Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall Fashion Fun

One of my favorite things about Fall is shopping for the new seasonal fashions!

When we were little, my mom used to take Jess and I out for a fun-filled day of back-to-school shopping.

We'd wake up bright and early so we could be at the mall by the time it opened. While we waited for each store to roll up its gate, we'd sit at the mall bakery snacking on warm blueberry and cream cheese filled croissants and cold milk sipped through fun colored straws.

After a long day of shopping, we'd emerge from the mall with bags stuffed full of new Fall finds and have a late afternoon lunch at the park. These are some of my and Jess's favorite childhood memories.

So every fall before I begin the new semester, I try and treat myself to a few nice pieces. Here's what I got this year...

I just loved the detail on the neckline of this dress! 

These shoes are perfect for teaching...super cute, but not too high so I can walk around campus comfortably.

Argyle is so very Fall!

I loved the fun (and familiar) black and white design of this dress!

Earrings are my favorite accessories! The more dangly the better, as far as I'm concerned. 

This is one of my favorite sweaters. It's just perfect for those chilly late-Fall semester mornings.

I just got this new perfume at Disneyland when Jess and I went this weekend (lots of fun pictures to be posted soon!). It smells so light and feminine with hints of jasmine and orange blossom, and it's called "Dance," which I thought was fitting for the way teachers "dance" from subject to subject throughout the school year.

I hope you enjoyed our Fall fashion post! I want to end with a pretty painting my mom found a few years ago. Jess and I just loved it, and we all felt connected to a different fashionable woman in the portrait. Here "we" are! ( ;

Happy Fall Fashion!
~ Nel


Cottage and Broome said...

Thanks for letting me know about your fashion post, yes daughters and clothes they to go hand in hand. Love the picture of the girls when they were younger so cute! Heading to NYC soon to do a "little" shopping with my daughter. Love the sweater vest. Laura Cottage and Broome

Becky~ said...

Nel everything is just so pretty.I have to say my biggest love was the shoes.I love the color and oh patent leather is so in!Next favorite was the perfume,looks like Im going to try and see what that smells like.I love the note of orange blossom.

I love the photos oh my the one on the right haha to cute.The last one is just precious.I think it maybe just all the three of you;)

Have a nice day Nel and tell your mom I said Kalimera!(goodmorning in greek)

Teresa said...

Great and loving memories do that - make us want to revisit the moments and experiences, not quite the act per si but the emotions lived in them.

That we-and-mum suggesting painting reminds me a quote:

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. ~Pablo Picasso

You and Jess and blessed, and so is your Mum for investing in quality time in family. A win-win chance that your post (and memories) proves what a great job she's doing.

Love and wishes of a fabulous week,

Teresa said...

Fashionwise, I want to check that scent. Sounds lovely, like a bit of Summer that didn't go away :)

Daniella said...

I was out this weekend and I was checking out the new fall fashions!!
Is it a NJ thing, or is the Poncho making a comeback where you are too? I love the poncho look, but I swore if I bought it, I would look stupid!!!
Your pieces are fabulous!! You will be the most fashionable teacher around!!!

Ginger Zuck said...

Love your fall fashions! Love the black and white dress and the ear rings especially! You will be a fashionista for fall! Have a great day.

Red Rose Alley said...

Cottage and Broome,
Oh, that's not a picture of the girls when they were little - just something I picked up along the way, although Jess has always been a blonde and Nel a brunette. I hope you have fun shopping in NYC with your daughter!!

Miss Starshiny said...

thank you for your comment.
It's nice that your daughter liked Greece!
I'm your new follower!
Miss Starshiny

Red Rose Alley said...

Those blueberry and cream cheese croissants were the best!! Remember we would go bright and early and get the first warm ones that were made? I love that you have sweet memories of the school shopping. I still love to go shopping for Fall clothes even today. That blue dress, oh my. You are going to look wonderful in that!
Love you.

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...


Looks like someone had fun shopping! Excellent start for back to school, a girl just has to be looking and feeling her best!! Good Luck with your fall term. Love the earrings...
All the Best,

Shirley said...

It's been so long since I have been out shopping coming home with bags loaded under my arms..I think I need a shopping day like you! What fun and beautiful finds..

Susie Swanson said...

I love these neat styles and the photo af you when you were young. I need a shopping trip. They say retail theraphy is good for the soul, don't know about the purse

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Wonderful nostalgic post, Nel! It must warm your mom's heart, too, to think of those old shopping days with her "little girls". I just love "back to school" shopping and wardrobes, even when they're not my own! I think you'll look smashing in that blue dress, and the cute heels! For me it was always Red Plaid. And new red shoes!!
I used to live just down the street from Disneyland, but haven't been there in EONS. I look forward to those pix.
Have a great semester, and thank your mom for coming by!

Tanya said...

You found some beautiful items that I'm sure you'll wear a lot. I'm with you on the dangly earrings. Love 'em.

koralee said...

Thank you so much for visiting me the other day and leaving such sweet comments.
Your blog is lovely...everything about Fall makes me HAPPY!
Hugs for a great new week. xo

francis said...

I loved reading your comment .
I'm a beginner so I keep it simple !
But oh how I love to visit the more experienced Bloggers ..... Enjoying those VERY MUCH !
Happy to have found you !

forgetmenot said...

Sheri, Wow, you did some "shopping" girl!!! Nice finds--you will be looking good this fall. It is fun to go out and get some new things to start the season off. And, those memories of childhood days of shopping with Mom are priceless. Have a lovely day. Mickie :)

Joan said...

u got some amazing items!!

C'est moi Claudette said...

Hi Nel
It's funny how we remember different times in our lives with our moms.
I remember Jan. the most. We would drive to Montreal (cuz they were so stylish, and still are) and go to this BIG MALL. My mom and I and sister would look for winter boots. Even though we were in the middle of winter already *(it snows like mad here in Canada) we always found just the "right" pair. And they were on SALE : )
You are going to look smashing Nel. Good for you for remembering such sweet memories with your mom and sis.
LOVE that painting of the 3 ladies. LOVE IT. And it does look like the 3 of you.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I have not been fall shopping yet.....

Cute post :D I love posts about special memories. They rate among my favorites!

Draffin Bears said...

Loved reading about the childhood memories of shopping trips, with your Mother.
You bought some lovely things and always great to have some new pieces for the new season.
Enjoy the new school year.


Irene said...

Aww I love the clothes and the accessories!!! So beautiful! :-)

Yvonne - Frl.Klein said...

Wonderful things!

magie said...

Great buys! I like the blue dress and the colour of the high heels are perfect for Autumn!
The perfume sounds nice, I like lightly scented ones..I will have to keep an eye out for it :)

Christie said...

Oh how you brought back a flood of at Jordan Marsh in Fashion Square Mall...trying on platform shoes that I could never wear in public because of my horribly skinny legs and awkwardly tall body...should have embraced that!
Such fun getting a few new things at the start of a season, even when you're a grown up girl;)
Thanks for stopping by for a visit..and your words are so true! I loved on my 3 when they were little and went into teaching once they were all in school so I could have the same schedule with them. Wouldn't trade it for the world!
Embrace this day,

Kristin said...

Hi! I just love this post! What a wonderful memory you have from your fall shopping! I love to do some fall shopping also. Some orange for my house, of course, new favourite teas and new clothes are always welcome...LOVE fall! Your dresses are both very lovely btw! Happy Thursday!

Kristin xoxo

Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Love is such a fun thing for gals to do together. I am looking forward to having a new daughter-in-law to take on shopping excursions soon... I always love seeing the new seasonal things come out in the clothing/home decor area. I love shopping with a friend but also enjoy just heading over to Seattle and walking the streets and browsing the shops alone. Enjoy all your great fall finds! xoxo Kim

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Hi Nel! Cute post! Your Mom visited me and told me about your blog. I'm enjoying my visit. You all sound like you are having fun with this!

Becky~ said...

Hi Sheri,thanks for the visit today.I would of loved to have seen the castles your daughter saw. Happy friday ahead!Is it friday already???

Shirlie Kemp said...

I love the painting of the three women, inspiring !