Tag Archives: fall style inspiration

Pencil with an Edge

Just a quick blogfit post today.  I had been looking around for a faux leather pencil skirt as a more contemporary basic (it’s an edgier black pencil skirt!) and I finally found one I liked enough from ASOS that more or less just what I had in mind.  I also found the basic black turtleneck from ASOS, a wardrobe staple that needed replacing in my closet.



Blue suede pumps are by Gianni Bini from Dillard’s (No longer available)

Clutch from Anthropologie (No longer available)

Toeing the Towpath

Ohio’s nature offers some really great backdrops for blog photos, especially since we have a National Park fairly close to Cleveland.  The other day we took a stroll down the Towpath at Boston Mills in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (#CVNP).  The Towpath follows the path of the Erie Canal and follows along the Cuyahoga River.  Today, there are 35 numbered locks from Akron to Cleveland, although there were many more functional locks in the 1800’s.  If you’re intrigued, there is much more information available online about the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath.

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It’s pretty interesting to see a picture of the Lock from it’s functioning days then viewing it present day.

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Wearing Jessica Simpson black top and booties (similar), Big Star jeans,( similar), Velvet shrug and necklace made by me, Scarf from a market in London, Calvin Klein coat, (similar).

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If you’re ever touring CVNP, stop by Boston Mills along the Towpath, there is a Visitor Center and the Boston Store where you can take a pit stop for a snack or two. :d

Favored Layers

Thinking back to this time last year, we had already gotten a very snowy experience.  So, it’s pretty typically Cleveland that this year it’s been pretty warm throughout November.  I realize I mention weather a lot on my blog…but really, the weather determines what I wear every day.  That is often how I decide what to put on on a daily basis.  I’m a natural freeze baby, so warmth and comfort level are on the top of my list when I’m deciding what’s appropriate to pull out of my closet every day.  And with Cleveland’s wish-washy climate, dressing for the weather can often be a bit of a challenge.  That’s when I really start to depend on my jackets and blazers as additive layers, they help turn up the notch on an otherwise un-involved ensemble, but also serve their utilitarian purpose.


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(Don’t mind my, Sun-in-my-eyes, I’m-about-to-sneeze-face).

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I had gotten this blazer from H&M a few years ago and it was totally basic.  I also had a dress in the same color that had this awesome shoulder detail but I always thought that the shoulders were a bit too heavy for the knit dress…so I deconstructed the dress, took off these awesome beaded epaulletes and reapplied them to each shoulder of the simple jacket.  The blazer definitely makes a much more appropriate home for the appliques.


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Blazer-reconstructed; Top-H&M (N/A); Jeans-AG Slim straight; Shoes-DSW, similar; Clutch-Anthropologie (N/A)

Seeing Leopard Spots

Just a blogfit for this Sunday’s post! A faux leopard fur jacket had been on my list of “vintage items to find” for quite a while, and I actually found this one months ago at a little shop and only just decided to finally buy the thing.  I kept thinking about it (which always means…”BUY it”) and luckily it was still around when I went back looking for it.

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Vintage faux leopard fur jacket; H&M skinnies; Bed Stu booties, similar; ‘Bazaar’ tee from Dillard’s (N/A); Black/white jacket from Charlotte Russe (N/A); Belt- Old Navy Men’s department; Chanel Button necklace–AWESOME Christmas gift a couple years ago :)

Brisk November

Admittedly, this was a bit of an impromptu photo session for this blog post.  I thought,  ” I love this jacket…let’s do a blog post.”  This plaid blazer was a sewing project of my mom’s from the 70’s.  Pretty awesome, right?  I actually just pulled it out a few days ago, because I had completely forgotten about it.  I’m thankful that my mom was apparently the same size as me when she made (or bought) some of these great pieces I’ve confiscated from her archived wardrobe.

And while I love this jacket, the weather was actually just a little too brisk to wear this plaid number and be warm enough-even with a fisherman sweater underneath-for our downtown Cleveland adventures yesterday evening.  Even still, for being 40 some years old, these wool threads sure have held up well and hopefully will continue to for years to come.

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The bright orange lining makes it even better, in my book.


Also sporting mom’s silver hoop earrings.


It’s a sad fact that these trees behind me were beautifully colored only a couple weeks ago, and now they’re so bare and prepared for the inevitable winter ahead.



Fisherman sweater from L.L.Bean
Pilcro cordouroys from Anthropologie (similar).
BedStud Manchester boot, found here.
Plaid jacket, made by mom
Dooney & Bourke purse, thrifted.


Falling For Nature

Today I bring you a very nature filled post. The leaves on the trees are finally at those perfect firey tones, which happen to make great photo ops. October is the one month of the Fall season that I think is truly Fall, or more appropriately Autumn. October is the epitome of Autumn. It’s when all the events are happening-like craft shows, flea markets, pumpkin and apple festivals…it’s when bonfires are at their best (no more mosquitos!), it’s when you enjoy hot apple cider and some matching cider donuts…it’s when all the local farms have their best Fall produce out in their road side stands (gourds, and pumpkins, and squashes, oh my!) It’s when you get to wear your most favorite, broken in boots, and scarves, and jackets…it’s when you can walk through the park and smell those leafy aromas (Oak leaves are my favorite)…it’s when you can really look around and appreciate the nature of change.

These photos are all from spots around Cleveland’s most coveted Metroparks. It’s the BEST time of year to spend a lot of time wandering around all parts, and to really take it all in.


















Harris Tweed Jacket was Mom’s from many years ago, Striped tee from L.L.Bean, Jeans from Anthropologie (no longer available), Boots by Arturo Chiang from Dillard’s (no longer available, but my now perfectly broken in ones ;) ) Made the scarf.

What do you love about Fall? :)

Bring Out the Plaid

Bring Out the Plaid

Hello all! Well, it’s September and you know what that means…Fall is creeping up on us. Soon the switch will be flipped and we will be sipping cider or pumpkin spice lattes, wearing our scarves, boots, leather jackets, and of course, PLAID. Plaid says FALL to me. When I see plaid, I think of Fall. This Fall, I have ‘plaid dress’ on my ‘to make’ list, so hopefully in the near future, you will indeed see me in a Callie Original plaid dress. ;) I put together this Polyvore set revolving around a plaid dress from Modcloth. Aren’t those Sorel boots AWESOME?! It’s such a fashion forward boot compared to what Sorel is known for. Good to see though, I love them! :)

What says FALL to you??

Vintage Lady Face Sweater

Finally, an outfit involving this vintage sweater from my Vintage Finds in NYC post.  I thought this was the most adorable sweater when I came across it at Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn earlier this year.  It’s so cheeky and fun.  I figured I could wear it with black skinnies and a red scarf, with normal skinny jeans and cowboy boots, or dressed up over a dress like this:


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When I incorporate vintage pieces into outfits, I like to just dabble them in to keep the ensemble looking fresh and not too old.  With this, the bright cobalt blue along with the leather moto jacket and wedge booties help modernize the sweater a bit, and with the overall balance of the outfit. 

Cobalt blue dress by Gianni Bini from Dillard’s a few years ago.  Leather jacket from Victoria’s Secret.  Wedge booties from DSW about 3 years ago. Vintage silk dyed scarf.

Fall Layers

Just another blogfit today.  I’m  really enjoying this fall weather despite the fact that it didn’t feel like we really had much of a summer.  I love warm weather because I feel more inspired and motivated to be productive and enjoy the warmth…but I also love everything related to Fall.  I love the changing leaves, the decorations-pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds…I love every baked good made with apples…I love the hot drinks-coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and cider…

But I also love the crisp air and having to layer tees, sweaters, and jackets finished with scarves and great boots. I think my outfitting creativity is enhanced in the cooler months because of this very reason.  It seems like I come up with some more unique combinations for the sake of staying warm, and that usually involves a lot of layering.



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This Harris Tweed (some of the best authentic Tweed around) jacket was my mom’s from the late 70’s (?)  Between the two of us, it’s definitely gotten some pretty intense wear.  So much so, that the lining and buttons have needed repair a few times, but other than that it’s held up pretty well over the last few decades. ;)  It is also my most versatile Fall jacket, for sure.

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Basic tee from Target, cream sweater hoodie from Gap about 5 years ago, black skinnies from H&M (20 bucks!!), boots are mom’s and so is the vintage purse, leather belt from the Old Navy men’s department, scarf is also from H&M.


Fall Staple: Olive Green Pants

These olive green pants are another one of my favorite Fall staples.  I can’t express how much I try to purchase versatile clothing.  I used to be pretty irresponsible when it came to purchasing closet items.  I would buy endless number of ‘cute’ tops and inexpensive shoes.  I began to realize how much money I was WASTING on things I wasn’t wearing more than one or two times, because they didn’t match anything else I had, or were of poor quality.  I ended up with a haphazard wardrobe.  That induced just a few closet purges.

I started to pay more attention to what I was buying.  I try to think of at least 3 different outfits or occasions per item I’m contemplating.  I also try to think of other colors in my closet that would coordinate with whatever I’m deciding to buy.

Another thing that has really helped me become a smarter shopper is this book, called Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline.  It truly opened my eyes to consumerism in general.  One thing in particular: the quality of items we’re buying.

Ok, back to topic…these AG green pants.  This color matches EVERYTHING for Fall.  I LOVE, love, love it with this blush color.  It also looks pretty stellar with mustard yellow, navy, brown, black, gray…



These pants (AG from Anthropologie) are soooo soft too.  Even after washing, they keep their softness.  AG is also a USA made brand.

Boots are from Aldo Shoes about 5 years ago.

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Top is by Sugar Lips from Dillards a few years ago.  Belt is also from Anthropologie.  Jade necklace was my Grandma’s.  Purse is vintage.  Jessica Simpson cat eye sunglasses.


On an end note, I love that the trees are noticably changing now! (obviously the trees were still pretty green when these pics were taken a couple weeks ago) Driving through the park now makes you shout: “It’s FALL”!  So start a bon fire, pour the cider and snuggle up in that cozy sweater and boots, and enjoy it while it lasts! :)