Breakfast is Back!

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The world loves to eat breakfast day and night…beginning with diner fare and quickly becoming a contender on trendy menus across the country.  Traditional to avant garde, breakfast is a delightful way to start or end your day!  We love the versatility of pancakes and our favorite spins on this timeless classic follow:

BREAKFAST SPOTS LEADING THE PACK:washington dcbusboys pancakes

2021 14th St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

lala pancakes

2498 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007


60 21st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


28 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103


1306 Dickinson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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4 Clinton Street (btw. East Houston & Stanton,) New York, NY 10002



Bruce’s Sweet Potato Pancake Mix | Golden Malted Pancake + Waffle Mix | Grateful Ed’s Pancake Mix | Buttermilk Pancake + Waffle MixMo’s Bacon Pancake Mix


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Lawford’s Private Reserve Gourmet Cinnamon Cream Syrup Stonewall Kitchen Raspberry Syrup

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BAC’N Bacon of the Month ClubBacon Club |  Bacon Freak Bacon of the Month Club

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All About the Accents

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As we culminate the highlights from the Fashion Capitals series on the blog, we wanted to take the opportunity to go over two major trends that you can easily incorporate into your fall wardrobe. Read on to see the looks from Europe and Deb’s picks for fashion inspiration!

Quilting is no longer relegated to overly stuffed, cold weather parkas…quilting is emerging as a strong design dimension for all season jackets, vests, dresses and bags!   Diamond, channel and signature quilting looks add “textural pattern” to otherwise flat surfaces employing feather light weights of pile or down between fabric layers.



Sonia Rykiel Quilted SkirtAlexander Wang Velvet Trimmed Embellished Satin Mini Skirt | Moschino Quilted BackpackThe Case Factory Quilted Leather iPhone 6 Case | Tory Burch Quilted BallerinasStella McCartney Quilted Mini Faux Brushed Leather BackpackMoncler Combo Zip-Front Jacket | Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Compact Quilted Jacket


Fringe is bigger than ever spurred on by the emergence of Cowboy Wear and Boho Chic…both directional trends for fall!  Look for self to applied fringe for skirts, vests, jackets, blouses, bags and boots in fabric or leather/suede!



Bruno Cucinelli Fringe Vest | Ermanno Scervino Large Fringe Tote Bag | Thakoon Addition Fringed Hem Sweater Oscar de la Renta Knotted Fringe Detail BlouseMichael Kors Fringe Hem Tank Top | Tsumori Chisato Fringed Poncho | Sam Edelman Fringe Detailing Boots | MGSM Fringed Paisley Blouse


The Color Report

highlights from the fashion capitals v 2Yesterday, we filled you in on the huge trend of “Architectural Neutrals” and today we are adding in the colorful counterparts. Three more color stories emanating from the fashion capitals include an indigo, denim and chambray story, bold blues and greens and a warm, bold orange and pink story. Read on for major color inspiration for your fall wardrobe!

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The Blues are Cooler than ever with Denim, Chambray and Inky blue/black trending for Fall!  Great layered head to toe for day and evening, the Blues are excellent “neutral” choices to pair with black and a rainbow of colors.  Saturated to faded, Blue continues to impact fashion across many markets!Untitled-2denimondenim

Burberry Prorsum Fringed Wool-Blend Felt PonchoChloe Crochet-Detail Chambray Shirt | See by Chloe Hooded Patchwork Denim CapeFrame Denim Le Mechanic Flared Jumpsuit | R13 Leather Knee Chap Skinny Jeans | Cushnie et Ochs Navy Viscose Long Sleeved Mini Dress | Delpozo Dark Navy Lambskin Bow HeelsPaul Andrew Taos Fringed Suede Ankle Boots | Stella McCartney Mid-Rise Flare Jeans Oscar de la Renta Navy Jacquard Shirt Dress | Nina Ricci Blue Short Sleeved Frayed Seam KnitHouse of Holland Patchwork Sleeveless Denim DressUntitled-4

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The Blue Greens offer an oasis from the broad strokes of the color wheel this season.   Think Bottle Green to Teal…mint to aqua & Turquoise to Jade…moss to olive…with punctuations from acid lime to neon green!  Designed to work together, this range is often mixed with indigo & denim to charcoal & black in patterns and layers.  Youthful yet elegant this cool pool of color is always refreshingly right!Untitle

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Isabel Marant Etoile Boucle Garbe Coat | J. Mendel Cap Sleeve Leather-Inset Day DressMr. and Mrs. Italy Fur-Lined Canvas Mini Parka | Dolce & Gabbana Tweed Double-Breasted DressManolo Blahnik Okkato PumpsAcne Studios Convertible Wrap Alan Cardigan | Jean-Michel Cazabat Olbia Sandals | Oscar de la Renta Asymmetrical Scarf-Hem Dress Monique Lhullier Sleeveless Floral Embellished Shift Dress | Milly Butterfly Sleeve Stretch Silk Dress


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Fall heats up with a myriad of hot color…saturated to pastel versions of pink, orange, red and violet; assort for head to toe femininity and energized style.  Colorblocking and Layering encourage new mixes within this range. Furry and fluffed to matte and silky fabrics warm up to cool fall weather in these hot tones.Untitled-1


No21 Cropped Trousers Alexander Wang Prisma Skeletal Leather Backpack | Nike Juvenate Mesh SneakersRED Valentino Scalloped Short Jumpsuit | Alice + Olivia Kip Pleated Chiffon DressDolce & Gabbana Wool-Blend Boucle Coat | Ralph Lauren Purple Label Cable-Knit Cashmere-Mohair Hat | Jimmy Choo Alina Neon Patent-Leather Point-Toe FlatsSaint Laurent Curtis Fringed Suede Jacket | Lisa Perry Sleeveless Wow Dress


Architectural Neutrals

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Taken from timeless structures in European cities, these soothing, often faded neutrals layer over and twin with one another conveying a subtle, sophisticated mode of dress perfect for urbanites who prefer to not always were black.   Think cement, putty, limestone, quartz, granite, slate and sandstone as inspirational elements for monochromatic dressing with a softer side!



Rick Owens DRKSHDW Front Tie Hooded Jacket | Weargrace Alchemy Two-Way Stretch Jersey Top | Stella McCartney Fleur Inverted Collar Wool Blazer | Carven Asymmetric Skirt | Joseph Patchwork Rollneck Sweater | 32 PARADIS SPRUNG FRÈRES Reversible zipped-sides shearling coat | IRO Loop Knit Cardigan


Denis Colomb Toosh Two-Tone Shawl | Christian Louboutin Multita 70 Leather Python Sandals | Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack

Mad for Plaid

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Welcome back! We’re talking about a trend with major staying power. Plaid was a main current on the streets of Europe. A fashion staple throughout history, plaid remains alive and well.

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Etoile Isabel Marant Checked Wool-Blend Coat | Woolrich John Rich & Bros. Plaid Lumberjack Wool Jacket  | Versus Plaid Fur Collar Jacket Madewell Plaid Wool-Blend Vest | Saint Laurent Plaid Padded VestEtoile Isabel Marant Plaid Wool-Blend Coat |


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Obey Redwood Long Sleeve Button DownPlaid Printed Crop TopMoncler Cropped Plaid Sweater | Kate Spade Mohair Plaid Fringe Sweater | Forever 21 Plaid Flannel Shirt Dress | Forever 21 Boxy Gingham Plaid ShirtMiu Miu Oversized Tartan Wool Sweater


Tortoise Jeans Savanna Plaid-Patch Cropped-Jeans


Dolce & Gabbana Plaid Wool-Blend Tweed Mini Skirt | Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Plaid Asymetric Short Skirt SEA Gingham Knitted Mini Skirt


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Adam Lippes for Target Weekender Barneys New York Bucket Bag | SCOUT BJ Bag in Bachelor Plaid SCOUT Original Deano in SlumberjackIsabel Marant Etoile Rusty Tote | Barneys New York Flannel Tote


Prada Bow Embellished Flats | Prada Plaid Platform PumpsGiuseppe Zanotti Design Embellished Slippers | H&M ShoesDiesel Slip-On Trainers

Tomorrow we’re talking about color trends emanating from Europe. Tune in tomorrow to get the report on everything you need to know about color this fall!

The Bag Report

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The stories keep rolling in from Deb’s semi-annual fashion + design inspiration pilgrimage. Two trends with staying power: the backpack and the crossbody bag. Weren’t sure if you could rock these trends in past seasons? Read on for inspiration.

Backpacks and tiny bags re-emphasize the idea of a hands-free fast paced lifestyle. Urban “hiking” is made better with the addition of the perfect backpack and the micro crossbody bag is effortless and fits perfectly into a tote for the bag in a bag concept. Function meets fashion for both of these bag superstars this season.

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Cross body bags are designed to fit just the essentials and are ideal for dress up and dress down looks.

Have a great weekend! See you Monday, as the Europe debrief continues and we get the latest from the fashion world.

Footwear for the Fall

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Fresh from the streets of Paris, Milan and London! Deb is back and has the major trends highlighted for us. Today we begin with a fall essential, footwear.

street sportOne of the major trends from Deb’s travels were a “Street Sport” footwear look. Cool tennis shoes are all the rage; from Adidas Stan Smith’s to a tried and true Converse hi-top. Neutral colors are important here – navy, tans, black + white, as well as neons and bold hues. It’s practical and comfortable whilst sacrificing no style. The essential look for fall to pull off an effortless, chic look. 2 white adidasIMG_2575

Shop the looks:

Adidas Stan Smith’s | Converse Chuck Taylor | Superga

bootsThe next thing you’ll be needing this fall is a great pair of boots! Not quite the ankle booties we’ve been seeing, midi boots are huge for the fall. Look to pair these with your favorite skinnies or exposed socks/tights with your favorite skirt or dress.

Tomorrow we continue with accessories. Outlining the must-have bags + emerging bag trends from Europe! See you then!!

paris | milan | london – MUST SEE & DO!

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This is my list of Must Shop…Must See…Must Eat…Must Stay!  When I head overseas I have a list of my favorite spots…these become the ongoing essence of my world travels and offer constant inspiration during and between my trips!



paris hotelHôtel Université Paris, 22 rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris


where to eat parisL to R: Poilâne A Priori thé *breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in Gallerie Vivienne!*

Other Favorites:


merci parisMerci *one of the best “concept” shops in Paris!*

Other Favorites:

Bon Marche, Colette, Victoire, Petit Bateau, Herve Chapelier, Roger Vivier, Goyard, Astier de Villatte, Eskander, Paule Ka, Fragonard, Hartford, Bonpoint, BonTon



spadari hotel milanHotel Spadari al Duomo, Via Spadari no. 11,  20123 Milano



Other Favorites:


Theyskens' Theory in 10 Corso Como (Large)Corso Como 10 *Still the best “concept” store in Milan; includes rooms to stay, a gallery, bookstore, cafe & shopping*

Other Favorites:
  • Marni Outlet
  • Etro Outlet
  • Pellini Bijoux
  • Aspesi
  • Prada (Duomo location)
  • Twin Set
  • Max Mara Weekend
  • Toy Watch
  • Patrizia Pepe
  • Wait and See
  • Fornasetti



16 hotel londonNumber Sixteen, 16 Sumner Place, London , SW7 3EG


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Other Favorites:


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Other Favorites:
  • Paul Smith
  • Selfridges
  • Emma Hope Shoes
  • All Saints
  • The Shop at Bluebird
  • Rococo Chocolates

European Preview

My tour of the fashion capitals is always a way for me to get inspiration for the line and to recharge the creative battery! The following are highlights from my trip…from packing my carry-on bag (for ten days I carry the weekender!) to suggestions of where to eat, stay and most importantly shop! Europe is still a boutique culture, so window shopping is a sport and each of the fashion capitals offers its own version of what is new as well as what are the mainstays of fashionable women in the street!

The Pack

I like a “uniform” when I travel (as well as in my everyday world). I stick with Black and Navy (yes I mix the dynamic duo) and take only items that fit well, offer comfort and flexibility from day to night! Layering is key…light weight & versatile! Here are some of my picks (I take multiples of my favorites):

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100% Cotton, Short sleeved Petit Bateau Crew Neck T-shirts (also available in long sleeves)
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AG Indigo or white Legging, Ankle Jeans
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Aspesi Jackets and Vests (men’s and women’s lines)
Herno lightweight, down “jackets” with short sleeves
Converse in the basic colors…black, navy and white
Calypso black, oversized cashmere scarf/wrap…on the plane and around the neck or shoulders in the cool mornings and evenings!skull_black_zoom_3
Stubbs and Wooten Velvet Slipper…day into night! Skull & Crossbones of course!
Frauenschuh lightweight, zip front down vest
Scout Crown Jewels, Packin’ Heat and 3-Way bags for toiletries/jewelry/small supplies
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Prada Biker Boot…TIP: wear these on the plane to avoid bulk in your suitcase!
Scout Weekender (I fold up a second weekender in the bottom of my carry-on bag for goodies I find on my travels!)