how to style espadrilles for fall

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If you read any list of summer fashion essentials, you’re bound to come across the suggestion of espadrilles. Wouldn’t you agree? But, I love my espadrilles so much, I don’t want to put them away at the end of the season! Plus, living in the South, there isn’t really a practical reason to stop wearing them during autumn and winter anyway.

So keep those espadrilles out as long as it’s warm enough to wear them! If you want to incorporate them into outfits that look and feel like fall, I have a couple suggestions below.

Look #1: Dark wash jeans, cowl-neck sweater, hat, shearling bag

I love these dark wash jeans from the brand Goldsign because they’re classic but they’re not the typical skinny jeans you see everywhere. They’re straight legged and slightly cropped for a bit of a Parisian look. Pair it with a cozy, cowl-neck sweater and a shearling back to make those espadrilles feel undeniably autumnal. In fact, a shearling bag can make just about any outfit feel appropriate for fall.

Look #2: Beige blazer, white tee, gold necklace, black skirt, straw bag

Look #3: Rough hem jeans, suede bag, striped tee

For a look that works for the office or the weekend, pair a white tee and black skirt with a beige blazer then top it off with espadrilles and a straw bag. For more casual scenarios, you can take off the blazer all together or swap it for a denim jacket or kimono. I love the neutral vibes here.

For an easy weekend look, try out the stereotypical French girl combination of a Breton sweater, straight leg jeans, and espadrilles. To add a little fall flair and texture, try a suede bag.

Look #4: Floral dress, gold coin necklace, earth tone bag

I love this look because it takes a lot of summer dressing principles, like a floral boho dress and espadrilles, but makes it look super autumnal. Just choosing a darker floral will automatically get you there, but I also suggest trying an earth toned bag and a darker lip color to really celebrate fall.

the weekend list no. 47

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Happy Saturday!

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So many highs these past two weeks! Last weekend was my brother’s wedding, which was definitely the biggest high. My mom and I arranged all of the flowers, which is something I love doing and I also did the photography along with another girl. All-in-all, it was such a cozy, fun weekend celebrating them.

Another high was getting a new brand partnership for the next three months that I’m really excited about. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for those posts coming up here and on my Instagram. Also, my friend bought us tickets for the Ariana Grande concert next May and we seriously got the best seats. I also booked my hotels for my London/Amsterdam trip in May, so that month is going to be so much fun.

I also got a great deep tissue massage recently which was so good. Beforehand, I swam in the nautilus pool at the spa and laid in a heated salt lounger for awhile. I have this chronic face pain because I hold all of my tension in my neck and shoulders, so I really needed this massage. I’ve had plenty of them before, but had never done a deep tissue. It was definitely one of those things that hurt, but felt amazing at the same time.

Lows are few and far between lately, but I certainly didn’t enjoy having my feet attacked by fire ants! So there’s that.

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I’m working on holiday content for the next two months and am really excited about it. I really don’t like how consumerist blogs become for the holidays and I’ve heard a lot of people give similar feedback, so I’m making sure to go in a different direction. I posted my holiday gift guide this week and likely won’t be sharing another, other than maybe a few suggestions here and there as I see cute ideas pop up.

Another thing is that I don’t want my holiday content to be focused on portraying an idea of perfection around the holidays. It’s all going to be real, attainable, cozy, and focused on enjoying the season for what it is, rather than focused on buying a ton of stuff to achieve some false idea of Instagram perfection.

Another fun thing is that I found this girl on YouTube who has created three reading challenges based on the N.E.W.T.s and O.W.Ls from the Harry Potter series. I’m doing the O.W.L challenge where you pick five subjects and, in order to “pass the exam”, you read a book for each category. I’m doing Charms, Herbology, Muggle Studies, History of Magic, and Transfiguration. I’ll do an update in this month’s book report post!

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cozy loungewear to keep you warm

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Happy Friday! Are you guys ready for the weekend? I’ve been working on a lot of projects this week, seemingly from sunrise to sunset, so I know that I’m ready to have a chill day this weekend spent primarily in cozy loungewear with the stack of books that I’m in the middle of reading.

Somehow, I’ve found myself in the middle of three books at the same time so I really need to deal with that! I’m also thinking about making some homemade cinnamon rolls and watching a movie if I can. What are your plans for the weekend?

Hopefully, they involve some cozy loungewear like the options below!

wellness wednesday: my current skincare routine

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It feels like I haven’t done a Wellness Wednesday post in a while, doesn’t it? Well, I’ve recently been making some updates to my skincare routine and paring down the number of products I have stored away in my bathroom from years of working in the beauty industry.

These days, my routine is pretty simple and only uses a few products that I know and love. Every so often, I rotate to different cleansers and face masks, but recently I’ve been going back to the same ones. So, here’s my updated skincare routine.

Morning

CLEANSING
In the morning, I usually wash my face with just water. However, if it’s a morning where I feel particularly oily or if I wore heavy makeup the night before, I’ll wash with a cotton pad of Bioderma.

MOISTURIZER
My daily moisturizer is the Derma-e Hydrating Day Cream, which is so good. It’s the perfect cocktail of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and green tea extract. Plus, it’s paraben free and not tested on animals.

SUNSCREEN
After moisturizer, I put on the EltaMD UV-Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 sunscreen. I like this one because it doesn’t have a smell and it doesn’t feel oily, but it’s also a clean brand and really affordable. I make sure to put on sunscreen every morning even if I’m not going to be outside because my house is very sunny.

SUPPLEMENTS
Right now, I take the Olly Undeniable Beauty gummy vitamins with vitamins C and E, biotin, and keratin. I mentioned before the story behind why I take these and I’ve really been loving them!

Evening


CLEANSING
In the evening, I take off my makeup (if I wore it) with Bioderma and then wash with the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. It smells so good and is really good for both brightening and tightening the skin as well as hydrating it.

OIL
I use a couple of different oils, which I’ll talk about in a future post. But mostly, I’m using the Eminence Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil on my face and neck.

MOISTURIZER
Right now, I’m using my Derma-E day cream at night as well. But sometimes, I skip moisturizer altogether because the oil is enough to hydrate my skin overnight.

Weekly

MASK
Every Friday, I use a face mask depending on what my concerns are that week. Usually, I like to do the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, the Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask, or the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask.

STEAM
Before, during, or after my face mask on Fridays, I like to use my steamer as well. This helps to open and cleanse my pores as well as increasing circulation.

EXFOLIATE
Every Monday, I do an exfoliating treatment, whether it be chemical or physical. Typically, I do physical exfoliants and lately have been really enjoying the Summer Fridays Overtime Mask.

What skin care products are you loving lately?

my little bookshelf tour

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I’ve been needing a new bookshelf for a long time now and was holding out until I found the perfect one. I finally did and had the most fun styling it, so I wanted to share what’s on my new bookshelf. This is a long one, so go get a cup of tea and get cozy before reading.

My mom has a friend who is really talented with home decor and furniture refurbishment. I actually already had a pair of side tables she worked on in my room that I love! So, a few weeks ago, we went over to her house and I saw this gorgeous bookcase in her backyard studio. I seriously fell in love with it because it was exactly the shade of wood and sort of fairytale style I had in mind. We weren’t sure if it would fit in my room, so we went about our day, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It even had a beautiful old key that you have to use to open the doors!

When I got home, I measured the space in my room where I wanted to put the bookcase and I felt really confident that it would fit. A few days later, she delivered the bookcase and needless to say, it looks amazing in my room. It totally finishes the space and makes it feel complete and balanced (even though I had to move some canvases over to the other wall where they’re leaning until I can find somewhere to hang them).

That night, I immediately began pulling my book collection out of boxes to pick the prettiest ones and style them on the shelves with whatever cute objects I could find. My strategy here was to only use books with pretty, mostly neutral covers and bindings. But, I also wanted the books and objects to have meaning. It could be that they’re my favorite books or just that they are super visually inspiring to me. That’s really the goal of my entire room. I want everything to be really inspiring creatively as well as looking pretty and feeling comfortable.

So, I’m gonna go through each shelf and tell you about what’s there. I still have four more boxes of books stored away (because I’m crazy), but I’m so happy to have some of my favorites on display now.

Top Shelf

On the left side, I have my college pennant behind a small stack of magazines I’m collecting, mostly Vogue, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun. On the right side, I have a couple of books:

The Sartorialist - This is the original book, which I love because it captures a really cool time when street style was first becoming a thing.

The Story of Art - This is one of my textbooks from my college art history courses and it’s probably the most essential book on the topic that exists.

Cervantes Deluxe Edition - The Harvard Classics edition. I found this at an antique store somewhere and loved the black cover, plus you can’t go wrong with Cervantes.

The Power of Myth - One of my very favorite books and another from a college class. It’s a transcription of a six part documentary where Joseph Campbell talks with Bill Moyers about mythology, heroes, and storytelling. Whenever I see this book, I remember when Rory Gilmore watched the show in the motel room during Spring Break.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - I actually haven’t read this, but it’s by Anne Brontë and since I love Charlotte so much, I’ve been trying to read more of her sisters. It has a beautiful cover and makes me feel really cozy.

And Then There Were None - By Agatha Christie! Honestly, no cozy bookshelf is complete without a Christie mystery. I plan on reading this one when the weather gets colder and on a rainy day, because it’s about guests on an isolated island being mysteriously murdered one by one.

Commonwealth - This Ann Patchett book has one of the prettiest covers and a super memorable opening story about oranges and a party.

The After Party - Another great cover that goes especially well with the orange, white, and green of Commonwealth. This story is about the Houston social scene in the 1950s, which is creatively inspiring for me.

On top of the last two books, I have a white bust of a man who always reminds me of Marcus Aurelius, who is a really inspiring figure to me. His quotes on stoicism and mindfulness are always some of my go-to’s.

Middle Shelf

On the left side, I have a drawing of my college that I bought from an artist probably on my second day at school. I also have a gold wish bone that’s gone with me from house to house as well as a Volcano candle. There’s also my favorite black-and-white photo of my grandpa. As for books, I have a stack on the left including:

Antique French language book - I can’t remember where I found this one or who gave it to me, but it’s one that I like to use a lot for photos because of the color and the font type.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - The pretty yellow cover makes this book look really pretty in this particular stack. Plus, I have to have some HP representation always.

Home - The third in Marilynne Robinson’s four book Gilead series. This is a really beautifully written series that characterizes life in small town Iowa. The language is really haunting and poetic, so that’s inspiring to me.

The Sickness Unto Death - I absolutely love Kierkegaard and this was a fascinating read that I think about a lot. It’s not as depressing as it sounds. 🙃

Far From the Madding Crowd - This might be the prettiest book I own. It has the most beautiful textured cover with gold bees.

Over on the other side of the middle shelf, I have a big selection of books stacked upright and horizontally, topped with a little succulent plant.

Bel Canto - The second Ann Patchett book on the shelf. This is a story about an opera singer and that visual always inspires me.

A Separate Peace - I love boarding school novels and this is one of the classics. It has a beautiful cover and it’s a story that has always stuck with me.

The Starboard Sea - Coincidentally, another boarding school novel I think about often.

Never Let Me Go - Such a haunting story with an equally haunting cover.

Call Me By Your Name - The book version of one of my very favorite films.

The Great Gatsby - If I had to pick three books that inspire my life the most, this would definitely be one of them, so it certainly deserves a place on the shelf. Plus, that classic cover is so nice to look at.

Living in Style - Rachel Zoe’s lifestyle and fashion coffee table book. I love her.

Manhattan Monologues - One summer in New York, I swear I bought every Louis Auchincloss book that exists from The Strand and this is the prettiest one.

Letters of Abelard and Heloise - I heard the story of Peter Abelard and Heloise in a college history class and became really interested in them. They were basically the OG teacher-student love story and I love this little book of their letters.

Jane Austen: Four Classic Novels - This giant book has Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion. I have other copies of these books, but it’s kind of nice to have them all in one book.

A Moveable Feast - I bought this at the bookstore at Hemingway’s home in Key West, where I played with his six toed cats and walked through his writing room.

Northanger Abbey - This Jane Austen book is at the end of the shelf and since there’s glass panes on the sides, you can see the pretty cover from my bed.

Bottom Shelf

On the left, I have an old, empty bottle of Veuve Clicquot and a plain white candle from IKEA. On to the books:

Boyhood - This is a great book of photography from behind-the-scenes of another one of my favorite films Boyhood. It’s has a really gorgeous black-and-white cover that I’ve been wanting to display forever, but I never had a place to do it!

Grace - Behind the Boyhood photography book, I have Grace Coddington’s pretty orange book. She always brings so much inspiration, so I like having that book to look at every day.

Night Film - This Marisha Pessl book is one that’s on my mind constantly in the fall because it’s perfectly spooky and atmospheric.

Swann’s Way - This is the only Proust book I own and it’s the first of his In Search of Lost Time series and I plan on reading the whole series, so this is where I start.

Fahrenheit 451 - I absolutely love the cover of this Ray Bradbury book. Plus, the storyline is kind of special/scary for any book lover.

The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton books always have the most magical covers, don’t they?

Rebecca - My favorite Hitchcock story. I bought this first edition at an antique store in Lexington, Kentucky and I’m a little obsessed with it.

The Age of Innocence - This is another early edition that was gifted to me during college. It’s kind of compact and is in amazing condition, so it’s a good one to have on display.

The Beautiful and the Damned - This copy is pretty tattered because I carried it around with me everywhere when I was an intern in New York several years ago.

Jane Eyre - My all-time favorite book (along with The Secret History which is kept on my nightstand). I have multiple copies, but I chose the simple, jacketless black one for the shelf.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s - I love this black cover with the splash of red and the red nail polish and jewelry. I’d like to get The Audrey Hepburn Treasures to pair with this stack.

Anna Karenina - I found this old edition of Anna Karenina split into two books at The Strand and had to have it. The box was torn up, but the books themselves are in such good condition.

The Catcher in the Rye - God, I love this book. It’s so fall, so New York, and such a good, nostalgic story for anyone who was an insufferably elitist teen.

Selected Poems of William Butler Yeats - I’m not a huge poetry fan aside from Keats and weirdly, I don’t own any Keats. But, I have this super old book of Yeats poetry that looks good on the shelf and fills the poetry gap.

The Concept of Anxiety - Kierkegaard is really good at publishing books with depressing names. This book, along with The Sickness Unto Death, was a gift from my best friend Caroline, a fellow Kierkegaard fan. It’s basically a philosophy book about how anxiety is caused by our complete freedom and all of the possibilities that could occur. As always with Kierkegaard, it has a lot of great spiritual elements, too.

The Goldfinch - One of the best covers in recent years, I think. I absolutely love Donna Tartt, of course, and really loved this book even though I had insane expectations following The Secret History.