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Houndstooth Coat

These photos are from last fall in NYC, but I never got around to sharing the full outfit details! This coat is beyond timeless – you can’t go wrong with houndstooth for fall. I mixed the houndstooth print with all black and brown pieces. I loveeee the combo of black + brown together – it’s often an overlooked combination! Houndstooth Coats For FallA subtle houndstooth print coat is chic and effortless for fall. This one from Abercrombie is classic and under $250. Mango also has a ton of great houndstooth print coats like this one, this one and this one. Not to mention, their coat selection in general is ON POINT this season – can we talk about this one?! Suede BootsI picked up these Sergio Rossi brown suede boots in Paris years ago, and they’ve been such a versatile staple piece in my fall wardrobe. This pair from J.Crew is almost identical. If you’re worried about taking care of the suede, this leather pair is really similar. Leather SkirtsThis skirt is an oldie but a goodie. I love having a few leather skirts on rotation in my closet. I have a short version, a pencil skirt, and a wrap pencil skirt version. This short faux leather skirt for under $50 is a steal! If skirts aren’t your favorite, then a cool vegan leather trouser is a great option.
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Currently Coveting

This week’s currently coveting features a few old favorites and new ones. They are all staples in my wardrobe and classic pieces that you will have for years to come. I love that they can all be worn together or mixed in with existing pieces in your wardrobe. These L’Agence jeans run true to size, but if you’re in between, you could size down since they have a lot of stretch. They also come in black, white and a dark denim color. They would look great with this simple, neutral wrap sweater. This beige skirt is gorgeous and on major sale. It would look beautiful with a bodysuit, turtleneck, blouse, or v-neck sweater. Wear sandals or booties with it to complete the look. I can’t believe how luxe this coat is for the price! This is an absolute MUST in your fall wardrobe. If you don’t already own a plaid blazer, this is one classic. I love that it’s a longer cut – more flattering that way! For shoes, these booties are my favorite – I’ve raved about them before! They run TTS. And these slingbacks are a close Chanel dupe. Can you believe they’re under $75? Shop each piece below and enjoy your weekend!
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Best Leather Jackets

A leather jacket is one of my wardrobe essentials. I rarely travel without one because it always acts as the perfect layering piece. I’ve owned a fair share of leather jackets over the years, and wanted to share which ones I still reach for and love. Best Leather JacketsBanana Republic Leather JacketI wore a Banana Republic leather moto jacket about 6 years ago when I was hosting an event for them at their Soho store, and it’s been my favorite ever since. It’s the softest, most buttery leather, and the cool moto belt detail instantly makes any outfit better. 9 out of 10 times this is the jacket I reach for. While they no longer make the same style with the moto belt, they make this one minus the belt. This AllSaints one and this AQUA one are nearly identical! Iro Leather JacketThis is another jacket I’ve had for 6+ years that still looks brand new. The leather is gorgeous…you definitely get what you pay for! I will say, that if you’re willing to splurge on it, you will not be disappointed. I have it in black, mustard yellow, and beige (this is a great dupe.) They’re all super versatile and cut in the most flattering way. Their jackets are more slim fit, but the leather does have some stretch. I typically wear a size small or 2, and in Iro I like their jackets in a size 36 or 38. Joie Leather JacketI’ve had this Joie jacket for almost a decade and it’s a classic. The leather and cut is a bit stiffer (but not stiff!) then my other 2 leather jackets, but it has a really pretty sheen to it. This is a great style for someone who is a bit more feminine. It looks perfect with a floral dress, or jeans and a T. Affordable Leather JacketsYou don’t really need more than 3 good leather jackets. I like having 2 black leather jackets to rotate, and 1-2 neutral leather jackets. The neutral leather jackets are ideal to wear in the fall and spring. I am really impressed with this under $100 BLANKNYC faux leather jacket. I’ve seen it in stores and tried it on – and it looks like it could be well over $500. I love the gold details – it really makes it look luxe. They typically restock sizes throughout the season, so be sure to keep checking back! This AllSaints leather jacket is a great Iro dupe for a fraction of the price. I love the buttery leather and subtle details. OBSESSED with it in this tan color which is currently 20% off! For Abercrombie, this leather jacket may seem a bit pricey, but I’m impressed with their leather quality. And this vegan leather trench from them is to die for!
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How To Write a Maid of Honor Speech

My sister Kameryn got married this time last year, and I was lucky enough to be her Maid of Honor. I wanted to share a few tips when it comes to writing the perfect Maid of Honor speech. These tips can also be applied to rehearsal dinner speeches! How To Write a Maid of Honor SpeechSit and reflectTrust me, I know what it feels like to have writers block. The best thing you can do when it comes to writing a speech, is pull up photos of you and the Maid of Honor. Have a piece of paper, or a Word doc open on your computer, and just start jotting down silly and special memories that you two share. Write down sweet things that the bride has said about her husband. Jot down a few sentences about how you know each other. This part can be messy and it will make sense later when you edit it all together. OutlineA little “outline” I’ve used for my MOH speeches is to start with the bride’s name. I think it’s really personal and intimate to look at the bride and start off with her name to sort of address her first before anyone else. Then I started my speech with, “Kameryn, it is such an honor and joy to be here on your wedding day.” Then, I took a long pause and looked around the room. I shared a few sentences about our childhood which introduced me to guests without having to formally introduce myself in an obvious way. I then talked about what Kameryn said to me when she first met Rob. The setting they were in, her reaction, and just a few sweet details about their early days of dating. Lastly, I circled back to Kameryn and talked about how Rob brought out the best in her and how excited I am for this next chapter. Throughout the speech I looked at the bride and groom, and glanced around the room 2-3 times. At the very end, I grabbed my champagne glass and made a closing toast congratulating the newlyweds. Then I hugged both Kameryn and Rob (and cried tears of joy and relief too haha!) Edit and CondenseIt usually takes me about 4-5 different versions to finally land on the one I am going to use. Speak the versions out loud to make sure that sentences and words flow as you make your edits. Keep it short and sweetI’ve given 2 Maid of Honor speeches now, and witnessed a handful, and the key is to keep it short and sweet. People get lost and tune out after 2 minutes, so aim for 2 minutes max. A nice 1 minute 45 second speech is ideal! Practice Practice PracticeOnce you’ve written your speech down and fine tuned it, practice saying it slowly in front of the mirror at least 3-4 times. When you actually give your speech, nerves will make you speak faster than you mean to, so be sure to keep reminding yourself to slow down! Speech paperI highly recommend printing or writing your speech out on a beautiful piece of thick stationary so that you can give it to the bride as a memento after the wedding. Don’t make the same mistake I did years ago, and read the speech off the notes section on my phone! I thought it would be lower profile than a piece of paper, but the blue light from the phone looked bad in photos and just took away from the traditional moment – lesson learned! Also, I don’t recommend memorizing the speech, because you never know what nerves can do to you in the moment. NervesI have a huge fear of public speaking. Always have, and probably always will! The best advice I can give for a MOH speech is to have a few sips of a cocktail (not too much LOL) to ease your nerves, and just really make this a moment between you and the bride. Angle your body slightly toward the bride so it feels more safe and intimate, and you can focus on what the speech is truly about. Speak from your heart and you will do great! You got this!
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