This week our temperatures have risen again, but I’m still on the path to fall here at Dressed for My Day. Today I’m sharing a pretty blouse that’s part of my fall wardrobe. And I’m showing you how I can wear it now and later when it gets a little cooler outside.
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One of my favorite style formulas for transitioning into fall is simply to pair a pretty, feminine blouse with blue jeans. This fall-toned 100% polyester pullover blouse features 3/4 length sleeves that gather gracefully at the cuff. It has a feminine geometric cutout at the neckline, which fastens in the back with a single looped button.
The blouse shimmers on slightly and elegantly with gold foil diamonds laced among the navy, gold, rust red and beige streaks. Vince Camuto calls it an animal print, but the print looks nothing like any animal I’ve seen. I think it’s a very modern print, and metallics are definitely trending this year. The blouse fits true to size and will play a versatile role in my wardrobe this fall.
I can wear the Vince Camuto blouse now simply with jeans and mules, flats or these camel leather slides. The slides, also by Vince Camuto, also come in black. I’m wearing my usual size 9.5, but I’d size up if your foot is wide at all. I think these are such versatile shoes that I can wear now and again in spring, even into next summer.
For both my wear now and wear later outfits, I’m wearing my favorite straight leg ankle jeans by Frame. They are so comfortable with a rise of 11″ and an 15″ leg opening. These are from last year, but they are available at Nordstrom now in two rinses. The Crosslane is most similar to mine. Just for reference, I wear these ankle jeans in a size 30.
For this first look I carried my Allsaints Odette East/West leather tote in Palisade tan. It’s very close to the same shade as my camel leather slides. I think this bag is such a nice modern take on the traditional tote, and it’s lightweight and luxurious feeling. I purchased it in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but the price has returned to its original amount now.
Later when the temperatures cool a bit I’ll top this jeans and blouse combo with my camel colored blazer. This is my Veronica Beard Miller dickey jacket, and it’s a pricey investment piece. Trust me, this is an amazingly comfortable jacket, and I love the versatility of the dickeys (sold separately). I’m wearing it now with tanks and t-shirts, but I’ll wear it even more into the fall. And this blazer will never leave my wardrobe.
However, I did find two comparable styles in camel at Express, where I frequently find beautiful blazers at more affordable prices. I have an earlier version of this open front peak lapel boyfriend blazer in camel. But if you’re looking for a shorter jacket, I’d recommend the peak lapel button front cropped blazer.
Since this was meant to be more of a cool weather look, I swapped out my camel leather slides for my brown Blondo booties, also purchased in the #NSale. These waterproof booties fit very comfortably true to size. They feature a narrow shaft that will fit nicely under straight and flare leg jeans. I also added a brown belt, but it is no longer available.
I took this opportunity to also switch out handbags. This time I’m carrying my new Tory Burch Miller basket-weave shoulder bag in deep brown leather over canvas. The bag has two removable straps, features brown suede on the sides and has two good size compartments inside. This bag is currently on sale for significant savings.
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Blessed for My Day
Sunday morning I awoke from my dreams feeling a little anxious. Several things were already stirring in my mind before my feet even hit the floor. And, as often happens, my dreams had also planted seeds of anxiety in my heart, even though I couldn’t remember what I had dreamed about. But as I slipped my feet into my terry cloth slippers and headed down the stairs to turn on the coffee pot, I reminded myself that I should not be lead by a spirit of fear. I knew that fear is a tactic of the enemy used to keep me from doing things God has called me to or from blessings He has prepared for me.
Sure enough, when I sat down with my cup of coffee to read my Bible, I opened my devotional guide and read Psalm 56:2 at the top of that day’s entry. I was reminded by Dr. Stanley that God knows we will occasionally grow anxious or experience fear. It’s a human condition we all contend with at times. But God has also made a provision for my fear. When I am anxious I can turn my focus to the Lord and choose to put my trust in Him. That’s a conscious decision I must make when fear sneaks in and tries to rob me of good things ahead. Do you need to acknowledge your fears or anxieties today and then turn them over to the Lord?
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me? ~ Psalm 56:2-4