The past four months have been an intense introduction to graduate school, not to mention the fact that I moved to an entirely new state. I chose my graduate program for my lab/advisor (I might talk about this more in a later post) however the location is definitely a bonus! I am a mountain girl through and through and am thrilled to be back in the rockies. Talk about 360 mountain views!
Here are my five favorite things about living in Utah:
Mountains galore. I can’t even explain how beautiful it is! The valley I live in is surrounded my mountains and I love it. There are such amazing hiking trails and plenty of rock climbing.
Salt Lake City. I don’t actually live in Salt Lake but I have gone a couple times and I really like it. There is so much good music, food and drink! I am actually going down there tomorrow with some friends to go to the German Christmas Market.
The location. This sounds kind of strange but I really love being back in the west. I was born and raised in Colorado and I am so psyched to be back in the area. It is way closer to family which is nice as well. There are also so many great national parks and ski areas!
Skiing. Speaking of ski areas! I haven’t skied yet but I have heard great things about the skiing here and am beyond excited.
The people. Everyone has been so nice and I am loving all the outdoor vibes. Moving is so tough especially when you don’t really know anyone so having good people around has been so helpful.
I also quick wanted to mention that Utah is incredible and so is graduate school but it has been so busy so I am hoping to get on a more regular posting schedule soon!
Clearly I have taken a major hiatus from blogging. I was starting to feel like I just did not have the time and was questioning why I was blogging in the first place. A big part of both being busy and questioning what I am doing began with a huge career step that I was not really expecting to happen right now. I will be attending Utah State University as a PhD student in a biology lab. My research focus will be looking at the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on the physiology of the Bahaman Rock Iguana. It is going to be a long but exciting journey that will likely take the next six years of my life. I will be moving up to Logan, Utah in early August. Working out the details for this has taken lots of time and thought which has led to some neglect in other areas of my life. I am very excited however and have begun to plan out and my lists of priorities for the coming year. I have the fall semester almost entirely figured out, including classes and research. The last piece that has caused some stress is housing in Utah. I did not realize just how hard it is to find housing when you don’t live in (or close to) that place. With most of the details fleshed out I have started to think about some other things, including my blog.
Over the past few days I sort of re-realized my reasons for blogging. I thought a lot about why I started this project in the first place. During my senior year of college I was feeling very burnt out and overwhelmed by work. I have always loved school but at this point it had begun to feel like work I had to do and not at all like what I wanted to be doing. I think there were many factors that contributed to this feeling that were both circumstantial and stemmed from my own mental state. As my future plans have solidified and I begin to prepare for the years to come I am realizing that I am jumping straight back into the world of biology and academia. I do love this world but I learned in college that I need to have a creative outlet that is not in that world in order to continue to be happy and productive. So in essence I am getting back into my blog but will be making some changes.
In 2016 I had started reading and exploring different blogs. I had started my own in December of 2016 but was really just experimenting. As the year progressed I realized how much I was in need of a creative outlet. There are a lot of things I wish I had done differently that year but now I am going to take this opportunity to change some things. While I very much want to continue blogging, I am going to change my posts a little bit. I want to put a lot more time and effort into single posts which is kind of tough considering I am about to be in graduate school. Because of that I will probably not be posting as much, but I will focus on quality. I also want to rethink my content a little bit, but I will do a bigger post on that in a few weeks.
The last couple of days have been really rainy (we even had a little snow). We always need moisture over here so it was a great way to end the week. I spent some time getting cozy with a book and a good cup of tea on Friday and went out for a fun adventure on Saturday. The rain gave me a great excuse to try my new rain gear. I really loved both the umbrella and the yellow rain jacket! They have held up well so far and I love how the umbrella covers so much.
I hope you are having a good weekend!
Last week I covered the fall closet essentials for that classy autumnal look and this week I am going to cover some trends that have been prevalent on the runway and the street. I actually found quite a few things that mix these trends so there is lots of overlap which is less expensive and more fun!
Dark Florals: Darker florals but basically florals in general. I am really into floral jackers specifically. But florals have been such a big trend this fall that they deserve their own explanation. I found this top along with some other great floral inspiration on InStyle. This is one of those trends I did not really see coming since I always associate the pattern with spring and sometimes summer. I really like the darker twist though because it adds a little something that brings out the fall vibes in a piece.
Velvet: Yes this material has been pretty in all year but it shows no signs of leaving as of yet. Blush velvets have been big as well as more rusty colors and burnt orange (very true to fall). I have also seen velvet statement booties around a lot in many different colors especially most shades of blue. This bow comes in blush, dark green, a rusty golden color and traditional black!
Mustard Sweaters: So really just the color mustard. It has been a fall color however it is especially in this season. There are lots of different options out there like this one from Modcloth which has a great neckline. Sweaters are always a go to during this time of year so what better way to spice it up than with a fun color.
Blush Anything: This is one trend I also really didn’t expect to last into the fall season but it has and I am stoked about it. It is such a beautiful color and I have these perfect mules to take me through at least mid October. Also this gorgeous blush jacket by Kate Spade and this dress, which I also linked below.
Silk Dresses: I have seen this silk dress style, especially with long sleeves, everywhere this fall. They are very pretty and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. This dress is great combination of multiple trends. Also this blush dress from Nordstrom is undoubtable my favorite (plus its cheaper!). This mustard dress is also beautiful and definitely brings that fall vibe (pictured).
Statement Booties: florals and velvet and great colors, some pearls. I mentioned these a bit with that velvet trend but statement booties are a major trend this fall. Booties have been in for a while but this year take it to the next level with florals, bright colors, pearls and other embellishments. Go for a heel if you can! Personally I am not big into the sock boots but I do like the height of sock boots. I do love this trend though, it makes an outfit so much more fun!
I hope these summaries gave some ideas about fun ways to bring some new, on-trend pieces into your closets. Have a wonderful Wednesday!
So I did this with summer as well because I really feel like writing out my goals for the season helped me actually accomplish them. It also really got me thinking about the things I love to do that are very seasonal and I starting thinking about the things I have always wanted to do. This outfit is one I wore while we were in Maine and it is definitely a favorite. I feel like it also exemplifies fall with the plaid, quilted vests and brown riding boots. I also feel like this place we stayed on Beech Hill Pond in Maine was perfect for lots of the activities on this list. There was a fire pit, canoeing, cozy furniture and outdoor seating.
- Apple picking: Visiting all the apple orchards is definitely what I am most excited for this fall. I love it! It is so fun and the apples are always delicious. The whole week after I visit an orchard I bake so many pies. Many orchards also have some pretty incredible cider and apple butters.
- Bake a lot! This definitely goes along with the whole apple orchard thing but I love to bake and fall is the perfect time considering lots of my favorites like apples and pumpkins are in peak season. Pies, breads, coffee cakes, crumbles etc…
- Corn maze: I will probably do this one later in October but I love them. Its mostly about the apple cider, fresh donuts and fun times with friends. Last year a group of us went out to a corn maze at night and has such a fun time wandering around and scaring other friends. Its also an activity for any age!
- Fall camping: I realized that it has been at least three years since I went camping in the fall. It is actually one of the best times to go because the weather is perfect (not too hot) and the weather is not usually very harsh. Hiking in the Appalachians would be great or maybe canoeing on a lake up north!
- Watch lots of Halloween movies: This year during the month of October I want to try to watch as many Halloween movies as possible. I realized that last year I didn’t get to watch more than one or two and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I am making it a goal this year to actually watch lots of festive movies, both old favorites and ones I have never seen before.
- Visit a pumpkin patch: For lots of people this goes with going to a corn maze because often farms will do both and it is a great way to make a whole day fun and exciting. Because I have been in college for the past four years I haven’t really had the chance to carve pumpkins. As a kid it was one of my favorite things so hopefully this year I will have the time and place for it.
- Make lots of hot drinks: Yes hot chocolate and whipped cream is my favorite part of cool weather. I love it and I am very excited for another amazing season of delicious hot drinks. My personal goal for this year is to make some fresh hot apple cider with apples with pick from one of the orchards.
- S’mores by a roaring fire: I feel like bonfires are often a summer thing but fall is definitely the ideal fire weather. I can’t wait to cozy up under some blankets by a fire and roast marshmallows while sipping on some hot coco.
Dress J. Crew Factory, Vest Barbour, Boots Tory Burch
As always this list is by no means comprehensive as there are so many fun fall activities. Watching the leaves change, fall off of the trees and then raking them into giant piles to jump in is also a fall highlight!
The weather has been such a fall tease. I love it though because have been able to wear my sweaters and scarves a bunch. I always struggle a little with the transition from summer to fall because temperatures tend to vary a ton during the day. This makes dressing in the morning much more difficult. I started a Pinterest board dedicated to summer to fall style transition and it has really got those creative juices flowing.
I chose this outfit because it was pretty chilly in the morning and in the building I work (hence the scarf). This scarf is so incredibly soft and I have it in two different color patterns, both are perfect for fall. I knew it would be hot later though so I chose a t-shirt. These shoes are great for this transition because they leave some room for air and do not require socks which tends to make me much warmer.
Scarf Nordstrom, Tote Kate Spade, Shoes Sole Society, T-shirt similar, Jeans Just Black
This outfit has been a great one for the summer to fall transition. Blush is very in right now, even as a fall color and these mules are so comfortable. I love being able to easily slip them on. This jacket is also super great because it was very reasonably priced for the quality. It is much thicker than I thought it would be so it can easily transition into fall and maybe even winter.
Jacket J. Crew Factory, Dress similar, Pearls vintage, Earrings vintage, Mules Nordstrom
I am just wrapping up my time spent in Indiana. It has been a crazy summer and although I have loved my job in Indiana I am very excited to spend some time hanging out with my family in New England. I am going to do a life update post later this week but just in brief I am undergoing some major transitions right now. For many people it is about to be back to school time which is getting me quite nostalgic and emotional. My graduation is really just starting to hit me and there are lots of mixed feelings about it. I will be taking a job in Ohio for the next year so I will be fairly close to school and lots of my friends which I am pretty excited about. I do miss Colorado a ton though and am hoping to have time to visit more often. Anyways I am definitely not sure about my plans in the long term but after this year I will most likely be moving either back to Colorado or to closer to family on the east coast. There are parts of the midwest I really enjoy but I miss the mountains very much and I know I am going to struggle a bit living in a small town with an older population. Anyways that is a brief update of where I am at right now.
These are the last pictures I took on my various trips to Cambridge City which is the antique town on the eastern side of highway 40 in Indiana. I am sure this is one place I will come back to and I definitely recommend stopping by if you are ever driving I-70.
A few quick notes about this outfit: These shoes are the best. I got them during the 4th of July sale but they are still on sale and are the perfect shoe for wearing to the office and out and about. They are very comfortable but took me at least a day to break in. I got them partially because I wanted to add some yellow to my closet, it is just so bright and happy. These shoes are the perfect color in that they don’t over-do it. This slip dress from H&M was one I just couldn’t resist because it is so incredibly comfortable!
Dress H&M (on sale!), Basket Bag Everly Oak, Slides Sole Society (also on sale, such a good deal!)