hi again, i can't believe we're halfway through October!
now that we're back to sweater and leather jacket weather, i'm feeling newly inspired again with all of the familiar signs of autumn.
my apologies to readers who checked back from time to time over the past few months. i didn't want to post just for the sake of posting without real inspiration, so it felt right to take a breather and give this space a bit of a break. (for those of you so inclined, the archives are always accessible in the bottom right bar.)
there are some promising notes at one of my go-to shops. at the start and end of the summer i found a number of excellent and well made blazers and vintage-inspired dresses from j.crew. it really feels like some of the old 'crew is making a comeback. compared with the last few years, there's a noticeable difference in the improved fit and quality of materials. small but important details that had languished – linings, working cuff buttons, pop of colors under the lapel, quality fabric in general – have returned, at least in the pieces i purchased. i haven't seen any of the knits, and it's still a bit of a mixed bag, but the online reviews for the individual items are very helpful for honest fit and quality thoughts. as we head into coat weather, for the first time in a while i'm actually looking forward to the new f/w offerings from a chain retailer. great news for all of you who are looking to add a few timeless wardrobe pieces at a good price point (the sales are still fairly regular, and quite good!).
it's been a while since i bought any personal style books, but i'm looking forward to pre-ordering a copy of the new garconne, spotted via lin's blog. at a quick glance, it looks like a longer-form hardcover book version of The Gentlewoman, a good sign. will report back!
how is autumn where you are? have you come across any discoveries or shopping finds lately?