Friday, October 7, 2011

I can be fashionable...

Ever since I realized that Hannah was about to turn one, and that 'new{born} mommy' phase was quickly coming to an end, I've been trying to really make an effort in not looking so... craptastic.

I chopped my long hair for a shorter layered cut (which is now due for a trim), bought some jeans that didn't come with an elastic panel, and have been paying more attention to fashion instead of what works best with nursing/pumping.

Back when I was pumping 3 times a day while at work and then nursing 3+ times a day at home, it didn't make sense to wear anything too fussy - too many buttons, too tight, too wrinkle prone - so I mostly wore loose cotton tops. Now, my workplace is very laid back and no one but the receptionist is very fashion forward so the bar (and expectations) were not set very high. While I'm not looking to become a fashionista, I'd like to have more than 1 photo worthy outfit in my closet.  Edit - Now that we're slowly cutting back on the frequency of nursing sessions, I'm starting to worry less and less about how 'nursing compatible' my outfit is.  Even though it doesn't sound like it above - YES, I'm still nursing Hannah, just not as often. :)
I used to think Summer was my favorite time of year. It's warm and sunny and everyone is in a good mood.

But there is just something COZY about fall.  I dug some sweaters out last weekend and the leaves are changing colors... It's so crisp and beautiful that I just want to grab a scarf and take a stroll outside. 

So today I admit it - My name is Carla, and I love Fall.

Something about that makes me feel like an adult. 
Like I've matured past being a summertime sun worshipper. 
Or maybe it's just because I don't look as good in a bikini anymore.

Anyway - above at the Pantone Fall 2011 colors for men and women.  Bamboo to Phlox is surprising and so bright and sunny - perfect to buy now and pair with gray, then wear again in the spring/summer.  Cedar, Teal, Coffee and Nougat are great - and slightly obvious - fall colors, and quarry is a mainstay of my decorating palate, but I think the real surprise is the orchid.


I don't think I could pull of a light orchid sweater as it'd wash me out, but maybe a great scarf or bag. 
TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Ross here I come!

Join the conversation:
Which of the colors do you love the most? 
orchid hush is so intriguing
Which do you think would be the easiest/hardest for you to pull off?
easiest- teal, hardest - emberglow
Have you made a purchase to help bring your wardrobe into fall?
I'm currently waiting on 4 - yes FOUR - pair of closed toed shoes to arrive today from Zappos.  I won't be keeping all of them, but I'm excited to try them all out.  I'm also on the hunt for some more great scarves to add to my collection.
Which color do you think they forgot?
it would stick out like a sore thumb with this palate, but I love a deep cranberry for fall/winter.


  1. Which of the colors do you love the most?
    **QUARRY- I think it very pretty. **
    Which do you think would be the easiest/hardest for you to pull off?
    easiest- teal, hardest - bamboo
    Have you made a purchase to help bring your wardrobe into fall?
    Um, No. lol But I was just recently donated from my now shrinking SIL :-( some of her clothes.
    Which color do you think they forgot?
    I think the color choice is wonderful.

  2. I sooo want to see what you get! My family and I are going to the Mtns for Thanksgiving and Im in deperate need of cloths that are awesome. I stay at home so my closet is tshirts :(

  3. I LOVE fall as well! I'm not a mom yet, but I've been in a clothing funk for too long now. So I've been trying to branch out from my plain solid cotton tees. Target has great sales on scarves $3 or so. I also got 2 super cute fall cardigans from Target on sale for $10 each. I think my favorite is cedar. The one I couldn't pull off is most definitely bamboo! Love your blog! :)

  4. Interesting colors for fall....I lean towards the Phlox and Deep Teal. The Emberglow is lovely but so not for my skin tone. Assisting my daughter with her twins keeps me from wearing anything fashionable beyond , 'Is it comfortable? Can I wash a stain out from it?'. I did purchase some brightly colored T-shirts and a pair of jeans from Lane Bryant. My daughter is slowly updating her wardrobe with easy to nurse in tops and the fabulous nursing tanks, and what she calls 'The Mom" look-yoga pants. I enjoy your blogs, YouTube videos and Facebook page. You're an inspiration to many.

  5. Fall is the best time of year, it puts me in the mood to bake and cook chili! Thats around the time I notice the scale start to go up up a lil bit. Maybe some new clothing will help me to not over do it! Love the Cedar, would never pull of the bamboo!

  6. I love, love, LOVE fall...even though I'm in Florida and it's still hot. lol..

    I need to go clothes shopping. Badly. lol.. I'm not married, don't have kids, but I'm a hot frumpy mess. Problem is, it's hard to find stuff that fits and looks right because I carry my weight around my midsection. Wear the wrong thing and I have everyone asking me when I'm "due." That's not cool when you're not pregnant. lol

    I love all of those colors. Soo gorgeous. =)

  7. I will always pick deep teal. It is by far my favorite color.
    I LOVE fall! I can not wait to take Haleigh apple picking and pumpkin picking!

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