October Work Lust

Now that I’m a working woman (erm, kind of) my sprees of online shopping feel way more justified. It doesn’t hurt that my job is online shopping and fashion related. In particular I’ve been looking for work clothes, although let’s be honest I work at a start up so “work clothes” is just veiled language for “clothes I wantz.”

As October rolls in and it’s officially fall I’ve been struck by major Fall Clothing Lust. It’s a thing, look it up. The following (burgundy heavy) choices have made their way to the top of my list, and they’re all totally work appropriate, even if you don’t work somewhere where a sheer shirt and jeans is legit. (All images click through to the original source)

1.) Printed Nanette Lepore Top

Nanette Lepore Seek Your Fortune Silk Top

I seriously love a good print, in an unhealthy way (you may have noticed). I’ve bought some great printed pants and several funky tops in the past month, but this one just calls to me. “Molly… You want me…You need me…” Just like that. Funny how necessities like conditioner or an ironing board never call to me that way.

2.) Trina Turk Plum Pants

Trina Turk Tony Twill Pant in Plum

As I mentioned, the burgundies and crimsons of fall have not-so-stealthily crept into my wardrobe. These in particular have such an old-school Katherine Hepburn feel to them. They’d be perfect October work attire with a simple blouse and structured bag. And speaking of structured bags…

3.) Jewel-Toned Structured Bag

Rebecca Minkoff “ILY” Leather Tote in Lipstick

Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Tote in Cardamom

Okay so at this point I know I could be reading out of the September issue of any fashion magazine, but I can’t help it, I wants what I wants. I’ve fallen head over heels for this trend, and am looking for a good structured bag to replace my far too-summery tote that I’ve been using. I love the structure of the Rebecca Minkoff, but the cardamom Marc Jacobs bag is just such a great fall into winter color.  I feel like with one of these bags I might even look like a grown up. But let’s not push our luck.

4.) Chinese Laundry Pumps

Chinese Laundry Danger Zone Pumps in Nude

I love shoes. Like… a lot. And right now my entire collection of shoes is across the country in a small guest bedroom, cramped under the bed. In the meantime I wear the same pair of black flats to work every days since I only have 3 pairs with me here. My poor shoes (I hear them crying for me at night). So while I wait for Thanksgiving when me and my babies will be reunited and I can ship them to the West Coast to be with mommy (I’m sick, it’s a disease), I’ve been eying fabulous shoes to “enrich” my collection. I love these because they’re totally functional heels for work, but the cap toe makes them a little flashier than your standard pointy-toe pump. In short: I dig em.

5.) Faux-Leather Burgundy Skirt

The Limited’s Faux-Leather Pencil Skirt in Burgundy

Noticing the color trend yet? I swear I have my sights set on other colors, I just can’t help but love the burgundy. But I do love all the leather that’s around this fall. I love it even more when it’s faux leather and no baby cows had to be skinned for my fashion. Just a personal preference. Throw on a cream colored top and some fierce pumps with this skirt and you’re good to go.

So what fall trends have you been lusting after? Now that I’m on this online shopping kick I’ve loved looking up which fall outfits other people are into. Although with the current weather in San Francisco and our Indian Summer I’m starting to doubt whether I’ll need fall clothes anytime soon. What is this place I’ve come to!?

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My September Five

So it’s happened. September is upon us, and with it the onslaught of Fall-themed magazines and sales at stores. I happen to love September since it still feels like summer, but you start to get a hint of fall. Plus the fact that it’s my birthday month doesn’t hurt.

In honor of September, I shopped a ton while I was in Philly this weekend (is that a thing? can you shop “in honor of” a month?). It was so great to see friends again, since I’m a little bit going crazy at home, and obviously the perfect thing to do when seeing friends is to shop for things you don’t need. To be fair, I did buy a lot of things that I could wear to my hypothetical future job that doesn’t exist yet. And some items that are a little more difficult to justify (oh hay, apron from Anthropologie).

All that shopping got me to thinking about the things I want most this September, so I’ve put together my September Five, the five things I’m particularly lusting after right now.

1.) A great watch

Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs Amy Watch; Left: Nixon’s Kensington Leather Watch

This is one of those things you can try to justify by calling it a “back-to-school” purchase, because everyone needs a several hundred dollar watch to kick off the school year. Alas, I’m no longer in the land of back-to-school purchases, so I’m just pining after watches because, well, they’re pretty and they like me (they told me so). The Marc by Marc Jacobs watch is nice because it’s got some heft but isn’t so big that it would overwhelm my arm, but I really like the leather on the Nixon watch.

2.) Silence & Noise Boyfriend Blazer

Silence & Noise Boyfriend Blazer in Grey

For the non-working of us who don’t understand the concept of a blazer as a component of a suit, blazers are perfect for throwing over summer dresses to make them a little more “early fall.” I like the slightly textured feel to this one, and the gray is a nice change since I tend towards black blazers.

3.) Anthropologie Graphic Begonia Shirt Dress

Anthropologie Graphic Begonia Shirt Dress

Come fall I love finding dresses that work with and without tights to make the summer-fall transition with. I love the colorful, playful print on this one, and shirt dresses are great since they work well spring through fall, depending on what you pair them with.

4.) J Brand Brocade Skinny Jeans

J Brand Brocade Skinny Jeans

I was torn on this trend at first, but the more I see the brocade jeans the more I like them. In general, I’m loving the brocades and patterns that are in this fall, as well as the abundance of burgundy, white and gold.

5.) Yoga Mat

PROlite Yoga Mat

I’ve been looking out for a good yoga mat and for some reason this month has got me itching for one. This mat is a little on the expensive side at $72, but I need good cushioning for my old lady knees, and this one is less heavy than other joint cushioning mats.

Alas, I probably need a job before I can dig into my 5, but that’s neither here nor there. Any other lust-worthy September items?