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

Leopard for Every Fall Outfit

Yes leopard is a big trend right now. I have seen it everywhere and for good reason. The brown and black patterning goes with just about anything and is an absolute perfect addition to any fall outfit. I am excited to share some fun finds for great additions of leopard. There are so many ways to wear it from small accessories to full on head to toe.

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Booties, dress #1, scrunchiemule (from an amazing brand called Able), clutch, scarf, pants, dress #2 (not a true leopard but very similar and from H&M’s conscious collection), sunglasses (I hadn’t though of this but sunglasses would be the perfect leopard accent), loafer (love love love these), clutch #2 (sustainable vegan brand called Wilby)

Some of my favorite leopard pieces:

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Have a great Thursday and stay warm (it snowed here in Logan yesterday)!

Erin

Work Outfit Inspiration I: Feeling Fall

Despite living in Utah I do tend to dress up for work, especially when I am teaching. I wanted to start some posts that highlight outfits that are stylish, practical and appropriate for work. As you may have noticed I love fall so I decided to theme this first round as the perfect fall work outfits. I will preface this by saying that I don’t really have a ‘dress code’ that I have to comply with so some of these outfits are a little more relaxed.

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Trench coat similar, sweater Everlane, pants similar (a fun alternative option), booties Vince Camuto

I am definitely of the opinion that a trench coat makes anything look nicer. It is a great way to make an outfit look a little more professional. I also love finding nicer pants that are also comfortable (all three dress pant options in this post definitely fit that). The final touch for this outfit was that go to Everlane sweater.

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Coat Mark and Graham, booties Blondo, skirt option from Reformation (I honestly had a really hard time finding something similar, it is pretty old J. Crew Factory), sweater similar

Black and camel are classic colors especially for the work place. The work really nicely together and I decided to make it a little more fun with the zebra printed skirt and patterned coat.

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Striped shirt old (similar, a great Everlane option), orange dress pants similar, booties Blondo (waterproof), scarf vintage Hermes (loving this leopard one)

This is my favorite work outfit from last year and I still love it. A silk scarf can really elevate an outfit. I also really enjoy the black and orange as a kind of nod toward Halloween.

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Tweed jacket old (similar, more affordable option), dress old (similar, I also love this one), boots Sam Edelman

A classic black dress is a must for a work wardrobe. There are so many options and I do recommend really searching for one that is flattering and comfortable. It can be an item worth splurging on since you will wear it a ton! I also love having some tweed pieces for work.

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Blazer 1. STATE (similar), t-shirt Something Navy, pants nydj, booties Vince Camuto

This plaid blazer is my go to for work looks this fall. It looks great with dress pants, jeans, skirts, dresses (i.e. everything). I like that this one is longer as well!

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Cardigan Madewell, jeans similar, button down similar, booties Vince Camuto

I know not everyone can wear jeans to work but they are a great option if you are able to. I think a dark denim tends to look a little nicer so I paired mine with a button down shirt and cardigan.

Thanks for reading!

Erin

A Plaid Shirt 5 Ways

Greetings from Vermont! First I have to give credit to Jess Keys for inspiring this post. She did a post on styling a flannel four ways in early September and I was re-inspired to get out all my flannel button downs. I love how cozy they are for fall and winter plus they can actually go with so much. I tried to include some casual outfits along with a couple of nicer ways to wear it. As far as paid shirts go I hands down have to recommend L.L. Bean. They are by far the best quality.  I chose to wear an American Eagle shirt that I found on sale for this post (they are so so soft).

Outfit #1: Jeans and a white t are a classic look for any season and adding a plaid shirt gives it all the fall vibes. I also added a brown hat and some booties to get even more into the fall mood.

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Outfit #2: Corduroy skirts are also classic fall pieces and I really love it with a plaid shirt (a great way to wear a skirt with plaid). Of course I added that favorite white sweater, for warmth and because it is just amazing.

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Outfit #3: Another outfit with jeans since it is definitely an easy way to wear plaid. I feel like adding some white sneaker makes it more seasonally versatile which is nice. I also really like to tie the front to give it some shape and a different look.

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Outfit #4: This is definitely the dressiest outfit and I love it. I pulled out this poncho and am so into it right now. I also think that white jeans tend to generally look a little nicer. Add some boots and a great brown bag and it is the perfect look for fall.

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Outfit #5: My final outfit was totally unplanned but I ended up liking it even more then what I had planned out for this outfit. The black (as opposed to navy) changes it up and was unexpected for me. I actually really like it with the Spanx leggings and brown riding boots.

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I really think a plaid flannel shirt is an absolute closet essential that can be worn in so many different ways. They are also just so comfortable and warm.

Erin

Sustainable Brand Highlight: Everlane

UPDATE: I completely forgot to mention that Nordstrom is carrying Everlane right now.

Along with this new Sustainable Style Series that I am doing I wanted to highlight a brand every month that does a great job of creating clothing it a sustainable way. There are lots of factors that are involved in this process so I will do my best to explain how a brand is “sustainable” and what their views are on sustainable style. I am starting with Everlane since it is my favorite for basics. Everything is so cute, stylish and affordable. They are also very transparent about the whole process of making a piece (cost and all). I also think it is a brand that makes clothing that is high quality and lasts for a long time. That is such an important part of creating a sustainable brand since ultimately we don’t want to keep producing and buying.

I have been going to Everlane for pretty much everything before looking anywhere else. Before I share some of my favorites from them I wanted to share some things that I have had my eye on. First are these knit booties. I love that they are unique and stylish. I have not tried any Everlane shoes yet but I am hoping to in the future! Next are these wide leg pants. I usually stick to skinny or straight leg but I am loving these. Finally, I have had my eye on their puffer jackets since last year.

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This white sweater has been my obsession for several weeks now. It is such great quality, so comfortable and so classic!
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I will say that I have not tried many of there pants/jeans but they are all look amazing. I do have these black jeans that they are great (also on sale right now for such a great price)!
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This mock neck is from last year but they have a similar style here.
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Such a comfortable henley waffle shirt! I am also just loving this color for fall.
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There loungewear is also great quality. I can just tell it will last a long time. This sweatshirt is sold out now but the hoodie they do have in stock looks so comfy (that brass color is so nice).
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This might be one of the best purchases for value I have made all year. This t-shirt dress is so comfortable, a great color and affordable. It is sold out now but hopefully they will bring it back next summer (they do still have a cotton shirtdress in stock).

I also wanted to mention that I have an Everlane backpack and I love it. It is such great quality and mine is black so it goes with everything.

I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what your favorite ‘sustainable brands’ are!

Erin

Week in My Life: No. 2

Sunday and Monday were work at home days. I am in the middle of some big projects so I really needed some time to focus and get some things finished. I love being in the lab but it can be very distracting and I always end up doing a bunch of other things. I was also able to spend time planning out blog posts and brainstorming for the holiday months.

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Taking a break from work to watch some Friends.

Tuesday’s are always busy with teaching and this one was no different. I will say despite arriving at 8:00am and not leaving until almost 6:00pm I did enjoy talking with all of my students. Aiden and I also went to Morty’s for lunch which was a great break in a busy day and they have some gorgeous views. They also have one of the most delicious veggie breakfast burritos! We also picked a ton of apples since our trees are loaded right now and the apples taste delicious.

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We have two apple trees in our backyard and they are so full of apples right now. I have been make lots of crips/crumbles and eating lots of apples. They are at their prime right now!

Wednesday and Thursday were just busy work days. Since I am leaving for Vermont next week I am trying to get a lot done before I go. I did go to the SACNAS social and  went to my professor’s presentation. We also started house sitting on Wednesday… hence the cat Instagram stories. Her cats are so cuddle and adorable and I am loving it. I stayed up way too late working on Thursday night yet the craziness was just beginning. I went to yoga in the morning with a friend who is in town for the weekend (from Seattle). I then worked until 12:30pm before heading down to Salt Lake City to pick up a friend who is visiting from Austin. We got coffee at this cute little place called Blue Copper Coffee Room. Then we made a Target and Trader Joe’s run before heading back to Logan. The leaves are changing color in Sardine Canyon and it is so beautiful! Our roommate is moving to Oregon so we stopped at her cookie farewell party before calling it a day.

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One of the cats joined our game of Forbidden Island on Friday night.

It rained almost all Saturday (and it is continuing today and Monday). Since my friend is visiting we still wanting to show her around a bit so we went to the farmer’s market (yes it was still open despite the rain and cold). We got coffees and berries and then headed to Lucky Slice for a pizza lunch (great vegan pizza if you are ever in the area). It was so nice to spend the afternoon under warm blankets. We just read, napped and watched the rain/hail. To end the day we made a bread run and cooked  some delicious food.

A few interesting articles:

NY Times Article How To Buy Clothes That Are Built To Last. Such a great article on skipping fast fashion and buying quality clothing.

A great article on climate change and sea level rise. Definitely worth a read right now.

Vox article on Reese’s Bookclub. A reader suggested this article and it is a great look at the power of celebrity book clubs (particularly Reese’s). I highly recommend this article, especially if you follow her book club. It gives insight into how books are chosen and to how integral books are to Reese Witherspoon’s brand.

Mattel’s gender neutral dolls. I am so an board with this! It is such a great way to teach kids that is ok to be yourself (whoever that may be) and to accept others for who they are.

Bookbub article on Three Women. Bookbub featured my favorite book of the year, Three Women, in article! Read it, it is so so good!

A video on Kate Middleton as a royal. I have never been that into the current British monarchy, aside for Kate and Megan’s outfits because they are always amazing, but I clicked on this video and was definitely intrigued by their influence and presence.

Ambient Worlds Youtube channel. This channel has amazing playlists for background music. They have lots of Harry Potter so of course I was into it.

Instagram: @chloeiscrazy is hilarious and I definitely went down a bit of a rabbit hole watching her posts.

Clothing obsession: Mark and Graham sweater coat. I posted about it in my Favorite Fall Outerwear post and have worn it four out of the five weekdays this week. Also I do want to say that I actually bought this on Poshmark a few weeks ago (first Poshmark purchase!).

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This was the coat repeat offender this week. It was the perfect weight for the cold mornings we have had.

Reading: I am attempting to finish Thunderhead (the second book in the Scythe series). I loved the first one and still like this one but I am just having a hard time to get into it.

Podcast: I mentioned last week that I was looking forward to Bad on Politics with Grace and Becca and it did not disappoint. I can’t recommend it enough. They had Alyssa Mastromonaco on and she had amazing information to share about how the primaries work and about how to get involved in politics. I also tried hard to keep up with current events this week via NPR’s Up First.

I also can’t finish this post without mentioning some of my Trader Joe’s favorites. I am a huge fan and kind of go crazy every time we go since the closest one is in Salt Lake.

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Above are some of the things from the Trader Joe’s trip… the Black Pepper Tuscano Cheese is my #1 favorite ever. I am excited to try the tempura cauliflower, pumpkin bisque, fall zuchette pasta and the halloween cookies. I also love their pumpkin butter, veggie gyoza and hash brown patties. Also the tea is new to me but I love it so much already, delicious and perfect for fall.

Things I am looking forward to next week:

I am not sure if any more info will be out this week but the next Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen collection is suppose to come out in October and I am beyond excited. Blair is one of my style icons and I have loved her collections so far.

Going to Vermont this week is definitely my number one. I can’t wait to see my family and I just found out that I get to see one of my best friends from college as well. I also am hoping for some gorgeous colors.

My friend from Seattle is actually visiting to defend her dissertation and I am so excited for her. Her presentation is Monday morning and we are going to celebrate afterwards, I can’t wait for both!

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Campus life gave out pumpkin donuts this week and I could not resist. It didn’t help that Trader Joe’s had apple cider donuts which are my favorite. I have not seen them in Utah yet so I could not resist that either.

I hope you had a great week! Thanks for reading.

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

Nancy Drew Outfit Inspiration

So I am on a little bit of a role with new series and I could not be more excited for this one. I am really trying to use this blog as a place to express myself and do posts that I am really excited about. I have thought long and hard about the kinds of posts I want to write and I have come up with lots of fun ideas for the coming months. For this series, every month I am going to be doing a style post with inspiration from a favorite show, book or movie. September’s inspiration post is Nancy Drew for many reasons. First, I love her as a character and I love her outfits (especially in the 2007 movie with Emma Roberts). One thing I really love about her style is the retro/vintage that I can mix into modern trends and pieces. The other big reason I chose this one first is that the new TV series is coming out in October (see trailer).

I chose three outfits from different scenes in the movie and I added one bonus photo at the end that to me reflects the new series. Challenging myself to create these looks out of items I already own was so much fun!

Outfit #1: Penny loafers are a defining aspect of a Nancy Drew outfit. My favorites are these G.H. Bass & Co. ones but Everlane has some really great options! She also always layers either a sweater or trench coat. She adds quite a bit of plaid in the movie. She wears a trouser often but I paired this sweater and loafers with a plaid skirt as well since it is a little more my style!

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Outfit #2: Nancy Drew wears a very similar outfit in the opening scene as well as the later scene with the car bomb. This is the outfit for sleuthing plus it is so comfortable. It also looks so classy but not too dressy! She wears a lot of headbands in the movie but I wanted to add my own style to these outfits as well. I did add a jeweled headband in with this outfit.

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Outfit #3: Last but certainly not least is a classic tweed suit/dress. Personally this might be my favorite outfit ever. I don’t get to wear it much since it it pretty dressy but I love it for a Nancy Drew look. This is a look inspired by her first day of school outfit as well as the outfit she wears to the courthouse.

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So I wanted to add a bonus outfit to tease the new TV show a little! Her style is definitely going to be way different but I am still super excited to watch. The most I got from the preview was her work uniform (a dress over a white shirt, still classically Nancy Drew) and her classic denim jacket look. I will alway be a denim jacket fan so it definitely felt more like me!

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I hope you enjoy this new series!

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

Week in My Life: No. 1

In all honesty the past couple of months have been absolutely insane. Our two roommates are both moving to Oregon so we are in the middle of trying to fill the basement apartment. Aiden has had some health stuff so that has also been at the top of my mind. Work is totally crazy as well. My to-do list is very long and only keeps growing. To say the least I have been incredibly overwhelmed! We do have a lot of thing planned for the next few months, some of which should be very fun. This past week has mostly been work with a few fun things thrown in.

Last weekend my uncle and cousin visited! It was absolutely amazing and I could not have asked for a better time with them. I did not take a single picture because I was just in the present and not really thinking about it! They came so that my cousin could check out USU and they also brought some vintage furniture of my grandmother’s. My cousin and I explored campus for a while and then picked up some bread from Crumb Brother’s. We took them to Le Nonne’s (on of the best restaurants in Logan) for dinner and then made an apple crisp with apples from our tree for dessert.

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Sitting in one of my grandmother’s vintage chairs (I have always loved this living room set and am so grateful to have inherited it).

I always dedicate Monday and Tuesday to teaching so I spent lots of time prepping the lab, writing out the protocol and then teaching. In general it is the most stressful time of the week but it went pretty smoothly. Aiden came into work with me a couple times throughout the week and we got lunch at the Skyroom (on USU’s campus and Morty’s (both are delicious and reasonably priced). We ended the day on Tuesday my watching Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang (a classic favorite).

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I usually dress up during the first couple days of the week (for teaching) and then wearing comfier clothing. This was probably my favorite outfit of the week. Leggings are Lululemon align pant in dark olive, sneakers are Superga and cardigan is BP (similar).

I honestly don’t have a ton to say about the rest of the week. Lots of stuff came up with work so I ended up spending way more time that expected working. Friday was my favorite. I stopped working early and we had a great night making food and watching The Ugly Truth (such a funny rom-com, Aiden loved it too!). Yesterday (Saturday) I spent pretty much the whole day working but we did go on a nice walk and watched Friends while we ate dinner.

A few interesting articles:

12-year old singing ventriloquist. Aiden showed me the champions America’s Got Talent final this morning and we went down a rabbit hole watching this girl. She is absolutely amazing and I can’t get over it!

Meghan Markle fall outfit inspiration. Um yes please. I love every single piece she has worn recently and can’t wait to try some similar combinations!

Fall uniform by Zodiac sign. I just loved every one of these looks for fall.

On life-long readers. This article is really worth reading. I have always been a reader but there are a ton of factors that go into making a child into a big reader.

Christmas Hallmark movies. I usually would not talk about Christmas this early but I found a schedule for this year’s Hallmark movies and I am hoping for some gems.

Natalie Beach article on Caroline Calloway. So I have no idea why I found this story so fascinating but I did.

Great recipes for fall. Excited to try some of these in the next few weeks!

Clothing obsession: white sweater from Everlane. It is freaking amazing and I am obsessed.

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This is the Everlane sweater (taken from my wearing white post) and I have worn it so much this week. It goes with everything, plus Everlane is a really great sustainable brand (I am going to be featuring them in a post in early October).

I also gave Trunk Club a try this week. I thought it might get me out of my comfort zone but it kind of made me realize that I really just like shopping for myself (also I think I can find way better deals on things). Don’t get me wrong they did have some really cute things and I did keep 4 of the 15 items they sent. I just decided I probably won’t do a whole post on the experience so I wanted to mention it here.

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One outfit from Trunk Club. I kept the shoes (I have been debating getting Stan Smith’s for a while anyway). The skirt was so cute but the fit was kind of weird and I did not love the top enough to keep it. The Baublebar LOVE hair clip is so cute but I felt like it was kind of overpriced.

Reading: 100% obsessed with the book Bringing Down the Duke right now. The romance definitely just sucked my in and it helped a ton that it is set around the movement to allow women to vote in the 1800’s in England. I highly recommend it!

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I tried to read for 30 minutes to an hour every morning. It is such a great way to start the day!

Skin care: I am not that big into make up and skin product but my friend recommended Drunk Elephant a few months ago and I have been trying it out (I started with the littles kit). So far I really love it but I am not sure which products I will be repurchasing.

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My night time Drunk Elephant skin care routine. I start with the jelly cleanser and end with the night serum and eye cream.

Things I am looking forward to this week:

The last season of The Goodplace (one of my favorite shows ever!) is starting on September 26th.

Oh also I am super psyched for Grace and Becca’s new podcast mini series, Bad on Politics! They host Bad on Paper podcast which is one of my favorite book podcasts. They are going to be discussing the 2020 election and they will be bringing on some great guests.

Other things on my schedule include lots of work things, shooting some really exciting posts and I have a friend coming to visit at the end of the week!

Happy Sunday!

Erin