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Q: Maybe you’ve addressed this and I missed it, but I’m wondering if you have any ideas for school-related events (for mom!). I’m thinking of back to school nights, etc, where I wouldn’t want to wear jeans, and it’s a Catholic school, so modest and demure.
A: A dress like this, this, or this is perfect with a ballet flat or bootie, or a utility pant like this with a button-down or striped knit. I also think you can get away with jeans — something like this cropped jacket with these dark wash jeans would be perfectly polished!
Q: Chairs for kitchen table. Have young children!
A: As we’ve thoroughly destroyed our upholstered set from Restoration Hardware, let me firmly advise you to avoid upholstery and buy these chic but wipeable chairs in a fun color like blue or green — currently on sale, too!
Q: Brown boot for dresses. Medium/short heel, shorter shaft. Budget $250-$600.
Q: School gala in early Nov – Midatlantic. Cocktail attire. $500, legs are my worst feature.
Q: Coastal wedding in Maine in mid-Sept.
Q: Palm beach trip.
Q: Layette for a baby girl arriving this Christmas. We live in Atlanta so not too warm.
A: Congratulations! For everyday, I loved the footies from Kissy Kissy, Livly, Roller Rabbit, Kyte, Pixie Lily, and Gap. Most days, my babies wore those soft cotton one-pieces! For separates, I loved the onesies from 1212 (truly so soft and high quality, and the kimono style is fantastic for itty bitties) and the collared onesies from Kissy Kissy. Gap’s lap neck styles are easy to pull on over baby’s head, too. Cute leggings can be found all over — H&M, Gap, Zara! I also loved picking out special occasion pieces to show my babies off in, like this, this, this, this, or this!
Q: Kilim mules.
Q: Sophisticated date night top.
A: This VB!!!
Q: Isabel Marant new suede boots styled for husband’s college reunion — East coast football game.
A: We are shoe twins! I love the idea of tucking a straight-leg ecru (or denim wash!) jean (also love these) into them and pairing with a chunky striped sweater like this or this and then a great little crossbody like this. Easy, not trying-too-hard, appropriate for the venue/affair, but still crazy chic.
Q: Fall fragrance for house.
A: I love Feu De Bois or Cire Trudon’s Carmelite! Hotel Lobby’s Paris scent also feels sexy and warm in a fall way. Finally, Linnea has some great seasonal scents perfect for fall. I know many of you love their Cashmere scent, and I’m drawn to the Wood House or Bourbon Tabac! They also sell their scents in diffusers if that’s your style.