Red October

Do you feel it? The “fall” in the air?  I do! I was driving to work and for the first time this season saw a sea of colors along the side of the road. My fall/Halloween decorations are up and I am wearing tights. Tights! I am trying weird recipes involving pumpkin. Some good and some not so good. The only thing I haven’t done yet this season is have a pumpkin spice latte. And now I don’t think I will having seen the scary info graphic about its ingredients. Oh well! It’s a good excuse to try the local coffee place I guess. This is one of my first truly fall outfits. The colors and the layering say it all. Are you excited for fall? Or are you one of those people who wishes it was still summer?

Details: Gap blouse / Land’s End Canvas skirt / Nordstrom cardigan / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls / J.Crew Factory necklace

Fall Style Tip: Subtle Neutrals


Details: Gap cardigan / TJ Maxx jeans / Ralph Lauren top / Franco Sarto via Nordstrom boots / the Limited belt

I have added leopard print in subtle doses to my wardrobe. A pair of heels here, a belt there. Basically the antithesis of  a Lady Gaga exhibition-style effort. Oftentimes, I have been on trend pairing it with a contrasting pattern or bright color. To mix it up for fall I have gone completely subtle. Pairing it with this neutral tan cardigan makes the belt look like it goes with the ensemble. I think there is nothing wrong with accessories looking like they go with your outfit, even though sometimes it is more fun to wear something loud that contrasts. The off-kilter look, which J.Crew has made popular with its style guide, is one of my favorite looks, but sometimes it’s OK to match.

70s lady

Lady like looks are not only influenced by the long poofy skirts of the 40s and 50s, but also the long-sleeved billowy blouses and high-waisted wide-leg pants of the 70s. I am not wearing said pants here, but they would be an excellent compliment to this polka-dot bow-tie blouse, which is sheer by the way. And what is more lady like than a cardigan, pearls, and a pencil skirt. The cardigan was a gift from my sister that I unfortunately had to return because of a missing button, but instantly felt OK returning when I saw this coral version.

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NY&Co. cardigan (gift); H&M top; Arden B pencil skirt; Vintage Ann Taylor shoes; Banana Republic pearl bracelet

Jack Wills: Heigham Cardie

When I saw the fun stripes on the Heigham Cardie, I knew I wanted to try mixing patterns. Mixing of patterns was a big trend on runway shows such as Marc by Marc Jacobs for spring. I love how the red stripes look with my floral print skirt. One of the reasons why the summer collection of Jack Wills caught my eye was because I knew I would be able to mix and match the different pieces in creative ways with pieces already in my wardrobe. Pictured above is also the Spindlestone Bag, a canvas bag with cute striped lining.

What I especially love about this cardie is how long and soft it is. I love wrapping myself up in long sweaters, especially when it’s a soft cashmere blend like this one.
Cardigan courtesy of Jack Wills; Charlotte Russe top; H&M skirt; Target loafers; Bag courtesy of Jack Wills