10 In Getting Dressed

Is that pre-fall in the air? Time to add more clothes!

Pre-fall layering on Brenda Kinsel website

Heading into the weekend with wallet and lipstick

It’s happening. You can tell it in the night sky; you can feel it in the early morning air: Fall is heading our way! Last night I went outside to stare at the new Koi fish Russ brought home. They’re fast little critters. I was happy to sit there watching them swim around the pond because I had a down jacket on. Yes, a down jacket! It was chilly and windy.

The mornings have been nippy around here too. When Russ and I decided to head to Sunflower Cafe on Saturday morning for pecan-hazelnut waffles with fresh fruit and maple syrup, I knew I needed extra layers if we were sitting outside like we do.

I’d planned to wear my Lilith blue/yellow textured thin, cotton sweater but knew the cold would run right through it. I wondered what it would be like if I put a sweater underneath the blue one, like my orange superfine wool crewneck sweater from Ann Taylor.

I did it and liked it! The orange faded through to the outside a bit and that was entertaining to me. It’s like I created a new color. My linen Burberry coat won’t be an option for much longer so I eagerly grabbed it. Although I was wearing three layers I was neither too warm, nor too cold, but just right.


layering light weight sweaters on Brenda Kinsel website

Pre-fall layering starts now!

I wore this necklace a week ago in a column of navy blue and wrote about the anatomy of that outfit here. It seemed so perfect with navy but now I loved it against this very light blue shade with orange peeking out.

This double strand necklace, created by the Sol Sisters, has such richness to it and I love the different textures. It’s got shine in the faceted carnelian beads and sparkle in the druzy agate at the center. The leather tassel is matte and has movement. (The Sol Sisters show their work at El Sol Winery in Livermore.)

Sol Sisters necklace is great for fall on Brenda Kinsel website

My treasured necklace leads me into fall

I had no inclination to layer any other necklaces with it like I did in the navy blue outfit last week. I love how it stands on its own taking all the glory … as it should!

I borrowed finishing touches from last week’s outfit too by choosing to wear my vintage alligator bag and my distressed, beat up looking Lucky boots. This necklace, that bag, those boots (and ones I’m sure I’ll find this fall that are like the color of the leather tassel in the necklace) are such great companions. A Beauty Bundle! They’re going to find their way into lots of new outfit combinations, I can just tell!

I do this a lot: create an outfit that I love and then try to keep wearing parts of it in other ways throughout the week. Do you do that?

This is just the beginning of creating transitional outfits. Where I live, “transition” can go on for months! More transitional ideas will be coming your way soon!

How are you dealing with weather changes or does it still feel like the middle of July where you live? Do share your ideas. I always love hearing them and so does everyone else!

Have a great Labor Day weekend, Friends.



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  • Reply
    Jennifer Fisk
    September 1, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Hi Brenda,
    How can I buy Sol Sisters jewelry? Do they have a website? I looked on the Sol Vineyard site and couldn’t find anything.
    Thanks and love your blog,
    Jennifer in Tucson, AZ

    • Reply
      September 1, 2016 at 10:30 am

      So far the only way is to go to the winery which would be tough to do from Tuscon! If that changes I’ll let you know!

  • Reply
    September 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I love the layering. That orange is my signature color. I just got a new tee on discount from loft in that color. And I have flats from Flex I need to use more. You have inspired me to accessorize more and I found a great Labor Day sale at Chico’s on statement necklaces. 50% off already reduced. I felt like I won the lottery! Had a great try on session after I got home to make such they worked.

    I am only 40 or 50 miles south of you in San Jose, the Almaden area, but it is still hitting 80 degrees most days here. Almaden has its own microclimate and often runs 2-5 degrees hotter than the rest of San Jose. There are enough 60 degree mornings that I’m starting to think about transitional pieces like sweater toppers but often don’t need much more than that even in the dead of winter. Sometimes I wear a long sleeve rayon/modal tee under a shirt or sweater with a long cardigan over that ( on the coldest days of winter). Layering is always a great solution here for the huge temp swings.

    I may have to run up to the winery to check us the jewelry. Perfect necklace!

    • Reply
      September 2, 2016 at 11:13 am

      You explain the nature of our micro climates so well! I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying accessories more. Finding joy in getting dressed really changes the view of the day. Hope you’re enjoying your day and thanks much for checking in and sharing!

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    September 2, 2016 at 2:30 am

    In love with this outfit. The second photo without the jacket is inspiring me today! Thank you!

    • Reply
      September 2, 2016 at 11:10 am

      So glad, Julia! Thanks for reading!!

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    September 9, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Hello from the Smokey Mtns of Tenn. It’s been in the high 80s this week, but your post has me longing for cooling temps! Thanks for the inspiration and insight!

    • Reply
      September 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      You’re so welcome, Carol!

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    December 22, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I love the cut of your jeans, can you tell me who makes them?

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    steel laser cutter
    May 5, 2019 at 12:58 am

    This actually answered my drawback, thank you!

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