Autumn is definitely sweet over at Anthropologie. I’m loving the soft fall color palette in their collection. I picked out some of my favorites, from a sweater vest, lovely gown and maxi dresses, to darling booties and a luxe poncho. Better shared with my lovelies! Be inspired!
Moth Quinta Sweater Vest • Anthropologie • $69.95
Embroidered Glacia Gown • Anthropologie • $298.00
Anupamaa Mira Costa Maxi Dress • Anthropologie • $99.95
Tataborello Jeweled Droplet Bib Necklace • Anthropologie • $488.00
Elevenses Quilted Leather Bomber • Anthropologie • $398.00
Maeve Pluma Maxi Skirt • Anthropologie • $128.00
Pankaj & Nidhi Graciosa Pencil Dress • Anthropologie • $228.00
Sol Sana Toni Boots • Anthropologie • $180.00
HD in Paris Petaluma Skirt • Anthropologie • $148.00
Latigo Angostina Booties • Anthropologie • $160.00
Moth Westwind Poncho • Anthropologie • $148.00
Sam & Lavi Selma Midi Dress • Anthropologie • $178.00
Sam & Lavi Betony Dress • Anthropologie • $275.00
Today, we’ll be styling a burgundy top and black pleated skirt.
I started with a black pleated skirt by DKNY. The skirt is faux leather, knee-length and listed at an affordable price of $195.
It’s autumn and I wanted to reflect seasonal colors. Wine or burgundy is a jewel tone color that’s perfect for fall. It is my go-to color in this set.
Next, I selected a burgundy asymmetric wool-jersey top by Isa Arfen. The soft wool top slips on and has a draped fitting. Asymmetric tops make the upper body appear narrower, elongating the torso. The asymmetric draping creates a flow similar to the black pleated skirt.
Both burgundy and black are deep, rich and strong colors. I spiced things up with a brown-based leopard-print calf hair pump by Gianvito Rossi. It’s a pointed toe, 4-inch heel. Wow!
The bag is a beautiful structured burgundy satchel by Jérôme Dreyfuss. It’s part calfskin and part goatskin. It’s smooth grain texture is a complement to the pleated skirt.
I didn’t want to take away from the beauty of the asymmetric wool top, so I avoided upper body accessories, such as a necklace. Instead, I chose some sweet arm candy by Paige Novick. The black stingray cuff is elegantly layered with gold-toned chains which resonate with the leopard pumps. I grabbed more burgundy with Enamored nail glaze in “Desire Wine” by Marc Jacobs, essentially extending the arm candy right down to the finger tips.
How would you style a burgundy top with a black pleated skirt?
- ISA ARFEN Asymmetric wool-jersey top
- JÉRÔME DREYFUSS Burgundy Leather & Suede Edouard Satchel
- PAIGE NOVICK Black Stingray Cuff with Chain
- MARC JACOBS Enamored – Nail Glaze, Desire Wine
- DKNY Pleated skirt
- GIANVITO ROSSI Leopard-Print Calf Hair Pump, Brown
Since I was a young girl, I’ve always loved magazines. My grandmother picked up on this love affair and would save her old magazines (and catalogs) for me. Her magazines mainly consisted of home/garden, lifestyle and true fashion magazines; not the gossipy women’s glossies.
I’d visit my grandmother and she’d introduce me to the newest additions, while directing me to take all the old ones I wanted. I’d leave with bundles of glossies to flip through. I especially liked the texture of the paper. I remember running my fingers across the pages, studying the layouts.
Although we’re in a digital age, I still enjoy picking up a magazine and flipping through it. No matter how convenient, technology can’t replace the tactile experience “real” media, such as magazines, offer. I just like the real thing.
I indulged in some magazine reading today, but in the form of fashion research. Sometimes I pick one up to simply enjoy it, but today I picked a small bundle to study and find inspiration. I’m continually amazed by the harmony of art, psychology, sociology and science present in fashion.
What would the fashion industry be without magazines—both digital and traditional? How we present the elements of fashion and style is an art form of its own.
How do you stay inspired?
There are plenty of reasons to rave over analog cameras. Some people call them toy cameras, but they were on the scene before DSLR and camera phones turned the masses into photographers. Analog cameras added “filters” and effects to photographs before Instagram.
The lomography photographic lifestyle is fueled by the Lomographic Society International and passionate artists of every kind — from the professional and hobbyist, to the friend who shows up at every event with a camera.
The results you get from lomographic film photography can be categorized as unexpected amazement. You don’t necessarily choose your effects, you’re surprised by them. Light leaks are acceptable. Blurred images are common, but the photos are colorful and unique. The principle behind lomography is there are no rules — just shoot without being bound by photographic techniques. Picture a kid with a camera. It’s fun and creative!
If interested, Lomography.com has a beginner guide, interactive community and shop that are worth checking out.
I curated items in the Lomographic Influence set based on the striped colors of the La Sardina St. Tropez Graniers 35mm Wide-Angle Camera found in the lomograpy shop.
1.BOO AND BOO FACTORY Geometric Neon Earrings
2. MODELCO Fat Lash Mascara
3. VALENTINO Rockstud Striped Camera Bag
4. JANE COSMETICS 5-Piece Pro Artistry Brush Set
5. LA SARDINA St. Tropez Graniers 35mm Wide-Angle Camera
6. MODCLOTH Just a Jaunt Flat
7. FOREVER 21 Color Cascade Lacquered Bangle Set
8. DAVID YURMAN Exotic Essence Perfume
Nude is a neutral color. Some people call it beige, tan or other variations depending on the designer, but nude is really meant to be flesh-colored. One way to add a neutral color to your outfit is with nude heels. Sometimes black, which is also a neutral color, is just too intense for what you’re wearing. Maybe white shoes just throw everything off with a particular outfit.
Nude heels also make your legs appear longer. That’s going back to that flesh color. It’s like an instant leg extension.
Consider nude heels when you want to lighten up an outfit or focus on the top part of your look, such as a trendy top or statement accessory.
Styling Nude Heels
What colors do nude heels complement? Nude heels tend to match well with pastels, monochromatic colors, color-blocking, a black dress/skirt or bright colors, such as the hot pink in Model Me Girl’s logo.
Nude Heels for Every Skin Tone
Depending on your preferences, you can match nude heels with your skin tone. If in your budget, Christian Louboutin has The Nudes Collection with shades of nude to match skin tones from light to dark. Ultra light nudes for everyone is a thing of the past.
What’s Your Style?
In addition to Christian Louboutin’s Nudes Collection, I featured other nude pumps below that may suit your style. Peep toe, strappy, slingback or the classic pump—there’s a nude heel just for you. Happy shoe shopping!
Let’s style a floral bomber jacket and denim skirt. First a little style history.
Fashion/Style History of the Bomber Jacket
The bomber jacket is also called a flight jacket. Birthed in the 1900s, the bomber jacket was initially designed for military pilots who needed something heavy-duty to wear in-flight. Bomber jackets provided much needed warmth during a time when cockpits were not enclosed. The temperature got pretty frigid in high altitudes. The jackets were traditionally lined with fur or wool, and featured high wrap-around collars.
Today, you can find bomber jackets of different materials, with or without lining. Many designers have crafted bomber jackets of lighter fabrics so we can enjoy them when it’s not as cold. Although initially designed for a very important function, bomber jackets make a bold style statement. It has a sense of cool, edginess and don’t take yourself too seriously symbolism. The style and shape of the bomber jacket is very forgiving and looks great on many body types.
This set includes the Wonder Anatomie ‘Revolt’ floral bomber jacket. The graphic print flowers add a feminine touch to a very edgy piece. The fabric is polyester, so it’s definitely not a heavy-duty jacket. I mirrored the white collar and cuffs of the jacket by adding a basic white back-message t-shirt by Mango. I didn’t want the set too dressy, so I opted for a distressed denim pencil skirt. Pencil skirts smooth out the thighs and are great for curvy or hourglass and pear figures. The pencil skirt hints at office style, but the denim tones it down.
I felt like this set needed a jolt of cobalt blue, which you can see a small amount of in the floral bomber jacket. Cobalt blue is a great color and flatters many skin tones. I searched and couldn’t resist the geometric-inspired blue ‘Moneymaker’ peep toe pumps by Nine West and cobalt blue suede clutch bag by Tom Ford. I like how the textures of the peep toe pumps and clutch work with the smooth-textured tee.
LINDA FARROW For Dries Van Noten Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses
MAYA BRENNER Straight as an Arrow Necklace
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How would you wear suede and tulle? Candy colors would be delightful, and Burberry makes it easy with their purple cropped suede jacket with patent trim. We’ll stay with Burberry and fall in awe with the Prorsum collection tiered cobweb tulle skirt.
The nude leather pumps are by Gianvito Rossi. I wasn’t able to find the candy-colored Vivienne Westwood New Chancery 6605 Rucksack bag for sell anywhere online. Don’t fret. There are other variations of the Chancery available.
This Suede + Tulle in Candy Colors set is light and feminine. I mean, who doesn’t feel like a princess or ballerina in tulle? (Have I said this before?)
Many styles of tops will work well with the suede jacket and tulle skirt, but I opted for a batwing sleeved graphic tee of a darling deer. I wanted to give it a little edginess, but keep it soft. I’d knot the tee in the front as a nod to street style chic and toss that Vivienne Westwood bag over my shoulder…and we are walking.
Beauty additions: makeup in candy colors
1. TOO FACED Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick — Melted Peony; a subdued hue for the lady who wants a hint of color without drawing too much attention to her lips.
2. TARTE Deluxe Cheek Stain — Energy
3. L’ORÉAL Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara
It’s a cool and windy day in the neighborhood, and I’m thinking of oversized slouchy sweaters, a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Maybe it’s the model’s top bun or the large bright yellow clutch, but the black and white zebra print knit Roberta Sweater by Trina Turk looks quite chic with a midi-length accordion pleat skirt. What lovely fall fashion!
Perfect your Model Me Girl walk in the Laguna—a black peep toe slip-on leather shoe, also available in suede and different colors/patterns.
I’ve included additional oversized slouchy sweaters below for your shopping delight. Enjoy!
Argan oil is used in two mediums; cooking and cosmetics. It’s a wonderful oil for the face, skin and hair. It’s rich in vitamin E and contains carotene. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties, which works to prevent damage to the body’s cells and protect against diseases. Carotene is what gives carrots and sweet potatoes their orange color. Argan oil is extracted from the kernals of the argan tree found in Morocco. With claims to moisturize, soothe and nourish, it’s no wonder more and more cosmetics contain argan oil.
Argan oil goodies in this beauty set:
JOSIE MARAN Argan Black Oil Mascara
MOROCCANOIL Body Souffle
JOSIE MARAN 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
ORGANIX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
ORGANIX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner
AVON Advance Techniques 360 Nourish Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Treatment
JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS 100% Argan Oil
THE BODY SHOP Wild Argan Oil Solid Oil Lips
THE BODY SHOP Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub
JOSIE MARAN Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil Duo
How about a good evening look? We’re on to the little black dress — one that is sophisticated, stylish and modest. This black dress by Alexander McQueen sports a v-neck and bubble skirt. The bubble skirt hits right at the knee and the v-neck doesn’t plunge too deep.
Add some indigo glam with a beaded satin indigo clutch by Rafe. Extend your indigo glam with a pavé white zircon and ice blue sapphire cuff designed by Matthew Campbell for M.c.I. Design. Now I love a great heel. I tend to go back to Alexander McQueen, as he is one of my favorite designers. The black suede t-strap metal sandal goes well with the indigo beaded clutch and cuff.
Put it all together and you’re off to a good evening — poised and polished.
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