So Long, Sweet Summer...

Fall is rapidly approaching. I'm originally from the north east US and it's my favorite season. Living in Texas, I miss the crisp mornings and the pretty leaves. While I still look forward to sweaters, riding boots, and jewel tones, I need to carry over some summer trends to accomodate for the warmer weather. Here are a few of my favorite things about this year's fall trends, with a hint of summer thrown in:
For summer: dramatic bright lips. Pantone orange was the hot color all spring and summer, along with hot pink. I saw hot pink and orange lips all over the place. I've been wearing my Raspberry Pie and Candy Apple Lip Butters for most of the summer. Since summer doesn't really end in Texas until nearly November, I'll probably still wear them every now and again.
For fall: dramatic red lips. The particular shade of red you want to wear is up to you; it seems like anything from a true red to a wine red is in style. If you are a classic red kinda girl, check out Revlon's Really Red matte lipstick. It's a highly pigmented true red. It also seems to flattering on many (if not all) skin tones. It isn't too cool for my tan complexion and warm undertones, yet it looks perfect on people with a fair complexion and cool undertones. The matte finish gives it a different look and it will instantly add an air of sophistication to any outfit. I find it easier to apply to when after I've lined my lips... basically coloring in between the lines.

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For a deeper red look, look at Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin. It's a great berry red shade that moisturizes. Reviews say that it looks better on cooler skin tones, but I think it looks awesome on me, too. It goes on sheer, but can be layered on for a darker look. It's also about $5 and available most everywhere.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin

For summer: The perfect hair for the dog days of summer and a cute change from a ponytail was the bun. They ranged from sophisticated ballerina buns (including the sock bun) to the artfully disheveled messy buns.
For fall: Same bun, but drop it down low. Since low buns can easily careen into bridal hair territory, soften the look by not loading on hairspray. The Beauty Department has a great tutorial on coiled bun. I love this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.

Brigitte Bardot, queen of the messy bun

For summer: colored denim in sherbet shades. I bought 2 pairs of colored denim early in the season, one in mint green and the other in pale purple. I didn't wear them nearly as much as I should have, thanks to hundred degree days and a 9-5 in a conservative workplace.
For fall: colored denim in rich, deep colors like hunter green, dark red, and dark purple. Since color blocking is still popular, it would be easy to pair the jeans with a solid top. I'll probably end up pairing colored jeans with a neutral or even a chambray shirt

Left: Color blocking with colored denim, Right: Colored denim and chambray

What are you most looking forward to about fall style?