Guest Post by Marlene M. Kristoff
Style at a Certain Age Saturday guest editor Marlene M. Kristoff shares luxury retail, Home, and design ideas.
Fall means different things to each of us…yet her beauty unites us all! Colors, textures, smells…our senses reawaken with each season, thankfully!! Yes, each season brings universal images, yet personal memories spike many, many, more!! What does October mean to you…your loved ones…OMG!! So much!!
Let’s visit Happy Fall times…apple picking, baking, cider, pumpkin carving, tailgate parties, football games, homecomings, Oktoberfest, and long-planned Weddings!! The scent of fireplaces ablaze, leaves burning and chestnuts roasting evoke so much!! How lovely it is to reminisce and look forward to new memories we create each day!
Art brings this season to life with French Impressionist James Tissot’s October 1878
The Seasons anchor our lives…Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter creating a rhythm in Art, Music, pour tout la monde! Oh, how we love each one! Of course, we do have our favorites!! Which is yours? Mine…Spring and Fall!! I am a romantic at heart!!
Whether we live in New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Florida, or California…or perhaps England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, China, or Uganda, each season holds special memories, similar in so many ways!! Each is sooo very personal!! I am blessed to have friends and loved ones all over the world! They keep my eyes, senses, and heart open – I trust!!
For me, October Fall Beauty brings childhood memories of Ohio. Smelling and raking colorful leaves into little rooms on our front lawn, my budding interior creativity 0n action… Temperatures were dropping, and everyone bundling up in sweaters, shawls, and throws to prevent a little chill at many, many, many football games!
In San Francisco, we certainly know how to layer!! Mark Twain’s famously attributed quote is repeated often: “The coldest winter I ever spent was my summer in San Francisco.” Tourists, believing all of California is warm, come in shorts, sans sweaters! Inevitably, they are searching for “layers” to keep warm! September and October are our “Summer”…yet a combination of the “Fall” that most of the country – world is experiencing. Cashmere, wool challis, down vests, and jackets are wrapped and layered mornings and evenings during fog, while daytime temps reach highs!!
Fall inspires new collections by designers of Ready to Wear, as well as Home Interiors. Change is good and fun! Sometimes entire rooms are created with new Fall color schemes, while others are simply accessorized with Fall’s palette of oranges, caramels, golds, and sages. Every shade imaginable in-between creates comfort, love and prepares for upcoming Happy Halloween and Thanksgiving!
Italian Family Fashion House Missoni carries on the geometric classicism and comfort created originally for
knitwear in 1953 by Ottavio (“Tai”) and Rosita Missoni. Clothing, Décor, and Home concepts are beautifully crafted and wildly colorful. What beautiful traditional design…and yet so very modern.
Ghosts and Goblins inhabit our homes for Fall.
The famed Ghost Chair is one of French genius Philippe Starck's most iconic designs. Now a classic,
it is a sophisticated Louis XV style in crystalline or lightly colored polycarbonate: stable, durable, weather-resistant, and stackable. How chic and practical…beautiful in any room in the world! They are authentic, made in Italy by Kartell, quite chic around a modern table, traditional skirted table, at a desk or alone! Recently, I assisted a client with a set of four for her eclectic home-condo design – joy!
As you know, I love authenticity…the real thing, whenever possible. As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, it is wonderful to seek the perfect, authentic gift. It is not too soon! Birthdays continue… (my dear baby sister’s included.) Gifting is forever on my brain and in my heart. Let’s prepare…
Until next Saturday…enjoy Fall Beauty for yourself, your loves – and your Home!! xoxo MMK
Guest Editor Marlene M. Kristoff
is the Founder and CEO of Style at a Certain Age. She writes Sundays-Fridays on all topics ranging from fashion, health, wellness, home design and more.
She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
Beth, I’ve followed and enjoyed your posts for a couple years. Your recent format change has been difficult for me to read. The typeset is so small. I do have vision issues. Am I the only person who’s commented on this issue? Thank you.
I agree, not as easy to read. I enjoyed the earlier blog, it was easier to read, more personal and not so commercial.
thanks for your feedback. curious as to what commercial and more personal means? only the blog format has changed not the writing so i’m confused.
thanks for the feedback, Lila. the font is too small? or would a darker font be easier to read?
I wish for a fireplace like the old fashioned ones my older relatives had. These modern day fireplaces are just not the same. Beautiful photos! We don’t get color very much on the Coast but we have a few things that show reds and yellows. I will haul out my warm boots and sweaters and pray I get to wear them a few times. At least.
the gas fireplaces are convenient but i have to agree that there was something special about fireplaces that needed a bit of elbow grease to get get it going.
Thank you Beth, it light up my Saturday!!
I love Fall and winter.
I lived in Marco Island Florida and unfurtionally
We do not have neither one.
I love summer also and we have plenty of that
Than you again and have a nice Saturday
isn’t fall the best time of year?! such vibrant colors and things start to slow down a bit.
Hi Beth and readers – I have to agree with the other comments. The posts do seem to have more advertisements and do seem a little less personal and difficult to follow. I thought it was just me but i think it is just a different style of blogging with topics that are just not as relevant to my personal lifestyle.
thanks for the feedback, Johanna. but i’m curious as to why you think the posts are different? nothing has changed since i have only discussed outfits of the day since the new format was introduced. can you believe the ads have decreased? so i’m a bit confused. maybe you can shed some light on this topic. thanks so much!
I do agree with Lila & Carolyn. The font is so small and faint, it’s difficult to read. However, the photos are beautiful! Love your posts.
font size can be changed. thanks for the feedback.
Oh my goodness Beth! My neighbors across the street – twins- and I raked leaves into rooms in my backyard every fall! I had no idea anyone else did this! My sweet Daddy would delay taking and bagging all the leaves until we were finished with our “houses.” Thank you for this memory! It’s been awhile!
Hi Beth, I do like to see the fall colours or Autumn as we say here in England but that’s as far as it goes. For me it means cold and winter in drawing in, it starts to go dark early so cozy nights by the fireside curtains closed isn’t for me I’m afraid. I’m a 365 days sunshine girl, I think that’s why I enjoy it when we’ve been to Florida as its day after day of sunshine, if it does rain its still warm. I don’t mind if it’s cold, frosty and sunshining but the rain and damp miserable mist no, that’s what we tend to get a lot of in the part of England we live so my mood gets very low and being muffled up in winter clothes isn’t for me. So I can’t wait for the Spring. Have a great weekend xoxo
completely get it! the weather does affect our mood especially when we’re deprived of the sun and vitamin D.
hangeth thou in there.
I miss the early days of your posts. Can’t read the new format very well. And nobody put outfits together like you. Don’t need more stuff to buy but do need inspiration from such a talented lady.
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