What’s in the forecast for Fall?

With the past week housing not only New York Fashion Week but also the Grammy Awards, fashion fever is in the air. Not to mention that Spring is only a couple of months away now (well, in Minnesota, still about 2 1/2…).

The Grammys weren’t out-of-the-park interesting for me, but there were a few good looks to be found. As for what’s in stores now- bright colors, jackets galore, lots of prints, and an over-abundance of stripes are in the air for Spring.

For next Fall, shine in fabrics, knee-length hemlines, and around-the-globe cultural inspirations are seen in abundance.. A storied, travelwear, just-got-off-the-train quality echos through many of the collections. Patterns vary from new and graphic to folksy and florals that (your Grandma) would get excited about. Ladylike influences seem to be reminiscent of an urban lifestyle in the 1920s and 30s. Not only that, but Fall 2013 seems to be celebrating a practical approach to dressing, which we all can get excited about. Aside from this is wispy hair, red lips, porcelain skin, and simple booties/flats for the feet. All in all, I can’t wait for Fall!

Here are some images from NYFW (and a few from the Grammys), courtesy of Vogue.com

Alexander Wang runway metallic mix fabrics and shawl-like collars.

On Alexander Wang’s runway were metallic-mix fabrics, trousers, and shawl-like collars.


Janell Monae, who recorded We Are Young with Fun., rocks a tailed tux jacket at the Grammys.


Justin Timberlake, all dressed up in black and white at the Grammys.


Marc by Marc Jacobs, in a put-together lapis blue and black ensemble.


A fantastic printed dressed and small trunk bag at Marc by Marc Jacobs.


Sophie Theallet. The former CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund winner presents a firey orange and brown dress with layered skirt in her show.


In Oscar de la Renta’s feminine fashion, prints and shapes draw inspiration from cultures around the world.


Fantastic aquamarine and blue sing in this city chic ensemble at Oscar de la Renta, complete with fur jacket and gloves.


Messy braids and graphic prints were a common denominator in many of the looks at Rodarte. The Rodarte sisters said they drew their inspiration from beach life while growing up in California.

Patterned fur and a long wrap coat at the Band of Outsiders show.

Patterned fur and a long wrap coat at the Band of Outsiders show.


Pattern mixing and its simplest and finest- also Band of Outsiders.


Covetable patterns, jackets, and leather pants at J. Mendel.


Metallic patterned suit at the J. Mendel show- too jaw-dropping for me not to share!


Military influence and tribal patterns at Prabal Gurung.


Cream dropped-waist frock at the Proenza Schouler show.


Interesting materials throughout the Reed Krakoff show. Satin, gabardine, velvet, and more. I especially love these blue pants-there is even a stripe down the side!

Pant detail at the Reed Krakoff Fall show.

Pant detail at the Reed Krakoff Fall show.


New Orange Jacket

This is what I wore last night to dinner with a friend. We went to O’Gara’s, a pub in St. Paul. It was a bit greasy, but the fries were good. It has a lot of Irish-Minnesota history and character to it, which adds something to the experience.

I love wearing my new orange jacket. I think as a Minnesotan, outerwear available in stores here is usually much too boring for me. Hence my purchase of this side-zip jacket. I like pairing it with my pink Doc Martens rubber-soled wedges (my favorite shoe purchase of 2012 so far).

First photo I tried to take of myself is below, but it wasn’t working out too well so my photographer jumped in (aka my roommate).






Jacket: Kensie (Macy’s). Sweater: MANGO (Mango, London). Jeans: White House Black Market. Shoes: Dr. Martens. (Dr. Martens stores) Bracelet: gift! Lavender nail polish: Revlon.

Thanksgiving update: My first two pumpkin pies of my baking life just popped out of the oven. I am super proud, even though the recipe was just from the side of a pumpkin can and I don’t  even know yet if they turned out!

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