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.
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.
A part of me questioned my fashion maturity when I fell for this ferociously faux feline topper from Kate Spade, but I’m glad I threw caution to the wind and bought it. Because…I simply love wearing it. It makes me smile, not to mention lots of other people. And isn’t that lighthearted side of fashion something we should indulge in every once in awhile? You will be happy to know that because this hat is so lightweight it never leaves me with “hat hair.” Aaah…the practical side of fashion that I love too.
I’m writing this post from our cabin up in the Adirondacks, where they had a foot and and a half of snow two days ago. So as wintery as these pics make Jersey City look, it’s truly a winter wonderland up here. (I will be shooting some ADK posts over the holiday break so stay tuned for those.) Whether I’m dressing for a blog shoot or my “day job” most of my outfits start with a key piece that inspires the rest of the look. I started with this coat but looking at these pics now I’m newly inspired by every single piece. And plan to put them all into heavy wardrobe rotation.
“Summer Color” used to mean slathering on baby oil and getting your tan on. Not anymore. These days the only thing I’m slathering on is sunscreen. So I’ve been on the hunt for other ways to color my days (and nights). I actually saw this adorable tee dress on Cathy Williamson’s The Middle Page. She is a super successful, 50-something Dallas Fashion Blogger. And like me, when she wears a “tee” it’s usually paired with jeans. But this dress was too cute to pass up. And too cheap! As in $13!! I promise it looks pretty great in person. As proof, I previewed it on our walking tour around Savannah. Chris could not believe how many people complimented me on it.