Soft Surroundings: Change Is In The Air

Soft Surroundings black leggings and gray ankle boots.

For me, this week is what I consider to be the official start to the Fall season…


…In my mind, when I go back to school it’s Fall. Fortunately, as a nice change of pace the weather decided to cooperate as well. Normally when we go back the temperatures are in the 80’s, and in light of the fact I’m on the second floor with no air conditioning I feel like I’m trapped in a sweltering sauna. This year though it’s been 60’s and 70’s all the way, which means it really does feel Fall-ish and that makes me happy. I love everything about Fall; the cooler weather, the smells and the changing leaves. To me, Fall just feels energizing. It feels like change. I’ve always said that September feels more like the start of a new year than January does.

I think part of that comes from being a teacher. It’s the beginning of a new school year; change is in the air and anything is possible. It’s strange that I enjoy the “change is in the air” thing though because I am truly a creature of habit. I like predictability. Since I moved back to the middle school three years ago, I’ve been kind of spoiled. I had the best of both worlds; I could enjoy the feeling of change and newness while at the same time having the same group of students that I had already had while I was at the elementary school thus providing me a semblance of predictability.

But this year? Only three of my originals remain as 8th graders, and I got a brand-spankin’ new batch of of 6th graders whom I have never met before now. In years past, at the start of the new school year my little minions were well trained and we would simply pick up where we left off in June. This year I have had to actually bust my butt. My new little pack has required training from the ground up. And I am utterly exhausted. But do you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.


I cannot tell you how pleased I was when Soft Surroundings approached me to choose gifted pieces from their Fall “Transitional and Timeless” collection. First on my list were these absolutely perfect ponte knit leggings. They are thick enough to stand alone as pants, and even have functioning back pockets. They also have a wider waistband like pants so there’s no uncomfortable pulling involved. They come in petite sizes which is great for those of us who are vertically challenged. They do run big though so I recommend sizing down.

The Wanderer Top in my opinion, makes the perfect layering piece all year round. It’s soft and lightweight enough to work as a light cover up in the summer which is also what makes it perfect for layering over a turtleneck or under a sweater in the Fall and Winter. The snap front is a nice change of pace from the typical button front. The Kindred Cuff in silver was the just right bit of bling to work with all of the gray and black tones in the rest of the outfit.

I think the Vince Camuto ankle boots are my favorite piece though. They are soft suede; comfortable and gorgeous just as you’d expect from Vince Camuto. They run small (as did the other pair I own…I think it’s a Vince Camuto thing) so order up a half-size.

I can tell you in all honesty that I love every single piece that I received from Soft Surroundings. The quality is phenomenal, the pieces worked beautifully together, and they will make excellent stand alone pieces to build other outfits on.


If you love the comfort of leggings, but fear the visibility of your private bits in public, look for a pair made of ponte knit. It’s soft, heavyweight, and super comfortable. All of my leggings are a thicker knit, but I still always make sure to wear a longer top. Ponte knit really does make the difference…I wouldn’t hesitate to wear these as pants.


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Leggings: c/o Soft Surroundings;  Snap Front Top: c/o Soft Surroundings;  Booties: c/o Soft Surroundings;  Cuff: c/o Soft Surroundings

**Leggings, snap front top, ankle boots and cuff provided c/o Soft Surroundings. All opinions, as always, are my own.



  1. 09.7.2017 / 10:04 pm

    You are making such a difference with these young ones…no wonder you’re exhausted, Debbie!!
    I love that you received those booties too—aren’t they just the cat’s meow?
    I’ll add you to the list of bloggers on my Soft Surroundings post, so everyone can see your picks too!!
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  2. 09.7.2017 / 11:35 pm

    I can see why September feels like the start of a new year because you’re a teacher. I love summer so I never rush into fall fashion until absolutely necessary. Your outfit is very autumnal and transitional. You look classy and I love your hair! I agree with you and always wear long tops with leggings.


  3. 09.8.2017 / 2:43 am

    I bought three leggings last week! But I never wear them ,,visible,,. Sometimes , often, you see women wear them as trousers and I mean those leggings you should wear as tights. Cameltoe al over!!😨😨😨😨
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  4. 09.9.2017 / 9:33 am

    I’m like you even though I’m not a teacher. September always feels like a new start. I wrote a post about fall and reinvention and how I feel that change every year. I love this time of year too but I hate winter so it is a bit bittersweet.

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  5. 09.11.2017 / 5:08 pm

    I so admire anyone in the teaching profession – it take such dedication and commitment. This ensemble looks very practicle for a day at school especially at this time of year. Your hair is gorgeous in this colourway and seems to be so healthy too – lucky you!

    Lovely to catch up with you again!

    Anna x
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  6. 09.14.2017 / 11:45 am

    Lovely layers of neutrals. Those booties are so stylish and look really comfortable! I am the same way about fall and thinking of new beginnings. It is so nice when it actually feels like fall, too! Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday, Debbie!

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  7. 09.17.2017 / 11:49 am

    I homeschooled my girls all the way through high school, so late August and September were the new year for us too. Plus my hubby is a college prof so it only made sense that we start a new routine every fall. I love fall too. It is a delicious time of year to every one of our senses. Love the pieces you got from Soft Surroundings. You look great and your hair is so pretty! – Amy