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Posted by rachel on August 29 at 10:47 am
Rachels Fall Favorites

Rachel's Fall Favorites

Well, it’s about that time of year again; school is almost back in session and the nights are made of a crisp, damp breeze. Personally, autumn is my favorite season. Although I’m usually a bit reluctant to believe that summer has basically passed, the thought of sweaters and boots makes it all worthwhile. Here in Michigan, autumn is sometimes far too short of a season, chilling the air enough for our first snow before Halloween! It’s just enough time to break in your fall wardrobe, but leave you longing for it again the next year. With the first peeks of fall fashion on the newsstands, I thought it would be fun to tell you what I’m excited about this year!

First of all, it seems to me that “fashion” has finally come into its own terms. (Or maybe I have finally come to my own terms with “fashion!”) Almost everything I read about these days seems to encourage people to take fashion trends and really wear them. Meaning make them your own and show them off with confidence.  Sometimes, that means just the opposite. “Anti-Fashion,” as I like to call it, seems to be a huge trend itself that has shown major staying power with hipster/indie crowd. This is exactly the reason I love the crafting community!  Everyone is so independent and creative. We can find inspiration in anything and create some magic out of our beads, fabric, paint or whatever else that happens to be within reach.

This year, I have noticed a lingering focus on metal. There is a lot of gold, brass, copper and bronze out there. Everything from bold, chunky pieces reminiscent of the 60′s and 70′s to delicate chains and charms that feel very Victorian. My taste in jewelry and accessories is very fickle. It really depends on my mood. I have plenty of miscellaneous baubles to suit any ensemble; I can’t pinpoint a particular style I like best. However, this year’s finds have me really excited! I also get tons of inspiration for the season by what I find on my trips to vintage shops, second-hand stores and estate sales!

One thing I have seen everywhere is onyx. This happens to be one of my favorite stones and I am thrilled to see giant cocktail rings abound with glossy black, and inky sparkle on necklaces and bracelets. The onyx is also accented with things like smoky quartz and canary-colored cubic zirconia—amazing color combination. There also seems to be an emphasis on this Victorian Gothic style with oxidized and blackened metal, lacy filigree shapes and rich jewel-tones. Then again, there is no shortage of minimalism to show off the eye-catching, mod wares.

That being said, I can’t wait to get out my black turtlenecks. They are the perfect way to showcase an amazing necklace! Which is my favorite way to wear jewelry — I am definitely a necklace person. And a shoe person. And I really can’t have too many purses. And I really love vintage coats. And it seems I am constantly wishing I had a bigger closet!

I will most definitely keep you posted on my findings in fashions and my search for an apartment with a large, dreamy closet!

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    I really liked this post Rachel, but I’m sorry, I refuse to accept that summer is over.

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    ellie4 says:

    I agree with Rachel; Brass, copper, and yellow hues are big this year on the runway this year fall. Jewelry which picks up on these tones are always a nice finishing touch.

    However, I refuse to say summer is over!

    Nice post, Rachel!


  3. Leslie W Mtn Chick
    Leslie W Mtn Chick says:

    I enjoyed your enthusiasm for beading in this article, and I am also someone who loves to do my own thing with beads. What a great way to express ourselves, recognize and share mother nature’s beauty, make new friends, and earn a little spare change – to buy more beads of course!!!!

  4. Ali
    Ali says:

    I agree. I’ve seen a lot of those colors on the runways and in magazines. I’ve also noticed an increased usage by designers of lace and ruffles. As Rachel says, there is an increased interest in designing with Victorian elements in mind.
    I love the idea of lace and filigree for the fall. The delicate patterns created in the filigree will be a nice change from the usual heavy jewelry we see this time of year. This can really be played up in some awesome necklaces and earrings. Thanks Rachel!

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    Evan H says:

    To me, fashion is personal and the inspiration comes from within rather than what someone else declares to be popular. As a jewelry designer, my creations spring from the materials. I love agates, jasper, stones with textures as well as the glitter of faceted onyx or the bite of lava beads. I love to combine stones with something unexpected, like Biwa pearls or dichroic glass. A few years ago, my beloved daughter in law (now my partner) walked me into a bead shop in Flagstaff Arizona. I felt it was fair since she gracefully put up with my passion for Katsina carvings and Native American art. When I left, I had a small bag of very good amber but no idea of what to do with it. The next morning, I awoke to find that she had slipped out of the hotel, gone to the WalMart in the neighborhood and bought a small set of tools for me and a few beads to practice. This year we formed our own LLC called “Out of Our Minds” and this is our first season of doing shows. You can find our website on Etsy: Our site is a bit skimpy as we have just finished a show and are slowly adding new stock onto the site. If you look in a week or so, you will see some of my new pieces with Lima Bead stock. Within the next couple of weeks, items will begin appearing sporting some of the terrific Vintaj brass beads and findings that you have been slipping into the Green Machine. I am now a Green Machine addict. Every couple of hours I have to pull up the site to see what’s new. So THANKS for the Green Machine and for the grace of three days to finalize my orders. How about three days to finalize the purchase of items from Fresh Picks. I would prefer to make one purchase every three days rather than let something go because I don’t want to charge just a few items and pay for separate shipping.
    One more thing: Where did Rachel get the gold leaves on her necklace? It’s great.
    Sorry this got so long, I’m just a little ole silver haired Granny from Las Vegas who has finally discovered her passion. Hope I haven’t bored anyone.


  6. nutmeg
    nutmeg says:

    yous should see my sisters closet.

  7. nutmeg
    nutmeg says:

    sorry you should see my sisters closet! she designs her cloths to fit her outfits. Thanks lima for helping her feel good!

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    Rachel says:

    Thanks Evan H. for your comment! I definitely agree that fashion should be personal, but I find it hard to not be at least somewhat inspired by the season’s couture pieces!

    Also, my necklace in the photo is vintage. I believe I got it at an estate sale. I am always amazed by what I find at estate sales!

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    POF Chick Nina says:

    The photo is of my jewelry designer cat Howard. We agree that jewelry like fashion should be a personal choice. The fall is our favorite season also. It is easier to dress (jewelry and fashion wise) when the cooler weather has come. I have found what is old is new again in fashion and jewelry. The fashion and jewelry fads are nice to look at but the classic, elegant, tailored style is still my favorite. Evan I am right with you in checking the Green Machine quite often. It is addicting, it is a good thing we don’t have to pay every time we take a look at it. Well time to go check the Green Machine. Nina

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    Debra G says:

    I happen to love fall,winter and spring and the summer has been so hot here so the cooler weather is most welcomed as for vintage I love,love ,love it ! I design alot of pieces using vintage brass items and love working with it . I don’t like to wear anything or buy anything but vintage to work with. I am so happy you have so much to choose from as far as vintage items go in fact your site contains many of the items I like to use so I will be doing an order very soon!! Thank You you’er an amazing company

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