Featherings…Fall-ing for the 70’s

When our weather finally sang a summer song at the end of June, I felt certain that I would not long for Fall and all its black sweater-Frye boots-deep red lipstick-tweeds and scarves deliciousness that comes with it.

Was I wrong!

While taking a Saturday saunter a week or so ago, I spotted a gorgeous carmine sumac leaf and nearly jumped out of my tennies. Last Tuesday evening sealed the deal as Autumn blew in and left its calling card in the scent and crispness of the air. It is still August, the air is humid and hot, but it is Fall.

Fall—the Fashion tomes from Vogue and Bazaar are due to fill my mailbox any day now. InStyle has already arrived.

Fall—NARS fresh lipsticks fill the gaps at Sephora with sheer, satin and matte versions of Bordeaux, mauve, and brown toned plums.

Fall—booties, midi skirts and blazers in plaids and menswear patterns seem to be the outfit of choice this season.

All of this adds up to a fab Fall that smacks of the best of the 70’s!

Why am I so taken with the 70’s?

I came of age in the mid 70’s. it was an odd fashion decade that began with hippies and ended with power suits. In between, I met Frye boots, wine lipsticks, gorgeous brown and rose toned eye shadows along with midi skirts and blazers.  I was fascinated by the voluminous St. Laurent peasant skirts and captivated by the wealth of well-cut silks and wools.

Along with textile and color memories, these fashion moments are intimately connected with four years of college that I loved and with the romantic relationship with my now husband of 40 years. We dreamed, studied, and stayed up all hours of the night. Each time Fall came around and the leaves on campus burst into crimsons and golds, the romance deepened. Ahhh, young love!

So, bring on the tweeds and gauchos, the burgundies and the taupes, the floral midis and the slouchy boots. Add in caramel and pumpkin lattes–I am ready for you Fall!!

An update on some Autumn pieces for the wardrobe, and a lipstick or two next month…

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I am a fabric artist and a professional minister in the Catholic Church. I am married for 40+ years to a most fabulous man. We have 4 adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws ( who we also consider to our children!) and 4 grandbabies. I love to weave, paint silk, sew and design garments for myself; bead, read, write and color. I am also a spiritual Companion/Director and have a special place in my soul for women who are healing and in need of healing from trauma and abuse. I love coffee, quiet reflective prayer time at my kitchen table and long walks to breathe in the Holy Spirit. I would like to learn how to spin yarn and will someday create a spun, hand dyed/painted, beaded, woven fabulous garment of peace!

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