the tortoise and the hair

I have always seen tortoise as a somewhat summery type of thing, along the lines of turquoise jewelry if you will.  But summer is fleeting, (or non-existent this year if you live where I do) so I am excited to see it interpreted into many fall collections. It has depth in color and a rich texture to it that is pure timeless elegance.
Love the Stuart Weitzman kitten heel pumps for a daytime look with denim, or step it up with this gorgeous pair of Manolo Blahnik Pointy Toe Pumps that you can preorder from the Fall 2011 Collection.  Be still my heart.
In keeping with the look of chunky mens style watches that are so prominent, you can find tortoise in many styles as well--my friend Amy has a great big tortoise watch, similar to this Michael Kors one, which I love especially because of the chocolate brown mother of pearl dial.
I bought a tortoise box style 1950's handbag off of eBay a few years ago and it is one of my most coveted finds.  You can find tortoise details on bags, such as the clasp or handle, especially if you shop vintage or look for a ladylike top handle bag.
Tory Burch has incorporated tortoise in her collections, including her resin logo cuff , clutches and her classic Reva ballet flats, although those are sold out at the moment.  I love the look of the cuff especially, and you can find this look in many price ranges, from the reasonably priced J.Crew Factory Cuff or go all out with fabulous Kara Ackerman Adjustable Cuff.  With one major statement piece or even a small accessory, tortoise is something that you will be able to incorporate into your wardrobe year after year.
My other favorite fall detail is fur.  So happy its back in full swing.  Lots of faux, as well as rabbit, fox and other real fur details.  In addition to fur vests in leopard, cheetah, and other animal prints, there are luscious greys, deep camel, chocolate brown, snowy white.  Boots are fuzzy inside and out, pumps have fur roses, bags have fun furry details.
Be a shell seeker this fall and while your at it, make sure you keep yourself cozy with a little something fuzzy, two trends that are here to stay.