OOTD: Autumn Essentials

P1120100 P1120115 P1120105 P1120097I’m beyond psyched for fall fashion. All I need to do is find a few good flannels and a suitable jean jacket and I’ll be all set! This outfit is made up entirely of purchases I’ve made this summer, most of which will carry over to my autumn wardrobe.

jacket: h&m / long sleeved crop shirt: pacsun / high-waisted shorts: american apparel¬†/ sneakers: adidas / necklace: claire’s / puzzle ring: pepi (via the new york renaissance faire) / saints bracelet: gifted
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Back to School: Outfit Planning

The first day of school is fast approaching, and as much summer work as I still have to do, what’s most on my mind is what I’m going to wear! On the first day of school everyone breaks out their best new dresses and jewelry, so for a few days the school is swarming with fashionistas wearing nice shoes. By the second week of school, everyone has given up on looking nice, and the sweatpants begin to reemerge from the closet. This is when I start wearing all my nice new clothes, because if I wore them during Week 1, I would be lost in the sea of ¬†fashion!

So my back-to-school looks are casual, comfortable, simple outfits, tied together with my staple red lipstick. I used Polyvore to model some of the looks I have in mind, with pieces similar to those in my closet. I hope you enjoy them!

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Fall Favorites: Apple Cider Donuts (and the war against pumpkin everything)

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As soon as October hits, the internet blows up with a very, very diverse variety of autumn recipes. Pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin chocolate, pumpkin spice quinoa, pumpkin wontons (yes, really), ham with–you guessed it–pumpkin spice glaze. Pumpkin ice cream. Pumpkin muffins. If aliens visited our planet right about now, they would assume the only plant that thrives in the autumn is pumpkin. I mean, really. I don’t even like pumpkin that much, and any craving for it has been squashed by the pumpkin-spice frenzy that has consumed our world.

So let’s talk about some fabulous fall treats that are not pumpkin-related. Can I just write an ode to the apple cider donut? Apple cider is good, donuts are good, cinnamon sugar is good, but when they’re all combined into this one delicious treat, the heavens sing their praise. Luckily, there are plenty of places around here to enjoy these wonderful, homemade donuts, including our local apple orchard which I visited this morning. YUM.

My favorite way to add some fall flavor to my favorite foods is by adding spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are what make apple pies and pumpkin spice lattes so delicious, so why not add them to other things, too? I often add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to my hot chocolate or stir it into my oatmeal. You can also get creative with brown sugar and maple syrup in your everyday dishes. Trust me, it’s these things that make all those pumpkin recipes so delicious, not the actual pumpkin. Pumpkin is a squash. It’s really not that tasty, I promise you.

What are your favorite fall recipes?

Fall Favorites: Shopping Haul Edition

One of the best parts of fall is, of course, the clothing. Oversized sweaters, cozy knits, burnt oranges and mustard yellows and fiery reds and forest greens. Yesterday I went on a shopping trip to stock my closet with a few such essentials.

From H&M, I picked up this darling patterned cardigan. I purposely got it a few sizes too big so I could wrap myself in coziness. Additionally, I stumbled upon this wool infinity scarf in a gorgeous mustard yellow.

At the Macy’s shoe department, the odds were in my favor; there was only one pair left of these incredible moccasins, and they were in my size! Talk about luck. I’ve been looking for moccasins like these for ages to no avail, and when I finally found them, it’s as if they were waiting just for me.

At Forever 21, I got this gorgeous knit sweater and a cozy, colorful hat. I love the sweater’s rusty red color, and the pockets are always a plus. I also got this one in a bigger size, because almost all sweaters are better when they’re overlarge.

What are your favorite fall essentials and outfit pairings? Leave a comment and let me know!

(And, as always, I apologize for my lack of scheduled posting. I’ve been up to my ears in work, not to mention balancing my watercolor class at the local art center and the fall theatre production. I’ll try my best to write posts in advance from now on!)