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Count Them! 10 Fall Must Haves | 2015

Are you ready for fall? It kind of snuck up on me! All of the sudden, I realized school is back in session and I’ve barely thought about what fall essentials I need. Boots, coats, jeans, accessories, there’s a ton of new trends out there this season and I’ve pulled together the top ten fall must haves that you’ve gotta have this season!

TOP TEN FALL MUST HAVES 2015
shop my top ten fall must haves:

1- Dainty Jewelry– Pretty, dainty gold jewelry add elegance and a finishing touch to your fall wardrobe. Try this geometric pedant ($14) or this personalized initial wire bangle ($28) to add a touch of glamour.

2- Blanket Scarf– These oversized wraps are not only on trend, but completely warm and cozy! Use this soft scarf ($39) to layer during the chilled autumn days and to cover up with at night on the couch!

3- Longline Vest– Tailored long vests and blazers are in every store I walk in this month. They add sophistication and clean lines to the bulky layering we usually go to this time of year. Start out simple by trying this black fitted vest ($50) with a basic tee and heels.

4- Ankle Booties– I wear ankle booties nearly every day of Fall. Why you ask? They are warm, comfortable and uber versatile. They go with dresses, jeans, shorts, tights, etc. I have heeled ankle boots and flat ones and I spread the love evenly among them. Try out these zippered booties ($28) for a good deal!

5- Draped Coat– Fall is that awkward time between no coat and full on parka. Beat the chilling temps by trying out one of this seasons draped robe coats ($60). They have a loose closure and a barely there look that’s perfect for this transitional time.

6- Sweater Dress– Pack up the sundresses. The rest of the year is officially about sweater dresses. Choose a  long silhouette, cable-knit, turtle neck or marled. It doesn’t matter because sweater dresses are in! I personally love this zippered sweater dress ($58), but I would also love to get my hands on a turtle neck sweater dress!

7- Wool Hat– Yes… I am still obsessed with beanies, but some days I just can’t have my hair sticking to my forehead. That’s where this polished wool fedora ($32) comes in. It will keep you warme while you are braving the elements without messing up your hair.

8- Turtle Neck– Thinking back to my young 90’s self, I really did not think I would squeeze my head through a turtle neck again. They always made my neck too itchy and hot! Now look at me, I want a turtle neck in every silhouette! This fall try a sleeveless turtle neck ($68) to keep you cool, save the sleeves for winter!

9- Bucket Bag– Bucket bags are here to stay this fall. I just love this fun, scrunched shape and the lightly structured silhouette makes it casual enough for everyday use. New to bucket bags? Try out this budget-friendly faux leather bucket bag ($60) first. It’s still good quality, but won’t break the bank.

10- Flare Jeans– Ohh flare jeans… how quickly you come back in style. Guess what? It’s fall and it’s time for you to get a pair of flares in your closet. I suggest some with some length so you can pair them with you favorite pumps or heeled boots. Try the trend out with these flare jeans ($30) or just dig in your closet to find a pair from your last bell-bottom phase!

I hope you are as excited as I am to embrace the season’s trends with these fall must haves!

Urban Nomad Trend | Fall 2015

My favorite season is upon us… fall! There is something about fall that is so darn cozy. It’s the apple cider, the falling leaves, the crisp autumn air and of course the pumpkin spice lattes! This season packs such strong emotions and memories that lure me out into the wild. Well maybe not quite the wild, but it lures me out of my apartment. And I feel it’s appropriate to dress like I’m going camping anyways, that’s where the urban nomad trend comes in!

I’m not sure what you wear camping, but I feel like plaid is definitely in order. Also, some layering pieces like this fur vest and this reversible quilted vest to keep you warm by the fire. Footwear not only needs to be practical, but also warm! Don’t these timberland wedges scream warm and comfy?! I’m dying for a pair! Lastly, top it off with a floppy wool hatplaid poncho for layering and some jewelry inspired by the wilderness itself. There you go, you have become an urban nomad.

urban nomad trend

shop the urban nomad trend:

faux fur vest ($40) / floppy wool hat ($32) / printed fox socks ($6) / plaid shirt dress ($25) / pom pom beanie ($28) / moon pendant necklace ($16) / reversible quilted vest ($50) / plaid poncho ($38) / burgundy bootie ($160) / patent leather boots ($30) / plaid shirt ($25) / suede platform boot ($125) / timberland wedges ($130) / suede fringe dress ($108)

Stocking Stuffers for All | 2014

Reality check! We officially have a little over a week until Christmas, are you ready?

With about one week left, I’m hoping you at least have a solid idea of what you are getting everyone on your list… if they aren’t already wrapped and under the tree. Are you having trouble deciding what to get that special someone? Check out my Top Gifts for HerTop Gifts for Him, Gift Guide for the Hostess and Gift Guide for the Girl on the Go for some quick help!

At this point in the season, I usually have all my big presents bought and my main focus is stocking stuffers. Stocking stuffers are something I just recently got into and thats because they happen to be a BIG deal for me this year- my husband and I decided to skip the presents and just fill up each other’s stockings. This has given me a perfect chance to go out on a limb and get some fun, funky and inexpensive gifts for him. I’ve had a ton of fun brainstorming ideas so I decided to pull together some of my top ideas for this 2014 stocking stuffers.

I included some girly gifts (cozy socks and beanies), some entertaining gifts (cocktail game and coasters), gifts for the techy (cord wraps and tech gloves), gifts for the lucky (lottery tickets) and gifts for the naughty (coal)!

STOCKING STUFFERS | 2014

Pottery Barn Cocktail Game ($29) / HMNS Agate Coaster Set ($24) / uncommon goods Coal Gum ($5) / Lottery Tickets / uncommon goods Wooden Puzzles ($20) / Old Navy Chic Tech Gloves ($7) / Anthropologie Gold Monogram Mug ($10) / Pinch Minimergency Kit ($24) / The Container Store bobino Cord Wraps ($3-$5) / Target Striped Cozy Socks ($3) / uncommon goods Cocktail Towels ($14) / ASOS Embellished Pom Beanie ($19) / Quench Bar10der Cocktail Tool ($40) / The Container Store First Aid Kit ($6)

Top Gifts for Him Under $50 | 2014

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and a successful Black Friday Weekend! As you know, today is Cyber Monday and I suggest dedicating your lunch break to some sale shopping! It’s a great opportunity to get some names crossed off your gift list.

To get you started, I pulled together some of my favorite gifts for men- all under $50! This year, my husband and I are foregoing the large haul of gifts and sticking to stocking stuffers. This inspired me to pull together some fun, small gifts for the man in your life. The list ranges from festive boxers to martini tools, all perfect items for stuffing this year’s stocking without breaking the bank!

Click the links below to shop! Happy Cyber Monday Shopping!

Top Gifts for Him | 2014

Gap Snowflake and Christmas Boxers ($13 each) / H&M Leather Gloves ($35) / Crate and Barrel Whiskey Rocks- Set of 12 ($20) / Quench Martini Multi Tool ($40) / S’well Woodgrain Water bottle ($35) / J.Crew Snowflake Socks ($17) / Nordstrom Red Buffalo Check Scarf ($20) / Old Navy Pajama Pants ($17) / Minnetonka Slippers ($46) / Urban Outfitters Hibernate Flask ($18) / Herschel Chapter Toiletry Case ($25) / Herschel Charlie Card Case ($20)

Holiday Must Haves | 2014

The holiday season is upon us and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I love all the fun textures, patterns and warmth that comes with this fabulous season. Nothing beats getting dressed in my coziest layers and enjoying some warm hot cocoa by the fire. To help everyone get as excited as I am about the holidays I pulled together some must haves for the upcoming holiday season. Nothing screams holiday like faux fur, fair isle, plaid and reindeer prints- Enjoy!!

holiday must haves 2014

Forever 21 Fur Vest ($45) / Target Ear Muffs (On Sale for $10) / Sole Society Mini Backpack ($40) / Old Navy Patterned Socks (On Sale for $8) / H&M Jacquard-knit Sweater ($35) / Forever 21 Over-the-Knee Boots ($40) / Forever 21 Fair Isle Leggings ($18) / Forever 21 Shaggy Socks ($4) / Old Navy Buffalo Check Flannel ($22) / Forever 21 Plaid Scarf ($11) / Nordstrom Chalkboard Tumbler ($13) / Old Navy Strappy Ankle Boots ($40)


How to Stay Cozy and Still Feminine

Whether San Francisco weather feels like it or not, there’s no denying fall is in full swing when scrolling through my instagram feed of pumpkins and flannel.

When living in the Midwest, fall was always my favorite time of year. Nothing is more beautiful than when the leaves start turning color, apple & pumpkin desserts take over pinterest and we start running around in our coziest sweaters & boots. But to be honest, my coziest and comfiest sweaters are not necessarily the most glamorous things in my closet.

It can be hard to find sweaters that get you into the holiday spirit without sporting the hibernating polar bear look. That’s why I pulled together 9 beautiful sweaters (all under $50) that are not only fall appropriate, but completely feminine!


When shopping for cozy sweaters this season, keep these few tips in mind:

  1.  Look for feminine details– added details, like bows, hearts, dots, lace, etc. will all add a girly touch, even on oversized silhouettes.
  2. Pair it back to girly pieces– have a graphic or basic sweater? Easy! Wear it with a full skirt, chiffon maxi, or anything to keep it soft and feminine.
  3. Pay attention to shapes– I know sometimes you just want to rock a slouchy sweater and that’s totally fine, but make sure you pair it back with leggings or skinnies to keep the silhouette slimming.
  4. A little glam never hurt anyone– I added a few embellished options below, both rhinestone and sequins, because let’s be real… a little glam never hurt anyone.

Stay Cozy and Feminine

Forever 21 Heart Print Sweater ($22.90) / Express Heathered Rhinestone Sleeve Sweater (On Sale for $35.94) / LOFT Embellished 3/4 Sleeve Sweater (On Sale for $32.50) / Kohl’s LC Lauren Conrad Bow Sweater (On Sale for $29.99) / Forever 21 Watercolor Back Sweater ($17.80) / Express Sequin Front Sweater (On Sale for $47.94) / LOFT Embellished Sweatshirt Tee (On Sale for $25) / Kohl’s LC Lauren Conrad Faux-Leather Heart Eyelash Sweater (On Sale for $39.99) / Forever 21 Marled Eyelash-Knit Sweater ($19.80)