When I think of winter, I dream up gleaming copper mugs full of rich chocolate and immediately I remember Angelina's off the Rue de Rivoli, my favorite little tea house directly across from the Tuileries gardens in Paris.
Then my mind remembers the Eiffel Tower in the snow and suddenly, I'm in a Paris frame of mind.
It's all about the details when I think of winter and Paris and my heart just wants to wander all the little avenues under a cloud of blurred white. Then I remember it's cold....as in, not so fun to be outside kind of weather. How do you blend the two?
Style inspiration comes from keeping comfy despite the dropping temps - well as best you can, right? Where I live (not Paris), snowfall is perfect for skiing but can be daunting without a good, solid coat. And from personal experience the Eiffel tower is dreamy, but more so if you're not shivering in your cute but pointless trench.
Let me share some of my favorite things about keeping cozy this winter whether you're at home or wishing you were in the Latin Quarter like me - without sacrificing style!
For Fall 2019 I'm feeling all the details....rich mahogany leather with burnished flair and topped with a bit of fringe for handbags and shoes layered over textured plaids, waffle-weave, and shades of linen. A pop of animal print and you're all set. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.
This season's IT bag for me is the World Traveler (large) because I love the recycled St. Cloud bag with the touches of stone and fringe. I prefer the 'Dirty Blonde' version as it's a little more neutral.
Another bag I love (which is kinder on the budget) is this Btara cognac crossbody which has a bit of a satchel feel. I love saddle bags and satchels with a strap this season. I like straps as they are easier to carry and enough room to keep a phone, zip-wallet, and sunnies. Totes are a bit bulky for me right now, so I love a good crossbody or saddle bag like these.
I love matching the grain of my bag to my shoes - it hails a 1940's vibe to me where leather on leather matched your bag, driving gloves, and pumps. This Fall it's about the wedge and cutout bootie - take a look at some of my faves this season.
I love these Iceland boots - funky Shearling and a fun wedge. The buckle on the side makes me feel like I could hike the tundra when in truth I'm going to Costco.
I'm pairing it with this cozy teddy bomber. The fluffy texture is great with a blanket scarf in plaid or maybe over a waffle-weave henley. Either way, it's warm and fun with a 70's vibe. I bought it over-sized so it's less of a cropped jacket and more of a faux fur.
Animal prints are another great pattern this season - snake and leopard are all over the latest releases. I had to grab these cutout booties and matching bag to pair with distressed black moto jeans and knotted tee.
In keeping with this animal-print trend, I had to grab a leopard skirt - the swish makes me happy! I was nervous to order off of Amazon as you never know if it'll be true to US sizing - thankfully this sweeps the floor and fits perfect (I'm 5'5" for reference).
Layering these animal print patterns, I pair them with an oversized cardigan in various knits and golden caramel tones. It's an easy way for me to create a finished look without looking too color-coordinated. I love a wash of neutral with pops of print and textured fabric. Two things I grabbed are this v neck sweater and knit cardigan.
Pairing layered knits over a french-tucked t-shirt into fitted jeans is casual cool. I love the double-o ring belt in snake print or leopard as a great way to tie the shoes together and finish the look. I was able to grab them on sale so I didn't have to pick between the two - sale price for the win!
I couldn't resist this textured clutch (it becomes a crossbody with an attached chain) to pair with the sweaters and fitted jeans for Fall. It's got a great vintage feel with a wanderlust of boho-chic that I wish I could tuck under my arm while eating a crepe by the Seine.
Paparazzi has some great jewelry that will be perfect to wear under a rolled sweater sleeve or add some sparkle in the snow. Here are a few of my favorites this season - For jewelry, I love brass and silver for Fall with hints of cognac and chocolate leather. Here are some of my favorites currently available.
I have a short pixie style haircut I'm slowly growing into a tomboy look - so in the meantime, it's tricky to find hats that fit and I don't look ahem, like I don't have hair or am all ears. Hats this season are wide brim, fedora topped, and offset to the back of the head. I found these two, Rocky Mountain hat in tan and El Dorado hat in black. Crossing my fingers they look cute!
Lastly, jeans for me can be tricky as I'm in the process of losing weight and reducing me ol' bum, so I need jeans that can stretch and still fit well. I'm seeing extra flare with button tops, distressed hems and the ever-popular mini-cuffed hem in vintage washes. I still have a love for boyfriend jeans (they're so so comfy) but I picked up two jegging style jeans (on sale, hooray!) in white and medium wash. The white I'll probably DIY the hem and cut them to get a more frayed look.
I hope wherever you are, you're feeling inspired for Fall! Here's me peeking from a hotel in mid-Paris and waiting for the Metro. Nothing makes me happier than a day of sight-seeing in a fun city!
I love this City of Light and hopefully Jeff and I can head back before the year is over. In the meantime, I'll keep wishing I was there and bundling up in fashion meant to keep me warm - even if my heart is in Parisian snow.