September in Photos

September in Photos

How in the world is it November?  October is always a crazy busy month for us, but damn!  And today it actually feels like Fall outside.  Back in September, we had a few Fallish days, but mostly it was still pretty warm.  It was still in the 90s and I was seeing tons of Instagram posts of the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte…but I just couldn’t embrace it wearing shorts.

I went down a bit of a rabbit hole in books during the month.  After finishing City of Fallen Angels, I picked up Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren.  I’ll probably do a post on this series after I read the latest one, but suffice it to say that I read Beautiful Bastard in three days, and then read Beautiful Stranger in three days.  I literally could not stop reading these!  You can see that toward the end of the month I attempted to start something completely different, The Girl in Hyacinth Blue.  That barely caught my interest and held it.  It’s a little bit sad though that I read two books in six days and then mostly didn’t read the rest of the month.

Of course September also brings with it Fashion Week, and I had a ton of fun watching streaming videos of the shows and of course I’ve already posted on some of my favorites here and here.  And it made me long for New York in the fall and spicing up my wardrobe a bit, evidenced by my OOTD photos with some statement necklaces, fall colors, and some fun polish colors.  In fact, speaking of polish, that pink I’m wearing in several photos was in honor of NYFW – OPI’s Passion for NY Fashion.

I made my very first lemon meringue pie (with Eric’s help).  Lemon meringue pie is my absolute favorite, so having one for my birthday back in August just wasn’t enough.  I decided it would be a perfect time to learn how to make it myself, since my mom won’t be around forever (and she took over from my grandma who used to make them for me).  This one turned out beautifully and tasted even better.

Even my fabric shopping took on a fall color scheme…love all the browns, oranges, and reds that I found.  That’s all from Juliana Horner’s line, Rosette.   I just need to find some time to actually work on my crafty projects!

Now, off to look at October’s photos!!

 

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Things I Love Thursday: New York Fashion Week

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NYFW has come and gone once again.  It’s been so fun this season to not only see the pics of the shows pop up on Instagram, but also to see the live streaming from the site.  Almost felt like I was right there, except that there were no fun parties or photos of my daily outfits.  The big trend that I saw was lots of pops of neon.  In fact the Lulu Frost presentation was called Neon Baroque – a fun spin on a modern Marie Antoinette.

Lulu Frost Neon Baroque

Can’t get enough of those amazing statement necklaces and of course the long tutus were a perfect combo with the fitted corset.  I may need more neon in my life.  I read in a magazine not too long ago that it’s fun to pair bright nails with darker fall/winter outfits – not only does it make that pop of color so much more striking but it also brings a bit of brightness into those overcast grey days.

One of the first shows I streamed was the Marissa Webb runway.  I absolutely loved the lines of the clothes – very geometric.  Plus the combo with leather was fab.

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This black dress was one of my favorites.  Not overly dramatic from the front, although I love that leather corset.

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No, the big draw for me was the back.  Just that extra bit of interest.  Almost leaning to harness rather than corset.  I love this look.

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There were also plenty of bright and flowy in the mix, like this gorgeous orange floral from Rebecca Minkoff.  So delicate and oh the movement from the fabric was stunning.  Notice also that braids played a big part in NYFW this year.

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More braids – and I love the very modern patterning from Nicole Miller.  It looks a bit like stained glass, but I love that the colored print is against a white background.  It makes me think of modern art like Cubism.  And the peplum just adds to the geometric shape of the dress.

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Naeem Khan runway (braids!) took that patterning and detail to the next level.  Look at how rich this is.  And I love it in cocktail length.  That is one hot dress.

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Rachel Zoe never disappoints.  Her pieces were very safari-inspired.  I fell completely in love with this little black and white number.  Rachel herself wore this for her show as well.  It’s got that same delicate flowiness to it that the Minkoff dresses have, but this one doesn’t have that sweet appeal to it.

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And while I mentioned braids were everywhere on the runway, Rachel Zoe really did it best with this deconstructed braid.  It was messy and wild – an untamed look to go with the pieces.

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Kate Spade – you know I love me some Kate Spade – had some fun pieces for SS14.  I can’t get enough of this bright yellow especially the lemon-print dresses and skirts.  Love!  And take a quick peek at the mani – a little reverse French mani with a pop of neon pink.  So fun!

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And along with all the runway shows and presentations, some of the most fun pics came from Instagram and the lovely ladies attending NYFW.  I had the great fortune of stumbling across Courtney Kerr’s Instagram, and immediately followed.  I watched her on Most Eligible Dallas and was happily surprised to see there’s a spinoff show coming soon on Bravo.  Love her, and especially could not get over this amaze t-shirt she wore at a Lulu Frost gathering.  I totally need this in my life – “You Can’t Sit With Us” t-shirt.

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And since I’m behind on posting about NYFW, I’ve also been able to enjoy the shows from London, Paris and Milan FW.  My favorite at LFW was the Burberry Prorsum SS14 runway.  Talk about a beautiful show!  So happy to see that mint is still hot and look at all these gorgeous pastels – complete with rose petals for the finale.

Burberry Prorsum LFW

My absolutely favorite look from this show was the gorgeous jewel embellished skirts and trench.  I mean talk about sparkle!  I love how the circles of gems plays off the lace patterning.  Gorgeous!

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014

I also loved the black and white – it’s like polka dots but taking it one step further.

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And this sweater – I cannot get enough of this sweater.  Sweet and sexy with the bow and the open back.  There’s something about those details on the back that get me.

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That’s all from me on Fashion Week…but oh what inspiration.  I love seeing how trends we’re seeing now are reinvented for next season.  S0 much fun!

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Wednesday Walk: Pinterest Addiction

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Hello, Wednesday. Here’s the state of the union: migraine + allergies + general disinterest in anything productive = no walk today. Instead at lunch, I chose to indulge my new obsession: Pinterest. You need to check it out. It’s like all the pretty photos and inspiration you could ever want bookmarked in one place. Like my own little stack of virtual tear sheets.

I’m having so much fun with it and can’t wait to play with it some more.

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Wardrobe Picks No. 6

Another week of outfits to report. I am really trying to mix up my choices and not wear the same old things all the time, but I’m finding it difficult. There’s nothing I want to do more than go out and buy an entire new wardrobe. But, since I am still losing weight, I am trying to invest my money in shoes and accessories rather than clothes that will have to be replaced soon anyway. So, I’m making due.

Saturday night, Eric took me out to dinner. I decided to pull a dressier top out of the back of my closet to wear. I think this is bordering on being too big though, so it may have to go soon. Pity, since I love this top. I wore it to our rehearsal dinner. I also opted for wearing sandals to dinner. My feet, after being in heels all week, were tired.

Monday, black top and cream linen skirt. I wore my new Circa Joan & David heels.

Thought I’d show a back view, since the detail of the skirt is on the back.

I wore my pearls with it. I haven’t worn my pearls in absolutely years. Until recently, they were too tight around my neck to wear, which was unfortunate. I did wear my pearl earrings at my wedding though. It felt so good to wear them again.

Tuesday, I was inspired by the black and white stripe top Carrie wore in Season 4, and it reminded me of a top I had.
I pulled it out and wore it with black pants. I think the fit on this top is not the greatest. I had it pinned also, which looks terrible, now that I see it in the photos. But, I do like the top, just wish it fit better.

I wore my red ombre Guess heels with it, which I adore.

And my garnet jewelry, which I designed and had made (necklace, earrings and ring).

Wednesday, I wore my green twinset and black and white linen pants. I wore my Nine West heels I love so much with this. I also wore my new bracelet.

Thursday, I took my inspiration from this outfit of my friend Sandy’s over on Pop Sugar.
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I wore my blue top, white eyelet skirt and Ralph Lauren heels.

I think my lessons this week were that I need to focus on fit. If something isn’t fitting correctly, I probably shouldn’t wear it. I also learned to pull from inspiration to keep me out of a rut.

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