Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Faded Autumn Colors in Lace

One of my favorite things about fall is the marvelous sunsets.  I don't know if it's the crisp breeze in the air or the shortening days, but the colors lighting up the sky recently have been absolutely breathtaking.  A part of my commitment to getting back to a healthy work/life balance is making time either early in the morning or late afternoon to catch the beauty of the sun.  Have you ever noticed how colors look wonderfully warm and faded in the earliest and latest hours of the day?

Aside from the variety of texture and fabric that appears in fashion, my favorite thing about fall is muted colors:  warm greys, taupes, greens, and mauves in particular.  If you were to come over and peek into my closet you would find piles of grey sweaters in varying shades and forms.  As much as I love grey (and I do have a deep love in my heart for it (as evidenced here, here and here) - are you with me ladies?) I have to be careful or it will take over and leave me feeling a little drab, so when I saw these lace shorts at Madewell it was a no-brainer.  They are the perfect shade, add just the right amount of texture and can be dressed up or down to carry me through days and evenings into the Holiday season.
{J.Crew denim jacket, Club Monaco top, Madewell shorts, 
Falke striggings, Cordani boots}
PANYC bracelet, Melinda Maria Link Oxidized and Circle rings,
and, of course, scalloped edge perfection on the shorts.
Even if my legs are close to the same color. 
I re-discovered these boots on a closet dive recently.
(my version of an in-home dumpster dive for those of you wondering)
They were purchased on steep sale at Ped Shoes a few years ago, 
and are perfect for fall - with or without the amazing 
thigh-high striggings (also seen here) rolled down to just above the knee.
That's air billowing the blouse and not muffin top.  I swear.
And then she strolled off into the sunset and never looked back.
The End.

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Is it Thanksgiving yet?

83 comments:

annelise said...

Pretty. Sunsets, shorts and you. All pretty.

Signe said...

This is such a cute outfit and lovely pictures of you in the sun :)

Hugs,
Signe

Taylor said...

Those shorts are perfect on you.

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I love this outfit, Carrie!! I LOVE the knee high sock look right now. I can't wait to find some of my own!

Leia said...

Oooh those shorts are gorgeous!

Leia

jemina said...

Carrie, how LOVELY you look in this outfit, and I LOVE autumn colours too :)

Btw, your shorts are amazing, LOVE 'em :))

Hugs & Kisses
Jemina
xoxo

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i loooove your boots!!!

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Nell said...

Love the whole outfit and i'm totally with you on the grey front. My favourite colour, with a dash of something brighter of course! xx

Katie said...

Gorgeous pics and I love this outfit. Love the muted fall color palette!

Lady Grey said...

I love everything about this outfit. Gorgeous!

Debby said...

Love those boots, Carrie!! Your outfit inspirations make me rethink my wardrobe. I can see your wardrobe crisis is over!! xo

Ioana Liliana Gheorghe said...

Lovely shorts! And the socks/boots combo is always a winner :)

xx
Fashezine

xoxoFashionLady said...

Lovely shoes and shorts !

Closet Fashionista said...

Love those shorts, they are so pretty!!!
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Fashion Meets Food said...

oh how I wish I was taller so I wouldn`t look redic with socks sticking out of my boots. I absolutely adore the look, but i`m just too short. Guess i`ll just have to live the look through you lol.

xo

Chas said...

Wow I love your shorts! And those thigh highs are fantastic!

hannah said...

bahhh i love those shorts! i've been looking everywhere for a pair of sweet dainty shorts like yours. very jealous. they look great on you!

x

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Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

ok i still see NO pics - but i realize if i click where they SHOULD be - they open up in another window - wth - this is a lot of work for me?! - am i the ONLY one with this problem *ick you blogger*

anyway WANT your ring - and i'm in LOVE with those shorts - i just SO do not have the legs to wear them .. i'd give people some permamant nightmares - don't wanna do that now to the human race!

PS - spreading the word - TOMORROW is LAST DAY to *Enter Camille Beckman Luxury Give-Away Here* PLEASE come over and join!

*kiss kiss*
Erika

briannelee said...

Oooo, such pretty shorts!!!

Anna Jane said...

those shorts are adorable! love love love the outfit. is it hot in LA or something? lucky...

Collette Osuna said...

Hi dollie....you KNOW I love these lace short and knee highs!! The boots are fab......great great outfit!!

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Taylor said...

You look ADORABLE!!!!! I need those striggings you have....or something fun and cute! :)

Jessica said...

I love the Madewell shorts! The muted color is simply perfect. I agree about sunsets in the fall, they're just full of beautiful colors that you don't see any other time of the year. Hope you're having a wonderful week, Carrie! xoxo

c.w.f.h.l. said...

i am counting down the days till thanksgiving too! cute outfit!! Kendall

Ms. Givens said...

Totally agree with you about the sunsets. We have had some amazing sunsets and last night I could smell that winter is in the air.

Annie said...

really like your boots! they look comfy.. I know - I'm soooo ready for Thanksgiving too!! Hope you're having a great week so far... xo
p.s. I think you'll definitely love the cauliflower soup :)

Miss Wendy said...

Knee high socks = total adoration.

janettaylor said...

Oooh, I want Ur shorts!

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Krystal said...

sun rises and sunsets are so gorgeous...mark and i were just appreciating it last night as we were driving home from a w/e away - the sun was setting on snow topped mountains, it was so beautiful!!! and so are your shorts, in a different sense, but amazing!

Nikki said...

Love the shorts and boots and socks!!!! These pics are gorgeous with the sunset backdrop. Love them!

xx
Nikki

Nikki said...

I have a VERY hard time not buying grey clothes. Must be the Seattle weather.

Mary said...

Okay, I'm obsessed with your entire outfit... from your boots to those killer shorts! LOVE!

Gorgeous, as always, my darlin'!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Kimbirdy said...

you look perfectly sweet and chic! very autumn too. my dear, i'm sure your fashion funk is over!

Josie said...

OH, MY GOODNESS, CARRIE. Those shorts. Those socks. I die. You look so cute and I love the neutrals on you. You're so right about fall's muted shades; I've found myself reaching for light browns and grays so much this fall that I MUST start looking for slightly toned-down versions of brighter shades.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Chiara said...

You look great!!!
Love the colors in your pictures. These are great outfit inspirations.
xoxo
www.joiedevivre-chiara.blogspot.com

Valerie said...

I am so with you on the grey thing. If I'm not careful it will take over my life. I do the same thing with white during the summer. These shorts are so cute! They look fabulous on you and I love your closet dive boots. It's so nice to take a time out and watch the sunset/sunrise. I don't do that often enough. Hope you're having a good day, Carrie!

xo
Valerie

Dancing Branflake said...

I am in love with those boots! Gorgeous hair also. Stunning photos!

Courtney Erin said...

Cute outfit - I love the shorts. I'm totally with you on loving gray, it's my second favorite shade after basic black.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

I am having the worse time seeing your pictures lately. Don't know why?

Anyways your words are just as good! :)

PS having a giveaway, come on by.

Alicia said...

LOVE the Madewell shorts worn with high socks and boots. You pulled this look off perfectly ;) And my closet is FULL of grey and black of course. All my work staples.

Jude said...

Oh no, my computer is acting up again! I can't see any pix, except the boots! But, sigh, they *are* ab-fab (well, if I had to see only 1 thing, that was perfect)...So cozy and beautiful for autumn weather. (Btw, that is amazing The Chef went to CIA - my goodness the students are superb, and how amazing he's in good form despite the Lyme scare!)

Marcie said...

Faboosh, Carrie! Those shorts are amazing, and I love the leggings/boots. You give me daily ideas for cool outfits.

xo M

brookemeagan said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! This post spoke directly to my heart. My boyfriend and I have been planning our days around that all important time before sunset when the lighting is just too good to resist. This of course is getting earlier and earlier as the days become short!
I too love the muted setting of Fall, including the colours in my own wardrobe. It sounds like we share the same passion for gray! I love how you jazzed up your look with the lace shorts. Wow!! You look incredible. And thick, knitted socks peeping out of boots is one of my favorite looks this Fall. Beautiful pictures! xx

shari @ little blue deer said...

Loving the over-the-knee socks! Just bought some black ones, and I wear them all the time (I do wash in between, though! ;) XX!

Marie a la Mode said...

Cuuuute! I love those boots, it's a good thing you went closet diving or else those puppies would have been left behind, lonely and neglected for who knows how long???

: )

Gabriele said...

Very nice outfit,I love sunset too,it's amazing :)
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Daisy said...

With you on the gray, I have like 5 gray cardigans and 3 wool sweaters!! I love the scalloped shorts!! xo

Cafe Fashionista said...

Carrie it is truly unfair how stylish you are - I seriously love anything and everything you put on! And yayay for rediscovering boots in your closet!! :)

la petite coquine said...

Love, love, love those delicate little shorts-how perfect for fall! I've also been loving the light lately, although this morning as we were leaving the house, I only appreciated how beautiful the sunshine would have looked if we were curled back up in bed!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Aw lovely pics! So beautiful with you and the sunset! Can you believe it's supposed to be 90 in LA tomorrow and Thurs? I guess I can't complain, but a real fall would be nice ;)

vintagewithatwist said...

these shorts are so fun! great outfit

Catita said...

the shorts suit you perfectly! so gorgeous!
love this outfit!
xoxo
Catita

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

you look so damn hot- I have the same jacket- it's a staple!

Sist and Sist said...

love, love, love!

Half Dressed said...

I love the sunsets of autumn too! Great outfit, I really love those shorts, they have such a unique feel to them

L x
Half Dressed

Ashley said...

I love love love your boots! And the shorts are perfection!

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Monique said...

LOOOVVVEEE these lace short shorts!!!

Style_Pursuit said...

In love with your shorts! :o)

x

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh you are so right! Fall sunsets are the best! I watch them every single night and often photograph them too.

LOVE those shorts! You're so right, they add just the right amount of color and texture to your grey. And the boots are fabulous too! Isn't it awesome to rediscover things?

Hope you're having a wonderful day, sweetie xoxo

Isabel said...

i love the lace shorts...i want a pair

Claire Kiefer said...

Carrie . . . those shorts are my favorite thing I've ever seen you wear. And that includes the top we both have, and also all the other gorgeous things I've seen you in. They are so very beautiful. I was iffy on the whole muted colors thing (gotta be honest, I'm a bright/bold/gold sparkles kinda girl), but then when I saw those perfect shorts, I converted.

Please don't take for granted that you are skinny enough to pull them off! ;)

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

love love love those shorts.....I need them!

Venus In Virgo said...

Sunsets rock! I love the way that outfit is styled, especially with the knee highs over the boots. Very stylish XOXO

thisgirlbeck said...

sunsets rule my world...

-beck
http://fabulous-junk.blogspot.com

MarchMusings said...

Loving the styling of the pretty shorts with the sturdy boots. And you look very much a part of the countryside-lovely pics.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Loving those shorts and it's always fun to discover new boots from a closet dive!

Stacey said...

Just two evenings ago, the hubby and I were admiring the sunset. It's so beautiful how the colours light up the sky... J'adore the outfit, especially the shorts and boots. XX

Elle said...

Those lace shorts are perfection! And they are styled perfectly for the season!

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

Closet diving is a fantastic phrase. Even though I've never heard it before, I knew exactly what you meant. You transitioned the lace shorts so well with the OTK socks and light jacket, I love the whooooole thing.

xoxo, Ashley

Natalie said...

Pretty! I want those shorts!

LyddieGal said...

Oh my goodness, I love this outfit!
Lace scalloped shorts?! Those boots??
You'd better watch out, if I make it to the west coast, I'm raiding your closet.

And I love the sky just before sunset. I love how the golden light floods through the windows and just makes everything look beautiful, the way the the perfect white of the first snowfall hides every bit of ugliness in the world.

Chic on the Cheap

BenchesandChandeliers said...

LOVE those shorts! they're feminine yet can be versatile and worn with tough boots like yours. lovely!

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Kerri said...

great boots!!

and yes, beautiful fall sunsets- we had a pink cloudy one last night...

Style Attic said...

Have you ever thought about publishing a book of you fashions and fashion sense?? You should!!! XOXO

Kristin said...

Those shorts are soooooooo awesome...and the sunset is pretty fabulous too!

lovealamode said...

I also love greys. In fact my favorite fall sweater is a dark grey tunic that I always pair with leggings and brown boots. Pretty pics!
Bisous,
Rachel
lovealamode.wordpress.com

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Chelsea Lane said...

this outfit is soooo good! I like that term "closet dive..." I need to go do one :)

lovely blog xo

diana kang said...

LOVE THE SHORTS!!!
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Miss Caitlin S. said...

like we would think you have a muffin top, please girl!!! Okay, I'm with you on the gray for sure, I love gray a lot. it's just so stinking pretty. maybe we all turn to neutrals in the fall because there's so much color already for us to look at in the surroundings. Either way, you did a really great offbeat look here that I wouldn't think of but that I love and want to wear now.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

holy crap - i just realized u have 80 COMMENTS! - how the hell?!?! - i get stupid silly when i get like 10 comments - ANYWHO! - NOPE no pics - i get this teeeeeny weeeeeny box with a dot in the middle - then i gotta click on it - and it opens another window and THEN i see a picture - but i gotta keep going back and forth - and well i'm just lazy - so i pick 1 and i hope i get a full outfit view :o)

Pamela said...

Great shorts. I love shorts of all kind, especially pretty, flirty, lacy ones!

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Andee Layne said...

ive been eyeing those madewell shorts! I think i am going to have to snag them now...they look fab on you xo

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