My Style: Fall Favorites

30 Nov

I don’t know if you noticed, but I stopped doing my monthly My Style posts. I liked them originally, but then I just started thinking that they were kind of boring and repetitive… so I haven’t done one since the summer. However, today I was thinking about Fall fashion and thought I’d throw together a post that includes my favorite fall outfits.

Before we get into Fall looks, if you want to check out any previous My Style posts you can find them here.

Ok, let’s do it!

Outfit 1: A crazy patterned dress + black


If you look at my Instagram feed, it’s pretty clear that I love a crazy pattern. I originally posted about this Anthropologie swing dress in September (Styling a Swing Dress for an Hourglass Shape) and have worn it to work a bunch of times. My current favorite way to style the dress is with a black cardigan and booties, but soon I’ll be adding on some fleece-lined leggings and possibly some knee-boots to keep warm.

Some shopping links:

The Dress: Grasslands Midi Dress from Anthropologie, on super sale but only a few sizes left. I also really like the Zeri Peasant Dress (also on sale).

The Cardigan: It is very similar to the Cotton Caryn cardigan at the J.Crew Factory and there are currently 11 colors on sale for $19.50!

The Booties: The ones I have are by Franco Sarto, but I bought them last year and they are sold out. The Tom’s Desert Wedge bootie is quite similar though. I’ve also been eying the Tom’s Lunata Lace Up bootie and hoping they will go on sale so I can pull the trigger to buy them.

Outfit 2: A crazy patterned skirt + more black


You may be sensing a bit of theme here, but as a lover of crazy patterns I typically try to tone down the rest of my outfit. By pairing this pretty fall floral skirt with all black, I can really let it shine and also look office appropriate. I’ll probably pack this skirt away in a few weeks and then bring it back out next fall.

Some shopping links:

The Skirt: I actually got this skirt from Old Navy for something ridiculous like $12 a couple months ago. It’s long gone now, but they have a couple dresses that have a really similar print: the Tie Waist Crepe Midi Dress and the Fit and Flare Cami dress.

The Blazer: I love the Amanda & Chelsea ¾ sleeve blazers they have at Nordstrom Rack. I have this one in black and also a version with teeny-tiny polka dots. It looks like black is currently sold out, but you can find their Signature blazer in grey here for $59.97. I highly recommend it!

The Booties: same as Outfit #1

Outfit 3: A Grown-up Look + a bit of Fun


I feel like this look of blouse + pants + cardigan could have gotten really boring, REALLY fast. However, I think that the polka-dots on the blouse and the subtle animal print on the flats saved it from snoozeville. Now that I’ve found a formula that works, I’ll be throwing this comfy combo on whenever I’m stumped for what to wear in the morning.

Some shopping links:

The Cardigan: same as Outfit #1, in a different color

The Blouse: The blouse I’m wearing was another Anthropologie steal from ages ago, however their Everafter Blouse is quite similar.

The Trousers: I’ll admit these pants are a total splurge, but I have a feeling that I will be wearing them for so long that it will be worth it. They are the Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe pants and I originally got them in navy from Trunk Club. I loved them so much that I knew I needed them in black too. I got really lucky though and found a pair on eBay for around $50. If you are thinking of going that route, I’d try some on in the store first to figure out your best size. I probably should have sized down to a medium (I’m typically a 12).

The Shoes: I have such a weakness for a great pair of animal print shoes. These are from Sole Society a year or two ago, and I’m always finding new ways to pair them. I recently ordered the Mimi Cheetah Dot boots when they went on sale for Black Friday and I can’t wait until they arrive! If you want a similar look to the ones in this outfit, check out the Nitsa Slip On Flats in Leopard. ME-OWWW.

What do you think… did you miss my My Style posts? Should I bring them back on a monthly basis, or maybe just do them by season?


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Visiting Virginia: Luray Caverns & Dinosaur Land

28 Nov

A month or so ago Travis surprised me with a trip. Yeah, I know… mind blowing. I’m usually the planner in the family and the one time he DID plan a trip, it was an almost disaster due to the fact that he accidentally signed us up for a timeshare weekend. Oops.

Anyways, we didn’t really plan anything for our wedding anniversary this year since we went on a cruise earlier in the month, so Travis thought it would be fun for us to do a weekend in Virginia to enjoy some foliage and family time.

But, um… less dorky then that sounds.

Or maybe more dorky. This post is basically just an excuse for me to share ridiculous photos of us with dinosaurs. You’ve been warned.

We started the day with a trip down a portion of Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park and it was gorgeous. From there, we went to Luray Caverns. I can’t believe I’ve never been there before! The caverns were discovered in 1878 and are the largest series of caverns in the East. They were absolutely amazing and I totally could not stop taking pictures.

I actually had a momentary freak-out when I thought of how far below the ground we were and that I could be stuck in a cave forever. But, I was able to put that out of my mind. Mostly.




After our visit to the caverns, we grabbed a bite for lunch and decided to make a slight detour to Dinosaur Land. Let me start by saying, it was totally ridiculous in a good way. Dinosaur Land is a roadside attraction that has been open for 50 years… and it certainly has seen better days. It was nice outside though, so we decided to walk around and take some silly pictures.


dinosaur-land-3I have no idea why King Kong is at Dinosaur Land…




I totally should have used this one for our family Christmas card…


This one is a really accurate and flattering profile pic for me too:


If you are in the area, it was a great little weekend trip!

If you saw Dinosaur Land on the side of the road, would you stop to take ridiculous pictures?

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Loving Right Now

21 Nov

It’s been a really long time since my last Loving Right Now post, so I’m feeling like the time is NOW!

{You can check out my previous posts here}

These posts aren’t paid or sponsored or anything, they are just stuff that I’m totally digging right now and thought you might like too. So, let’s get to it!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series
I’m not really sure what took me so long when it comes to finally reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I mean, it has magic, whimsy, kids with powers, good guys, bad guys… all my favorite stuff.


I finally bought the book right before I hopped on the train home from New York earlier this month and I devoured it. I actually didn’t realize that the book is the first in the series, so as soon as I finished the first one I ordered the last two on These would make a great gift for the booklover in your family or even for yourself!

Here they are in order:
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

NAP Snuggle Blanket
A few years ago my husband wandered into Brookstone at Christmastime and spent WAY too much money on a snuggle blanket. He gave it to me for Christmas, because I like to wrap myself into a burrito on the couch and watch TV and we have been fighting over it ever since. Just kidding, I get the nice one and he gets the one that isn’t as nice… Anyways, the NAP blanket from Brookstone is worth every single penny and I’ve been using it nonstop for the last few years. They have a ton of different versions to choose from (and they seem to have gone down in price too!) and I’m thinking of buying my husband one for Christmas this year so he can be just as comfy as I am each night. Find them here on the Brookstone website.

Crazy Ex Girlfriend
If you follow me on Facebook you already know about my obsession with Crazy Ex Girlfriend. The show is in its second season and literally makes me laugh so hard I cry. Sometimes it even makes me laugh so hard I choke on my own spit and fall off the couch (while burrito-ed in my snuggle blanket, obviously). Totally worth it though. You can find the first season on Netflix and the second season is currently streaming for free on the CW app. I run the app through my Roku, which is pretty easy and awesome.

Here are a couple of my favorite songs from the show:

The Sexy Getting Ready Song – all the crazy things ladies do to make themselves pretty for a date.

This one is a little naughty… We Tapped that Ass is a tap dance number where Rebecca is realizing that she sees her ex boyfriends (and what they did) everywhere in her apartment.


Now it’s your turn to share, what are you totally loving right now?


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Poncho/Shawl/Cape Goodness

17 Nov

You guys, I don’t know what to call this thing… but you basically need to go out and buy one right now. When I was in NYC a couple weeks ago, I picked up this poncho/shawl/cape hybrid thingie and it is basically my favorite socially acceptable way to wear a blanket out in public.

Want proof? Look, here is a plain and boring outfit that I wear all the time. Black t-shirt, jeans and boots:


Now, all I do is add my snuggly blanket of goodness and LOOK:


Pretty darn cute, right?! It actually looks like I put a little effort into looking fashionable, but in reality it feels like I’m walking around in pajamas and a freaking blanket. WINTER WIN right there my friends.

Oh, and look it is even adorable from the side view. And check out the hood-up version giving me Little Red Riding Hood vibes:


Pretty much the moment I bought this thing I started wearing it. Over my coat. With my pajamas while watching TV shows in my hotel room. On the train. Basically, I’m in love.

I looked around for some similar options online and I have to say that one thing I really like about mine is that it doesn’t go over your head and mess up your hair. Some of the turtleneck looking ones would just make me a frizz/static queen in about 20 seconds.

I did find a few that look kind of similar though:

This one by Love Stitch for $29.97 on the Nordstrom Rack website has a similar size and feel but no hood. There is one at Last Call by Neiman Marcus that actually does have a hood and it’s on sale right now. Last, this one on Amazon is only $20 and has fun fringe too.

Are you jumping on the hooded shawl/scarf/thingie bandwagon with me?


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