Penchant for Pumpkins

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Earlier in October, I went down to Half Moon Bay with some friends to go to a pumpkin patch. It was such a fun day complete with a hay maze and lots of festive flair! You can actually see part of that day in my Vlogtober here:

For this day I wanted to wear something very fall feeling, but it was still pretty hot in the Bay Area so I had to wear something pretty light. I opted for this red plaid skirt from Banana Republic that I got a few years ago. It’s one of my favorite fall pieces with its fun full skirt, and the pattern was perfect for a day on the farm! I paired it with a tank top made out of an oatmeal colored thermal material. This was actually the only piece that I picked up from my trip to the Mall of America and it has proven to be a great option during a warm fall. Of course, no fall outfit is complete without some booties!

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Shirt: Alter’d State Skirt: Banana Republic (similar) Boots: Kate Spade (similar) (last seen here) Sunglasses: Tiffany & Co. (similar)

Fall Pumpkin Craft

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Halloween may have come and gone, but there are still plenty of opportunities to create a festive fall craft with pumpkins. This year I decorated a small fake pumpkin with colorful fall leafs. Since we don’t get a lot of fall colors here in California, I thought it was a nice way to bring the fall colors into my home.

Here is what you will need for this craft:

  1. A plastic pumpkin (I bought one that was already painted cream, but you could also do this with a fake orange pumpkin and then paint it yourself)
  2. Tissue paper with you choice of fall colors (I chose red, green and gold)
  3. Scissors
  4. Mod Podge and an applicator (I used a crafting sponge)

Optional additions:

  1. Gold paint and a paintbrush
  2. Gold lettering

Steps:

  1. Take your tissue paper and cut out the shapes of leafs: This step was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be! Cutting out thin tissue paper into exact shapes is not easy! I created the leaf shapes by first pulling up images on my iPad and then using a pencil to trace them onto the tissue paper before cutting. Since I am not the handiest with scissors, it helped to already have a guide on the paper.
  2. Once you have all your leafs cut, apply a layer of mod podge and assemble them onto the pumpkin once the glue starts to feel a little tacky.
  3. Then set the tissue paper to the pumpkin with an additional layer of mod podge.

Optional steps:

  1. I decided to cover the brown stem of my pumpkin with some gold paint. This made gave my pumpkin a little bit of a glam look.
  2. What really brought my pumpkin together was the gold lettering. I just did this by adding some gold stickers from Michael’s. I used more Mod Podge to make sure they really held to the curved surface of the pumpkin. Another option is to paint on the lettering or to cut out letters from paper and Mod Podge them on. You can have your pumpkin say anything. I think a cute option would be to write “Thankful” and then use the pumpkin as some Thanksgiving decor.

What have some of your favorite fall crafts been?

Lasts

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In the fading days of fall, I have tried to wear my favorite pieces as much as possible. Summer is actually my favorite season for dressing (I love bright colors and nautical stripes!), but fall is a close second. In my fall wardrobe, I find that I have many key pieces that I can really only work into this specific season — burnt orange dresses, brown cords, a well-loved pair of riding boots and this skirt are some favorites. When I saw this skirt online at Anthropologie I instantly fell in love and it has been so fun to wear it. The skirt is incredibly well made and everything from the unique pattern, to the silk lining makes me love it… it’s not only that I adore the look of the skirt, but I also adore the act of wearing it. When I put on this piece it feels incredibly fun and I definitely have treasured the moments spent in this item. Does that sound really crazy, to love a skirt so much? I guess it just proves that I’m a true Fashionista and that putting on one skirt can completely change my outlook. I will undeniably miss having this piece in my clothing rotations until September rolls around again.026-1 150-1 008-1 127-1

Top: J. Crew (Last seen here) Skirt: Anthropologie Shoes: London Sole

Thanks so much to my beautiful and talented friend Connie for taking these blog photos! See her other work on the blog by clicking here!

Modern Love

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I love the jewel tone styles this fall. When I saw this dress at Madewell, I knew I had to have it. The green is so on-trend and it is the perfect shade to bring out my sometimes green eyes, pale skin and my golden tinted hair. The color is so rich and beautiful that you really do not need to add anything extra to this dress. Wearing it simply makes the best statement. I did add small purple earrings to continue the jewel tone theme, but I kept the rest of my accessories plain, as to not take away from the fabulous dress.

How have you been wearing jewel tones this fall?

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Dress: Madewell (Similar) Earrings: Kate Spade (Last seen here) Bag: Michael Kors (Similar) Shoes: Ghimos (Similar)

Monday-Spirations

October 7Anyone that was in my AP Composition class junior year of high school knows how dear F. Scott is to my heart. Forget the recent film with all of its hyped effects and Leo’s gorgeous face and remember the legacy Fitzgerald left behind — the printed word, the book. The Great Gatsby is and will always remain one of my favorite works of literature. My relationship with it also oddly marks the beginning and end of something in my personal life. This quote embodies a lot of what I have been feeling the past couple of months. Ideas of starting anew and being reborn are being held in high esteem in my current state of mind.

Birds of a Feather

Bird Dress-6This dress is another one of my favorite finds from my trip to England (Check out my other blog post featuring English clothing). It’s from Cath Kidston, a brand my mother and I discovered while shopping in Oxford. The brand’s accessories were like an English Vera Bradley and the clothing reminded me a lot of Anthropologie. I have loved wearing this dress! The cut is so perfectly feminine  and the pattern is truly unique and quirky. The brown color is a must for fall and I’m sure I will get plenty of good use out of the dress in the coming season.

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Photos by Caleb Dorfman Photography (Check out their Facebook page for daily photos)
Dress: Cath Kidston Shoes: Coach (Similar) Bag: Juicy Couture (Last seen here)

FDoS

Last month, much later than the rest of my collegiate friends, I had my first day of school. As a child I remember always bringing my teacher an apple on the first day and having my parents walk me to class. As I got older, I prepared for my first day by spending hours with my friends creating the perfect outfit and talking about seeing the other kids after a summer away. However, now that I’m in college I find the first day of school to be a little anti-climactic. My mom is not there to make me a special breakfast, I sit in lectures of 300 students so I will never interact with my professor, let alone bring them an apple, and in a class of 5,000 I don’t have to think about running into people I don’t want to see. But I am a traditionalist, and I like to still keep some things special about my first day of classes. This year I wanted my outfit to resemble classic school uniforms. I wore a thick, cable knit dress with a bow headband, ballet flats and, of course, a backpack.

 

XOXO

Lauren

Dress: Anthropologie (Last seen here), Headband: Anthropologie, Shoes: Juicy Couture, Backpack: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Necklace: Monogram from BaubleBar

Photos by: Caleb Dorfman