Read read read:
Nina Garcia just put out her new book Nina Garcia's Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion. The illustrations by Ruben Toledo are fantastic as always. Also it's a great reference to have and a good way to arm yourself for any unexpected invitations and what to wear for those events. My one criticism so far is that the office attire section tends to be very conservative - geared towards more of a conservative workstyle. Many companies on the West Coast, especially Silicon Valley are much much more relaxed in their dress codes and I would say in general the West Coast tends to be more relaxed when it comes to dressing.
Also, fashion magazines have put out their all-important September issues - usually the size of a huge phonebook. I'm currently catching up on the September issues from Harper's Bazaar and C Magazine (for more local California flavor). Until someone launches the colour version of e-Ink, I'm sticking with the old fashioned paper subscription versions.
Thank you H&M: Usually I'm not a fan of the H&M as the sizing tends to be good for taller girls and often the materials are purely manmade. As part of their 2010 Autumn/Winter collection though, H&M released a cute cotton blend cardigan for $29.95 which I couldn't resist buying in the red/white stripe version. This is not an item for girls with big shoulders, but for petite girls who tend to have smaller shoulders, or want to balance out a pear shape, this is perfect! It also comes in black/white stripes as well.
Thoughts on Trends: I haven't fully figured out what my focus will be for Fall/Winter. I'll probably be on the prowl for a velvet blazer and a leather jacket - since my closet is lacking either. But here are my initial thoughts...
Fan of: Lace, red, jackets, ladylike satchels
On the fence: Camel, animal prints, the return of the pantsuit (really?), kitten heels
Trends that did not need to happen: Gray and army colours (blagh), Denim shirts (why?!), flannel