Well no other color stands out to me more this 2017 Fall season than deep, rich red. Call it wine, berry or even maroon, this color is the perfect transition to a cozy look for cooler temperatures. Worn in anything from a sweater to a camisole to a nail polish color, wine is flattering on EVERYONE!
Similar to Amy Youngblood Interior’s tip for jewel toned velvets in interior design, rich toned fur and faux fur coats and jackets are big for the fall.
I’m so used to wearing my neutral rabbit fur black jacket or faux fur tan stole for special occasions, that this is a bit of a deviation for this Cincinnista. However, paired with a simple black outfit or coordinating print, these jewel and patterned fur jackets make a huge statement.
Check these examples out…all in different lengths and styles. Next to come: Fall Trends in Fashion and Design!
So this Cincinnista is finally back after a fabulous 1st Anniversary trip with my husband, Tom. As Tom’s never actually been to wine country, I thought it was the perfect place for us that he’d appreciate.
Everything from the hotel to the food to the topography, and of course the wine was perfect. A referral from a friend, we stayed in Sonoma at the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa, a place of beauty yet with tons of history and character. Despite, the long flight to San Francisco, we were ready for two days of wineries in both Sonoma then Napa. We selected only those wineries with good reputations and of course hired a driver! It’s hard to say which was our favorite, but we did love the energy at Wellington, the amazing cabernet at Etude and the incredible view at Stag’s Leap. Not to mention, everyone working at the wineries was incredible nice and passionate about their jobs. We also lunched at the famous Auberge du Soleil hotel.
After the wine tours, it was time to change gears. Tom went golfing at the scenic Sonoma Country Club while I spent and afternoon at the Fairmont’s amazing spa. The service was impeccable and the interior beautiful. (and we all know how much I care about that!:) After my services, I sipped sparking wine by the private outdoor pool basking in relaxation.
Finally on our last day, we hung at the lovely pool for a bit then ventured in to the actual town of Sonoma for dinner. We stopped at an authentic Mexican Restaurant for a yummy, hand made margarita, then off to the Girl and the Fig for an amazing main course.
Overall, it was hard to leave and I can’t wait to go back. Thank goodness this Cincinnista stocked up on some good wine that we are still drinking! Cheers!
While it’s big time sales in summer fashion, on this special day one question I ask is: “What do I wear?’ As this Cincinnista has a party to attend, I want to be at least a little festive. Even if it’s not red, white AND blue. I plan to wear a ruffle silk top with white shorts…..sorry no blue sandals in my closet. Wait, I need to start the hunt for those!?
Well, forget my hunt for blue sandals, but here are some of my favorite red, white and blue fashions:
So after many a post about off the shoulder and cold shouldered tops, it’s time to talk about our lower half. While enjoying this comfortable 70+ weather, I have pulled out my cropped jeans, and realized I’m missing this great addition to my Cincinnista wardrobe: fringed and flared jeans.
To clarfify I mean fringed and flared cropped jeans, the perfect transition from summer to fall. Available in a mix of washes from dark to distressed, the higher hem shows off your lower leg for gladiator style flats or heals, as well as offers comfort in this summer heat.
Check out these styles I just found! And it’s not just jeans!
Well, it’s no secret, that pink is all the rage this summer season. From fuchsia to barely nude that almost substitutes for white, pink is a great way to express a Cincinista’s femininity….especially at our mature age:)
However, pink can become a quick “no-no” if you you don’t select the right shade for your coloring. For example, a barely there pink can simply drowned out those of us whom are fair, yet pop on a woman of black or olive skin color. And speaking of darker skinned women, they win big here as both light and deep pink work for them. As for us lighter Cincinnistas, a deep fuchsia or coral can make a great contrast for an outfit. So unless you are a 5’11”, skinny Nicole Kidman on Oscar night, but I truly believe that one big canvas of nude, just isn’t for us all.
So as an interior designer and Cincinnista, I appreciate the power of a beautiful floral print. From elegant drapes to and fabulous blouse, floral prints are all the rage.
However, I honesty believe the flower trend has been over done and has a limited shelf life. What happened to solids, textures and graphic prints? While I love the “spring-like” essence of flowers…yes…way behind on planting mine!…..I think the flower rage has become an overkill and is short lived.
Does that mean you off the shoulder large scale floral blouse is done next year? Not necessary. When done tastefully and paired with more minimal items, florals are fabulous. It’s also the type of floral prints that matter. While I know I’m not getting any younger, I’ve seen some florals that honestly look like antiques…you know something grandma would wear. And hey, I’m not in the business of looking older…right?
Check these looks out and see my comments. Hopefully, that will shed some light to my Cincinnista “How To’s:’