Friday, September 28, 2012

Autumn Attack.

This rainy day reminds me that the fall season is in full effect. Yes, as usual I have been in denial that summer is behind us. But while colder temperatures and grey skies are on the horizon, I am determined to stay happy about this seasonal transition... it's not winter yet. Here are some ways to jump into Fall 2012.

3 Ways to SAVE --> Break out an item you already own that is on-trend now (this fall).

1) Pointy toe heels
The sleek look is a welcome change following many months of rounded peep-toe pumps and platform shoes. They look perfectly clean and slightly edgy with a pair of slim trousers or skinny jeans. Just make sure the leather is polished and the heels are in good condition.

2) Bordeaux lipstick
If you bought it last year and wished there was more opportunity to wear it, this is your chance. (I did. For ways to wear it, look here.) Dramatic beauty looks were everywhere on the runways for Fall/Winter 2012. Dark lipsticks are an edgy, sophisticated way of wearing red. For a more current twist, add a dab of gloss over the deep shade.

{At Rochas...}
{...and at Gucci. Images via}

3) Peacoats
Change the buttons on your old fall peacoat to brass and rock the military trend seen on the fall runway at Altuzarra...

and Isabel Marant...

Just make sure your silhouette is sleek and modern, not too square. A pair of knee-high black leather boots are the finishing touch.

3 Ways to SPLURGE --> Add some simple updates.

1) Concealer
The season of Back to School/Back to Serious Work calls for a new one. My main goal was finding a product that did not crease after several hours or leave my under-eye area looking dry. The winner was YSL Anti-Cernes Multi- Action Concealer. It's creamy formula lasts and I look well-rested.  The square gold tube is also a pretty addition to my makeup bag. I love the light diffusing pigment and would recommend this product to all women.

{YSL Anti- Cernes Multi Action Concealer, $35.
[Of note was the strong runner- up: Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer. (Say that five times fast.) But I found the tube a little too messy for makeup on the run.]

2) Fragrance
The change of seasons is always something I feel in the air. I decided to try something new this year and distract myself with a new and pleasing smell. After 5 years of the same perfume (what I still consider my signature scent), this season I've added a new one to my vanity. And the crazy thing is, so far, it's working. My mood on a gray day always picks up when I catch a whiff of it. Give it a try. Take home a sample of your favorite one and use it for a couple of days before making the investment.

3) Leather
Get yourself some black leather for an instant update. Try replacing your favorite skinny jeans with a pair of skinny leather pants or leather leggings. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of leather pants, opt for a great leather shift dress that will take you all the way through the fall and winter season. I loved these easy looks from Vince.

How do you attack the fall season?

Treat everyday like you are on the runway.