I have finally returned from my trip abroad, and I feel refreshed and ready for fall to begin. It may still be too warm for talk of sweaters and scarves, but the glamour of autumn sends me shivers of anticipation. As I go from city to city and season to season the innovation I observe in the world of fashion and beyond only serves to inspire me more. A fervent shutter-bug and devotee of people watching, I was delighted recently watching fashionistas in mini-skirts and large wedges as well as tourists donning cross-body bags on the terrace of Hotel Costes in Paris. However, the most inspiring moment came at the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Petit Palais. I remembered a quote of his that speaks to what I seek to accomplish with my store. He says, " Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it." In this instance that woman is you who keep me doing what I love.

Leather and Lace

The wardrobe is a physical representation of the many roles we play as women. What better way to showcase the multiple layers of our closets than combining good-girl lace detailing with bad-girl leather. This Schumacher lace cardigan is refined enough for polite teas, but why not mix it up with a 3.1 Phillip Lim butter soft leather skirt with quilted pockets and sky-high Yves Saint Laurent suede platform pumps.

Pearls of Wisdom

Sophisticated classics are key this fall. Silhouettes are ultra feminine so why not pair them with the ultimate girly accesory: pearls. Die-hard bijoux jewelry fans will adore Lanvin's new take on decadence; oversized pearls in oxidized mounts, enrobed in crystals, and dripping with tassels and velvet. Those of you looking for heirloom pieces needn't glance any further than Lucifer vir Honestus, from whom we brought back several pieces from Italy. The freshwater pearl drop earrings are stunningly iridescent and uniquely amorphous, bringing to mind flowers drooping in the heat of an Indian Summer. Slip either of these pieces into your fashion accessory vocabulary and your wardrobe will be all the wiser.

Feel the Glow

The transition from summer to autumn doesn't have to be hard on your make up routine. Putting your best face forward is as key to your wardrobe as your most treasured outfits and accessories. Unleash your "naked beauty" in full force with these simple glowy make-up tips from our resident beauty expert Monica Cabada. Keep it clean and minimal by nixing your foundation. Start with Smashbox's Photo-Finish foundation primer to ensure smooth application. Continue with a tinted moisturizer and follow up with a concealer, bronzer, and a glossy lip from Smashbox's "Naked Beauty" Lip Gloss Collection.

Insider's Guide to Paris

Where to Stay...

L'Hotel is one of Paris' best-loved hotels, and has become famous around the globe for it's discreet and glamorous charm.

What to Drink...

The Piscine Cocktail is the perfect summer drink to beat the unbearable heat. Simply pour your favorite champagne (French of course) over ice.

What to Read...

Finding the most amazing spaces to spend your time anywhere is always a priority when traveling. If you are anything "comme moi," you will definitely snatch up Taschen's Paris. It is the authority on recommendations for where and what to see and be seen in the City of Lights.