Allure of the Maltese Cross

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I’m always on the hunt for jewelry with the Maltese Cross. Introduced by the Knights of Malta in the 1500s, this symbol has not only endured for centuries but has found a place on bracelets and necklaces by Chanel, Versace, Kenneth Jay Lane, Yves Saint Laurent and firefighters everywhere. The original cross’ eight points represent virtues such as love, sincerity and justice and faith–all ideals the knights hoped to achieve. You can find stunning versions on Etsy and a treasure trove when the Gem Show comes to town, this winter!

Trench Coat as Dress

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Ever since actress Priyanka Chopra rocked this trench coat gown at last year’s Met Gala and the Duchess of Sussex wowed the world in a sleeveless Burberry trench dress this summer, I’ve been curious to know if this is a look that’s accessible for the masses. It’s what I do when the steady days of 100-plus-degrees have relegated me to yoga pants.

One search on Shopstyle.com (which by the way, everyone should do…so efficient!) answered my question. There are many affordable options of this look, which is a stylish alternative to the plain Jane dress–you can click on the store names below to go straight to the dress. Anthropologie carries my favorite version by Eva Franco, while Saks Off Fifth has a crisp, white Calvin Klein trench dress. Finally, Nicole Miller has a detachable crop top to help style this off-shoulder version.

Especially in the desert, the trench dress is a more wearable option than its long-sleeved, bulky big brother–which doesn’t have a chance until our three days of winter.

 

Luxe by Lauren

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Some stunning looks from Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary gala last night in NYC. I’m especially loving the feminine tuxedo look, either traditional or in a gown, as Rosie Huntington- Whiteley rocks it. I also love uber fashion-blogger Chiara Ferragni’s plaid shirt/metallic skirt look. This is much better to watch than our performance against Houston this morning…

Reboot Your Wardrobe

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What’s better than wearing boots? Wearing ones with your initials stitched on them. You can personalize long boots, ankle boots and even rain boots on Etsy for unique birthday, holiday or just-because gifts. Or even just for yourself.

While many of the Etsy options are definitely not real leather, they can be a stylish alternative to add to your cowgirl, rattlesnake-dodging closet.

And in the corral of life, everyone will know which boots are yours…