Archive of ‘Fall’ category

The Great Pumpkin

blazer c/o talbots / pants c/o talbots / ankle boots c/o talbots

There’s a historic house in my area that I love visiting often as they have beautiful grounds to walk and wonderful settings to take photos at. Every Halloween season they invite kids to come carve pumpkins and they set their creations on the 1800’s stone fence. It makes for quite the perfect Halloween scene!

I recently wore this outfit from Talbots and the pieces are ones that I can wear year after year. Like most items from the brand, they are modern classics that earn their permanent place in your closet. The blazer is my favorite part of the outfit because the texture of the green has a little bit of navy underlying it, and the underside of the collar is lined with navy as well.

The inside of this blazer is super cute too! The blazer comes in other colors, and I think my next choice would be pink to bring a little more color into the cooler months.

I have these pants in three colors now and they are in heavy rotation in my closet. Years ago, I searched high and low for pants that looked like a riding pant, felt like a jegging, but were still real pants. I ended up buying a pair in camel and white, and now own the navy. They are unbelievably comfortable, and my favorite part is that they look high end! Pants are not always the most exciting purchases, but they are some of the most important. I just gave away a bunch of old pants that didn’t fit quite right but I liked the sale price, and it feels like such a waste. When I spend more on pants like these, they hold their value and  I save money over time not having to replace them.

These ankle boots are stunning in real life! I wanted something I could wear often that would transition well into cooler weather. These are the perfect shade of leather, and they are as soft and smooth as butter. The best part is they don’t need to be broken in as they are comfortable from the first time you slip them on.

Have you checked out the Talbot’s Friends & Family sale? They have 30% off your entire purchase and it’s a nice time to get a few pieces that you’ve been eyeing.


Cabin Style

Colder weather is here, and nothing sounds better than staying in a cozy cabin. This past weekend I spent a night at one in northern Michigan, which is already experiencing some snow. Cabin style needs to find the balance of being both cute and comfortable, so here are my four main staples for your next cabin trip:


If you decide to go on a walk outside, you need to be prepared for all kinds of weather. If you’re trying to pack less, I think Bean Boots are the best all around footwear for cold, rain, snow, etc. I have the thinsulate version, when paired with thick socks are perfect for the elements.


I definitely grew up with fleeces, but they’ve seemed to have popped up as a huge trend over the past 5 years. From Patagonia to L.L. Bean, fleece pullovers and zip ups are perfect for cooler weather. They make for a great casual style as opposed to wearing a hoodie. The L.L. Bean version is my favorite!


No need for sweat pants when you have a pair of pants just as comfortable and look a lot better. Jeggings, or in this case Uniqlo’s legging pant, are perfect for cabin style because they’re so comfortable while still looking put together. I own them in indigo and white and wear them all the time. The best part about them is the top of the pants look like real pants with belt loops and a button.


Can’t have a cabin style post without mentioning the staple of every cold weather casual wardrobe. The flannel shirt is the warmest base layer around and looks great layered under vests and sweaters. I can never have enough! My favorite flannels come from L.L. Bean, Land’s End, and Uniqlo.

The Wool Fedora

wool fedora in navy – gap

Wool fedoras are certainly trendy as you can find them anywhere (even Forever21), and while I usually try to avoid trends, there is something classic about this one. It’s a very Americana western style that I think paired with the right clothes can be very Ralph Lauren – esque. As a fan of hats, I wanted to try this style and am happy I did.

My inspiration for the style originally comes from my dear friend, Carolyn. Carolyn moved from Michigan to Australia a few years back for med school, and she has the best life. She hikes, travels, swims in waterfalls, all while enduring the everyday stresses of med school. Her and her Australian boyfriend (who is silver medal Olympic rower!) wear these Akubra hats that are very authentic to the Australian outback lifestyle. She looks effortlessly iconic every time she wears one, and I adore her style! The style of her hat is slightly different from what I’m wearing, as mine is a wool fedora and hers is the real deal Akubra Australian version.

In order to stay true to my classic/preppy style, and not super bohemian, I pair the hair with more of a preppy-western style like how Ralph Lauren does it (see previous blog post 🙂  ). I like it with short booties, chambray, leather details, and other pieces that are more Americana by nature. The hat needs to compliment what I’m already wearing, not be the centerpiece. Time will tell, but I truly believe this could be a piece I wear for years to come.

Have you ever worn a wool fedora? Would you try this trend?

Taking Your Closet From Summer to Fall

If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you know I like to talk about how to transition your wardrobe from season to season. That in-between time when it’s not quite the next season but you’re sick of the current one is by far the hardest time to know how to dress. While summer doesn’t technically end until mid September, you’ll see half the population in flip flops and tanks, and the other half in scarves and boots. Let’s talk about how to transition flawlessly into the next season.

Consider the weather and the time of year. This is my number one rule for dressing in between seasons. If it’s still really hot out but past Labor day, I’m forgoing my Lilly Pulitzer dress in favor of a navy shift. If it’s unusually cold, I’ll wear a sweater with pants, but I keep my pants white and my sweater more neutral. It’s a skill learned over time that becomes easier to master when you’re trying to dress both for the weather and the time of year.

Adding in items slowly is key to making this process smooth vs. shorts and a tank one day and pants and a sweater the next. I store my off season clothes, so this time of year I’ll go through them and pull out a few things I can see myself incorporating into my summer wardrobe, and then I’ll put things away I know I’m not going to wear again.

Speaking of adding in items, I used to change over my wardrobe from summer to fall in one day. It was a big task that was time consuming since it meant making a million mini decisions, taking things off hangers, and taking the time to properly store the off season clothes. Now I break it up into smaller tasks and I have an order I tend to follow. I start first with shirts and sweaters since they’re easiest to tie into my summer wardrobe (think olive green sweater with white pants). Next I do handbags and accessories since they’re smaller details that also transiton nicely. After that I usually add in pants one day, skirts another, dresses after that, and then I finish with outwear and footwear since coats and boots are the last thing I’m wearing when the weather turns cool.

Shifting your color palette is an easy change to seamlessly take your outfit from summer to fall. I’m tending not to wear bright colors and leaning more towards deeper, neutral tones. I find this approach makes it simple to build an outfit around when you take out things that scream summer colors. I still wear bright colors but they look different – I have a thick yellow cable knit sweater that appropriate for fall, whereas my bright pink cardigan isn’t going to be worn until next spring.

Easy layers make a smart outfit choice. Much like the rest of the country, Michigan can have very unpredictable weather throughout the day. Layers are important to making sure you’re dressed comfortable and appropriately. I especially like layers that are easy to remove throughout the day, such as a light zip up jacket, long sleeve cardigan, quilted vest, or silk scarf.


What are some tips you have for transitioning from one season to the next?

September Five

Here are five items and looks I’m loving for September.

  1. Larger, leather details are having a moment right now but also fit great into a classic style wardrobe. I love the look of the thicker leather belt in the photo above as it elevates the dress to be high style and understated. I own a camel toned leather belt similar to the one above and enjoy adding it to my outfits. I also love to carry a leather satchel as well as it goes with almost everything I own.
  2. Wool fedoras are everywhere this season, but my interest has been peaked by my friend Carolyn who moved to Australia and has been sporting the original Akubra hats. She looks amazing in them and has inspired me to try the style as well. Look for a post in the future about them!
  3. Chambray is the workhorse of any wardrobe as it creates a nice base to let other items shine. The color and texture of the fabric is what sets it apart in your closet. I’ve been choosing chambray button down shirts over my normal blue ones o compliment the autumnal colors I’m pairing it with.
  4. Gingham/large check lives in my closet year round but I am seeing it quite a bit in many brand’s fall collections. The L.L. Bean one above looks great with a thick cardigan over it, and I’d also wear a vest over it for a easy fall outfit.
  5. Tortoiseshell accessories are a neutral that’s meant for the cooler weather. This time of year I break out all my tortoise accessories, like my favorite fossil watch. While some materials can often look cheap, tortoise is hard to mess up. It looks authentically high end wherever you style it.

What styles are you eyeing this fall?

West by Southwest

Western meets preppy? It’s hard to imagine the two styles colliding, but Ralph Lauren did the impossible in 1981 when he came out with his Santa Fe collection. Although western and preppy seem distant at times, they’re closer in style than one may think. Both are based on the all American style unique to the roots of our nations culture.

I have always admired the blend of western and preppy styles, and own a few items that lend towards that such as my large belt buckles, brightly woven sweaters, medium wash denim, and aged leather boots. I especially became inspired a few years ago when I visited my best friend Ravae’s family ranch in Wyoming, and then again two years ago when Joe and I visited Arizona. The western/southwestern style has a rich history of hard work and ingenuity that comes alive in the patterns and textures. My favorite item in my outfit above are my earrings –  a vintage Native American style pair that belong to my mom.

Ralph Lauren is featuring their southwest style again this year in their Polo Ralph Lauren Collection. I highlighted a few pieces below and also recommend the article they wrote in their magazine about Ralph Lauren’s 1981 groundbreaking Santa Fe collection.

Do you own any western inspired pieces? How do you blend them in a classic wardrobe?


What to Wear on Thanksgiving

My favorite family Thanksgiving photo circa 2015. Next year we will add another little one to this picture. 🙂

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that allows us to pause with gratitude before the busy Christmas season begins. I love that it’s centered around spending time with loved ones without any expectation of gifts, just quality time.

I tend to dress up for the occasion even when others don’t. I wouldn’t say my Thanksgivings are super casual nor are they formal, so the outfits here are appropriate unless your family gets really dressed up for Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll see from the outfits below that I like to follow a certain formula that makes picking out an outfit for Thanksgiving a breeze.

Most years I wear some sort of combo of an autumnal pattern – such as plaid, tweed, houndstooth – either as my top or bottom and then keep the rest of my outfit more solid with some texture. You’ll notice I love to layer a sweater over a shirt and pair it with a skirt – my foolproof Thanksgiving go-to outfit. Sometimes I’ll wear a nicer pair of pants with a ruffle plaid top tucked into it and a nicer belt, but I think a skirt looks so nice.

I recommend the wool  Sidewalk Skirt from J Crew Factory (seen on my photo on the far left) because they come in so many great fall colors as well as plaids perfect for Thanksgiving. (Seriously, check out navy multi plaid and brillian pewter plaid). Plus they have an elastic waist so you’ll feel comfortable even when you indulge a little bit.


Sarah from Classy Girls Wear Pearls / Elizabeth Gerardi / Unabashedly Prep Archives

I love these three examples of Thanksgiving outfits because they include great layering and color palette perfect for the season. I appreciate when people work the deeper tones of autumn into their outfit instead of only black and gray. Life is too short to dress boring, and one can look both elegant and interesting for the occasion so easily.

So my tips – dress comfortably but not sloppy, use your favorite colors of fall, and don’t be afraid to look polished even when others won’t be dressing up. 🙂

Autumn Fallin’

Poncho c/o Marley Lilly ($29 currently!)  /  Corduroy Leggings – Land’s End  / Boots – Bandilo 

I’m really enjoying the poncho trend as it’s comfortable and flattering on everyone. This Marley Lilly one is really cute because it has my monogram in the bottom corner for extra personalization. I love the hunter green color for fall and winter as it will add some rich tones among many of the neutral staples I have, but the poncho is available in several colors.

While I love the poncho trend, there is a trick to wearing them correctly. Because they are more flowy, you’ll want to make sure the rest of your outfit is fitted. Leggings work well in this instance because it keeps proportions in check. I also try to dress up a little more when wearing a poncho so it doesn’t look sloppy. Worn with boots and a turtleneck, the outfit is more polished and looks mature.

I’ve been wearing my leather boots more and recently cleaned and conditioned them. I’ll have a post later this week on how to do the same!

Autumn Attire

topper – c/o pink pineapple shop , shirt – ralph lauren . leggings – tommy hilfiger old, purse c/o mark and graham, boots c/o sperry old (one in a size 7 on poshmark here), 

It’s been such a warm fall so far and there are no signs of cooling off just yet. It’s been really  nice for spending time outdoors but I do miss wearing fall coats! I keep telling myself there will be plenty of cooler days and I’ll wish for these days back.

Since I haven’t been sporting the usual layers, I’ve been enjoying this cashmere blend topper that Pink Pineapple Shop sent me. It’s a really sophisticated item that pairs perfectly with leggings and boots. I already have outfits planned for it for winter that include a plaid scarf to compliment the camel color.

What I like about this topper is how lightweight it is – it’s not too bulky of a layer while still keeping me warm. Great for these nicer days of fall! Pink Pineapple Shop has lots of cute items (many monogrammed), and great prices as well!  Once we get closer to winter I’ll be sporting this warm hat  as much as I can.