Ohh boy. I can already feel that these monthly mood board posts are going to trip me out because I feel like they come around way too often. Just a second ago we were welcoming in the dog days of summer, and just like that it’s time to say hello to fall! Not that I’m complaining. September is always an epic month, don’t you think? There’s an energy unlike any other month of the year. It’s the perfect time to pick up the pace after a laid back summer, grab a hot coffee, and dive head first into the final quarter. School is in session, fall TV is back, and layering is creeping back into our daily outfits (yes!). It may still be hot for a little while longer, but the crisp fall air is waiting around the bend, sweaters and leather in tow. For me, it’s the month the husband and I finally take a long overdue vacation to Italy and let me tell you it cannot come soon enough. September, here we go!
I think we can all agree that the whole no white after Labor Day rule is a thing of the past. Sure, white is a summery neutral, but I mean… it’s white. It’s about the most basic color out there, right next to black. How can we take something so huge off the table for 3/4 of the year? Plus, it’s not always clear when summer really ends, especially in LA where September tends to be the hottest month of the year. I don’t know about you but there’s no way I’m packing away my whites just yet – and probably not ever. We’re all smart girls, aren’t we? We can figure out how to wear white differently during the colder months. For a few more weeks it’s still acceptable to really drive it home, but as fall sets in, pick a star white piece and anchor it with darker colors and heavier textures and you’ll be looking fresh and ready for fall.
Is there any season that we get more excited for than fall? It’s kind of the best reason to amp up your wardrobe. However, it never gets cold as fast as we think it does. Realistically, your favorite new fall sweater doesn’t see the light of day until early October. As tempting as it may be to delve right into a fresh fall look, we need to take a step back and ease into the season the right way. These pieces will give you just a taste of autumn but can still work throughout the warmer days of September. The sporty shift dress is cool enough on it’s own but can be paired with boots and an oversized coat once the cold bites. Top your outfit off with a great felt fedora or edge it up with some cut out booties. An awesome leather vest can be paired with a muscle tank now or over a sweater by the time you’re planning your clever halloween costume. However you choose to rock these transitional pieces, you’ll be able to do it with ease in the months ahead.
From time to time, I fall into a hardcore obsession with something and I want to shout from the rooftops that everyone needs to go get it. I’m talking about the occasional piece that’s so perfect it deserves its own post… So that’s just what I’m going to do. The goal is to highlight affordable items that can (and should) be incorporated into all of our wardrobes. Today it’s all about this awesome oversized button down from J.Crew. You can totally dress it up by tucking it into a pencil skirt, keep it laid back with some boyfriend jeans, or edge it up with their star cluster necklace that I can’t stop thinking about. However you decide to wear it, this shirt is effortlessly cool and should be in your closet immediately.
Although I love a good piece of statement jewelry, there’s something to be said for a girl who can bring lots of details together to create an overall composition. Nothing says “I know how to put a look together” like some well chosen jewelry. The more basic the individual pieces, the more they can be layered together to make a collective statement that’s never repetitive. You don’t need a lot of frills, just a few key simple things. I love dainty rings and minimalist bangles mixed with a hand chain or a wide sleek cuff. What’s great about pieces like this is once you build up a collection, you can wear the same few things everyday but in different configurations. Unlike a big detailed bib necklace which can only be brought out every once in awhile, you know you’ll get your money’s worth with these. They’re like your favorite pair of jeans – easy, go-to, yet always chic. Here are a few finds to create the layered look…
Whether you’re the lightbulb switching or the electric car driving type of environmentalist, reducing our carbon foot print is at the upmost importance these days. Now that plastic bags are a thing of the past and stores are even charging for paper ones, I can’t think of a better time to up our market tote game. We’re grabbing groceries once or twice a week, yet often times the cloth bags we’re using are haphazard randoms that end up shoved in our trunks and sucked into the black hole of polyester shopping bags (I say “we” so that I can try to feel better about my own pathetic grocery bag situation, but I really just mean “I”). Seriously though, why not spend a little more money on one you won’t be embarrassed walking around Whole Foods with? Not to mention these are all great for the beach, gym, picnics, dry cleaning, and general errands all the same. What’s better than being kind to the earth and looking great while doing it?
I have to say I’ve been really loving the sport inspired trends that popped up over the past year. Varsity jackets, joggers, running shoes, and training jersey tops… I love them for the casual and laid back yet sleek element they add to an outfit. I spotted this silky tee in the window as I was walking past H&M and it stopped me in my tracks, so I ran in and immediately bought it (don’t you love it when something that captures your attention is affordable enough to buy without breaking into a cold sweat?). It was exactly what my wardrobe was craving. These days this trend provides an extra bit of inspiration as I start most mornings in fitness gear for the gym. I love the idea of bringing that vibe into my actual outfits, to remind myself of my goals in a stylishly relevant way. That’s one of the things I love most about fashion – how it can provide a deeper message and some much needed inspiration to our day.