Fall Fashion Bucket List

We’ve had about two days of fall weather (I know, better break out those sweaters!) here in southern California so far. But recent trips to the east coast with more travel (at the very least, trips to Napa where it will get cooler eventually) just beg for a little indulging in all that fall brings, even if it hasn’t hit the whole country. That means scarves, cozy sweaters and more! I thought it would be fun to create a mini bucket list for all the ways to soak up this stylish time of year.


Fall fashion bucket list | Tamera MowryTribal knit poncho / Topshop floppy hat / Matisse Lonnie boot / Key west tote / NARS nail polish / essie nail polish / Oversized flannel scarf

1. Knit poncho or shawl. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to make any huge clothing investments while working toward my mommy makeover, but I’m LOVING the slouchy, comfy couch-potato-gone-chic look (yes I said it). It’s like a Snuggy you can still look fabulous in. These are a must for fall, and they’re very versatile.

2. Fall hat. They’re mostly just for fun, but I really love stylish hats and think that anyone can rock them this time of year – even if it’s not normally your thing. With the right ensemble, it can give off that timeless, city chic appeal.

3. Boots. I relish the days I can wear a cute pair of tall boots. It isn’t practical all year where I live, but a day they make an appearance is a good one. What’s great about boots, whether ankle booties or knee-highs, is that if you make the investment, you really can get a few years of wear out of a single pair.

4. Big bag. Big bags are still in this time of year, but instead of toting your beach towel (and baby essentials if you’re a mom), a big bag can house all your fall makeup or even a sweater to throw on for transitional days.

5. Dark nails. Fall means new nail colors. I’ve always had a girly style – I’m drawn to the soft feminine look of pinks and pastel hues – but when fall rolls around everything changes. These nail colors look polished and sexy for on the go and more. Right now I’m loving dark blue, forest green, vampy red and metallics.

6. Marsala. Another autumn hue to try out on everything from nails to denim to bags is the Pantone Color of the Year. When it was first announced back in December of last year, I was already looking toward spring, but now that it’s October, I’m ready to embrace this stunning hue. The polish above is a bit more robust than most interpretations of Marsala, but I think anything in varying shades of “wine” or burgundy look gorgeous.

7. Oversized scarf. First it was infinity scarves, then cowls, and now it’s all about the blanket scarves. And boy do these scarves live up to their name. They’re huge, but as cozy as it gets, and I’ve seen so many fashion bloggers pulling them off with moto jackets and skinny jeans. I definitely have this one on my bucket list!

How do YOU do fall? Share your own bucket list in the comments!


Wear It: Ankle Boots for Fall

It may not feel like fall is coming in Los Angeles (it’s been so hot!), but on the rare occasion we get a cold, gloomy day, I’m thrilled by the opportunity to wear cozy clothes. I hate waiting forever to start dressing in fall fashion so I find easy ways to inject heavier textures and darker hues into my wardrobe. While summer oxfords were all about cut outs and pastels (I’ll wear this trend long into the next season), it’s booties in rich colors and fabrics that steal my heart.

The ankle boot is the perfect transitional piece–you can rock them with a dress or shorts on hot days, and zip them up with denim when the air gets crisp. A stunning pair of shoes can be the focal point of your outfit, but practically matters as well (especially for a momma who is on her feet all day). And because like most of you, I’m a sucker for cute shoes, here’s some of my fave picks for the season.

Ankle boots

Sam Edelman Paige Fringe Boot / Lucky Brand Basel Zip Up Bootie / Jeffery Campbell Taggart Ankle Boot / BP Trolley Ankle Bootie / Women’s Plume Jordy Ankle BootsH&M Ankle Boots / Bar III Festa Bootie / Black Zip Heeled Ankle Boot / BCBG Cornelius Sandal

This is the shoe for every woman who spends hours on her feet. Having a flat heel (one that’s 1 inch or less) means moms and boss ladies alike can run around all day without hurting their feet. I’m a big fan of a flat heel on boots of almost any length. The lack of heel doesn’t mean less style either. It’s actually the opposite. When there is no heel to be the accent, you can be more playful with fringe, cut outs and patterns without going overboard.

This is your everyday ankle boot for versatility – it will take you from day to night with only a swap of your lip color. A classic chunky mid heel (2-3 inches) with a nice finish is a go-to. I mean, how cute are these with dark denim or an a-line dress? Any embellishment on this style can add a boho, edgy or sophisticated finish to your look. Best part, when you get a really comfy pair like the BP Trolley’s above, you’re able to walk all over town while elongating those stems of yours. And you know us ladies love our legs to look long! Lol.

Chic is probably the least comfortable of the three, but if you determine a heel height that works best for you, you don’t have to sacrifice practicality. I wear these on The Reel when a strappy sandal or stiletto just won’t do. Some ladies can rock chic thin heeled ankle boots as their all day shoes–I’m not one of them. Lol.  But a night out with the girls or an event that needs to leave a lasting impression, I’m in! A solid black leather boot always looks stunning and glamorous, but if you want a more playful feel, try injecting seasonal colors into your wardrobe.