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Off the Rack: September Shoes at T.J.Maxx

Fall shoes at T.J.Maxx

'Tis the season for fall shoe shopping, and my local T.J.Maxx store has me wanting all sorts of new styles that I don't really need…or do I? I saw all the latest "trends" as it were, from moto boots to combat boots to buckle-embellished to tall two-tone riding boots. There were also edgy ankle strap heels and pointy toe pumps, including some convincing Valentino "Rockstud" knockoffs by Rampage (keep scrolling for the photo). Not a bad option if you love the look! I didn't buy anything on this trip because I had my son in tow and he was all "hurry up, mom!" Just kidding, he can't talk - yet.

Oh! And I nearly ran into another shopper with my stroller when I spotted an entire rack full of Rebecca Minkoff bags (scroll down for the photo), I kid you not! Everyone always asks me where I live and what store I shop at, and while I'd rather not say (I'm paranoid like that, must be a generational thing - not having grown up with the internet and all), I will say that I do not live in an upscale area. I'm in Connecticut about two hours from New York City. So I think my store just gets lucky!

Have you been to T.J.Maxx this season? Scoop up anything fab?

Here's What I Love From the Leaked Isabel Marant x H&M Lookbook

Isabel Marant x H&M

The Isabel Marant pour H&M collection lookbook leaked earlier this week (you can see all the items for men, women and children on here). Here's what I love: The cropped embellished jacket, tie-dye pants, studded knit pumps and suede fringe boots. I'm also loving a lot of the men's clothes, like the tribal print sweaters and cozy pullovers - things us girls can easily borrow and wear with ease. I don't see any wedge sneakers but I'm not surprised considering the designer has said she gets super annoyed by copy-cats. On the other hand, wouldn't this be her chance to make a legit dupe for less?

The limited edition Isabel Marant Pour H&M collection will be available from November 14, 2013, in around 250 stores worldwide and online - yessss.

Here are some highlights modeled by top models Milla Jovovich, Alek Wek, Lou Doillon, and Malgosia Bela. Which pieces are you excited about?

My Westfield Style Guest Blog Series: Rebecca Minkoff Runway to Real Way

Rebecca Minkoff Runway to Real Way

Earlier this month, Westfield Shopping Malls launched a blog - and I'm one of their contributors! Westfield Style: The Blog gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at their magazine, plus insider tips on the latest in beauty and fashion. For my second guest blog post, I highlighted one of my favorite looks from the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 runway and showed how you can create a similar look for less using affordable pieces available at your local Westfield Shopping Center. Check out the complete feature here!

Disclosure: Westfield Style is one of my lovely sponsors.

3 Must-Try Trends for Fall: Inspired by Celebrities and New York Fashion Week

Fall trends to try

With the fall season comes new fashion trends, especially right after NYFW! Whether you’re stumbling to get up in the morning for class, going to a lunch date with an old friend, or a full-time busy mom, you’ll be able to incorporate these hot and universal trends on the charts right now. To help you transition into the new season, here are some outfit ideas and the celebrities or NYFW show they are inspired by!