plaid me all over

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Oh fall ... I adore you. Your crisp weather is one of the many reasons I throw on flannel, ponchos and oversized turtlenecks. But most of all, you are the season of plaid.

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Nothing makes me happier than a colorful blanket scarf in a checkered/plaid print. It's a great way to dress up an outfit while staying cozy. Also, leopard and plaid are a fun print mix combo to try if you're a bit adventurous with your outfits! 

Lately, I've been spotting plaid everywhere - from outerwear to even printed pants. See below for a few of my favorite plaid picks, along with some accessories to jazz it up: 

Are you a fan of plaid for fall?

pumpkins + sweater season

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Happy Fall, y'all! I am more than overjoyed to welcome sweater season and hot spiced cider back into my life. To celebrate these crisp days of colorful leaves and mulled wine, my main squeeze and I paid a visit to our favorite pumpkin patch in Snohomish County -- Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. This is our second annual pumpkin trip, and one of my favorite fall activities. 

One of the best things about this patch include its homemade cider doughnuts (pumpkin is the best!), fresh-pressed cider and the great selection of apples, squash and corn by the pound. We had a great time at the patch, and look forward to more fall fun this season.

What fall festivities are you up to this season?

Shopbop SALE Starts Today!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEWS FLASH: The ShopBop Friends & Family sale starts today!!

For three days only, receive 25% off your order with CODE: FAMILY25 and believe me... the sale is amazing

Here are a few of my favorites: 

Perfect for a date night or throw on a black blazer and colorful scarf to make this look work appropriate. Dressed up with heels or paired with booties for a comfy chic outfit - this LBD is so versatile, it's a must-have in the closet.

Infinity Drop Earrings // Alexis Bittar
Have I told you I'm obsessed with Alexis Bittar?! I love all of her jewelry, and when it comes to snagging these beautiful earrings for 25% off... that's a deal I can't pass on. 

A little fringe is always needed for the arm candy - especially in pretty color tones like rose gold. I'd love to wrap this along with a few other gold bangles for a fun ensemble. 

Classic Q Colorblocked Fran Bag / Marc by Marc Jacobs
I know.. I know... a white bag? BUT it's so gorgeous. I'm prone to always buying black or brown for my purses... and this white top-handle top is the perfect way to play with something outside of my comfort zone but still understated. I love the colorblocking contrast of black and white, and all that room inside the bag-- how ever will I fill it up? :) Roomy, practical and stylish! 

Jilt Lizard Booties // H by Hudson
With the mini-heel, comfort meets chic with these Hudson booties! The lizard skin print give it an awesome texture that's different from the ordinary pairs I've seen around here in Seattle. I also love the subtle zipper -- not too flashy, but strategically placed. It's all about the details right? 

Have you checked out the Shopbop sale yet?
What goodies will you treat yourself to? 

celebrating fall at home with antica farmacista

Monday, October 13, 2014

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As the colors change, we welcome the new season into our homes. Whether that'd be more mason jar candles, beautiful festive pumpkins or even fall-like scents -- I'm beyond thrilled to be adding this season's decor to my happy home. 

With my recent trip to the pumpkin patch (more details to come this week!) - I'm thinking of dabbling with a little DIY no carve pumpkin decor. I'm in love with the glittered and ombre ideas below. 

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Check out these easy, no-carve decorating ideas from Apartment Therapy and Better Homes and Garden!

In addition to beautifully decorated pumpkins, I'm also excited for fall scents - candles, yummy pumpkin pie, spiced cider, and cinnamon pine cones! To help me celebrate all things fall this October and in honor of National Breast Awareness Month, my friends at Antica Farmacista sent me the fresh fragrance and home diffuser of Peonia, Gardenia and Rosa

What's even more awesome about it - 100% of the profits from this fragrance along with any of the Peonia, Gardenia & Rosa products benefit Gilda's Club, which is an organization that supports cancer survivors and their families. Antica co-owner, Susan Pruitt battled breast cancer seven years ago, and Gilda's Club was a tremendous support for her. 

The fragrance is absolutely beautiful. Subtle woodsy notes and a mix of floral notes from peonia, rose and gardenia bring a warm, romantic vibe to my happy home. I love it styled next to the assortment of candles and the wee, little pumpkin on my side table. 

How are you decorating your happy home for fall? 

Antica Farmacista was established in 2003, as the first company to introduce the home ambiance reed diffuser in the U.S. Antica was built on the founders' philosophy of "whether for the home or body, each and every one of  us should have a signature scent that tells our own personal story". Antica fragrances can be purchased at domestic retail partners: Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and approximately 900 boutiques throughout the US.

Disclosure: Products and samples were provided by Antica Farmacista. As always, all opinions expressed are my own! 

kicking summer goodbye // hello fall boots

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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This past weekend, my main squeeze and I said our "goodbyes" to summer as cloudy gray skies and a mini-drizzle rolled into Seattle. In a weird way, I was oddly relieved. Strange to say, but I was actually getting bored with summer... I know. I know. Only I would say that, right? Yes, I had loved the lazy days of reading on the roof with sangria in hand but I also longed for oversized cardigans, plaid blanket scarves and hot mugs of tea. Snuggle sessions, trips to the apple orchards and pumpkin patch parties.. oh and did I mention a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup? All of this. I wanted. Stat. Just wanted layers upon layers and oodles of coziness.

So when it magically became September (four days ago) - I grinned from ear to ear as I purchased my first pumpkin spice latte of the season and began pinning away all of my favorite festive fall things - which included a few recipes to try this season (giving my crockpot some love this autumn), and of course - outfits to keep me stylish and cozy this fall!

One of the most important fall wardrobe staples is a sturdy pair of comfortable and beautiful riding boots. Seeing that the majority of shoes in my closet were basic black, I decided to jazz it up and go for a rich cognac color. Less serious, a little more playful and casual - I settled on this pair - the Penny Boot by Sam Edelman.

I absolutely love the mahogany color of this pair - the soft leather - rubber sole and buckle detail. Ways to style a riding boot for fall? Skinny jeans tucked in with an oversized cardigan or a patterned tunic dress, tights and an infinity scarf. Is it bad for me to wish more cold weather so I can get some wear in these beauties? 

Looking for some new fall boots this season? See below for a few other of my picks! 

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