Summer to fall …

I *almost* bought these exact green chinos severely on sale this summer on a New York weekend …

A little jaunt over to the Comptoir des cotonniers blog, Brèves de style, which produced that image above, has me convinced me I should have. Sigh …

Aywho, that summer-turned-fall look got me thinking about which of my summer-y purchases will transition well into fall. I’m definitely going to invest in a new jean jacket (should have known better than to sell that pupppy all of a decade ago …) and pair it with this cutey yellow maxi skirt. Some closed-toe wedges instead of sandals and I think it’ll be fall-appropriate!


And this necklace will re-invent a dress I’ve been wearing to weddings for three years now … (I got light pink)


I’m thinking it’ll look great with an old army green tunic-y top I pulled out the other day, too. Mine is kinda like this one (except sleeveless), and looks cute belted or not.


 I’m also excited to pair some lacy skirts with crew neck sweaters instead of tanks or blouses.


What with all the color every-which-where, I’m putting things together that I never would have a couple years ago. And now that D and I know we’re staying put for the foreseeable future, I’m planning on curbing my obsessive trips to second hand shops and the Goodwill to purge my wardrobe. A worthy cause, certainly, but I can’t count how many times I’ve turned around through all my many moves in the past five years, wondering where my jean jacket, loafers, belt, sweater, etc, ran to. Looking forward to hoarding a bit 😉


Style steals

As much as I love to shop in Paris, it can be an expensive venture. I couldn’t stifle my longing sighs as I perused, should I say coveted, the items on soldes from the sites I mentioned last week. My frustration at my limited budget got me to thinking about how a wise friend once pinpointed the difference between fashion – a usually negative connotation for me, often an overly expensive and not-unique venture, and style – positive connotation, creating your own unique look with what you have while wisely adding some new pieces when you can. Here’s what I’ve done with style inspired by some of my favorite French stores:

This retro polka dot dress from Comptoir des cotonniers, is on sale for 80 euros.

I picked up this equally retro alternative from my non-guilt trend splurge store, Target, for $20.

This cheeky ruffle skirt from Zadig and Voltaire, on sale for 80 euros, got me thinking about ruffles in general. Not just for the 80s anymore, they can be fun and add just the right je ne sais quoi to any ensemble.

Instead of spending all my extra sous on the skirt, I opted for this ruffle-enhanced romper, also courtesy of Target, also on sale for $20.

I love this gorgeous  and feminine mint dress from Tara Jarmon, on sale for 266 euros. Realizing how much I’m loving mint this season, I decided to pick up multiple pops of this color rather than letting it dictate my whole look.

I’m still waiting on this super cute gummy mint watch from Anthropologie, very reasonably priced at $60.

I found this cute vintage necklace on Pinterest from an Etsy shop. It was a steal at $14 and came all the way from Finland. Love that!

I can’t stop painting my nails mint! I’ve been using Revlon Minted, only $4.99 and which I’ve purchased from, you guessed it, Target. What’s inspiring your style this summer?

Somehow, this post I wrote last Thursday didn’t publish. Hmm! So, here you are, four days later! ~

We are going to Syracuse this weekend, which will be a new city-let to tick off my visited list. The sports fan I am not; however, D, my brothers and my sister in law most definitely are, and so this month I’ll be attending two college basketball games in about three weeks. I don’t think I’ll be able to wear  this cute Jason Wu for Target dress I picked up last night (only $35!)  in either Syracuse or Ann Arbor (second bball match of the month), but it looked super cute with my Frye’s, a braided belt and a navy blue cardigan (my classroom is approximately 50 degrees at all times. Layers are a must.) I think it’ll transition well into spring/summer too with some flats and jewelry. What do you all have planned this weekend?