Wear It: 4 Ways to Flaunt Fall Textures

Some of my favorite looks so far this month have been when I wear something that screams fall – cozy sweaters, dresses in darker hues, anything that sends off autumn vibes and not the exhausted momma vibe! Lol. But really, fall is full of textures to indulge in, so don’t be afraid to do a little experimenting yourself.

Fall Fashion via Tamera Mowry

There’s no use in snagging all the latest fall fashion must-haves if you’re not sure how to wear them. Here are a few tips for correctly pairing these fall materials:

1. Contrasting fabrics. As much as I like to make a bold statement in my fashion choices, I don’t want to go overboard. Those cozy, fuzzy materials like faux fur can easily get out of hand so I prefer lined jackets and simple accessories. But how to get away with a statement piece? Pair cozy with sleek, and intensely patterned with neutral.

2. Layer wisely. We’ve all been there – check the weather report and run out of the house in way too many layers. By time we get where we’re going we’re SWEATING! If you’ve got a great warm coat like this wool wrap jacket or the faux fur moto jacket, keep it simple underneath. If you need a little more warm try a cowl, but don’t do anything too complicated (getting caught in an infinity scarf while already flustered… Not fun). Knit skirts and light sweaters can offset those heavier fabrics.

3. Prepare for warm fall weather. Some of you may not have this issue, but a lot of us are experiencing days where it’s sunny and 70 and not exactly the kind of weather you want to flaunt 100% wool – just yet, anyway. In this case, instead of loading up on those jackets I mentioned above, try wool blends and lighter knit fabrics, like a cotton sweater. You can also incorporate wool into accessories rather than the clothing if you’re dying to embrace autumn on sunny days!

4. Don’t forget about other textures. Tweed, leather (or faux leather), suede, bouclé – what fall and winter lack in color, they make up with texture, print and pattern. Follow the rules above and you can mix ‘n match any of these to create your ideal ensemble to wear for any occasion this season.

Pair your fall faves with these ankle boots and my classic makeup routine to complete the look!

Xx,
Tamera

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!

Xx,
Tamera

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

Casual
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.

Classic
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
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.

Xx,
Tamera

Currently Coveting: Embellished Collars

You know what I love about fall fashion? You can get away with the comfiest, coziest duds while still looking fabulous… and boy have I wanted to take advantage of that all season long! Don’t get me wrong, discovering designers and dressing up for The Real this season has been amazing, but can anything really compare to a cozy sweater and ankle boots when the day is crisp and breezy?

Tamera Mowry Sweater

It’s all about the collar sweater.

With a few tricks and a little shopping around, I’ve found that the best way to stay cozy AND chic this fall is by rocking sweaters with a little bling. There are endless ways to get the look, but here are my faves:

Embellished Sweaters Tameramowry.com

Crystal Sweater, Embellished Collar Sweater, Zip Collar Sweater, Megan Floral Collar Necklace, Pearl Collar Necklace, Crystal Collar Necklace, Ivory Embellished Top, Merino Wool Sweater

Collar Sweater – These are my favorite! Coming across that first jeweled collar led to my obsession with this look. Out of the options above, the beaded look is a little dressier, the glitter one is playful yet fancy enough for the holidays, and the layered look gives you a little edge (though it’s even dressy enough to wear to work!)

Collar Necklace – Statement necklaces are in abundance these days, so you can easily find one to pair with your sweater. However, a peter pan, petal, or bib collar will give a crewneck a more tailored feel. And with the holiday season coming up, I love the idea of sparkly collar necklaces over deep-hued tops.

Create Your Own – Get this preppy look the old fashioned way by layering your blouse and collar. The trick to the perfect pairing? Matching up the neckline of your sweater with the fold of the collar. My tip is to find a blouse with a structured, pointed collar (like this gemstone top) and layer a lightweight crewneck sweater over the top. If you choose to go with a more subtle collar and sweater combo, you can even get away with layering your baubles, too.

Is anyone else rocking this look for fall??

 

 

Xx,
Tamera

 

Fall Fashion: Transitional Style

There may still be a heat wave in Los Angeles, but I’m gearing up for fall anyway. I know it’s coming (not to mention the fall travel I have planned) so it’s best to be prepared. Because fall isn’t as predictable as summer and winter, I like to keep a few transitional staples in my closet all the time. It may seem a little strange to tote a Pumpkin Spice Latte while wearing your sunglasses, but it is necessary at times. Here are my top transitional style staples to carry with me into fall:

Transitional Style

 

A thick, slouchy cardigan – This way, you can curl up inside it on cool mornings or leave it open and pair with a t-shirt on unseasonably warm days.

Tip: Opt for one you’ll want to have by your side over the next month or so, whether tucked into your bag or in your car. Make sure you love the print and color! 

Ankle boots – Despite how loudly those riding boots in the back of my closet are calling, I save them for colder weather. Ankle boots are chic, casual and the most appropriate for this in-between seasons time of year.

Tip: Keep your fave pair of jeans in mind when choosing a pair of boots, it’s likely that they’ll be worn together more than anything else in your closet! 

Skinny denim – Speaking of your favorite pair of jeans, make your go-tos this season a pair of skinnies in a dark hue like black, burgundy, or forest green, and you’ll be able to give any outfit in your closet a fall vibe.

Tip: If you love color, this is the perfect time to try a bold colored pant. But if you want to keep an outfit classic, a well-fitting pair of blue jeans would look fabulous here too.

A few bold jewels – Rather than going all-out with jackets and scarves, layer up with jewelry in rustic fall colors, berry hues and jewel tones.

Tip: Use jewelry and accessories to add contrast to your look – either by going lighter or darker, depending on your clothing.

A big bag – Carrying a tote or shopper bag for days you’re on the go will allow you to keep an array of summer-to-fall accessories like your sweater, sunnies, and beauty products. Again, I’d go with a light color that contrasts the dark pants and top. 


What other fashion posts would you like to see on the site? Comment with your ideas! 

Xx,
Tamera

Necklace photo: Belk

5 Reasons I Can’t Wait for Fall

I absolutely love summer—time spent celebrating holidays or planning outdoor family activities are some of my favorite memories. But even I have to admit, there are some pretty amazing reasons to love the season that comes after! Sure it may not feel much different here in Los Angeles until well after September, but you can’t shake the idea that next month marks fall’s arrival… It must be engrained in me from my school days. Still, there are many reasons to anticipate the season ahead.

1. All new fashion choices

Sincerely Jules | TameraMowry.com

Oh, the possibilities! I love the laidback but still sophisticated style that fall brings, from big chunky knits to ankle boots and structured blazers. Yes, you can get away with a lot of that any other time of year depending on where you live, but Im embracing fall fashion as soon as the weather cools off a bit.

2. Its entertaining season

Fall Entertaining

Hosting a lovely autumn dinner party doesnt need to be reserved for just the holidays; this whole season was made for entertaining. There are so many ways to dress up your home to welcome guests this time of year. Ill be posting more on fall entertaining in the coming weeks too, from party ideas to fall decorating tips.

3. The return of The RealThe Real | TameraMowry.com

Im so happy that The Real will be on again in less than one month! Im grateful to have spent so much time with these four inspirational ladies to gear up for all the great episodes ahead! Once The Real arrives on your TV, youll know that fall is officially here!

4. Seasonal meals

Half Baked Harvest

With the changing of the seasons comes a whole new set of seasonal produce to cook with and recipes to explore. I personally love home cooked meals and its such a perfect time to share that love with family and friends.

5. Adens Birthday

Aden's First Birthday | TameraMowry.com

Aden’s first birthday

Aden’s birthday is in November (what’s that, terrible twos you say?!) and it is yet another time to host a fall celebration! Of course, this is one thing I really can wait for—moms never want their babies to grow up too fast—but we love to watch them grow. Not that you really need a reason to celebrate the ones you love, but I am looking forward to planning a special day just for Aden.

What’s your favorite season? Are you still hanging onto summer or over it? 

Xx,
Tamera

Photos: Sincerely Jules, Camilla Photography & Azure B Photography via The Wedding ChicksHalf Baked Harvest