Bombs Away this Fall – Fall Trend Focus: Bombers

OK, they come quilted, shiny, embellished, reversible, velvet, leather, oversized, undersized… you name it.  Get this!  Members Only even has a new one out.

One thing is clear, bombers are in and you can choose fabric and fit and be right on trend.  These look great with the platform, statement sneakers you’ll be seeing everywhere this Fall, too.  I love this look for a casual Fall day or you can dress these up with boots and skirts.  The fit of the bomber jacket and the many fabric options allow for many different looks.  They even have a slimming effect when they hit right at the waist.  Grab one for the Fall, wear it with everything, be on trend.

It’s All About the Hem this Fall

I’m a jeans lover! Suburban Mom in Jeans, after all. This year’s crop (pun intended) of jeans has me all fired up. They are frayed, dropped, cropped, uneven… I’m loving all the options and I’ve rounded up a bunch to get us started. Shop my picks here and below! 


Arrowhead Jackpot & New Kendra Scott Color

It’s a new Kendra Scott season! When I moved to North Georgia from Florida it was really all about the boots and sweaters. I just love Fall fashion. And, it’s looking like Kendra Scott is adding some great colors to go with all those Fall outfits. I’m wearing a new ring and necklace in Red Jasper. Here are the earrings, too. Click on here for my Shop Instagram page to see my latest faves for Fall. 

Live on the Edge into Fall

One way that I transition a summer dress into Fall is by adding some edgy, heavier pieces. Here I took my favorite summer dress and added some gunmetal, all black accessories, oversize, black sunnies and, of course, some snakeskin.  And, to give it a bit more Fall vibe, my new Bond lipcolor.  I was cool as a cucumber all day, but looked a little less summery.  Have I mentioned how much I love this dress?!?! 

Gray, Slouchy & Chunky – NO, that’s not me on a Monday (well… sometimes…)

I Love Beanie Season!  I usually prematurely wear a fun hat like this one and end up sweating – and looking like an idiot.  This year, though, I was right on time when the temps dropped 30 degrees overnight just when I had to be outside a bit more.  So, I think I actually looked like I knew what I was doing.  Love when that happens!

So, where can you find the hottest beanies for our short Southern beanie season?  Here are my picks:

(More pictures below.)

GRAYS |  Gray one like mine here ($45), here ($255) and here ($12)

POM-POMs | Super Cute Pom-Pom Options HERE ($16), HERE ($26) and HERE ($48), Bo BIG or go home HERE ($29)

SLOUCHY | Super Slouchy (not usually a good description of someone’s fashion, but works for winter hats…) HERE ($48), HERE (on sale $14) and HERE (Reversible, $34, 2 for the price of 1!)

CHUNKY | Again, not a great word when describing someone, but again… works for hats.  Beautiful color and price HERE ($34), Chunky & Cheap HERE ($18), Great Neutral HERE ($9), Super Unique and $$$ HERE ($225), Free People HERE ($28)

CASHMERE | Basic Black HERE ($80), Reversible Cashmere HERE ($150), This one just looks SO soft HERE ($95), Leopard (cuz no post is complete without some animal print…) HERE ($119), Winter White if that’s your thing HERE ($100)

The rest of my outfit, too:  Ray-Ban Sunnies | Madewell Cape Scarf HERE and HERE | Enza Costa Cashmere with Thumbholes tee | Frye Boots | Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Uber Suede


Free to Be Cozy                       

  

I got this sweater on a fun date night at Avalon with my hubby after the Bert’s Big Adventure Benefit.  It was quite warm that night, but I knew I would be loving this as soon as the weather changed.  I was right!  It was so perfect for a windy, cool day yesterday.  It started out gray and rainy and ended up sunny and windy.  It worked perfect all day.  It was also appropriate that it went on a lunch date to Salt Factory (Try the Louisiana Eggrolls – YUM!) with hubby for it’s first outing.

Outfit Details: Free People Sweater | Hudson Skinny Jeans | Similar Boots (currently also on my Wish List) | Must Have Right-Hand Ring | Favorite Gold Hoops | J. Crew Scarf is never a bad idea (similar)

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
  

3 Shopping Strategies I've Learned from 3 Stylish Chicks + One of My Own

There are good things about getting older…  Experience is a huge benefit – even when it comes to something like SHOPPING!  Today, I’m sharing three shopping strategies I’ve learned over the years from three very stylish ladies + one of my own rules.

Get the Entire Outfit:

First of all, the person I’ve spent countless hours shopping with… my college roommate, Kim.  Ever since we were in college, she was great about shopping by the outfit.  Kinda like a Rooms 2 Go for clothing.  I would sometimes buy a shirt I liked, but wouldn’t have pants to wear with it and it would just hang there.  Kim was great about planning the entire outfit at once so what she purchased actually was worn.  Loved it and have used that strategy ever since.

Know Your Go-To Brands/Stores:

Then, my great friend and other college roommate, Mel, had a great strategy, too.  She knew brands she liked and fit her well and she would go back to those again and again. To this day she is my best-dressed friend, always looking put together and stylish.  She knows what she looks great in and knows where to find it.  I use her strategy with my go-to brands and stores now, too.

Go High & Low:

There are some timeless things that are worth the money.  A great business look if you go into an office or see clients.  Boots!  Of course… A nice bag, a coat, a great pair of jeans or a classic blazer.  You can pair these more expensive things with less expensive items and have a great look AND still send your kids to college.

Now, my rule – The 3 Second Test:

This rule has saved me a lot of money and regret since I learned it years ago.  If I don’t love – and I mean LOVE – something within the first 3 seconds, I do NOT buy it.  It will hang in my closet with the tags on it never to be worn.  Only buy something if you love it immediately and you’ll enjoy it for a long time.

Speaking of…. HERE are a few things that have definitely passed my 3 second test lately!

 

Sunday Best Snakeskin

I couldn’t be happier that animal prints have become the “new neutral”. Finally, my overuse of animal prints can seem “on-trend”.  I particularly am loving snake skin lately.  Funny because just the other day there was a little black snake in my garage and I screamed so loud – and weird – that my entire family came running.  As I so bravely got him out of my garage, the noises coming out of me were noises I’d never heard before.  Snakes can have that effect…  Anyway, still love the print so I fiercely support this new neutral this Fall.

This dress I made and wore for the first time to church and brunch Sunday.  I found lots of great options across all price points if you want to do this look – options below.  There is so much you can do with Snakeskin.  For my purposes, I toned it down with black & white accessories (short necklace & long necklace layers), went big with the earrings cuz… I just can’t help myself…. and a black can’t-go-wrong cardi (similar, but in a longer, more up-to-date style here and here). My shoes are from Aldo a long time ago, but I found this great, more up to date, under-$100, fringy option in a brand that never disappoints that would look great.

Snakeskin

Tory Burch Silk Dress • Tory Burch • $85
Equipment ‘Lucida’ Dress • Equipment • $318
Diane von Furstenberg DVF Savannah Dress • Diane von Furstenberg • $468
Haute Hippie Snake Print Long V-Neck Muscle Dress • Haute Hippie • $129.98
Snakeskin Print Belted Sheath Dress • Calvin Klein • $44.99
Narciso Rodriguez Jacquard Cady Sheath Dress-Colorless • Narciso Rodriguez • $1,895
Karen Kane Snakeskin Print Scuba Knit A-Line Dress • Karen Kane • $83.40
MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Cobra’ Snakeskin Print Logo Plate Jersey Dress (Regular & Petite) • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $130
MICHAEL Michael Kors Snakeskin-Print Faux-Wrap Sheath Dress • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $130
MICHAEL Michael Kors Tokara Snakeskin Print Maxi Dress • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $78
New Julian Snakeskin-Print Wrap Dress • Diane von Furstenberg • $159.99
Just Cavalli Snakeskin Stripe Print Body-Con Jersey Dress • Just Cavalli • $525
New Julian Snakeskin-Print Wrap Dress • Diane von Furstenberg • $99.99
Basix Black Label Snakeskin-Print Sequined Dress • $290
Nicole Miller Artelier Sleeveless Snakeskin-Print Dress • Nicole Miller • $395
Lanvin Printed Dress • Lanvin • $275
ASHISH Python Sequin Shift Dress • Ashish • $682.50
Snakeskin Print-Paneled Shift Dress • Hale Bob • $54.99
Karen Kane Snakeskin Print Shift Dress • Karen Kane • $178
Jones New York Snakeskin Print Shift Dress • Jones New York • $37.12
Haute Hippie Snakeskin Print & Grommet Detail Asymmetrical Silk Dress • Haute Hippie • $236

Scarves, Plaid, Hiking, Cul-de-sac Parties – Fall in the Burbs (Plus a Crowd-Pleaser of a Banana Pudding Recipe)

It was an absolutely beautiful weekend in North Georgia!  Our first dose of Fall.  As I write this early Monday morning, the weather man says is just dropped into the 30s in Blairsville, GA.  Boot weather is right around the corner, people.  Fashion-wise, it was a great weekend to break out my first SMIJ scarf of the season and some plaid.  Sitting around a firepit watching football and then, loaded down with my Banana Pudding contribution (recipe below), headed off to a neighborhood cul-de-sac party.  Perfect Fall Day with perfect Fall layers.

Old Navy Plaid Tunic (LOVE this pullover and it comes in two colors)

Paige Skinny Jeans (so comfy and flattering (slimming!))

Kendra Scott Necklace (pop of unexpected color)

“Jeans & a Tee” SMIJ Scarf

Favorite Fall polish color on hands and Game Day Red on Toes

And, of course, Tory sandals.
  
  
  
  

Banana Pudding Recipe that is ALWAYS a hit!

1 Large Cream Cheese

1 Large Cool Whip

1 Large Box Instant Vanilla Pudding

3 Cups Cold Milk

1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk (Eagle Brand)

1 Box Vanilla Wafers

5-6 Bananas

Mix Cream Cheese & Condensed Milk and set aside. Mix Instant Pudding with 3 Cups Cold Mild, set aside. Combine the cream cheese mixture and the pudding and then add Cool Whip.  Put a layer of pudding in the bottom of a 13X9 inch pan or dish, then a layer of wafers, and a layer of bananas.  Continue layering, ending with pudding.  Crush some wafers on top of pudding.  Take your masterpiece to a cul-de-sac, football or BBQ party!
  
  


Lake Blue Ridge
  

Game Day!

 |Tees available at www.smijbyjill.com |

New SMIJ SOUL tees have arrived just in time for the first college football game and I couldn’t be happier.  September is here, the leaves are even changing in Georgia and football is starting.  I even found a few Fall-blooming azaleas blooming so it’s for sure – Fall is on it’s way!  Good times ahead and, for us fashion lovers, good fashion ahead.  Very excited about incorporating some Fall trends into Game Day Outfits.

The 70s vibe, over-the-knee boots, long cozy cardigans, patchwork denim (which I wore to my first day of high school, BTW…), Capes (really want a cape!), Culottes (again… noticing my age here…), Windowpane Plaid (I’m making my own… pictures to come…) and Fringe – just to name a few.

For now, grab a basic tee for the first football weekend and come along as we build from there!  www.smijbyjill.com


  IMG_6189