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

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

Dark Fall Florals

Some of the trees around here are so beautiful right now. Brilliant reds and oranges are starting to grace our trees and I absolutely love it. This past weekend I went on a walk to find the prettiest leaves and stopped at the library on the way back. Now that I am not in school I actually have time to read for fun so I had a great time browsing the shelves.

I found my perfect (and affordable) dark floral for this fall. This gorgeous dress is the perfect style and the floral pattern is very pretty. I love the yellow touches and the general shape of the dress. The sleeves are so pretty and provide some coverage for cooler days.

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Dress ASOS, Booties Sole Society, Hat J. Crew Factory

Erin

Around the Web

It is once again Monday and time for a web round-up. It is grey and rainy out this morning, making it slightly more difficult to start the week off right. The following are the things I have been reading on the internet this week:

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21 Things for When Your Feeling Lost/Burnt Out: I know I am very much in a position of transition but I have honestly been feeling pretty lost lately. Towards the end of last week I was getting very discouraged in regard to many things and needed to take a step back. The weekend was good because I did some stuff for myself like baking, reading and catching up with friends. This list was a great thing for me to stumble on this morning because I am still needing to do what I can to stay in that creative and motivated mindset. I similar lines, I found this New York Times article to be very insightful on creating healthy habits.

L.L. Bean Sale: So L.L. Bean is having an a amazing sale right now with 20% off pretty much anything with the code FALL20. I bought this Anorak and some classic Bean Boots but there are so many other amazing items (the shearling-lined Bean Boots look so cozy). I love this vest and this pullover. I also have several of their Scotch Plaid flannels and they are amazing! It is the perfect sale for fall and winter.

Traveling Like a Local: When I travel I always want to find the great restaurants and activities of the town, usually the most authentic accounts of city life is through the people that live there. I always try to ask people I know who live where I am going to give me the lowdown on the places places to go and eat. This app could be super useful if you do not know much about where you are going (or you do not know anyone there). Basically it take reviews from locals and compiles them into a user friendly app for your convenience while traveling. The one downside is that it costs per city for the major cities.

Finding Great Books: This one is PopSugars fall reading list and it has some great recommendations. I have about six book recommendation tabs open on my computer right now. I am really trying to read a lot again now that I have the time to do it. In trying to amp up my Halloween feels I found this thriller book list which steers readers toward great books for Halloween. I also found this Autumn list to go along with that seasonal theme, this list includes Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which is one of my favorite books. This John Green video is also fun for some book recommendations.

Cup of Jo: Cup of Jo shared several interesting things this week, two of which really caught my eye. The first is The Florida Project which is a movie playing in cities across the US. The trailer just really caught my eye and I started thinking a lot about childhood and circumstance. The second thing that caught my eye was Ballet Rotoscope, which is just a beautiful and a very intriguing video. It is hard to explain, I recommend just watching it (its only a few minutes).

Erin

Around the Web

Happy October! It is now truly fall and I can really get into my halloween movies and pull out my favorite sweaters. I can’t wait for some pumpkin carving, cider making and walks on those crunchy leaves.

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With all the fall excitement however I do want to acknowledge the tragedy that struck Las Vegas. There is so much injustice across the world and I could never cover them all largely because I do not understand much of the conflict and its history. What happened in Las Vegas is tragic and I cry for those effected as I do for those all around the world. When it happens so close to home it really wakes me up and reminds of how far away we are from being a great country full of freedom and justice. So many people are not free, not even close. The biggest realization for me is how much we should work to help and support those who are in need, all across the world, because there is so much hate. Love is the best way to fight hate. I needed to address this because it has all I have thought about since it happened, by no means is this event more important or tragic than many others in the United States and across the world. A Cup of Jo did a short post inviting people to comment and share their feelings, they also linked How to Help which lists things you can do right now to help if you feel like you need to be active about it now (eg. donating, writing to senators etc…).

I also included the above statement because it is much of what is flooding the news here (rightly so) and therefore seemed appropriate for this Around the Web post. Now I will move on to some lighter topics. The following are the internet reads which caught my eye over the last week:

The College Prepster’s 20 Fall Outfits: Carly chooses her favorite fall outfits over the years and they are fantastic classic looks with many pieces that really bring the prep. I definitely got lots of inspiration by browsing her looks.

Friend Dates on the Cheap: Coming up with fun things to do with friends that are within budget can be a challenge. This article gives some great ideas of things to do with friends that won’t break the bank.

Events Through the Eyes of Trees: This New York Times article (and photography) highlights trees is significant locations throughout human history. Trees don’t speak for themselves so understanding there story is incredibly difficult, they have ‘witnessed’ many human stories unfold. I had not really though of this before so it is a very interesting read and the photographs are beautiful.

Podcasts for that Commute: This list of 10 podcasts for your commute gave me some great ideas for new podcasts that might intrigue me. I have got into podcasts recently and am trying to come up with my list of favorite podcast. I still feel like I don’t really know what is out there though because there are so many great ones. I had not heard of any on this list so it was a really useful one for me.

A few travel articles: So now is definitely not prime travel time but it is the off season which means it is possible to do trips for significantly cheaper. I found this article on traveling on a $1000 budget which can definitely be a stretch but reading it did give me some ideas on saving money on future trips. I also found this one which is just a fun post on Instagram poses and pictures for traveling. It is a great read if you are looking to up your Insta game.

Fall Centerpieces: I wanted to end with something that circles back to our gorgeous fall inspiration. I have been trying to come up with some easy ways to decorate for the season without spending much. I couldn’t find the article I was looking at earlier in the week but this one also has some great fall decor.  From simple to extravagant these photos are sure to give plenty of ideas on spicing up your home and table decor for the season.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks internet round up! Please feel free to share any other thoughts and ideas. Once again, happy October.

Erin

Doggy Days

Cute dogs and gorgeous fall days are definitely recipes for perfection. There is an amazing amish market just a short drive from where we are so we frequent it often. They have amazing cheeses and you can try every single one. The cheese is the biggest reason we go. They also have a great bakery and a deli with some of the best sandwiches but it gets so crowded on the weekends. This time they had all their pumpkins out which got me very excited for halloween. If you have never been to an amish market I highly recommend checking it out! Many areas of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana are bound to have them. This time we took this adorable dog with us for a fun little adventure afterwords.

We went to Hoosier Hill, which is technically the highest point in Indiana (although it may not look like it. The drive is beautiful with quant little towns and lots of farms rolling over the hills. I realized that the spot would be perfect for a bonfire and picnic. There are some small trails but it is definitely a better spot to come roast marshmallows with some friends. There are some interesting, back road, places to explore and discover especially in this fall season.

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2017 Fall Trends

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!

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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!

Erin

A Day at the Orchard

Happy first day of fall! I mentioned the apple orchard as one of my fall goals and I am really trying to stick with that! I want to go several times this fall. This first time was to Dougherty Orchards just outside of Cambridge City. It was such a beautiful day and the orchard wasn’t too busy. We decided on a half bushel because it looked smaller that we anticipated. They kept telling us to fill it up further so we did and now have so many apples! Pie has already been made and I am planning to make some apple cider soon.

On another note this outfit is just a perfect way to start the fall season. It has felt like fall for several weeks now (until yesterday) but since today is the first ‘real’ day of the season this seemed like the perfect post. I’m loving this plaid! I added two plaid L.L. Bean flannels to my closet this year and its getting my super psyched for all the fun adventures this season.

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Skirt similar (also similar), Shirt L.L. Bean, Boots Tory Burch, Vest Barbour

Thanks for reading and have a great first day of fall! Unfortunately the weather here got really warm in the last few days but so many leaves are still changing so fall is still in the air.

Erin

Making Friends in College

Making friends in college can be tough but it can also be easy if you put yourself out there and stay true to who you are as a person. The great thing about being in college is that most people live on campus so you are already in the same place as lots of other people your age. Classes and extracurriculars also gives you an automatic excuse to have to talk to lots of different people.  For some people it is definitely easier said than done. Here are the three things that helped me in terms of making friends while I was in college. I try to explain what each really means because it is a way different environment than high school and many people take lots of adjusting.

Be yourself: During college many people meet friends that will, in some way or another, be with them for the rest of their lives. The sooner you start being true to who you are instead of being who everyone else wants you to be, the sooner you find the people who will be with you through everything and the people who really make you happy.

Get involved: I understand that not everyone likes participating in campus activities but being active on your campus really helps in finding those people. Being active on campus means that you are involved in several different activities. Selectively choose the things that sound most interesting to you because you do not want to overdo it but definitely be involved in several. Maybe some clubs, sports and/or committees, also having an on-campus job can be a great way to both meet people and make some money.

Let yourself be spontaneous: This one is not quite as self-explanatory. During college I was the type of person who made myself super busy all the time. I was either in class, at a meeting or doing a sport. I had to plan out when I was going to hang out with friends. I realized that giving yourself some time during the day to just let what happens happen can actually make for the most exciting adventures and the best conversations. You never know what will happen or who will come your way. Just kind of spend some time going with the flow and you are bound to meet new people and have some fun you really weren’t expecting.

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I think these rules apply to lots of different situations, not necessarily just college. It can be really intimidating though to be at a new school with lots of different people. Most of all, I would try stepping out of your comfort zone a little and just having conversations with people. You never know who you are meeting.

Erin

10 Fall Essentials

Yes it is that time to get out your fall closets! I am in the process of going through my own, figuring out what I actually wear and what pieces I am missing. I compiled my list of 10 Fall Essentials which are the pieces I wear most in the fall and the things that make looking classy in the fall much easier.

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  1. Riding Boots (Tory Burch): A good pair of brown tall boots are the easiest thing to be able to just throw on. They look good with almost everything and are very comfortable to walk around in. Here is a great option and these are adorable as well!
  2. Quilted Vest (Barbour): Just puffer vest in general are a must for me from October through at least February. I recently got this quilted Barbour one and I love it because its lighter weight so much more suited for fall weather but I also have heavier North Face and L.L. Bean ones that work well for winter.
  3. Corduroy Pants (Nordstrom): Several great pairs of pants are definitely a fall staple. Corduroy is great because it is warm and I love this color! Dark wash jeans are also something I wear all the time during the fall.
  4. Plaid Shirts (Nordstrom): Plaid shirts are the best in cool weather and they are amazing for layering. There are so many options. My favorites are the L.L. Bean ones like this one and this one as well.
  5. Bean Boots (L.L. Bean): Yes this one is almost a given but they truly are great for both fall and winter. Sperry has some great options as well like these or there amazing customizable ones here.
  6. Cable knit sweater (L.L. Bean): It is an absolute must to have several nice sweaters in your closet both for fall and for winter. L.L. Bean always has a solid collection but you can find gems other places as well. I usually go for solid neutral colors because they go with everything but it can be nice to have one nice statement sweater as well. I have a great red one that really pops!
  7. Blanket Scarves (Nordstrom): These are just great on so many levels. I love that I can wear a scarf and then use it as a blanket if I am really cold. These have just been a big trend the past few years but I think they will stick around due to their versatility. Here is another great one. Also this one is my dream right now!
  8. Camel Crossbody (Mark & Graham): This is one staple that I am really in need of right now. It is an essential because it goes with everything. I am a total crossbody person because it is way easier. I love this camera bag from Mark & Graham, it is on my wishlist!
  9. A Great Peacoat (Nordstrom): This wine colored one caught my eye because it feels very fall and can easily carry into winter. The one I recently bought however is navy because it just a good color for any time of year. I also like this red one.
  10. Black Booties (Nordstrom): So it is really convenient to have a pair of booties that look nicer. Personally I do not like the heel to be two high just for walking purposes but there are so many cute boots in many styles. They also don’t have to be black but having at least one pair of black boots makes dressing in the fall much easier.

I always love to hear your thoughts and comments, especially if your pieces that are must-haves during the fall. Thanks for reading and have wonderful Wednesday!

Erin