Fall Layers For Your Home

While we probably have a while until we reach legitimate cold weather here in San Francisco, because of the rain last Saturday I am already on a Fall nesting kick. Instead of trying to force Autumn’s typical reds and oranges on my more monochromatic apartment, I’m focusing on layering in dimensional textures, warm lighting, and cozy textiles in cool and calm tones that complement my existing apartment’s style. Here’s a round up of of a couple items I’m hoping to add to my home this season, along with a few tried and true items I already love having in my apartment.

Layering in Fall Home Accessories, via Dressed in Orange

sources: sconcecandletopiarytraymirrorsequin pillownavy pillowherringbone throw, tufted benchlamp

Texture. Materials like Lucite, glass, wicker, and plants add interest and depth to a room without weighing it down.  Lucite can be pretty costly depending on its thickness, but as an inexpensive starting piece I definitely recommend this Lucite tray I got a couple months ago. Although I originally got it to better collect my books and candles since they seem to be taking over every surface of my apartment, I have come to find it’s also a great place to set down a cup of coffee without worrying about coasters or damaging our coffee table table (read: my boyfriend now fully appreciates its function). Mirrors also add a great amount of function to a home. Especially when placed across from a window, mirrors help reflect light into every corner of your room, and also open up a space by making it seem larger. I think mirrors are a great thing to spend a little extra money on, since they have such a positive effect on a room and don’t have to withstand daily wear and tear of being touched like other items. Buy a mirror you love and it will last a lifetime (as long as you don’t drop it!) Adding a plant is another great way to add some dimension to a home: I love having my fiddle leaf fig tree in a basket, but I also like the non-maintenance of my boxwood topiary (similar here).

Lighting. Having multiple sources of lighting is crucial to having a comfortable and inviting home, especially in the winter when the nights are longer and the days are less bright. According to Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy, a room should have “three unique points of light that vary from bright, concentrated light to soft ambient light”. I would love to get a pair of these brass sconces some day, but since the walls in my apartment are cement in certain places I don’t think it’s exactly practical right now! In the meantime, I think I might treat myself to one of these Robert Abbey lamps, although I’m finding it hard to choose just one color to get! Additionally,  I recommend installing a dimmer switch on the main overhead lights in your living room. I did this last year and was definitely intimidated at first, (because electricity ain’t no laughing matter) but as long as you turn off your breaker box and have a pair of needle-nose pliers and a screwdriver it’s easy. For $13 and five minutes of time you will get completely adjustable ambiance that you can easily uninstall later when you move apartments or houses. It’s definitely one of my favorite adjustments I’ve made in my apartment, and I wish I had done it sooner!

Textiles. Pillows and throws are one area where you can easily choose to splurge or save. On the one hand pillows are a great way to incorporate your favorite (and sometimes expensive) fabrics, since the small yardage makes them cost effective and easily interchangeable. However, if you prefer to spend your money elsewhere you can always find a classic linen or velvet pillow pretty inexpensively in stores, or you can make your own in an afternoon with a couple yards of fabric, a sewing machine, and with an old pillow cover as a pattern. Blankets likewise can easily be excessively expensive, but I find that since they get washed and thrown around so often its not always the best place to spend tons of money. I currently have this herringbone throw, (similar to this blanket, but at 1/10th the price!) which gets the job of napping and movie watching done nicely. I would also love to add in some additional seating in our apartment, and I think this bench would be a perfect choice. I love the grey tufted top paired with the clean metal legs, and I bet it could easily be recovered down the line if need be.

What are you adding to your home in preparation for fall? I’m also on the hunt for a great fall-scented candle, so any recommendations are appreciated! : )


Taryn Crepe Shift: One Dress for Two Seasons

Maeve Taryn Crepe Shift, via Dressed in Orange

Well, it has been a while since I chimed in on the blog, but this dress is simply too good not to share! A couple weeks ago I was looking for a classic knee-length dress, special enough for my birthday dinner and that could also be re-styled and layered through the fall and winter. I also wanted a dress with sleeves since I have so many sundresses in my closet, which hardly get worn since it is perennially chilly here in San Francisco (at night especially). What I ended up finding was this great Taryn Crepe Shift at Anthropologie.

Anthro has a bunch of amazing dresses in store right now, but I chose this one because it is not too short, can be worn loose (but looks great with a belt), and has 3/4 length sleeves so your body isn’t overwhelmed in fabric volume. The dress also has an interesting shape despite being a shift dress, thanks to the front yolk with pleats underneath, and the wide band at the hem which gives some structure to the skirt. I love both the blue and black versions, but after buying both and trying them on at home with good lighting and accessories, I realized the blue is less necessary in my closet than the black, so it went back to the store. (A hard decision, trust me!)

I have ended up wearing this dress out to dinner several times since, and I love that the simple shape and color works with all my favorite accessories: a leopard print belt, green teardrop earrings, and my trustworthy pave link bracelet. I’m also excited by the upcoming cool temps, since I already plan to slip this dress on with polka dot tights, booties, and my new favorite fall scarf.

Please share: have you added any transitional staples to your closet lately? Next on my list are a pair of black knee high boots, to give my treasured brown pair a rest every now and then.  : )

Dark and Stormy: Swimsuits

black one pieces (on sale!), via Dressed in Orange

suits: 1 / 2 / 3

After what has been an uncharacteristically warm June, we have been troubled the past couple days with rain here in the Bay Area. In honor of the less-than-sunny skies, here are a couple swimsuits I’m loving, which aren’t the traditional neon string bikinis of Summer. Not only would these suits be flattering, but I love that their straps aren’t super thick, so you won’t accidentally get crazy tan lines. The best part is, however that you can get a discount on all of these great suits, plus many other clothing items thanks to some super summer sales and deals happening right now!

  • Madewell: pay $60, and you will get $100 to spend on anything in the store with Refinery29’s deal.
  • J. Crew: get 25% off your purchase with code LOVEJCREW
  • Anthropologie: the Anthro summer tag sale means some items are on sale up to 50% right now. You better believe I scooped up that suit, as soon as it was available on backorder!

P.S. I found out that Shopbop is also having a sale, with 25% off all sale items. You can check out their on-sale swim suit selection here.

Summertime Host Gifts

great ideas for summer host gifts, via Dressed in Orange

art book / journal / bottle opener / napkins / apron / cook book / mug / writing book / towels / soap

With summer officially in full swing, it’s nice to have a couple hostess gifts on hand for any impromptu barbecues or seafood boils you might be invited to. Luckily, Anthropologie has a bunch of great items in their Summer Tag Sale right now, sure to be perfect for any of the friends you might be visiting this season.

I like getting a couple of small things to make a themed gift, like:

  • some fresh towels, soap, and seed packets for a friend with a green thumb.
  • loose-leaf tea, adorable mug, and illustrated writing reference book for a budding author.
  • homemade simple syrup and handwritten Rosemary Gin Fizz Recipe, with cocktail napkins and bottle opener for your favorite mixologist.

Have fun dreaming up your own gift combinations, and remember– when in doubt, chocolate is almost always appreciated!

DIY Elastic Hair Ties

DIY Elastic Hair Ties via Dressed In Orange

Anthropologie sells adorable elastic hair ties in fun, seasonal colors and patterns for $12 for only 5 hair ties.  No thanks!  I knew I could easily make these myself at a fraction of the price and only in the colors I want.  I picked out pastels for Spring, and plan to make more as the seasons change.  Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Elastic Hair Ties via Dressed In OrangeFold over elastic, shears, Fray Check

You can make about 4 hair ties with 1 yard of elastic.  You may want to adjust depending on the thickness of your hair and the width of the elastic.

DIY Elastic Hair Ties via Dressed In Orange

With each cut piece of elastic, fold it in half, and make a loose knot.  Pull the knot towards the cut end to secure.  Trim the end by cutting on the bias.  To prevent from fraying, I applied Fray Check to the cut edges. And that’s it!  Probably the easiest DIY project you can do.  I made 16 hair ties in just a few minutes…even while watching TV and snacking.

DIY Elastic Hair Ties via Dressed In Orange


Statement Clutches and Pouches

Statement Clutches, via Dressed in Orange

1 / 2 /3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Although I’m all for practicality and longevity when it comes to my purses, I just can’t resist the look of these brightly patterned statement clutches. Like pieces of candy, carrying your personals in one of these pouches can instantly make an outfit a little bit happier. Fortunately, to make your bank account happier as well, Shopbop has a friends and family sale going on today and tomorrow– enter wearefamily13 at checkout and get 20% off your order!

Colorful Scarves for Spring Days

Spring Scarves, via Dressed in Orange

1. Plein Air Floral Scarf / 2. Olivine Scarf / 3. Popping Petals Scarf

4. H&M Scarf / 5. Tri-tone Pom Scarf / 6. H&M Scarf

7. Oversized Ombre Scarf / 8. H&M Scarf / 9. Striped Scarf

Spring is usually a difficult season to dress for in Northern California. There are chilly mornings and warm afternoons, then breezy and foggy evenings that make it near impossible to appropriately dress for the weather. Layering truly is king around here, and I’m always thankful when I remember to grab a scarf as I run out the door in the morning. Adding a scarf is also my favorite way to update my winter wardrobe– adding a floral or batik scarf to a plain dark sweater updates my look and lengthens the seasonality of my cold-weather clothes. I’m especially loving the first and ninth scarves in this round up– the floral would be so easy to mix with it’s wide variety of colors, and the wide black and white stripes are perfectly on point for spring.

Do you have a favorite spring scarf? Share it in the comments!


Nifty Under $50- Rising Falling Blouse

Happy Memorial Day readers! As the unofficial start of summer, I am excited to start pulling out more of my white clothes in preparation for the hot months to come. That’s not to say I relegate my white clothes to only the weeks between Memorial and Labor day, but it definitely feels more appropriate to wear white jeans in June, rather than October.

This inspired to to find another nifty under $50 piece, the Rising Falling Blouse by Deletta. The vintage inspired crochet placket and smocked waist make the shirt look and feel effortless, pairing easily with navy shorts and sandals, or jeans and flats for cooler days. This top has jumped onto my short list of summer items to purchase, and at only $40 (on sale at Anthropologie) I’m excited to pick it up tomorrow during my and Robin’s shopping trip in Carlsbad.

Have fun shopping!


Color of the Month – Indigo

May’s Color of the Month is Indigo.
Here’s some pieces we’ve picked out:
Burberry Pintuck silk-satin blouse $295 on Net-A-Porter. American Apparel Unisex Tri-Blend Short Sleeve Deep V-Neck $22. Anthropologie Hushed Season Shift $98. Marc by Marc Jacobs Totally Turnlock Derbi Mini Crossbody Bag $119. J. Crew Patent Oval-buckle skinny belt $19.50. BDG Quilted Checkbook with Pocket Wallet $18 at Urban Outfitters.
I love Indigo and I think it’s such a flattering color on so many people. This blue/purple mix can look both casual and dressy.  The Anthropologie shift dress shown above looks like a great buy for the summer. A cotton dress so easy to style that looks chic and effortless is a Summer staple. You don’t have to buy one for a hundred dollars, but I think it’s a go-to garment every girl should have in her closet for those hot summer days.

I love the Prevailing Winds Tank (another piece from Anthropologie).  It’s a great top for these Spring and Summer season. I tried it on in the store and it is a really flattering cut. The cinched waist that sits at the true waist instead of at the empire waist looks super stylish. I think this tank would look great with a cute cropped cardigan.
Have fun shopping!

Mise en Scène – Alice in Wonderland

We’re introducing a new series here at Dressed In Orange called Mise en Scène. Mise en scène refers to the design aspects of a film or stage production. It can refer to the set, lighting, costumes, props, etc.  We want to bring fashions and themes from the movies into your closet and everyday wardrobe.

To kick-start the series, we have Alice in Wonderland.  I was inspired by watching Tim Burton’s live-action Alice this past weekend. Alice in Wonderland (the books, the Disney movie, everything!) is a definite childhood favorite and I will never grow tired of anything Wonderland.

I wanted to keep in style with the more iconic and whimsical pieces of the film, but with some modern flair.

Black bow Tasha headband $38 at Nordstrom, Bunny stud earrings $42 at Juicy Couture, Kimchi Blue Chiffon dress $58 at Urban Outfitters, Who’s the Fairest Mirror $148 at Anthropologie, Romantic Cluster Clock necklace $28 at Urban Outfitters, Juicy Couture mini charm bracelet $38.90 (on sale) at Nordstrom, Inge Christopher blush evening cluth $112 at Lori’s, N.Y.L.A. Mary Jane flat $79.95 (on sale) at

Post your Alice style suggestions!

Have fun shopping!