Hello, ladies.  Grab a coffee, tea or wine and sit down with me…let’s have a little girl talk!  This week I am going to bring you lots of fun for fall.  But, I am here today to encourage you to have open minds.  I can remember looking through the old fashion magazines and loving every minute of it…though the styles were way out of my price range and not for my lifestyle.  But, I always learned something in the magazines…something I could style or do differently in my own wardrobe.  I was always inspired and I miss those day of when fashion magazines were about fashion.  However, attending fashion shows does the same for me now.

I am always inspired by the beauty and creativity of the garments, just as I am inspired when I visit an art museum.  Fashion design is just another form of art, and it captivates me.  I attend the Neiman Marcus Fall Fashion Trend Show every year at this time and have done this for several years.  I am inspired by the fashion on and off the runway.  This year we were even singing to the 80s music.  It was such a great evening.

This show has consistently pushed me a little out of my box, and shown me ways to have more fun with my style.  The show has particularly influenced my accessories…because of it, I have had more fun with accessories and made bolder decisions.  Every year I walk away with ideas to apply what I learned and experienced to my own wardrobe.  So, what I have decided to do this year on the blog is share with you some of the looks which inspired me the most.  I will tell you what I saw and how I see me applying it.

Also, later this week I will bring you tips for Women over 50, and new fall products from one of the top beauty lines in the country.  It is going to be a fun week.  So, let’s get started.

Dusters are very big this year and even more so in animal print.  (I am featuring a beautiful animal print duster in the slideshow below from Soft Surroundings). However, please note that these dusters are actually dresses which are unbuttoned and worn like jackets. This one is a snake print available at Neiman’s (also in my slideshow below) and I would wear it in a heartbeat.  I love dusters and really like this one with the green sweater, and double necklaces.  I already have a bag which looks just like this.  Some of you are wondering about wearing white after Labor Day…the rule is dead.  No longer applies.

This is a lovely pre-fall look which would transition easily into the cooler weather.  I was inspired to keep my eyes open for a similar duster and how great it looks with the green.  I would wear this to work, on a date with my husband, to lunch with the girls…it would get a lot of wear.  I already have a subtle pair of snake-print leggings, and a handbag.  It is a great print to use with color. And speaking of color, the runway showed us how prevalent “hot pink” will be into winter.

I would also wear this!  See how great the pink looks with the snake-print leggings?  This is a fun style that takes a workwear day up a level and makes it so much more fun.  I need a pair of these “not-so-subtle” snake leggings.  The ones I already own are black on black and look neutral from a distance.

Many times stepping out of our comfort zone can be done by re-mixing items we already own.  Life is so short, I want to enjoy each moment feeling bold, strong, fun…confident.  I do not mind if I attract attention…in fact, it’s time to attract a little attention.  Wearing things I love just puts a brighter smile on my face.  When I stayed with my grandchildren recently and worked with my daughter to get their household ready for school, it was exhausting and took me back to those days when I was so wrapped up in parenting and working outside of the home that my confidence waned…because I based it on my parenting performance and lack of self-care.  It is so great now to be able to be confident with who I am without having it founded in work or performance of any kind.  When I look and feel my best, it makes me smile and I can walk out of the house smiling.

My love of fashion and trends is just a little icing on the cake…something I enjoy.  I hope I always want to be bright and bold and adventurous with my style. So, I have been inspired the past couple of weeks and hope to step things up a bit.  I have to do it without spending a lot, so bring on the creativity.  Remember these posts are not about our budgets…set that aside…these posts this week are about using trends to be youthful and current and enjoy what we wear and how we look.  The posts are about inspiration for a new season just a month away and entering it as a bold, confident new you.

Has anyone stepped out of your comfort zone recently?  What did you do and how did it turn out?  Let’s have some girl talk…and I truly hope you enjoy what I will be sharing this week.

KEEP SMILING!!!

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