A Few of My Favorite Fall Things

It finally feels like Fall, so here a few of my favorite new things. I think the bold white booties are probably my newest obsession….for many reasons. First of all, the quality is so stellar I almost couldn’t believe it as I unpacked them. So pretty I was almost sad to hit the streets in them. They are the perfect combination of kid soft leather with a slight sheen. With a super walkable block heel. Even the soles were leather so pale it looked white. And they felt perfect the second I put them on. So yes, count them as my new #1 obsession. Thank you, Loeffler Randall!

So…the rest of my favorites. This fuzzy, comfy, sparkly sweater. It’s kind of like a shrug, making it something you can layer over lots of things — a button-down shirt, turtleneck or simple white (or black!) tank as I did here. Love love love the sequins for that magic touch day or night. How cute would it be paired with tweed pants or over a velvet slip dress?!? And these jeans. For me, Madewell has hit it out the park this year  as far as denim is concerned. This high-waisted boyfriend silhouette is going to be on rotation weekly, and then some. Love the subtle paint splotch details, too. Guess my “boyfriend” is an artist… Ha ha. Oh…and a cute metallic bag wins for the perfect finish.

Looking at these pics and thinking I’m due for a haircut. Stay tuned…

Boots: (Loeffler Randall, Carter Boot, in other colors too) more affordable here and here

Sweater: (Anthropologie) not white but pretty here and pretty but très cher here

Jeans: (Madewell) Love these from Everlane, too

Bag: (Stuart Weitzman, old) super cute options here and here

Cami: (Nordstrom) a great basic, in black too!

Mood Indigo

Maybe it’s because I’m the mother of 3 boys, cough…young men, that I’m drawn to the color blue. Not to mention their (and my husband’s) school colors over the years! Good thing blue is such a deep and versatile color in the best ways possible. With its spectrum from sky light to inky dark, there’s a shade or two or three that’s flattering to everyone. At the moment, electric blue is on the fashion radar, but it’s a bit too intense for me. I’m more of a navy and dusty blue girl. I believe fashion is about being inspired by a trend and making it your own. So find the shade that suits your mood, the moment, and just be true to your blue.

I pretty much LOVE every piece in this outfit, but this whimsical sweater is one of my newest purchases for Fall. It’s a classic crewneck updated with playful, faux fur pom poms. (We all know I am OBSESSED with pom poms!) In keeping with the playful theme, the frayed flounced hem adds an unexpected finish to these faded denim jeans. I can’t tell you how many people compliment me on them. And they are so fun to wear. There’s more faux to show, too. This plush trench is a great transitional coat. Love that it’s leopard with the twist of blue, and the brass buttons polish it off perfectly. And this bucket bag in black-and-blue faux fur is going to be a Fall-into-Winter favorite. Last but not least, these gorgeous navy velvet booties. They are a sophisticated alternative to basic black, and their block heel makes them eminently walkable. Plus they look equally great with pants or skirts. How are you going to “do blue?” I’d love to know!

Sweater: (Banana Republic, also in grey AND on sale!) fun alternatives here and here

Jeans: (Citizens for Humanity) leopard skinnies here, more affordable flounce options here and here

Coat: (old, Band of Outsiders) but love this and this

Bag: (Zara) super cute options here and here

Boots: (old, Stuart Weitzman) but this year’s version and more affordable here, here and here

Photos by Chris & MP Allegaert

Falling for Florals

After four straight nights of amazing music, socializing and restaurants, I am racing to post this before midnight. I made two posts a week my goal so here goes. This look starts with this AMAZING dress that costs $36.99! Seriously!! It’s from the always need-to-shop Who What Wear collaboration with Target. Florals are big this Fall but some just look too Spring-y to me. This one is different. And I think it will still look fresh come Spring/Summer, especially with some strappy black sandals.

A warm and fuzzy feeling

This Fall the fur is flying…off the runways and out of the stores. From luxury pelts to fabulous and faux, there is something furry for everyone. For this look I decided to accessorize with a new fave bag and slides, both trimmed in fun faux fur. Can I just say this raffia-and-fur bag is about the cutest thing! And these slides look luxe and feel like you’re walking on pillows. I forgot all about my plantar fascitis!

Going on the Llama!

Is it crazy to build your whole look around a pair of shoes? Not if it’s Shoesday Tuesday! When it came to these llama-detailed velvet sneaks, it was love at first sight for me. But not buy at first sight. I hemmed and hawed for a couple of weeks, then panicked they would sell out. So…a few secs on my Mac, and they were mine. And now we’re together forever, wherever they take me! I mean seriously…are they not the cutest.

Doubling Down on Denim

Whether you embrace the “Canadian Tuxedo” or it’s the nadir of style as far as you’re concerned, it is having a fashion moment. On the runways. And on the streets. I love both this jean jacket and these jeans, so I decided to style my way out of any doubt. The key to success with a Double Denim look is mixing the washes of your two denim pieces. I usually gravitate to darker washes in my jeans, especially given that Fall is here. Darker washes are also more flattering and slimming to every body type.

Santa Fe Stroll

While I would have loved to have been strolling the streets of NYC for Fashion Week (next year?!?), I was in Santa Fe for a “Girls Getaway.” Did we eat too much? Yes! Shop too much? Some of us! Drink too much? I’ll never tell! Laugh too much? Not possible! I only packed one dress, this one, because most of the restaurants are on the casual side. But I was super excited to wear it for the first time. And now that I’m back home I plan to wear this lovely lacy dress at least a few more times in the weeks ahead, layering a leather jacket or bomber or cardigan over it as needed. So you may be seeing this dress again!

Adirondack Vibes

By now you probably know that we generally don’t “dress up” up in the Dacks. That doesn’t mean that fashion is completely sacrificed. It’s just that what feels right is less about trend and more about whatever it is you’re up to. And I for one find that a welcome relief from NYC’s (and the Blogosphere’s and Instagrams’s) sometimes unrelenting emphasis on “of the moment” style. Yes, it’s fun to have a bag the It Girls covet or get compliments on your OOTD,  but it’s also fun to just keep it simple and see where the day takes you. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Yesterday Life’s a Spritz officially turned 1 year old. When friends and strangers find out I’m (cough, for real) a Blogger, often the first question they ask is “How are you monetizing it?” The answer for now is…I’m not. I’m blogging because I want to. It’s creative. Fun. Time-consuming. Challenging. Gratifying. Good for my brain. And my soul. My 91-year-old Dad died last August. He spent his working years first in Advertising Sales, then as a Lawyer. But he also spent those years as a frustrated writer, who dreamed of penning the next great American novel. But never did. When I lost him, my inner voice asked me “What are you waiting for?” It was time to take that leap. And to quote Nike, just do it!

I’ve been an Advertising Copywriter for almost 30 years and a Creative Director for over 14 of those. I’ve worked on campaigns for some of the biggest and best beauty/fashion/luxury brands. I think the fact that I’m still doing it in a tough, male-dominated, ageist business attests to the fact that I can do it. And do it well. But that’s sleuthing out and shaping someone else’s voice. While I don’t have my Dad’s lofty expectations, I do believe that as a soon-to-be-60-year-old woman (and wife, mom, sister, friend, professional) I definitely have a few things to say. And share. On fashion, design, health, travel, and yes, life. And thankfully you all seem to agree! That is the icing on this creative cupcake for sure!!

The Art of Black and White

IMG_3775There’s no other combination that’s cleaner, chicer, more graphic than black and white. However you put it together, it just works. You can dress it up, dress it down. You could probably wear black and white every day of the week and never wear it the same way twice. (Hmmm…possible future blog post?)

As for Art? Black and white makes a powerful statement there too. Yes, the messaging in this streetwise piece is pretty heavy, but I’m glad its creator found his voice.