I’m very excited to share these photos with you all. Mata Traders contacted me recently to see if I’d like to remix some items from their Fall ’13 collection. I couldn’t possibly refuse! Mata Traders is one of my favorite clothing brands. They combine two things I love so dearly: beautiful design and fair trade business practices. They sent me their Moonrise Dress in chartreuse and Darling Doily necklace in blue. Both are absolutely adorable and I had so much fun styling them. And since October is Fair Trade Month, it’s only appropriate that I feature some great fair trade clothing on the blog! Check out their full Fall line here. Everything is gorgeous! Lots of classic silhouettes and creative design elements.
Arthur and I took these photos at the beautiful Fort Baker on the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge, an old military base that’s been around since the mid 19th century, with most existing buildings being a little over a hundred years old. The fort is now home to the wonderful Cavallo Point Resort and Spa, among other things. And it’s right next to one of my favorite decaying lighthouses, Lime Point, which very few people know about, since it’s right under the Golden Gate Bridge. Arthur and I like to bring Odo to the hotel grounds for walks. He’s pretty popular with the hotel staff. But this time we had to leave the pup at home.
Even though it’s still pretty warm in the Bay Area, our real Fall will be setting in soon, and I have my tall socks and cable-knit sweaters at the ready. I thought this navy sweater and these oatmeal socks would go great with the dress for a more casual look. Once it gets colder, I can go for tights and a slip instead of socks, but right now, these work perfectly. Plus, I love how they look with my saddle heels.
I’ve found that this dress works with all heel heights. I went for a slightly shorter heel with this outfit, added my favorite schoolboy blazer, and the aforementioned Darling Doily necklace, and came out with the perfect Northern Californian Fall outfit!
Also, you can see my beloved Lime Point light station to the left of the big rock in the first picture of this outfit.
I used some old standbys for this outfit. My jewelry choice was very delicate (two strands of Zulugrass fair trade necklaces) to counteract the boldness of my four-inch heels and crisp blazer. I have to talk about this blazer too, because it’s one of the first vintage finds I ever made, and I love it dearly. It’s a gabardine from the 1940s. I was told initially that it was a wartime blazer, but the number of buttons and presence of decorative pockets make me think it could be postwar. Or it may have been made before rationing was imposed on the garment industry. Either way, it’s one of my favorite vintage pieces I own, and I think it looks great with this dress.
And that’s definitely a dandelion behind my ear in the third picture of this outfit.
Also, when we were trying to find a place to take photos of the sweater outfit earlier on in this post, Arthur said he sensed something interesting over by one of the old military buildings. We rounded a corner to find this coyote napping under a tree. Arthur has a talent for spotting wildlife. I don’t know how he does it!