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How To Wear Bright Colors in the Fall

I love wearing bright colors. Joyful, jewel tones pick up my spirits. But once the fall season begins, is it time to put away all bright spring and summer clothing? Not necessarily. You can learn how to wear bright colors in the fall.

The fall season provides so many fun opportunities to mix and match pieces because it’s time to start adding layers as the temperature comes down. You can pair a light dress with a cardigan sweater, a vest and a jacket. Then add colored leggings, a scarf, a hat. There are so many ways to mix and match textures and colors. But there is a trick to wearing bright colors in the fall to make it all look coordinated and not like you just left a thrift store wearing everything you bought.

Pairing Bright Colors and Neutrals

I found it’s best to pair bright colors with a neutral. By that, I mean beige, tans, brown, camel, and even mustard to temper a piece’s brightness and usher it into an autumnal palette.

Wearing Bright Colors for Fall

Take, for example, this great vintage shift dress. Nothing else says, “welcome fall” like plaid, but the colors here are bright and the dress is light and sleeveless, so it easily works as a summer piece. But put a neutral tan cardigan over it and it instantly tones down the brightness and gets it ready to take its place among other traditional fall plaids.

You could even take it further with tan ankle booties, a chunky tan leather belt and some leggings in a complementary dark green or rust to tamp down the brighter tones.

Vintage autumn leaf headband

I added a headband from ChatterBlossom made of vintage fabric fall leaves in different earth tones to bring in more of the tan color and it instantly took this bright dress into autumn.

Unexpected Color Pairings

Don’t be afraid to pair colors you wouldn’t normally think would work. Fall is a time of transition. The bright colors found in nature don’t always follow traditional fashion rules. It’s the season for various shades of gold, oranges, reds, greens and, of course, those neutrals. I used to always think I had to “ground” my outfits with black. Now I look for ways to take out those dark grounding shades and just let the colors play off each other.

Wearing Bright Colors in Fall

For example, who would have thought bright pink and a golden mustard tone would work together? But the mustard shade acts as the contrast color and a neutral to do that “grounding” effect against this thrifted, 1940s-style blouse. Plus, the jumper here is in a very fall texture of corduroy.

This reminds me to mention, pairing fall textures such as tweeds, wools and corduroy with lighter silks and cotton is another great way to mix your summer pieces into your fall look. And don’t forget your handbag. Leather purses and satchels also scream fall and add a bit of texture, especially when they’re vintage or have a slightly distressed look. Chunky boots, a vintage beret and an Erstwilder fox brooch all bring this outfit into the fall season.

Fox brooch

How to Try New Color Schemes in Your Wardrobe

When learning how to wear bright colors for fall, try experimenting with new pairings. Try holding pieces up against each other in your closet and see if they work together. If you have a hook in your wall, you can hang them together and take a step back to have a look. Another way is to do a flat lay or even invest in a mannequin to try outfits on for you.

You might be surprised how some unexpected color schemes play off each other, such as burgundy and orange or olive green and yellow.  If you just want to dip your toe into wearing bright colors for fall, try doing it with scarves, which are great for fall and an affordable way to add a bold color choice to an outfit.

Check out more of my fall outfits on my Instagram page.

Don’t be afraid to try something new!

Until next time,

Kastle

 

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Leaf Peeping Road Trip Planner with Vintage Style

With all the isolating during the pandemic, we’ve been longing for a vacation. Since fall is my favorite season, we decided to check out the leaf-peeping opportunities close by in Colorado. So we planned a series of leaf-peeping road trips that involved no human interaction. Here’s how we did it:

I mapped out some prime leaf-peeping destinations within a two-hour drive from our home. Since we were going there and back in a day, we didn’t want to spend hours in the car. I planned to hit some of the scenic byways for optimal fall color and good picnic spots.

Road Trip Planner – Safety during COVID

Avoiding human interaction and potential COVID exposure meant not staying overnight in a hotel, avoiding restaurants and public bathrooms, and sadly, no souvenir shopping.

We avoided hotels by driving out for the day and coming back at night. We stayed out of restaurants by packing our own food in a picnic basket and cooler. And I made my own restroom with a popup tent. Read on for details.

We brought our face masks (mine had fall leaves on it!)  and hand sanitizer because we did spend a little time wandering through the historic main streets of some little mountain towns, but mostly we stayed among the trees and avoided people altogether.

Road Trip Essentials

Leaf Peeping Fall Picnic Ideas

We packed a picnic basket and a cooler loaded with sandwiches and snacks. My favorite sandwich of the trip was avocado (mix with sour cream to avoid browning) with chopped baked chicken and mayo. And I packed loads of Trader Joe’s fall-themed snacks to stay in the autumnal spirit. We also packed cloth napkins and filled reusable bottles with water and thermoses with coffee. (I try to be eco-friendly as much as possible.)

We had some options on how to picnic. I bought a cute red-checkered (of course) picnic blanket we could lay on the ground. We also brought a couple of chairs. One day, we just sat and ate out of the back of the SUV.

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Avoiding Public Restrooms

Since we wanted to avoid all public places, the biggest challenge was how to use the restroom. It’s a little easier for my husband to duck behind a tree than for me. I researched what campers do (Warning: TMI ahead) and discovered a handy tool called the PStyle that allows us ladies to pee standing up just like the fellas. I also got a urinal bottle to pee into because sometimes the ground isn’t appropriate. The container was then emptied and rinsed with a bottle of water in the nearest available forest. Then I cleaned my hands with anti-bacterial wipes and put them in a bag to take home and dispose of (we practice Leave no Trace).

But still, I like a little privacy. I discovered some campers create their own bathroom with a one-person popup tent you can stand up in. I found an affordable one on eBay, and voila, my own personal bathroom on the road! Some tips on the popup tent: It helps to have two people. It’s very lightweight and will blow away in the wind if you don’t have someone holding it. It also helps to have two people to fold it back up because it’s a little big and cumbersome. But it packs easily in the car and gives you all the privacy you need. What a relief!

Pop up tent camping bathroom

Road Trip Activities

One of the goals on our mini vacation was to relax. This year has been so stressful. We wanted to go totally offline, no news, no social media. So we planned time to just find pretty spots and unwind. I brought pillows and blankets for naps, books, even coloring pages and colored pencils (coloring is very soothing). We made some time just to chill in the beauty of the trees.

Leaf Peeping Fall Outfits

I love dressing for fall. The opportunities for lots of layers and mixing and matching separates in different patterns and textures is so much fun. It was still a little warm out during our trip, so I didn’t layer as much as I would have liked, but I wanted to wear some cute styles for pictures among the trees. One key during leaf peeping, no heels, so I wore my trusty, comfy, flat, lace-up boots, Little Women-style with swing skirts. I also packed some hiking clothes if we wanted to take off on one of the trails (my portable restroom also doubles as a dressing room!)

Vintage Style Fall Fashion 1: Burgundy Twirls

Fall for me means switching from summertime pencil skirts to circle skirts I can layer underneath and wear with chunky boots. I love the swing skirts from Steady Clothing. They give great twirls! I paired it with a  sweet detachable color with fall leaf detail

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Peter Pan Detachable Collar

Vintage Style Fall Fashion 2: Mad for Plaid

Greens and blues make great fall hues. I paired a plaid vintage skirt with a paisley vintage scarf, a simple t-shirt and thrifted sweater to create this look. A bracelet with fall leaves added an autumnal touch. And I scored the perfect fall purse on Etsy, a vintage wood box purse with decoupage leaves. So festive for the season!


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Fall leaf bracelet

Vintage purse with fall leaves

Vintage Style Fall Fashion 3: Adding Layers

A chill in the mountain air meant it was time to add a jacket over a cardigan sweater. Another swing skirt and t-shirt base with a delightful detachable collar featuring a sweet deer. 


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Detachable Peter Pan Collar with Deer Image

Leaf Peeping Colorado

Ready for your own leaf-peeping adventure? The leaves turn in Colorado starting in mid-September to early October from the high country down to the cities in the lower elevations. Here are some of the best places to see the show:

Trail Ridge Road – runs through Rocky Mountain National Park. Be aware you need a park pass, and during COVID, a reservation for timed entry.

Vail’s Scenic Byway – the leaves are beautiful almost everywhere around Vail. Look for the scenic byways to make the most of it.

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway – this will take you from Estes Park, which is worthy of its own leaf peeping, down to Central City, a historic town that makes a good pit stop.

Guanella Pass – a gorgeous drive through the Aspens. Be aware that it gets crowded during peak leaf peeping. Watch for people wandering the road taking pictures.

Kenosha Pass – a nice long drive filled with fall color. Plus, lots of hiking trails to get out and be in it.

Until next time,

Kastle

 

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One More Round of Fall Fashion Before Winter Comes

I’ve enjoyed the fall season so much this year I thought I would do another post of some outfits and adventures. Fall in Colorado is all about the changing of the aspen trees as their leaves start to shimmer with a bright, golden hue. The season begins the last couple of weeks of September, and if we’re lucky, goes through mid October as a beautiful gold sweeps from the tops of the mountains down into the foothills and the city.

 

One of the prettiest passes to see the aspen trees in all their glory is the Guanella Pass, the Scenic Byway off the I70 as you head west to the Rocky Mountains. We caught the color at the perfect time, so of course, we had to stop (along with everyone else) and take pictures. I dressed for the occasion by turning a summery vintage dress into a fall outfit by playing off the orangey tones in the pattern and teaming it with a beige cardigan, leather belt and purse, brown leather lace-up, chunky heeled boots and earrings with maple leaves.

 

Fall fashion vintage-inspired look

 

Guanella Pass

Fall fashion vintage-inspired look

When Thanksgiving hits, it’s officially the end of the autumn celebrations and time to get ready for the holidays. It also means winter is coming and with it, snow and frigid temperatures. I’m looking forward to hunkering down with some good books because I’m super scared of driving in the snow, so I won’t be going out as much.

 

Reading a book

Thank goodness I found an awesome bookstore, BookBar, in the cute historic shopping district of Berkeley along Tennyson Street. This quaint indie shop has a friendly staff, places to lounge and work and even has a wine bar inside! How genius is that? And even better, they have open mic nights for readings. Since I’ve been working on some personal essays and a memoir-in-progress in my spare time for a while now, I decided to give it a go. I did the first public readings of my work, and I have to say it felt pretty good! The crowd – a whole roomful of them that tested my stage fright – was also super supportive and welcoming.

 

BookBar Open Mic Reading

 

For one of my readings, I had to bring some fall colors. I’m currently obsessed with retro-inspired, detachable Peter Pan collars with gorgeous details that I’ve seen in the blog-o-sphere. So for this night, I wore a burgundy-colored collar with a gold leaf string tie from the Etsy shop, Fairytale Collars. I matched it with a plaid skirt and oxford shoes to create an academic yet stylish, book nerd look.

 

 

FairyTale Collars with leaf detail 

And lastly, as Thanksgiving is upon us, a perfect time to wear my new collar by Etsy shop, Leafling Bags. I’m giving thanks by baking a pumpkin pie for my wonderful hubby and being grateful for my new life in Colorado. 

 

Fall fashion, vintage-inspired look

 

Now I’m off to decorate and get ready for the holidays. More to come!

 

Cheers,

Kastle

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I Love Fall Most of All

It’s fall! I can’t express how much I love this season. I know I’m not alone in this feverish enthusiasm when a slight chill blows past, the leaves are about to change, pumpkin spice everything hits the shelves and I can wear the warm, yummy colors of fall fashion. Plus, October is my birthday month, which gives me one more reason to celebrate.

A Layered Look for Leadville

This year I started my fall adventures early in mid-September with a trip to Leadville, Colorado. This little, historic mining town sits at the highest point in Colorado and is the first to have cooler tempertures and the changing colors in the trees.

I did a little fall fashion shopping before the trip, and now that I live in a colder climate, I’m learning how to layer my vintage and vintage-inspired clothes. I invested in two cardigan sweaters in blue and tan, colors I never used to wear because I found them to be too conservative. Well, I’ve learned that paired with rich fall tones, these shades really pop. They are now staples in my autumnal wardrobe!

Fall Fashion Outfit With Orange Skirt and Leaf Scarf
For walking around Leadville’s main shopping street, Harrison Avenue, I created a vintage-inspired, fall fashion look with the tan cardigan over a black t-shirt and my favorite fall infinity scarf with falling leaves. I added a dark orange, vintage-reproduction swing skirt and a leather belt I picked up at Leadville’s main vintage store, the Mule Kick. Little black lace-up, moto-style boots were perfect for the 50-degree temperatures and taking in the scenery.

While we were there, we did some horseback riding through the aspen groves that were turning their stunning golden hues. These trees really are the supermodels of the forest. They are so tall and willowy and shimmer in the sunlight. I just love them!
Leadville Aspen Groves in Fall

Vintage Inspired Look for a Vintage Farm

My next fall adventure was out to the historic Ya Ya Farm and Orchid in Longmont, where they invite the public to come pick apples, pumpkins and flowers. For this, I wore another vintage-inspried look with my blue cardigan over a grey t-shirt and a plaid vintage full skirt and matching blue tights. I added my new vintage belt and a vintage satchel purse with tan lace-up and chunky, high-heeled boots.

Fall Fashion Outfit with Blue Plaid Skirt
In my hair, I wore headband I found on Etsy by Chatterblossom made with velvet, vintage leaves. So perfect for the season!
Fall Fashion Leaf Headband
Unfortunately, we were a little too late in the season for all the good picking, but we shopped the store where we bought pretty much everything they had made with apples and got to enjoy the lovely surroundings and pet the farm animals, including a huge white horse that took a nip at my hair! Naughty!

YaYa Farm Animals and Tractor

I’ve really been enjoying fall – and fall fashion shopping – this year and it’s not over yet! Stay tuned for more outfits and adventures in Colorado!

Cheers,

Kastle

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Hooray for Fall Fashion!

k150_24heel iconIt’s finally FALL – my favorite season! It means the weather is turning cooler, pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere, the holidays are coming and best of all, FALL FASHION!

Living in Southern California, I sadly miss out on the turning of the leaves and summer heat lingers clear through October. But I’m making my wish list of snuggly clothes to wear when we get our mere few weeks of chill in the air – and I ALWAYS take a fall birthday vacation to a place with cooler weather (another reason I love this time of year!)

Here are some of my top picks for stylish fall fashion, click the images to shop*:

Shoes are scarves are the best ways to start bringing fall into your wardrobe, even if the weather hasn’t quite turned cold yet. This year, I can’t get enough of little oxford style “shooties” – more than a shoe, not quite a boot.

Fall oxford lace up shoes Fall oxford lace up shoes
Paris Print Scarf Hummingbird Print Scarf

Fall means cooler weather but not quite cold yet, so light sweaters hit just the right note. I’m really picky about sweaters – they have to be soft and they have to be a little sexy or edgy because I don’t want to lose my shape or sense of style just to keep warm.

Sweater Waffle knit white fluffy sweater

This season I can already tell will be all about leggings. There are so many prints to choose from and classic black goes with everything. I’m also loving some of the slimming designs I’ve seen coming out and black leggings with a little detail like a tuxedo stripe or this tough-looking scuba style pair.

Red floral plaid leggings Black Scuba Leggings

Now for me, I don’t like wearing leggings as pants – there’s just too much butt out there for my liking. Tunics and long sweaters feel frumpy, so I like to just add a little mini skirt for coverage and then wear my regular tops, like these simple designs.

Black Mini Skirt Black Mini Wrap Skirt

Enjoy the fall,
Kastle

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Get the Look: Artsy Style

k150_23SZDheel iconAre you the artsy type? Let your wardrobe show it with spirited prints and accessories. Turn a simple jeans look into a statement that shows off your creative view of the world.

Pair a Modcloth “Following Dreams” sweater* with its cheeky geometric print of stripes and polka dots with skinny jeans* and a bright pop of color in the form of orange wedges.* Top with a scarf* in matching orange – sure to keep you snug as the weather turns cooler!  Don’t forget a touch of jewelry with bold, mock safety pin earrings.* Designer Betsey Johnson adds her own flair of fun to a wristlet purse* in the shape of a taxi cab!

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ModCloth_scarf Modcloth_safetyEarrings
ModCloth_taxiPurse Modcloth_orgWedges

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Everyday style is an art!
Kastle

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Beauty and Fashion October Favorites: What I’m Loving this Month

k150_23SZDheel iconOctober is a time for transition from summer to fall. Some of the things I’m loving this month in women’s fashion include some layers to spice up your wardrobe and stay warm on chilly nights, bold accessories, and adding the color orange in my makeup look. Plus I have one big, rockin’ music favorite! Check out the video for my beauty and fashion October favorites and see where to buy these and similar items in the links below:

WHERE TO BUY IT:

I shopped my own closet for the items mentioned so here are links to some of them and similar items:

Black Lace Vest

Faux Fur Vest

Shrug

Comic Book Accessories

Avengers Scarf 

Cinema Secrets Powder

Orange Nail Polish

Orange OCC Lip Tar

Stila In the Know Palette

Statement Necklaces

Spiked Bracelet with Rhinestone Bling 

Spiked Bracelet, Black Leather

Clash Box Set

LOOK OF THE DAY: See how I wear my faux fur vest and statement necklace!

Read my review of OCC Lip Tars on Yahoo!

Subscribe to the Stiletto City YouTube Channel and stay tuned for more videos!

See ya next month!
Kastle

Filmed and edited by Kastle Waserman

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