fall 2020


Trying for a fall look

wearing: turquoise and gold earrings / mask / black puff sleeve top / black belt / handbag / summer nail polish / gold chain cuff / gold and blue cuff / jeans / booties /

I’m trying to get used to seeing myself in a mask. I wear a mask everywhere I go, not just because it’s a California State ordinance which requires everyone to wear a mask while outside their home, but because I want to stay safe while helping keep others safe too. While I wear one all the time outside, it’s weird to see a picture of me in one on the Internet. I posted this photo, to try and spread the word about the importance of wearing a mask, while normalizing what it looks like.

As we move from summer into fall, masks are not going anywhere; at least until we have our vaccines. So it is important for people to get used to them; and hey, let’s try and make them fashion!

I paired my watermelon printed mask with my favorite black, puff sleeve top and jeans. I wanted a touch of fall, so I threw on my fall snakeskin booties. This is definitely my favorite go-to look of the moment. It feels really good to wear high heel booties; especially since most of what we all do these days involves lounging around the house in slippers, hiking in hiking boots, or working out in athletic shoes. It’s a rare occasion  these days to wear heels! I cannot even begin to tell you how good they feel after all this time. This was the first pair of shoes with a heel I walked around in since March. Crazy right? I used to wear some sort of heel all the time!

Talking about heels, I do plan on picking up a couple pairs this upcoming fall season. It feels normal to buy heels. I am looking forward to the fall season, not just for cooler weather, but because it feels like a new season filled with hope. The vaccine should start rolling out to our medical professionals this fall. I am hopeful more businesses will begin to reopen in the fall, and I am also hopeful that less people are unemployed. While my kids will all attend school online during the fall season, I am hopeful the vaccine has enough doses to start rolling out to the public in the winter so that in spring, our school district will start to allow sports again, as well as in person school.

It’s been hard for me to digest my kids going to school online. I home-schooled for five years, and last year was the first year my two youngest children returned to public school; only to go back to online school last March. They are both hungry to return to school and see their friends in person, as well as their teachers; and the entire experience that goes along with regular school. I’ll keep praying the vaccine goes smoothly, works well, and gets us back on our feet in the spring. This is why I am looking forward to the fall. I see it as the season of repair, and the season of moving towards getting back to our normal lives in 2021.

Are you excited for the fall season? How are you feeling about it all?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 wish list

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 wish list from top left: grey saddle bag / black and grey ruana / black and white scarf / eye pencil trio (I’ve been using these for decades! Really good deal-LOVE!) / plaid shirt (so ’90’s grunge!) / brown saddle bag (currently full price everywhere else!) / hand cream duo / black slides / light wash cropped jeans / black henley shirt / long sleeve black tee / dark wash straight jeans / gold hoops / black loafers (so very ’90’s!) /

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 is here! Today marks the first day Nordstrom cardholders can start shopping. Day one of the sale is open to Nordstrom’s biggest annual spenders, then it opens up based on spending level on August 7, 10, and 13. If you have a Nordstrom card, and you don’t know your level, log into your account to check; you might be lucky and have an early shopping date! If you are like me, and you don’t have a Nordstrom Card, we get to start shopping on August 19.

Last year a lot of my favorite items from the sale sold out within the first week. The biggest shopping days during the sale will be August 13 and 19, so if there is something you want bad-buy it the first day you are eligible to shop the sale! I will be at my laptop 9:30am on August 18 ready to shop my wish list above. These are all the items I plan to purchase. Aren’t they fabulous?

The fall 2020 season has a ton of 1970s and 1990s vibes. When you start shopping for fall, look for these elements in what you purchase. I also recommend looking for necessities when shopping this sale. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a great time to stock up on basics, pajamas, lougewear, socks, and beauty products. You probably don’t need heavy coats and winter-like boots just yet.

Shop my favorite deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 online:

I love this sale! If you have any questions about it, feel free to email me, or DM me on social media. I would love to help you find the best deals! The items I posted above, are great deals during the sale, and they also fit into the upcoming fall trends. I hope you love my favorites from the sale! Let me know what you get in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping and happy shopping!

XOXO

Cathy


Givenchy Antigona celebrates ten years

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pictured: my favorite workhorse bag of all time, the Givenchy Antigona in black /

It’s been ten years! Let’s see, ten years ago I started my blog, and ten years ago Givenchy launched their iconic Antigona handbag; which has become a classic IT bag everyone must-have in their closet. I love this bag so much, after owning the black one for a few months, I purchased another one in baby blue! Yup, I’m addicted!

My Givenchy Antigona has gone to almost every New York Fashion Week with me. It has also traveled on vacation with me, as well as been reached for on a regular basis for day-to-day life. This bag is strong, and has just the right amount of room inside for everything I need to carry with me. You can see my original review here. My two Antigona’s are size small. I feel like this is the perfect size for the structured version of this bag. Of course, now that Givenchy has launched a soft version to celebrate ten years. . .my size preference could change!

OK, you read that right. In case you haven’t heard, Givenchy launched a soft version of their iconic Antigona bag in order to freshen up the style, as well as celebrate ten years of being fabulous. I am hooked! The soft version is equally fabulous, and I definitely need to purchase one for my collection. The question is, which size?

The Givenchy Antigona Soft comes in three sizes right now; small, medium, and large. While I am normally drawn to smaller versions of a handbag style, the medium appears a little bit more floppy; and floppy is catching my eye. I feel like the small version would be ideal for what I normally carry around with me. That being said, the medium has the perfect silhouette out of the three sizes. I’m not sure how I would fill up the medium, but I feel like it is the size I need. I mean, more interior capacity can’t hurt, right?

If you don’t already own a Givenchy Antigona, what are you waiting for? It’s an IT bag classic. Also, what do you think of the new soft version? It is starting to emerge as one of fall 2020’s new IT bags!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy