Wrap It Up Wednesday, Sep 5 2012 

Fall is that great in-between season – it’s not too hot, not too cold. It’s the season of layers and a trench coat is the perfect fall topper. Trench coats are classically chic – they are timeless and make every outfit look polished, but there are always updated styles available each season. Mine is the classic trench color (tan) but has a full skirt, which allows for a lot of swing with each step. This makes it just a little bit girly without being too prim or prissy.

If you don’t have a trench coat and need a new fall piece, I would highly recommend purchasing a trench. You can find them everywhere now and at every price point. I did a quick search on ShopStyle and found a few that caught my eye:

 

Whatever your shape, trench coats are one of the most flattering pieces you can own. Find the right length for your height and then tie at the waist. A defined waist is the perfect definition of a female figure. You can also tie it in the back and leave it open for a more casual, but still body-skimming look.

Do you own a trench coat? Do you think it’s a piece that would enhance your wardrobe?

Images pulled from NeimanMarcus.com, SaksFifthAvenue.com and Nordstrom.com.

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In Need of a Fall Bag Tuesday, Sep 4 2012 

Woohoo! Summer is over and fall is here! Wait….oh, it’s still triple-digits in North Texas so I guess, really, it’s still summer. Womp, womp.

Even though we’re still in the midst of sweltering heat, once we hit September, I start slowly transitioning to fall attire. That may not mean boots and sweaters yet, but anything that looks tropical and summer-y gets put away. I start wearing darker jewel tones and layering a bit more.

I thought about this as I got dressed this morning. Only later at work did it dawn on me that it’s time to put away my summer bag:

My mom bought this for me as a birthday gift and I have carried and loved it all summer. But the straw definitely screams summer – nothing transitional about this piece. So my dilemma now is what bag to carry for fall. I still have a great deep purple Michael Kors bag – the smaller version of this:

MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Large Tote

But there is just nothing like buying a new purse. I love a more structured handbag for fall, but I’m not sure what color I want. Do I want to go with another bold color, like teal? Or should I go classic and choose a neutral, like gray or camel? And, let’s face it, purses are expensive now. Do I even want to spend the money?

I have just browsed briefly in a few stores for a new purse and haven’t found anything I love yet. I guess only time will tell.

Are you planning on buying a new bag for fall? Any certain styles or colors you’re lusting after?

Image of Michael Kors Hamilton Tote from michaelkors.com.

Summer Accessories Monday, Jun 11 2012 

I’m loving the bright colors that are so popular this season – there is just something so summer-y about them. Below are a few of my current favorite summer accessories that I can’t get enough of. Based on the Pantone spring fashion color report, you can see that I am partial to Tangerine Tango and Cabaret. In addition to being bright and summer-y, these colors are perfect complements to navy, which I have already professed my love for.

I purchased these nude and coral sandals from TJ Maxx at a steal. They are the perfect summer weekend shoe.

My mom and I were shopping in mid-April and I had commented that I needed some of this perfect pink color in my wardrobe. A few hours later, we stumbled across this bag. I fell in love and my mom gave it to me as a birthday gift. Thanks, Mom!

These Stella & Dot earrings were another birthday gift, this time from my in-laws. My mother-in-law shares my love of fashion (especially shoes!) and hit the nail on the head when she picked these out for me. I love the mix of orange and red – so on trend.

On another note, I obviously took a long hiatus from the blog. After coming home from work each day, I found myself tired and not wanting to sit in front of another computer. I started to wonder what the point was of writing this blog – I’m certainly not making a living from it. But as the months went on, I realized that I’m writing for myself and that’s all that matters. It is my creative outlet and I desperately need a fun, creative outlet. Plus, I was inspired recently by a piece on Ray Bradbury who apparently challenged himself to write 1,000 words a day, everyday, for many years. It was a great reminder to hone my craft as a writer. I may not write 1,000 words a day on this blog everyday, but I can push myself to sit down and just write, at least 3-5 times a week. It feels nice to be back.

So tell me, what are your favorite summer accessories? What are your favorite bright summer colors?