wardrobe planning: fall 2014 [update]

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now that it's November, all i want to wear are oversized scarves, cozy coats/knits, and boots. my updated wardrobe list is mostly about adding a few dressier pieces and filling in some gaps in the f/w basics department.

sale PSA: the best sample sale

a short and sweet sale PSA for your Thursday – 

i've been a fan of the SA house label for years, and their roster of designers keep getting better. happy shopping, are you eyeing anything? 


Q+A: Kareen // designer | Kostome

silk textures and prints | Kostome fall 2014

one of the best things about running les anti-modernes* is the opportunity to meet and interview brilliant and creative women from all over the world. recently, a mutual friend and former professor of mine invited me to the trunk show and launch of Kostome. i was intrigued and excited to meet Kareen Smith, the creative force and one-woman atelier behind the designs. 

read on for the interview!


#askLAM: the best slouchy black pants?

readers often write or comment with questions on finding a particular piece or a wardrobe recommendation. starting this month, i'll be doing a regular mini-series titled #askLAM. hopefully you'll find this to be a useful and fun regular feature :)


inspiration: Kate Young

photo credit: Jed Root
"The most important thing to me is that people feel really good. And there are definitely times where I say, 'I think you need to push your comfort zone here. I know this doesn’t feel right, but I feel very strongly about it, and I think you’ll be happy with how you look and with the picture.' But I really want their clothes to be representative of who they are. My clients don’t look alike, for the most part. I don’t come in and make them look a certain way. That doesn’t really interest me. I really want it to be the best, most flattering, most clean and chic version of them."
–Kate Young, interviewed by The Cut

in this age of cookie cutter Celebrity Fashion, i really love her considered, rigorous approach to style and styling. and yes to Hillary Clinton rocking a jumpsuit. read the rest of the interview here.

what's inspiring you lately?


Emerson Fry x les anti-modernes* // fall essentials

is there anything better than a great coat and luxe accessories to usher in fall? this month, i've teamed up with the lovely folks at Emerson Fry on my fall essentials edit.

i'm particularly inspired by a textured take on seasonless classics, and these are my favorites from the EF Fall 2014 collection: the gentlewoman's tailored coateasy luxe slides, and a convertible portfolio.

sale PSA // the big 2-5

a short and sweet sale PSA for your mid-October // 
(and everything else that's rarely marked down) going on now!

are you eyeing anything? :)


wardrobe building 101: fall classics

nothing makes me happier than breezy, low-60s crisp fall weather. currently living in my go-to fall classics: trusty A.P.C. trench (similar here and here), ryan tank, black rag & bone jeans, dicker boots, and petra tote.

do you have a classic fall favorite?

P.S.: new markdowns at the closet cleanout shop >>


Q+A: Grace // copywriter

i've always been fascinated by the evolution of media and how we communicate. naturally, when i connected with the lovely Grace earlier this year, i was super curious about her take on writing in the digital age, and her globe-trotting path to working in advertising. 

read on for the interview!


wardrobe planning: fall 2014

photo: la modella mafia

the September issue this year: add key/special pieces to amplify and complement wardrobe foundations.


review: the Filofax planner

i love everything about September – but, sartorial matters aside, it's the back-to-school stationery that gets me every season.


foundations: the olive utility jacket

recently, a reader emailed me to ask for recommendations for a good olive utility jacket.


essentials: early fall uniform

hello, September //

feeling ready for fall with my trusty everlane swing trench (in XS), favorite r&b black skinnies, and varas. the sleeves on the jacket are a little long on me, but i'll be cuffing them up while it's not too chilly. i like the midweight, slightly sculptural quality of the treated cotton, and the silhouette makes me feel just a little like Anna Karina...

what are your early fall favorites right now? 


foundations: chic handbags under $500

shopping for luxury style at contemporary prices has never been easier.


sale PSA // classic wardrobe staples

a short and sweet sale PSA for your Monday // 
happy shopping! are you wishlisting anything?


essentials: yoga

part three in my yoga mini-series. after 8 months of regular use, these are my yoga essentials.


TGIF // 8.15

Friday uniform // dog days of summer edition: denim cutoffs, white tee, simple gold jewelry. swap out those heels for some easy leather flip flops.

this summer has flown by. i'm looking forward to the farmer's market, reading in the park, and checking out the first trickle of the fall collections in the shops.

P.S.: i just finished catching up to the latest season of Game of Thrones (new favorite show!). check out this rad interview with actresses Maisie Williams and Natalie Dormer at the aptly titled "Women Who Kick Ass" Comic-Con panel.

what are you doing this weekend?


Q+A: Patrice // marketing manager

photo credit: The Everygirl

i've always been fascinated by the stories behind women and their style, so when i met the gorgeous and accomplished Patrice for coffee, i knew i wanted to share our conversation. here's to celebrating smart and stylish women, and beauty on our own terms.

read on for the interview!


foundations: building a fine jewelry collection

source: The Sartorialist

i think the best kind of jewelry is the kind that you never take off.


inspiration: an afternoon at the Argosy

the analog nook // the Argosy Bookshop
"Bookshops have an almost universal appeal. What constitutes this appeal is hard to pin down. When you enter an art gallery or an antique shop, you see what you hope will surprise and delight you, but a bookstore does not show what it is selling. The books are like closed clamshells. It is from the collective impression, from the sight of many books wedged together on many shelves, that the mysterious good feeling comes."
–"The Book Refuge", by Janet Malcolm

recently, i read Janet Malcolm's fascinating New Yorker piece on the history and family behind the famed Argosy Bookshop, and it's too good not to share. a wonderful bookstore is like a secret door to a Dickensian world. it's a reminder of the importance of switching gears, slowing down, rediscovering one's senses, and the joys of real tactility.

is there a special place/space where you go for inspiration? what are you currently reading?