You had me at “merlot.”

With each passing season comes another hot, of-the-moment color that we all can’t get enough of. This summer it was bright teals and pinks and spring was filled with lots of yellow.

Fall brings a gorgeous array of hues that not only show up on the runways but also in nature’s beautiful cascade of foliage. I love the bold, rich jewel tone colors that we are seeing in stores now. Emeralds, royal blues, burnt oranges and browns are all great picks for this time of year and will flatter most completions. But my absolute favorite shade for fall is merlot. It is timeless and there are so many variations (burgundy, maroon, marsala, wine, dark red) to keep your wardrobe growing all season long.

Here are my favorite wine-hued picks in stores right now!

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ONE [h&m blazer], TWO [charlotte russe loafers], THREE [kendra scott earrings], FOUR [michael hors bag], FIVE [heroine lipstick]. SIX [madden girl booties], SEVEN [j.crew vest], EIGHT [madewell sweater]

Which is your favorite way to wear your wine? Accessories, major style pieces or a little pop of color?

Tell me in the comments or #STYLEglossblog!

Essential Wear

There are some pieces so essential to a season that you find yourself reaching for them multiple times a week. Fall calls for leggings, boots and oversized everything. That goes for the coffee, too.

Here are my top eight, can’t-be-without style necessities that I will be living in for the next few months.

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SCARF [etsy, $19], #PSL [starbucks], ANKLE BOOTS [charlotte russe, $18 on sale!], OVERSIZED SWEATER [nordstrom, $30, on sale!], BEANIE [nordstrom, $18], RIDING BOOTS [target, $50], LEGGINGS [matty m, $15], TOTE BAG [tory burch, $245]

Since my work “uniform” consists of all black everything, these leggings are a godsend. They are super thick, so they don’t become suddenly sheer when I bend over and they keep me nice and warm come the colder months. And yes, they are $15 at Costco and probably the best purchase you will make all year. Seriously, go ahead and buy two.

Footwear is a funny thing for me. I need comfort. But I also like to look stylish (of course). So finding a great flat or stacked heel boot that not only looks pretty but will also allow me to stand for 6+ hours at a time makes me a very happy makeup artist. Target has been my go-to for riding boots for the past few years. They are fashionable, comfortable and won’t make my credit card melt. And don’t you think they look like they cost way more than $50?!

A cozy sweater, roomy structured tote and snuggly scarf round out the rest of my essentials. I also love beanies during the fall because they are a totally acceptable way to hide a bad hair day. Or just a lazy day.

Oh, and the Pumpkin Spice Latte was probably a given, but I just needed to throw it in there for the newcomers that don’t know how much of a pedestal I put those things on.

Now you know.

Transitions

We are in the middle of a heat wave here in New York. It’s hot. It’s humid.

It’s not sweater weather.

But I am a firm believer in retiring my summer clothes (or at least the super summery ones– you guys know what I mean, right?) after Labor Day. Plus I already packed ’em away to make room for my new fall additions. So I kind of can’t wear them.

That is why transition pieces are so brilliant. If you dig deep you will find awesome closet staples that can easily be worn from one season into the next. And if you don’t have any of these things don’t worry, I took the liberty of picking all new duds out for you.

Happy shopping!

BOHO PANTS X SLOUCH SWEATER X FLATS 

I basically lived in these relaxed, comfy pants all summer. Bring your favorite summer prints into fall by adding a simple, thin sweater and a pair of stylish flats. The structured bag is also great for those of us who need a little more organization as we get back to our daily routines. PS- all of these items are under $100 except the real leather Ralph Lauren tote, but I added a second option under $20!!!

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DENIM JACKET X FLORAL DRESS X FLOPPY HAT

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A denim jacket will never go out of style. Take your favorite summer dress into fall with a cute hat, a scarf and your trusty denim. You can add knee high socks and boots if you start to feel a chill in the air. Otherwise a cute flat or even a gladiator sandal would still work! Again– all of these picks are wallet friendly! Nothing over $55!!

     

MILITARY VEST X STRIPED DRESS X SNAKESKIN CLUTCH

Mix patterns and textures with stripes and snakes! I love adding a vest over a simple dress. It adds layers and allows you to still have bare arms during those last few weeks of summertime sun. If it is already chilly where you live then a military jacket would work just as well. I added a long sleeve swing dress to my picks because it is so easy to wear with or without the vest. Everything here is under $100 with the exception of that insanely awesome GiGi bag!

  

What is your favorite way to head into fall? I love rocking a dress with riding boots. Share your style with me with the hashtag #STYLEglossblog. Can’t wait to see what you guys are wearing!

Buttoned Up!

As most of us celebrate the last few days of summer all I have on the brain is FALL! Some of you may think I am CRAY-CARY but this is the total norm for me.

When I worked in fashion we would buy seasons ahead of time. Purchasing prom gowns six months in advance meant that I pretty much mentally celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the first snow long before any of those things even happened. I was already thinking to the springtime when we had just barely made a dent into summer. Fashion thinks in the future. It was one of the most exciting things about my job— trying to predict the trends and what would be popular nearly a year in advance. But I digress… back to fall!

So here I am in the present day, sweating it out in my office (yes, I am indoors… but I promise I am only waiting for a client while I write this blog! I’ll head out into the sunshine in just a bit) dreaming of suede and crisp leaves. And maybe a #PSL or two, but they would have to be iced. Even I can’t drink hot coffee just yet!

If you grew up in the 90’s you probably have noticed that our beloved styles are making a major splash in current trends. I am loving that the button down skirt is back (I was ALL about the knee length denim button down)! A-line suede button skirts in rich fall hues have hit stores. Here are a few of my favorites and where you can pick them up without emptying your pocket…

Forever 21 Button Suede Skirt, $37.90 (three colors available!)

WetSeal Faux Suede Mini, $16.90 (free shipping over $25)

Express A-Line Suede Skirt, $49.90 (free shipping on orders $125+)

Charlotte Russe Scalloped Mini, $36.99 (40% off entire site! $22.20 with coupon!)

Kendall + Kylie for PacSun Suede Mini, $36.95 (free shipping on all orders)

What fall trends are you excited to wear? Let me know in the comments!