It's the Fall Colors wrap-up (aka Fall Colors Part 3!). I had fun shopping my closet for pieces I have that are close to the 2017 Fall color trends. I decided to accessorize with the last three colors: Autumn Maple, Golden Lime, and Grenadine. (I always love the names and would love to have the job of creating color names!) In addition to featuring the new colors from the palette in this post, I'm including a photo from the colors featured in the two previous 2017 Fall color trends posts. Before we move to the color inspirations, let's take another look at the Pantone 2017 top ten Fall color trends.… View Post

Downloadable Dez & Dot Color Wheel Cheat Sheet (This post first published August 2016) I need a color stylist! I am not a naturally colorful dresser. A glance into my closet reveals  mostly sections of white, gray, and black (I group my  clothes by type and color, e.g., tank tops in one section grouped by color, long sleeved tops in another grouped by color, so it’s pretty easy to figure out what colors I gravitate to). I’ve been trying to branch out – challenge my comfort zone and add some colors that I would have never considered a few years ago. I find that when I wear the right colors,… View Post

Welcome to Fall Colors Part 2! The Pantone top ten colors 2017 fall colors are influenced by the colors shown by fashion designers during New York Fashion Week. This year Pantone added London Fashion Week to their seasonal report, so there are actually two color palettes this season. My fall color exploration focuses on the New York palette, but we may as well take a look at the London palette too. Never hurts to be informed! “There is a commonality between the colors we are seeing on the runway in New York and London.” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “However, individuality is evident and we… View Post

It's fall! No disputing it now. And it's time to explore fall colors and embrace a new palette. It's always fun to see what the "new" colors are each season. Fall isn't my favorite season, but I have to admit that by the time we are fully into fall (it's October, so it's time!), I'm kind of ready to hang up my summer hues and jump into a deeper color palette. It's interesting to peek into the Pantone top ten colors each season. Adding a piece or two in the new colors can give new life to your wardrobe. But I bet that if you look into your closet, you'll… View Post

I mentioned last week that we were heading out for our annual trip to the Monterey Jazz Festival. There are many wonderful things to experience on that weekend, not the least of which is the music. But a highlight of my visit each year is doing a little shopping at my favorite festival boutique, Gerie's Fashion Closet. (Check out my Monterey Musings post from our Monterey Jazz Festival trip last year - and what I bought from Gerie.) This year I found a fun accessory, Dona Bela Shreds, and although I felt a bit hesitant to leap into this "trend setting" look, I decided to be bold and give it… View Post

It's a perfect time of year for turquoise and black. Here we are. The in-between season. We aren't ready turn our backs on summer quite yet (at least I'm not), and the turquoise and black combination is a fun way to transition from summer to fall. I used to think of turquoise two ways: A summer color A color to wear with white But . . . neither of those is true. Hallelujah! We have choices. We can wear color when we want to wear it. We can pair colors that we used to think we couldn't. (Interested in pushing your envelope a little color-wise? Check out my post, Be… View Post

Coat season is just over the horizon. It has me thinking a lot about my pink coat - maybe I should say my pink statement coat. I happened upon this hot pink coat in a boutique in the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg about eight years ago. It was on sale for a "can't pass it up" price. It was one of those things. You know those things. The thing that isn't on any list of "needs" or "must haves" or even remotely on your radar. And then . . . there it is! It's a must have! Thinking about wool coats when we are still experiencing summer weather is… View Post

I love leopard print shoes, especially leopard print loafers. I consider them a staple of my shoe wardrobe. If I don't have at least one pair, it feels like an important style piece is missing. Oh, and I use them as a neutral accessory staple. "Leopard print is neutral???!!!" you may be saying to yourself. Yep. It is a fun print that you can incorporate into a variety of outfits and mix with almost any color. Check out a few looks that I styled here (and a few I borrowed - see my note below). I hope you feel inspired to have some fun and try incorporating leopard into your… View Post

I spotted a  white kimono duster during a summer shopping trip at Uniqlo. I was attracted to it for two reasons. One: It was on sale for $19.99. Two: I had swimwear on my mind because my girls weekend was just a few weeks away and it seemed like a great swimsuit cover-up. I've seen the kimono duster look online usually styled with casual jeans, pants, or shorts (on younger gals), and it intrigued me. It was a bit out of my comfort zone, but it's fun to push our own fashion envelopes now and then. So I took it home. The kimono duster has now been hanging in my… View Post

This blue gingham jacket was an impulse purchase. I wasn't looking for a blue gingham jacket. Truthfully, I bought it to use in a photo for my post about what to wear with summer dresses when evenings cool down, and then I was going to return it. But there was something about it . . . and I decided to keep it. You've seen it before. As I mentioned, I used it in the summer dress photo. I think it was a fun pairing with the gingham print jacket and fine striping on the dress. Now that the gingham jacket is hanging in my closet, I've been wondering how I… View Post