Oct 1, 2023

Fall Feels

Shopping List: Wear a pop of pink this October in this versatile houndstooth dress, which can also be worn as an oversized shirt or jacket. Pair with white jeans, which are acceptable year-round on the Gulf Coast, according to fashion experts. Or make it a dress with comfy tennies or trendy lace-up boots and tights. Dress by 143 Story, $68.

Pensacola Embellish Boutique owner Donna Zampino can’t keep jaguars in her shop. A shipment of midi dresses featuring the popular cat flew off the rack prompting Zampino to restock.

Besides jungle felines, blazers – particularly in Barbiesque hot pink — denim midi skirts and matching sets are stars of the autumn 2023 fashion lineup.

A divergence from typical fall hues, bright colors and metallics are trending. Hot pink and red are both strong fall 2023 statement colors. Yet traditionalists still gravitate to warm hues that invoke leaf-changing dreams.

“More tailored and fitted looks will push the oversized out,” Zampino added.

The jewelry of the hour includes crystal on crystal and mixed metals.

“The pump is back and so are Mary Janes. Boots that lace up will be in,” noted Zampino, adding that national fashion news predicts denim footwear will make a fall statement.

Be weather-wise this season by dressing in linen and cotton and keeping a denim jacket or cardigan nearby for layering.

“A scarf is a nice added touch too!”

Shopping list: When a special occasion calls, respond with this stunning halter jumpsuit by Andre’, $98. To add even more elegance, top with a regal duster embellished with pearls by GiGi, $44.
Shopping list: A fuchsia blazer may just be this year’s must-have wardrobe staple. This one by Fate, $92, features a feminine floral lining. Team with a versatile white bodysuit by Active Basic, $18, and classic dark wash jeans by Risen, $68.
Shopping list: Accessorize this one in fall-friendly rust with autumnal trendy lace-up booties, an animal print bucket bag and a fun hat! Romper by Acura, $58.

Kendall Taylor

Shopping list: It’s a cat’s world in fashion currently. Join the trend in this midi dress crawling with exotic jaguars in warm toffee – perfect for autumn. Dress by Style U, $64.

As a pediatric infusion nurse, Gulf Breeze native and resident Kendall Taylor spends her days caring for children facing the challenges of cancer and chronic disease.

After a stint as a pediatric oncology nurse in San Antonio, Taylor returned to her community and now works at Sacred Heart. She, her husband and their baby are building a life in Gulf Breeze, close to their parents.

Her top health tip for women is to attend their annual healthcare visits.

“Be your biggest advocate and push for what you know you need!”

When it’s a loved one battling cancer, she advises presence above perfection.

“Please reach out. Be kind and offer a laugh. Provide genuine company, sit and chat, go outside, do childish arts and crafts because why not? And just smile and laugh. The battle might be a little easier knowing you have people to get through it with you. People don’t always need big gestures; sometimes they just need a friend. Be that friend.”

When not working with sick children, the mother of a one-year-old son is busy with her own, who she describes as “so fun and such a joy.”

Taylor and her husband often spend free time engaged in game night competitions with both of their families. And they enjoy taking in the best that Pensacola has to offer.

“My husband and I spend lots of time having game nights. We love to go to Blue Wahoos and Ice Flyers games. We love spending weekends on the beach with our family and friends.”