#askLAM: a quality black blazer?

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reader Kate asks: Hi Sophie! I have really been enjoying your blog and especially the concept of investing in good foundations. I am looking to purchase a black wool blazer and am wondering if you have any recommendations on brands and styles. Thanks so much! -Kate


foundations: the 10 best winter essentials under $200

via pinterest

having recently survived the onslaught of Bomb Cyclone here on the east coast, i wanted to share some of the hardest working winter essentials in my wardrobe.


the find: the luxe reversible shearling coat

the outside world is a flurry of white right now. naturally, i'm dreaming of shearling everything.


wardrobe building 101: the perfect convertible clutch

the perfect convertible evening clutch is one of those wardrobe essentials that's curiously hard to find.


style notes: reflections on an edited wardrobe

recently, i went to the Met and saw a fascinating exhibit.


wardrobe building 101: the pretty + versatile dress

style tip: at the end of summer/start of fall, great deals can be had for certain perennial wardrobe staples.


wardrobe planning: chic athleisure essentials under $50

image: H&M

love it or hate it, the advent of athleisure in the last few years has one big upside: it's never been easier to look good in your gym clothes.


sale PSA // the Golden Goose boots

hello hello, i'm thinking about fall already, and this incredible sale on my favorite Italian maker of luxe boots is way too good to pass up. i have the Charlyes and after 8+ years, they're like old friends. i wish i found mine at these prices!

any ones catch your eye?


style notes: thoughts on fall 2016

hi again, i can't believe we're halfway through October!

now that we're back to sweater and leather jacket weather, i'm feeling newly inspired again with all of the familiar signs of autumn.


wardrobe building 101: the best leather jacket under $500

the official start of spring – aka leather jacket weather – calls for a great leather jacket. 

problem is, quality leather doesn't come cheap and the sky's the limit when it comes to luxe leather options (Rick Owens, i'm looking at you). problem solved: this perfect cropped version by Oak popped up on my radar and i had to share. i love the cropped sleeves and the slightly shrunken fit –ideal as a top layer over lighter spring tanks and dresses. (tip: try to avoid too-long or baggy sleeves on a leather jacket.) also, there's just enough hardware for the classic moto look without going overboard.

what do you think? do you have a favorite leather jacket in your style rotation? 


wardrobe planning: spring 2016

goodbye, mild but draggy winter. hello, sunny days ahead!


PSA: midweek spring sales roundup

spring uniform right now // via

it's a great week for spring shopping if you overlook the random April cold snap we've stumbled into here on the east coast. first up: if you're wondering where to start with the big shopbop sale, these are some of my picks.

1. the best skinny jeans by AG
2. this elegant and nifty bluetooth radio
3. a boss lady navy blazer
4. this beautiful turquoise and gold ring (can't go wrong with this combo!)
5. an all-season leather jacket
6. a utilitarian chic crossbody by Jerome Dreyfuss

elsewhere, there's also a ton of f/w and s/s gems at la garconne – scope these Margiela ankle boots with just enough of a heel, and these GG classic tall charlyes.

happy midweek! are you wishlisting anything for spring?



the find: relaxed garconne loafers

longtime readers of LAM know that i love a classic leather flat.


spring mood: palette cleanser

ii. emerson slides all day
iii. peonies via

mood snapshot as we get into March: currently craving the sartorial equivalent of a palette cleanser. maybe it has something to do with my Marie Kondo reading, maybe it's the hint of spring balminess this week. also rediscovering the clean cropped line of my old everlane box tees after forgetting about them in the bottom of my dresser drawer for a while. does that ever happen to you? 

what are you in the mood for lately?


sale PSA: the big one

just in time for a midweek boost, the big shopbop sale is now on until Friday! depending on what you're in the mood for, there are plenty of fun wildcard gems like this adorable anya hindmarch coin pouch (whimsical + practical is always a good idea), or foundation pieces like my favorite A.P.C. jeans (see my review here) and this classic navy wool blazer.

are you wishlisting anything? happy shopping, happy Wednesday :)



sale PSA: new year, new shoes

getting through the first few weeks of the new year is always kind of a drag, but that's what the January sales are for. for all you Dieppa fans out there, a ton of beautiful and colorful DR shoes in every style just landed at 50% off.

my picks are these pretty rose gold loafers, these classic gentlewoman's oxfords, and the perfect-with-jeans-or-a-dress beige calis. i also love these Alexander Wang brogues – his shoes always seem quite sturdy and well made.

happy shopping! let me know if you find a pair of new year shoes ;)


wardrobe planning: winter 2016

a new year
image source: room & board

January is always kind of a mixed bag.


sale PSA: the Black Friday/holiday roundup

pretty hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. this year, we've been traveling and are looking forward to staying local and experimenting with the classic turkey and sides. recently i've been relying on a ton of great, consistent recipes from Williams-Sonoma. also loving the Thanksgiving series and stories at NPR. (if anyone has favorite tried-and-true recipes, please share!)

some food for thought as the official holiday season kicks off stateside – i love this piece of holiday zen wisdom from NY Times food writer Sam Sifton, as heard on NPR's Here and Now:
"It's the job of the food media to tell you that it's complicated and to come back each year with a new and different way of roasting the turkey with a tamarind glaze or in a bag, or this, or that. But folks, it's just a big chicken. You've done it before. There's no mystery to it."
in the meantime, i'll be posting updates on the best of the big sales throughout the week/end:

first up: the big 50% off Net-a-Porter sale is on, which is excellent for scoring any number of dreamy wishlist items for yourself and family + friends. my picks: this ultimate luxe greatcoat and this colorful tote/duffel.

also just started: the other major site-wide sale at Shopbop with up to 25% off (GOBIG15). while i think the tiered promos were a bit better in years past, this is a great time to snap up hard-to-find-on-sale classics like this gamine trench, these cat-eye sunnies or any number of stylish gifts like this coffeetable tribute to Grace Coddington.

as usual, a ton of great finds at my go-to discount HQ, the Outnet: current favorites are the essential silk-cashmere shawl in an autumnal neutral, and the pop-of-print foldover clutch for those holiday parties next month.

J.Crew is offering 30% off pretty much everything (and an additional 40% off sale) with HOLIDAY. ideal for treating yourself to some pretty baubles (like this delicate everyday gold necklace) and tackling that giftlist.

get thee some skinny overalls with 25% off at Madewell (CALMDOWN). lots of cute gift options too, like this old-school analog camera.

gamine minimalist HQ la garconne is offering an additional 30% off all sale with LGBFD30. this is the time to get the ultimate luxe boots for 70% off.

luxe minimal basics are 70% off at james perse with free shipping.

Nordstrom, my go-to department store, is offering an extra 25% off sale items.

the big 50% off holiday sale is on at steven alan. my picks: this minimalist-cool work tote and this chunky cashmere scarf.

H&M is offering 30% off purchases over $50 and an extra 40% off all sale.

stay tuned for more!


what will you be doing this holiday weekend?


wardrobe building 101: the 10 best fall basics under $150

earlier this year, i wrote about the quandary of finding quality clothing at reasonable prices. several readers have written to ask for affordable fall essentials, so here are my picks for the season.