Pretty pink faux fur vest, plush sherpa sweatshirt, the perfect white booties, denim finished with pearl and gem sprinkles, and a pom pom beanie on top…this look is as sweet as it is simple. It’s also an outfit made up of five great gift ideas that you can pick and choose from — for those on your list or maybe even yourself.
While Summer might be my favorite season, I do love the sweater weather of Fall. That’s why I’m getting cozy with this colorful, chunky knit sweater. Typically I would pair it with skinny jeans and some fun booties, but I felt like stepping out of my fashion comfort zone. It was also a shop-my-closet moment that made it fun to rediscover this silky, shiny pleated skirt (seen before in this post), these gorgeous OTK boots (as seen here), and this mini metallic leather bag (as seen here). Which is a roundabout way of saying that you can do the same! And that sometimes it’s the best “shopping” of all.
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.
In case you haven’t noticed, cowboy boots are having a fashion moment. Pardon the pun, but I was kicking myself for consigning a great pair last year until I discovered Target’s new Universal Thread line and these amazing, and amazingly, affordable pair of snakeskin cowboy booties. Best of all, they combine two of Fall’s top trends — cowboy boots with an animal pattern. These booties definitely inspired my overall look from the bottom up, but I have big plans to put them through their paces in lots of other ways.
Last week, in the midst of more important life moments, I realized that Life’s a Spritz has officially made it through year two. Which makes Fall 2018 my second Blog-iversary (baby steps!). Not earth-shattering but still something I’m proud of. What have I learned? A lot. However you make it your own, blogging is hard (but fun) work, a potential source of income (don’t quit your day job…yet), a way to discover and learn from and even meet lots of cool, unique and inspiring people. What have I accomplished? The balloons are a calorie-free celebration of hitting over 2000 Instagram followers…and counting. And I’m about to receive my first affiliate program payment. (Yay!) I’m ready, set, go for year three. Hope you are too. Most of all, thank you for following and for your support and enthusiasm on this journey.
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!!
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.