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fall 2011
fall 2011 by horito featuring a wool tunic

Harry Potter, rustic influences, tartan plaids.

astronomy and stars (and maybe navy blue), Native American jewelry and bears, dolman sleeved tees in semi-tribal prints, Mexican blankets.

the idea of a bonfire with stories and legends.

Advertisements puts together some awesome boards. I love the color of these. Add some black and I’ll move in!

Jack Wills has the perfect back-to-school look.

And design.



This morning, I woke up yearning for fall.

Maybe it’s because I woke up early enough for it to be a little bit gloomy outside.

Maybe it’s because in the fall, I’ll be out of this state of alien-ness.

Maybe it’s because Brad (and baby) will be here.

Maybe it’s because fall brings cooler weather (which I’m sure I won’t be DYING for like I am now).

Maybe it’s because I always feel all back-to-school-y when August comes around regardless of my academic status.

Or maybe it’s because I’m dying for this sweater…

fall 2011

At the beginning of my employment with Macy’s, a great shoe sale took place. I decided to take advantage of said sale and find a lovely pair of flat cognac boots. (why flat? because I was on a flat boots kick. my next pair has a heel.)  Of course, cognac is a tricky color online because you can’t quite tell what it will look like in real life.  So, I ordered three and returned two.  Actually, I ordered three and returned all three and ordered a fourth… Here’s the running…

Marc Fisher boots

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this boot in black (I seriously celebrate every time a customer tries them on) so I figured they’d be a winner in cognac.  Except they’re REALLY dark.  I mean, they don’t even look as dark as they are in the picture (perhaps that’s the issue).  But they were REALLY cute. But too dark. Back they went.

Anne Klein boots

I also loved this boot in black.  But the brown was more of a cross between cognac and dark brown… like their illegitimate child or something.  If I could lighten it, I would have, but the color was just off for me. Those ones went back as well.

Etienne Aigner two-tone boots

These boots came a little bit later. I would have ordered them in cognac to begin with, but they were out of stock for 30 days so I just ordered the two tone to see what color the cognac would be.  I knew that the emblem in the side would either be amazing or totally tacky.

I actually fell IN LOVE with the two-tone, and the cognac color was spot on, and the little emblem was SO CUTE, and they fit perfectly when I tried them on. I knew they were THE boots. I debated whether or not to just keep the two-tone, but my practical side won out (since I was searching for cognac boots, not two-tone boots) so I returned these ones as well.

(I am, however, awaiting their journey to sale so that I can afford to own them as well… after the OTK boots of course.)

THE Etienne Aigner boots

Finally, I ordered the cognac pair. I have to stretch out the toe area little, but I’ve learned quite a few shoe stretching tricks so I’m not too concerned.

Apparently I LOVE riding boots, since I now own two pairs, and I don’t have lots and lots of boots to begin with.

I was reading through Harper’s Bazaar’s Fall Fashion guide, and I fell in love with the Christian Dior RTW show.

John Galliano cleverly combines an equestrian vibe with a romantic, almost Victorian, vibe.  The funky hats (hello Mad Hatter – where can I get one?!), the flowy dresses, the over the knee boots (oooh now I’m DYING for a pair), and the preppy proper details make me fall in love with nearly every look.

I’m feeling another “theme” emerging this week since my life has been inspired in related clusters.  My fall looks are taking form as either Little Red Riding Hood inspired and/or equestrian inspired…

Here’s to the week of the horse.

(As a side note: The year of the horse will be in 2014.)

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