12 for Fall 2012-My Must-Have List

It’s that time of year again! The first day of fall is tomorrow, which means gorgeous fall colors, warm knits, and boots. Back to school vibes always inspire shopping, even though it has been quite a while since I last had a first day of school! In celebration, I decided to put together a list of my 12 for 2012 fall collection.

1. Colored and printed skinnies

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The bright denim of spring and summer has transitioned into darker colors. Jewel tones, mustard, grey, there are so many great options here. Maroon (also a huge color trend) and purple are definitely my favorites, and I picked up a pair of these Mossimo Skinny Premium Denim skinnies that I found at target in both two colors. At under $30/pair, no reason not to get both!

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You can also try skinny cords, a great option for fall. I just picked these AG stretch corduroy skinnies up in grey.

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Just like colored, printed denim is still going strong. I found these adorable snakeskin skinnies at Target. The perfect way to try out the trend without a big investment. More options with brocade (two trends in one!) here and floral skinnies here and here.

2. Boots

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I have a love-hate relationship with boots. I absolutely adore them, but due to my “athletic” calves (they’re 16″), I’ve always struggled to find a pair that will fit. I’ve finally been able to slowly build up a great collection, but it is always incredible frustrating when I see cute boots that I’ll never be able to wear.

This season I finally decided to invest in the Stuart Weitzman ’50 50′ boot. Because of the stretchy back panels, they mold perfectly over my calves, and the leather feels like butter.

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I also picked up my first Frye boots this season. I was so excited to find out that they make the Veronica slouch in the wide calf version (here is the regular). Incredibly comfortable, fits my calves, and is perfect with both skirts and with jeans/leggings.

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3. Scarves

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I adore scarves (in Seattle I even wear them year-round), and just like boots, they just feel like fall. I have quite a substantial collection, but when I see a fabulous scarf it’s just hard to resist making an addition. Simple bright colors like this Love Quotes one from Shopbop (I ended up getting a darker pink color which is no longer available) helps bring sunshine into dreary gray fall days.

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A fun, printed scarf is the perfect touch for a simple outfit of jeans and a white tee. I love this map of the world scarf from Nordstrom that I just picked up.

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4. Cardigans and blazers

Cardigans and blazers are perfect fall layering pieces. Inspired by Amy, I picked up a mustard version of my favorite Target cardigan.

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For blazers, go for a classic knit like this cute black one from Target, or play more with patterns with this floral blazer from Nordstrom BP. Nordstrom BP is definitely one of my favorite places to shop for blazers, they’re reasonable priced and so cute!

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5. Patterned tights

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Just like patterned pants, patterned and colored tights are still right on trend. You can go crazy with patterns or colors, or do a slightly more muted version like these

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or these

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6. Military-inspired pieces

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Once again, military-inspired style is a big fall trend. One of my girlfriends just introduced me to need supply.com, and I found this fabulous Lorimer jacket.

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I also adore this Topshop camo jacket from Nordstrom. The faux fur lining is removable, so it will be a perfect transition piece.

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7. Leather

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Leather is absolutely huge this fall. Luckily there are tons of options (both real and faux) in tops, skirts, and leggings. Pencil skirts in leather or with leather panels/accents. If you don’t want to splurge for the “real deal,” leather accents or faux leather are perfect substitutes. I love my new skirt (unfortunately unavailable), but there are similar options here and here.

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Or, you can try leather leggings, like these or these. The proper styling with leather pieces is key, but they can easily be toned down (especially for non-conservative offices).

8. Lace

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Gotta love lace. Lace is definitely a classic, and yet it is more on trend than ever this fall. It pairs perfectly with your military inspired pieces or leather tops or bottoms.

I paired this Sanctuary skirt with my boots and a tank here, and it is perfect to dress up or down:

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This skirt from Target is a fabulous deal (under $8 on sale!)

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You can also try a lace top like this (super flattering on!), this, or this.

9. Peplum

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I recently started experimenting with peplum. It will stay strong through the fall, and is surprisingly flattering on a variety of body types. Peplum is a short overskirt that’s attached to a jacket, top, skirt, or dress. The great peplum benefit is the defined waist.

Asos is currently my favorite “peplum source,” but there are tons of options out there. I recently picked up this top in black

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and this top in cream

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10. Menswear-inspired shoes

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Smoking slippers, loafers, and moccasins are all fun ways to try out the menswear trend. I’m totally loving menswear-inspired flats with a girlie twist like these pink studded flats

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or these snakeskin print moccasins

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11. Animal print

Animal print is a classic (just make sure to only wear one piece per outfit), and leopard is definitely my animal of choice. I love my leopard print heels, flats, and scarf (similar here, here, and here), and this season I also picked up a leopard print skinny belt (similar here).

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12. A fabulous tote

I love a great tote. They’re the perfect bag for fall (back to school!) especially in a rich jewel tone. I love my new Steven by Steven Madden purple tote

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With fall rainy weather, a stylish nylon tote can be the perfect option for commuting. I’m also obsessed with my new Lulu om tote, which works just as well for taking to work and going to the gym or a yoga class.

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Birthday Dinner and a Spinasse Review

For Nick’s birthday, we went out to dinner with our good friends (Rose’s birthday was on Saturday). Spinasse came highly recommend from Nick’s close family friend who lived for many years in Italy, so we knew we had to try it.

I wore my James Perse wrap dress, black tights, and boots.

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Dress: James Perse from Nordstrom, Tights: Hue, Boots: Naturalizer

The food was delicious. In particular, the special pasta and the stuffed cabbage were excellent! And of course, the prosciutto.

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First, they brought out a mini appetizer of toasted bread topped with anchovies.

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Since I couldn’t eat the bread, the chef sent out a mini beet salad for me.

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For appetizers, we shared the prosciutto and marinated apples, and olives.

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For a first course, I had a parsnip flan.

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Nick had the insalata di cicoria di campo, or local chicory salad with marinated rabbit, parmigiano-reggiano, and balsamico.

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For the main course, I had cabbage stuffed with veal breast and pig’s trotter, with a side of Brussels sprouts and pine nuts.

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Nick had the special, which was fresh pasta with pork ragu.

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For dessert, we both had panna cotta toped with grappa soaked sour cherries.

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The birthday kids with their desserts!

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The two delicious bottles of wine.

Valentine’s Date Night at the Book Bindery

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Last night we both got dressed up for our Valentine’s Date Night at a new restaurant we’ve been wanting to try, Book Bindery.

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I wore my Herve Leger v-neck bandage dress (here in black), black tights, black patent booties, and a silver multi-chain necklace. I threw on a tuxedo blazer since it was quite chilly last night.

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The food was excellent. We both started with cocktails, mine was St. Germaine, grapefruit, and sparkling wine, and Nick’s was called the Islay Roy, and was scotch based.

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The chef was super sweet, and made me a mini starter since I couldn’t partake in the amazing bread.

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For a starter, I had the arborio risotto with castelmagno cheese and winter truffles, and Nick had the slow poached hen egg with hand cut tagliatelle, parmesan broth, and herbs.

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To pair with the main course, we tried out one of the Almquist wines, the 2009 Cab Franc. It was quite delicious, and had a spicy/fruity taste and aroma.

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For the main course, Nick had the herb roasted sturgeon, with potato gnocchi, bacon marmalade, and lobster sauce. I had the lamb rack, with crispy panisse, braised chard, merguez sausage, and Niçoise olive lamb sauce.

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For dessert, I had the cinnamon semifreddo with local apples, bourbon caramel, and a cider reduction. Nick had the s’mores, with warm chocolate cake, house made graham cracker, and smoked marshmallow.

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