can’t get this promotional image from the latest CB2 collection out of my head. I’ve already linked you to the headboard that I’m crushing on, but really, everything is so good. The warmth and texture is exactly I want as we head into late summer and early autumn.
While the weather gets cooler and leaves start to turn, autumn offers awakening and renewal in one place: our wardrobes. I’ve already had my eye on a few classic staples this month to freshen up my fall wardrobe and wanted to share them with you while they’re all still in stock!
Resin Hoop Earrings – My love for resin earrings is still going strong, especially when it comes to a pair of tortoiseshell patterned hoops by Loeffler Randall. (The designer recently introduced jewelry!)
Black Merino-Blend Sweater – I actually purchased the green version of this sweater last weekend. I love that the knit is more supple than J.Crew’s “Tippi” sweater, which makes me certain I’ll be reaching for it throughout the season for workdays and weekends. Plus, it can be hand washed rather than dry cleaned. Banana Republic might not be the most fashion forward, but they do have basic sweaters down pat.
Leather Travel Bag – I’ve been using a beat up, faux leather tote from Old Navy as my personal item for every trip in recent memory. It holds a lot, but it’s not in the best shape anymore nor is it the most organized. This bag, however, looks perfect for air travel. I have cash in my “splurge” account and will probably snag it soon so I have it in time for our next international excursion.
I’d love to know what’s on your wish list this month!
As I get older, I find myself drawn to unfussy, classic pieces that withstand the test of time — and honestly, those have really been the foundation of my closet and the items I wear over and over again. Take this Tory Burch coat, for instance. I added it to my wardrobe back in 2015 and I look forward to chilly weather every year so I can wear it again. The Prada sunglasses were my first designer pair and I still reach for them weekly. The bag? Well, we all know it’s something I’ll keep in my closet forever. That’s not to say that I haven’t made some sartorial missteps when curating my closet — I’m sure taking a look through the archives here will turn up some gems — but narrowing down my style and considering the longevity of each piece is not only a fiscally responsible decision, it’s a sustainable way to shop. Long gone are the days of hitting up the mall to find a cheap “going out” top and a bauble to match, only to add them to the donation bag a few months later.
One brand that has quickly made its way into the “classic-pieces-I’ll-keep-forever” category is AUrate. I introduced you to AUrate earlier this year, but I wanted to put the jeweler back on your radar this season when we’re all looking at making bigger investments in our wardrobes and starting to think about gift-giving and receiving. AUrate is a lot like Warby Parker or Everlane in that the brand seeks to create more transparency in their industry by cutting out the middle man to bring direct-to-consumer fine jewelry at fair prices without sacrificing quality or style. All of AUrate’s pieces are handmade in New York City by experienced jewelers and are guaranteed for life.
When I browsed AUrate’s collection with my own wardrobe in mind, I knew I wanted to go with a gold necklace. I have a few dainty options, but nothing that bridged the gap between a luxe piece of jewelry and an easy-to-wear everyday piece. This 14k gold bar necklace nails it. I put the necklace on immediately when it arrived two weeks ago and I’ve been wearing it every day since. It’s a moderate investment at $220, but it’s one of those perfect pieces you’ll treasure for years.
J.Crew blouse | Tory Burch coat (old; also love this plaid coat and this one) | Gap jeans | Madewell loafers (also available in velvet) | AuRate necklace (c/o) | Wigs here | Prada sunglasses (old; similar)
Thanks to AUrate for partnering on this post!