Football is fine, but my favorite fall sport is layering. However, a surprising amount of strategy goes into a chic, layered look, and it can be difficult to get right. When layering shirts, it’s all about the players. You have to make sure silhouettes and hemlines are appropriate lengths and that nothing gets bunched up or bulky in the process. Thankfully, Brochu Walker has removed the guesswork and has stacked their bench with beautiful pre-layered knits like this fringe layered turtleneck and their cashmere layered V-neck (which also comes in a layered dress dress version). With classic silhouettes and endless color options, Brochu Walker is officially winning fall.
Yes, my beloved Armani Neo Nude Cream Contour is still sold out and yes, it’s still all I think about. However, when faced with desperate times, one must take desperate internet sleuthing measures. Thankfully, I have come up with a few tricks for locating sold-out products and they’re summarized in this handy video. Of course, these hacks work for more than just beauty products. You can use the same strategy when shopping any retailer that offers local pickup or delivery options. On sephora.com, for example, selecting “Get it Shipped” typically tells the system to search web stock only. BUT, if you click “Same-Day Delivery” or “Buy Online & Pick Up” instead, you’re searching the shelves of your local Sephora. In many cases, super popular products that have sold out online may be sitting on the shelf of your local store. The Sephora website might be lying to you, but I never would.
As you may recall, last winter I had an existential meltdown when these Faux Suede Flared Pants from Spanx sold out. Yes, I had already purchased them in every color but yes, I was going back for duplicate pairs because I wore them that much. DON’T @ ME. Since that fateful day, I’ve been holding my breath until they bring them back and lucky for me, they did! They come in three lengths (God bless) and were my most-worn pants by far last year by far, so I’m buying them in both the Rich Caramel and the Classic Navy. While you’re checking out at Spanx, I also have their Faux Suede Leggings in every color because like their flared counterparts, they are PERFECTION (and also come in multiple lengths). I have washed both literally dozens of times and they still look brand new. FYI, my discount code MARYOXSPANX is still active for 10% off.
Have you ever just gotten your toddler down for a nap when an Amazon delivery person rings your doorbell twenty times? Just me? Whether that’s happened to you or not, these sound and weather-proofing strips or these strips are a great solution for keeping the nap in naptime. Another great option, whether you’re attempting to soundproof your home or just keep out a draft, is this door sweep for the bottom of doors where many of us see large gaps. They don’t just dampen noise, they make heating and cooling in your home more efficient. It’s a win-win as we head into fall and winter.
In anticipation of muddy days this fall and winter, I ordered this splash jacket and splash pant set for the girls. I wanted them to fully enjoy puddle-jumping and getting their toes wet at the beach while staying warm and dry (especially as the weather cools). This adorable, waterproof, machine-washable set is lined with terry cloth and comes in pink, red and navy. I can confirm, the cuteness is… overwhelming.
These Vegan Leather Joggers from 7 For All Mankind were among my most-worn pants last fall and not only are they still available, they’re on sale! I don’t think they’re styled particularly well on the model on the official website (they look a little too snug). These joggers should fit more like the photos in this listing on Amazon, where they’re also on sale but sizing is limited. If you’re between sizes, size up for the ideal laid-back, slouchy fit.
I’m not particularly proud of this, but I recently said out loud, “Have you ever seen such a chic duster?” So I’ve clearly reached peak Coastal Granny / Suburbia status. BUT LOOK AT THIS THING AND TELL ME I’M WRONG. This Long Handled Goat Hair Duster is not just a work of art, it’s ideal for dusting hard-to-reach places in addition to delicate objects and indoor plants.
Is there any better feeling than pulling a fluffy down comforter up around your neck on a cold, fall evening? Answer: there is not. Thankfully, Jil Sander understands this and has created the perfect feather down scarf so you can carry that cozy feeling with you, even when you get out of bed in the morning. I tracked them down in camel, beige, and midnight blue and I’m telling you, these scarves aren’t just peak cozy, they look super chic layered under wool outerwear.
I just received the Petite Classic Trunk from Petite Keep and am absolutely smitten. These timeless trunks are not just a functional way to store keepsakes, clothing or toys, they’re adorable and completely customizable. You can pick the exterior color, the interior textile, even the trim. Then personalize with an embroidered monogram and you’ve got the perfect gift for a child. Wouldn’t this make a stunning toy chest in a nursery?
Fall is in full swing and if you’re looking to refresh your knitwear collection, look no further than Kilte. I believe my gateway drug to the brand was the Ruthie Cardigan which (they have thankfully re-made this season and) is probably my favorite cardigan of all time. Their wool and cashmere is sustainably made in Italy and the quality and details of their styles are truly breathtaking. I plan to re-wear this outfit featuring the Ruthie Cardigan and matching bow an obnoxious amount this season and speaking of bows, I recently added this cashmere bow (and this one) to my collection. FYI, my 15% off discount code MARY15 is still active at Kilte!
Allow me to let you in on my favorite trick for soft, super-flattering light: the blush pink light bulb. Pink bulbs cast a warm, rosy light that is undeniably flattering. They’re perfect for having guests over or any time you want to set a cozy mood. But, don’t worry, these bulbs won’t make it look like you’re living in Barbie’s Dream House—the pink hue is subtle and doesn’t make everything look pink per se, it just makes everyone look better.
This Heart of Hope Lavender Warming Pillow from is the perfect gift for a friend feeling under the weather. The 100% cotton heart-shaped cushion is filled with natural flaxseed, buckwheat hulls, and dried lavender. It not only offers relaxing aromatherapy, but it can also be warmed in the microwave or cooled in the freezer and applied as a spot treatment for aches and pains.
Stoney Clover Lane is always on my shortlist for personalized accessories that make great gifts for kids and adults alike. And, if you can’t make it to Europe this fall, Stoney Clover Lane just launched their Paris Collection, which features a ton of adorable accessories in très chic pink houndstooth inspired by the City of Lights. You can monogram the recipient’s name, nickname or initials to nearly everything for an extra special touch.
This lash tint from Surratt Beauty has a unique, metal “brush” that allows you to coat every single lash — even the short, hard-to-reach hairs that your regular mascara misses. The smooth, intense-black formula creates the look of fuller, longer lashes without flaking or smudging, is fast-drying, long-wearing, and water-resistant. This Maybelline mascara remains my favorite everyday mascara, but anytime I’m doing a more dramatic eye for an evening out, I like to supplement it with a coat of the Surratt lash tint – especially at the base of my lashes and around the tiny hairs at the corners that my main mascara misses.
If you’re hosting overnight guests or serving a big group for brunch, a toast rack is a must for your tablescape. By letting the water vapor escape between slices, toast racks keep each piece of toast crispy, so none get soggy like they do if stacked on a plate. You can’t go wrong with this simple stainless steel option, but I’m also drooling over this ceramic checkered version from British designer Henry Holland.
Of another time in appearance, this utterly beautiful sewing box from The French Needle remains a modern-day essential. The sewing kit is covered in floral fabric with two trays full of sewing kit essentials (i.e. scissors, thimbles, seam rippers, etc.). Get it for yourself in anticipation of the next button that pops or make it a gift for someone going off to college. It is as useful as it is beautiful.
Sometimes it takes me a year to find things in big purses — sorry if you’ve ever found yourself behind me in a drive-through. However, this vinyl pouch from Anya Hindmarch is the perfect customizable catch-all for all your essentials. It’s crafted from recycled nylon and because it’s clear and small, it’s just big enough for everything you need (hence the name). This pouch can be worn over the shoulder or crossbody and is fitted with a glasses clip, interior keyring, and pretty leather trim
This Spat Sleeveless Catsuit is the epitome of Norma Kamali’s one-and-done designs. Made from a 4-way stretch polyester/spandex, this one piece is a pull-on, full-length dream with bootcut legs. I would add a waist belt and wear it with a denim jacket, oversized knit or fitted blazer for a fully polished fall look.
Like many trends from the nineties (I’m looking at you, claw clips and you, fanny packs), the scrunchie trend isn’t going anywhere. However, designers like Maryan Nassir Zadeh have added an elevated twist to everyone’s favorite hair tie with these gathered satin carnation scrunchies that come in black, navy, red, green and white. They’re absolutely gorgeous on.
Nostalgia alert! These gold-foiled books for children hold a special place in many of our hearts and in honor of their 75th anniversary, Golden Books has compiled this collection of twelve favorites, including The Poky Little Puppy, The Three Bears and I Can Fly. Because when the iPad runs out of battery, sometimes only classics books will do.
I literally squealed out loud when I spotted these embossed calf belts in Sarah Flint’s new fall arrivals. Additionally, Sarah Flint’s Perfect Zip Bootie has been my most-worn boots of the past three winters, so I’m beyond excited to see them offered in two new colors (actually drooling over that chocolate suede). My cart also currently contains these aptly named Perfect Chelsea Boots with croc-embossed details! When it comes to Sarah Flint, the quality is exceptional and truly nothing is more comfortable. New customers can use code SARAHFLINTxMARYORTON for $50 off.
I bought these glitter letter stickers as a fun way to put Coco’s name on school items like her lunch containers and water bottles. The package includes eight sheets of colorful, glittery self-adhesive vinyl letters and numbers. They can actually be used on mailboxes and are water/weatherproof so everyone will know that the couch Coco stuck a sparkly “C” on is hers. Forever. (P.S. Take comfort in knowing that the glitter does not shed sparkles AT ALL. There is no greater tragedy than an accidental glitter bomb.)
I am, quite possibly, the world’s worst flower arranger. This is why I keep things like Ikebana vases on hand. An ikebana vase is a vessel used for the arrangement of flowers according to the Japanese style of ikebana, which emphasizes symmetry, natural materials, and geometric shapes. I’m especially in love with this large glass and brass one from Design Within Reach. And for an equally stunning arrangement at a fraction of the price, there’s this stoneware Ikebana from H&M.