fall bags

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As a continuation of last week, let’s focus on fall accessories. A great bag is always exciting. I’ve put together a few investment pieces that can be carried year after year. A classic black bag is a staple for any wardrobe, a black leather backpack is even better!  This year I’m really enjoying large satchels, bold colors, and soft leather. Here are a few of my tops picks!

1. Leather Rucksack, Zara, $179.00

2. Madewell – Mini Satchel, Shopbop, $124.60

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Shopbop, $278.00

4. See by Chloe, Shopbop, $595.00

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cargo & stripes

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top: I Love L81, cami: American Apparel, pant: Zara (similar here), shoes: 80%20, sunglasses: Target (similar here), bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs , lipstick: YSL ‘09-Rose Stiletto

Cargo pants are a favorite of mine. I love the relaxed fit and having so many different pocket options – they are always a staple for travel.  A striped cami/jersey cross-back bra adds a little pattern to the mix under a plain sleeveless tee. I kept my accessories simple with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses and black hobo bag. This is look is perfect for making it through the dog days of summer!

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french 75.5 and macarons

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The French 75 cocktail is typically made from gin, lemon juice, sugar, and Champagne. I switched the recipe up a bit by trying it with grapefruit juice and a simple syrup. The grapefruit juice provides an extra tart flavor, making it a little more refreshing. Rather than using granulated sugar, a simple syrup is smoother and blends evenly throughout the cocktail. Macarons are a perfect pairing to this refreshing bubbly. These beautiful French pastries are from Vanille Patisserie.

simple syrup:

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

Bring water and sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Remove from heat, allow the syrup to completely cool.

*Makes approximately 10 cocktails.

French 75.5:

1 oz. gin
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
Champagne or dry sparkling white wine
grapefruit twist, to garnish

Combine gin, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour into Champagne flute.
Top with Champagne or dry sparkling white wine and garnish with grapefruit twist.

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neutral chic

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top: H&M ,  pant: Armani Exchange (similar here), shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (old but similar), clutch: Zara (similar here), sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs,  mini-bow ring and earrings: Madewell , lipstick: YSL ’01-Le Rouge’

There’s something about combining clean lines and neutral colors together that I just love. The simplicity of a symmetrical design paired with a black pant can quickly turn into something less thrilling, but adding the right accessories and shoes always does the trick. I found this clutch earlier this summer and really like that it’s such a versatile piece. The striped zip pouch is removable making it ideal for any outfit, either evening wear or meeting a friend for coffee.

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fall boots

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Let’s focus on fall boots. I’m not ready to put away my sandals and skip on the pedicures, but who doesn’t love a great boot? Many retailers are already displaying their fall collections, boots included. This year I’m really drawn to a sleek, pointed toe, ankle boot. I’ve put together a few of my favorite options that are available right now.

1. Belle by Sigerson Morrison, Shopbop, $295.00

2. Flat Ankle Boot, Zara, $99.90

3. Vince – Noel Booties, Shopbop, $325.00

4. The Charley Boot, Madewell, $198.00

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black & white

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top: Acne (similar here), jeans: Old Navy (similar here), bag: 3.1PhillipLim , shoes: Armani Exchange , sunglasses: Old Navy, bracelets: H&M and Marc by Marc Jacobs

My eye is always drawn to anything asymmetrical, especially if it’s a black sleeveless t-shirt. Cleans lines and a pair of white pants, to me, is a classic look. I paired it with a simple leather sandal with subtle gold accents, just for a little flare. And a pop of cerulean blue, makes this look come to life.

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Welcome to Taffeta and Cedar! I’m so glad you found me! With fall around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to begin a fashion blog. I love all the fashion and food that comes with the season, just not the cooler weather! So, here’s to sharing all of the things I love.

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