(Non) Friday Favorites!

Here are some of my favorite things from this past week- a.k.a. my 4-day-late Friday Favorites post!

Candy Store: Lolli and Pops

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Fall Foodie Guilty Pleasure: Whole Foods Market’s Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

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Cool Weather Colors: Merlot & Sapphire

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Fundraising Fashion: Key To The Cure T-Shirt by Rag & Bone

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New Month, New Topics!

I absolutely cannot believe that it’s already October, but I can’t say i’m disappointed because I always look forward to this time of the year!  Even the smell of the air around this time makes me happy and brings to mind some of my favorite memories.  Since we’ve made it to the beginning of fall, I’ve planned for a lot of cool weather and holiday-inspired posts to spread the spirit during this spooky month ahead.  Check out the topics that I’ve listed below for a peek into what kinds of posts you’ll see me publish over the next few weeks- get excited!!!

A step-by-step tutorial for a yummy fall-inspired dessert

A sincere reflection about my most memorable trip ever taken

Three fitness classes that you should add to your fall routine ASAP

One of my favorite fall ingredients that makes weekly cooking much easier

Delightfully tacky or downright distasteful- my thoughts on Halloween costumes

The perfect holiday party dress

Things that I’m currently coveting….(see what they are on the blog TOMORROW!)

Holiday Candle Season Has Arrived!

Every year, when the cooler weather begins and Halloween pumpkins make their debut, I know that the time has officially come  to switch out my fresh summer candles for some warm and comforting fall candles. Over the past few years, I’ve come to the realize that my somewhat recent obsession with candles is the direct result of being my mother’s daughter, who is even more candle-crazy than I am. Throughout my childhood, I could always rely on my mother’s endless candle collection to keep my home smelling amazing and perfectly adept to every season. To this day, I can still be confident that a yummy candle will ALWAYS be an acceptable gift for my mother when a birthday or holiday rolls around. My favorite candles of hers were always the ones that she lit during the fall and winter seasons, as they always circulated memories of family, good food, and holiday spirit along with their deliciously comforting and sultry scents. So, ever since I moved out of my childhood home and into my own residence, I’ve had to put a lot of effort into finding my own candles that meet my ridiculously high standards. After going on quite the candle hunt this past weekend, with my mom in tow, I was able to pick out a few perfect candles to burn for these festive fall and winter seasons. So, for all of you candle-obsessed peeps like me, I suggest that you take a look at my favorite holiday scents below that you can add to your own candle collection!

Rewined Candles: $28

Spiked Cider: “a fall favorite is sure to warm up those chilly evenings offering a rich blend of fresh apple, cinnamon and clove. To finish it off, Rewined has spiked it with the deep, buttery aroma of dark rum.”

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Pinot Noir: “this earthy complex wine mimics the ground that produces it. Fresh fig and cranberry, rooted by the rustic aromas of leather and violet, finishing with hints of musky earth tones.”

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Wine Under The Tree: “spiced wine mixed with freshly cut spruce, citrus and all the other intoxicating scents of Christmas morning.”

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Jo Malone Candles: $65

Wood Sage and Sea Salt: “Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs, the candle blends woody earthiness with sage and the sea, conjuring images of breaking waves, and the air fresh with sea salt and spray, transforming your atmosphere with luxury and opulence.”

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Archipelago Candles: $24

Agave Sage: “blend of Spanish sage, agave leaf, and sandalwood”

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Frosted Cedar: “a new Archipelago Holiday scent that combines the biting winter frost with fresh cedar.”

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Diptyque Candles: $60

Ambre/Amber: “a warm and elegant procession of the woods vetiver and patchouli, enhanced with radiant aniseed, insolent spices, mysterious incense, cistus and Tonka bean”

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Nest Candles: $34

Moroccan Amber: “Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope, and bergamot accented with a hint of eucalyptus”

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Holiday Candle: “the aroma of a sparkling holiday season, created by blending pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber.”

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Lafco Candles: $60

Ski House: “This blend of crisp, crystal mountain air and the unmistakable odor of a cedar log fire with just a touch of evergreen fir takes you to your very own luxurious alpine lodge.”

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Fall Style Spotlight: Over-The-Knee Boots

The over-the-knee boot is by far one of my favorite trends for the fall and winter seasons. Not only is it a comfortable yet stylish way to dress up any fall outfit, but these boots are also sexy as hell. In the past, I’ve normally stuck to wearing boots that are flat instead of heeled, but this past week, I decided to venture outside my comfort zone and treat myself to a new pair of HEELED over-the-knee boots. I spotted them immediately when they were put out onto the women’s shoe floor at Nordstrom, knowing that they would be the perfect statement piece to plan my going-out outfit around that night. After wearing my bold, yet confident purchase, I was more than happy about my decision and satisfied that I finally added something to my wardrobe that I didn’t already own. These hot boots are perfect for any night out on the town and are guaranteed to make you feel like you CAN run the world (if you didn’t already). You can simply throw them over some leggings or even rock them out with a mini skirt to make the ultimate fashion statement, so check out some of my favorite heeled AND flat over-the-knee boots for a little inspiration to get you started on your fall shopping list!

Heeled Boots:

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Louise et Cie ‘Navaria’ Leather Boot – $288.95 (these are my new boots)!

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Stuart Weitzman ‘Highway’ Over The Knee Boot – $665

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Frye ‘Kelly’ Over The Knee Boot – $497.95

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Sam Edelman ‘Joplin’ Boot – $314.95

Flat Boots:

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Frye “Melissa’ Over The Knee Boot – $497.95

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Stuart Weitzman 5050 Over The Knee Nappa Leather Boot – $635

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Vince Camuto ‘Baldwin’ Leather Over The Knee Boot (for those of you with wider calves) – $248.95

 

HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE!

HELLO FALL (and everything pumpkin flavored)…

While I was in California, I inevitably found myself in a limbo between the two seasons. Ironically enough, my hotel (The Lodge at Torrey Pines) was a beautifully rustic representation of a cozy mountain lodge, while outside of the hotel, I was surrounded by cloudless skies, tall palm trees, sandy beaches, and a community that only seemed to operate on island time. Even though I was soaking up every second I could of my final summer days in San Diego, I still couldn’t help myself from taking advantage of every fireplace inside my hotel…and yes, I did ask if I could roast s’mores more than once.

Since Labor Day and my summer vacation have now come and gone, I can feel free to express my excitement for the fall season without others giving me shit for “hating” on summer. The arrival of fall marks an amazing time of the year, especially for us on the east coast because it pushes away the awful humidity and brings about cooler air and changing leaves. It’s the season when the crowds of tourists in our cities return to their homes, leaving us able to finally enjoy drinking at our favorite outdoor bars without enduring the usual 30-minute wait in lines to get in. I’m still sad to say goodbye to summer, but now is the perfect time to put any negativity from the past few months behind and embrace the changes that come along with the new season! If you need any inspiration to push those end-of-summer blues away, feel free to browse through a compilation of my favorite things about fall right below!

Pumpkin Spice Lattes (and everything else pumpkin flavored, I guess):

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Warm and Aromatic Candles:

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Fireplaces:

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Halloween Movies:

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Football Season (GO DAWGS…and Skins):

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Changing Leaves:

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Fall Fashion (helllooo boots, cozy sweaters, and jeans):

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Feelin’ Sketchy: Winter Neutrals

Over the summer, I discovered and quickly fell in love with the sketchbook app on my iPad for creating my own designs.  Using the digital app to sketch is now just as fun and pleasurable as sketching with a pen or pencil is, especially because it gives me a lot more colors to work with. Below are some of my recent digital designs of outfits featuring my favorite winter neutrals.  Enjoy and keep checking the blog for more looks at my digital designs!

 

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Style Guide: The Chunky Sweater!

Even though I love the warm weather in the summer and spring months, I’m always ready to start layering my outfits and bundling up with a cup of hot chocolate when November hits.  I always get so excited when it’s time to pull out all of my cozy sweaters, boots, and leggings from the depths of my closet and put my denim cut-offs and bathing suits into hibernation.  These fall and winter staples are my favorites because they’re super easy to throw on, always comfortable, and can pretty easily hide any pale winter skin or stubbly legs that definitely can’t be hidden in the warmer months.

For the past few years in the fashion world, chunky sweaters have made a huge presence and I definitely don’t see them going anywhere for this fall and winter season (thank goodness).  In my mind, there’s no reason not to like this type of sweater.  Versatile, slouchy, cozy, and quite forgiving to the body, wearing them feels like a warm embrace. They’re such a valuable style to have in your closet because they can be paired with almost anything when it’s cool outside, and depending on the rest of the outfit, can easily be dressed up or down.  In case you need a little guidance in styling your own chunky sweaters to stay on trend this season, I’ve provided you with 5 different ways to wear them, which are shown below.

1. Over a dress:

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2. Layered:

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3. Belted:

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4. Over a fancy skirt:

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5. With leggings and boots:

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*All photos were taken from Pinterest

3 Fall and Winter Trends To Keep An Eye Out For

Since we are in the middle of the fall season and winter is (sadly) right around the corner, I figured that I’d share with you some of my trend predictions (from a few months ago) of what I thought would be visible during these cooler months. These three trends were fun choices for me because I discovered how they’ve all been recycled from past fashion trends and simply updated for a more modern look.  I’ve included a trend board that I made for each trend, which shows examples of the trend for the Fall/Winter 2013 season as well as their inspirations from the past.  I hope you like the boards and feel free to start stocking up on cropped sweaters, velvet, and high socks – I’ve already been seeing them on the streets!Image Image

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