First Snow

The snow finally stuck! I love snow and although it feels kind of early I am so excited about out first real snow. So it did snow a couple of times throughout the past month but it never really stuck here in town. This weekend we had some crazy weather. It was so windy, rainy and snowy on Saturday evening. A big branch actually broke off into our driveway. Sunday we decided to take a drive up Logan canyon to enjoy the leaves, the snow and try to hike (we weren’t sure what the trail conditions would be like). The trail we wanted to do is pretty steep so we decided against it but did explore some little trails. It is so beautiful right! I truly love that transition from fall to winter.

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I hope you had a fun weekend and got to enjoy some fall weather!

Erin

Halloween Spirit

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I am not sure why but I just love everything that goes into it. The pumpkin carving, corn mazes, baking, great movies, caramel apples, dressing up etc… The holiday is just made up of so many fun activities that all take place in the fall, which is my favorite season. I thought I would give some ideas for fun Halloween outfits. This is not a costumes post but just ways to make an everyday outfit feel more Halloween ready. For me it is definitely about embracing orange and black. There is definitely a way to wear those colors together without feeling like it is too much.

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Midi dress (I so wish this was in my budget right now), pumpkin body suit (a little more costume-like but still great for getting in the Halloween mood), booties, pumpkin sweater (number one on my wishlist so I had to include it), bag (comes in a perfect orange as well), skull sweatshirt

Here are some outfits I have been wearing that are Halloween inspired:

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Happy October! Let’s fully embrace the Halloween spirit!

Erin

Monochromatic Looks: Fall Edition

I have always wanted to challenge myself to embrace the whole monochrome thing. I never really felt like I would be able to pull it off but I have never tried so this is my attempt to wear different colors in monochrome. I definitely chose colors that I was comfortable in and that are perfect for this time of year.

Camel/brown: The perfect color for fall is easy to make monochromatic. There are so many shades that work well together. I really think there are so many ways to wear browns and camels that it could never get old in the fall!

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Coat Mark and Graham, fleece Dudley Stephens, pants old (similar), boots Sam Edelman, crossbody Madewell, hat old (similar)

Pink: It might not be considered a traditionally ‘fall’ color but I love pink so I really wanted to include it in this outfit round up. I will also be doing a post on Thursday about wearing pink in fall. It will focus on pink as more of an accent in fall outfits so it might be much more applicable. I wanted to choose two outfits for this since one is rather formal and the other is kind of athlesure.

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Dress Atlantic-Pacific, heels old (similar), sunglasses old (similar, also I am so loving these)

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Top Nike, leggings Lululemon, Sneakers APL

White: This one is also not traditionally fall but I think most people have accepted white as a year round wardrobe addition. I added this grey bag and a beige coat to add to the fall feel.

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Sweater Everlane, sunglasses Amazon, jeans Madwell, sneakers Adidas, bag Cambridge Satchel Company

Green: My all time favorite color always deserves a spot! There are so many great shades of green that work for anytime of year. My outfit here is a forest green and is perfect for right now but there are some lighter greens that could be a great addition to a fall outfit. This one is not necessarily monochrome but relatively close and I do love the hints of color.

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Sweater Madewell, pants old (similar, here is a cheaper option), bag Madewell, booties old (similar)

Navy: Navy is also a classic color that can be easily found year round. I was on the fence about including it in a monochrome post since I don’t wear a ton of navy (or at least I didn’t think I did) but while I was going through my closet I found a ton of navy staples that I wear, especially during fall.

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Vest Barbour, top old (similar), jeans old (similar), sneakers Adidas

Thanks for reading and have a great Tuesday!

Erin

Fall Movies

Last year I did a post on my favorite Halloween movies to watch and this year I decided to share my favorite movies to watch during fall (in general). Cozying up with a cup of tea and a blanket on a chilly fall evening and watching the perfect fall movie is a great way to end a day.

fallmoviesYou’ve Got Mail: An absolute classic New York City fall movie. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend giving it a watch this fall. It is such a sweet romance about two bookshop owners and their love story. Books, romance, fall… what more could you want?

Stepmom: I have not seen this one in quite a while but for some reason I always think fall when I think about this movie. It also has Julia Roberts which always makes things worth watching.

Election: A classic Reese Witherspoon movie. There has to be a back to school flick on this list considering fall and ‘back to school’ typically go together!

Charade: This one is not necessarily a fall movie but it is a classic Audrey Hepburn. We watched it the other night and absolutely loved it. It is highly entertaining and takes place in Paris.

October Sky: Another very classically fall movie. I also haven’t seen this one in a while but it is a classic true story and beautifully made movie. It is so inspiring especially as a scientist!

Others that I am looking forward to watching: Sleepless in Seattle (yep another Nora Ephron with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and I really haven’t seen it yet), Autumn in New York.

Town and Country did a longer post on recommendations for this time of year! I found it just as I was finishing up this post and many of these are on my list so they definitely nailed it!

Erin

 

Vermont Travel Diary

I flew out on Wednesday morning and spent pretty much the whole day traveling. There are definitely no direct flights form Salt Lake to Burlington so I had a layover in Newark and there was lots of weather there. I didn’t end up getting in until 12:30am. So my trip in Vermont really starts on Thursday!

Day 1: We stayed the night in a hotel in Burlington since I got in so late. Because we were in town we went to breakfast with my brother at Sneakers in Winooski. Apparently it is usually very crowded but we got there just at the right time and I was really glad we went because they had some amazing vegetarian options. I feel like there are often only a couple of veg options on menus but there were so many options! From there we dropped my brother at his class (he goes to UVM) and went to Church street to check out Crow Bookshop (of course). On our drive to Middlebury we stopped to taste maple syrup at the Dakin Farm store (so delicious and I highly recommend it). My uncle works at Middlebury College so we met at the school to see his office and then his house. We all drove to Snake Mountain for an absolutely beautiful hike. The drive was gorgeous and the hike was even more spectacular. We drove back to town and had dinner at Two Brother’s.

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Crow Bookshop on Church Street has a really great collection of used books.
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An amazing farm with delicious maple syrup and yummy cheeses. We had to make a stop along the way. 
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View from Snake Mountain!

Day 2: Our second day started with pastries from Otter Creek Bakery and homemade breakfast. We spent the day driving around and stopping at orchard’s for cider donuts and apples. Vergennes was the first top (such a quaint town) and then we went to Boyer’s Orchard (amazing donuts). We drove around the countryside for a while longer, enjoying the foliage and stopping at more orchards. From Bristol we took a drive up 17 toward Mad River Glen to really see all the leaves in full color. It was truly beautiful. We stopped back in Bristol for lunch at Bristol Cliffs Cafe. I think Bristol is the town I would want to go back and explore a little. It is tiny and would only take a couple of hours but the shops were so cute and we had to kind of rush back since my dad had a meeting at UVM. My mom and I checked into our hotel and then went down to the shop, Common Deer, to meet up with my brother. The rest of our family (uncles, cousins) met us at Foam for drinks. It is close to lake Champlain and the sunset was beautiful. I also just highly recommend Foam because they have a great atmosphere (and music!), lots of beers and some great local ciders. We ended the day with dinner at Daily Planet.

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Mom and I at a park in Vergennes. The weather overall was much colder than I was expecting!
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First cider donut of the trip at Boyer Orchards. They might be the best cider donuts I have ever had. So fresh and the perfect texture.(I know I know that porta potty really adds to the fall vibe).
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Amazing views and foliage from the top of the pass at Mad River. My dad and I actually started a little hike but the trail was really wet and we were not wearing great shoes.

Day 3: We drove down to Perkins Pier in the morning to see my friend who was working a boating event. It was very random but I actually really enjoyed it! We stopped for breakfast at The Spot before really starting our day (great breakfast plus not too expensive and the breakfast burrito was amazing). The next stop was Shelburne Orchard for more fall adventures. This is by far the orchard with the most to do (of the ones we went to). There was bourbon tasting (so good), gorgeous views of the lake, donut ice cream sandwiches, tons of pumpkins and much more. We started with the bourbon tasting and then went to pick apples (they also have such a big picking area). Just before leaving with tried their cider donuts. From there we drove back to Burlington to watch the men’s UVM soccer game (fun to watch but I won’t talk too much about it). After refreshing at the hotel we headed to my brother’s fraternity house for their family weekend social. We finally made it to dinner at Bleu Northeast Seafood. That dinner was so fun and both the food and the service were probably the best of the trip.

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Grapevines at Shelburne Orchards (we did not get to do a wine tasting here but that is on my list for next time).
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This door at the orchard is amazing. Also the dead bird symbol above it is the logo for the bourbon company.
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Another day, another delicious cider donut. These were probably my second favorite cider donuts.
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Pumpkins pouring out from the Shelburne Orchard farm store.
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Family dinner at Bleu.

Day 4: While the whole trip was amazing this was the day I was definitely the most sick. My mom and I met a friend of mine at Feldman’s Bagels for breakfast. They have a little bookshelf that made my day. We spent the rest of the morning/afternoon walking around downtown Burlington with my brother. There are some amazing stores. We ate lunch at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill (number one favorite place for brunch and right in Burlington). My mom’s flight was in the evening so we said goodbye to her and I drove to my friend’s house in Addison. That drive as absolutely gorgeous! I would really do it just for the drive. She lives right on Lake Champlain so while she had a dinner I got to enjoy the beautiful views!

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The book cart at Feldman’s Bagels had some real gems.
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Lunch at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill. It actually started to sprinkle on us!
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Shopping on Church street. Monelle and Ecco were my favs.
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Pumpkins on the porch in Addison getting me psyched for Halloween.

Day 5: My last day in Vermont! Ahh I was so sad to leave. It is just such a beautiful place with so much local food and drink. I had a delicious breakfast with my friend before driving back to Burlington. I stopped along the way to pick up some things from Dakin Farm Store and to check out the Vermont Flannel Company. It was pretty so rainy! I headed back to spend some time with my brother before flying back to Salt Lake. I was able to eat at the Skinny Pancake in the airport before flying out. It was good but they hype gave me pretty high expectations so it was not my favorite.

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The rainy view from my friend’s porch.
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Vermont Flannel Company for the win. Their flannels are so so soft.

Vermont is amazing and I definitely recommend visiting when you can! I would love to go back even without the foliage.

Erin

Books to Get in the Halloween Mood

This time of year is the best! I just love everything and probably talk about it way too much. Halloween is such a fun holiday and I love embracing October as that season. Give me all the pumpkins, corn mazes, costumes, witches, etc… A big part of what influences my mood are books. I love theming my books to get me excited and even more into that season. So here I am listing books that give me all the fall/Halloween feels. Most are mysteries but my criteria are just books I either love to read at this time of year or books that I always pictured set during October. I have not read a lot that would probably be on this list so I am just giving a disclaimer that I am only including books I have read or am reading now.

The Seven and a Half Death’s of Evelyn Hardcastle: I am reading this now and am really enjoying it so far. I can just feel the crunchy leaves, forest paths and cool air. It is the perfect choice to get me in the mood right now.

Harry Potter (any but especially the first book): It is true that I could read Harry Potter any time of year but the best time to read it is October through December. I just love all the holiday scenes and it goes perfectly with a cozy blanket and cup of tea.

Murder on the Orient Express: Agatha Christie is a fantastic writing and this classic story lives up to the hype. I first read it for a project in eight grade and it has been a favorite ever since.

Sherlock Holmes: I have loved every Sherlock Holmes mystery that I read. They are relatively short, interesting and great for October evenings. I also enjoy great detective stories in general!

Magpie Murders: A great murder mystery (involving a editor) that has great twists and is perfect for Halloween.

A few books I am looking forward to reading: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, The Women in the Window by A.J. Finn and Serpant and Dove by Shelby Mahurin.

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I would really love to hear about any books you love for this time of year!!!

Erin

Great TV Shows for Fall/Halloween

Because I am such a big fall person and I love Halloween I wanted to do a post just for TV shows I watch around this time of year. I am going to start with 5 that are more general but great to watch now.

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1. Stranger Things: You have probably been living under a rock if you have not heard of this one but I have to include it since it is one of my favorite shows ever it is a perfect one for Halloween. I would not even know where to begin with explaining this one. Basically it is about some kids in rural Indiana and their encounters with the supernatural. It sounds a little odd if you haven’t heard of it but I highly recommend trying it out even if you are not into anything supernatural.

2. Dark: We finished this show a couple of weeks ago and I so wish the next season was already here. This one has to do with a seemingly normal group of people and there interactions with time. That is all I will say because I really don’t want to give anything away (plus I am not sure how to explain any more than that without giving too much away). I will give a heads up that this is a German show dubbed in English so it takes a little getting used to.

3. Broadchurch: This is an incredible show about English detectives solving a complicated crime. It is a little dark but I really liked it and am not usually into things that are too dark or scary.

4. Sherlock: The classic murder mystery show. It truly lives up and is overall amazing. The cast is incredible and the story line intriguing. Since I love reading so much I do have to mention that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as some great stories that are definitely worth a read.

5. Twin Peaks: Another intriguing mystery drama. I have not fully finished this one but it has some great fall/Halloween vibes. It is quite strange, takes place is a small town and has some interesting characters.

The second 5 are shows that truly are perfect for Halloween (mostly involve witches):

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6. Sabrina the Teenage Witch: It is a very cheesy show but I think it is entertaining and fun. I will say that I have not watched all episodes but am working through it from the beginning now. There is something so compelling about a teenage witch and her struggle as both a high schooler and a new witch.

7. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: This is a take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch that is much darker but still fun. It is much more progressive as well since it is new. This is my favorite of the Halloween shows right now.

8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: This is the only non-witch show although it is definitely a classic show that brings all the Halloween vibes. I also have not watched all of this one but always enjoy when I do watch an episode here and there.

9. Bewitched: This is a much older show about a witch who is a housewife. I definitely have mixed feelings to say the least buy I wanted to include it since it is a classic show about a witch. It paved the way for lots of others!

10. Charmed: I used to love watching this show, especially around Halloween. It is about three sisters and their adventures as witches in a modern world (modern as in early 2000’s). I have not watched the recent CW remake of this show so I can’t say much about it but I will probably end up trying it in the next few weeks.

Let me know what you are watching this October.

Erin

Favorite Fall Outerwear

Outerwear is definitely one of my favorite parts of any outfit. The need for a warmer layer is one of many reason that I love fall so much. Warm jackets and cozy sweaters are the best. I wanted to do a round up of my favorite pieces of outwear for this time of year. Here are seven of my most worn jackets/coats for the fall season.

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A great denim jacket, a classic trench coat, a comfy leather jacket (this was in my favorite purchases of 2018 and I think it is still one of my all time favorite purchases), a black or navy vest, a barn jacket (perfect for apple picking, hiking, farm adventures and any other fall adventure), a sweater coat, any poncho (I am liking a navy or beige for fall, more affordable option from Madewell)

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Coffee shop run. This trench coat is one of my most worn clothing items of all time. Mine is ASOS from probably four years ago but I linked an Everlane option above that is so cute (plus Everlane is an amazing brand). I love that trench coats can be dressed up or down and just always make an outfit look classy.
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I mentioned above that this was a favorite purchase last year and I still love it and wear it a ton, especially during fall. I love that this one has a hood and gold hardware but there are lots of great options out there.
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Apple picking in my Barbour vest! It is the perfect layering piece. I think that it also does a great job of adding class to any outfit.
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Apple picking with a friend in a perfect flannel lined Carhartt jacket. This is one jacket I don’t worry about getting dirty and still love the look of (plus it is super comfy).
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Ponchos are a great outwear option for dressier occasions but can also be dressed down for casual weekend trips to the farmer’s market and for easy work days.
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This Mark and Graham sweater coat (linked above) is a new purchase this season but I have already worn it several times. It is a great weight for the cool mornings and it goes with just about anything.
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A denim jacket is such a versatile closet essential. I wear mine spring, summer and fall and never get sick of it. For fall I love pairing it with shades of olive or beige.

Happy fall my lovely people!

Erin

Fall Feels Second Edition

Last year I did a series of seasonal posts that highlight my favorite things about that season. See last year’s Fall Feels post. I wanted to continue that tradition but I am challenging myself to not repeat anything from last year’s post. My list now includes both things I love about a season and things that remind me of that season. Fall is my favorite so it is when I started this series and I can’t wait for everything it has to offer. I have already been wearing lots of fall clothing and have found some great decorations for the season (mums and pumpkins are my favorites!).

Yummy candles

Hot springs

Burnt orange

Cool breeze

Apple crisp

Rainy nights

Reading Harry Potter

Changing colors

Butternut squash soup

Booties

Cozy blankets

Camping

I also linked my Halloween movies post last year that I will link again since I definitely stand by all of these movies as great fall and halloween inspiration!

Erin

Transitioning to Fall

I can’t believe its already almost the end of August! This summer has really flown by. Classes at Utah State start next week and I definitely need to get myself mentally prepped and ready to teach and for my own classes. Fall is hands down my favorite season though so overall I am super pumped for the next couple of months. Seasonal transitions can be tough so I thought I would do a post on transitioning a wardrobe into fall. It is still so hot (at least in Utah!) but a lot of people are going back to school and in general feeling ready for fall style (I already want to be wearing sweaters).

I rounded up some great pieces for this transition and I am going to share a couple of outfits that I am excited to wear during the next couple of months.

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Loafer: They are a great school option that is also so comfortable plus I love that this snakeskin print elevates the more traditional look.

Grey jumpsuit: I am a lover of jumpsuits and I just ordered this one for fall. I was on the fence about the grey but it is a neutral so it goes with everything and can definitely be dressed up.

Wide leg pant: These pants are amazing! The print is so fun and perfect for fall. They also look so comfortable and airy.

Wrap dress: This is another great option for school/teaching but also great for warm weather. I am so tempted by this, its just so cute and could be great for spring and summer as well!

Tank top: A tank top in a fun fall color is another great way to transition into fall. I love throwing a cardigan or blazer over top for teaching or in the evenings. This Reformation top is another fun option (I love this stripes) and I have this BP cami in the leopard and the black and love them both.

Striped blouse: I don’t immediately think of blue and white as fall colors but I think the colors bring some of summer with a great style for fall. It would go so well with a brown corduroy skirt. Plus it would totally work for spring and summer as well!

Heeled sandal: Sandals are also not something I usually associate with fall however I do think these could be so cute with some fall outfits for the rest of August and September. I just ordered them in the taupe and am so excited for them to arrive!

Olive jumpsuit: Yup another jumpsuit. This color is so pretty for fall and I can’t wait to wear it with some sneakers or leopard flats.

A few other things I am eying include this leopard skirt, fun sunglasses and an Everlane sweater.

I do have a Pinterest board with outfit ideas for summer to fall transitions. Some outfit ideas:

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T-shirt is BP (I freaking love this tee so much and wear it all the time, I also have it in black!), Skirt is BP, Booties are Vince Camuto, Bag is Madewell (my go to right now, great size and material), Sunglasses are Karen Walker (a big splurge but an all time favorite and the absolute best quality)

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Jumpsuit is BP, Sunglasses are Quay (similar), Hat is Brooklyn Hat Co. Palm Fiber Safari Hat (similar), Sandals are from Birkenstock, Bag is last year Faithful the Brand (similar), Cardigan by Leith.

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Tank is old (this one is very similar plus is on major sale), Jeans are Levi’s, Wedges are Treasure and Bond (they definitely live up to the hype, so cute and actually so comfy), Bag is Madewell, Sunglasses are last year Quay (similar).

I hope you are having a great weekend, spending time both relaxing and having fun. And let me know what you are into for the transition into fall, I love getting new ideas and inspiration!

Erin