outfit ideas for fall activities

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I don’t know about you but, for me, fall is in full swing! I’m making a point to do something everyday that celebrates the season and it’s been so much fun already. Some things on my list I’m looking forward to? Watching “You’ve Got Mail” with caramel popcorn and Applejack sangria. Making vegetarian chili and cornbread. Getting together with friends to drink wine and watch “Rebecca”. Checking off some autumnal books from my reading list…Ray Bradbury, anyone?

There are so many ways to celebrate the season and we’re all about looking cute doing it, right? I’ve put together some outfit ideas for five fall activities you might be getting up to in the coming weeks.

Picking apples at the orchard
Have plans for harvesting some apples at your local orchard? To keep cozy, layer a quilted vest over a long-sleeve tee. Pull on your favorite worn-in skinny jeans and Bean boots, then top it all off with a colorful ball cap.

Cozy day at home
Let’s be real, the best fall activity is enjoying all the cozy days at home. For that, you’ll need a slouchy wool or cashmere sweater layered over a pretty lace bralette. Pair it with the comfiest lounge pants and furry slippers for your all-day movie marathon.

Baking in the kitchen
There’s no better season for baking than fall and I’ve got a post coming up soon with all sorts of ideas for fall deserts. In the meantime, prep your outfit for baking by putting together a white t-shirt and cozy colorblocked cardigan with distressed jeans, loafers, and, of course, a cute apron.

Holiday shopping at the town center
It’s October which means it’s time to start doing some early holiday shopping. Get festive for the season with a white oxford underneath a navy sweater. Pair that with a patterned wool skirt, tortoiseshell sunglasses from Persol, and your classic camel trench.

Coffee date with an old friend
Heading for coffee with a friend? For a sophisticated yet cozy look, try a sweater dress paired with neutral accessories like a handbag and knee-high boots. Add in tortoiseshell sunglasses for a a little something extra to balance out all the solid colors.

What activities are you looking forward to this fall?

how to: game night + breakfast for dinner

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Do you guys like to play board games? I’ve always been a huge board game person and, honestly, what’s a better way to spend a fall evening than playing board games and eating breakfast for dinner? For my mom’s birthday this year, that’s what I planned for her. We had a tournament with three games and, in the end, I lost to my mom by only one point !!! Even though I didn’t win, It was such a nice, cozy night that you can easily recreate yourself.

the mood:
Cozy, cozy, cozy all the way. Set the lighting low with lots of candles and provide throw blankets for your guests to cover up with. Lay out some cute themed napkins and create a cozy space for playing games. Set the vibe with a playlist full of fun songs that aren't too crazy but are upbeat enough to please a crowd and keep everyone awake. Backstreet Boys and N*Sync are always a good choice. Another idea to consider is having everyone put their phones away in a basket during the games.

the food:
Game night calls for comfort food and for our party, we decided on a crowd favorite: breakfast for dinner. I made a batch of mini pancakes with a cute little toppings bar so everyone could customize their plates. On the side, we served our favorite vegetarian sausage patties from Morningstar. Coffee and orange juice are the perfect drink options for this theme, served in pretty glasses.  

the games
Pick any games you like! I recommend taking advantage of the occasion by playing all those games that require a group of people. For an all-out tournament, pick three to five games varying in length and see who wins the most. Below are some game suggestions.

what's your fall starbucks order? ☕

Just checking in here with a quick post about some fall drinks to try at Starbucks. When I think about any fall activity from reading a book or taking a scenic drive to tailgating and going to the pumpkin patch, I always imagine doing it with a cozy drink in hand. It seems like you mostly just hear about the Pumpkin Spice Latte, but Starbucks actually has quite a good range of other fall drinks to try if the PSL isn’t your thing! In fact, there’s one I think is totally underrated and actually better than the PSL (and it’s number two on this list)…

iced pumpkin chai latte
Since the iced chai latte with coconut milk is my go-to order during the year, it makes sense that I simply add pumpkin for fall. This is great for you if you wanna get in on the PSL love, but are like me in that you don’t really do coffee.

caramel apple spice
This is by far my favorite hot Starbucks drink on their menu at any time and, again, it’s not even coffee! It’s hot apple cider with cinnamon dolce syrup and a caramel drizzle and it’s the perfect drink for walking around the park on a crisp day or just shopping at Target.

maple pecan latte
Finally, an actual coffee drink! This one is an espresso and steamed milk with added elements like maple syrup, pecan, brown butter, and a little sugar topping. As always, you can get a lower calorie version by ordering with non-dairy milk such as almond or coconut.

pumpkin spice frappuccino
A cold twist on the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte, this is a great option if you’re looking to indulge. It’s all the same flavors but turned into a dessert rather than a morning pick-me-up.

salted caramel hot chocolate
Here’s a fall twist on a typically winter-themed drink. It’s the classic Starbucks hot chocolate but mixed in with toffee and vanilla syrups, topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

comfort wellness brewed tea
For a healthy drink that’ll boost your immune system for the cold weather, I recommend the Comfort Wellness tea. It’s a blend of ingredients like lemon, ginger, fennel, licorice root, mint, and chamomile.

royal english breakfast tea latte
If you’re not a coffee drinker but want something creamy other than chai, this is the drink for you. It’s a simple latte made from English Breakfast Tea with cane syrup and frothy steamed milk.

What’s your go-to coffee order for fall? Have you tried any of the drinks I mentioned?

october entertaining tips

You guys, it’s October and I am so excited. October and November are my favorite months of the year and it’s no coincidence that they’re two of the biggest months (plus December) for entertaining. In fact, it was hard for me to choose a theme for this month’s hypothetical party because there are so many options.

You could do a traditional Halloween party, an over-the-top Halloween party, harvest theme, tailgating, and so on. Since harvest can extend past October, I decided to go with the classic Halloween them. So, here we go!

Make It Easy: Old-School Halloween Playlist
The easiest way to get anyone excited for Halloween is playing a bunch of those weird, old Halloween songs like “Monster Mash” and classics like “Thriller”. Make it easy on yourself by queueing up this vintage Halloween playlist on Spotify.

Drink of Choice: The Poisoned Apple
I love a good themed cocktail like this one from Minted. The deep red color almost makes it a decor item on its own. It’s super easy too! Just three ingredients: apple cider, pomegranate juice, and tequila. You can also add dry ice chips for a fog effect!

Hostess Gift: Candy Station Treat Bags
Candy is the easiest hostess gift, right? Set up a cute candy station with jars or bowls full of your favorite Halloween candy. Have your guests fill up cute little treat bags to take home with them because, honestly, who says adults can’t have their own version of trick-or-treating.

Easy Appetizer: Pumpkin Cheese Ball
So, it’s a little cheesy (I swear I’m not trying to make a pun) but cheese balls actually make a really good appetizer. This pumpkin shaped cheese ball is an easy, festive option for the appetizer table at your party. Spread out various crackers and pretzels to use for dipping.

Decor Staple: Pumpkins (of course!)
Isn’t it obvious? There’s so much you can do with pumpkins that it’s the obvious decor choice for the month. You can scatter orange and white ones around haphazardly or carve one out to use as a bowl for snacks or drinks.

Outfit Idea:
My outfit idea for the month is to dress as the chic Bride of Frankenstein. Use a white lace dress you already have, your actual wedding gown, or something vintage from the thrift store. Pair it with some cute, black boots with a buckle or a lace up utilitarian look. For the makeup, go for black lipstick and a major smokey eye.

the weekend list no. 44

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Happy Saturday! It’s our last weekend before heading into October and I couldn’t be more excited. For us fall lovers, October and November really are the prime months of the year. I can’t wait to make applejack brandy sangria and watch You’ve Got Mail!

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Starting with my low with the intention of ending things on a positive note. I often enjoy following along with politics but following the senate judiciary committee’s hearings this week has been frustrating and scary. Luckily, the outcome was not nearly as bad as I expected, so we’ll see. Another thing that bothered me this week was the new Céline (yes, I refuse to get rid of the accent) collection with Hedi Slimane as head designer. Honestly, I hated it and it basically threw away everything women loved about Phoebe Philo’s legacy. I second everything in Fashionista’s review.

My high is just all of the time I’ve been getting to spend on creative pursuits and getting in touch with all of my passions in order to figure out what that next move is. When you’re trying to figure out what you want to do, I think the best course of action is to simply get up and go do things you like. That way, you’ll be in alignment with yourself and your next move will become more clear. So, with that…

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I’ve been spending a lot of time on my various passions. I’ve been going to hot yoga classes, watching films, reading lots of books, listening to my favorite motivational and business podcasts, painting watercolors, cooking and baking lots of autumnal recipes, working on writing projects, and so on.

Something I’ve really been enjoying is Garden & Gun’s newly released Southern Food issue. This magazine is one that always leaves me feeling really inspired and passionate about where I live and that’s especially true with this issue. All of the food featured looks amazing, but I’ve been especially moved by the feature on Andre Leon Talley. You just have to read it.

As for things coming up, I have a lot of fun fall activities and food to look forward to. Also, after a few invitations from friends, I’m thinking about doing a little road trip across the South. Potentially Charleston, Charlotte, and Richmond. We’ll see! Could be fun if I have the right playlist, although who knows if I can handle sitting in a car that long. 😅

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Have a great weekend and share any good links you find in the comments!