Falling into Autumn

This color is the essence of Fall to me. Having grown up on the east coast, autumn has always been my favorite season and even though the colors don’t change as dramatically here as they do back east, I still look forward to Fall. I think my love also stems from school starting up again and from the holiday season being just around the corner.

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In my anticipation (I know I don’t look excited, but I promise that duck face displays excitement), I bought this blazer and these booties and now I’ve tumbled down the rabbit hole and pulled out all of my tall boots and scarves. Funny thing is that it’s the warmest time of the year right now in SF so I’m just going to have to wait a little while longer. What are you favorite fall pieces that you can’t wait to pull out?

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Blazer & Necklace: Ambiance // Top: H&M // Jeans: Gap // Booties: Sole Society

Fall Fashion

With NYFW in full swing, the fall trends are descending upon us from the fashion gods. Shows displaying the fashions for Spring 2015 all attract the fashion icons wearing their favorite fall finds. I gathered some of my favorites for this fall season, what are some of yours?

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Both Nina Garcia and Eva Chen are cruising along with their retro inspired looks. The 60’s are making a comeback for fall and you might want to pull out your mom’s old knee high boots and mod patterned dresses.

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I love the structured handbag for fall. Crossbody bags have saved me, as I really dislike carrying things (I’m going to be a terrible mom), but the look of some of these structured bags has me reconsidering.

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One trend that has gained momentum in the past couple of years is that athletic look. Not only are leggings a wardrobe staple, athletic brands like Gap’s Athleta are now having runway shows and brands are mixing sneakers with their runway looks.

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As a lover of all things white (it’s basically my favorite color) I am jumping on this fall trend of the white coat. I love the crisp clean feel they give off and how it can make you look chic even when you’re freezing.

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Booties aren’t a new trend but they are coming out in full force for fall. You have the mod version, that is easy for everyday wear with jeans and you have the curved bootie that fits nicely with the cuffed jean or a cute dress and tights.

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Fall season also means new colors to look out for, and I know it’s silly but I always read the Pantone Fashion Color Report – just to, you know, see what’s new…

Textured Pattern

Mixing patterns has been a big challenge for me. When I was little I was that kid that never let any of her food touch, and really hated when a patterned pillow sat on our different patterned couch. Now I see the beauty in how the colors and textures of different patterns work together (remember my pillow problem). My first forray into pattern mixing was with pillows and then striped shirts with scarves and now I am trying to branch out into full outfits and it’s proving to be a struggle. This is about as pattern-mixy as I get at the moment (an all white textured sweater with tile patterned pants). What are you favorite pattern mixing techniques?

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Top: Forever21 // Bottoms: Zara // Tank & Jewelry: J.Crew // Shoes & Clutch: Ambiance

Ear Jackets

I know, the name is not the best sounding (I like ear crowns better) but it’s descriptiveness is pretty spot on. These little beauties are my new favorite earring and I would even dare to say they are my favorite new trend! I have been stuck on studs for a while now, needing a change and along come these revamped stud ear jackets just for me. They spruce up stud earrings and once you have a pair you can mix and match with the studs in your collection. I already have two pairs (#addicted) so I thought I would share my obsession, which ones are your favorite?

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What do you think of this trend? I really like how it’s such a small change but it can make such statement. I’ve worn mine non-stop since I got them and received another pair in the mail yesterday! Can’t wait to try them!

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Wine Tasting Dress

Wine tasting always calls for a dress, somehow it makes it more festive and fancy, even though by nature the act of tasting wine already is. It’s probably not the best idea; walking around uneven rows of vines in wedges and a dress while drinking copious amounts of wine, but who listens to that logic.

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It’s been cold and gloomy in SF so when I heard it was going to be in the 70’s in Sonoma I immediately reached for a dress. This green silky shirt dress fit the casual-but-still-fancy-enough bill perfectly and it complimented the color of the sky and grape leaves (which I planned obviously). I wish I were back there right now strolling through the vines, soaking in the rays, sipping on wine and wearing a dress.

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Dress: Urban Outiftters (old) // Wedges: Seychelles (similar) // Jewelry : Ambiance // Jacket: Gap // Purse: Michael Kors (old)

Numero Uno

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Outfit post numero uno my friends (with hopefully mas to come)! Fashion and outfit posts have been on my agenda basically since I started and while I’ve had a couple posts about shoes and skirts and things, I wanted to make them more personal and engaging. And what is more personal than taking pictures of myself and putting them up here for everyone to see? I can only think of one thing – having a blog in the first place, while I have that one down pat, I might as well add the rest. This little bloggie of mine started as a lifestyle blog and is changing and growing everyday, and in true ‘keeping up with the Jones’ style I decided to step it up and step into my first outfit post. I’m kicking this new feature off with a little something I call my summer-dinner-date-night outfit, hope you enjoy!

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Weekend Bag

After spending the past four weekends away and packing for them, I realized I need a good weekend bag. I have a couple random options, one that is slouchy but just not big enough, one of Nate’s old suitcases that has so many zippers and compartments I literally lost a bottle of lotion in it, a giant duffle bag from my swim team days and then just the regular rolling kind. None of these are right for the easy getaway packing (and overpacking) that I’ve been doing this summer so I am on the hunt for a new one.

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There are so many options. I like the canvas for durability and leather for style and ease, but the striped and patterned ones draw my eye as well. These are all great options, which ones do you like best? Do you have the perfect weekend bag?

Wedding Wedges

Tis the season for weddings in the grass and in campgrounds and backyards. We all know what that means too – no heels. I know, I know, I hear you protesting all the way from here, but who wants those gorgeous heels to get muddy and stuck with grass? Not this girl, so enter my friend the wedge.

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I love Michael Kors footwear and these wedges are perfect for a summer wedding or soiree. These are simple and chic and would add a nice touch of ‘cute’ to any summer dress.

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These wedges from Zara will add some pizazz (yep pizzazz, vocab word of the day) to any summer outfit. I can see these with a navy printed dress or that white flowy boho number you have in your closet.

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Cole Haan is classic, as are his shoes. These are a bit dressier for those dusk lawn weddings, overlooking the mountains.

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The more designers and brands I learn about the more I love them all. I absolutely love everything Emerson Fry, I mean everything. If I were a brand I would be Emerson Fry, but then Ivanka Trump starts designing things and I fall in love with her stuff too – it’s a vicious cycle. I mean look at how fun these are!

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Oh Kate, how we all love you. Seriously, these are perfect. They could go with any dress, fancy or not, long or short.

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Seychelles makes a gorgeous shoe, and for some reason they always fit my feet perfectly (does anyone else have this problem?). I love the pop of color these would bring to a cute floral patterned dress. What are your wedding shoe go-tos? Do you reach for those wedges or stick to that favorite pair of pumps?

Good Ol’ Romp

Let’s talk about rompers, they are back, with avengence. I have long been on the hunt for one (who doesn’t want a comfy one piece shorts-tank combo) and I finally found not one but two that I like.

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I found a casual patterned romper for the everyday (the beach, vacation – I’m a sucker for racerback anything) at Target, of all places.

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And a fancier one that can be dressed up with heels for a night out or paired with cute sandals for a day of shopping (although it would be torturous getting that thing on and off each time you went into the dressing room).

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I also love this chic floral one, perfect for those summer weddings.

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Or this strapless version, you can easily pull over a bathing suit on vacation.

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Rompers are also suitable for work (how versatile these little beauts are). I love this pantsuit version (I guess they call these jumpsuits, but romper is so much more fun to say).

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The options are endless! There are many a good ol’ romp out there, but finding the right one can be tough. My advice is to watch out for the waistline – too high could make the rear look too long and frumpy, too short in the torso could make the shorts too short, no waistline and it could make for a whole lot of no definition (one big shirt with shorts in the bottom). It all depends, thats why you have to try them out! See what is best/comfiest/most flattering on you and take it! And have a good ol’ romp, you deserve it!

 

Pineapple Pieces

My parents have always been obsessed with pineapples, and I guess they are trendsetters because these little tropical fruits are popping up everywhere. Those trendy parents of mine have a pineapple doorknocker, a stenciled pineapple mailbox, a really cool 3D art piece in the shape of a pineapple and pineapple pillows (they are classier than I am making them sound, but you get the gist). They have always been around for me and I love that I am seeing them all over now. I’ve always loved their funky shape and color combination (and their taste, obviously) they make for perfect patterns and pieces (P is a common theme in this post, watch out).

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I would definitely put these in my apartment! The shape gets me, I’m addicted.

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Fun pineapple ice cube tray from Anthro.

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Pineapple Pants – who doesn’t love these?

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Printable pineapple paper perfect for presents (should I keep going?)

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I have a confession: I bought this already, that’s how much I love it and why I wanted to share it with you.

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I love these subtle little pineapple studs (they are next on the purchase list).

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You’re addicted now too, huh?