A Great Fall Color Combo: Light Blue and Dark Red

CeCe by Cynthia Steffe Blouse (Similar) / Limited Skirt (Similar) / Everlane Loafers / J.Crew Factory Necklace 

When I first bought this blouse, I was only planning on wearing it for spring and summer. But when fall rolled around, I knew I wasn’t done wearing it. (The poofy sleeve is my favorite!) Instead of pairing it with the bright pink skirt I wore it with earlier this year, I wore it with my dark red pencil skirt to work last week. It looks just as a good, and gives it that fall vibe. I love playing with unexpected color pairings to keep things fresh. How do you keep your wardrobe looking new year after year?

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Jane Plaid Blanket Scarf

 Jane Blanket Scarf (Similar Modcloth Scarf) / Similar BP T-Shirt / STS Jeans / Sperry Boat Shoes

My favorite season of the year is finally here! I’ve got my cozy sweaters ready to go and pumpkins on my mind! I love fall for many reasons, but chief among them is the weather. It’s that perfect blend of winter and summer that allows you to walk out the door in outfits like this. No coat. Just a blanket scarf and a striped tee, living your best life. I picked up this plaid scarf at Jane.com, a site featuring daily deals on boutique fashions. I love this site because I can usually find that trendy item I’m looking for at a great price. This scarf was only $15.98, compared to the $20 to $30 I’ve seen for other brands. Sales usually only last for a few days, so you have to act fast when you see something you like. This particular item is not on their site right now, but may come back soon. I’ve linked to a similar scarf above.

Is the weather starting to feel like fall where you are? What fall activity are you most looking forward to this year?

On Gratitude

Details: $7 Thrifted Limited Dress (Similar), Nordstrom Hinge Ankle Boots, Loft Necklace (Similar), Target Tights (Similar)
On Thanksgiving, I’ll be wearing this $7 striped dress from Goodwill. Cute, right? I found it while hunting for our Halloween costumes, and I knew it would be the perfect little special occasion dress and elevate-the-every-day work dress. We took these pictures at Squire’s Castle, one of my favorite parks in Cleveland. It’s this dress that inspired what I wanted to write about it when it came to my feelings on gratitude this year.

I realize this is just a dress, but it and other things I’ve thrifted or repurposed over the years holds a lot of meaning for me. It represents a resourcefulness that I’ve discovered in myself to take what life has given me and make the most of it. I can’t afford my dream wardrobe. Well, truthfully I probably can, but if I spent my money on that I would have nothing left in my savings account. And, my dream wardrobe has far too many dresses, fussy heels, and sequins for my actual day-to-day life. That’s why it’s called a “dream wardrobe.” Something to aspire to that inspires my actual wardrobe and occasionally leads me to ask for gold sequin pants for Christmas that I’ll only wear once a year. We all have one or two items like that in our wardrobe, right?

Just like any idealized version of reality, dreams of achieving perfection can sometimes cause us to be envious of others who we believe have achieved this sort of state of nirvana, and worst of all, it can cause us to stop being grateful for what we DO have. But the reality of the situation is that what we do have is so much better than a dream. A dream can be something that inspires you to take a leap of faith and elevate the every day, which is amazingly helpful when you need motivation. But sometimes I think we can forget that a dream is only a dream. As inspirational as it can be, it can also be fake, shallow, and two dimensional. And truthfully, reality is so much more satisfying. Because of it’s twists and turns, reality challenges you to take what DO have and make it interesting, different, fun, quirky, and uniquely you.
That is why I love writing a style blog so much. It doesn’t have to be about buying certain brands so that I can fit into a particular mold and get more followers. It’s taking the clothes I do have and styling them in a different way. It’s walking into a thrift store not knowing what I’ll walk out with. It’s taking something old and making it new again. It’s realizing that what you have already is exactly what you needed in the first place.

I’ve been listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast lately, and I would highly recommend it if you are a creative soul or if you just need a nice, encouraging person to listen to. In an episode where she interviews comedian John Hodgman, he talks about how he feels when embarking on new creative endeavors. Instead of feeling fear or anxiety to try something he’s never done before, he described feeling grateful for the opportunity to be creative. I loved hearing that sentiment because it is something I relate to, and I don’t think that philosophy has to stop there. I would like to extend the idea of being grateful for the chance to be creative to my everyday life. Instead of getting frustrated that something isn’t going the way I planned, I would like to tackle the unplanned with a little creativity and be grateful for the chance to do so.

After a year that was challenging in different ways — from the political to the personal — I am grateful that with a little creativity and vision, you can make the most out of what you have, and sometimes, it can be better than what you dreamed. I think this can easily be true of wardrobes. And with a little bit of effort, I think you can make it true in your life as well. 

Red Skinny Ankle Pants

 Details: Loft Sweater / Gap Pants / Nine West Shoes via TJ Maxx / Michael Kors Watch

Although I feel incredibly disenchanted and shocked by the election results, I want to stay positive. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to make our government and the people in this country come together. One of my favorite bloggers, A Cup of Jo, puts it perfectly in her latest post. As many people have said before her, if you want to see change in the world, now is the time to donate to your favorite cause or to volunteer or just be good to each other.

With all of the excitement surrounding pant suits and Hilary Clinton this election (#pantsuitnation), I am actually not a fan of the pant suit. I would rather wear skinny pants and a blazer. Recently I found the perfect pair of skinny ankle pants for work. They seem to hug in all the right places, and they are actually comfortable. They hit at that perfect ankle length, which looks great with high heels, but they are also skinny enough to be tucked into boots and worn with tunics. And the cranberry/maroon color is the perfect complement to my fall wardrobe.

Fall Hat and Blanket Scarf

Details: Pavement Hat / The Backroom at the Limited Sweater / Gap Jeans / Halogen Boots / Nordstrom Scarf

I found this hat at Pavement, a boutique in Lawrenceville with a wealth of local and independent designers. Everything in that store could be worn at Coachella. It’s that cute. I knew this hat would be the centerpiece of many of my fall looks. I wore it in Nashville and one of the locals told me I came well prepared. I love the 70s vibe it adds to any outfit as well as how it signals that fall is here in all of its hat and scarf glory.

In sad life news, we lost my grandpa a few weeks ago. The last few weeks have been especially tough for me and my family. As is always said during times like these, I’ve been trying to focus on all of the good memories. One such memory of my grandpa was how he always used to wear cowboy hats. In fact, after looking through pictures of him, I found out that he was quite the trend setter himself, always wearing the latest styles. His style definitely evolved with the times. Perhaps that is where I get my love of fashion. I get a kick out of the fact that he probably would have loved this hat. If you’re looking down Grandpa, I hope you are enjoying this outfit post!

Layered Sweater

Details: Backroom at the Limited Sweater / Banana Republic Skirt via Avalon / Old Navy Boots / Target Necklace

Hello all! I hope fall is treating you well so far. For me it’s been a flurry of activity. From trips to Cleveland to a trip to Nashville last weekend for a friend’s bachelorette party, it feels like I’ve barely been home. I’m excited to finish decorating my apartment for Halloween and finish reading my appropriately creepy book for the season: In Cold Blood.

I’m also looking forward to rocking sweaters, scarves and boots as soon as we are done with the 80-degree weather. I’m almost there with this sweater, which instantly adds interesting layers to any outfit. I especially love it with this skirt. It seems to continue the lines of the sweater perfectly. I found this sweater at Backroom at the Limited for only $30.

How has your fall been so far? What have been some of your great fall finds? What are you reading or watching that’s creeping you out?

Maroon Pencil Skirt

The Limited Skirt / Ralph Lauren Shirt / Gap Sweater / Old Navy Boots / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff / J.Crew Factory Necklace

There is something dark, moody and perfectly fallish about the color maroon, which is why this pencil skirt has become one of my staples lately. It pairs just as nicely with this plaid button down as it does with a dramatic sweater. It contrasts nicely against the other rich colors of fall: navy, emerald, gold and orange. And it goes with just about any shoe. I could add countless more pieces of this color to my wardrobe. Is there any particular item or color you are wearing a lot lately this fall?