Get Bright! Greeting Coat Season in Cheerful Color

I’m so excited about the bright color trends this fall. Autumn is usually such a dreary town when it comes to color. So, the popularity of vivacious hues like lush meadow, aurora red, and spicy mustard is giving me (and my wardrobe) so much life. Take my Anthropologie Boucle Moto Jacket in mustard (shop it here), for example, it adds joy (and edge) to anything I pair it with.


Jacket (similar) | Tunic (c/o) | Leggings | Boots (c/o) | Bag (on sale, similar) | Necklace


I wish-listed the mustard jacket the moment I saw it in the Fall Anthro catalog. The color caught my attention, but the luxe texture, jazzy silhouette, and edgy zippers ultimately won me over.

Anthropologie Boucle Moto Jacket

The Anthro jacket appears to have sold out online after the recent Anthro Day offering a 20% discount on full price items. You may still find it in-stores though. *Update: the jacket is back online (see it here).


By the way, I considered a few other options before deciding on the Anthropologie Boucle Moto Jacket (see them all in the widget below). The Steve Madden Faux Suede Moto Jacket in mustard was a top contender. I liked it because of its overall look and affordable price point. My local Nordstrom stores didn’t it have it, though, and I wanted to see the color in person.


I got my jacket just in time to greet chilly fall weather last weekend. I wore today’s featured look to Sunday brunch. The laid-back outfit is anchored by a white layering tunic and black leggings. The mustard jacket and tall boots add all the flavor.

Anthropologie Boucle Moto Jacket, Naturalizer Harbor Boots Banana Bread Leather

Location: Jefferson Ave, St. Louis

Casual Friday: Greeting the Weekend in Cheerful Color

As I imagined, I’ve been taking advantage of the street art that came out of Paint Louis 2016. Today’s casual Friday style, anchored by my Zara green chinos, was inspired by another favorite mural along the St. Louis flood wall. This particular piece caught my eye because of its combination of colors and mosaic pattern.

Casual Friday Style Zara Chinos-1c

Denim jacket | Tube top | Green pants | Pumps (new style)

Choker (similar | sale option) | Ear Climbers


I’ve been reaching for my denim jacket a lot lately because it’s lightweight and goes with everything. And, no surprise, I love all things denim. Furthermore, the denim played to the beautiful blue hues in the mural.


I also drew inspiration for the rest of the look from the wall. The black along the cracked pattern gave me stripes while the hint of green prompted me to reach for those green pants. Furthermore, my older J.Crew Elsie pumps made with a colorful woven fabric echoed the effect of the mosaic pattern of the wall.


Remember this other look inspired by the street art?

Street Style Inspired by Art in the Streets

Street art inspires street style. I’m currently in outfit planning mode because I’m attending the St. Louis leg of Beyonce’s Formation tour this Saturday. This will be my first time seeing the Queen Bey in concert. So, naturally, I’m trying to decide what to wear. I have a few looks planned that draw inspiration from Beyonce videos. Today’s street style look, though, was inspired by street art right here in the Lou.

Paint Louis 2016, St-Louis Graffiti Wall 3c

Yesterday, I shared my new favorite artsy murals along the St. Louis Flood Wall. If you haven’t seen them, do check out my Paint Louis 2016 post. These works of art that change every year during the Paint Louis event have been inspiring my style and blog posts for years.

What to wear to Beyonce Formation Tour 2c

What I’m Wearing:

Tube top | Gingham Shirt | Denim Culottes | Choker (similar) | Earrings (on sale) | Ankle Boots

Gold choker trend fall 2016 1c

Lip: Mac “Rebel” lipstick and Mac “Currant” lip pencil

What to wear to Beyonce Formation Tour 3c

The artsy backdrop in today’s post is undoubtedly my favorite design from this year’s Paint Louis event.  When I saw the completed wall, I knew immediately that I wanted to photograph this look in front of it.

What to wear to Beyonce Formation Tour 6c

I knew I wanted neutral hues that didn’t compete with the striking colors in the mural. I also knew that I wanted a pop of color in a rich wine or burgundy hue to create a harmonious connection with the wall. And, these affordable Halogen ankle boots were that perfect pop of color. For 4 inch booties, they’re surprisingly comfortable too. They’re also true to size. I’m wearing them in my usual size 8.

Halogen Warin Open Toe Boot 1c

We might be inching closer to fall, but St. Louis is still hot like hell. So, the finished look is channeling both summer and fall style.

What to wear to Beyonce Formation Tour 4c

Location: St. Louis Graffiti Wall | Mural by serum108

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Paint Louis 2016 Delivers Perfect Artsy Walls for Blog Photos

Inspiration matters. And, the works of art created by Paint Louis participants always inspire me so much. First of all, the artsy walls inspire my style. They also inspire the way I approach photography for this blog.

Paint Louis is an annual event that invites the best graffiti artists in the region to paint murals along the St. Louis Flood Wall, which I believe stands at 52 feet. The result is a gold mine of perfect backdrops for photographers. Paint Louis 2016 went down over the Labor Day Weekend. As usual, it was bittersweet for me because some of my favorite murals were removed, but they were replaced by a host of new masterpieces. Here are some of my favorites that I think are just perfect for blogger photos.

Paint Louis 2016, St-Louis Flood Wall 1c

The mural above (by serum108) is especially relevant for blogger images because of its use of color and abstraction. As a result, it’s my all-time favorite this year. Come back tomorrow to see how I use it.

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Colorful Layers

There are 54 days until spring. I’m counting down. What I’m not doing, though, is waiting until spring to incorporate the season’s vivid colors into my wardrobe. It feels so right to wear cheery colors like mauve and fuchsia on gloomy winter days.

Cardigan Top—℅ Venus

Leggings—Tahari | similar

Scarf—J.Crew (old)
Hat—eBay | same seller

Boots—℅ Naturalizer

Earrings—Kendra Scott (new for Spring 2016)
Necklace—Kendra Scott

Rings—Kendra ScottKendra Scott

Watch—Movado | Skagen option

Lip—Mac “Heroine” lipstickMac “Heroine” lip pencil

My colorful look is anchored by a 2-in-1 cardigan top that combines a crisp white top with a mauve cardigan. It’s feels as comfortable as pajamas. For size reference, I’m wearing a size small.


To play up the colors in the look, I added a brightly patterned infinity scarf that blends fuchsia and blue and a striking fuchsia beanie.

Basic black leggings tucked into a pair of ankle boots complete the look. The boots are a taller pair of ankle boots from Naturalizer. I was concerned at first that ankle boots with a taller shaft height would shorten my legs, but that hasn’t been the case with this pair. See how they look with tights in Embracing Winter with Color.