Fall Favorites: September

Well the seasons are changing and so is my mind. I am a very fickle person when it comes to style and things I like, so it only seems appropriate to give updates monthly. These are a few of my favorite things so far for the month of September.

1. Infinity scarf from Ann Taylor Loft: I love, love, love scarves and there is something about infinity scarves that I just cannot get enough of. They are so chic and stylish and yet still get the job done. The animal print? An added bonus.

2. Sweater from Banana Republic: They just opened up a new Banana in the Short Hills Mall and I almost died when I first walked in there. Everything is gorgeous and they make the most comfortable clothes. I love the details on this sweater, cardigans can look so alike after a while.

3. Leather jacket from Express: Every BAMF needs a leather jacket. End of story.

4. Leggings from Express: I live in Express leggings. They are super comfortable and don’t give you that awkward camel toe that everyone is petrified of. Grab yourself a pair if you haven’t already.

5. Jimmy Choo ‘Biker’ Boot: Along with the leather jacket, every BAMF needs a pair of these bad boys too. Matt got me a pair as an anniversary present and I haven’t taken them off since. They are durable and lined with the softest rabbit fur on the inside which keeps your foot snug and comfy!

6. Urban Decay eyeshadow in Baked and Blunt: Gold is an amazing color for fall, jewelry and makeup alike. These are two of my absolute favorite shades for fall. I shade the lighter color (blunt) all over the lid and work baked into the creases and corners. I usually line my eyes with a deep brown liner to pull the look together.

7. Coconut Oil: I know what you’re thinking… um Rachel.. this is a cooking ingredient? But oh no friends, it’s so much more! Did you know you can use coconut oil for your skin and hair? Because ya can. So try it. This particular brand in general has directions right on the label. And it works fabulously. My skin and hair had really never felt better.

8. Yankee Candle; Home Sweet Home: Ok, this, unlike the coconut oil, is not a product that is a jack of all trades, so please do not melt the wax and rub it in your hair thinking it’s the next new Moroccan hair oil. I do not want to be responsible for that. This literally is just an amazing candle and I adore the way it smells. Home Sweet Home is the perfect name for this scent… it makes me want to pick up an Iced Passion Tea from Starbucks and go pumpkin picking. Fantastic. Take a whiff.

So! These are a few of my favorite things in September so far. I’m not quite ready to part ways with my shorts and my flip flops… but when I think about all of the things I love about Fall I’m starting to cope. What are your favorite things for Fall?

Another style that has come full circle.

If anyone has any doubt that women are fickle creatures, this fashion trend will put everyone’s minds at ease and confirm it. Think about any girl you know who colors her hair… (especially those fake blonds) what is the first thing they do when their roots start to grow out? If you answered freak out, you are correct! (we would have also accepted have a panic attack or fire their stylist). And then all of the sudden, Rachel Bilson lets her hair grow out and viola! A new fad is born.

This whole ombre brown letting your roots grow out look has really taken the celebrity world by storm. Personally, I don’t quite understand it. Like I said, women as a species are pretty much expected to drop dead at the first sign of a little root growth and now all of the sudden we let our roots grow down to our chins? Ok, sure. I mean, I don’t completely understand the root saga to begin with because I’ve always been one to stick to dark browns on my head and roots don’t scare me. So in my opinion, I actually quite like this look. It’s kind of perfect for girls like me who have always had dark hair but have wanted to dabble around with lighter colors without doing anything drastic. Last year I actually tried to go for this look. I was like, YES, this is my in. I’m goin’ light! I won’t mention the names of any salons (bloom) but they did an awful job. I pretty much ended up leaving the salon with penny colored face-framing highlights and had to fight for a blow out (that I paid for). And the whole process was not cheap. Since then, I’ve been extremely turned off from ever trying out this look again. The stylist had me convinced that it would basically be about a 6 month – 1 year process before my hair would end up like that. Now as I read up on it more, I have to think that is not actually the case. No wonder those stylists make so much money… they’re so savvy. NAHT. Anyway, I’m going to stop my bitch fest now, back to the original topic at hand!

While this look may have started out as a summer trend, I think it’s perfect for Fall! I love the whole I’ve-spent-the-whole-summer-at-the-beach-and-this-is-just-how-my-hair-always-looks look… (you’re not fooling anyone) but the different tones of browns and blonds and caramels look perfect against a fall backdrop and wardrobe.

Here are a few looks from celebs currently sporting this hair style. Some of them I like… definitely the more au’ natural looks like Kristin Cavallari’s and, of course, my girl Rachel Bilson’s. On the other hand…the always edgy Ashlee Simpson and America’s sweetheart Jessical Biel look a little more harsh with this style. Ashlee definitely took this look to a whole new level. What do you think? Is this trend a hit or a miss?