Monday, September 29, 2014

This week's obsession: jackets with faux fur

The leaves are starting to change here in Cleveland. Green is making way for gold, pink, deep reds and burnt orange. Autumn is absolutely lovely here. The air is crisp and it starts to get a bit chilly. Which means sundresses and sandals exit stage right while chunky sweaters, scarves and bootcut jeans become the main show.

I'm most excited about all the faux fur I'm seeing on fall jackets and vests. The one above from Free People looks so fantastically cozy. It could easily transition from autumn to winter snow.

This Anthropologie faux fur vest was a recent impulse purchase. I couldn't help it. So pretty! The best part is that the fur collar is removable. Genius.

I feel like I would find this gorgeous furry number on a chic Montana cowgirl.

This Vera Wang Herringbone coat with faux fur trim is simple yet elegant. Perfect for a night out.

I love this Mackage bomber jacket with faux fur collar and would wear it every day. A splurge but would be totally worth it.  

How about you? Are you feeling the faux fur this season?

Falling in love with fall denim.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Week in review

What you may have missed this week: women speaking out against campus sexual assault, how LeBron coming back to Cleveland has jacked up Cavs ticket prices, and John Malkovich like you've never seen him before.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Photographer Sandro Miller recreates famous portraits with John Malkovich as his model. (Bored Panda)

In her new role as Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, Emma Watson delivers a powerful speech to launch the HeForShe Campaign to end gender inequality around the world. (Vanity Fair)

Sounding off on growing up in LGBT families. (The Sound of Ideas)

Lunacy is the going price of Cavs tickets. $7,500 for a Cavs vs. Knicks game, anyone?

This is what happens when a naturally introverted New Yorker attempts to strike up conversations with random strangers. (A Cup of Jo)

Be still my heart. Radiohead's Thom Yorke has released a new album. (Laughing Squid)

La Carnada tells the story of a 13-year-old Tijuana boy as he embarks on his first drug smuggle across a notoriously fatal stretch of desert on the Arizona-Mexico border.  

Photojournalist Byran Denton, "Thousands of Syrian Kurds have broken down the border fence and are streaming into Turkey." (Instagram)

Meet the college women who are starting a revolution against campus sexual assault. (The Cut)

This fantastic interview with Cosmo editor-in-chief Joanna Coles ran last week, but it deserves a mention. (Refinery29)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fashion prodigy: the pose

For Fashion Prodigy, the magic is not just in the clothes -- it's as much about the pose and attitude.

Take this series of snapshots (taken exactly one year ago for this Throwback Thursday). Izzy chose this schoolgirl chic outfit one morning before school. She was really into her lace-up high tops at the time and paired it with striped leggings and an adorable gray three-tiered scooter skirt. I suggested the green Splendid t-shirt (which she later turned into a skirt) and cashmere Marc Jacobs hooded zip-down sweater. Perfect ensemble, right?

Actually what I think pulls everything together is her confident poses. The first one is just plain flat-out cute. The second screams, "I'm too cool for school." And the third has so much attitude it would make Tyra Banks proud.

See what I mean? Magic.

Fashion prodigy's take on the jeweled evening gown.

A day on the lake, pt 2

The kids had the day off school today in observance of Rosh Hashanah. So what do you do on a perfect sunny 73-degree day in Cleveland? You head to the beach, of course.

It turns out Northeast Ohio has its own Huntington Beach. Nestled 30 minutes outside downtown Cleveland and located on the lower western portion of Lake Erie, this beautiful strip of beach was just the oasis we all needed.

When you're raising little ones the days and weeks and years fly by. I can't tell you how many times I find myself scratching my head and saying out loud, "How is it the END of month? How is it the END of the year? How come my kids are growing up so fast?" Time doesn't care that you're trying to hold on to your children's childhood for as long as possible. My 8-year-old son is right on the cusp of that loss of innocence (he doesn't yet know what the birds and the bees is and still considers me his #1 girl).

And my 4-year-old daughter still lets me, thank God, kiss her uncontrollably. I tell her she'll always be my baby, no matter how grown up she is. "I'm not a baby!" she demands. "But you can still kiss me all the time, Mommy." 

We had a most wonderful afternoon. I didn't have a care in the world. Just soaked up the fresh lake air, marveled at the California-like blue skies and watched my beautiful children play. 

I thank God for days like today.

Shana Tova, everyone.

A day on the lake, pt 1.