On Trend: Zip Detailed Sweaters

Zipper details and chunky knits. Me likey.

Fall trend that I’ve been totally suckered into: zip detailed sweaters. What’s not to love? You take cozy, snuggly sweaters and add metallic detailing to them. The simplest little extra ever, but one that, for me, adds the perfect amount of edge (after all, I am nothing if not a wild child. Clearly.).

J. Crew has stocked a few of these zip sweaters for fall (I think I like the front vent one versus the asymmetrical one — what about you?), but I’m also digging Banana Republic’s longer tunic version (in case you haven’t seen their new styling by Marissa Webb, it’s kind of a whole new BR and I’m into it). I also really love the back zip twist — how comfy does this marled gray sweater look (and it’s on sale!)?

Have you stocked up on sweaters for fall yet? I’m keeping my eye out for one or two more, and a zippered sweater is definitely on my list!

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This month's quote: "Take your pleasure seriously."


weekend - photo by superfamous, graphic by victoria mcginley

THE MAXXINISTA MYTH: I found this piece on “the dirty little secret behind discount and outlet stores” really interesting. I knew the part about outlet stores, but didn’t know the part about brand licensing in places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Did you?

PUMPKIN SPICE POPSICLES: Yes, everyone’s favorite autumnal coffee drink, now in popsicle form, minus disgusting, faux-flavored syrups. These sound like such a decadent treat!

CLOSET MAKEOVER: If you’re in the midst of a closet cleanout, this slideshow also features some really amazing organization ideas, using all IKEA products.

KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS, DOWN TO A TEA: My friend Steph shared this article on knowing what’s really in tea and tea bags. It grossed me out while also enlightening…and I’ll probably need to switch tea brands soon!

LC in the PH: Did you catch this little video tour of Lauren Conrad’s Beverly Hills penthouse? That closet though…it’s like the one Big builds for Carrie in the Sex and the City movie, don’t you think?

MISS AMERICA TAKEDOWN: Joe and I happened to catch Last Week Tonight on OnDemand a few days ago, and I really loved this segment on the Miss America pageant — both the commentary on the pageant itself, but also its claim that it’s the largest provider of scholarships for women. Take 15 minutes this weekend and watch!

SUMMER INTO FALL: My girl Meg styled a beautiful end of summer party up in Connecticut last weekend; at the same time, she’s mulling over what makes fall great and tough for her. Meg, I love you, but I’m firmly in the ‘love fall with a passion’ camp.

EXCEPT FOR THE STATIC: Ok, except for the static. It’s like I woke up one day and all my silk pieces had static cling and walking down the streets of New York was like being in a bad Bounce commercial from the 90s. I immediately turned to the Googles and found these great tips for getting rid of static. And they work!

BUT THEN AGAIN, THERE’S APPLE CIDER: But then again, there’s apple cider. Like this one that Sarah posted a recipe for, which looks like it needs to be in a mug on my desk right this second.

THE BLOGGING OG SLOG: And, finally, this great piece from the New York Times on when “blogging becomes a slog.” As someone who has blogged for well over 6 years, and remembers when the design blog ruled all (that’s how I discovered blogs to begin with!), this article hit close to home. I wonder if style blogs will go the same route?

Happy weekend!! Hope you enjoy yours –

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Image: Folkert Gorter via Superfamous and licensed under CC 3.0; graphics added by Victoria McGinley

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How to clean out your closet (and make a little cash, too)

It's really a win-win.

how to clean out your closet and sell or consign your clothes

Do you clean out your closet regularly? Have you ever tried to sell or consign your clothes? I’d never done it just because listing stuff on a place like eBay always seemed like it would be more trouble than it’s worth. Historically, I would just dump all my donation items into a big bag and drop them off at a donation center. But I recently came across the service ThredUP, which has made closet cleanouts a lot easier, and profitable. Let me explain…

In case you haven’t heard, the rumors are true: space in New York can be pretty limited, and my own closet is no exception. While I just barely have enough room to fit my things, there’s a delicate balance that has to be kept — too many more items, and the closet becomes overstuffed and I can’t find anything in it. This has been good incentive for cleaning it out regularly. But even that has had its difficulties. Read the full post +

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Image Credits: Jenny Brandt for Lonny, March 2013  |  Patrick Cline for Lonny, August 2012