Weekly Round Up

Fall Weekend Wear

Madewell tote, similar blanket scarf

Happy Friday, guys! I haven’t done a proper round-up post in quite a while. I always love how Hallie recaps sales, links from the web, and reminds me of her posts that I might have missed earlier in the week, so I thought I’d try out this format here and see what you think.

I’m going to break it up into what I’m currently coveting (+sales), cool stuff online, my jam of the week, and a recap of what’s good on Lemon Stripes. Let me know if you have any other ideas for what you’d want to see in a (potential) weekly round up.

Currently Coveting:

– Serena & Lily is having a killer Friends & Family sale (20% off the entire site!) and I have my eye on these bistro style counter stools and a new set of throw pillows. Use code STYLE at  checkout.

– In thinking ahead to winter, I have my eye on this J.Crew parka in regal blue.

– Mark & Graham is also having a big sale on all fall products! Use code BIGDEAL for 10% off everything here. I especially love this leopard clutch.

Cool Stuff Online:

– This article on the emotional labor of blogging really resonated with me. It might all look like fun and games but there’s more to it than meets the eye.

– I just discovered Décor Aid, an amazing interior design start up that sends real designers into your home but can work with any budget. Obsessed with their Upper East Side apartment re-design.

– In other design news, I’m so excited to see some of my fave bloggers participate in the “one room challenge” again this year. Especially looking forward to Mackenzie’s guest room project.

20 cognitive biases that could be totally screwing up your decision making. Yikes!

Jam of the Week:

– One of my favorite middle school hits was reworked by Chet Faker (Two years ago, I’m a little behind here). Check out this version of No Diggity. I can’t get enough!

This Week on Lemon Stripes:

As the weather cools down, I’m layering up

My list of fall staples is pretty on point (I might be biased)

If you’re in Connecticut, come hang with me at the Tory Burch store in Greenwich on Saturday!

Tory Burch Fall

Tory Burch Confetti Dress

c/o Tory Burch dress + bag, Julie Vos necklace, old flats (similar), Brandy Pham bracelet

I don’t wear a lot of dresses or skirts. Last winter I got so sick of my boot and pant/legging combo that I vowed to change it up this year. I generally tend towards comfort so if I’m going to wear a dress all day to work, it has to be loose and flowy but structured enough to look professional.

This gorgeous confetti-print Tory Burch number meets all of the criteria and has quickly become a favorite in my closet. I’ve been pairing it with boots on colder days (and plan to add tights when it really gets cold) but I love the flounce in the skirt that looks flirty and adorable with bare legs and flats.

If you love this dress as much as I do, you’ll be excited to hear that I’m partnering up with Tory Burch for a super fun and swanky event at the Tory Burch store in Greenwich on Saturday. All of the deets are below. Will I see you there?

Where: Tory Burch store, 255 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT

When: Saturday, October 10th, 2pm-4pm

RSVP: Scroll down to see the full invite with RSVP details

Styling session: I will be hosting a styling session at the store to show you how to style up a few looks for fall.

Hanger tags: I’ll be setting up Instagram moments around the store of my favorite items with hangers marked “Julia’s Pick”. I’ll even show you how to take a better Instagram!

Eat + drink:  The Tory Burch team are supplying full service catering with passed hors d’oeuvres and beverages like white wine and prosecco. So come, have a bite, and if you’re 21+, get tipsy!

Fall Work Dress

Confetti Dress

Tory Burch Tote

Fall Dress

Flouncy Dress

Tory Burch Greenwich Invite

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Thank you to Tory Burch for sponsoring this post. I hope to see you on Saturday! Photos by Carter Fish.

This month’s wellness tip:

Have 5 free minutes? Complete 10 sun salutations. This always makes me fell 100% better physically and emotionally in very little time!

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Fall Staples

Fall Staples

Gingham Shirt / Leopard Clutch / Sweater / Quilted Vest / Trench Coat / Blanket Scarf / Plaid Shirt / Jeans / Hunter Boots / Lip Gloss / Faux Fur Vest / Striped Shirt / Bean Boots

My friend Bailey emailed me a few weeks ago to ask for some help on her fall wardrobe. She said that she wanted a list of fall basics that she could mix with the current pieces in her closet so that she would have a well-rounded selection. I could have put quite a few things on this list but I spent some time whittling it down and thought I’d share the final list here as well!

Let’s start with the shirts. Obviously plaid is number one. The one in the collage above is a great red option but I’ve also had my eye on this white and blue plaid shirt. Similar to plaid, I always keep a gingham shirt in my fall arsenal (see how I last wore one here). Moving away from button downs, a classic navy and white striped shirt is great for pairing with a plaid shirt or blanket scarf.

As far as the bottom half goes, a pair of lightly distressed jeans goes with pretty much anything. Not pictured above, this year I added (faux) leather leggings to my list for the first time. They’re so chic yet comfortable. I pair both jeans and leggings with brown leather boots. I usually splurge on a nice pair every few years because I end up wearing them so often. This year I went with these riding boots but another great option that’s more affordable is this pair.

Of course “when there’s weather”, I always keep two options on hand: Hunter rain boots for rainy days and LL Bean bean boots for snowy and icy situations.

Top things off with a navy quilted vest for weekend errands, a classic trench for work, and a faux fur vest for pretty much any occasion. Add a blanket scarf and you’ll look like you’re ready for a day in the apple orchard!

Shop more of my fall staples:


Fall Neutrals

Levi’s jeans c/o Zappos, J.Crew turtleneck, Treasure & Bond denim shirt, c/o Gigi New York bag, Tory Burch boots (30% off with code FALLEVENT), David & Young hat

Ok so when did it turn into winter, you guys? This weekend was freezing cold… but in a good way.  In a way where we spent hours on the couch under a blanket and sipped on hot tea. In a way where I finally had to pull out my fall boots. When the temps drop like this, I always revert back to my cold-weather uniform of  black jeans and riding boots. It’s been my go-to for years and nothing has changed.

Remember a few weeks ago when I was raving about Levi’s new 700 denim line? I found yet another pair on Zappos, this time in black, and have been wearing them nonstop lately. Last week I wore this look to work (minus the hat and chambray) with a white blazer and then swapped out the accessories for casual drinks with my sister who is visiting for a week. That’s the thing about black skinny jeans, they’re perfect for any occasion.

I outfit repeated on Sunday when my friend Lizzie came to town. We spent Sunday afternoon shopping on Greenwich Avenue for new fall pieces. She’s one of those friends that, even though we don’t see each other that often (she lives in San Francisco), it always feels like no time has passed when we get together again. My husband is out of town so it was especially nice to have her over for a girl’s day of shopping and a night of cooking good food and drinking red wine.

Stripes and Chambray

Fall Layers

Crossbody Bag

Grey Fedora

Boots and Jeans

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Thank you to Zappos for sponsoring this post. Photos by Carter Fish.


“Cambiare tutto perché niente cambi. (If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.)”

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

J.McLaughlin Greenwich

Grey Sweater

c/o J.Mclaughlin cashmere sweater, leggings, clutch, Julie Vos necklace, Seychelles booties

Last week, I invited seven of my best blogger pals out to Greenwich for a private shopping event at the beautiful and newly renovated J.McLaughlin store at the top of Greenwich Ave. We roamed the store, picking out fall pieces, like this fantastic cashmere poncho, which is equal parts soft and chic and my new favorite leggings.

The newly designed store is so gorgeous, I wanted to move in. It boasted orange lacquer coffee tables to display sweaters and a fabulous orange leopard print rug. Talk about design inspo! After shopping and sipping on champagne, we all headed over to Barcelona for tapas and paella. It was so fun to have some of my city friends (and the CT gals) all in one place. Sometimes, I have to give them a little dose of fresh air and a fabulous Connecticut shopping experience!

If you haven’t stopped by the updated space, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Bloggers in Greenwich

(Marissa, Grace, Hitha)

Cozy Sweater

J.Mclaughlin Greenwich


Cashmere Poncho

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Thank you to J.McLaughlin for sponsoring this post.