What’s better than shopping for fall? Well obviouslyyy – shopping with like-minded ladies with unique stylistic perspectives. A few of us Sacramento-based style bloggers recently had the pleasure of indulging in a super fun shopping day at Palladio Folsom. Kachet, Ruthie, and Julia and I loved exploring all the places to pamper, indulge in tasty treats and – of course – peruse all the stores and boutiques for our every fall shopping whim.
We kicked off our day at Apricot Lane, one of the curated, boutique shops in the plaza. We really hit the ground running because I think we all picked out a few items there! Kachet and I landed on the same oversized gray sweater with subtle bell sleeves and grommet details on the sides. We’re not wearing it in the outfits photographed here, but I know I’ll be wearing it in an upcoming Instagram post! Apricot Lane is the place you go when you want to experiment with trends but in a pretty, subtle way. I loved that they had a few pieces in the way of the menswear print trend, and picked out a checked print skirt to wear as my fall outfit below.
After Apricot Lane, we headed over to H&M, which was stocked with plenty of transitional pieces – pinstripes in colors that still apply to summer, as well as some rust orange colors that would fit nicely into a fall wardrobe. I didn’t pick up any clothing there, but I did find the amazing studded boots I’m wearing in this post! They remind me a lot of the Balenciaga boots that never seem to go out of style (these babies). They were on sale for $20 and — get this — they were marked down even more at the register for just $10!!
Nordstrom Rack was next, which is where I found a bunch of graphic tees to go with my checked skirt. I love that combination of styles so I definitely had that in mind. I chose this cute slouchy tee and topped it off with a Blank NYC suede jacket. I always love the selection of Free People at Nordstrom Rack, so I definitely lingered there for a while!
Now onto PSA portion of this blog post. While shopping at Palladio, do yourself a favor and visit the Victoria’s Secret. I’ve got to give a shout out to their team since they helped me when I was in desperate need of some new bras and undies. (I have Oscar to thank for ruining most of them, insert frustrated steam-emerging-from-nostrils emoji). The staff offered to measure and fit me for a bra, which I must admit I was afraid would be a time-consuming process. But if anything, the whole process made bra shopping so quick and efficient. They told me my size (I’m one of those women who’s been wearing the absolute wrong size btw), tried on a few styles in their try-on models so we didn’t have to scour the store, and once I decided on the styles I liked, they escorted me to the drawer and had me pick out a color. So, needless to say – there aren’t any photos of me wearing the bras here, but I am very happy with my new underthings! Oh and yay, I’ve recently upgraded to a better hamper to protect my new skivvies from the pooch.
And now onto our early fall outfits! (I stress “early” because it was over 100 degrees on our shopping day).
My early fall look: Feminine meets masculine with a bit of edge. Ruthie’s: Textural, feminine pieces coupled with a bit of edge as well!
After massages at Massage Heights and Serenity Spa & Soul Yoga, it was time to cap off the day with an amazing meal at — wait for it — Barnes & Noble Kitchen! The Folsom Barnes Noble is the only location on the west coast to with an eatery inside, and it was amazing! I loved that my kale salad somehow checked the boxes of tasting clean and indulgent. I enjoyed it just as much as the crispy potatoes I ordered. Ha! You know I had to order a decadent side along with the kale. Their wine and beer selection is also top-notch! Lots of tasty local options.
That was the day! Just writing about it makes me feel so lucky to have had such a fun day with these ladies. I’m so glad I got a head start on fall shopping and can’t wait to go back! Because believe it or not, there are many stores we didn’t hit! Plus, they have a Pinkberry. ‘Nuff said.
Photos by Rich Beckermeyer