An afternoon in Big Sur on the way from San Francisco to L.A.
A brief and fleeting vision of the hallowed halls of heaven–what a day
The conversation dancing to the music of the ocean keeping time
These are pastel pieces of the pretty pictures painted on the watercolor canvas of my mind
(from Water Color Canvas, Bobby Darin)
Pastels are so girly, so pretty, so uplifting, why put them away when the leaves fall from the trees? This Fall and Winter 2014-15 brings us ice-cream colors in luxurious fabrics that help us stay warm as a kitten without having to always reach for dreary dark colors. With the help of Lands End and a few accessories, I’ve put together a look of mouth-watering pastels that make cool weather, prettier.
ON TOP: Start with a sweater that is better than plain, something like this Lands End Women’s 3/4-sleeve Lofty Blend Cable Marl Pullover Sweater Item #446014AE9 ($69.00).
Get it: Regular, petite, tall and plus. There is a size calculator on the page, but I tried the large, and it was generously sized as many Lands End sweaters tend to be. If you want a more snug fit, go down a size. SIZE CHART : XS (2-4) S (6-8) M (10-12) L (14-16) XL (18). I selected this amazing mint green, actually called “Color Eggshell Blue Marl” but you can get it in these gorgeous and soft colors as well:
GET OVER IT: Lands End makes the warmest, most luxurious Pea Coats in the entire world. I’ve worn one for years. But the updated version is just one better! The Lands End Women’s Luxe Wool Pea Coat Item #443775A78 ($179.00) that I chose as a topper for this outfit in soft camel (Lands End calls this particular color, “Vicuna”) is the perfect neutral to wear over everything, pastel, brights, earth-tones, or other neutrals.
Why I Love this Coat: Lands End has upped the cashmere quotient a bit in this new version ( 77% virgin wool/20% nylon/3% cashmere) so it is softer than ever, and they added metal buttons to add a bit of panache. This is a coat you can wear when it’s starting to be chilly, and add a sweater mid Winter when it’s really cold, and just keep wearing it. Traditional styling includes one-button cuffs, an inside chest pocket and neat topstitching throughout. 77% virgin wool/20% nylon/3% cashmere. Unlike some pea coats, this one has Princess seams so it looks like it belongs on a woman, not a sailor! it is fully lined and has a back vent. The hip length means you stay warm, and cover longer sweaters. Lands End rates the temperature as WARM: +5º to +25º but with a wool or cashmere sweater beneath it, you can wear it in cooler weather than that.
When thinking of accessories, don’t just rush to your jewelry box. Scarves really do add a pop of color, and when the weather is chilly, warmth, to your look, inside and out. I chose this particular Lands End CashTouch Plaid Scarf ($29.00) item #418320 because it is 100% acrylic, which means even though with sensitivities to wool, can wear it. And it drapes really nicely. It also comes in ten different plaid patterns. This one, in “pecan” brings out the mint green in the sweater. This scarf measure 70″ L x 15″ with 3-inch fringe and feels really soft, almost like real cashmere. Compared to one of Lands End’s actual cashmere scarves, it’s a close match, but much less expensive. You can also monogram it with your initials (or something more interesting like the sailboat) and in a choice of thread colors. While it’s meant to be an outdoor scarf, I wear mine indoors when it’s chilly as I would any other scarf. There is a little hang tag on the scarf when you receive it showing you various ways to tie it, but I like to just look it around my neck starting at the front, around my head to the back, and over again to make a “cowl, and let the fringes hang in the front. These make great holiday gifts, and you may get so addicted, you’ll want a collection of them for your own, as well.
LuLu Avenue has all sorts of cool jewelery, but I think this Nottingham Cuff bracelet $49.99 in gold-toned metal (or silver-toned metal if you prefer) is the perfect piece to wear with this casual look, or layer it with other bangles and bracelets you already own, Reminiscent of a high end designer, this piece has the look of a solid bangle, with the comfort and ease of a toggle bracelet clasp (you could remove, or add, a few links to the chain if need be). It looks very expensive, but the plated base metal keeps the cost under $50.00. It is a piece you’ll reach for again and again. To add more “heft” on your arm I like it paired with the chunky chain link LuLu Avenue Coventry Bracelet ($59.00) which is also available in gold or silver. This toggle bracelet is made fresh and modern with large and medium links, in both a hammered and shiny gold finish. It’s 8.5 “, and made of plated base metal. You might also pair these with something colorful, like Lisa Hoffman elastic fragrance jewelry bracelets. , and it would make a marvelous holiday gift as well. Check out the other great things LuLu Avenue has for now and for the holidays. Lulu Avenue is sold through Independant Style Advisors and you can get one through the website, or become one, yourself: http://www.luluavenue.com/
I didn’t actually wear test these boots, but I saw these Women’s Ellis Suede Ankle Boots Item #450610A73 ($149.00) on the Lands End website and I think they’d go well with this pastel look. You can get them in sizes 6-11 in either Dark Sand (the perfect color for pastels) or black. Cow suede upper tops a mild 1 1/2” heel. A full side zipper makes it easy to get in and out of the boot, and a leather heel counter helps keep the heel from slipping. A cushioned, leather-covered footbed with composition rubber outsole makes the boots, walkable. Sizes 6-11 in full and half sizes.
Ready to Shop? There is free shipping on any order over $50 so do you holiday shopping now *check out the Advice Sisters upcoming gift guides for some holiday gift suggestions from Lands End as well. Visit the Lands End Web Site, or call 1.800.963.4816 or check the Store Locator
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