Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My New Fashions - True Meaning of Fall = Shopping In Style

"October is the month of painted leaves.
Their rich glow now flashes round the world.
As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall,
so the year near its setting.
October is its sunset sky;
November the later twilight"   
- Henry David Thoreau

It's that time again...my favorite part of the year.

Apples. Pumpkins.
Pies and muffins.
Steaming cup of caramel mocha coffee. Hot spiced cider.
Colorful leaves. Hardy mums.
Football. Thanksgiving.
Warm sun. Crisp air.

And of course, Fall fashion!

Did you ever have your "colors" analyzed? Or wonder "what season am I"? Apparently everyone can be sorted into the 4 seasons. I've never psychoanalyzed myself that in depth - don't think I have to, I kinda already know I'm the north side of crazee.

But I digress....

I've always known I'm an "autumn". Even when I've strayed and tried to wear the dreaded pastels. Nope. Totally not me. And I've really really tried to incorporate summer bright and neons into my day-to-day wardrobe; luckily, I've had a bit of success.

No doubt about it. I'm a Fall girl. I'm physically drawn to the deep jewel tones of autumn foliage: fiery red, burnt orange, marigold yellow, rich bronze, warm brown. deep burgundy. No matter how hard I reach for something else in my closet, I find my hand grasping a coat hangar holding yet another brown blouse.

Even my choice of lip, eye and nail colors tends to always reflect my undeniable love of those deep rich Fall tones.

So recently I started a new job at a University. One look at my old wardrobe proved it was in need of an update injection. I perused lots of great fashion mags: Vogue, In Style, Glamour, Lucky. Even Oprah. I flagged many pages of clothes and accessories that I think might suit the new collegiate me.

Armed with pictures and ideas of the latest New York and European fashions, off I went to the Emerald Square Mall and the Wrentham Village Outlets on a fashion treasure hunt. (I know, I know. A tough gig but hey, I gots to do what I gots to do!)

Think I did pretty well. I kept in mind what I already had in my closet and found some nice tops, sweaters and jackets to put together some new more appropriate outfits. Also picked up a few pieces of costume jewelry to complete the look.

I also made a pit-stop at beauty destination, Ulta, for some beauty essentials. (Still have to hit up my other fav cosmetic mecca, Sephora, for a few more vital cosmetics and skin care basics - just dragging it all out to make sure I properly fill up my spare time with lots of shopping excursions!)

The only area I didn't update was shoes. Weird, huh? Me, not buy shoes? What a silly thought! But hard as it is to believe, I'm all set with footwear. I'm very particular about what I put on my feet since I've had so many issues and I deal with things like high arches and tarsal tunnel syndrome (look it up - it's painful!). So I've invested in some classic style shoes with the right support and heel height. I'm partial to brands like Cole Haan and Aerosoles. Until they fall apart, I'm good for now.

(Buuuut...make no mistake, I can always be persuaded to shoe shop, and I have been known to make sharp u-turns when passing by a DSW...just sayin'!)

I'm pretty happy with what I came up with so far. Think it hits the right note. And it all fits, which is the most important thing, right?

Did I tell you how much I love this time of year?

So, are you like me? Did you update your wardrobe for the upcoming seasons?


  1. I sure do, every season! I love your thoughts and pictures as well. Please consider linking this up to the Verizon Voices Fashionista Style Hop for this week. http://www.modlychic.com/2013/09/verizon-voices-fashionista-style-hop-september-17.html Visiting you from Gen Fab daily linkup!

    1. I checked out the Style Hop. Looks great and shared it with some of my friends and family! I linked up while I was there. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to read my post today!


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