wearing autumn colors

Stella Carakasi Dazzling Details Top
Stella Carakasi Dazzling Details Top

The lovely people at Stella Carakasi sent me some fun tops to try, and I chose this one to style first. The Dazzling Details top in Aubergine is a beautiful autumn color, which inspired me to pull out my cognac boots and the hand-woven silk scarf purchased in Vancouver a few years ago to accent the deep eggplant hue of the top. There are diagonal bands of different fabric textures, which also creates some visual interest. It has a flattering scoop neck and asymmetrical hem. I’m wearing an XS here, and the top is available up to XL, so seems to be available in a nice range of sizes. It’s a lightweight piece (rayon/spandex, machine washable) so will layer nicely under a jacket or cardigan. I’m wearing a silk camisole underneath for warmth.

Stella Carakasi top

Top: Stella Carakasi, provided for review
Camisole (not visible): Eileen Fisher
Scarf: artisan piece, similar color
Jeans: Eileen Fisher (also available in Plus and Petite)
Bracelets: Aurelie Biderman, Tory Burch
Boots: Cole Haan from last year, similar (and on sale)

The boots, well yes they’re a little wide in the calves. I bought them on sale over a year ago when I was on a mission to get some cognac knee boots. But they’re beautiful boots otherwise, and I’m still mulling over whether to invest in getting the calves taken in by my cobbler. This is such a classic style, and the color works with just about any other combo.

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just like that

Cashmere sweater, NYDJ denim, Givenchy bag, Gerard Darel scarf, leather wrap bracelets

Almost as if someone flipped a switch, Autumn arrived in LA. We awoke on Saturday to the sound of rain which soon cleared, and the rest of the weekend we enjoyed the kind of cool-ish, crisp, clear weather that makes a sweater-boot-and-scarf-loving gal almost giddy.

Sweater: Eileen Fisher, several years old, similar shape
Earrings: Argento Vivo, similar
Scarf: Gerard Darel, not available online, similar weight/shape
Bag: Givenchy
Bracelets: Stella & Dot, similar and Tory Burch
Jeans: NYDJ
Booties: Belle by Sigerson Morrison, similar style

Givenchy Pandora, Gerard Darel scarf, Tory Burch leather wrap bracelet

Those charms you see on the bag are my lucky “Rooster” charms from the Chinese zodiac. I’m a Rooster, which means I partner well with Ox and Snake. There’s a third one on there too which looks like it might be a Dragon. I purchased the charms in Hong Kong, and have forgotten most of the quick explanation that was given to me by the Sales Associate. If anyone is knowledgeable about Chinese zodiac signs, please feel free to chime in. :-) They’re lovely hand-painted porcelain, and I’ll try to get a better closeup shot soon. The bit of orange/green/yellow you see peeking out from behind the bag is what remains of a braided yarn bracelet that a Buddhist monk placed on my wrist as part of a blessing when we visited the Big Buddha in Phuket. (More on this in a later post.)

I’m finding these dark grey denim jeans to be so versatile, and have been wearing them multiple times per week. They dress up with a pair of heels or down, as shown here.

Remember "Beatle boots"? These remind me of those.
Remember “Beatle boots”? These remind me of the pair I had during the height of Beatlemania.

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La Rentrée

la rentrée

Despite the fact that I haven’t been a student for over three decades, and despite that fact that our kids’ schools now start fall term in mid- to late-August (jeune homme was back in class last Monday) the first week of September always feels like the start of a new year, a new cycle.

It’s a great time to polish up old routines and implement new ones. My morning routine these past few months has left me feeling frazzled by the time I walk out the door, so I’m shifting a few tasks to the evening prior along with prepping my clothing for the week in advance. I did oodles of laundry over the long weekend, and quite a bit of grocery shopping. (I find that the one factor that more than any other seems to help me maintain my weight is packing a lunch. Keeping lunch supplies in the house can be challenging.)

I’ve also planned some updates/tweaks to the blog that I’ll be working on behind the scenes and hope to roll out by November. Some of you have requested better blog subscription options, and those will be part of the update.

Is September a time to refresh and renew for you? What changes do you tend to make this time of year?

Collage – Earrings: Alexis Bittar // Trench: Burberry // Scarf: Nordstrom // Top: R13 // Jeans: J.Brand // Bag: Jérôme Dreyfuss // Boots: rag & bone

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