Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Color Story

I've been weeding through my closet and getting ready for fall.  This year it is obviously and overwhemingly navy, camel and ivory with "pops" of red.  I have the staple khaki trench, mine is from Banana Republic and a red lady day coat from J Crew.  I also have a navy blazer (who doesn't). Mine isn't from J Crew but is actually a Brooks Brother boys blazer in size 16.  I also have the J Cerw school boy in camel from a few years ago.  Navy and camel tippis go with a red and camel cashmere turtleneck and a navy jackie.  I also have ared cardigan but forget what it was called. Navy and camel trousers both full length and cropped as well as both boot cut and skinny jeans.  Brown boots and the necessary leopard print accents as well as red heels.  Throw in the rose print flair skirt which was my favorite item from last year and most of the bases are covered.  I also have a couple striped tees to throw in on the weekends but this covers the bases.  What do you think? 

Monday, September 24, 2012


I read this originally over at the Preppy Princess blog ( and thought it was worth sharing.The wonderful Brooks Brothers is donating suits valued at $1 million to the Dignity U Wear program, a partnership with the Wounded Warriors project.

The idea is to make professional wardrobes available to wounded veterans so they can find jobs in the civilian workforce, a daunting task. In addition to the clothing donation Brooks is also helping raise cash, they hosted their first fundraiser at the New York mothership in June. I think this is a tremendous thing and as a retailer they have gone up 100% in my estimation. It's one thing to speak about respect for others and another to practice it.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

First Day of Fall

This has been a crazy week as I started a new job which I am going to just love. It's much more challenging than my previous position and has a real growth potential. Today is the first day of fall. I have always loved summer but as a full time working mom, I find it more difficult to navigate sometimes than I did when I was younger or when I was a full time stay at home mom because of the endless rounds of camps. Anyway, now that the initial back to school crazy has faded, I thoght I'd make a list of what I love best about fall!
 Leaves changing color. To be sure, it is not the amazing site in my Norther California town that it is in the North East but we still get some.  We have nice maple tree in our yard that changes enough and drops it's leaves for the kids to rake into piles and jump in. 

 Pumpkins! I love pumpkins and fall allows me to decorate with them, cook with them and visit the pumpkin patch!

And then there is the pumpkinspice latte from Starbucks.  I also adore the gingerbread ones at Christmas.  But once I have that first pumkin spice latte I get visons of cords and cashmere and crisp apples and I know that fall has arrived! What about you?  Do like fall best? Have ant special seasonal traditions?  If so, please share!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never Forget!

Eleven years have past but we should never forget that morning and the people lost!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Word of the Day

I've been carefully editing my closet and refining my look.  It seems like a never ending project but I guess that's life. The for of the day, of the season, for me is polished. I'm a little older now, 42 isn't old but it isn't 32 either. I just started a new job that requires a little more business travel and on the bank side of the company I work for as opposed to the broker/dealer side so the atmosphere is a little more formal. For me this means replacing cardigans with blazer, the plaid button downs for silk shells or blouses, nicer shoes and a new bag. Do you have a theme for your closet?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Making Strides

You may remember that las t summer we added a new fmaily member. His name is Dancer and he came to be CMB's new horse after she outgrew her pony. He's a registered quarter horse and quite sweet. He had never been out with hounds when we got him and last season was a bit of an adjustment for him and CMB and resulted in her falling off quite a bit. This summer though she has grown quite a bit and matured as well as working hard with him and I think we will see a big improvement this season which starst in Novmeber. In the meantime, great strides to be sure!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Birthday Bash

We celebrated CMB's 9th birthday recenly. It was the weekend before school started so several of her friends were out of town but we improvised. I took her and her two closest friends E and R to get pedicures and then out for ice cream.  It was super fun and I think the girls loved it
 Choosing polish
 treated like royalty
 Fancy Feet