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Ask Magpie: Kitchen Chairs, Brown Boots, + Fall Fragrances.

By: Jen Shoop

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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.

A: Love this – lots of great options here! I’d recommend these or these!

Q: School gala in early Nov – Midatlantic. Cocktail attire. $500, legs are my worst feature.

A: I few fab fall cocktail dresses I love: this, this, this, this, this, or this!

Q: Coastal wedding in Maine in mid-Sept.

A: I’m wearing this dress to a Labor Day weekend in Maine! Love this one, too. Drooling over this or this for a less formal affair, and this would be chic!

Q: Palm beach trip.

A: A fab swimsuit like this or this, a bold hat, cateye shades. And a couple of really fun, bold, artsy dresses, like this, this, or this. And a fringed cover up from La Veste!

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.

A: You must check out Artemis! Especially love these and these, but filter by your size — all are one-of-a-kind! Look for less with these.

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.

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10 thoughts on “Ask Magpie: Kitchen Chairs, Brown Boots, + Fall Fragrances.

  1. Beautiful and spot on! Thank you! The Julia Amory link doesn’t seem to be working. Was it a shirt dress?

  2. Such great recs, as always! Speaking of fragrance, are you a perfume person? If you are, do you have a favorite , or any that you’ve recently enjoyed?

    1. Hi! I absolutely love Byredo’s Mojave Ghost:

      Been wearing it for about a year now and not going to stop. I think all of Byredo’s scents are top notch. I’ll put it this way: I was wearing Mojave Ghost in Saks and one of the salespeople came up to me to ask what the scent was, and she said, “Wow, it just smells expensive.” Ha! I knew what she meant. They all have this great, layered, complex vibe to them — not too strong, not too powerful, just interesting and feminine.

      You can try their discovery set to see what you like:

      It has all the greatest hits 🙂


      1. I’ve heard about it but have not taken the time to smell it or test it out; now I clearly have to! Thank you for the links, too. I’ve recently become fragrance-obsessed, so I’m taking in all of the information and recommendations I possibly can. I’m excited – thanks!

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