Let's talk about guilty pleasures.
We all have them. For some it's fabulous shoes, others it's that forbidden pint of Ben & Jerry's right before bed. And let's not forget those who rock out to the boy bands when they think no one is watching. You know you're out there.
For me it's two reality television shows. You already know one of them since I wrote about it here. But the other one? It premiers tonight.
It's the second season of The Rachel Zoe Project.
Everyone's favorite over-caffeinated, vintage clothes loving, over-worked bed-headed stylist to the stars is back.
I'm sorry, what? You say you're not familiar with Ms. Zoe? My apologies. Introductions are in order then.
Everyone, meet Rachel.
Rachel would like you all to know two things. One, her last name rhymes with "bow", and two, she loves caftan dresses. The blousier and more obscure the designer, the better.
Rachel's obsession with caftan dresses is funny thing considering they swallow her whole, but that's what happens when your entire diet is comprised of the different sizes of coffee offered by Starbucks.
Rachel, you should know you're surrounded by coffee enablers. Yes, Brad, I'm speaking to you.
Watching The Rachel Zoe Project is so much fun. Why? Because it's like playing mental dress up in every episode. What girl doesn't love to play dress up? The clothes are amazing, and despite the numerous glitches that seem to occur in every episode, in the end Rachel and her team pull everything off flawlessly (though not always without drama).
I'll admit, watching Rachel's husband, Roger, attempt to not have an aneurysm with every rack of clothes she brings back is also more than a little amusing.
Let's face it, she likes to torture the poor man. And what does he do when she inflicts such pain on their bank accounts? He flips his artfully styled hair around, complains to a friend, then buys her vintage cars and more coffee.
But my main reason for watching this show are these two priceless individuals, the yin and yang of the Zoe empire:
Taylor and Brad.
They could not be more opposite if Bravo had cast it that way. And who knows? Maybe they did. Watching these two try to work together is like oil trying to make nice with vinegar: it's deliciously bad and just not going to happen.
But you just keep hoping Taylor will give Brad that hug he so desperately wants.
I can't identify with the lives of these individuals, nor would I ever want to work in an environment with antagonistic people or the frenetic pace. And that's fine. It's what makes this show a guilty pleasure. I can enjoy my blessed place in this world and appreciate it a little more after Monday nights. Plus, it makes me cling to my own clothes a little tighter-knowing I already have plenty of gems worth holding onto for my daughter.
That said, I've still been looking towards Fall fashions with an eager eye. In the spirit of tonight's premiere, I thought I'd do something I usually don't do, and share some of my favorite basic pieces that have made the cut for my Fall/Winter 2009 wish list.
Shoes from Nine West
Nayla Ruffle Flat in Wild Berry from Banana Republic
Boots from Urban Outfitters
Vintage Inspired Thornbush Earrings from J. Crew
Vintage Inspired Herringbone Cap from J. Crew
Ladies Gloves from J. Crew
Dresses from J. Crew
Double-Cloth Carlin Coatin Sea Salt from J. Crew
Ruffled Jacket from Anthropologie
Sweater from Anthropologie
My current Noel Henry Bag from Kate Spade
All The Rachel Zoe Project images courtesy of Bravo.