Connect with The Closet

FALL FASHION: Boots, Handbags, Yum.

Photo via H&M

It's like a conspiracy this time of year. While we've all been taught about the dangers of jealousy, how can any woman, no matter how sane, help herself? You hear them clicking down the sidewalk behind you. You see them on the periphery in the playground. Then in line at Starbucks, they are literally right in your face as women on both sides go to pull out their credit cards. And we know we don't need them. I mean, most of us have a spare pair of boots and an extra handbag in our closets (I happen to be blessed with a rather large contingent of back-ups). But, we all know it has nothing to do with needs at all. It's about wanting, craving, have-to-have-ing that sublime handbag. It's about knowing that those sick boots you saw on that twenty-something will make us feel twenty-something again. And we work hard, damnit. We deserve them, whether we really need them or not. Andwe'llwearthemeverydaysowhenyouthinkaboutitthatwayyoucanjustifythem anyway. There. 

Let's do this. Here are my fav mostly-neutral but oh-so-pretty fall handbags and boots. I already did another handbag round-up last month but as I said, I just couldn't help myself. I hope you understand.



After the Ball by Le Château

Photos by Le Château

It's not often that one can shop a film wardrobe without serious consequences to one's budget. I've tried - would not recommend it. But there's something about the magic of a movie that makes us want to get right into character, particularly when princesses, party dresses and killer heels are involved. 

When I heard that Canada's own Le Château had created the exclusive wardrobe collection for After the Ball, the upcoming fashion fairytale flick starring Chris Noth, Lauren Holly and Portia Doubleday, I was stoked. And once the gorgeous lookbook pics were finally released, it was proof that when you give your designers some creative license, magic happens. 

From cool cobalt blue, reminiscent of evil stepmoms and scheming stepsisters, to soft berries, pretty pinks and boy-meets-girl pieces perfect for any modern Cinderella, the entire collection is full of refreshingly affordable lust-haves that will undoubtedly impress any Le Château skeptic. A pink coat with gold buttons, a work-perfect windowpane check dress and a houndstooth bow-tie blouse layered up with a plaid mini and edgy blue chain-strap booties are at the top of my list, while any future royal ball invites will beg for some of the dreamy dresses in this collection. 

Let's face it: After the Ball might totally suck (see the synopsis here), but if only for the flick's stellar wardrobe, I'm already head-over-glass-heels in love.

The After the Ball collection has already started to arrive in stores, with the bulk of the pieces hitting early October. I've been told that White Oaks Mall's Le Château will carry its own unique selection of the After The Ball collection, including many of the key pieces from the film. Sigh...our fashion dreams have finally come true...



Worth the watch - Check out the runway scene from After the Ball here:


FRIDAY FIND: School Stars

Photo courtesy H&M

I, of course, have all of my back-to-school shopping done. My, um, friend, though, well...she kind of let summer sneak up on her and now, she's in a bit of a panic because her kids have no backpacks, their rainboots from last year are way too tight, and she hasn't even begun to get emotionally prepared for her son's first day of JK. Sniff. I'll be okay. 

If you're like me, that ever-growing list of BTS needs can feel daunting. Luckily, the stores are loaded up with the cutest school essentials ever that will (almost) make you wish you were going back to school, too.

Here are some that I just love...

Classic Roller Backpack, $29, GapKids

Hunter Girls Lipstick Gloss Wellies, $90, Soft Moc

Cat Umbrella, $13, H&M

Kitty Backpack, $29, Gymboree

Alien Junior Backpack and Lunchbox, $27 and $17, Gymboree

Monster City Rainboots, $28, Gymboree

Unicorn Lunchbox, $17, Gymboree

Leopard Raincoat, $27, The Childrens Place

Patterned Rubber Boots, $30, H&M

Star Pencil Case, $3, The Childrens Place

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, $82, American Eagle

Junior Nylon Backpack, $37, GapKids

Monster City Umbrella, $14, Gymboree

Monster Backpack, $15, H&M


Junior Nylon Backpack, $23, GapKids 

Superman Backpack, $18, H&M

Tartan Plaid Lunchtote, $10, Justice