Patch up Your Fall

I was out doing my Fall Fashion Research this week and these were the fashion Find of the day, for sure.

The latest fashion trend is to put patches on your denim jackets, jeans, camo shirts, utility jackets and overalls. I’ve seen lots of patches around, but this is the first time I’ve seen pins that look like patches. Brilliant! With these pins from Saks, you can patch up anything, change them and switch clothes. At $10/each they can make great stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and Fall fun. 

Click on any picture to access the list. 

And the Color of the Week is…


ORANGE!  I do love orange and what a great week to wear every orange thing in my closet.  Happy Halloween, Everyone!

{Scarves are a great way to add a pop of color and they are usually affordable and go with many things in a wardrobe.  My favorite places for scarves are Anthropologie, Accessory Concierge, Nordstrom and J. Crew.}

Scarf above HERE | Scarf below HERE | Black & Orange Boa from Joann’s | Scarf at Bottom from Nordstrom

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.


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

Drapey & Dreamy

Sometimes when September hits the temps climb.  You’re in the mood for Fall, stores are filled with sweaters and it’s just too hot to go there.  I saw a great option for this time of year – the poncho dress.  It combines two of my favorites.  I plan to be wearing ponchos a lot this Fall!  It is drapey, flowy and cool, but you can do it in Fall colors.  I love wearing this dress.  I made this one, but I found a few that you may like, too!

Missoni Crochet Poncho Dress – great colors!

Fringed and Knitted – great colors again.

If you want to spend $1,000+!

Or less than $50… – Love this one!

Goddis Blue Stripes – beautiful drape

Great Fall Colors ($431)

On poncho dresses, pile on the accessories!  Great jewelry options for a poncho dress:  Kendra Scott necklace, earrings, hand bracelet (perfect for this style!), bangle, open ring, ring.  All jewelry I’ve linked to is on sale through midnight on Labor Day, too.

Gold sandals or neutral wedges finish the look.