Animal Prints are Big this Fall!

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One trend this Fall is animal prints. Take my grey denim jacket. It actually has a subtle leopard print on it. I think it’s fun with my grey hair and I think I’ll be able to style it several ways this season. The jacket is from Kut from the Kloth and I bought it at Evereve this season.

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This time I put it over a white cotton v-neck tee from Chico’s on the Rack and paired it with a dark wash skinny jean from White House Black Market. For a neat accessory I wore a silver, chunky statement necklace that I found in an antique store in Seattle!

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I wore tiny silver heart earrings that were a gift from a very close, very sick friend. Lastly I wore black suede Aquatalia boots with a block heel and cute little suede tassels on the zippers. Aquatalia is one of my favorite brands because the suede is so soft, and incredibly water-proof.

The cool flowers I’m standing by are actually flowering vines that I planted several years ago named sweet autumn clematis. These plants are aggressive growers but are perfectly placed on this split rail fence. They bloom every fall for a few weeks with a bright white, fragrant blossom. They do their big show when every one else is looking kind of scraggly. If you have a place that’s begging for a great vine, sweet autumn clematis is your girl! Happy Fall shopping!

Purple Pansies and Paisley Equal Fall

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Today I could stand it no longer. I’ve been down with a virus for the past eight days and I just had to do one fun fall thing. Before my second nap of the day😷! So I headed to a garden store back in my old neighborhood. I went to Pasquesi’s Garden Center (975 W. North Shore Drive, Lake Forest). It’s a lovely place and my favorite spot to buy purple pansies.

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This is where I head for pansies because they have a nice selection of multiple colors of my favorite fall flower. I always buy purple because they look good against the green foliage of the mums, even before the mums open. I also purchase bright yellow pansies because the contrast of the two is dramatic!

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For this foray I wore a JCrew paisley cotton button down shirt. It’s in their Liberty print series and this one is several seasons old. The reason I so love it is it’s incredibly soft and comfortable to wear. Also the bright purple, yellow and orange paisley print is so fall-like. It pairs well with denim, khaki, navy, you name it. With this fun shirt I wore cute boyfriend jeans, a delicate tortoise shell choker (a gift), and a leopard calf skin belt.

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I planted the pansies in my flower boxes. You’ve seen them in earlier posts but that was when they were sporting their summer stuff. Now we’re transitioning the house to fall so the flower boxes need in on the action.

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So here you can see some pansies, ivy trailing over the edge of the box, some not yet blooming mums and a few holdout herbs and blue summer annuals.

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Here’s another (of my three boxes) and I’ll try and remember to show photos in a few weeks when the mums start their show. But for now I like the purple tones (along with my paisley) being the early harbingers of Fall. Happy Labor Day weekend to all my lovely readers!

Boho Top and Chinos

Today we went to a pool party at my sister-in-law’s home. She is an avid rose gardener and the photos were from one of her many flower beds.

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The day was cool and sunny so I wore a bright orange cotton JCrew cardigan as my top layer.

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The navy, orange and white Boho top was from Anthropology and worked well with Ann Taylor Loft stone colored girlfriend chinos. I think this color pant is such a great neutral and is especially transitional at this time of year.

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My necklace was a brown leather choker with multiple gold coins and charms. My bracelets were a thin and thick gold bangle from my mom and my gold watch was a gift from Mr. GQ. I wore small gold hoop earrings.

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My sandals were gold flat Stuart Weitzman’s from several seasons back. I like how the navy and khaki say fall but the sleeveless top still says summer. We’re almost to Labor Day so it’s time to trot out the clothes that bridge the gap between the seasons. Happy Sunday!

Flowery Top for the Botanic Gardens

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Last weekend I went to the Botanic Gardens for a walk with my hubby, my daughter and her young family. We walked around and saw lots of beautiful flowers and other families doing the same thing.

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I wore a light voile floral top from Cabi, a new draw string pair of linen shorts, from the Talbots summer sale and a cute pink and blue delicate choker necklace that was a gift from my former nurse.

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For comfortable walking I wore a block heeled laser cut nude sandal from Stuart Weitzman. And for ease I wore a hot pink cross body bag by Joy Susan. The purse is well-designed with room for credit cards, a cell phone and even lipstick. And it’s very reasonably priced!

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The best part of the day was laughing as my husband, Mr. GQ was cajoled into taking yet another set of photos. Didn’t he do a great job?

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Heather's Rock Garden

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I’m so lucky because I live right next door to this beautiful garden. My darling neighbor, Heather has a huge, sweeping garden filled with meticulously maintained flowers and ground covers. Then she has this dramatic big rock on which I’m perched as a focal point. Right now the black eyed Susans and pink coneflowers are showing off!

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So for this garden tour I wore a tiered navy, orange and white top by Alison Joy with my favorite white frayed hem jeans (AG denim). I added orange chandelier earrings from Francesca’s and two gold bangles, one thin and one thick, (from my mom) to wear with my watch. Lastly in keeping with the gold jewelry theme I wore nude flat Stuart Weitzman sandals that have a gold chain detail.

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Isn’t her garden terrific!