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Fall 2019 trends to watch

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Chiari Boni le petite robe fall 2019 runway NYFW

The fall 2019 season is starting to appear in stores, and we are catching a glimpse of what made it from the runways to the streets. The fall 2019 runways included menswear, vintage vibes, texture, and darker colors than previous fall seasons. We saw influences from the 1940’s through to the 1990’s. The looks included athleisure, power suits, slim silhouettes, and a return to ladylike, feminine dressing. Stores shelves are almost in the same place for fall.

Store buyers went big on atheisure, power suits, blazers, anything plaid, animal prints and vintage inspiration from the 1980’s and 90’s; with a few 60’s hemlines thrown in, just to mix things up. Here is what to expect on the streets for fall.

Menswear inspiration:

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Look for power suits, blazers instead of jackets, plaid on anything and everything, trouser pants on casual days, and clunky, chunky shoes. Think 1980’s Wall Street power suit. That’s your new look for the office, and anytime you want to exert your power.

Get ready to roar!

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Any type of animal print is hot for fall. Look for animal prints on all of your clothing, and grab yourself a pair of snakeskin boots. They are the IT boot style for fall! Meow! Roar! And any other noises animals make. Haha Grrrrr!

Where’s the big hair?

Everything 80’s is hot for fall, except the big mall hair. Leave your Aquanet under the sink this season, you can rock those exaggerated shoulders and sleeves without it. Look for giant puff sleeves, big shoulders, inverted triangle silhouettes, and neon hues mixed among the racks of dark, autumn hues. Think neon yellow, two different earrings, scrunchies, big bows, secretary blouses, and pencil skirts.

Smells like the 90’s

Who said the 90’s were dead? Obviously they live under a rock. Doc’s are back, so whip out your Mod look from the early 90’s and rocks those combat boots with your head held high. Also, be sure to pair them with a tight, black bodysuit underneath paprbag waist pants. Your rave is ready for you; and so is The Cure.

The great hemline debate

I have missed the hemline debate. It seems as if hemlines haven’t mattered in more than a decade. I remember when your hemline showed the world what you knew about fashion. No-one would dare wear last year’s hemline! The horror! Well guess what peeps! Hemline significance is back. For fall 2019 look for 60’s a-line mini-skirts, 90’s rocker postage stamp mini skirts, knee length pencil skirts, and pleated t-length skirts. Maxi’s are always accepted. Those are the hemline rules! Will you follow them?

Fall 2019’s color palette

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Colors speak for themselves right? I don’t need to try and be witty? 😉

Athleisure / street style

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Athleisure is the trend that keeps on giving. Look for adidas logos everywhere, and make sure you have a pair of Superstar’s in your wardrobe. Funky sweatpants, exaggerated sole sneakers, and workout clothing you wouldn’t wear to the gym because it’s too nice. That’s what falls athleisure trend is all about. Get comfy-just make sure you don’t actually sweat in that look, um-kay?

Sparkle and shine, it’s Studio 54 time! Again.

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Yes, sparkles are back, and they were not gone long. Chances are you have sparkling fabrics and sequins hanging in your closet. Grab those sparkles and pair them with jeans, wide-leg trousers and pencil skirts. Shine like the star you are!

Shrink to fit handbags

Ditch the oversize bag, this season is all about medium and small, not mini or nano, top handle satchels. One top handle please. Look for snakeskin, metallic, and smooth, structured leathers. Logos are over; so store or consign your Louis. A logo on the clasp of a bag doesn’t count. Those are always there, they are not a trend. Your handbag should whisper; if it flashes, it’s so two years ago.

Also, dressy bags should sparkle-not whisper, (confused yet?), and quilted bags are gaining momentum and could explode in 2020.

More trends to watch:

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wide leg pants on the Noon by Noor fall 2019 NYFW runway

Pants this season are slim and cropped, paperbag waisted, or wide legged. Nothing else. That’s all.

Ruffles have rrrrrrrrridges! It’s “Little House on the Prairie” time people! Make sure you have too many ruffles on your blouse or dress, that way no-one can count them. Ruffle up!

Mock turtlenecks. No-one said you had to rock every trend. Um. . .yeah. . .

Denim trends follow pant trends. Look for wide legs, slim and cropped, dramatic side slits, and also, bootcut is back.

Your shoes should be metallic, snakeskin, a pair of Doc’s, or funky street sneakers. Also look for combat boots, lug soles, almost-platform soles, and any kind of tread. No-one has any excuse to slip on ice this year!

Did you lose an earring? It’s OK, wearing two matching earrings is so last year. Rock those mis-matched earrings like it’s 1986. Also, pearls are hot. That’s all.

Well, that’s the summary of the fall 2019 fashion trends which made it from the runways to the streets. As the fall season progresses, I will dig deep into trends which really work well on the street, and that I approve of. You won’t catch me in a mock turtleneck. Ew.

My current fall 2019 obsessions:

Which trends for fall 2019 do you like or dislike? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Summer 2019 shoe wardrobe

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Summer 2019 must-have shoes from top: black espadrille mules / black platform flip flops / ivory wedge espadrilles / beach theme flip flops /

Summer is here! This means warm weather, beach days, outdoor fitness, and casual ensembles to match our summer fun activities. When the weather heats up, I tend to leave my leather shoes in the closet, unless I need to get dressed up for an occasion. Instead, I opt for natural fabrics, or wide open shoes which can keep my feet cool when temperatures soar.

For summer 2019, the trends in shoes are roughly the same as last year. We are still seeing wedges, mules, and smaller platforms when it comes to standard, summer staples such as flip flops and espadrilles. So hopefully some of your shoes survived last summer’s heat, beach, and water activities. If so, you won’t need to replace what survived, only fill in the holes in your wardrobe.

You know I love espadrilles! They are comfortable, easy to wear while walking on the beach, and dry off easily when splashed by pool water. The natural fibers keep feet cool, and they always offer a vacation vibe; no mater the occasion or outfit. Don’t we always want to feel like we are on vacation, even when we aren’t? haha, I do! It’s so relaxing!

This summer season, I am sticking to wedges and mules when it comes to my espadrille wardrobe. I have a few pairs I bought in the spring season, and for the summer season, I added a new pair of higher wedges, and classic black mules. This is a versatile espadrille wardrobe to carry me through the summer.

Flip flops for summer 2019

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flip flops for summer 2019 from top left: beach scene flip flops / black platform flip flops / black palm print flip flop /

Flip flops are always a must-have when it comes to summer shoes. I like having two pairs of flat flip flops for the pool, beach, and for hot days. One pair always either breaks or ends up missing a shoe, which is why I make sure I have two pairs of flop flips on hand at all times. This beach scene pair give off a relaxing vibe, while the black palm print pair evokes visions of a tropical beach getaway. Since I am leaving for Hawaii in a few days, I thought these two pairs of flip flops were perfect for summer 2019.

Of course, sometimes we need a pair of flip flops that match our cute summer outfits. This is why I decided to add a pair of black flip flops to my summer shoe wardrobe. These one inch platform flip flops are perfect for going from the pool to the street; simply because they are classic black! There is something about black, no matter what type of clothing or accessory it is; if it’s black, it’s OK to wear anywhere. haha, love black! The cute little Tory Burch symbol by the toes doesn’t hurt either. I have always loved the design of her logo.

Hiking boots for summer

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The summer season is the driest season here in the San Francisco Bay Area. This means we can go outside more. My family loves going on hikes together; so a sturdy pair of hiking boots is a must-have for the season. This pair offers ankle support, and really good arch support. It is great for rough trails, hills, and steep terrain. I can’t wait to put them to use all summer long!

Also, a good pair of sneakers is a must-have for the summer season. I love the adidas Parley running shoes pictured below. They are really comfortable, and they are made from recycled beach plastics; so they help keep our beaches and oceans clean. Ocean plastic is a huge problem, so it’s nice to know adidas is doing something about it. I will wear these all summer long when I go to the gym, go on long walks, and anytime I need to wear sneakers! Love them!

Shop summer 2019 shoes online:

These are the shoes which will carry me though the summer season, and which fit into the current shoe trends. What are your favorite styles of shoes for summer fun?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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Ways to reduce plastic waste in the ocean with adidas

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wearing: adidas x Missoni jacket (love this! I wear it all the time!) / black leggings / adidas backpack (also makes a great carry-on for travel-laptop fits perfectly inside!) / recycled adidas Parley running shoes (they fit perfectly! My favorite pair ever!)

One of the big environmental topics of the moment is the amount of plastics we are finding in our oceans. As you know, this is a huge problem which affects the entire global population. Our sea life, sea creatures, and oceanic health are at stake; and we cannot sit around doing nothing. We have to act!

There are so many ways to keep plastics out of our oceans. Aside from cleaning up our current mess, we need to ensure we are not adding to it. As a world, we need to come together and keep plastic waste our of our waters, and ensure we are acting responsibly with the plastic we have in circulation.

As you know, I am huge fan of adidas. Not only are they a responsible company who works hard to make fashion sustainable, they are using technology and innovation to reduce our plastic waste, recycle the plastics we have in circulation, and contribute to the clean-up of our oceans. Love that!

I am honored to partner with adidas this month to help spread the word! We all need to be aware of the importance of reducing our plastic waste and recycling the plastics we have in circulation.

Ways to reduce plastic waste in the ocean

  • Re-use plastic items such as bags and containers.
  • Bring your own bags shopping so that you won’t need a plastic bag when you go shopping.
  • Recycle unneeded plastic items.
  • Try to not purchase goods packaged in plastic. Looks for good packaged in paper, or reusable containers instead.
  • Bring a trash bag to the beach, anytime you go! Wear gloves, and pick up any plastic you see and put it in a recycling bin.
  • Find an organized beach clean up activity, and join in!
  • Purchase products made from recycled plastic and materials.
  • Get artistic! Create artwork with plastic items and display your art in your home, or donate it to a local museum or school. Or, sell your artwork and donate the proceeds to charities who focus on recycling plastic or ocean clean ups.

adidas has an entire collection in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans aptly named the adidas Parley collection! Parley for the Oceans works hard to address environmental threats to our oceans through plastic pollution. Through this collaboration, the adidas Parley collection creates sustainable footwear and apparel which are recyclable and made from recycled materials. Love!

I’m in love with my adidas Parley running shoes. Not only are they a fabulous shoe for running, walking, and working out, I can feel comforted knowing my purchase of them helped Parley for the Oceans address the plastic pollution problems our oceans face.

You can learn more about this amazing partnership and product line online at adidas.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

*sponsored by adidas, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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