Life Update

Wow I have no idea where to even start with this post! Life has not stopped being crazy which has been incredible in many ways but also overwhelming. There have been a ton of amazing opportunities and adventures but I have had almost no time to process anything! Here is my best crack at an update on my life lately:

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Grad School

In August I started my first year of graduate school at Utah State University and I have been so so busy. I enjoy being busy and I think having more to do helps me be more productive but right now it is so tough to get everything done. I am teaching a class, doing research and taking my own classes, on top of moving to a brand new place and trying to figure out my life here. I barely have had time to think which is kind of crazy! The biggest thing I have come to realize is how much time professors spend on single classes. At least three days out of my week have been fully dedicated to preparing for and teaching a class that meets once a week (although we do have three sections). I spend one day focusing on my own research which comprises mostly of reading lots of scientific papers right now. The rest of my days in the week are spent in classes, doing homework and helping around our lab. I have had fairly little time for myself and do not feel like I have been utilizing that time all that well. Also if you don’t know I am starting my PhD in biology!

Summer

I am not even sure where to start with the past few months. So much has happened. My sister and I got back from Europe at the end of July, just in time for the wedding of a family friend (which was very beautiful). My mom and I left the next day to move a bunch of my stuff out to Utah. I had a few meetings with my lab but the trip was mostly filling out paperwork, moving in and getting some things set up. We only stayed three days before driving back to Boulder so I could pick up my friend who came to visit. I absolutely loved having her visit! We hiked every single day, visited the national park and did a short backpacking trip (which I did do a post about). She visited for about a week and then I left for New England because my boyfriend’s family was on vacation. I will do a post on this trip in the coming weeks because it was so beautiful and such a great place to visit (we were mostly in New Hampshire)! I flew home a week later and had one day to get any last minute things, pack the car head out to Utah.

As a side note, I was driving by myself for eight hours so I listened to the book Educated by Tara Westover and I highly recommend it! I spent my first week in Utah doing lots of safety related trainings and getting things in order. Classes started the second week and that Friday I left for Bahamas for 10 days of field work in the Exumas. My trip to the Bahamas was pretty crazy as well! I got sick (for two whole days!), visited pigs, went snorkeling and collected tons of data. I also met some great people and had lots of productive conversations about research!

Fall Outdoor Adventures

I having been really trying to get outside for a little bit every day and do something a little bigger once a week. This has definitely been way harder than I expected! Last weekend though I went camping up in the canyon with some friends which was so fun and very needed. The leaves were bright yellow and the air was cool and crisp. I have had fall camping on my seasonal goals for the past few years and it finally happened! A friend and I also went to the harvest festival to get pumpkins which as so fun and really put me in the mood for fall.

Apple picking has also given me some hard core fall feels. The house I am renting has two beautiful apple trees so I have been trying to bake when I can and freeze as many more as I can. I made an apple pie for our camping trip and am now psyched to get creative with some other apple recipes (we seriously have so many apples)!

Meditating

One of the best things for me lately has been meditating. I took a hiatus for a while and am so so glad to be back at it. I went ahead and bought the student yearly plan on Headspace and it is so worth it. It has been about a week since I started and I am feeling so much better already! Taking a few minutes every morning really helps clear my head and puts me in a better place to start the day.

Reading

One last update! While I definitely have not had as much time for reading, I did finish Circe while in the Bahamas and loved it. If you at all like greek mythology you will love it. The whole thing is about Circe (commonly known for her role in The Odyssey) and her struggles as the not so beloved daughter of Helios. Right now I am listening to In a Dark Dark Wood on Overdrive and I am hooked. If you haven’t heard of Overdrive it is a great way to get audiobooks on loan from your local library!

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Have a great weekend!

Erin

Fall Feels

Autumn is here once again and I couldn’t be more excited about the change in weather. I love love love the cool crisp days and the winds that require warm drinks and thick layers. I love every season but fall is definitely my favorite. The colors are beautiful, the food is fantastic (gotta love anything pumpkin) and I love the holiday season. I am changing up the format of my seasonal goals posts to more of a ‘fall favorites’ type list. I would consider the start of fall to be right around now… I can feel it in cool mornings and the leaves are starting to change!

Crunchy leaves
Pumpkins
Apple picking
Shades of orange
Bean Boots
Halloween
Bonfires
Plaids
Cups of tea
Sweaters
Hiking in the clear cool air
Burgundy
Spooky movies
Long walks

 

Also, check out my 10 Halloween Movies for some more fall/Halloween inspiration. Cozying up with a good book or movie is another great way to get excited for this time of year.

Erin

A Plaid Thanksgiving

I am loving this outfit for the Thanksgiving holiday. I am planning on wearing this dress for our big Thanksgiving meal because it is the perfect blend of unique and classic. The plaid is thin making the pattern a little more subtle. I might dress it up a bit more on Thursday with some low heels and tights, depending on the weather. Also, I have been so into tying bows in my hair. Even just some ribbon around your ponytail can go a long way.

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Dress Zara, Jacket similar (also this one has great bell sleeves), Boots Hunter, Bag similar (also similar), Necklace Rocksbox

Erin

Suede & Plaid

I hoped on the suede pant trend and I am so into it. The ones I got were inexpensive and they are so soft. I love that they look great and professional but also are so comfortable to wear. I really loved finding this plum plaid shirt and necklace, it mixes great with shades of brown, creating a perfect fall outfit.

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Shirt similar, Pants Macy’s, Jacket J. Crew Factory, Boots Tory Burch, Necklace similar

Erin

A Scotch Plaid Kinda Day

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week. It has been prime weather lately to pull out those flannels and sweaters. This is one I got from L.L. Bean and it is so comfortable. The only thing is that I wish I got it in a small, like my other plaid shirts. For some reason I got this one in a medium. Anyways I was able to find a sunny day in all the grey (finally)!

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Plaid Shirt L.L. Bean, Sweater L.L. Bean, Jeans similar, Boots L.L. Bean, Sunglasses J. Crew Factory

Have a wonderful day!

Erin

10 Favorite Outfits: October

Happy Halloween! Wow it’s the end of October already. I had an fun month filled with lots of seasonal activities and adventures with friends. I am totally pumped up for the holiday season and to go home finally! I leave in two weeks for Colorado and I couldn’t be more excited. This October has been a whirl wind in terms of weather but I finally got to wear lots of sweaters and some good plaids. Here are my favorite outfits from the month of October:

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Sweater similar (this color is very close), Jeans similar, Loafers Nordstrom, Sunglasses similar

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Trench ASOS, Top similar, Belt similar, Jeans similar, Boots Hunter

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Vest Barbour (similar), Sweater Brooks Brothers, Jeans similar, Flats similar

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Pants ASOS, Top similar, Booties Sole Society

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Shirt L.L. Bean, Overalls similar, Loafers Nordstrom

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Shirt similar, Leggings similar, Bag Vera Bradley, Booties Sole Society

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Button Down L.L. Bean, Top similar, Jeans similar, Belt similar, Loafers Nordstrom

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Pants ASOS, Top similar Scarf Nordstrom, Loafers Nordstrom

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Dress ASOS, Slides Nordstrom, Bag Rebecca Minkoff

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Sweater ASOS, Leggings similar, Boots L.L. Bean

Erin

Navy Peacoat

With all this cool weather finally hitting us I wanted to share my favorite navy jacket. For these photos I wore it with jeans and hunter’s since we have started getting some rain, especially in the mornings. I love the weight of this jacket because it is actually pretty thick and perfect for cool fall days. I shared some of my favorite double-breasted jackets in stores now at the end of this posts.

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Great peacoats: this one from Old Navy is super affordable and very cute, also this one from Thread & Supply on Nordstrom’s website is such an amazing deal (comes in great colors as well!)

Erin

10 Fall Favorites Under $50

Today I am rounding up my favorite items under $50. Most of what I included has been on my own wishlist for several weeks. I think affordable fashion is definitely a priority for most people, myself included, so I want to do some sort of series in the future that focuses on looking great on a budget.

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Collage created using TurboCollage software from http://www.TurboCollage.com

1. Velvet Bow: This is just the perfect fall accessory. It would be great for the holiday season and can easily carry into winter. I have mentioned it before in my post on Fall Trends but I couldn’t help but add it to this post as well since I have been eyeing it for so long.

2. Tie Booties: I am not sure where I original saw these posted but I found them again while looking at that statement bootie trend. I bought several pairs of shoes from Sole Society this summer and I like their styles as well as the quality for the price.

3. Ruffle Sweater: There have been at least three J. Crew sweaters that I have been looking at recently. I am so impressed with some of their styles and prices this season. This sweater is great because it is on trend for fairly cheap and the color choices are perfect (they go with anything!).

4. Plaid Blazer: This one I am seriously thinking about purchasing. The plaid blazer is such a classic piece, especially for fall. I have been looking for one that is good quality but not too expensive. This one seems great but I can’t be sure of the quality yet.

5. Leather Belt: A leather belt is a staple wardrobe item. Especially a brown leather belt. I love the equestrian embellishments on this buckle, its just such a classic touch that could really pull an outfit together.

6. Grey Sweater: This sweater caught my eye because it is one that won’t really go out of style. In a neutral I would wear something like this for so many years to come (very worth the price).

7. Burgundy Bag: Burgundy is very in right now and it is a great color for both the fall and winter seasons. I found this bag when I was looking specifically for pieces in that color. I didn’t get it but I keep coming back to it since it looks like such a great bag (in both color and style).

8. Slide Loafers: Loafers are an essential shoe to have. The are comfortable, work appropriate and very classy. Slides are so easy to just slip on, immediately taking an outfit to the next level. Nicer ones can be pricier but these seem like a great pair, for relatively cheap.

9. Watch: I am on the search for a good watch that will look great with my outfits. I have always been the type to wear super simple and durable watches but lately I have been feeling the need to step up my game. I think I am going to ask for one for Christmas however I have been looking for some cheaper ones and this one caught my eye.

10. Plaid Skirt: Plaid in general is definitely a very fall/winter pattern. Even though the styles have changed quite a bit, plaid skirts are classic items and definitely are worth it. This one is not too expensive and I like the simplicity of the pattern.

As always feel free to share any thoughts, items or questions. I love the feedback and I love engaging readers!

Erin

Burgundy & Fall Flowers

This beautiful ASOS sweater is my new favorite. I love the fall color, its absolutely beautiful. The detailing on the back is so fun and I love how the sleeves taper. It is also very comfortable and perfect for walking in the mild fall weather, cool mornings and warmer afternoons.

I have been taking lots of photographs of all the fall flowers in bloom right now. They are so beautiful and I never have associated flowers with fall so its a nice change. I am really loving it and am trying to search for different colors in different places. I chose my favorite photos so far to add to this post and they are just so pretty!

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Sweater ASOS, Pants similar, Boots Tory Burch

Have a wonderful day!

Erin

Fall Harvest

It is a beautiful fall day and I am incredibly excited to take a walk through the gorgeous trees. I pulled some pictures from adventures in the past couple of weeks. It has just been such a fun-filled festive month and I am excited for more. I have finally had time to bake and cook a ton which has been really fun and delicious. There is still much to come but here is my October photo diary so far.

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Have a lovely weekend!

Erin