Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall Fashion Trends

It's that time of year again, trees turning the most beautiful, vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange.  Pumpkin Spice is in the crisp air, and boots are getting pulled out from the back of the closet. Ahhh, my favorite season, FALL or AUTUMN - takes too long to get here and last too short of a time.

After looking over several "Fall Must Have Lists" I decided to compose my own Fall Trends for 2015.  Some from last year and some new, but mostly there are all wearable, as opposed to the runway trends.

The IT colors of the Season - Gray, still a very popular color (even for interiors). Burgundy, Brown, Mustard, Olive Green, and Navy Blue - all of them, in my mind, are staples of Fall Clothing. So pretty together or alone.  Loving the Burgundy this year! (see photos below)

Winter Florals - So pretty and feminine, yet not those same pastels from the Spring.  Try them in warmer, trendy, fall colors, such as burgundy flowers on a navy blue back ground.  Pair one floral item with one solid item, or if you are more daring pair florals with other patterns, such as stripes (see below)

Flare Leg Pants - I love that this style is back in full force again. While I love skinny jeans, and they work much better with tall boots.  Sometimes its so refreshing to mix it up with different style pants.  Flare Leg Pants made a big come back in the spring and it looks like they are here to stay a while longer.

Cool Tights - Whether that is different opaque colors or patterned, cool tights are here to stay another season.  And why not love them!  Wearing colorful or patterned tights with a monochromatic outfit really adds interest.  Or for the more daring, patterned tights with more colors and patterns on top.  You can go wrong spicing up a plain skirt ensemble with cool tights.

Booties - While I don't think tall boots will ever go out, and I hope not, Booties are back again, and I LOVE them! So many great styles to choose from; high heels, low heels, different colors, different textures. Have fun shopping for your new fall booties and wear them into Spring with your favorite feminine flow-y dresses. 

PLAID - my favorite fall pattern, I will take anything plaid, and I love it in flannel too. SO comfy and yet still very stylish. What else is there to say about a timeless Autumn pattern.

Statement Jewelry or Bling - I never really got rid of mine, I love statement pieces, but this season they are back to being feminine and sparkly.  Don't throw out your global inspired pieces just yet, but mix them up with the other bling.

Puffy Coats - Don't get rid of them  just yet, they are around for another year.  While I love the warmth and I never want to get rid of my comfy puffy coat; I don't miss knocking into to everything while making that quick stop at the store.  Everyone walking around in puffy winter coats in a store, could look quite humorous from the birds-eye view.  Lots of colorful marshmallows, if you will.

Chunky Knits - Love them! Such the perfect Fall Sweater.

Turtlenecks - who doesn't love a good turtleneck - comfy, warm, and hides a lot ;)

Pleats - while trendy, wear some of them at your own risk.  Having a good pleated skirt can always be fun, but beware of going too far with other pieces (aka, pleated pants).

Loafer - I own a pair of Penny Loafers and will probably never get rid of the them.  I've had them since before they were "trendy" and still love them.  They are my preppy staple. This season you can wear them with pride.

High Waist Pants - Again, wear at your own risk.  Awesome on the young 20-something with long legs, but there is a fine line of looking too much like a "mom-jean" - Personally, I avoid them, they do not help me being that I am 5'4".  

Skinny Scarves - This is something I debated whether or not to put on this list.  While I do own a couple, I will probably not be adding this to my fall attire.  I LOVE my chucking scarves, and I have quite the collection.  They are still very much in style, and to me, just radiate Autumn!  I LOVE scarves and wear them most of the Spring and even into the Summer.  Big, chunky scarves can keep you warmer than a light jacket, who would want to give that up.  I can't see a skinny scarf being as useful, but having a nice one in you closet for that certain outfit can't hurt.

 Last by not forgotten - Leather and Suede (faux and real), Winter Cream, Shearling, and Lace

Below are some of my favorite outfit ideas for this Cool Season.

Love this picture by Stitch Fix - Fall 2015 Trends
Showing so many great ideas!

Below are some of my favorite Pins for Fall 2015 Trends
Chunky Winter Cream Knit, Olive Bag, Leather Pants, Booties (and HUGE Fall Staple - Camel Colored Jacket)

Love the Burgundy Chunky Knit Scarf and Booties.  Even her lipstick matches nicely.

Burgundy, Burgundy, Burgundy And PLAID! LOVE THESE

Comfy Weekend Outfit

I'm in LOVE with these cowboy boots! And I am still a fan of Long Socks this year.

Happy Fall Outfit Planning

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Toddler Friendly Decorating Ideas

Talk about a designers dilemma! Decorating around children is not something I ever thought I would be that concerned with, and the idea never really crossed my mind before having one. I have never needed to explore family friendly decorating options while working with model homes, people look and rarely touch, perfect for someone as OCD as I used to be - note "used to be" - as in, I have found worrying over the little things, especially as far as home decor goes, are not worth the stress anymore.

While some might decide to wait until their children are older to decorate, I never wanted to sacrifice my interest in design to wait until my children are "old enough" to appreciate it or understand "not to touch"something, and I don't think you should either. Who knows when they would ever be "old enough" (especially with two boys).  And I don't want them to be afraid of a room or space, because they can't go near it. I say that now maybe because we have nothing of great value in our house, minus one, very sturdy and large, piece of furniture that I have which has been pasted down several generations.  Other than that we have not invested in expensive art or accessories, and to me furniture is meant to be used by a family, not just for admiring.

I'm sure there are lots of tips and ideas online to help decorate around the kiddos.  HGTV has some good tips, especially for older children.  I will talk about some of those and some from my personal experience (I only know what I know about a child under 2 - so far).  I'm sure I will have updated blogs as my children grow and throughout different holidays (a Christmas tree will be new found territory, for us, this year...)

Since I have a 21 month old son and a soon-to-be-newborn (November 2015) I am just starting to experience this predicament.  My first taste was when my son was starting to get around and was pulling himself up on things. TIP * Bolt things to the wall! I needed to get rid of my super-cute glass cocktail table in our Family Room.  It was sad day for me (very cute table), but children (especially small ones) do not understand not to lean on glass; plus the finger prints are not worth dealing with.  I have vivid memories of my grandmother repeatedly telling us to not to rest our weight on the glass top kitchen table.  For a while we had nothing in place of the cocktail table, the spaced opened up for his toy area, while I decided what I wanted to replace it with.  We ended up with a solid wood, trestle-based cocktail table, that matches some other furniture in our house.  This however is a piece of furniture that remains empty, or topped with a book/toy of his.  It is where we like to color and eat some snacks. Since it is his height I decided not to decorate this table top with anything I don't want him to touch, included remotes.  It won't be like this forever, but we have to get through the "putting everything in his mouth" stage.  It is a sturdy piece of furniture, because he is now at the stage where he likes to climb on top of the table while I am not looking.

We also have a very inexpensive rug in our Family Room.  You can definitely find stylish rugs for a reasonable price.  Ours is certainly something that I don't mind if there are spills on it, because I know there will be (and have been).  The area in our house needs a rug because we have an open floor plan and it is one of the only things that defines the space, but maybe you decide to opt out of carpet and rugs while they are very young.

TIP* Don't buy something you can't part with when the kiddos do what they do best!

As far as accessorizing, I have come to terms that minimalistic is better these days, but that doesn't mean giving up all fun things.  I have put the accessories that I cherish most (photos frames, books, candles, plants) out of reach. There is nothing too small that could hurt them around anymore (you know the nick-nacks that you collect and love but that have no purpose). Consolidating accessories on a table (my Dining Table - for example) is pleasing to the eye and helps keep things away from the edge, in grabbing distance.  We are not at the point where he is climbing on the dining table via the chairs. So I do have a small tray as a center piece.  It contains, a couple candles, some olive oil (purely because I needed the height and liked the bottles - thank you Homegoods), napkins, salt and pepper, and a water jug, which actually holds hand sanitizer for those times we get him in his high chair and have forgotten to wash his hands, or have a food disaster at the table. The water pitcher is also used as a flower vase when I feel the urge to buy/ pick flowers for the house.

Here is a picture of the tray on my Dining Table, and it can be decorated differently for each holiday. (yes, the Halloween decorations will be making an appearance in our house very soon)

Another way to add in your precious accessories is by grouping them in a glass front china hutch or glass cabinet.  You will be able to see them without having little hands touch.  Doing this adds interest and color to a room while your keep sakes remain safe, and organizing a hutch or glass cabinet can be a lot of fun!

TIP* Don't forget how you actually live in a space.  Something may look great on Pintrest or in a magazine, but if you can't enjoy your daily life in the space its not worth having (in my opinion).

TIP* Don't forget easy ways to add color, though art and pillows. There are great colorful inexpensive pillows out there, keep them simple with no fringe or buttons, around the kiddos).

TIP* I learned a long time ago, before kids, Satin or Eggshell paint is much easier to wipe down than flat paint.  Instead of alway repainting, start out with one that has a little sheen, and most scuffs will easily be wiped away.

Happy Toddler Friendly Decorating!