A Classy Fall Work Look

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J.Crew Factory Foulard Drapey Tie-Neck Top, Loft Ponte Flippy Skirt, Everlane Modern Loafers in Burgundy, Forever 21 Pearl Barrette

My favorite season is nearly here. If I’m being honest, I probably look forward to summer more than fall. The warm sun is such a nice reprieve from the inevitably long and cold winters we experience in Pittsburgh. But every year without fail, I go crazy for everything fall. The chill in the air cured with a mug of hot cocoa. The plaid blanket scarves. The frightful decorations and smiling pumpkins. I can’t help but look forward to cozy nights spent cuddled under a blanket, with a good book or a spooky movie, and a savory dish baking in the oven.

My style sense is no different this time of year. I reach for what feels comfortable. I was drawn to the silhouette of this skirt because of its flattering, timeless fit and flare. The blouse is one that I know will be in my wardrobe for years to come. The classic pattern will stand the test of time and can be worn just as easily with a pair of jeans. They both pair perfectly with my trusty Everlane Modern Loafers – still one of my best purchases of all time. I make the look feel current with an of-the-moment pearl barrette.

I’m making a real effort this fall to only add pieces to my wardrobe that fit me and my style. When I say that, I mean what actually looks good on my body, but also my personality and daily routine. I’m looking for trusty and reliable, but also elevated pieces. Pinpointing my style has been the hardest part, but it’s becoming clearer, the more I practice. As I get older, I notice that I‘m gravitating more toward to classic, timeless patterns and colors in sophisticated cuts. I’m starting to turn down the trendy pieces made of cheap fabrics more and more in favor of quality staples that will last.

What do you prefer? Trendy pieces or classics? What are you most excited to add to your fall wardrobe this year?

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Fall Ankle Boots

Like any true romantic, fall makes me reach for dark, floral patterns and feminine details. To balance out that vibe, I occasionally drift toward something a little more rugged like these Hinge ankle boots from Nordstrom. The side slit had me at hello and is a great update to a classic boot. They look great with jeans or bare ankles. Since the weather has only just started to feel like fall, I took advantage of the opportunity to wear these boots with bare legs. And when I can top off a look with my floppy hat, I am pretty much in own personal fall heaven. I wore this outfit (sans hat) to my sorority’s alumnae association founder’s day celebration. It was equal parts comfy and cool-girl dressy for a relaxed yet special occasion fall brunch.

Details:
Hinge Angle Boots via Nordstrom (Currently 33%Off)
Last Year’s Billabong Dress via Nordstrom (Similar)
Last Year’s Hat via Pavement (Similar)
Charming Charlie Necklace (Similar)
Kate Spade Purse (Similar)
Old Rayban Wayfarers (Similar)

Cargo Jacket

Details: Gap Cargo Jacket and Jeans / Tommy Hilfiger Shirt via Marshals / Halogen Boots / Target Necklace

I never feel like fall is long enough. I have been trying to soak up the rituals, one of which has been going to the farmer’s market on Fridays. Cooking up fall dishes is another way I try to hold on to the season a little longer. I made these pumpkin cookies over the weekend and this butternut squash, smoked mozzarella and kale pizza last night for dinner. Both recipes turned out great! What are your fall rituals?

It’s not a ritual, but the cargo jacket has become a fall staple over the last few years. I was on a mission this fall to find the perfect cargo jacket. After trying a few options, I finally found the one. It’s a nice weight, not too thin, and it’s the right style and color. It’s exactly what I was looking for and a good price. I waited until Gap was having one of their sales and it ended up being only $45, which was the same price as a similar jacket at Target that was a much thinner material. I just love it with this gingham shirt. It also pairs nicely with a super girly dress. Where did you get your cargo jacket?

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!

Apple Pancakes

It’s funny how at certain times of year there are foods you always crave. I can vividly conjure up the taste of my Grandma’s mashed potatoes right now. The cooler weather always has me craving those comfort foods. This past weekend, I was thinking of one of the recipes my Dad always made when we were younger, apple pancakes. I think he may have used whole slices of apples, but I chopped them. However you make them, with a little cinnamon and syrup, they are amazing!

Slice and dice as many apples as you want depending on the serving size and how much apple to pancake ratio you like.

Mix the apples in cinnamon and oil and heat in a frying pan for one minute. Then stir the apples into your pancake mix.

Cook the pancakes according to the instructions on the box or whatever homemade recipe you are using. Then enjoy with family and friends!

Perfect Fall Weekend

 This weekend I took out the time to enjoy the leaves changing.

 I made apple pancakes with fresh apples from the farmer’s market.

I enjoyed a bloody mary while perusing Stella & Dot jewelry.

And as suggested by Joanna, memorized a poem of my choice. I thought Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost was the perfect choice.

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

What did you do this weekend? I hope it was lovely.

A Little Fall Playlist

The chill is definitely in the air. We had temperatures in the high 40s today. Fall weather always makes me want to slow down and relax after a restless summer and just recharge. It involves more movie nights at home, hearty meals, and trying to beat the sun home. With that in mind, I created my first play list for the blog. Please do not put this under a High Fidelity microscope. These are just some songs that I think capture that fall feeling. So plug these songs into the YouTube machine and enjoy.