Desaturated – MNG by MANGO

The air is hummin’…

I can tell it’s fall here in Texas not because the temperatures become cooler (they don’t), nor because the leaves change colors (they don’t–they’ve been dead all summer due to the drought). I can tell because the light fades sooner, and I get that pit in my stomach when I’m planning on taking pictures of my daily outfit and I notice the sun has dipped below the trees and it is not even 7pm yet. Ah, Fall. You are bittersweet, but my favorite season of all.

A casual outfit, minimalist, light on the accessories; nothing special. Special indeed, however, was the text message from [houston] asking me out on a dinner & movie date that night. We didn’t end up making it to the movies, we had too much fun enjoying great wine and the most amazing lasagna I’ve ever had (and I have the lasagna at every new Italian place we ever try).

Fellow Texans may be wondering why I’m wearing a coat in this late-summer weather. We thought we were going to the movies, okay?


Fine. I just liked it with the outfit. The fact that I was counting on it being an icebox in the movie theater was just the icing on the cake.

P.S. website update news below, don’t miss it…

Blog News

  1. RSS feeds now show the whole post in the feed reader. I cannot guarantee I will keep it this way, because I’m a firm believer that the blog design is a part of the reading experience, but so many of you asked for it in the reader survey and I’m seeing how it goes.
  2. Spiffy new custom-designed labor-of-love archives page. Complete with new browse outfits by thumbnail, and what I lovingly call The Motherload. Enjoy. (P.S. I know there’s still not a good way to browse by all the categories…I’ll figure it out eventually!)
  3. Bloggers Do It Better has a twitter. And a new challenge.
  4. Speedy, much? Do you notice faster loading times for PSS? I sure hope so (let me know if you don’t). I gave the internet devil hours of my life and many a gnashed-teeth trying to optimize every. single. bit. of PSS loveliness. We’ll see if he holds up his end of the deal.
  5. What else? I forget.


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  1. 09.30.2011 / 12:00 am

    This a great outfit and you look lovely! Love the bag and the coat, but I have the same coat, and of course I would say that hehe 🙂

  2. 09.30.2011 / 12:20 am

    Cozy Italian restaurants and yummy lasagna makes for the perfect date night! And I love that camel coat – so dreamy and absolutely perfect for fall (my favorite season as well)!

  3. 09.30.2011 / 12:24 am

    I love the bag.. it’s awesome. The coat too.

    • Angela
      09.30.2011 / 11:31 am

      The blog was speedier and thanks for adding to reader to read the whole post – otherwise your blog is blocked at work 😉 ya know- when I need a break!And the coat – completely in love!

      • 09.30.2011 / 9:05 pm

        Oh man, my blog is blocked at your work? That’s no fun! Tell ’em it’s essential to your work productivity! (wink wink)

  4. 09.30.2011 / 11:41 am

    You look fabulous… as always. I will keep a look out the next couple times I use your blog to see, I’ll let you know about the speed

  5. 09.30.2011 / 1:06 pm

    This is a beautiful, structured outfit. I love the coat and that pretty top. You look beautiful, and you’re brave to eat lasagna in such light colors!

  6. 09.30.2011 / 1:34 pm

    That bag is really nice…

  7. 09.30.2011 / 1:39 pm

    You look beautiful, love the outfit on you!

  8. 09.30.2011 / 1:58 pm

    I was LITERALLY thinking “she must be up north at a conference” because surely she’s not wearing that jacket in this heat. I mean, I know it’s below 100 here in Houston, which is pretty much our equivalent of a heat wave, but yeah. You look adorable even if I am certain you were sweating taking this picture!
    And I love fall too! I only wish we got a proper fall here instead of “oh look, the temperature is below 90, huzzah!

  9. 09.30.2011 / 2:10 pm

    omg fall is my favorite season too!! and having a birthday (though way towards the end of it) is just an extra perk …. love the boots and the coat girl!! i’m excited to be able to bust out my fall clothing in Philly this upcoming October!!

  10. 09.30.2011 / 2:31 pm

    Ooooh. That coat is divine. It would be perfect for our chilly, rainy, completely fall like Ohio weather. I have noticed the blog is loading a lot faster. I love it either way though, its definitely one of my daily reads and I am always excited to see what you come up with.

  11. 09.30.2011 / 2:40 pm

    i know the feeling.. and when daylights savings comes its bittersweet all over again. love the coat!
    <3 steffy

  12. 09.30.2011 / 3:47 pm

    Desaturated:Coat: ZARA | Top: MNG by MANGO | Jeans: thrifted Paige Premium Denim | Boots: Wanted (c/o) | Bag/C…

  13. 09.30.2011 / 4:24 pm

    Love that coat! Also really happy to have the full RSS feed, so thanks for that 🙂

  14. 09.30.2011 / 6:49 pm

    I love neutrals- cream, beige, lavender-grey, tan, taupe, olive, leopard…
    I also love Fall and as a fellow Texan I completely understand looking for any and every excuse (even if you have to invent one) to don autumnal pieces. Your coat has such great lines, I love the minimalism.

    Faerl Marie

  15. 09.30.2011 / 7:00 pm

    I too live in Texas and I also feel like it’s starting to smell like fall. If that makes sense :-p Fall is my favorite too!

  16. 09.30.2011 / 7:31 pm

    Oh! I’m excited to see how your RSS experiment goes. Totally agree that RSS feeds are ugly and a lot of the formatting of your post, and effort you put into your blog design gets lost. However, I end up NEVER reading posts if they are click-through only. I always think, “oh…I’ll come back to it after I get through the rest of the posts in my feed reader”…but I never do.

  17. 09.30.2011 / 8:45 pm

    Love desaturated! Your lip hue looks great, btw! 🙂

  18. 09.30.2011 / 10:36 pm

    nice outfit!

  19. 09.30.2011 / 11:41 pm

    This outfit is lovely, simply but stylish! I really love this bag and the jeans fit you SO WELL! xx

    • 10.01.2011 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks! It’s my camera bag, and I love it! I have it in the fawn color (in this outfit) and black as well, which looks very Chanel-esque. 🙂

  20. 10.01.2011 / 4:01 pm

    I adore your coat, and who cares if its not cool enough yet it looks great! I can tell that the pages are loading faster too by the way. Oh, and I’ve noticed how much you seem to like Zara…I better get my butt in there in and check it out, I havent been in ages!

  21. Belinda
    10.01.2011 / 4:19 pm

    I love the third photo…my bangs are ALWAYS getting in my eyes, the wayward things…love my bangs though, misbehaving or not. This coat looks beautiful with your hair. 🙂 I’m in Georgia, and we have no good visual or temperature clues here regarding fall either…always hot, always humid, and always needing rain. Texas has had a rough time of it this year with the drought…its plain awful to see everything perish from no rain.

  22. 10.01.2011 / 8:04 pm

    I love the bag- and impressed that is also a camera bag! Since getting an SLR camera in recent months, I’ve been on the search for a handy camera bag- but for a pretty one, they are a pricey investment. I’m looking at this one as a possibility:

    • 10.01.2011 / 8:27 pm

      That’s also a nice camera bag! I feel it is pretty masculine though, and more expensive at that. What’s nice about THEIT bags is they are almost chanel-like, so very feminine but classic, and they (like the one you linked to) also do not look like a camera bag, which would scream “steal me!”. Either way, with a great looking camera bag you really can’t go wrong. 🙂

  23. 10.01.2011 / 8:49 pm

    OMG, that’s a camera bag? It’s so beautiful!

  24. 10.02.2011 / 4:36 pm

    love your trench…thank god you are back with commetluv..i was thinkng what happened and if i should discontinue with it too!

    • 10.02.2011 / 4:38 pm

      i’m not using commentluv at the moment…I’m trying to pare down the plugins used on my site to help with speediness. i have nothing against it, though!

  25. 10.04.2011 / 1:10 am

    LOVE the classic cut of this jackeT! Looking absolutely chic my dear!!!! xo, Kim

  26. 10.05.2011 / 5:36 pm

    I’m glad you explained the jacket? I live in Houston and thought “Did I miss waking up one day or something?”
    I’m itching to wear my boots and sweaters too! BUt I will not understand why if there is so much as a north wind, people put on their fur coats? It’s never that cold in Houston! LOL

    Now you make me want to break out the boots I just bought!

  27. 10.17.2011 / 2:36 pm

    OMG that is a gorgeous coat. It’s kinda scaring me how much I’m starting to LOVE coats. I’m not sure I can afford another “thing.”

  28. 02.08.2012 / 5:27 am

    The boots looks great!

  29. 06.11.2012 / 6:35 am

    Kristina, you are looking too good in this get-up! i like you handbag. It’s very nice and the others are also wonderful and go with your look. Thanks for sharing.

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