ines de la fressange uniqlo

When I was browsing online for my fall capsule wardrobe, I stumbled onto a new collection by Inès de la Fressange for Uniqlo. Inès is a French style icon and has been a muse to many famous designers. Her collection for Uniqlo is full of classic pieces that you can mix and match. According to the site, “the theme of this collection is the pure, unfettered enjoyment of fashion, which shouldn’t be complicated, but intuitive and fun.”

What is it about French style and culture that we Americans find so irresistible? Also, I wonder if other countries are as obsessed with France as we are? Anyways, I digress- back to the clothes! If you’re a fan of timeless pieces that are good quality and well-priced, then you’ll definitely want to check out this collection. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite pieces below. That trench coat is at the top of my list!

Ines de la Fressange Uniqlo Collection

P.S. Thank you all for your get well wishes on my last post. I am definitely feeling better now!

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Sick Day

I used to be one of those people who never got sick. Now it seems like I get sick every few months… What’s going on body? Are you starting to fail me already?

Yesterday I was at work feeling miserable and going through boxes of tissues, then I finally decided to ask my boss if I could take a half day and go home early. She said yes of course, because she’s a reasonable human being, and off I went. I don’t know why, but I feel so guilty when I take a sick day. I think I’ve taken less than 6 sick days in the entire 3 years that I’ve been at my job (and 2 of those happened when I hurt my eye and actually couldn’t see for a bit). At some point, I got it in my head that you had to be near death to use a sick day, which makes no sense. My job is not that important and everything will be fine if I’m not at work for a day or two.

So I’m tucked under the covers, writing this post and trying to push away those feelings of guilt. I thought I’d share my sick day essentials, which include:

– a good book. That’s one plus about being home- having more time to read! I’m currently reading A Paris Apartment which is proving to be a good escape novel so far.

a cozy blanket, because when I’m sick, I’m curled up in bed.

kleenex. And yes, I need the multi-pack set because you don’t even want to know how many boxes I’ve gone through in the last few days.

pajamas. All I want right now is to be cozy and comfortable.

– a lot of tea. Recently, I’ve been averaging approximately three cups a day. Once I feel better, I’ll definitely need to restock my stash (the Paris tea from Harney & Sons is one of my favorites). I like to drink my tea from big mugs and this literary mug is pretty cute.

Netflix. Sometimes being sick turns my brain to mush and I can’t even concentrate on a book, which is when I log on to Netflix and look for something light and easy to watch (image via).

Tell me: What are your sick day essentials?

aeropostale kitty print phone case I’ve received some good things in the mail recently and I thought I’d share three things in particular that I love. First of all, how cute is this kitty print phone case (c/o)? I turned into a crazy cat lady a long time ago, but now the whole world will know it when they see my phone.

Puffin in Bloom Little Women A Little Princess I also have to talk about my Puffin in Bloom editions (a collaboration between Puffin and Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co). When I wrote a post about them, I was excited, but that was nothing compared to when they arrived in the mail and I had them in my hands. They are just so gorgeous. Pretty sure I’ll be ordering the other two books in the series (Heidi and Anne of Green Gables) soon.

Birchbox September 2014 This month’s Birchbox was too pretty not to share. I save a lot of my empty birchboxes and use them as storage or packaging, especially the pretty ones like this. I’ve been getting Birchbox for over two years now and I still love it. I don’t always use everything in every box, but it’s fun to receive a box of surprises every month and it’s introduced me to products I probably wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.

Tell me: Have you gotten anything good in the mail recently?

leopard coat chelsea boots 600x900

After much deliberation, I think I’ve finally decided on the items that will form my fall capsule wardrobe. I’ve been editing this list for weeks and really thinking about how I’ll be able to wear and remix the items that I chose. I narrowed it down to 40 pieces (which includes clothing, shoes, and outerwear, but doesn’t include accessories, underwear, and loungewear). Once I have everything in my possession, I’d like to take pictures of each item to share here. In the meantime, I thought I’d let you guys know what’s on my shopping list.

– a trench coat. This trench from Uniqlo might just be the one.

– chelsea boots. I wanted these boots from Madewell so badly last season, but they are a bit pricy. I also like this version from Topshop, but it’s now out of stock (boo).

– black flats. I’m looking for a pair with an almond toe and a little extra detail. I really liked the design of this pair that I bought in spring, but they were just so uncomfortable that I had to let them go.

– a white tee. I need to replace mine and I like the essential v-neck tee from Gap.

– a graphic tee or sweatshirt. I already bought the maison des a.r.t.s sweatshirt from Madewell and I just love it.

– a burgundy sweater.

– a black cardigan.

– a gray cardigan (I’m eyeing this style at Uniqlo).

– a green army jacket. This has been on my list for several seasons and maybe this year I’ll find the one I’m looking for. Maybe it’s this one from Old Navy?

– a black skirt. I’m not sure yet if I want it to be pleated or full or a-line, but I like this Topshop skirt, this wrap skirt from Aritzia, and this zip skirt from Mango.

– a gray skirt.

– a faux-leather skirt.

– a gray dress. I like this classic style from Uniqlo.

– a black dress. This midi length LBD from Joe Fresh would be different for me, but I can picture a lot of different ways to style it.

– a grey-and-white striped tee.

– black slip-on sneakers. I’m completely a sneaker convert now. I love the texture on this version from Aeropostale and I’ve already added them to my closet.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations for these items, I’d love to hear them in the comments below. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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