There are so many enjoyable ways to embrace the fall season with style, I'm hoping you'll enjoy this round-up which is filled with chic, savvy and ultimately practical ideas for thoughtful souls.
Start With A Rosy Outlook
Did the Vittoria Rose bag in Vogue's premier Fall issue recently catch your eye the way it did mine? Nothing feels better than tucking the latest and greatest handbag under your arm for a small shot of fall confidence. Brahmin's leathers are treated with an aniline finish to bring out the natural beauty and texture of the leather, much like a stain on wood. The solid brass hardware, saddle stitching and attention to detail sets Brahmin bags apart from others. Another great touch is the double faced adjustable strap that lets you customize your bag to fit over your shoulder just so. Available at www.Brahmin.com
Add Intelligence To Your Beauty Regime
About thirty years ago, a scientist noticed that the hands of workers at a Japanese saké brewery looked beautiful and young. This was the inspiration behind five years of research by a team of scientists who screened through over 300 types of yeasts and refined the precise conditions for fermentation, leading to the discovery of SK-II's signature ingredient, Pitera. Academy Award winner and beauty icon Cate Blanchett embraces this unique Japanese skin care regime and has become SK-II's global ambassador. For the constant jet-setter, the SK-II ritual is a miracle. The SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser lifts away impurities with a fine, rich lather and prepares your skin for the Facial Treatment Essence. Over 90% pure Pitera, Facial Treatment Essence is the 'heart' of every SK-II skincare ritual. Rely on it daily to moisturize instantly, and renew skin's surface for a smoother texture. Facial Treatment Repair C has been specially formulated with Pietera *4, a highly concentrated form of Pitera that has been repeatedly filtered and when combined with SK-II moisturizers, helps promote the 28 day renewal process of the skin's outer layer. The Skin Refining Treatment lifts away layers of dead skin cells and is formulated with Beta Hydroxy Acid to reveal fresher, clearer skin. Finally, Facial Treatment Masks are a perfect antidote to the harmful damage done by the sun, travel, and air conditioning. The easy-to-use cotton substrate mask drenched in Pitera allows the skin to soak up moisture for instant results. Facial Treatment Masks can be used anytime and as often as desired for a look that otherwise takes a few trips to the spa. SK-II is available at Saks Fifth Avenue or www.ski-ii.com
During the busy fall season, most of us are plagued at some point with the wrath of blackheads, whiteheads or blemishes on parts of our face. These facial pests are often a result of waxy oil that accumulates on the skin. Ole Henriksen, international skin care guru and creator of the Ole Henriksen range has just introduced a new Blemish Attack Kit to target imperfections. Powerful botanicals are infused into a Blemish Attack Gel, Roll On Formula and Facial Mask to calm and soothe while aiding in textural improvement of the skin. If you are lucky and acne is a seldom occurrence, this kit can easily be used in conjunction with your existing skin care regimen. Available at Sephora nationwide.
Create A Scent Wardrobe
Has it recently dawned on you that your perfume just doesn't fit you anymore? No worries, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana feel that the sense of self may exist in a beguiling state of flux and have created a wardrobe of five mesmerising fragrances that answer the fundamental human questions: Who am I? Who do I want to be? Inspired by the Gallic game of tarot, each flacon bears the name and number of its inspiration, playing with and transcending gender. If you desire to be the provocative 1 Le Bateleur, the irrepressible 3 L'Imperatrice, the sensual 6 L'Amoureux, the daring 10 La Roue de la Fortune, or the hypnotizing 18 La Lune (my favorite!), you have the freedom to discover your identity utilizing a pantheon of enchanting archetypes. The D&G Fragrance Anthology is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Try Dark And Dramatic
The quickest way to add subtle drama to your Fall look is to try one of the new OPI Matte, nail lacquer shades. As the Fall runways debuted understated, ladylike fashions, OPI Matte provides an edgy, fresh counterpoint to these looks. A refreshing twist on the traditional gloss polishes that have become the norm, matte nails are predicted to be the next big thing in nail care and are available in six iconic OPI shades. For those who prefer glosses, OPI is introducing three dark, dramatic colors for fall as a fashion-forward take on classic black. Nearly as dark as black but with warmer, richer tones, the polishes come in a deep blue-grey (“Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees”), stunning wine-purple (“Give Me Moor!”), and dark emerald (“Here Today… Aragon Tomorrow”), respectively. These shades are perfect for those who want something a bit more feminine than black but want to retain an edge. These three shades are a part of OPI’s new Colección de España, featuring rich, jewel tones inspired by the colors of Spain. Available at fine stores nationwide.
Try A Shade of Fall
The bright glare of summer has receded, but you're still in need of sophisticated eyewear to take you into the winter months in style. These sunglasses by Marc Jacobs will make sure all eyes are on you for good reason! Bold with bright bubbles of color on the stems, the shades are one of the season's hottest styles. Marc Jacobs sunglasses are available at www.SolsticeStores.com
Make Time For Change
The Jorg Gray 6500 is the watch President Obama wears. Perhaps not a typical luxury watch, but still a sophisticated time piece, and it has fast become a highly sought after and valuable collector's item. Each Commemorative Edition watch comes with a laser engraving on the back case and an individualized serial number. Obama was given the watch for his 46th birthday by the Secret Service, when he was "candidate" Obama, and he has worn the watch ever since. It's a somewhat plain and somber timepiece, but I'm finding the practicality and seriousness surprisingly right for the times. Available for men and women at www.JorgGray.com
Wishing you all that is beautiful and stylish this fall season!
Fashion designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com
. She is debuting a new line of fine jewelry and a women's couture line as well as expanding her successful luxury handbag line. To view her beautiful designs please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com