I’ve never been to Seattle, and as a West Coast Resident this is unacceptable! I hear it’s beautiful in the fall…
Things to see in Seattle:
- The Space Needle (that would be my first stop!)
- Original Starbucks (it would be nice to see the original culprit that feeds my daily caffeine addiction)
- Bill Gates’s House (66000 square feet!)
- Seattle Art Museum and the Hammering Man outside
- The Exotic Meat Company? I don’t know about that one… I mean, they have lion on the menu – can they really be trusted?
- Smith Tower Observation Deck
- Seattle Waterfront Garden
- Woodland Park Zoo
- Public Market Center
- Shopping in Downtown Seattle
Seattle Public Market
Seattle Waterfront in the Fall
Seattle Sailing and Skyline
Seattle Fall Fashion
Keep the scarves coming!
Military Jacket + Fedora + Cute Booties + Umbrella, of course
New York City is always buzzing, but there is something special about the fall. Just like Boston, the foliage changes and the temperature cools down. Summers in NYC are hot and humid and the cool air is a welcome change. As the nation’s fashion capital, nothing compares to NYC’s Fall Fashion Week. New Yorkers take fall fashion very seriously and bring the chic from runway to sidewalk.
Central Park is a must during fall. You can take a boat out on the water and walk around and people watch. I love doing things like that when i go back home to NY, even though they’re touristy. NYC is one of those places that makes you feel like you’re in a movie. There are amazing restaurants everywhere, stylish and interesting people, some of the best shopping in the world, and an extremely fun nightlife scene! It’s easy for east coasters to travel between NYC and Boston, and if you’re planning a fall trip to either city you should consider extending your stay for a few days and visit both!
Fall in New York City
Central Park in the Fall
<3 walks like this
Major Sex and the City moment
Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington at Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week Street Style - Don't forget your camera!
Fall in Boston is my favorite time of year. The foliage, crisp air and fall fashion are the best things ever! I’ll be going the second week of October, when the leaves have changed and the air has gotten colder. I can’t wait to stroll down Newbury Street, ride in the swan boats in the Common (a touristy thing I never did as a resident), and have a picnic on the Esplanade along the Charles River. The up-and-coming Waterfront neighborhood in South Boston has gotten tons of buzz so I will have to check that out too!
Boston in the Fall
Boston Commons Swan Boats
The Boston Esplanade along the Charles River
Sonsie on Newbury Street in Boston
The North End is the perfect place for Italian food and coffee after a night out!
I plan on packing plenty of cozy sweaters, boots, jeggings, giant wedges, a leather jacket, tights, and faux fur leopard coat! I love fall fashion because of how comfortable and warm everything is, plus you get to layer and wear lots of pieces at once, which means more shopping!
Trench and Boots
Toggle Coat, Leopard Bag and Knee Highs
Patterned tights make these shoes fall appropriate
Love the sweater with elbow patches
Leather, cozy sweaters, tees, and sunglasses
Rosie Huntington-Whitley in leather pants and cozy sweater
Cheryl Cole in a chic fedora, sunglasses and leather jacket
Penelope Cruz looks casual chic in bootcut jeans, tee, and blazer
Jennifer Aniston with a cozy sweater vest, tank, and white denim
Classic BLACK & WHITE can never be wrong. Designers put a fun, modern spin on this timeless color combo. Alice + Olivia, Versace, and 3.1 Philip Lim created some of my favorite BLACK & WHITE outfits! The Versace dress and almost all of the Alice + Olivia collection managed to combine this trend with another – NEON!
3.1 Philip Lim Resort 2012
Versace Resort 2012
Versace Resort 2012
Alice + Olivia Resort 2012
NEON was another fun Resort 2012 trend. From full on neon outfits to pops of color paired with neutrals, neon was all over the runways! Lots of fuschia, yellow, bright blue and lime green brightened up traditional white lace and khaki-filled resort collections. I think my favorite is the lime green dress by Elie Saab.
Elie Saab Resort 2012
Giambattista Valli Resort 2012
Christopher Kane Resort 2012
Celine Resort 2012
Another favorite Resort 2012 trend was LACE. The BCBG and McQueen are great for summer parties, but you can definitely pull off the Behnaz Sarafpour at the office!
BCBG Max Azria Resort 20212
Behnaz Sarafpour Resort 2012
McQueen Resort 2012
McQueen Resort 2012
Over 200 designers presented resort collections this year, and they did not disappoint! One of my favorite trends was bright red. Most were sleek and structured, like the Elie Saab and Valentino pictured below. Those are perfect choices for a cocktail party, dinner, or night out on the town in whatever glamorous destination you find yourself this summer. The more bohemian BCBG Max Azria dress is great for day or night at a beach bar or pool party.
Elie Saab Resort 2012 Red Dress
BCBG Max Azria Resort 2012
Valentino Resort 2012
Valentino Resort 2012
A basic black Swiss Army suitcase will do… but why? This chic luggage will make your travel experience more fashionable.
Let’s start with Tumi – well made, not too expensive (as far as well-made luggage is concerned), and has stylish pieces for men and women.
The Tumi Vapor is my trendy pick. It features a hard shell, made of a lightweight, 3 layer alloy of ABS and polycarbonate. I love the colors this suitcase comes in – gold, gray, black, floral print, blue, and khaki.
Tumi Alpha Bravo
For a more utilitarian look, I like the Tumi Alpha Bravo McConnell International Carry-On. It’s made of soft and durable ballistic nylon and has wheels, top and side handles. It comes in black and khaki.
Hideo Wakamatsu Tarapulin Carry On
Hideo Wakamatsu makes fun carry-ons in bright colors. Half the collection features a hard shell, and the rest are made out of Tarapulin, a flexible, water and shred resistant material.
What I like about this piece is the adjustable straps that allow you to expand the deepness of the bag (great for people like me who have to stuff all their shoes into one carry-on). There are no heavy metal frames, which means it’s super lightweight.
JCrew Globetrotters Yellow Suitcase
The collaborative collection from J.Crew and Globe-Trotter caught my eye. Specifically, the bright yellow trunk-style suitcase. Each of these bags are handcrafted in England by Globe-Trotter and are made of Vulcan Fibre, which they claim can withstand the weight of a 1 ton elephant! I probably won’t get to test that theory, but it sounds like it should travel just fine. This heirloom quality suitcase features leather trim and straps, wheels, and cotton lining.
Louis Vuitton Pegase 65
And last but not least, the classic, Louis Vuitton. The Pegase 65 is a great carry-on and will last for years. It’s made of the durable Damier canvas and includes several zipper pockets, a removable pouch, and garment bag. You can even monogram it!
Luxury Brands Digital Intelligence
Thanks to Luxury Lab for posting their second annual Digital IQ Index of luxury brands!
Taken into account: 72 luxury brands and their websites, digital marketing strategies, social media initiatives and mobile apps.
And the winners are…
Appreciated: Their “Poppy Project” connected 468 blogs and readers through a web of poppies –> with each hashtag tweeted, the poppy tag grew on blogs, like a public art show.
2. Ralph Lauren
Appreciated: They developed a popular and easy to use mobile app and shoppable children’s video storybook.
3. Louis Vuitton
Appreciated: Launched digital flagship this fall and debuted Gucci Connect.
5. Hugo Boss
Appreciated: Launched artofthetrench.com; enlisted The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman to create a social networking blog based around Burberry’s iconic trench coat; readers could “like” it, comment, or share photos, just like on Facebook.
7. Dolce & Gabbana
8. Giorgio Armani
10. Tiffany & CO.
Scott Galloway of Luxury Lab explains that the emergence of Gen Y consumers plus the profitability of digital leadership led to a greater investment in this area. Brands are engaged in a race to aquire fans and followers online to raise brand awareness.
Those that displayed the lowest digital intelligence were mainly fine watch and jewelry retailers, such as Rolex, Chopard, and Cartier. They do not have Twitter accounts, and barely have any presence on Facebook, essentially ignoring social media altogether.
Do you think it’s a good idea for luxury brands to ignore social media like Rolex, Chopard, and Cartier have done?