September 28, 2012

Spotlight on: Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia, a new online boutique offering "rugs, decor and accent pieces for the inspired space", launches next week (Oct. 1). Here's a little sneak peek! 

You'll be able to shop on the site by style - including bohemian, romantic, organic, Regency  - making it even easier for you to find the perfect item for your home. 

Keep an eye out for the Mirrored Bamboo Tray Table, fabulous printed pillows and the Montmarte side table. Thanks to Lulu & Georgia for giving us a sneak peak!

September 27, 2012

Runway Retrospective

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Hey Sophisticates, Cristina here! Here in Texas we're well and truly familiar with an Indian summer. As much as I'd love to change into scarves and boots, it's still so hot! 

For a little Indian summer inspiration nothing could be more perfect than Chanel's Pre-Fall 2012 collection. These colors, layers, and loads of jewels have me totally inspired to dress things up for fall - or take a trip to India!

Find more fashion inspiration on Cristina's international design and style blog, Fuji Files. And, remember to look for her Runway Retrospective column here on Young Sophisticates!

September 26, 2012

YS Look of the Week

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Actress Emilia Clarke (from Game of Thrones) wearing Chanel at the Emmys.

September 25, 2012

L'Wren Scott Fall 2012

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L'Wren Scott Fall 2012 collection utilizes luxe fabrics in striking colors to create a major impact. I admire the elegance of both of these looks - ultra-feminine dresses in rich prints topped off with cage high heeled sandals and decadent fur wrapped around the neck.

Side note: a fur scarf (or faux fur scarf if you prefer) is a must-have winter accessory. Snatch up this ultra-luxe Co fur scarf in statement-worthy blue or splurge on Maison Martin Margiela fur scarf in more traditional beige. 

This collection makes me think of the 1930's and the decades prior to that - it's almost like we're seeing the clothes of the past reimagined through a contemporary lens. Striking! 

September 24, 2012

Look for Less: Wire Side Table


Hello Sophisticates! It's Marche' from #eyecandy here with another Look for Less column. Fall seems to be the time when I add the most clothing to my wardrobe and the most home decor items to my space. One thing I always seem to have a shortage of is a place to sit things. I have tons of frames, candles, and knick-knacks but never a place to put them. I've been looking for some side tables that are as interesting as what I'd like to place on them. 

Take the wire side table in the room (pictured above). It is perfect for the space because it's not too bulky and it's so cool that you need only place a couple items on it. After seeing this picture, I went to search for the perfect wire side table in a gold metallic finish. 

Wire Accent Table
images via GAPinteriors; via Target

For the perfect wire table, look no further than Target: Wire Accent Table. The table is a part of  Target's Timeless Collection and is pretty awesome. With it's gold wire base and black, marble-like top, it looks more expensive than its $69 price tag. Target's Metal and Wood Accent Table is also a gorgeous choice. It is more rustic than the previous table with black wire base and wooden top.

For fans of contemporary furniture, West Elm's Random Base Side Table is absolutely beautiful! The random, art-like base and white marble top would look amazing in any space. It seems there is an option out there for everyone! 

Get more of Marche's tips on interior design, fashion and more at her fabulous blog,#eyecandy. And, remember to look for her interior design column here on Young Sophisticates!

September 19, 2012

Fall Must-Have: Trendy Sweaters

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Chunky knits, cozy sweaters and chic cardigans... definitely time to add an extra layer of warmth to your look & there are lots of fun options if you are in the mood to shop. 

I wore a hot pink cashmere sweater last weekend as part of my off-duty ensemble; it might have been jumping the gun a bit - but who cares? Wear what you love, when you want to wear it! 


ICB Double Layer Hem Sweater ($255). With Prabal Gurung now at the helm of this brand, the designs are undeniably cool, with a distinctly downtown appeal. [Pictured at right]

J. Crew Collection Cashmere Polka-Dot Sweater ($268). Polka-dots are a still a huge trend & this sweater in "cabernet fuschia" is perfect. [Pictured below]

By Malene Birger Billiye Color-block Knitted Sweater ($365). The blush, charcoal and chocolate colors provide a fresh, feminine and interesting color palette.  

Thakoon Marled Crew-Neck Sweater ($490). I'd love to wear this designer gem après-ski this winter! Expensive, but the cream of the crop when it comes to the color-block sweater. 

September 18, 2012

Couture Column: Emilia Wickstead

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With London Fashion Week just underway, I must say I was most delighted to see the latest collection of one of my favorite British designers, Emilia WicksteadAlways polished and posh, the designer’s pieces this season also oozed with modern edge through the infusion of clean lines, deep necklines, and perfect peplums. The collection was perfectly elegant yet youthful.

With Wickstead known to frequently dress British high-society, we truly hope we see Kate Middleton pick-up some of these pieces from the runway!

Check out Caitlin's blog, Daily Cup of Couture, for more couture inspiration, glamorous fashion & decor, and more. And, remember to look for her Couture Column here on Young Sophisticates!

September 17, 2012

YS Look of the Week: Emma Stone

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Emma Stone wore Calvin Klein Collection dress and Roger Vivier heels at Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2013 show. How fun are those predominantly yellow heels? 

September 14, 2012

Runway Retrospective

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Hey lovelies! I hope you all had a fabulous summer, as for me I'm dreaming of end-of-summer vacations and last-minute getaways. What would I wear on said dream vacation? Why, this latest collection by Diane von Furstenburg of course! And it's no wonder, the collection was inspired by exotic destinations like Rome, Marrakesh, and Jaipur. I'll gladly take a trip to any of those!

Find more fashion inspiration on Cristina's international design and style blog, Fuji Files. And, remember to look for her Runway Retrospective column here on Young Sophisticates!

September 13, 2012

Spotlight on: Pei Design

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Have you heard about Pei Design, an adorable new line of letterpress paper goods and fine stationary? The notebooks, cards and pencils are fun, colorful and cute. Love this line!!

Pei Design's online shop is coming soon, but for now you can likely find a store near you that carries the line - here's the list of stores offering Pei Design's chic paper goods & more!  

September 12, 2012

Rustic Polished

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Designer Jenni Kayne's home in the new issue of Architectural Digest. This doesn't always play out on the blog, but in my real life, I favor casual yet refined looks in decor and fashion. I can't wait to buy this issue of the magazine to see more stunning images! 

September 11, 2012

Fall Must-have: Brocade Pants

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I've been eagerly awaiting brocade pants for fall. It's a micro-trend that I'd like to see more of! Let's talk designer options: Elizabeth and James pants and J. Crew pants. The pair of brocade pants from Elizabeth and James offer a dark, dramatic take on the look. I'm totally obsessed with the J. Crew pants - just substitute these brocade Capris for jeans, and  you'll be all set! 

September 10, 2012

Look for Less: Chevron Duvet Cover

Photo: HOME RUN! We loved spotting a West Elm Chevron Duvet in this bedroom designed by Gary Riggs Home.

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Hello Sophisticates! It's Marche' from #eyecandy here with another Look for Less column! I have always loved a layered look on my bed. I have recently been searching for a duvet cover for a second down comforter that I have. Not only will it make the room look more put together, it will offer extra comfort in the cooler months to come. This bedroom, designed by Gary Riggs Home, is so chic. The chevron duvet cover is the perfect neutral pattern and brings the whole room together. 

For the exact duvet cover pictured above, look no further than West Elm. Their Organic Chevron Duvet Cover (below) is almost a cross between chevron and ikat, two trends that are still so big right now. From $89-$109, this West Elm stunner is also a great value. Urban Outfitters' Magical Thinking Linear Chevron Duvet Cover is another neutral chevron cover for half the price! Their Herringbone Duvet Cover and ZigZag Duvet Cover are also great options. 

Organic Chevron Duvet Cover + Shams
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Now that it's Fall, it's time to layer up so start with your bed and purchase one of these gorgeous duvet covers. Happy shopping! 

Get more of Marche's tips on interior design, fashion and more at her fabulous blog, #eyecandy. And, remember to look for her interior design column here on Young Sophisticates!

September 7, 2012

Spotlight on: Eugenia Kim

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Fall fashion is in full swing, so let's talk about stylish toppers for fall/winter 2012. 

My favorite milliner, at the moment, has to be Eugenia Kim - her designs have been worn by celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker. It's easy to see why - the hats are high quality, luxe and ultra fashionable. 

The stunning fedora pictured above is $310, to give you an idea as to price. Gorgeous felt hat with a feather! It's at the top of my wish list! 

If you're on a tight budget, don't despair! Eugenia Kim has a lower-price line, genie by EUGENIA KIM, that offers designer hats at an affordable price point. This sweater pom-pom beanie is adorable and perfect to keep you warm this winter at UNDER $30

September 6, 2012

Pop of Color: Yellow Lamp

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Absolutely love the idea of a bright yellow lamp - either in the office or in the kitchen.

Get the look with this West Elm industrial lamp in yellow - reasonably priced at under $75 and it would be so perfect as an office lamp! Every space needs a pop of color! 

September 5, 2012

YS Look of the Week

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Keira Knightley looks positively stunning in gown from the Chanel Fall 2012 Couture collection at the London premiere of Anna Karenina. 

This dress is elegant and soft (pale pink color, floral appliqué, and sheer sleeves), but the fact that it's styled with the metallic belt makes it feel really fresh and relevant. More fashion, less pretty-pretty look. What do you think? 

September 4, 2012

Star Styling: Olivia Palermo

Hi there Sophisticates, Crissie here, from Chicasaurus-Rex with the latest installment of Star Styling, today I'm featuring the impecable Olivia P

Olivia has a habit of always looking amazing. It actually gets annoying after a while, her non-stop chic-ness just plain makes the rest of us look bad. Here she is at a US Open event in her tennis whites. The look is youthful and fresh - but very fitting for the occasion. She pairs the all white look with bright red flats which is just too adorable for words. No wonder she's grinning. 

Here's how to get the look for yourself: Top from Buckle, skirt by BB Dakota, necklace from ModCloth, flats by Nine West

Get more fashion inspiration from Crissie's blog, Chicasaurus-Rex. Crissie's column, Star Styling, breaks down celeb looks into easy, affordable pieces you can make your own. Remember to look for her column here on YS!