Falling For Purple

The morning air’s getting nippy. The leaves are losing their green-ness and will soon be showing off their just-this-side-of-neon colors. The sunshine, sadly, is taking more time off from work each day.

Fall is here…

I’m already missing the summer sweetness of cherry tomatoes, having to water my potted plants every other night, and the shhhh-shhhhh-shhhhhhhh sound of our back yard sprinklers doing their thing at 4:45 a.m. each morning. Perhaps the biggest bummer? Having to put my ever-so-cute, worn-every-single-day-this-summer, $37-from-Macy’s wedge sandals in storage for six months. And before ya know it, the tops of my hands will take on that extra-unattractive reptilian quaility.

And like every year about this time, I’ll try to be all sophisticated by experimenting with some reds (Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir), only to return to my Chardonnay ways. And here’s an annual dilemma: The Turtleneck. Do I wear it with high self-esteem whilst it successfully hides my dough-ey neck, or do I wear it with plummeting self confidence as I look even shorter of stature, and more neck-less. (An Audrey Hepburn neck God did not give me.) And I bet you anything I’ll make a few returns to J Crew, Banana and the like. Because inevitably a sweater/dress will be all comfy and cozy in the dressing room, but when I get it home, it’ll itch like h*ll.

But enough about me.

Here’s what’s coming, soon, to all of us. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves will dominate the spice aisle at the grocery store. If you love corn mazes, brewfests, tailgating and raking leaves, you’ll be one happy camper. (But don’t literally go camping. Eww and Brrrr.) If you’re a pumpkin pie/apple crisp connoisseur, your life’s about to get really sweet. And mark my words: by mid October (mid October!!!) , Macy’s will be decking their halls with too many tinsel-ey wreaths, gaudy plastic bells and cheap red-ribboned bows.

What would the change of seasons be without a little retail therapy? (Answer: depressing.) In Style and The Today Show told me of a few must-haves for this post- Autumnal Equinox (try saying that five times really fast) time of year.

So here goes ~

Everything’s coming up PURPLE! As in plum, berry, cassis, burgundy, grape, Sacramento Kings, maroon, lilac and eggplant.

And evidently PEPLUMS are user-friendly to us all, no matter our shape, size or silhouette…


I guess METALLIC is a big deal. As in, like, the whole outfit.

(I think I’ll pass, and leave the shiny stuff to my {limited} jewels, the silver in my hair, and my old teeth fillings.)


And it looks like PATTERN will prevail. As in stripes, animal, paisley, polka dot, florals, geometrics. All together. At one time.

(Hmmm…. You go right ahead. Because I don’t think I have the nerve.)


Now here’s what I really love ~ from the necklace to the colors to the jeans to the shoes. I like everything about her look (except that I can tell she’s an under-40-year-old brat). Whatttttever…


Don’t you think the “-ber” months of 2012 are going to be fun?

Don’t you think this blog post is a bastion of fall fashion-forward fabulosity? Uhhhh…no.

But I sure had fun pretending.




9 Responses to Falling For Purple
  1. Krista
    October 1, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    This one had me laughing out LOUD….soo funny! I just love you prospective on things. Hang tight Fall won’t be sooo bad….right! You forgot all the annoying holidays…maybe that’s your next topic of blogging….Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.
    Happy FALL..LOL

    • jodie
      October 1, 2012 | 6:48 pm

      LOL… I’m not eeeeven going to get into the whole annoying holiday thing, Krista.

  2. Sharon McDonald DeHayes
    October 1, 2012 | 6:21 pm

    Claudia hooked me up with your blog (buds from the Springville and Porterville days). Your blog is delightful – you are a gifted writer.

    • jodie
      October 1, 2012 | 6:44 pm

      Thanks for reading, Sharon. Yes, Sis told me you two had reconnected! The goodness of Facebook, I say…

  3. Wavy Davy
    October 1, 2012 | 6:29 pm

    You forgot the best purple…..LAKERS baby

    • jodie
      October 1, 2012 | 6:44 pm

      Dave ~ Are you kidding me? I wouldn’t “soil” my blog with the mention of their name! :)

  4. Julia Myers
    October 1, 2012 | 7:42 pm

    Oh quit, Dad said it was 99 there today! Come to Kentucky and experience Fall how God intended… beautiful colors, chilly weather, SEC football, and Keeneland! miss you.

  5. Nancy Buckner
    October 1, 2012 | 11:57 pm

    Jodie, once again you’ve hit the nail on the head. I love purple and you know it goes perfect with this almost silver hair! Some said I was crazy, some said it was too soon, but I’m so happy I let my hair grow out to its natural color! Now at the ripe young age of 58, if I could just motivate myself to walk in the doors of GRRC, this growing older would be much more fun!! I LOVE your blog that all of we “boomers” can relate to!! Please please give our best to Chuck!!

    • jodie
      October 2, 2012 | 8:11 am

      Nancy, if my gray/silver/sparklies looked as wonderful as yours do, I’d go natural too. You’re a lucky boomer!

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