ROOM OF THE MONTH


1 Chippendale Trays, Reed & Barton, $75.00 - $90.00 2 Small Purple Moth Orchid, Diane James Home, $430.00 3 Vie Luxe Istanbul 3-Wick Candle, Saks Fifth Avenue, $80.00 4 Pools by Kelly Klein, Amazon, $59.00 5 Leroy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s by Jim Heimann, Steve Barilotti, and Leroy Grannis, Amazon, from $39.97 6 David Hicks Hexagon House, Landry & Arcari, $13.40/sq. ft. 7 Bedford Chair, Williams-Sonoma Home, from $1,450.00 8 Dylan Table Lamp, Circa Lighting, $378.00

I pretty much love all the rooms in Aerin Lauder's homes, but the study in her East Hampton house has always spoken to me. I can't get enough of the black lacquered walls, built-in bookshelves, David Hicks carpet, and of course, the fireplace. If this isn't the coziest chic I've ever seen, than I don't know what is!

p.s. I cannot wait for the launch of her lifestyle brand, AERIN...if only I had news on that!

Image: House & Garden

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ART SHOW: NORMAN PARKINSON


With all the fashion week buzz recently, I'm reminded of one of my favorite fashion photographers: Norman Parkinson. An innovator in his field, Parkinson took models out of the studio and into real-life settings. His classic images evoke the glamour and sophistication of fashion during the 1930s through the 1980s. For more, pick up a copy of Norman Parkinson: A Very British Glamour by Louise Baring.

Images: Norman Parkinson Archive

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GILT GODDESS


1 Callia Diamond Deco Dessert Plate, Ralph Lauren Home, $95.00 2 Egyptian Disc Bracelet, Max & Chloe, $175.00 3 Hendrix Pendant Light, Jayson Home, $275.00 4 Agate Box, Plantation Design, $165.00 - $235.00 5 Yochi Jet Black Button Earrings, Max & Chloe, $36.00 6 Brown and Beige Zebra with Gold Cowhide, Furbish Studio, $700.00 7 Assorted 'Hello' Cards, Rifle Paper Co., box of 8 $18.00 8 Tassel Tie Belt, Topshop, $68.00 9 Marc by Marc Jacobs Predator Panther Suede Clutch, Net-a-Porter, $377.00 10 Wallpaper, Steve's Blinds and Wallpaper, $85.93/double roll 11 Alchemy Gold Rectangular Toss Pillow, Pillow Decor, $59.99

Gold is never far from my mind whether it's accessories for my home or new jewels for my wardrobe. Gold and black is a natural pairing and looks equally great in the summer paired with a tan as it does in the winter mixed with riding boots or a fur vest. For home, I'm loving this art deco black and gold wallpaper that is quite the steal at $86.00 per double roll. It would look amazing in a powder room with...you guessed it, gold fixtures and accessories!

p.s. Isn't Cleopatra a great Halloween costume? It's never too early to start planning....

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FALL PICNIC


1 Texquite Faux Bois Wood-Grain Melamine Plate, Bon Genre, set of 4 $54.00 2 Sapling Utensil, Terrain, $12.00 each 3 Woven Picnic Basket, Crate & Barrel, $49.95 4 Melamine Oval Handled Tray, Macy's, $19.99 sale 5 Avoca Plaid Throw, Terrain, $168.00 6 Acacia Wood Platter, Crate & Barrel, $15.95 7 Martha Stewart Collection Park Leaves Bowl, Macy's, $29.00 8 Bon Appetit Napkin, Terrain, $18.00 9 Vintage Hamilton Skotch Kooler, Atty's Vintage, $34.00

Recipes | Sweet Potato Hummus | Orzo and Zucchini Salad | Antipasti Sandwich | Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream-Cheese Frosting

Fall is my favorite time of the year for a picnic. The temperature is just right and with the leaves changing the setting couldn't be prettier. To really make your décor — plaids are key — a vintage Skotch Kooler is a must. Luckily they abound on Etsy — I found this one for only $34.00. Paired with some plaid blankets and you'll be set to go!

Image: Better Homes & Gardens

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SHORT LIST WITH CAITLIN MCGAULEY


Catholic Relief Services
| The Red Cross | Housing Works Thrift Shops | Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton, Amazon, $14.77 | Watercolor Prints by Caitlin McGauley | Pinetti Metallic Lizard Embossed Leather Photo Album, Jenni Bick Bookbinding, $115.00 | Monogrammed Notes, Rifle Paper Co., $85.00 - $290.00 | Chanel Vintage Lambskin Camera Bag, Madison Avenue Couture | Chanel Vintage Blue 2.55 Lambskin Double Flap Bag, Madison Avenue Couture | Tinted Moisturizer, Laura Mercier, $42.00 | Sun Bronzer, Stila, $28.00 | Blush, Nars, $27.00 | Irene Neuwirth | J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Twill Cropped Skinny Jeans, Net-a-Porter, $175.00 | Unisex Organic Fine Jersey Short-Sleeve V-Neck, American Apparel, $21.00 | Ralph Lauren Collection Viona Platform Pump, Endless.com, $625.00

Caitlin McGauley is a watercolor artist whose work first caught my eye when she appeared in the first issue of Lonny (she is the magazine's illustrator). Caitlin lives in NYC and her paintings are often a reflection of the city life — ranging from chic interiors to vintage jewelry. What I love about Caitlin's work is that her prints are not only beautiful and charming, but always seem to be relevant and spot-on with my taste. Keeping up with Caitlin's blog, aptly titled Caitlin's Sketchbook, and her once a week postings on the Lonny blog are a must for me. I know I'll be sure to find something inspiring and worth a second look.

To purchase Caitlin McGauley prints visit her shop here.

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HELLO FALL!


J. Crew Fisherman Cable-Knit Sweater, Net-a-Porter, $98.00 | Tory Burch Kendrick Calf Hair Driver, Neiman Marcus, $295.00 | Alula Split Scarf, lemlem, $150.00

Today officially marks the first day of fall and that means light sweaters and flats, the changing of the leaves, and plenty of hot cider and apple pie...yum! Have a great weekend and happy fall!!

Image: Martha Stewart

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CHANNELING: PAN AM


1 Euro City Traveling Tall Glasses, Chic Shop, set of 8 $125.00 2 Martha Stewart Collection Gala Ice Bucket, Macy's, $40.00 3 Streets of New York Small Henrietta, Kate Spade, $60.00 4 Lillian Bassman Scarf, Kate Spade, $108.00 sale 5 Pan Am Purse, Aceboon, $25.00 6 Gold Airplane Stationery, Dempsey & Carroll, set of 10 $55.00 7 Chanel Pearl Clip-Ons, Resurrection, $250.00 8 Short Bow Gloves, Kate Spade, $125.00 9 London Map Oyster Case, Topshop, $10.00 10 Steven by Steve Madden Holle Pumps, Bloomingdale's, $149.00 11 Woman with Big Sunglasses, Straw Hat, and Pan Am Bag, Art.com, $49.99

The glamour of the golden age of travel is back in the form of Pan Am, a new show airing this fall on ABC. Following the high-flying thrills of stewardess Maggie (Christina Ricci) and her fellow fly-girls, the show brings a '60s fashion fix sure to rival Mad Men. With '60s fashion in full swing this fall I can't think of a better look to channel. So grab a cocktail glass, slip on some kitten heels, and don't forget your clip-ons and lipstick....we're heading up, up, and away!

Pan Am
airs this Sunday night on ABC at 10 EST

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SNAKE EYES


1 Pewter Staple Remover, Plantation Design, $60.00 2 Snakes Tray, John Derian, $145.00 3 Zoe & Morgan Protect Me Snake Ring, Matches, $235.00 4 Snake Wrap Cuff, Miss Selfridge, $22.00 5 Premium Snake Drop Earrings, Topshop, $40.00 6 Isharya Turquoise Serpent Wraparound Cuff, Pret-a-Beaute, $181.33 7 Nikki Serpent Cuff by Melinda Maria, Max & Chloe, $315.00 8 Serpent Linen Pillow Blue, Plantation Design, $195.00 9 Spisani Python Bookends, Barneys New York, $295.00 10 Serpent Linen Pillow Red, Plantation Design, $195.00 11 Slithering Snake Ring by Christine Darren, Max & Chloe, $114.00 12 Kenneth Jay Lane Turquoise Serpent Snake Ring, Pret-a-Beaute, $106.15 13 Diamondback Snake Ring by Gara Danielle, Max & Chloe, $163.00 14 Roberto Cavalli Gold-plated Tiger's Eye Snake Ring, Net-a-Porter, $290.00 15 Eternity Snake Ring, Superette, $149.00 16 Isharya Fire Serpent Enamel Pendant, Pret-a-Beaute, $166.96 17 Premium Snake Necklace, Topshop, $85.00 18 Geometric Double Snake Head Necklace, Kara Ross, $295.00

Everywhere I look lately I see snakes popping up...thank goodness they're not real! While I might not be adventurous enough to have a real snake draped around my neck I could certainly do for Kara Ross' double snake head necklace — this heavy curb chain number has my name all over it :)

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JEWEL TONES


1 Charlie Fuschia Silk Button Up Shirt, Reiss, $210.00 2 Suede City Bag, ZARA, $89.90 3 Cerulean Sea Rug, Anthropologie, $298.00 4 Kenneth Jay Lane Blue Agate Necklace, Zappos, $96.25 sale 5 Marimekko Silkkikuikka Purple Standard Sham, Crate & Barrel, $24.95 6 Spicy Orange Herringbone Throw, Zhush, $90.00 7 Potion Jars, Plantation Design, $125.00 - $150.00 8 Snake Print Belt, ZARA, $35.90 9 Dolce Vita Rosetta Blue Suede, Heels.com, $169.99 10 Untitled, c.1950 by Mark Rothko, Art.com, $39.99 11 Square Cutout Fuschia Lizard Bracelet by Gigi Chic, Oval Cutout Fuschia Lizard Bracelet by Gigi Chic, Max & Chloe, $138.00 - $150.00 12 Roberta Chiarella Green Crystal Earrings, Max & Chloe, $68.00 13 X-Bench, Jonathan Adler, $595.00

Jewel tones are a great way to segue into cold-weather dressing because they're really a more subdued version of summer's colorful palette. When it comes to jewel tones, one piece of advice to keep in mind: simple = chic. This is definitely a time to under accessorize, and if you're anything like me, this is easier said than done!

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HIGH/LOW


HIGH | La Fiorentina by David Hicks in Ivory/Camel, Furbish Studio, $98.00/yd | Louis Ghost Chair, Design Within Reach, $410.00 | Starburst Mirror, Crate & Barrel, $199.00 | Trina Turk Needlepoint GEO Bargello Pillow, Clayton Gray Home, $85.00 | Small Meurice Pendant, Jonathan Adler, $375.00 | LOW | Beige Fabric 3-Light Chrome Chandelier, Overstock.com, $87.99 | Luxe Flocked Pillow, Chiasso, $48.00 | Connect the Blocks Camel and White, Spoonflower, from $18/yd | Mystic Round Back Arm Chair, Target, set of 2 $299.99 | Oversized Gold Sunburst Mirror, Target, $89.99

I tend to have pretty neo-traditional taste, with the exception of a few things; the Louis Ghost Chair being one of them. What's not to love about lucite and the reinvention of of the classic Louis XV chair? Perhaps the $400.00 plus price tag. Hello, Target! A pair here will set you back only $299.99 — what a steal!

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MARTYN LAWRENCE-BULLARD


Delicious has arrived! Besides his mile-long roster of celebrity clients, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard is known for his eclectic, global style so it comes as no surprise that his collection references his exotic travels. It's hard to tell from these images, but many of the fabrics are embroidered and hand-woven. The stripe in the chevron print (third row) is actually a greek key. Kudos Martyn!

View the entire Martyn Lawrence-Bullard for Schumacher collection here.

p.s. Big thanks to my friends Carolyn and Cynthia at Diane James Home for reminding me of the launch of the collection — check out their post on MLB's collection with Schumacher here.

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INSPIRATION BOARD


1 Favorite Throw, West Elm, $29.00 2 Trina Turk Fabric: Trellis Print in Watermelon, Layla Grayce, $104.00/yard 3 Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Armchair Orange, Clayton Gray Home, pair $650.00 4 Lanvin by Dean L. Merceron, Rizzoli, $85.00 5 Iridescence Trays, Plantation Design, set of 2 $275.00 6 Brass Kiss, Jonathan Adler, $250.00 7 Wangright Orange Lacquer Cocktail Table, Layla Grayce, $548.00 8 Monaco Throw Pillow, Clayton Gray Home, $145.00

Teen Vogue staffer Eva Chen snapped this photo of Karl Lagerfeld's sketch of Fendi's upcoming ready-to-wear collection while visiting their headquarters in Rome. Its colors are an easy transition into fall: the perfect mix of coral and camel hues. I'll definitely be looking out for this look among the collection to see it brought to life!

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INDOCHINE


1 Indochine: Stories, Shaken and Stirred by Salman Rushdie, Moby, Julianne Moore, and Bob Colacello, Rizzoli, $50.00 2 Daltile Ceramic Tile, Quality Flooring 4 Less, $3.99/sq. ft. 3 Simple Scallop Wall Sconce, Circa Lighting, $420.00 4 Lady Palm Tree, Quality Silks, $31.00 Copper Galvanized Cylinder, Jamali Garden, $90.00 5 Viv Martini Glass, Crate & Barrel, $3.95 each 6 Watchband Bar Ice Bucket by Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Macy's, $85.00 7 Bayside White Resin Wicker Chair, The Home Depot, $99.00 8 Watchband 3-Piece Bar Set by Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Macy's, $50.00 9 The Orginial Martinique Wallpaper, Designer Wallcoverings and Fabrics

The iconic NYC landmark Indochine is a mainstay for the fashion establishment, some of whom have been coming here since the beginning (over 25 years ago). Part of Indochine's enduring qualities include its stylish décor; including black and white tiles and the famed banana leaf wallpaper. "Indochine is one of those thing, timelessly cool," says Diane von Furstenberg. I would have to agree!

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MIXED MEDIA


1 Alexandria Gold Small Snake Bracelet by Alexis Bittar, Charm & Chain, $350.00 2 Petiole Hook, Anthropologie, $18.00 3 Kim Seybert Studded Placemat, Barneys New York, $75.00 4 Small Hicks Pendant, Circa Lighting, $420.00 5 Yuri Decorative Metal Bowls, Plantation Design, set of 3 $145.00 6 Hand Embroidered Mirror Studded Pillows, Gracious Home, $190.00 - $215.00 7 Chain and Tusk Collar, Topshop, $55.00 8 Sequin and Bead Embellished Silk Skirt by Robert Rodriguez, The Outnet, $198.00 9 Bronze Oversize Clutch, Miss Selfridge, $48.00 10 Flower Embellish Belt, Miss Selfridge, $40.00 11 Madison Brown Big Wallet, Swarovski, $300.00 12 Premium Gold Ball and Pearl Ring, Topshop, $35.00 13 Yuri Decorative Metal Boxes, Plantation Design, set of 2 $40.00

I love a bold, mixed metal look because it can really be a statement-maker. I would wear this horn necklace with everything from a simple tee to a printed dress — you really can't go wrong. I'm obsessed with tabletop maven Kim Seybert — her studded placemat would look perfect on a fall spread.

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YOUR STYLE: OFFICE SPACE


Trad Elegance | Bamboo Style Desk, Ballard Designs, $459.00 | Winged Chair, Ballard Designs, $458.92 - $759.00 | Viceroy Turquoise Lamp, Furbish Studio, $170.00 | Mint Julep Cups, Amazon, set of 4 $73.59 | Worldly Outpost | Emerson Secretary, Crate & Barrel, $1,299.00 | Brighton Bamboo Armchair, Williams-Sonoma Home, $750.00 | Mini Architect's Draftsman Table Lamp, Circa Lighting, $420.00 | French Envelope Tray, Jayson Home, $22.00 | Modern Message | Parsons Desk with Drawers, West Elm, $299.00 | Ripple Ivory Leather Office Chair, Crate & Barrel, $299.00 | Crystal Base Dome Task Light, Tonic Home, $335.00 | Spisani Horse Head Book Ends, Barneys New York, $295.00

Although your back to school days might be behind you, September is the perfect time to assess your office space and get organized. Whether you're a mod or a trad girl, there's something for everyone — I recommend mixing and matching styles to create your own look. I love the simplicity of the Parsons desk and favor traditional Mint Julep cups for storing pens and pencils a perfect mix of styles for me :)

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ONE TO WATCH: THE VOGUETTES


Anna Dello Russo is clearly all that (and then some), but two of her Vogue Nippon staffers, Aurora Sansone and Viviana Volpicella are at the top of my watch list. Like ADR, both Aurora and Viviana are Italian, have a fearless sense of style, and don't take themselves too seriously. With the official start of Fashion Week yesterday, I'll be keeping an eye out for these two among the street style photos...they are definitely ones to watch!

Images: The Sartorialist, Style.com, Jak and Jil, Garance Doré

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MODERN LADY


1 Emilio Pucci Scarf, The Outnet, $114.10 2 Small Pearl Rhinestone Studs by Miriam Haskell, Charm & Chain, $120.00 3 Caskata Peony Oval Platter, Michael C. Fina, $138.00 4 Mohair Throw, Jonathan Adler, $295.00 5 Diane von Furstenberg Lytton Box Clutch, Net-a-Porter, $325.00 6 Chanel Three Book Set by Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline, Assouline, $75.00 7 Andara Black Druzy Ring, Max & Chloe, $125.00 8 Candle by the Creators of Le Labo, Anthropologie, $32.00 9 Alexandria Gold Large Feather Earrings by Alexis Bittar, Charm & Chain, $395.00 10 Badgley Mischka Brynn Pump, Endless.com, $200.00 11 Marbleized Florentine Pillow, Gore Dean, $400.00

Bid adieu to your wedges and caftans — fall is here and it's all about ladylike textures and touches. The modern lady effortlessly mixes old and new: a silk scarf and chunky knit sweater a là Mary Kate Steinmiller. The modern lady knows her proportions and when to add a pop of color — orange is my favorite standout against fall's camel hues. And although the modern lady is fearless when it comes to trying new trends, ladylike is her mantra.

Images: The Sartorialist, Vogue

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KELLY LOVES JILL ROSENWALD


1 Chevron Oval Lamp, $395.00 2 Plimpton Ms. Jones Vase, $84.00 3 Jack Olive Tray, $128.00 4 Lg. Monogram Tray, $200.00 5 Chevron #10 V-Vase, $156.00 6 Chevron Mono Mug, $80.00 each 7 Prout's Sm. Bee Bowl, $180.00 8 Ikat Ball Lamp, $650.00 9 Fallon Rug, from $73.00 10 Moroccan Tile Rug, from $73.00 11 Hex Rug, from $73.00 12 Links Rug, from $73.00

I'm a longtime fan of Boston-based ceramist Jill Rosenwald (her shop was one of my first Etsy discoveries). Her newest collection features three new patterns: a bold Union Jack, an ikat, and Plimpton (pictured top right). With a newly released rug collection and a fabric collection in the works, Jill Rosenwald is one to watch!

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FALL FINDS: 10+ UNDER $100


Clockwise from top left | Fall Tea Towel, Terrain, $20.00 | Aztec Pattern Scarf, Forever 21, $15.80 | Moroccan Dessert Plates, Jayson Home, $18.00 each | Eastern Opulence Bag Collection, Sephora, $14.00 - $18.00 | Ground Beetle Knob, Anthropologie, $12.00 | Vintage Gold Fringe Medallion by Avant es Après, Charm & Chain, $100.00 | Linnea's Lights Fig Leaf Natural Soy Candle, ABC Home, $29.00 | Pride and Prejudice, ModCloth, $19.99 | Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color, Saks Fifth Avenue, $25.00 | Gold Silk Flamestitch Pillow, Furbish Studio, $72.00

With fall just around the corner it's never too soon to start thinking about adding some new accessories to your repertoire. I've had my eye on Furbish Studio's silk flamestitch pillow for quite some time — I love the way the colors bleed into each other. Jayson Home's Moroccan-inspired plates are perfect for small bites and dessert. And I love this vintage gold necklace from Avant es Après. A large medallion and fringe....yes, please!

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BOOKSHELF


Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney, Artisan, $19.00 | The New French Interior by Penny Drue Baird, The Monacelli Press, $50.00 | Traditional Now by David Kleinberg, The Monacelli Press, $60.00 | Miller House & Garden by Bradley C. Brooks, Assouline, $25.00 | 100 New Artists by Francesca Gavin, Laurence King Publishers, $39.95 | The Way Home by Jeffrey Bilhuber, Rizzoli, $60.00 | Bals Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century by Nicholas Foulkes, Assouline, $175.00 | Art for Heart: Remembering 9/11, Assouline, $35.00

Clear out some space on your bookshelf, because this fall's selection of books is very promising! This month we have the highly anticipated home décor bible from the beloved creator of Design*Sponge, Grace Bonney. Bals Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century takes us into nine legendary costume parties of the twentieth century through photographs and personal accounts. Art for Heart: Remembering 9/11 includes selections of artwork from children affected by the events of 9/11 and gives a powerful and unique perspective.

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MARKET FINDS


Cristina Santos Horn Ice Bucket, Corzine & Co., $328.00 | Wilbur & Gussie Satin Clutch - Charlie Essential, Sugar Mill by India Hicks, $262.00 | Malachite Bowls, Chic Shop, $48.00 each | Beach, Rio by Michael McLaughin, Robin Rice Gallery, from $500.00 | Cobra Society Hand-Woven Wool & Brushed Leather Thigh Boots, Net-a-Porter, $1,195.00 | Kenneth Jay Lane 22-karat Gold-Plated Bracelet, Net-a-Porter, $120.00

While all of these MARKET finds are finds indeed, I must say the Cobra Society boots are absolute stunners. Constructed from hand-woven kilim and brushed leather, they are timeless and certainly outfit-making. I am picturing myself now in skinny black pants and a shawl-collar cardigan (a.k.a, my winter uniform). Bye-bye Fryes....hello Cobra Society!

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