Dressing For Fall When It Feels Like Summer Out

We’ve all been there, especially those of us who live in sunny California.  We’ve spent the Summer season being bombarded with fall fashion trends and 900+ page books like Vogue and InStyle telling us what MUST HAVES we MUST HAVE lining our closets {for some of us, our floors} before our Labor Day weekend hangover subsides.

So what do we do??  Well, if you’re reading this and happen to have a shopping problem {not a problem, more of a hobby, a little therapy, or at the very least…an issue, but definitely not a problem, right?} then you’ve run down to your local boutique where they greet you by name, their eyes glittering with joy.  Of course they’re happy to nudge you towards the shiny racks with all of the new fall goodies, as they themselves are dying to sell you these gorgeous Fall Fashions that started arriving in their shops in ohh…mid-July.

You feel great!  You’ve had wonderful success picking up all your new goodies and getting them home to play dress up and take a few selfies for your instafriends to swoon over.  You’ve already filled your closet, you’re creeping in on your hubby’s side {or bf ~ or your domestic partner} and the dog is finding cozy new coats on the floor to call his new nap spot.  Isn’t Fall Fashion great?!?

But wait…what the hell??  It’s 90 degrees out and its well into October!  What’s a girl to do????  HOW do we possibly take all of those hot new Fall fashions and make it work in the real world???  Well, we’ve asked 3 of our favorite boutique stores in California to come up with one styling suggestion from their stores with the theme being “Dressing For Fall When It Feels Like Summer Out”

This is what they’ve done….what do you think??


Pink Lagoon | Solana Beach, Ca

Pink Lagoon

Button Down Blouse ~ Free People | Blush Blouse ~ Toupy | Denim  ~ Citizens Of Humanity | Rebel Yell Necklace ~ Geoffrey Scott

available at PINK LAGOON | Solana Beach, Ca | 858.792.0882

Edge Boutique | Danville, CA


Romantic Moonlight Tunic ~ Free People | Janice Jegging in Cerulean ~ Level 99  Tribe Wrap Bracelet ~ Geoffrey Scott

available at  EDGE BOUTIQUE | Danville, Ca | 925.831.9500

M Clothing | Corte Madera, Ca

M Clothing

Anorak in Military ~ Haute Hippie | Charmer Jean in Fools Gold ~ Sanctuary | Rio Wrap Bracelet in Tiger’s Eye ~ Geoffrey Scott

available at M Clothing | Corte Madera, CA | 415.924.8891


Are they insane?

I actually wrote this back in January and must have been sidetracked for ohh…9 months or so.  Ironically, not much has really changed in gov’t and it seems fitting that I just post instead of hitting delete – and now that I have a renewed commitment to myself to continue the blog I started nearly a year ago, here we go.

January 6th, 2013~

For those close to me can attest, I don’t read much.  In fact, I had a self-diagnosed learning disability through my school years in which retention was so hard that I basically said screw it and passed on the reading 😉

I do however enjoy reading inspirational and motivational quotes by the great leaders of our times.  You know – the guys like John Lennon, Bob Marley, and the Albert Einsteins (yes, I threw Bob in there) of our world that although they did not have the political powers to effect our finances and our futures, they held the innate power to change our lives forever with their words.

Tonight, I was on a different track.  I thought I had it all figured out and then I ran across this simple quote that seemed perfect given we just spent the last couple of weeks with our feet hanging over the edge of the proverbial “fiscal cliff”

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives”

– John Lennon

Ha!  Seriously?  Could it have possibly been that society and our leaders were just as insane back then as they are now?  Yes, It’s true.  I used to think that maybe our government was getting too big.  But if you think about it, and really, really think about it….maybe we’re the ones getting too big.  Government just grew with us.  We’re rapidly navigating uncharted waters with technology, media, and government making choices for us everyday.  We’re looking to our leaders to coddle us and make everything better but change ultimately lies in how we choose to live our daily lives.

The past few years of pain and transition in business and life have taught me two invaluable lessons.  Lynyrd Skynyrd’s mama was right….

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this
It’ll help you some sunny day
Oh, take your time
Don’t live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You’ll find a woman, yea yea, you’ll find love
And don’t forget son
There is someone up above

And contrary to what the Rolling Stone’s thought….Time is not on our side.