Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Flashes of Fall

I was talking to my mom on the phone whilst gathering the mail the other day, and inadvertently set the stack to the side only to later discover the holy grail had arrived.  That's what we here at the bird refer to as the latest Anthropologie and Free People catalogues.  No matter how e-oriented society might become I still like the feel of a magazine or book in my hands.  I like to be able to touch the paper, hold a picture up to my eyes to take a closer look--sometimes even just smell the pages, one of my favorite scents ever.

Even though we're in the heat of summer and I'm totally loving it, there is that age old training that kicks in at this time of year:  Back to School.  Instinctively my mind will begin to think of corduroy, button down shirts, blazers, plaid, pleated skirts, sweater vests and leather coats--even though I've been out of school for a few *cough* years now.  For a brief moment today I let myself peruse the Anthropologie catalogue and begin pondering my fall wardrobe.  Anthro does such an incredible job with their catalogues and this one is no exception.  Its pages are laced with hints of the past and beautiful vintage-esque clothing, both of which are right up my alley these days.  Sometimes I swear their people are reading my mind.

Here are just a few images that are really speaking to me from this month's catalogue:
I love everything about this picture.  From the way her hair is styled (love squared) to the 
beautiful blouse and skirt.  At first glance I actually thought the skirt was sequined
and it got me incredibly excited for this duo...perhaps it was just what I wanted to see.
Note to self:  keep eyes peeled for sequined pencil skirt.  Does this exist?
Speaking of sequins examine this dress
If I can make it two weeks without jumping off my wallet for this mother it'll be a miracle.
And don't even get me started on that little handknit shrug.
I'm not sure what I want more:  the wallpaper or the skirt.  
It hits below the knee and is wispy and gorgeous for fall...
for all you lucky people who actually get to experience a real fall season.

Have you given any thought to fall or are you still with me in summer?  I'm doing my best to linger here, but the onslaught of fall catalogues 2011 sure isn't making it easy.

66 comments:

Mandy at life in the fashion lane said...

I am still on summer time. I have given some thought to wearing boots and light layers but here in So Cal I hope it won't be until October. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale always gets me thinking about Fall waaaay before I am ready. And YES I have seen sequin pencil skirts (last fall) and will keep an eye out for you!

RosaLovesDC said...

I am constantly thinking about Fall specially after the nice little heat wave we experienced in DC. And Fall is my favorite season.
Thanks for sharing these pictures. I think retailers are really doing a great job with their cookbooks and catalogs for Fall, like JCrew and Madewell, I want it all.

Katie said...

I was all about hanging on to summer until this past week. Now I'm over it. Bring on a change of season (that we don't get in AL).
I sent you an email yesterday. Did you get it? Did I actually send it? I don't know what's going in my drug induced haze most of the time. (It got sent SOMEWHERE, hopefully you got it...)

Gracie said...

I wish we had an Anthro here. I always here about it and the styling is just beautiful. It's funny to read about preparing for autumn, when I'm getting ready for spring/summer.

Emmett Katherine said...

The anthro and free people catalogs? Oh trouble!!! You're right it's so much nicer to look at a magazine than to browse online. It's got a complete different feel. Now due to this post I'm about the go and see if I can sign up for some catalogs!

Can't wait to see what you end up buying & how you rock it!

Polly said...

Browsing through Anthro was one of my favourite shopping pastimes when we were in USA earlier this year, I so wish we had it here, its the type of store that makes my heart sing.

As for fall fashion, Im pining for summer.

nibblethis said...

Been trying to stay away from Fall--because I can not wear any of it---but still this made me drool. SUCH amazing texture and ladylike as well.

LOVE!


xopem

Katie said...

Beautiful pictures! I am doing my best to avoid fall (summer 4eva) but these are lovely :)

Lisa Griffin said...

I'm trying to hold onto summer for now but I saw that sequined dress sans shrug in the anthro window on sunday! i think it's perfectly acceceptable for oooo now!
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Closet Fashionista said...

*sigh* LOVE these looks! I cannot WAIT for fall, my favorite time of year for fashion!! But I'm enjoying summer while it lasts, haha :)
and woohoo for making each other giggle! I have to go back and reread my comment from yesterday, that was quite early in the morning ;)
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Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I seriously can't decide which one I love the most. It's not fair to any if them to play favorites. I'll say I love them all equally.

Jamie said...

That sequin dress with the knit shrug is amazing!!! Love love love!
I am procrastinating in summer right now. Fall will come soon enough though...time flies when you're having fun! (Still having dreams about a certain pair of Joie booties no matter how much I procrastinate!)

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Courtney Erin said...

I've totally moved on to lusting after fall pieces...this is so not helping! I'm telling you, you are a wicked temptress.


xoxo ~ Courtney
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briannelee said...

I am definitely getting excited for fall fashion as well. I was just online looking for new boots :)

Isabel said...

i love the blouse in the first photo. id wear that in a heart beat.

Daisy said...

I sometimes wish I could wear corduroys year round. But I'm never one to rush the seasons. I'll be into summer until fall hits us....

love these looks - that sequin dress, amaze!!

Debby said...

I got my catalogs yesterday too.. I grabbed Anthro and Logan grabbed the Free People... she loves to shop too. I can totally see you in that shrug and I want the green blouse! xo

marissa at the boot said...

i can't wait for fall! i adore it. i too love to have the book/catalogue in my hands. that is some amazing styling going on there! (um, if you find the sequined pencil skirt tell us!)

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i know i wasn't suppose too - but i have been buying up a storm - for fall - summer things still - i can't resist!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Christina said...

Anthro does such a great job of pattern mixing. I'm always finding new ways to wear a florals with stripes or dots with bold geometric shapes.

Dancing Branflake said...

I am laughing so hard at the Holy Grail reference. Ah- I cannot read your blog in public.

Steph said...

I love the last outfit, so pretty. The wallpaper is awesome!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Must. Control. My. Wallet.

Seriously that first picture makes me want to hand my money over right away. I may treat myself to a few new pairs of shoes though so I'll be good for now.

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

The Suburb Experiment said...

Summer just FINALLY arrived here. Like, not kidding, just in the last week. So I feel a little guilty about looking towards fall fashion - I haven't even had a chance to wear summer stuff! But then I had to get the same catalogues and I want want want it all!

Jenn
Secondhand Stylist Thrifted - Three Ways

Grace said...

gorgeous. i particularly love the first look... that tie-neck blouse is covet-worthy. i am sad for summer's end, but beyond about what's in store for fall... so much great stuff!

xo grace
stripesandsequins.com

Bonnie said...

I almost peed my pants when I saw that my Free People catalogue arrived yesterday.
Seriously. I'm not kidding.
... That may have been a side effect of the anesthesia, though.

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Ms. Givens said...

The skirt! I cut that picture out and put it in my inspiration book just this morning.

Gabrielle - I LIKE IT FAST said...

Stunning images!
xx
I LIKE IT FAST

la petite coquine said...

There's nothing I love more than back to school-riding boots, cable knits and No 2 pencils are my crack. And since SF is always back to school weather (the kind that was impossible to find growing up on the East Coast until October), I love the fall catalogs more than ever!

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

this time of summer always has me thinking "time for new fall clothes." a girl's gotta spend her birthday money wisely, amirite?

speaking of which i just bought a few new anthro tops, and it's l-o-v-e.

also, am i a weirdo because i save all the old anthro catalogs? i feel like i'm going to use them in some sort of crafty fashion, but really they are just stacked up in a big pile. sigh.

Marie a la Mode said...

I'm trying not to think about fall but it still creeps into my head every now and then (like now) and I know it's just around the corner. It's just that we've had such a rainy and cold summer it feels like summer is only beginning now, two months too late! : ( I can't wait to see what you buy out of these catalogues!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

A lot of people are posting about fall fashion and it's getting me really excited :)

drollgirl said...

it is SO FRAKKING hot that all i can think of is summer right now! lol.

and boy i could tell you a lot about anthropologie. but i don't want to spoil the fantasy here, so i'll spare you. i'll limit my commentary to say that their catalogues and window displays are amazing. gorgeous.

p.s. thanks so much for "liking" me. i know it is lame and all, but the facebook helps and all (EVEN THO I HATE IT). lol

hip hip gin gin said...

Oh yeah Anthropologie definitely has my number!

And I am totally done with summer. Done. It happens every August, I pretty much wake up one day, despise the hot weather, and start my fall countdown. Can't possibly come soon enough.

Katie said...

I'm so not ready for fall, but I wouldn't mind a little tiny bit of a cool down. I'm excited for all the September magazines though!! xo

Amy said...

Thanks for your wonderful comment. Pilates sounds like such a great way to unwind, relax and get in shape.I hope you're enjoying your classes!

Catita said...

so just in time for our warmest winter!!! seriously can I get out of this winter mode country...but I love that first green shirt ;)

Sienna said...

i really cant wait for fall. i am so sick of summer weather haha

kimbirdy said...

gorgeous! but i'm still totally in the midst of summer. i haven't had warm weather in SO long that i'm not even close to being done with summer dresses and other skin-showing clothes. plus, this is LA! it's going to be hot for many more weeks. as pretty as the fall stuff is, it does make me sad that the stores are already full of fall lines. i still need me some short shorts people!

Lori said...

I am still in summer mode since most of ours so far has consisted of rain rain and more rain!! Back to school was always one of my favorite times of the year. The trip to Woolco and pushing the cart around the school supplies ~ wanting ~ yearning for the newest and coolest stuff. The clothes were next ~ one new outfit which consisted of wide leg Levi jeans and a cool new sweater ~ ahhh memories!!

Megan said...

OMG can it just be fall already?! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that first shirt (and the whole photo). If it wasn't ridiculously priced, I would be buying it right now. Ahhhhh you've created a monster.

Callie Grayson said...

I seriously need that blouse in the first image in my closet now!
xx
callie

Mimi said...

hahaha, i can't pick between the wallpaper and the skirt either! ;)

and i looooove getting catalogues in the mail too. :)

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

audrey marie said...

oh im soaking up as much summer as possible - but i do love the fall fashions!! hold out as long as you can. almost EVERYTHING goes on sale at anthro!!

Stephanie said...

I've been in Fall for a few months now. Gimme some boots and a pumpkin spice latte and I'll be a happy gal!!

Wander.Lust said...

that last look is to-die-for! everything from the skirt, to the bold necklace and hairstyling is perfect.

Josie said...

Carrie, you, me, and the tie-neck tops. So stunning. I do love the Anthro/Free People catalog days... So wondrous.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Stacey said...

you know, as a jamaican, i never thought i'd say this, but, i'm actually looking forward to fall. i think being preggo coupled with this deathly heat, i am willing to betray my favourite season:-). love that blouse in the 1st pic and the shrug in the 2nd is really beautiful. i also feel really happy whenever i receive my favourite catalogues. nothing like a tangible mag in your hand. xx

Fashion Meets Food said...

Fall is my favorite. I love all the fabulous trends, colors and especially the boots. Loving these pictures.... I really need to go fall shopping ASAP!

xo

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

I just got my catalog in the mail a couple days ago, too, and just adored these images. Great picks!

Carly said...

I love the fall catalog, the images are breathtaking! I'm desperately still trying to cling to summer, but I feel like I'm slowly giving in to fall.

just a girl said...

Fall is my favorite season, but it gets so freakin cold in Chicago so fast I'm REALLY trying not to wish it on too fast. I can't wait for cardigans, tights, and pants Oh MY!

Mo Pie, Please said...

You're making me want to drive to Chicago RIGHT NOW to go to Anthro and spend ALL my money! I LOVE these picks! SWOON.

fifi said...

i know exactly what you mean about that back to school feeling!! still love it! even though it has been *cough*cough only a few years ago! lol i also wanted to say swing by my blog i acknowledged yours with an award! xo

Bri said...

i'm swooning over this fall catalogue! such beautiful colors :)

Krystal said...

i'm way too excited for some fall shopping. thing is..i need to get back to the US because the exchange rate rocks for me!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

I just had a serious moment with the blouse in the first picture. No joke, it just spoke to me. I think I have officially lost it!!

Johanna said...

First pic - agree with Frankie. I devoured this catalog. And then I looked at my bank account...sad face.

allergic to vanilla said...

yup I'm already thinking about fall- cashmere anyone? not really much of a transition since the warmest its been here is 70! seems like everything say is referring to the terrible weather here- truth is I would probably melt and die anywhere else :)

xo Carlina

Mademoiselle Lala said...

WOW! :) The pictures are amazing. I so want the skirt from the last one - so you can have wallpaper - problem sorted! :) X

http://www.mademoiselle-lala.com/

jos xx said...

just found your blog today, and it really think it's awesome! i'm a summer girl...don't want winter to arrive!!!

jos xx

Noe @ ADELLA AVENUE said...

I always hold onto summertime and summer dressing as long as I can. I feel like in late September I let myself get psyched for fall clothes.
Did you see those shoes in the last Anthro shot? Yummy for sure.

Tracy D said...

This Canadian girl loves fall the most..I'm always in the mood for light sweaters, boots, cute jackets, bring it!

LyddieGal said...

As much as i'm programed to start thinking about and wishing for fall right now, I have found that with a lot of hard work, I can block out fall for the next three weeks and savor as much summer as possible. it is my favorite season after all, and I think a little piece of me dies when that first genuinely cold day comes and I am forced into wearing things like tights and cardigans again.

Chic on the Cheap

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I love it ALL! I'm still in summer mode, but I think I will be happy when fall arrives.

Mary Lane said...

I really like that tie-neck blouse in the top photo. Kim on Anthroholic blogged about it recently and I fell in love with it.

I agree: there's something really great about having a catalog physically in your hands and being able to circle the stuff you like, fold down corners of pages, etc. I'm an avid online shopper, but my heart will always belong to paper catalogs.

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