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Every fall I go through my entire wardrobe and donate anything I have not worn in a year. I try to do this once every six months (and, if I am feeling extra productive, once a season). Regardless, I always, always purge before the fall semester. I am not sure why. Maybe it is just easier to stuff everything away and say “I will wear it next fall/winter!” but when the fall actually comes I realize I am not going to wear it. This is always a mix of my style and body changing. Since I increased the prednisone I battled pretty bad “moon face” or bloating in the cheeks. Certain tops, especially those with horizontal stripes or on the looser side, really enhance this wonderful side-effect.

Last year, I was on a stripes kick so I got rid of most of my shirts and sweaters! Thus began the fall wardrobe hunt!

Check out the items at Nordstrom I’ve been eyeing! I tried to keep in mind I needed clothes to teach in. I work with grades K through 5th so I need something professional but young, me, and easily cleanable!! (hehe, I learned the hard way when I wore my good jeans on wet clay day…)


The links below are from left to right, top to bottom. 

Nordstrom Fall Favorites - Clothing | The Rite of Aging…Early

What is my favorite color? Heh, don’t worry, these items come in more.


I snagged this Halogen Cotton & Silk shirt (on sale) in store! I rarely find my size, favorite pattern, sale items in store so I did not even think twice before purchasing this. I debated between this or the grey/lime combo but decided the maroon was more fall-ish.

Halogen is also a favorite brand and I own a few of their button downs. They have a few patterns but I really like the lime green accent on this Modal & Linen Tee (on sale)

This Caslon short sleeve (on sale) is a great basic for early fall. Caslon is one of my favorite brands. Their shirts are great quality. And, they frequently go on sale!

Recently, I have been into the see-through tops I can wear over basics. However, I am kind of the fence about this Burnout Stripe sweater (on sale) because of the horizontal lines. I do LOVE this color, though.

I love the subtle tie-dye on this Caslon Space Dye sweatshirt. I have been on a sweatshirt kick lately for the laid-back, no fuss, easy to put on vibe.



I am itching for a new handbag and I fell in love with the hot-pink tweed on this Christian Lacroix Agnes satchel.

This Jessica McClintock Tweed clutch reminds me of Chanel, without the exorbitant prices! However, I rarely go out so when would I use this? But then again, what if I do go out and do not have a cute clutch? Hm….

The Funfair Fashion collection from Butter London came out during the Anniversary sale. It is still available for anyone who wants to get their hands on it!

I love cute make-up bags but never spend money on them because I always, always spill something inside! This Catseye London cosmetics bag looks identical to my Marmalade for less than $20!

I may or may not want this Shambolic nail duo just for “Lovely Jubbly” which has been on my wish list for ages.

Okay, so I am not buying this…I probably would never spend this kind of money on a bag unless it was Lord of the Rings related, but it did make me smile so I included the Moschino Spongebob wallet! I am not going to lie, I absolutely loved this show when it first came out.


So, these are my top picks for the start of fall. I hope something on this list caught your eye!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.