Patchwork Stripes // OOTD

If you truly look & you truly believe, you just might find tidbits of fall in San Diego. It's not an easy feat. It's more like a scavenger hunt. If you keep your eyes open & constantly alert, you may spot some multicolored fallen leaves. 

patchwork stripes

patchwork stripes
Dress: Foxcroft Collection* (exact) // Shoes: Nina (similar) // Purse: Givenchy (similar) // Necklaces: Ralph Lauren (similar), Forever 21 (similar) // Earrings: Unknown (similar) // Sunglasses: O by Oscar de la Renta (similar

You'll see more seasonal produce at the farmers market like pumpkins, Brussels sprouts, persimmons, & grapes. You might catch me sipping on a hot pumpkin spiced latte even though it's 80°F outside. You may even have a few days with temperatures under 60°F.

patchwork stripes

Because of the moderate nature of fall, it's vital to have a versatile wardrobe. This Patchwork Stripe Dress from Foxcroft Collection* is already one of my favorite dresses for the season. I've worn it to a business meeting, drinks with my girlfriend, date night with Fred, & out & about for Sunday errands. 

patchwork stripes

patchwork stripes

I usually don't rave on about a dress but I am 100% pleased. The dress is buttery soft & completely comfortable. The small slit & the belt leave me feeling slightly sexy but still professional. This is a dress that I can honestly say I feel confident & powerful in, & that's exactly how clothes should make you feel. 

patchwork stripes

As a human being with Internet access (aka information at your fingertips, perfectly curated Instagram feeds, millions of online resources, magazines, & blogs to browse), it's always nice to feel confident in yourself. 

patchwork stripes

bow heels

That's why I said "the hell with it." I shut down the computer, stopped hacking away at the post I was working on, & begged Fred to venture outside with me. We traveled to the park & savored the glory of the nature around us. The leaves. The plants. The air. The sun.

patchwork stripes

It's exhilarating to have moments like that, where you simply shake things up a bit, switch gears, & temporarily quit the World Wide Web. Speaking of switching things up; fun fact: these heels are from my junior prom from about nine years ago. It was the very first time I danced with Fred. It was the first time I wore them since that fateful night.

What do you think of this outfit? How is your season going? :]

* Disclaimer: Foxcroft Collection provided the Patchwork Stripe Dress as PR samples. All opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure here. :]

42 comments

  1. Lovely dress. And those shoes, 9 years? Girl talk about timeless pieces. Plus I think you've been taking care of them well.

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  2. such a pretty dress and so versatile! I would imagine this could work with white trainers, tights and boots, flat sandals, so many combos! love it and you're looking amazing :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  3. These are beautiful photos! I love the location and the dress is so pretty. Love the story about your heels too!
    I am so jealous that you're in San Diego - I would love to be there right now!
    Julia x
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  4. Mes Voyages à ParisOctober 24, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    I love your blog!! :)

    xx

    Mónica Sors

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  5. Nice outfit, you look amazing <3
    xoxo Dunja-BSBP

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  6. Such a cute outfit! :D The dress pattern is amazing!
    Xoxo ❤
    EVENING BREEZE

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  7. your shoes are killing..so beautiful to me and the dress is great.. Good on you girl.


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  8. What a cute dress!

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  9. That print is super lovely on you. Also loving the details on your heels!

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  10. What a beautiful setting! The striped print of this dress is really lovely and chic; the perfect mixture of smart and casual :)


    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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  11. Beautiful dress babe! Love the print and you've styled it to perfection. Have a lovely week xo, sharon

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  12. Beautiful outfit! Love your style!

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  13. Great dress! I love how you've dressed it up here, but I can see it working just as well with white Converse! Versatile pieces are always so great to have. x

    Kate Louise Blogs / Lingerie Giveaway

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  14. Oooh I absolutely love this dress - shirt dresses are one of my favourite things to wear :)
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  15. I love this outfit and all the pretty details! Stunning location, it looks blissful there, the kind of Indian summer autumn we dream of here in the UK haha! Even though it's fall, I'm still yearning for the sunshine :D

    P.S Just wondered if you might be interested! I am currently giving away the Too Faced Grande Cafe Gingerbread palette :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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  16. Looking gorgeous! I love your little bag! xx

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  17. This is such a great look! I am loving the San Diego version of "fall" haha! Great post :)
    xx Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

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  18. I have a similar patchwork dress and it's one of my favorites. Such a cool print

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  19. Beautiful, that dress looks great on you!

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  20. Ah yes I would miss the seasons, even when i lived in Seattle I missed the traditional 4 seasons, in Seattle I felt like that there were 2 the rainy season and the dry season. And yes that is a perfect dress for light fall weather.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    www.allienyc.com

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  21. Great shirt dress! This is so pretty on you. I love the pattern.

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

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  22. I haven't worn them in practically 9 years, so they've maintained themselves. :]

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  23. I agree. I desperately need some white trainers, Pam!!! :]

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  24. Aw thanks Julia. Come visit San Diego. It's lovely here. :]

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  25. Thanks Gabrielle! I totally agree. :]

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  26. I've never really experience "seasons," so all I have is SoCal to compare it to. I don't know if I'd love living in a traditional 4 seasons place. :]

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  27. This was the most fall-esque place I could find around here. :]

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  28. Agreed. Need some white sneakers immediately. :]

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  29. Beautiful style and beautiful dress! Stunning !

    x Alix N,
    @ www.acommonobsession.com

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  30. Beautiful photos, I love the dress x

    Ellé | www.ellesimpson.co.uk

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  31. Love that pretty dress! Looking lovely in it!! :)

    And those peep-toe heels.. so cute! :)

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