Thursday, October 30, 2014

Favorite Fall Activities

Fall is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. I love all the colorful leaves, cozy cardigans, lighting candles, warm blankets, hot chocolate, wearing scarves, candy corn, etc. The list can go on! Fall is now in full swing with the end of October approaching, so today I thought I would share some of my favorite fall time activities. Growing up I always remember my family going apple picking and taking a hayride to a pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkins to carve. For some reason I just have this obsession for pumpkins. I don't know if its the bright orange color, carving fun creations, baking pumpkin snacks, or just the fact that pumpkins symbolize fall, but for some reason I just can't get enough of them (you can check out my recent DIY for decorative mini pumpkins here). Apple picking is also fun to go back home with all your freshly picked apples and bake an apple-pie or my favorite snack, caramel apples. Other activities include corn mazes, going hiking or biking through a park, and stopping at a local farmers stand or market to pick up fall vegetables and fruit. Lastly, I love a relaxing nigh at home to cuddle on the couch with my doggies with a ton of warm blankets, candles, popcorn, and hot chocolate, to watch movies. What are some of your favorite fall activities? 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Plaid Scarf









If you can't tell by now, I may have a slight obsession with plaid (last seen in my posts here and here). I love big blanket scarves like this one. It's just so cozy and perfect for fall weather. The scarf has a nice mix of red, green, and tan colors that worked perfectly with this Free People sweater. These wide leg Hudson Jeans are also a must have item! Hudson makes the best wide leg jeans where they are fitted through the leg and then flare out just at the bottom. This creates such as flattering shape especially when paired with some wedges. Wide leg jeans create the appearance of longer legs, which is something I love since I'm only 5'2. On a side note - if you are thinking about purchasing a pair of Hudson's I would really recommend going down as size as they stretch out like crazy!

Below you can shop some more plaid scarves that I love.
(click image to shop)



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Floppy Hat Weather









Sweater Free People, Jean Hudson, Booties Forever21 (old), Hat David & Young (similar), Bag Michael Kors, Arrow Necklace House of Harlow, Initial Pendant Nashelle

Some of my favorite pieces to wear in the fall are chunky knit sweaters, booties, and of course a floppy hat. Something about wearing a hat makes me feel so chic, and fall appropriate. I love the rust color of this hat as well as the little bow detail. Unfortunately I couldn't find the exact one, as I purchased it last fall, but this one is very similar. I'm also thinking of purchasing this one from Anthropologie. I love the gold band detail. 
This Free People sweater was on major sale so I just had to get it.  It also comes in a white color. Sweaters like this can definitely feel oversized but they are just so cozy I don't mind the added bulk. They are so easy to throw on with your favorite pair or jeans or leggings, a pair of boots and a floppy hat, like I did above. All these together create a perfect fall outfit with just four simple pieces. I wore this outfit a few weekends ago while hanging with my dog Layla. 

Make sure to follow me on Instagram for more photos (I post a lot of my doggies lol)  

Monday, October 6, 2014

DIY Decorative Pumpkins




Here is an easy DIY to create mini decorative pumpkins. This can also be done 
with larger ones. I just decided to use two mini ones. 


What you will need:
- mini pumpkins
- gold spray paint
- masking tape
- paint brush
- gold paint
-gold studs
-black glitter (optional)


Fist tape off the top half of both pumpkins


Use the spray paint to cover one of the pumpkins making sure to only paint the top half. 
You may need to use a few coats of this in order to achieve desired color.


Use the gold paint to paint the top of the other pumpkin for a softer look. 
Paint a few coats until you are happy with the color waiting a couple of minutes between
 for each layer to dry. I only did 2 coats to leave it sightly transparent so you can still 
see the orange of the pumpkin. 


I decided to add some glitter to this pumpkin since the paint was sheer. 
Before the last layer of paint dries sprinkle the glitter on top. I kept most of the 
glitter towards the center of the top. 

 

Shake off any excess glitter, and let the rest of the paint dry. 


Once it was dry, I then used some hairspray to set the glitter so it wouldn't come off.


When both pumpkins have fully dried, take your studs and gently push them into the 
pumpkin wherever you want. I placed them around the pumpkin along the paint line.  


This is such a simple affordable DIY that any one can do. I picked up these mini pumpkins for $1 each!   I love to use pumpkins as decoration during the fall and these mini ones were the perfect size. I placed mine on my coffee table with some other fall decorations. 




Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall For Plaid


Plaid has always been a comforting pattern as it reminds me of fall and colder weather. I typically wear plaid button down shirts since there are multiple ways to style them. It can be worn closed as a button up, left open with a a basic tee under, or even tied around your waist (as seen in my last post here). I've also recently been obsessing over plaid scarves. I love the one above from Target and it's only $17! I just love how cozy they look. Plaid is so easy to incorporate into your fall wardrobe especially that it can be found on all types of apparel and accessories and comes in so many different colors. The pattern is eye-catching, but remains simple and timeless. How do you plan on wearing plaid this fall?