pretty things no. 25

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Happy Saturday! I’ve been really inspired lately by a kind of soft, bohemian look for fall that I take to be very Parisian, although it has roots in southern fashion, too.

There’s something so pretty about pairing soft, light textures with the heavy textures of fall. That’s why I love the idea of this soft pink, silk camisole from Theory layered under a woolly cardigan or leather jacket with suede boots and gold jewelry.

Another thing I love for fall is a textured wool sweater in a soft color. This J.Crew pullover is the perfect pick and the polka dots make it super fun.

This little bag from Loewe reminds me of a miniature version of the old-school messenger bags that high school and college boys used to carry. The color and texture make it the perfect companion to a feminine dress or soft camisole.

While it may seem like a summery pick, I actually love warm toned peasant dresses for the fall. This one from Ulla Johnson comes in the prettiest blue shade and would pair so well with suede ankle boots, white Stan Smiths, and vintage jewelry.

I’m a huge fan of gold coin necklaces to dress up a white t-shirt or make a feminine dress have a little bit of a cool vibe.

Can you guys believe how huge cowboy boots are this season? I used to have two great vintage pairs and I’m seriously regretting letting them go. This pair from Isabel Marant are cool because they’re taller than the typical cowboy boot, giving them a little bit of an edge. I think they’d look so good with skinny jeans, a white t-shirt, gold coin necklace, and oversized blazer or even a denim jacket.

why i love reese witherspoon's new book so much

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Have you gotten your hands on Reese Witherspoon’s new book yet? I was so excited to read “Whiskey in a Teacup”, got it from the library as soon as it came out, and by chapter one, I had ordered it on Amazon so I could keep a copy with me at all times. It was that good!

Each chapter is about a different facet of Reese’s southern heritage, including personal stories, lifestyle ideas, and really good recipes. The first chapter is called The Magic of Sweet Tea and her recipe for sun tea instantly reminded me that I hadn’t made it in a long time! Both of my parents grew up drinking sun tea and it’s something I love to make since it’s so easy and delicious. I literally put the book down and ran into the kitchen for a pitcher and some Lipton tea bags, then set it out to steep on the porch.

There is so much in this book that feels nostalgic and relatable for me. She talks about so many o the things I love so much: sweet tea, Steel Magnolias, monograms, lemonade, Dolly Parton, dinner parties, and biscuits.

The last chapter in the book is about community and giving back, which I’m so glad she included. Rightfully, the South has a pretty dark past and part of our heritage is undeniably shameful. But, the South is also rooted in community and supporting your neighbors. At least, that’s how it was when I was growing up. It’s a little different now because we’re in a world that’s more connected digitally, but less connected in person. That’s really, really sad to me, so I’m glad Reese talked about its importance in her book.

Okay, so the recipes in this book are also incredible. What I love is that Reese shared undeniably Southern dishes that have a lighter, healthier take. There’s everything from biscuits, fried chicken, and mud pie trifle to sautéed baby kale, strawberry salad, and baked brie. I’ve already made a couple of the recipes!

Overall, I just feel like Reese’s book was such a good representation of the South and all it has to offer. If you’re from this region, this is a must-own book. If you’re from elsewhere in the world and don’t know much about Southern culture, I highly recommend checking this book out, baking some cheddar biscuits, and turning on Steel Magnolias as soon as possible.

where to buy meghan's blazer and boots outfit

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I saw this photo of Meghan and Harry on their Australian tour from the other day and completely fell in love with her look from that day. Come to find out, it’s actually one of her more affordable outfits! The blazer is from her friend Serena Williams’ collection, the shirt is Maison Kitsuné, and the boots are J.Crew. Yes, J.Crew!

I pulled together links for the outfit below and am also sharing a couple of alternative options for the blazer and the boots for when the originals inevitably sell out.

a few other options…

six strong women to look up to

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Don’t you think that now more than ever, we need strong, female role models to look up to? There are so many incredible women in history to look to as role models. From the Hepburns to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hatshepsut, it’s not hard to find stories of inspiring women dating back to the beginning of time.

But times have changed and we’re living in a new era where women are, maybe not always but more than ever, free to be themselves and to carve out a path that works best for them. I have this whole theory about how women are primed to really take over the world. That’s not to mean any offense to men, because I firmly believe that equality and power for women will only make things better for men. Like John Laurens said in Hamilton, “We’ll never be truly free until those in bondage have the same rights as you and me.”

So, I wanted to share six of the women who have been especially inspiring to me lately:

Kamala Harris
An attorney and California senator, Kamala Harris is a half-Indian, half-black daughter of immigrants who has truly taken the politics world by storm recently. It’s incredibly important to have the representation that Kamala provides in the highest ranks of government, especially when it’s coming from someone who isn’t afraid to speak out.

Audrey Gelman
Audrey is the founder of The Wing, the chic women’s only clubs originally founded in New York that have now expanded to DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, London, and Toronto. She has a past in government, having worked for Hillary Clinton and Scott Stringer, but I find her work with The Wing to be so inspiring. There’s so much value not only in supporting women-founded and women-led companies, but also supporting spaces created with women in mind. For too long, women have been forced to maneuver their way in and through spaces that were designed to keep us out.

Amal Clooney
In my eyes, Amal is one of the most incredible women of our time and an incredible role model for women of all ages. She’s a Lebanese-British human rights lawyer who has represented high profile clients such as Julian Assange, the former prime minister of Ukraine, and Greece in an attempt to repatriate the Elgin Marbles. Most notably, in my eyes, is her work in court against ISIS, representing Nadia Murad, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and ISIS survivor. I admire Amal because she is able to take on the world’s toughest cases while still fully presenting herself as a proud, feminine woman.

Reese Witherspoon
I both look up to Reese Witherspoon and her character Elle Woods for the duality they represent. As a fellow southern girl, I love how Reese promotes and represents southern heritage in its modern state. She supports progressive causes and pushes forward for women in her work with her production studio, but also brings attention to the traditions of the south, like philanthropy, community, and togetherness, that I love so much.

Glennon Doyle
Glennon has been especially incredible this year for me. You may know her as the Christian mommy blogger who, after getting divorced from her husband, married womens’ soccer star Abby Wambach. Together, they’re an incredible couple doing work through their foundation Together Rising. I think it’s so important for white, Christian women to speak out against the current administration and the values that it holds. Glennon has been leading the charge and doing just that.

Jen Hatmaker
Similar to Glennon Doyle, Jen Hatmaker is a white, evangelical Christian from Texas who, in addition to hosting an incredible podcast that I highly recommend, has been vocally supporting senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke. She’s another example of privileged women speaking out, despite the backlash they inevitably receive from their peers. She’s also a mom to five kids, two of whom are black. She’s such an advocate for love and acceptance and that’s why she inspires me so much.

easy costumes using things in your closet

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We’re halfway through October, which means Halloween is quickly approaching! I love seeing people go all out with their costumes but honestly, most of us are just looking for something easy and inexpensive to pull off, right? Here are a couple of ideas for chic costumes using items you already have in your closet!

old-fashioned detective
For this classic costume, all you need to buy is a magnifying glass from the costume shop or a home decor store. Pair it with a trench coat, simple white tee, and your favorite wide brim hat.

angel
Pair a dressy white romper with comfortable white sneakers and angel props like a halo headand and wings from the costume store. If you don’t have a white romper, a white dress or just white t-shirt with denim cutoffs will do just fine.

witch

This witch costume relies more on the makeup than the clothes and hair. Pair together your little black dress with a black wide-brim hat, black ankle or high-knee boots, and a cross necklace in silver or gold. To make it more witchy, paint your nails black and get creative with your makeup.

olsen twins at nyu

I personally love this costume because it’s nostalgic but also really comfy. The Olsens, particularly Mary-Kate had that distinctive oversized style when she was in college and it’s super easy to replicate. Start with wide leg silk trousers or bell-bottoms, then layer on the oversized sweaters, cardigans, and scarves. Top if off with big sunglasses and a Starbucks cup.

mysterious masquerade

You can literally make a costume out of any cool outfit by adding a black, lace mask. I like the idea of doing a super cool, Haim-inspired look with a biker jacket, black camisole, and distressed boyfriend jeans.