wreath class

Thanks my friend Sharon for telling me about a Fall Wreath Class at Minted!  Yes, you know Minted, the place where you get invitations and holiday cards.  They now have a darling store in SF and offer classes.

I attended the class with my friend Madeline, who bought my wedding dress (more on that crazy story later!), Sharon, and about 8 other lovely ladies.  We were led by Heather Lee of Hello Flowers.  She taught us how to use the wire in different ways for the different options.  She suggested only using part of the wreath as the branches look beautiful for fall.  Perhaps a half moon.  She usually starts at 12:00 and works her way to the right, overlapping the wire and stems of the flowers just placed.  (this sequence did not feel natural to me.....I started at 8:00 and worked my way from there.......follow your gut!).

I went for a neutral palate with soft fall colors.  We built the wreath on a grapevine wreath.  I used fall maple leaves, pinecones, straw flowers, another white flower that felt like straw-forget the name!, and the things that look like olives are eucalyptus pods.  I actually ended up paring down the wreath when I got home as I realized it was a bit too busy.  I look forward to giving this wreath as a gift to a very special friend!

marsala clothes

How about some marsala clothes!

How to incorporate it?  Marsala looks beautiful with ivory, gold, or a light tan/blush color.  Add texture for a rich fall feel.  Marsala will translate into the holidays as well.



marsala bags

What is marsala?  

Marsala was the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year.  Think of red wine or burgundy.  From the Pantone website:

"Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.  This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings, and interiors."

What about a marsala bag for fall?  Ideas below.



drape jacket

Different from the moto leather jacket, I am also seeing a lot of the drape jacket.  Thinner and floppier than it's moto cousin, they work well for those mid-range fall days.  Some examples below.

transition into fall

Well, it still feels like summer, but the fall dresses are starting to come out!