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weekend forecast

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Where on earth did this week go, friends? Is November scaring the pants off you with its apparent insistence on hurtling toward December at a breakneck pace? Or is that just me? Mental note: must find a way to take a deep breath and have a cocktail before my brain scrambles entirely. Besides drinking myself into a semi-relaxed state, here’s what I’ll be up to this weekend: Read on

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test case: kiragrace yoga pants

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When KiraGrace asked if I’d like to test out their yoga pants for a story, I have to admit: I half expected to phone this one in. I mean, I have a few pairs, but I’m not what you’d call a collector. They’re all basically the same, right? Some more comfortable than others, sure, maybe a bit of a fabric difference, but at the end of the day…they’re yoga pants. And really, how excited can a person get about yoga pants?

All this to tell you that it shocks no one more than me to say I am excited about these yoga pants. I want to evangelize about them. I want to preach, to sing from the rafters, to tell everyone what they’ve been missing, and buy a pair for every woman I know. These yoga pants are, quite possibly, my new favorite thing.

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mario testino: in your face and on your coffee table

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Mario Testino: In Your Face, Taschen, $60

You know I love a good coffee-table tome. And if it’s one that will spark a lively conversation, no matter who walks in your door? So much the better (and infinitely more interesting than leaving boxes of trivia cards scattered throughout your living room, or playing a rousing game of “Would you rather…?” after one too many white wine spritzers).

This isn’t your mama’s coffee-table book, thank goodness. Everyone from your spouse to Great Aunt Hilda will have an opinion – and a strong one at that – about the contents. But that’s a good thing, right?

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cheap thrills alert: 25% off sitewide at piperlime!

well, this is exciting.  how about 25% off sitewide at piperlime, today only?  use code 25SPREE to snag the deal.  and if you’re a little late, don’t despair.  you can get 20% off tomorrow, 9/22, with code 20SPREE, and 15% off on thursday, 9/23, with code 15SPREE.

the code’s good sitewide, with the teensy exceptions of frye, hunter, merrell and north face…but that leaves a whole lot of retail therapy to score for a song.

a few of my picks for this steal of a deal:

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left to right, from top (prices listed pre-discount):  steve madden kinnetic in gold glitter, $59; tinley road jeweled cuff bracelet, $22; smitten sequin pocket cardigan, $143; those perfect cole haan leopard flats from last week, $168; j brand lovestory trouser jeans, $227; spun tri color scarf, $44

but enough about what i’d buy…i want to hear all about your own steals!

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tragedy strikes…

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much as i love vogue, the happiest day of my month is when domino arrives in my mailbox.  literally, i have every issue for the last three years, at least.

sadly, those happy mailbox days are now over.  first blueprint, and now domino….sigh.  i know you can’t sustain a magazine on love alone, but i know i’m not the only one who’s heartbroken to see them go.

design*sponge:  domino closes

decor8:  domino folds

sfgirlbybay:  say it ain’t so

oh joy:  sadness

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designer 101: martin clothes

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martin is a label near and dear to the hearts of fashion editors everywhere, who mourned designer anne johnston albert’s departure from the scene a few years back to raise some kids and get some air in frigid massachusetts.  fortunately for all, she’s back – and better than ever. 

albert’s capsule collection is nothing short of a mini-wardrobe:  a grouping of pieces so versatile and stylish that a complete set would relegate those “nothing to wear” days to ancient history.  each piece is designed to be the best of its breed, making its brethren pale in comparison.  they’re classics, it’s true – but each has the perfect dose of style to make it anything but ordinary.

hands down, my favorite piece from the line is the moleskine military jacket ($495). i love the classic silhouette with the slightly off-kilter details that make it really unique, like the off-center placket and the single patch pocket.  dress up jeans, layer it over a dress, or top off a chic cropped trouser – this is a piece that won’t see much time on the inside of your closet.

martin’s long-sleeved tee ($90) is perfection itself: flattering wide neckline, perfect length, tissue-thin fabric (or choose the heavyweight heather grey for a different look). this is layering genius at its finest.

even martin’s denim is perfectly precise – and it’s what she’s best known for.  choose a matchstick skinny ($178) or my favorite, a wide-legged trouser jean ($195), or both.  both are impeccably stylish, and designed to be infinitely versatile – a combination i’ll welcome into my wardrobe with open arms.

and, for a little uptown chic, check out her gorgeous black satin tie dress ($285).  the u-shaped neckline is flattering without being revealing, and the built-in ties allow for several different styling options.  the satin keeps this one dressy enough for cocktails, but throw on a denim jacket, scarf and a chunky necklace, and you have a hot downtown look too.

nab these new classics while they last…you never know when albert will call it quits and head back into hibernation!

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