Happy September, friends! I hope this month is off to a great start for you all!  Has anyone been following what’s happening at Fashion Week in NYC? I have been working non-stop these last couple of weeks and I sadly ended up having to postpone my trip until October… so instead of fashion shows and late night runs to Momofuku with my favorite gals, I’ve been shopping and prepping like crazy for some really fun shoots. Not a bad alternative, when I think about it!

When it comes to shopping and prepping for a job, Rodeo Drive is home base.  It might be one of the most recognized symbols of Los Angeles, but as a stylist it’s your own personal office space. The biggest names in fashion from around the globe have a store front here — Lanvin, Prada, Fendi, Hermes, Chanel and so many fabulous others — so it makes shopping a breeze. You can spend an entire day and leave with a car full of clothes taken out on consignment, all without leaving the block!

This look is full of prepping day essentials. Comfortable wedges for being on my feet all day, a layering piece for those cool mornings that turn into sultry afternoons, and a big bag for water, snacks, and all of the paperwork I’ll undoubtably be accumulating along the way.

If you find yourself in LA, this little boulevard is definitely worth checking out!  Be sure to treat yourself to the chopped salad at La Scala and a cupcake from Sprinkles for dessert.

Get the look:

Dress, Anthropologie / Shirt, Gap (Similar)/ Bag, Topshop (This color is still available!) / Necklace, Anthropologie / Bracelet, Julie Vos

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  1. 1
    Anouk September 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Super cute outfit!

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    Quyen Nguyen (@LiveItinerantly) September 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I love dressing down expensive fabrics with something casual. Great idea!
    http://liveitinerantly.com

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    • Jen Pinkston September 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

      I love it! It makes taking an outfit from day to night a cinch, too!

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    fashionablecollections September 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I have been wanting a shirt like that! I saw the exact one youre wearing at Gap this weekend I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet.

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    • Jen Pinkston September 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Do it! I have already worn it so many times! I like it tucked into a high-waisted skirt as well 😉

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    erin September 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I’m not brave enough to wear leather + bright colors, so I’m soo living through you right now!!

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    • Jen Pinkston September 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I used to be the queen of the gray, navy, tan color palette. If you give it a try, you might like it more than you think 🙂

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    Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper September 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    love the leather dress! but, THE SHIRT. is it currently at gap? it looks so soft and a touch worn which i love.

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    • Jen Pinkston September 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

      I bought it about a month ago, but it should still be there. I couldn’t find the exact same wash online but I swear I saw it in the store last time I was there. Fingers crossed!

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    Alecia September 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I have had my eye on that dress ever since I saw it. Looks so cute on you Jen.

    xx Alecia

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    • Jen Pinkston September 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Thank you so much, Alecia. It was love at first sight for me too!

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    kelsey September 10, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    the bittersweet/orange/yam color here is awesome for fall! love this
    kw ladies in navy

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    • Jen Pinkston September 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Thanks, Kelsey. We finally had our first cool morning yesterday. Hopefully fall is just around the corner here!

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    Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls September 11, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I’m dreaming of visiting LA, and Rodeo Drive is definitely on my list! I absolutely love your outfit: that dress is just perfect, and I love how you toned it down with a shirt. I would love to follow you on one of your shopping trips 🙂

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

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    • Jen Pinkston September 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Let me know when you are coming out and I can send you a list of some of my favorite spots!

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    STEL STYLE September 11, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I love the color combination, your style is fantastic!!

    DIY ON MY BLOG
    http://www.thestelstyle.com

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    • Jen Pinkston September 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Thank you so much! It’s always evolving, but this just sort of felt like this transitional fall spot we are in now 🙂

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    Karli Jaenike September 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Love it! I would have never thought to do that…

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    kay schoening September 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I love everything about this outfit! Jennifer Pinkston is an amazing stylist!

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    • Jen Pinkston September 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks, Mom! I can always count on you to think I’m great =)

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    Sarah Muselman September 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I love the wedges & all the colors! Thanks for sharing some insight on the styling world. My Instagram was exploding with #NYFW pictures. Would you ever do a post on fashion week to give some mid west gals an inside look?

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    • Jen Pinkston September 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Good idea! Perhaps next February? I will have to think about that one!

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  13. 13
    Julianne September 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    You are so gorgeous! I love the outfit!

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  14. 14
    Lisa September 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    You look amazing! The outfit was made for you. You are glowing……….

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    • Jen Pinkston September 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Aw, thanks Lisa… I appreciate it =)

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    Jess P. September 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    What an amazing outfit! I’m super jealous of anyone who can pull off orange…

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    • Jen Pinkston September 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

      I love to tone down bright colors like orange with something a bit more mellow… like this chambray shirt. It keeps it from being too crazy!

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    Jackie September 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Love the necklace and how it pulls colors from the wedges; such fabulous statement pieces!

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    • Jen Pinkston September 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Thank you so much, Jackie! I just wore it this weekend with a simple gray crewneck sweater and jeans and it was the perfect pop!

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    Ellen September 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Love, love, LOVE that color for Fall!

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    • Jen Pinkston September 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Thanks, Ellen! I am so ready to transition fully out of summer and into my fall wardrobe =)

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    Megan September 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Obsessed with your necklace Jen! You look great, as always.

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    Molly V. McTague (@mollyvaughan) September 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Love the combination of the necklace and the Gap shirt!

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    • Jen Pinkston September 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Thank you so much, Molly! I have been loving this Gap shirt lately. It’s a great transition piece for these in between seasons =)

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    rebeccalear September 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Amazing dress color, and LOVE the shoes!! I can’t walk in stiletto heels, but I can walk in wedges! Photos look amazing too, well done Mary!! xo

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    Jennie September 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Love this – that orange color is gorg for fall! You look so casual, and cute, and COMFORTABLE. Mary’s photography really captures your spirit, Jen! Love!!

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    Jessica September 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

    In love with those wedges. Looking amazing and confident – what a fun outfit! Beautiful photos as well – I might need to make a visit there.

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    • Jen Pinkston September 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I highly recommend a visit… and a Sprinkles cupcake on your way out!

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  23. 23
    Jen September 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Those wedges are super cute!! God, I need more of them in my life. Mary, your photos always wow me!!

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    • Jen Pinkston September 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Mary’s photos are simply the best! Love her!

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    Kelly @ Studio DIY September 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    That necklace is gorgeous!!

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    Stella September 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

    This makes me want to run out and buy this color palette, the shoes are adorable and love that necklace. I tend to stick to navy, black, gray but slowly but surely I’m adding more colors into my closet. Thank you for the great ideas!

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    • Jen Pinkston September 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Thank you so much, Stella! I’m so glad you found it helpful! Trust me, there is plenty of navy and gray in my closet, too =) You can’t go wrong with classics, but it’s definitely fun to throw in some color from time to time.

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    Mike Marsoupian September 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Classy look! Beautiful photos too 🙂

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    Christen Tulp September 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Mary- these photos of Jen are beautiful! Adorable as usual!

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    Trudi Costa September 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Love your combination of colors and textures! It inspires me to stretch my own wardrobe choices. Thanks for great ideas and beautiful images.

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    Aria September 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Love the colors and the leather. Nice to see leather coming back in such cute fashion. The pictures are very inviting – make me want to accessorize! Oh to be young and beautiful like you two!

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    Rachel September 30, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Mary, your pics are amazing and Jen, love this outfit!!

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    Ani September 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    so pretty!!!

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    Joanne Duggan September 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Gorgeous outfit! My daughter, Laura, would love those shoes!

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    Carole September 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I love the combination of the leather dress and denim look shirt. Mary your photos are so so good. I want to be wherever the photo shoot was.

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    Caroline October 1, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Great pictures!

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    Sue G. October 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Great pictures and fantastic style. Weather looks good too!!

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    Shelley Stama October 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Mary – the photos are amazing and I love the whole styling with the outfit and location. It makes you feel good, happy and of course wanting to be in shape to wear something like this! Awesome work!

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    Judi Simpson October 8, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Love the colors. Great pictures, Mary.

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