Sunday, August 20, 2017

My Fall Transition Wardrobe Colors

How to transition your wardrobe for Fall weather is going to be different in every part of the country but today I am going to tell you how I do it with color.

When Fall arrives and the mornings are a bit more crisp and the night air is cool here in California we  will still have warm daytime temps into October. Because of that, we have to slowly start transitioning our wardrobes for Fall.

I have two storage boxes in my closet that contain seasonal clothing, but there is a period of time where I seem to have a bit of both seasons hanging in my closet. It gets a bit crowded at that point.

You know the weather that is warm during the day but it gets cool enough for a sweater once the sun goes down.

I find that my colors change from the bright cheerful colors of summer to a bit more Fallish looking colors.

In the past the colors I wore looked something like this....

One season I had a base of navy and cognac and I added a pop of bright pink to the mix, it was fun.

I also added Kelly green and mustard. I almost always have some form of yellow in my wardrobe and for the cooler months it usually gets a little more golden.

I have a rule for myself when I purchase new clothing. I try to only buy pieces that will mix and match with 2-3 other pieces. By sticking with the colors I love, they always seem to mix and match well.

 In California we can wear clothing pieces we would wear in the Spring until usually late Oct. or November. As it gets cooler I will add one fall looking color such as the cognac.

Here is a color capsule that you will often see me in. This is me packing for a trip. Obviously this is my Spring wardrobe.

So how do I use some of these colors and items for a Fall wardrobe? Here is one of my Fall wardrobes from the past.......

 You will notice the colors are a bit darker and warmer. I still have my kelly green and cobalt blue in there, but there is a nice warm camel in there now.

This year I am doing my same routine where I  have a color capsule where I can mix and match my clothing.

For this year my capsule is going to be somewhat the same but I am adding a different color that I have not worn for years.

You will notice the new kid on the block is a dark olive green. For fall it works for me. I do have green eyes so this is actually a  pretty natural selection for me to wear. 

When shopping it caught my eye when it was paired with a very bright yellow, which is another color I love to wear. 

It will also look great with a soft pink or bright pink and even red, so I will have a few alternative capsules to wear as well...

I will keep the olive color mostly as pants, skirts and shoes, and then brighten my look by wearing a brighter top. I like to wear happy colors close to my face.

For any of you doubters that olive goes with red...


Before adding the dark olive to my wardrobe I went over all of this in my head, and put together outfits in my minds eye before taking the plunge.

This new color came to mind when I saw this top which I thought would be a perfect Fall transition color for my wardrobe.....

Of course it is stripes, one of my favorite patterns. Then I saw these pants.....

I tried them on and it felt like ME so of course I had to get them!!!

Notice the cute loafers! I am waiting on these to go on sale before getting them....

I am going to have some fun this year wearing this color for Fall. I was just going down memory lane and I remember in the 8th grade,  my color capsule was navy, camel, dark olive and red. Of course back then it involved lots of plaid skirts and jumpers.

It is easier to dress if you have color pieces that coordinate. You can get away with less clothing and you will have more versatility.

As the Fall season gets here and we have cooler temps I will share some outfits that I will be wearing.

Right now I am pulling together my wardrobe. I like to get the basics settled and then I might add a few on-trend pieces to the mix.

I am on the hunt for the perfect denim jacket which is a wonderful transition piece for Fall or Spring.Once I find it, I will take you along with me on the hunt!!!


Monday, August 14, 2017

My Fall Great Room Plans Keep Changing!!


Remember when I started working on my Fall decor for this year and mentioned that I knew it was too soon, but I had to get my plans settled because it would take time to find the right combinations and to place orders if need be?

I have been working and finding some things that I thought would work. I knew it looked good and would work but it did not quite feel like me, so I continued waiting for the samples of fabric for pillows to come in.

For some reason this particular combination of pillows looked contrived to me and after living with a few days I tired of it. 

Sometimes when something feels too obvious, or contrived it becomes less interesting as time passes.

We all have our own needs and desires when it comes to decor so there really are no set rules here. I am just telling you how I was  feeling about this particular mix.

I needed something that felt a bit off but still oh so right, something that added a bit of interest and the texture I was wanting.

 So I ordered a velvet and a faux bois fabric.......

You will notice that the two pillows have more of citron gold color to them which actually looks better with the Dark Indigo Chinoiserie fabric.

This combination looks richer and a bit more sophisticated and elegant. You know me!! This gal loves an understated elegant look.

One thing I had to make sure of is how these two fabrics would read at night time. Sometimes a muddy color like these can absorb light and become dead looking in the night light. I knew the velvet would look darker with less light reflecting on it so I needed the colors to stay warm in the night time light.

Day time.....


Night time with ambient lighting.......

You can see in this picture that both fabrics got a bit darker and richer looking.  This is the look I am going for.

I have one more patterned fabric coming in to compare, but to be honest I am very sure about this combination so I will be ordering the pillows soon. 

I will also be taking back the pillows I purchased from homegoods and a couple of accessories that did not make the cut. So far I am loving two accessories I have purchased...

The wooden bowl and the silver hammered bowl with black horn handles are keepers so far. Notice I said so far? It is not over until all the puzzle pieces are here and in place. I also have some feathers coming that will reside in the wooden bowl....



As always..............


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Shopping With Me At Homegoods For Fall Accessories


The next step in planning my Fall look for my home are the accessories so I did a little Homegoods shopping to see what they had. I decided to take some pictures of items that caught my eye that anyone could use in their homes.

I was looking for texture and warmth since it is for the Fall. Homegoods seemed to have a LOT of stuff and they are getting more STUFF in. Sometimes it is hard to look beyond the clutter and so much stuff, but it is fun and kind of like a treasure hunt.

Here are some of the items that I think would make nice additions to Fall decor in a room....

 This was a nice tall cylinder vase. I liked the gold and the texture of the gold, it felt warm and inviting to me.

Tortoise shell is always a classic for Fall and this vase would be a nice addition to a room.

I thought these bottle vases were pretty colors, but there were so many of them it made them less unique, but maybe just one on a table would be nice.

The shape and warmth of this olive wood basket is so pretty. We have lots of olive trees surrounding our community so this would be very appropriate for anyone that lives in my neighborhood.

This basket was gorgeous with it's leather handles and texture. It was actually in the bathroom section to be used for a hamper, but I can see it as an accent piece to hold blankets for the cooler months coming up, plus it has a lid with a leather handle, now that's a plus in my book!

I absolutely loved this basket and there was a smaller one inside. It is probably a bit too ethnic for my home but it sure made me take pause. It was quite large too!

This was another piece that made me stop and think twice about. It would make a great little side table.

It was the size of a garden bench and the texture and warmth of the wood were really pretty. I kind of wanted it, but decided it was not quite right for my home. Can you tell I am still thinking about it?

If your home is in neutrals I thought these two table cloths would be great for a fall table setting.

I love feathers and actually plan on using some for this Fall. These both caught my eye for a touch of shine on a table. Remember it is important to vary your textures in a room.

Another nice neutral element. These boxes were so pretty and could hold that annoying TV remote.

This is the one I left behind and I am going to go back and get it. I loved it but I got so preoccupied with pictures and designing rooms in my mind I left it. I hope it is still there.

My hubby and I both have a thing for globes, for some reason they fascinate us both. There were quite a few there to choose from.

They were small in scale so they could be placed on a table easily with other elements.

For some reason these book ends fascinated me and the more I look at them the more I like them.

Notice the two vases behind the book ends. Who doesn't think of warm and cozy when thinking of a cable knit sweater......

This is just the right size of element to place on top of a stack of books or to use on a bookshelf or coffee table.

A pretty marble paper weight.

Love the colors in the marble book end.

So there you have it another rendition of shopping with Kathysue at Homegoods!!! 

Happy shopping!!