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Francesca Federico is a senior undergraduate student at New York University, majoring in Global Liberal Studies and minoring in Classical Music and French. She has been studying in Paris since August 2012, at NYU's campus as well as with the Paris Conservatory. An opera singer and harpist, Francesca is interested in pursuing both fashion and classical music in her later life. She created her blog, The Minx, in 2009, and uses it as a visual diary of her travels and evolving personal style. Her favorite designers include Marni, Dior, Rochas, Theyskens Theory and Tsumori Chisato. Francesca is also an avid writer of both poetry and prose, having been published in Mexico City's Ofi Press magazine, as well as the Jacket2 experimental poetry journal out of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently at work on her third novel. She is glad to have moved back to New York this fall, although her wanderlust is eternal.

Fall In Love With Red Accessories

We’ve all heard the phrase “a pop of red”, but it’s time to start taking it very seriously. In theory, everyone loves the color red – in the summer, it’s fun and vaguely patriotic; in the winter it’s both cheerful and sexy. However, if used improperly, it can be offensive and strange (not to mention unflattering if you pick the wrong shade). A “pop” of red, however, used thoughtfully, can elevate a basic outfit to the level of WOW. Read on to discover all the possibilities!

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Tory Burch scarf (Photo Credit: Shopbop)

The mixed red, pink and yellow-orange shades in this Tory Burch scarf make it supremely flattering on literally every skin tone, which makes it the perfect addition for injecting a shot of color into a plain ensemble. Even a grey sweater and washed black jeans will serve as a perfect palate for this cheery accessory. Finish off your outfit with these extremely cute Calvin Klein booties.

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Portolano gloves (Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus)

Ladylike is getting a reboot this coming season, and the quintessential finishing touch to an elegant outfit is the perfect pair of gloves. This cherry red pair by Portolano is gorgeously buttery, and the perfect length to wear with a bracelet sleeved jacket – this one by Theory is a sure winner. With a pair of cat-eye sunglasses, you’ll probably be mistaken for Betty Draper (in the best possible way).

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MARC by Marc Jacobs tablet pouch (Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus)

This pouch by MARC by Marc Jacobsdesigned to hold your iPad or other tablet, is almost eerily futuristic, with its purple-ish, metallic sheen.  The great thing about tablet cases, is that they do double-duty as a clutch, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box. With an accessory this stellar, keep the rest of your outfit sleek and minimalist. An asymmetrical, tiered dress by BCBG and a statement necklace should do the trick.

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Burberry bag (Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus)

Burberry is famous for its luxurious accessories, and this rich-looking little bag is no exception. In parts trendy and refined, it is the perfect accoutrement for either casual errands-running, or a night out. Again, don’t try and put a sumptuous red bag with a red dress or sweater- the shades will be competing too hard with one another. Instead, pick up the color of the silver chain strap with this Jenni Kayne metallic top, and even your oldest jeans will look seriously upgraded.

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Nasty Gal heels (Photo Credit: Nasty Gal)

Hard to believe, but these classy heels can be found on cult-favorite site Nasty GalTheir walkable heel height and D’Orsay shape make them perfectly on-trend, as we’ve seen a great resurgence of the kitten heel this past season. Great for any event, they would look lovely with this Clover Canyon kaleidoscope printed skirt, and a simple black silk shell.

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Valentino headband (Photo Credit: Net-a-Porter)

 A Valentino headband might not seem to be an accessory essential, but we would like to assure you that it is. More unexpected than a simple baseball cap, it falls right into the sweet spot between prim and punk, and works regardless of how long or short your hair is. Take the plunge and wear it with a serenely white Shakuhachi dress, and beat up combat boots for an unexpected twist.

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Isabel Marant beanie (Photo Credit: Net-a-Porter)

We apologize if we’re the first to tell you, but fall is coming, probably faster than you’d like. Instead of sulking, revel in the crisp weather while rocking this Isabel Marant beanie; it’s coziness will definitely take the edge off. Go one step further and indulge in complete softness with this reversible Minnie Rose cashmere poncho. Soon, you’ll wish all seasons could be this decadent.

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