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The Shopper: Fall transition to grey — Essie polish, Le Petit beret

Grey for fall! Le Petit beret and Forever 21 faux fur waistcoat.

  October 7, 2010 – 12:54 pm
Michelle Mawby, a Toronto interior designer, has an eye for finding on-trend items for her clients, her home and her wardrobe. She has a shoe habit, some might say, with about 400 shoes, not that there’s anything wrong with that. In this occasional series, Mawby  shops — online, in her neighbourhood and around the world — and shares her top picks.

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With the quick transition from summer to fall, I’ve been scrambling to change over my wardrobe and fill in key pieces to update to this year’s trends.
The first thing I needed was grey nail polish. And, if I do say so myself, I found the most perfect blend of warm grey and taupe in Essie’s Playa del Platinum ($8.95 at Trade Secrets). This neutral will go with everything but I’m going to wear it with my next trend purchase — fur!
To combine two trends in one, I chose this faux fur grey waistcoat ($33.80) from Forever 21 that also ties in the monochromatic trend with my new nail polish. Warm, luxe and fun, this piece can multi-task all fall and winter long.
And the shoes? I designed my own booties in grey snakeskin with a 3.5-inch heel on Shoes of Prey. If you’re a fellow shoe lover, you could spend hours on this site just playing and saving your own designs. My pair cost $335 with $25 shipping to Canada — a steal in my mind for the exact style and colour to add to my new fall look.
To top off the look and bring in a little ’50s glamour, I’m going to sport this adorable Le Petit beret ($60). It is the perfect piece to add panache to every function from a Sunday brunch, night out on the town, to a wedding. I bought the leopard wool from the fall/winter collection, the leopard spot adding yet another fall trend to my repertoire.
Just as our wardrobe needs a little fall lift, so do our homes. I am always influenced by fashion in my designs, so I’m adding in a beautiful lace-trimmed pillow. Not only for the runway, lace, long absent in the home, is making a comeback. To keep it fresh, I’m adding this hand-cut asymmetrical Cluny lace and dupioni down-filled pillow by Emma Jane Designs ($105) available on Etsy.

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