Fall Roundup: Clothes, Shows, Shoes & More

I meant to get this post out much earlier this month but well, it’s September and my head is spinning. Better late than never.

Even though we are halfway through it, I love the month of September to reconnect with friends after the summer, get back in a routine with the kids – backpacks and lunches and schedules, etc. – and then there’s the weather which is wonderful.

Here are a few things to buy, watch, read, and explore this Fall.

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Happy weekend. -Mary Pat

Essential Cashmere Cardigan

I bought one of these WHITE + WARREN cashmere sweaters out of necessity in the gift shop at a conference in Sea Island (why are conference rooms always so cold?) but I ended up falling in love with it because of its quality and versatility.

Case in point – it works over a dress at a conference, transcends all seasons and settings (cold buildings in the summer, over a top with pants at work in the Fall and Winter, on an airplane, in church, etc.) and comes in basic colors that go with lots of different outfits. You can also throw it in your purse or work bag in case you need it. They are not making any bold fashion statements but are very useful when you need something neutral & good quality.

Cotton Mini Trapeze Cardigan – this one is cotton (not itchy) and so comfortable
Essential Cashmere Tee – great for when you can’t be bothered to wear anything besides black pants.
Cashmere Ramona Mesh Sweatshirt – cute with jeans or even yoga pants
Cashmere Air Spun Ribbed Open Cardigan – so cozy for home on the weekends
Cashmere Plush Rib Beenie – Because you are going to need a hat sooner than you think.
Everyone needs a Black leather pencil skirt in the Fall.
The Vampire’s Wife — The Black Rainbow polka dot tulle midi skirt – you could wear this with a black turtleneck and tall boots too.

STAUD Suede Wally Boots – can’t wait to wear these with dresses and skirts.

Great price point for suede boots ($495).

Velvet Mary Jane Pumps — I don’t normally wear this style of shoe but I think these will be great with tights and a dress/skirt as an alternative to boots or leather pants.

Classic Ultra Mini Suede Boots – Try as you might, there is nothing that can ever replace the Ugg in the Fall. School drop offs, quick run to the grocery store, and even early morning soccer games or just milling around the house – Uggs are the best. I love this updated Ultra Mini version.

Staud Short Boots and Staud Ankle Boots

Pair this North Face Vest with your Uggs for the perfect Fall weekend uniform.
Rosantica Fatale Illusione crystal-embellished satin pouch – I love this sparkly bag to wear with all black.
Gucci Shoulder Bags – I love these new little Gucci Shoulder bags – the straps are cute and the color combinations are fun.
Gucci Shoulder Bags

Sienna 24K Gold Plated Bracelet – love this one too. You might need a second one to make it a pair.

MAKEUP FOR BUSY PEOPLE – These are the BlueMercury recommendations for easy makeup routines, especially for busy people which we all are. Right now you can get 20% off if you spend $200 or more with the code HAPPY20.

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara – a Blue Mercury best seller, this is an “all-in-one mascara that delivers endless length, intense volume and sky-high lift for extreme, dramatic lashes.”
Caution Extreme Lash Mascara– Impressive before and after
RoGlow Skin Stick Highlighter – A multitasking luminous highlighting balm infused with nourishing skincare benefits. 

FALL SHOWS – So many movies and shows to check out this Fall!

Season 5 of UNFORGOTTEN, a show on PBS that I love, just premiered this month. It is all about cold cases and their investigations. There are several story lines and I love how they all play out and come together in the end to solve the case. There is a new cast member this season – the jury is definitely out on how I feel about her but it makes for good TV. (And don’t forget you can find a list of all my favorite PBS shows here.).
The reviews from “Maestro” starring Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan are in and they are good. It tells the story of the famous composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
“Maestro is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, Maestro at its core is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love.”
Maestro starts playing in select theaters in November before it begins streaming December 20 on Netflix.
Amazon Prime has released a preview of their upcoming limited series “Expats”.

“An adaptation of the best-selling novel The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee about a group of wealthy expats in Hong Kong, the six-episode show marks The Farewell director’s television debut. Set in 2014 Hong Kong, the series follows Margaret (Kidman), Hilary, and Mercy, three American women whose lives cross paths in the wake of Margaret’s youngest son’s disappearance.”
Expatriates: A Novel – the Prime series is based on this bestselling book from 2016.
SALTBURN: This is either going to be great or terrible. I am hopeful that it will be the former because the Director of this film is the same person who directed Promising Young Woman, which I loved (Oscar winner for best screenplay in 2021 – go back and watch it if you never saw it).

The storyline is “…a young Oxford University student who finds himself drawn into the world of a charming aristocrat who invites him to his family’s sprawling estate.” I hate knowing too much about a film before I watch it so that is as far as I’ve gotten but so far I like what I see. It will be released just in time for Thanksgiving on November 24.

Rosamund Pike (above) also stars in the film.

DYING to see Merrily We Roll Along – Premiering September 19 at the Hudson Theatre in NYC starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, and Lindsay Mendez. (This is the same theatre where I saw Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in Plaza Suite – the theatre is so beautiful and historic.

“Spanning three decades in the entertainment business, Merrily We Roll Along charts the turbulent relationship between composer Franklin Shepard and his two lifelong friends — writer Mary and lyricist & playwright Charley. An inventive cult-classic ahead of its time, Merrily We Roll Along features some of Stephen Sondheim’s most celebrated and personal songs.

“The story of how a composer’s idealism and friendships were corrupted by success is told backwards, starting with the disillusioned present and ending with their optimistic college years…”

Built in 1903, The Hudson Theatre is Broadway’s oldest theatre.

CBK:  A Life in Fashion And finally, this beautiful book is coming out this Fall. I have already placed my pre-order on Amazon. Get yours here.

CBK: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy: A Life in Fashion: “Long blonde hair, an iconic red lip, and effortless style—all signatures of fashion icon Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Carolyn used fashion as her medium. She hadn’t found her voice yet in front of the camera as Mrs. Kennedy, so she let her fashion speak to the world for her. With her attention to detail, strict color palette, and unique, unidentifiable looks with the brand labels deliberately removed, she was the essence of class—no label would ever define her. She didn’t choose to abide by the typical patrician standard expected from a woman of her position who had married into a family dynasty; instead, she did the unexpected and wore her revolutionary clothes with aplomb, confidence, and grace.”

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