On the days when it's too darned hot to cycle, or too humid and buggy to walk the trail, I'm on my exercise bike, trolling the web on my i-pad for fall clothes. Here are a few of the images that inspire me this season... well, actually, to be precise, they're inspiring me to plan for next season.
Like this polished look from Berlin designer Marina Hoermanseder. It's from her Spring 2016 line... but I'd love a softly draped pair of pants like these for fall.
My friend Liz says that burgundy is big again this year. I love this coat from the Marina Hoermanseder fall line. You can see her entire fall "Look Book" here, if you're so inclined. I love lots of her pieces... just not sure about the pink plastic breastplate in some of the shots. Might be a titch hot. See what you think.
These casual coats look great with sweaters and jeans. I may be on the look out for a new coat this year. Navy or grey...or tweed. These are lovely. And I will need some new basics. So in addition to light sweaters, I'm looking for white tees and a white shirt. And I'd love to find a pair of cropped pants that aren't jeans.
So earlier this week, suitably inspired, having inventoried my closet, researched and made a general kind of list, I headed off to visit with Liz at Nordstrom. We were "shopping Anniversary" as she said. Looking exclusively at the items that were marked down for the Anniversary Sale to see what might fit with my "needs list." Or what might strike my fancy.This was not necessarily my fall shop. Here were some of the contenders.
I have to tell you that the pieces from the various lines chosen to be featured in the sale did not hold much appeal for me this year. I was disappointed; last year there were so many wonderful choices. Many of the items listed as part of the Anniversary Sale on the Nordstrom.com website were not available in Canadian stores. Or at least not available in the Ottawa store. Pooh. What's up with that, do you think?
Still, I didn't come home entirely empty-handed. I bought a lovely tote bag. And a couple of other things which were sadly not on sale. And which I stashed in my closet right away. They'll be "seasoning" there for a few weeks before they make an appearance on the blog.
And... News Flash... I discovered a new designer whose line Nordstrom in Ottawa has recently started carrying. Veronica Beard. Have you heard of her? Liz and I both really like her clothes. I checked out the brand website when I came home, and the designer is not a "her" but a "them." Two Veronicas, sisters-in-law. In their own words, they are trying to "strike a balance between classic and cool." Designing "iconic staples" which are "effortless and chic." Ok-ay. They are definitely speaking my language. And more important than the descriptors, I found the jackets well tailored, long enough in the sleeves, and comfortable. And the pants. Well... the pants fit me like a glove. Except... they're pants. Ha. Here are two looks from the Veronica Beard website that I love.
So I'll be adding Veronica Beard to my short list of go-to designers. Those brands that fit my style and my lifestyle. And my body.... let's not forget that little deal breaker. Because there's nothing worse than loving a pair of pants or a jacket when they don't love you back. Unrequited fashion love. I've known a lot of that in my time. And I suspect you have too.
All of the looks in this post can be found on my Pinterest fall fashion board which you can check out here if you're interested. I'd show you the things I bought, but like I said, they're seasoning in my closet. Waiting until it's a bit closer to fall. When it's not sooo hot.
Me and Ella... we both think it's too darned hot.
I'm going to try to put fall shopping out of my mind now for at least a month. Maybe. What are you up to? Not fall shopping, I imagine.
Linking up this week with these great blogs: Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb, Thursday Favourite Things at Katherine's Corner, Passion 4 Fashion at Rachel the Hat, and Friday Finds at Forage Fashion, Style Me Wednesday at Shopping My Closet.