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C.S. Lewis

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Autumn Stories

Every year, sometime in August, I can count on MrBP to walk in from work one evening and declare "The Turn has arrived".   I have to say that I don't always agree with him at the time but it never fails, once it has been declared I begin to see signs of The Turn as well.
The Turn brings slightly cooler temperatures, a change in the look of the garden and a distinct energy to the air: a time of renewal and excitement that comes with a fresh academic year.
It is also the time I start to think about clothes for fall.  I might rummage through my cedar chest and paw through my frocks hanging in my storage cupboard.  Just this week I took my dark brown handbag out of its dustbag, just to have a wee look at it.  If I have anything I am thinking of purchasing I'll start rooting around my favourite websites... and of course top of that list is Brora!

This year Brora has a treat for all of us: a series of Autumn Stories illustrating different personalities and the clothes that suit them.  It's been delightful to look through the new offerings and I encourage you to go have a look at their site.  Just for fun perhaps you could share the Story that suits you best?

My absolute favourite is Scottish Colourists, though there are elements in each story that I find fetching.
I am loving the bright pastels of the Scottish Colourists Story.

Peter Pan collar.

Look at this gorgeous necklace!

Beautiful blues.

This dress has a velvet belt.
Brora and velvet just seem to go together.
A fall coat that looks so Parisian.



Dungeness Story
This story is full of gorgeous patterned silk,
lovely muted cashmere,
the mood of the countryside.




Last but not least, the English Eccentrists story, full of beautiful bright blues and tweedy shades of brown and sage, with bits of fair isle and a stunning Liberty print.

Which story are you?
Are you looking forward to The Turn this year?
xoxDani

40 comments:

  1. OOOH NOOO! Not yet, please! We have hardly had any summer here and I'm not ready for fall. It's my favorite season but it comes far too early in Canada and it makes me a bit grumpy to think about the turn already.

    I can't say any of the Brora stories are really my style. They are quite feminine and I'm more the sporty type but I do love that boucle jacket, especially with a zipper (that makes it a bit more sporty). It's a Linton tweed, from the same mill that supplied Coco Chanel with exquisite tweeds. Beautiful colors in cotton and wool with a cupro lining - love it! Onto the fall possibilities list it goes.

    BTW, my husband loved the linen trousers so much that I bought him two more pair from the summer sale. He's becoming a Brora fan now too.

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    1. xoxo Oh Goody for your hubs! My MrBP says once you go to Brora there's no going back... it's not a sweater if it's not from Brora.
      I'm loving that jacket too. I didn't know this about Linton but it makes sense considering the exquisite quality of the little Chanel-type suit Brora offered this summer, the tweed is also from Linton and it is beautiful (yup I finally ordered it a couple of weeks ago when sale went to a further reduction).
      I hope you get your summer, and I too hope it doesn't cool down anytime soon, this summer has raced by.

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  2. It can be no secret I am a colorist as well. I am looking at the tea rose cardigan - which although is not part of my fall colour story will make me happy (well now I am making it part of my colour story!) and am looking at the jersey skirt as well. off to go look at more tea rose.

    There was a turn here last week, though today it is 26 and hot! But you tell Mr. BP that I believe him whole-heartedly, and if he says it is so, well, it must be so...

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    1. Wendy I love that perfect pale pink shade of tea rose, and it would be smashing on you with your red hair. I think it is top of my own wishlist.
      Warmer here today but the air does feel different... MrBP always senses it first!

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    2. Does he "know" when santa will arrive, when the brora sales will begin and whether I should buy the leopard print kikis? These are all big questions for me!

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    3. Wenders I'll ask him! Good point what else does he know!

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  3. I think the Jade color offered pre fall is beautiful. I really need to look at Brora not just for clothes but as a possible investment. Are they a public traded company? Always say, invest in what you know and love....Netflix was very good to me :)

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    1. Blue Booby they are a private company I believe, Netflix well you are a smart cookie. Any other tips for us!

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  4. Hi Dani,
    I just received the colour card from Brora yesterday and definitely will do an order. i like to purchase a fair isle sweater this year .The tea rose that Wendy's thinking about is so pretty and would look great on a cold winter day.
    Yes MrBP is right about the turn as I get up for spinning at 5:10 and I've started to use my flashlight again so I won't wake Stephen.

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    1. Marsha up at 5:10! That's dedication. I didn't get a colour card in the mail yet, I love those... let us know what you decide on.

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  5. I hate the turn! I get quite introspective about it. The European summers are way too short.

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    1. Naomi our summer can go right through September and that can be a lovely time, you never know you might have a nice fall this year, the english weather has been a bit unusual hasn't it? Are you settled back in after your long spa visit?!

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    2. Almost...will write about it this week!

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  6. We had a warm spring and a very cool summer. The August temps have not been over 72 degrees yet - which is very unusual for us - so it already feels like early fall. My only fashion plan this season is not to buy more black. My summer purchases consisted of a few sale pieces-a silk back knit tank (black) and cashmere cardigan - gorgeous drapey and perfect (black) and a cotton oversized sweater (black) from Trina Turk. The other color offerings were awful on me (gray or taupe). I need to add in a top or two in merlot/wine/raspberry and pick up a new pair of jeans. I'm down 13# and my jeans are baggy but I'm being patient so I can shop in NY next month with my girlfriends on the trip.

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    1. Julie well that is quite a bit of black, a ban might indeed be in order. You'll have to add in some jewel tones and I too would wait and shop in NYC. Congratulations on the 13lbs, that's quite a bit!!

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  7. I started to feel the turn had arrived this past week, and especially today. It really feels like autumn is just around the corner. The tweed jacket looks really nice. I am on a really tight budget so I can't add much to my wardrobe. I've been combing through my wardrobe and looking for things to transition into fall. I've already put away some of my spring/summer wardrobe!

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    1. Louise I've put some of mine away too. Some I've thrown away, well in particular the JCrew perfect-fit tee shirts I bought in navy are full of holes and have lost their hems, they've gone into the dust bin. AND a JCrew linen sweater is full of holes after 2 wears, what a rip-off.
      The transition outfits are always tricky ones, I've been thinking about those too!

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    2. OMG - the tees as holey all ready??? Honestly, I have decided to just buy mine at smart set - they seem to last just as well, if not better..

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    3. Wendy go for smartset, the JCrew ones tricked me with their fit but they are poorly made, the unravelling hems were really irritating, those happened within one wear!

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  8. The Turn is here already, there is a subtle nip in the air.
    I thought that was you in the pic!

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    1. Tabs the Dungeness story reminded me of you! I can see you in those colours and the simple shapes.
      A nip in the air: get out your pea coat!

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  9. TURNING OUT Dani, the turn makes me sad, and north of here, it is definitely already here, a smattering of red trees and a decided edge in the morning air. But I will console myself with a wardrobe switch. This morning was ontemplating that frill-fronted paisley dress for a September daytime wedding. Think it would work later in season with a cardigan and some tights. Dungeness was most like what I wear, but loved some of the Colourist pieces, that blue blouse may be coming to me.

    Keep wondering if WMM has seen hummingbird blouse?

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    1. I have!!! and the jersey dress!! Love them both! and the jersey makes them wearable around the house! I do not need a fancy dress for fall/winter. I hardly wore more ralph lauren or the black linen dress. Fall purchases must now pass the dreaded "if you won't wear it every week why are you buying it?" test...

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  10. Very exciting - I think the turn may be approaching here too. It was 24 degrees .c today, so we went for a long coastal walk.
    Those Brora stories are very pretty. I love the colours of the Scottish Colourists.
    No Brora for me, though. Spring is on its way, so no need for more sweaters.

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    1. Ruth oh right it is! You could have a look at clearance for their summer things, those sales are very well timed for you down in Australia!

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  11. I think the turn has happened here; it was 14 degrees this morning. I sat out on the porch with my morning coffee and had to get a blanket to snuggle in.

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  12. It's the Turn here too; I love it. 770's and no humidity is perfect in my book.

    Funny, I have never had any holes or unraveling hems with my perfect fit tees. I only get colors I like and get the plainer ones at Everlane now.

    I do love the Brora colors and fabrics, but I can't wear the cropped cardigans with defined waists. The tunic profile pieces are looking good, though.

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    1. Hi Lane how goes the bday week? We've been whooping it up!

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  13. But the Scottish Colorist model looks so much like you!

    A second career. I see it coming.;)

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    1. LPC thanks you're a doll. Will you be my agent?! ;) Hope this month is going well for you and that you are happy!

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  14. We are still enjoying a blazing August, but small signs are showing up. The Blackberries are dripping off the hedgerows and the Chantrelles are popping up, albeit small in size.

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    1. Hi Wally, it sounds like you're doing some foraging, I wonder what you're cooking these days? I'm on holiday so I'm a bit behind on my blog reading. Hope you're having fun.

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  15. Hi Dani,
    I look forward to the Turn, brisk fresh air, autumn scents and cozy sweaters,
    I am thinking of Chocolate browns and that saturated Mid-Blue, of course my charcoals, lots of scarves!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Feature: Designer Barry Dixon!

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    1. Hi Karen I hope you're well. Me too, chocolate brown and mid-blues, sign me up!

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  16. Going through 'The Turn' huh? I guess 'The Change' was taken. I LOVE this time of year. Cool enough to allow for hours of outside ambling and warm enough for just a fabulous frock.

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    1. N it is the perfect time of year. I'm on holiday right now and we're just walking around enjoying the cooler temps and sunshine, a dress, a cardigan and some flat shoes, that's my uniform just now.

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  17. Dani,
    Love all your choices. I have to check Brora out. They seem like lovely, quality clothes. You are lucky to get the change of Fall. We really won't get much change until late October. I don' even bother buying school clothes as my kids can wear shorts until then... They can't wait to rush it here though. Already Nordstrom had their Fall sale with boots and coats and the local stores have Halloween stands! Really it's too fast. However, you do get a bit done with Summer about this time here as we have been having warm weather since April!

    So agree that if you don't wear it all the time, it's not worth getting. I'm really trying to make better choices and not clutter up the closet. It's so freeing and your blog always inspires me to do so!!

    xxKim

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  18. You're definitely the model in the Scottish story. I don't fit in either, but I do like the Dungeness silk pattern dress.

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  19. Hi Dani, sorry to not be keeping up with my bloggy besties, work has been beasty lately. I'm still waiting for the turn to really hot days, we tend to get those from mid-August to late September. Think our linen days are still ahead.

    Pale blues are not good for my coloring so I'm stuck on and sticking with navy. I'll be adding rich fall colors to that base come cooler temperatures but that will be months away. Like xoxo, think the single item that would work for me to be that tweedy short jacket. I can imagine all these things you've picked on you looking beautiful.

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