This Fall, everyone has gone mad for plaid. Including yours truly. And why not? It’s a timeless pattern that always looks polished, no matter what you wear it with. Working in Advertising means I can pretty much wear anything any time, but I do like looking pulled together. And this plaid blazer is just the ticket. Not to mention these bow-topped slingbacks. Fun, right?
Without getting too deep, sometimes a fashion find seems to speak to you. It’s not just saying “buy me.” It’s saying “wear me and make me your own.” “Dare to step out of your comfort zone.” “Go ahead…strut your stuff.” And that’s exactly the inner dialogue this glam green velvet dress and I had. Well, that’s how I choose to remember it.
Temps have finally hit the 50s here! Yay!! All the more reason to cozy up to a chunky sweater and my new favorite plaid pants. I’m usually a neutral palette girl, but these red plaid pants just made me smile. Spoiler alert: I have already worn them paired with a black turtleneck and black booties, and gotten some pretty sweet compliments as well. Not to date myself, but these slightly cropped pants reminded me of the “pedal pushers” I wore as a kid in the 60s. Pedal pushers were designed because long pants could get caught in bicycle chains. Today, that was enough for me to pump up the tires on my own bicycle…and get riding.
Leopards and tigers…oh my! You don’t need to go on safari to see how Fall fashion has embraced its animal instincts. I happen to be a particular fan of leopard with a little tiger and snake thrown in, but there are animal prints of every stripe and spot out there. Not to mention some cool color combinations. That’s why this slip dress, first featured in one my earliest posts, is also one of my most-loved animal print pieces. And with a layered look like this, it’s truly a dress I can wear all year round.
So here’s one last look at dressing up a Summer maxi dress and taking it straight into Fall. Confession: I bought this lovely violet maxi to wear to a wedding but decided to go with a something else when the weather turned cool (and I hadn’t unpacked this sweater or booties!). If you have an early Fall wedding, big party or even special date night planned, I think this outfit would be perfect. And, it combines key fashion trends that show no sign of cooling off — the midi or maxi dress, violet/lavender/lilac, a chunky knit sweater and white booties.
So here we are with all the fickleness that is September. Last weekend was rainy and chilly, now we’re in the midst of a hot, humid depression thanks to Florence. (Praying for our friends in SC, NC, VA!) After NYFW, I’m sure your Inboxes (like mine) are full of emails about what to buy NOW. But it’s kind of hard, if not crazy, to start loading up on sweaters, boots and coats when the weather is not going to cooperate. For weeks, if not for the next month or two. On that note, I’m focusing this post on a super fun pair of sneakers from a brand I recently discovered. They cover two big pattern trends that show no sign of going away — camo and rainbows. All I can say is…yay! I’m in!!
Apparently all the cool girls in Copenhagen have leopard print at the top of their Fall 2018 fashion lists. And we all know my love for leopard knows no bounds. So does that make me cool? Whether it’s yes or no, sometimes it’s best to tone this wild side down a bit. And nothing does that better or more beautifully than a well-tailored (and well-priced!) blazer and pants.
Just as gingham is a quintessential summer pattern, plaid is all about fall. Historically plaid has been a checkered or tartan twilled cloth, typically made of wool. The Scottish word “plaide” dates from the 16th century. Think kilts (Outlander!), scarves and windblown moors. And yes, school uniforms! Maybe that’s why I loved this classic pattern even as a high schooler? This fall, plaid is making a serious style statement in unexpected color combinations and silhouettes. And I for one couldn’t be happier.
Yes, you’re seeing spots. As in leopard. Because the fashion world is seriously wild about this iconic pattern. And since I am too, it’s going to be in heavy rotation this Fall…and beyond. You got your first glimpse of my so-loved silk leopard print skirt in this recent post. So it was only natural that my closet was in need of a great pair of leopard pants, right? Dressed up or down, these silky, slouchy wide leg pants are definitely going to be prowling around town.
According to Perrier and my Inbox, August is National Peach Month! Yay!! So since we bought some almost-ripe beauties last weekend at the Farmer’s Market up in the Adirondacks that were now ready to go, I wanted to come up with something that would do them — and us — right. Basically I riffed on a crowd-pleasing blueberry yogurt cake I’ve made many, many times. It’s the kind of cake that makes the perfect summer dessert when topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, but it’s also fantastic for breakfast/brunch when it spends a few minutes in the toaster oven and then is finished with some cream cheese. It’s a super simple recipe I hope you’ll give a try.