O’ Christmas Tree

We went to a Christmas tree farm/nursery last weekend and found the perfect tree. It was quite the family adventure! I only wish we could have brought the dog, Charlie. Enjoy these pics from the day!

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Skirt BB Dakota, Sweater similar (oversized), Tights similar, Scarf similar, Boots Hunter

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Brunch Outfit Ideas

So I wore this black skater dress the other day for a Sunday brunch with some friends and I felt so Audrey… so Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was perfect. I went all out with a top knot and pearls. We made scrambled eggs, potatoes and pancakes, adding strawberries and homemade maple syrup. We topped it all off with some mimosas and lots of good girl talk.

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Dress similar, Sweater Brooks Brothers, Flats Zara, Bag Nordstrom, Sunglasses similar, Pearls vintage

So I compiled several other great brunch looks, inspired by all sorts of different things including TV shows, movies and current seasonal style:

The Casual look: This is the perfect look for that casual brunch with friends. It is classy so you can go anywhere or stay in and make some delicious food.

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The Fall look: This look is perfect for those foggy, pumpkin filled fall brunches. Don’t forget some apple pancakes and warm maple syrup with hot coco or pumpkin spiced lattes.

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The TV look: These first looks are inspired by that upper east side brunch look feature in Gossip Girl. Its all about classy white dresses with small lace and embroidered embellishments. It is definitely the upscale look, the fancy Sunday brunch with grandparents at the club or an event brunch.

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Once again, brunch is my favorite as I absolutely love breakfast food and I love getting dressed up even just to eat a delicious meal. I hope you enjoyed and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Erin

10 Favorite Outfits: September

It is already almost October. That is kind of crazy, I feel like this month flew by. So most of the outfits I am featuring in the 10 Favorites post were ensembles I wore just to work so I did not specify a location unless it was different than a normal day. I was set on finding some great looks for work that are both comfortable and classy. I am sure October will bring lots more adventures!

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Top J. Crew, Skirt older J. Crew similar, Mules Nordstrom, Sunglasses (originals from J. Crew Factory but here are similar ones)

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Top Old Navy, Sweater similar, Jeans similar, Shoes L.L. Bean

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Start of the semester BBQ: Dress Lulu’s, Booties similar, Hat J. Crew Factory, Necklace vintage

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Sweater L.L. Bean, Skirt similar, Mules Nordstrom

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College presidential inauguration day: Romper Abercrombie, Jacket similar, Sandals American Eagle, Bag vintage Dooney and Bourke, Sunglasses (originals from J. Crew Factory but here are similar ones)

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Button down similar, Skirt similar, Booties Sole Society, Bag Kate Spade

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Top similar, Jeans similar, Necklace Baublebar, Mules Nordstrom

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Dress similar, Sweater Brooks Brothers, Sunglasses (originals from J. Crew Factory but here are similar ones), Flats old Zara (these are pretty similar), Bag Kate Spade

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Blouse similar, Jeans similar, Scarf (originally from J. Crew Factory but this one looks similar), Loafers G.H. Bass & Co.

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Top similar, Skirt Madewell, Booties similar, Vest Barbour

Erin

Around the Web

Although it was hard to pare it down I rounded up those article/things etc… that have been open on my browser all week. I also signed up for The Skimm which has been an amazing way to get my daily dose of news! Enjoy!

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The Skimm: So I am probably pretty late to the game on this one but I recently discovered The Skimm and it has been such an incredible way for me to always stay updated on current news. I always found it pretty daunting and hard to find the important parts of whats going on in the world. It is definitely subjective but the daily email has really helped me keep up. It just makes the whole news thing super easy!

Lace dress from Nordstrom: I desperately wish I had a fall wedding to go to this year. I fell in love with this dress but just don’t have a good excuse to buy it right now! It is so pretty though and would be perfect for a fall wedding or any event in the coming months.

Bullet Journaling: I always wish I could journal more. It is almost always I time thing, I don’t feel like I have the time during the day to do a full on journal entry for myself. When I do get to it though it helps me sort through things so much. I am hoping that bullet journaling will be an easier way to go about this. I am psyched to try it out! Throughout the day I do the whole jotting down quick notes to myself about a variety of things but I am hoping the intentionality of bullet journaling helps to organize my thoughts a little.

DACA: Yes this is one of those things that is all over the news right now. This article lays out what is currently happening with DACA and gives the lowdown on some DACA replacements that could give those effected by the removal of DACA some protection. For those of you who don’t know DACA is the executive order placed by Obama which allows illegal immigrants brought over as children to work and study in the US and it protects them from deportation.

Guide to September’s Fashion Magazines: This is an article on Man Repeller that lays out all of the September fashion magazine issues. It was super helpful for me because it highlights what that issue covers and makes choosing much easier (I never have time to read everything I want!).

Erin

10 Favorite Outfits: August

What a crazy past month! There was so much travel I could barely keep track. It was so incredible though and I was able to see some really beautiful places and spend much needed time with family and friends. A lot has changed for me as well so I am planning on doing a life update post soon. I compiled my ten favorite outfits from this month so I hope you enjoy!

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Sunset at Gooseberry Point: Top similar, Shorts similar, Boat shoes L.L. Bean, Hat The Bayside merch

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Our day trip to Newport: Skirt H&M, Button down similar, Slides Sole Society, Bag Everly Oak, Hat vintage Nordstrom

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Westport lunch: Sweater Brooks Brothers, Skirt similar, Mules Nordstrom, Pearls vintage

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Brunch in Westport: Dress Free People, Jacket vintage, Heels similar, Sunglasses Ray Ban

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Hiking in Acadia National Park: Hat Patagonia, T-shirt Adidas, Shorts Nike, Sneakers Nike (this is my favorite hiking outfit by far!)

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Visiting tide pools at Mccellen State Park: T-shirt Nordstrom, Chino’s J. Crew, Belt similar, Sandals J. Crew Factory, Tote L.L. Bean, Sunglasses Ray Ban

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S’mores at the lake: Long sleeve Vineyard Vines, Skirt Madewell

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A misty Maine morning: Dress similar, Mules Nordstrom

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Watching the Eclipse: Dress Kiel James Patrick, Mules Nordstrom, Bracelet vintage

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Sweater men’s L.L. Bean, Jeans similar, Boat shoes L.L. Bean, Sunglasses J. Crew Factory

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One Morning in Maine

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.

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Jacket J. Crew Factory, Dress similar, Pearls vintage, Earrings vintage, Mules Nordstrom

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Beach Romper

Those final summer days are really starting to sink in. There is still a few great beach weeks left and I have been enjoying those days in this incredibly comfortable gingham romper. I mentioned that I ordered it in a previous post I did on gingham as a trend and it has really lived up. It is really the most comfortable romper I own. It is so thin which is perfect for the summer weather and sandy beach days. It works so well as either a beach cover up or a great outfit! All of the following pictures were taken at either Horseback Beach in Massachusetts or Barrington Beach in Rhode Island.

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Beach Towel Amazon, Romper J. Crew Factory, Hat Tuckernuck, Sunglasses J. Crew Factory

Erin

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting College

It is already August and I know so many people are getting ready to begin one of the most exciting adventures of their lives! Back to school is such an exciting time and can be even more exhilarating when you are starting a whole knew chapter in your life. I loved college and there are certain things I did that made my experience so incredible. There are also some things I wish I had known before starting college. This list is actually kind of a mix of the things I did right and the things I wish I had known. I hope you find it useful and would love to hear your opinions and thoughts!

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  1. Talk to everyone: This can be incredibly intimidating for many people but it is the easiest way to make friends, get to know your professors and meet business contacts. If you know you don’t like to talk to people there are ways to make it a little bit easier. Talking to peers in the first few weeks of school can actually be the best time because most people do not know each other so it is completely acceptable to ask where someone is from, what classes they are taking, what they might want to major in, etc. Getting used to speaking to professors can also be difficult but I highly recommend going into their office and asking questions, even if you do not necessarily have any. Just ask for clarifications on class material. Make sure they know who you are! I would say going in once a week is a good place to start. Throughout my four years of college I became friends with my professors which was incredibly beneficial for me.
  2. Take every opportunity you can get: Even other students at my own school asked me over and over how I was able to go so many places and do so many things. I took advantage of every opportunity that presented itself and went out of my comfort zone to do so. If a professor was taking a group of students on a short weekend trip I went, even if it meant missing out on some weekend relaxation and even if I knew nothing about the place we were going. I applied to many things even if I thought I wasn’t qualified for or that I wasn’t likely to get as a freshman (this seriously paid off!). On the academic side of things this one goes along with talking to your professors because I was offered lots of opportunities because I was engaged and frequently spoke to my professors.
  3. Know when to say no: Yes, I know, this is sort of contradictory but it is also so important to be able to say ‘no’. I got way two involved in so many different things in college during my first two years that by the time senior year came around I was beyond burnt out and I regret not spending more time with my friends. It can be really nice to be able to say yes to other things that pop up when your schedule has some built in free time. Some of the greatest memories I have are the unplanned adventures that popped up.
  4. Don’t stick to what is expected of you (by anyone): College is truly the time to try everything because you never know what you might fall in love with. I really wish I knew this before starting college because I definitely had it in my head that my parents had certain expectations of me and I followed one track in the first two years that I did not necessarily love. Because of this I soon felt like my professors, friends and even myself expected a certain level and a certain path. I wish I had been way more open because as I started to try other things around junior year I realized how much more is out there and how many other interests I had.
  5. Leave high school behind: Seriously, college is so much better without all the drama of high school. I think one reason that sometimes freshmen are looked down upon is because they are still partially high schoolers and there is definitely a difference. Leave the drama. Don’t get me wrong, there will be drama in college however people seem to deal with it very differently and in more adult ways. The first year can be a lot more fun if you do not play into at all. Just meet knew people, focus on school and get involved with extracurriculars. If you do not like who you were or how people perceived you in high school, college is a chance to completely start over. I believe in staying true to who you are, but people definitely change and you may not really be who many people in high school thought you were.

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Boots Tory Burch, Sweater Brooks Brothers, Pants similar, Crossbody Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses J. Crew Factory, Trench coat ASOS

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Blue and White Stripes

I found this boatneck top at J. Crew earlier this summer and it is the best! It is so comfortable and perfect for days at the beach. I wore it to dinner at the Bayside the other night because it got a little chilly but it is a great weight for wearing during the day as well. Also this Tuckernuck bow hat is so adorable and perfect for laying on the beach for hours.

Everything is full of sand at this point so I have given up trying to get it off. That sandy feel is definitely a defining feature of New England summers and I have come to appreciate it. My goals for this vacation have included eating lots of seafood, taking a multitude of pictures, cohogging and hanging out with family and friends. So far I have accomplished all of them and can’t wait to find some more adventures. My dad and I went out in the canoe on the Wesport River yesterday and did some fishing. It was so calming and beautiful!

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Shirt J. Crew, Pants similar, Hat Tuckernuck, Basket bag Everly Oak, Flip flops J. Crew Factory

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Farmhouse Dress Up

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Happy August!

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!

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Dress H&M (on sale!), Basket Bag Everly Oak, Slides Sole Society (also on sale, such a good deal!)

Erin