It's the first day of Fall Today
So I am getting ready for cooler weather...
Black and White Fall and Winter Basics
I have tried wearing bold bright colours in the cooler months
but I keep going back to black.
Here I am dressed in a super casual OOTD for lunch with my sister and cousins.
I wore things that I have had in my closet for years
Black Yoga pants
Old Navy White Shirt
Eileen Fisher black quilted vest
(new this summer)
Tommy Hilfiger Shoes
Black and white is so easy to accessorize...
jewelry, colourful scarves, sweaters.
Think the accessories give this casual OOTD a bit of a lift.
BIG pearls from Hong Kong and Bold Red Miss Pupa Lipgloss #305
I added my Black Eileen Fisher vest as we were sitting outdoors for our lunch.
We had a yummy lunch at pure Vanilla in Oak Bay.
Food choices are always fresh and there are many healthy options.
There was SO MUCH catching up and chattering
that it was really HARD to get a word in edgewise!
I hate talking over people so I was rather quiet
I prefer to listen anyways...
My simple style is not fancy, it could not be easier or more basic.
It is honest and works for me.
I own and am attracted to blue denim, chambray and Tencel shirts, dresses and jeans.
Denim played a major role in my teenage wardrobe.
Did it factor into your younger wardrobe too?
If you had told me at 13 that I would still be wearing jeans at 68
I probably would have laughed, but it is true.
Do you still wear jeans and denim?
I have 3 pairs of jeans, a denim jumper, shirts, a top and a distressed denim jacket.
Keeping a small and simple basic wardrobe makes getting dressed easy.
Too many choices make me dizzy and indecisive.
There are also several LBD's in my closet...
a black and grey tweed skirt
some black and white tops
black dress pants.
Retirement dressing is very casual...
I wear things for comfort and those that are purpose driven.
When I go to the pool for aquafit classes I wear these same Yoga pants.
A cozy warm top and a jacket or sweater depending on the weather.
Marshalls change room!
I seem to gravitate to this store...
SO MANY CHOICES.
Such good value, I like that, as I am on a pension.
I keep track of ALL my wardrobe purchases...new and thrifted.
This quilted barn coat is something that I have wanted for several years.
When I spied it hanging on the rack I grabbed it!
Ralph Lauren is known for their detail on their garments.
I like the snaps and the ability to open the hem.
Might come in handy if I plan to leap any tall buildings :-))
The collar is done in a classic corduroy...
the coat is roomy which I wanted especially for layering in the cold weather.
In case you are wondering...
underneath the coat I am wearing a soft faded light blue Tencel dress and capri tights.
I have just swapped out my summer clothes and put them in the guest room closet.
It is raining here today and boy do we ever need the rain!
This past summer has been riddled with drought conditions and forest fires.
Welcome Fall Weather!
Humble Bungalow Front Porch Fall Decor
dried hydrangeas and mini pumpkins.
The swimsuit that I wear to aqua fit class is starting to stretch out and the seams are looking dodgy.
I have ordered this one from Lands" End and hope that it will fit.
The newer one by Alfred Sung that I purchased early in the season
is a wrap style with a lower neckline
so not really suitable for the "bouncing" cardio portion of the class!
It is harvest time here...
first harvest shared with the grandchildren.
Sweet, tasty and small enough for school lunches.
Chehalis green apples
I prefer to cook with these.
(I have an apple pie baking in the oven right now!)
I roasted some of these heirloom Italian Mikado tomatoes for sauces in the Winter.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper
Cut Tomatoes into smaller chunks
add pepper and garlic
drizzle with olive oil
bake at 375 for about 40 minutes
Spoon into Ziploc bags or plastic containers for the freezer.
Hermes scarf and Saint James striped top
worn here under a casual zip jacket.
What clothes are on your radar for Fall?
(Or Spring depending where you live)
Do you plan to purchase anything new?
I am in the process of cutting and drying some of the hydrangea blooms.
I've been soaking the flower heads in a bucket of cold water for several hours before tying them into bunches for drying.
I hope this works as I tried a bunch without the soaking
and they shrivelled right up
(see the porch picture)
far too crispy.
Hope you are keeping well and staying safe.
Covid is making a comeback here.
Think I will start wearing my mask again when I go to the grocery store.
Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.
Until next time...
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~