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21 WAYS TO ENJOY FALL

Happy first day of FALL, friends!!! I am so excited that today starts a new season! My very favorite season!!  I feel like EVERY girl says that fall is her favorite time of the year but it REALLY is mine! Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday and I am obsessed with all things green, red, santa, snowmen, etc. But my favorite season of the year is hands down fall! I seriously cant get enough of it and since I cant get enough of it I decided to decorate and celebrate a little early! I have been celebrating and enjoying "Fall" since the day after labor day and plan on enjoying it until November 31st! That’s right! Almost 3 whole months of pumpkin spiced everything, autumn candles, Halloween movies, and spiced baked-goods! I figured I would share a few of the old and new things I am incorporating into my fall festivities this year in case you guys want to try some of them to! Here are my 21 ways to enjoy and get the most out of Fall! I hope you all enjoy! (Be sure to sound off in the comments what some of your favorite fall must-haves or things to do! I love when y'all share your traditions with me!)

 

1.     CANDLES - Buy a candle that screams fall to you! My favorites are always “pumpkin-spice” or “autumn” scented. The one I am currently loving came from TJMAXX and is from DW Home and is labeled “Autumn.”

How do I use this as part of my fall routine? – Light that sucker everywhere and anytime you get the chance! This means at night when you are winding down and getting ready for bed (I do this when I am in the bath, and in my room doing my devotional, blogging, or watching a Halloween movie!)

 

2.     MOVIES -Watch as many Halloween movies as you can!! I can’t really watch scary movies. I’m wayyy too paranoid and I just get scared out of my mind at some things that I cant and don’t enjoy them! BUT… I grew up watching the Halloween town movies on Dismey Channel and to this day my sister and I HAVE to watch them at Halloween, (It just doesn’t feel like fall without them!) MY FAVE Halloween movie is for sure “Hocus Pocus” – Im quite sure I can quote that movie from start to finish! I rewatch it severeal times throughout Halloween! And then there’s Harry Potter!!! I don’t know why every HP movie screams fall/Halloween to me but it does and I don’t hate it! I love HP! (side note: I was never allowed to watch HP growing up bc of the wizardry etc) but when I got to college I HAD to see what all of the fuss was about and yall…I GET IT!! Seriously so good!

 

3.     PUMPKIN PATCH - Go to a pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin! – Such a fun tradition that you can do with your significant other, girlfriends, or family! I like to find a place that also has a sunflower field! And as you can imagine I take TONS of pictures! (How cute are our wind suits that we have on in this pic.? We had the cutest little fall traditions growing up and going to the pumpkin patch to pick ours out and carving it with our family was a highlight for sure!

 

 

4.     APPLE PICKING – I haven’t done this one in forever but I want to find a place to go this year! When my sister and I were little we would go apple picking when we were visiting our grandparents in Tennessee with our mom and dad! Hope we get to do this again soon! Orchards of any kind are great for photo shoots too!

 

5.     MOUNTAINS - Like I said above my family and I use to always go to Tennessee every year to stay with my grandparents (they had the dreamiest little cabin in Tennessee) and it was on top of a mountain and you would look out and all you could see was just red, yellow, and orange!! Such breathtaking views of valleys and mountains just covered in color!! And the crisp cool breeze that accompanied those views will make you swoon! Since my sister and I both get a "fall break" this year we are planning on taking a family tree to either Tennessee or North Carolina next Month! 

 

 

6.     PICNIC – This is something I like to do before it gets too cold! Not really a problem you have if you live in Alabama! But I suggest packing a plaid, wool blanket, and some coffee or a pumpkin spice latte, some cookies or some other finger food and finding a scenic place to have a picnic! Chill out and enjoy!

 

7.     CLOTHING – Wear as much flannel and plaid as you can!! I love planning outfits for fall because of the layers! So much to put on and accessorize! Also fall is the best time for long shirts/sweaters and leggings with boots! You just can’t beat that combo!

 

 

8.     BLANKET- Invest in a comfy blanket that you can snuggle up in with a good book and a spiced tea! I recently bought one from TJMAXX and it’s the best! But quilts are my very favorites! I live in them in the fall and winter months. And you can always find one laying at the end of my bed!

 

9.     WALKS -Go on a foggy morning or an evening walk!  Or both! Take a friend or your fur baby! Walking is a great way to get some cardio in and Patton loves the leaves and I like having a buddy!

 

 

10. CROCK POT - Prepare your favorite crock-pot meals! They’re super easy and SO delicious! Throw all of your ingredients in before you leave for the day and when you come home you have a hearty, and delicious home-cooked meal!

 

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11. LEAF FIGHT – This is self explanatory but so much fun! Do it!

 

 

12. Pumpkin Decorating - Carve and decorate your pumkins that you picked at the patch! Fun to do with friends and have a contest for whose masterpiece is the most creative! Then display your creation on your front porch!

 

13. FLOWERS –Put fall flowers everywhere…in your hair, on your porch, in your house etc. (I love mums and sunflowers!)

 

 

14. NAILS -Paint your nails a fun, fall color! This is the time to go for the dark colors such as grey and plum! Plus a great fall manicure will look amazing wrapped around your pumpkin-spiced latte!

 

15. TAILGATE – As most of you know, football is HUGE in the south! Like it’s life for so many people! Going to Auburn, (War Eagle!) I can’t get enough football and tailgating! For those who don’t know what tailgaiting is, its spending the day of the football game with friends and family at the stadium eating the most delicious grilled finger foods and sipping on adult beverages!

 

 

16. FAIR -Go to the county fair or whichever is closest to you! My sister and I use to go all the time with our parents when we were little but now that we are older and my sister is in college, I just go with my cousins and their kids and its so much fun seeing them light up and get excited about rides! (If we’re being honest I also go because of the funnel cakes, caramel apples, cozy dogs (corn dogs) andcotton candy! Anyone feel me??

 

17. BOOK – Get a new book (reading is a great way to relax and expand your vocabulary!

 

 

18. FIRE - Cuddle up by the fire (inside or outside). If you’re inside grab a good book and sit and read. If you’re outside have a bonfire!

 

19. HAYRIDE – Grab some friends and go on a hayride! If you’re brave enough find a “haunted hayride” and enjoy!

 

 

20. CRAFTS – Do some pinteresty crafts! You can decorate your house or room with them when you finish! I just finished making a beautiful fall garland for the fireplace and dining room table!

 

21. CAMPING – Camping, glamping, whatever suits your style but just get outside and do it! I enjoy both! See my post on “glamping” here.

 

Hope you guys found all or some of these helpful and would love to hear if any of you plan on incorporating any of these ideas into your fall routine!! Hope this post gets you guys as pumped for Fall as I am!!!  

XOXO -Erin

MAD ABOUT PLAID

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Outfit Details: Plaid Coat - Bernardo Outerwear // Sweater -  (old) but similar here // Jeans - FRAME // Boots - Sam Edelman (old) but I like these here // Earrings - (vintage) but similar here // Sunglasses - Kate Spade // Purse - Ted Baker (old) but I like this one too // Lipstick - Laura Mercier

Hey loves! Today I am sharing with you this precious outfit  I put together and wore this weekend for my grandaddy's birthday brunch! He turned 82 on Sunday and we were so excited to spend the day celebrating him with family! It was such a gorgeous day, which have been so few and far between here in Alabama lately, that of course I had to take some pics! Plus this outfit was just too cute not to share!

I wore my adorable pink and tan plaid wool coat from Bernardo Outerwear (seriously, is this not the cutest coat you've seen this season?! - LOVE anything plaid!) with a pink cashmere sweater, white jeans, and my Sam Edelman knee-high suede boots! I just loved the way these pieces all went together and complimented each other perfectly!

For accessories, I wore a pair of my vintage pearl studs (oversized, of course), my Kate Spade sunglasses, and my pink Ted Baker purse.I felt like a modern day Jackie-O and I LOVED it!!  

Side Note: It was FREEZING the day I took these pictures and I was afraid this jacket might not be warm enough (but obviously, I wanted to wear it anyway because it was cute) - I was SO WRONG!!! This coat kept me so warm and blocked all the wind! I definitely put it through the test this weekend and it does its job of being stylish and keeping me warm! Definitely a winner in my book! BONUS: Nordstrom has this coat on MAJOR SALE right now!! I'm talking 40% off! Grab it while you can!

XOXO,

Erin

 

 

Lovely in Leather

It is still so cold here in Alabama and the temps are expected to keep dropping for the next few days so it looks like I won't be packing up my winter clothes just yet! I am crazy about this sweater from Ruche! It has a hint of sparkle in it so it adds some glam to any look! I paired it with my black cotton pants from target that you guys have to go get because they are seriously so comfy!! I know you have all seen me wear these Ariat boots before and there is a reason why!! They are the perfect boots for pants and/or skirt! They have the perfect heel height and I can wear them all day because they are so comfortable! Ariat makes the best boots...just saying! Growing up I used to never want a leather jacket. I just thought they felt so strange and had weird zips and just looked odd looking in general but now that I have this one from Spiegel, I LOVE them! This is a well made jacket with a feminine flare that I just can't get enough of! It also keeps me really warm as I am out and about! It can be worn for a more dressed up look or just casual as I have it here! It is extremely good quality leather and is a closet staple of mine for sure!!

 

Y'all, I can't get enough of these Ariat boots!! Perfect heel hight and I love that I can wear them all day!

My outfit details: Jacket: Spiegel//Sunglasses: Karen Walker//Lipstick: Mac "Pink Nouveau"//Sweater: Ruche//Pants: Target//Boots: Ariat

Some of my pieces are not available anymore but I found some similar items and have included the links below if you want to shop this look!