Friday morning I got my husband off on his annual fall golf trip to the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania.
|Split Rock Lodge Golf Course|
The house seems so quiet as I pad around in my slippers, while Cecilia and Allegra tip toe about on dainty cat paws. It’ll be just us dainty, little girls, at least for a few more days.
Leaves are already beginning to gather on my patio – bright gold and russet. I have a feeling this will be a colorful fall.
It’s time to get serious and get back to work.
|Web Cam Quick Capture Photo - Not the Best Lighting - I Often Work at Night|
This is me getting serious and getting back to work at my desk. Note the glasses and red lipstick. I see better with glasses (Ha! Who am I kidding? I can’t see a thing without them.), and I think better with red lipstick. No kidding! Seriously….when I want to get down to serious business, I always wear red lipstick. It makes me feel powerful and in charge. Just one of my many quirks, no doubt inherited from Mme Mère, who believed that life doesn’t trifle with a woman wearing red lipstick.
This is my new favorite color for fall -- Laura Mercier’s Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color in Sun Blaze. It’s the perfect golden red for what promises to be a colorful season.
Here is what Pantone has to say about the fall 2015 color palette:
Fall 2015: An Evolving Color Landscape
This season displays an umbrella of accord that weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural. (M-T Note: Somebody got paid BIG BUCKS to come up with that overblown description. Clearly I’m in the wrong business!)
Wow! Who knew so much was riding on a simple, seasonal color palette...........excuse me, “Evolving Color Landscape!!!??”
Translation: Fall colors will be a mix of quiet neutrals and bold colors and patterns, which is always a great way to transition pieces from your summer wardrobe to fall.
The outfit I’ve put together here could easily take you from warm days to cooler evenings. Basically, I started with neutral, summery pieces and added bold fall colors and patterns.
You probably already have similar items in your closet right now.
For information on each of these pieces, click here.
Now, let’s take a stroll along the boulevards of Paris and see what the Mesdames et Mesdemoiselles are wearing.
As Stéphanie takes a quiet pause-café at the counter of her favorite Parisian café, we take a quick pause to admire how she has effortlessly transitioned her black-and-white ensemble from summer to fall. Tropical print trousers, sheer white top and black, high-heeled sandals give the nod to summer, while the tailored suit jacket definitely gives the eye to fall.
Here, Juliette wears a t-shirt in a bold, summery print over a black pencil skirt and then tops it with a leather jacket. This is such a great look that works well for almost any body type at any age, because it’s classic with an edge.
Want to go for a bit more color? How about this?
Mathilde really rocks these bright green pants, n’est-ce pas? And I would kill to have those fabulous booties, if only they came in my size!! Hélas! Now, before you dismiss this outfit because you are larger on the bottom than on the top and think you can’t wear a bright color on the bottom, think again. Brightly colored trousers must fit like a glove. Once you’ve got the perfect fit, the horizontal, black-and-white stripes of the short jacket will balance out your proportions. You can absolutely do this, curvy ladies!
Prefer your pop of color on top to light up your face? Stéphanie shows you how to take a casual, relaxed outfit in navy blue and kick it up several notches with a great one-button jacket in a bright, bold color. I think this may be my favorite outfit. I love the toucan print on the shirt. C’est amusant, don’t you think?
Of course, no fall wardrobe is complete without the perfect trench coat.
Just scrunch up those sleeves, tie the belt like a sash, and you’ll be every centimètre the Parisienne, like Anne-Sophie. Of course, a great handbag and booties are absolutely de rigueur with a great trench.
For more information on these great Paris looks, click here.
See how easy this is? Now it’s your turn. Send me a picture of yourself in your favorite summer-to-fall look. I love getting your pictures as much as I love getting your comments. And....you may just be a source of inspiration for someone else.