Believe in Burgundy

Burgundy. It’s the must-have color this fall. It’s also one of my favorite trends… which might have something to do with the fact that it aligns so closely with the maroon of my beloved alma mater, Texas A&M. Yes, it’s perfect for football season! :)

Nina Garcia calls burgundy “the new black”. Even though I don’t plan on replacing the black staples in my wardrobe, after seeing these chic outfits I totally agree that burgundy is a fantastic addition for fall. Not only is it easy to pair with other neutrals; white, navy, beige, black and gray, but its rich hue will add a touch of boldness to  your fall outfit.

Keep scrolling for burgundy inspiration below. My favorite look is the cozy burgundy cape paired with leopard loafers and stacked bracelets. Which one’s yours?

Burgundy Jacket - Fall 2012 Trend

Cheyenne Meets Chanel

burgundy and leopard from la dolce vita blog

La Dolce Vita

maroon jacket - Fall 2012 Trend - BurgundyC’est la vie

Burgundy peplum top - oxblood fall 2012 trend

Mary Fashionbirds

maroon sequined clutch  The Fashion Pulse

maroon outfit via cupcakes & cashmere

cupcakes and cashmere

So call it what you like; maroon, burgundy, wine or even oxblood… I’m thanking the fashion world because it’s the perfect trend for us Aggie girls (and anyone else who happens to support maroon!). So go ahead and stock-up on game day attire. There are so many great maroon blazers, jeans and handbags to choose from this season.

Here are a few items on my wish list for fall… they’d all look great with an Aggie ring!

Maroon out - Texas A&M Aggie Gameday Style from One Charming Life

Sources: Aggie Ring photo by Doug Klembara~ Mini MAC Handbag by Rebecca Minkoff ~ Runway Watch by Michael Kors ~ Personalized Texas A&M iPhone Cover from Then Comes Paper ~ Chanel Nail Polish from All Lacquered Up ~ Paige Tall Riding Boots by Frye ~ Burberry Brit Check Scarf from Polyvore.

 Of course, I’ll be supporting the maroon and white as we take on Arkansas this weekend. Who will you be cheering for?

Gig ’em Aggies!

XO, Mariel

Color-Blocked Books

Color-blocking has been popping up all over the fashion world. I love this playful trend, and there’s no reason why we should limit it to our wardrobes. If stacking an outfit with bold hues makes a fashion-forward statement, why not try it in our homes as well?

Color-blocking a bookshelf is a quick and easy way to update your living space. Pairing together blocks of colorful books with neutral furniture can make a huge visual impact in any room. Take our living room for example…

Color blocked books via One Charming Life

Before the switch, our bookshelves were a tad chaotic but full of hidden potential. Grouping the books by color livened up the space and brightened up our simple white walls. I love the fact that these everyday items are now a vibrant part of our decor.

Color-Coded Bookshelf via One Charming Life #ColorBlock

Want to give it a try?

Here are a few tips on color-blocking your shelves…

  • Make sure your furniture and surrounding decor is simple and neutral so that you don’t overdo it. Neutrals like white, grey, brown or black will help tie your ‘ensemble’ together.
  • A rainbow of colors simply doesn’t work in every space. Be selective in choosing which books (and colors) you’ll display; edit your shelves just as you’d edit an outfit.
  • Bright-colored books contrasted against neutral shelves will add a vibrant pop to your décor.
  • If you’d like a more low-key look, try mixing different hues of the same color. For example, group together sky blue, royal blue and navy colored books in a room with blue decor.
  • Opposites attract. Don’t be afraid to mix bold colors! (See the pink and red books in Candace Bushnell’s apartment below…)

And a few beautiful examples for inspiration…

Annabelle Kerslake via Design Sponge

Modern pops of color mixed with antiques in Annabelle Kerslake’s charming Australian home {sneak peek via Design Sponge}.

John and Tyke Colorful Bookshelf via Apartment Therapy

Books transform this wall into a dynamic focal point {Jon & Tyke’s Modern Cabin via Apartment Therapy}.

Cynthia Rowley's Manhattan Apartment - pink books via Elle Decor

Designer Susan Forristal styled this simple shelf into a playful masterpiece in Candace Busnell’s Manhattan apartment {via Elle Decor}.

Will you be trying this trend in your home?

Love it or leave it – let me know below! XO, Mariel