The holiday season is right around the corner! (Seriously, how is it already mid-November?) With the holiday season comes endless holiday parties, so I wanted to gather up some of my favorite hostess gifts. First, I am obsessed with this fur hat & shawl from World Market. They’ll make a bottle of wine will look extra special & they’re only $6.99! You can’t go wrong with a scented candle or some sparkly guest towels. Kate Spade’s “All Occassion” cards will help your hostess be ready for any event. It includes cards for everything from Happy Birthday to Get Well Soon. I love Tri-Coastal Design’s jewelry tray. The gold antlers add a little whimsy & will keep rings in their place. Finally, Crate & Barrel’s cheese board comes with a matching set of copper cheese knives so your hostess can serve with style.
See It. I am not a morning person. There are many mornings when it’s all I can do to get out of bed & to work on time. Despite my love of all things fashion, I reach for the same comfy, but not necessarily stylish, clothes on those mornings. PopSugar’s tips for ditching lazy-girl style will help you look polished and professional every day. And isn’t that what we all want – to look pulled together without sacrificing quality sleep time?
Love It. Fall is my favorite time of the year! I love the changing colors, college football Saturdays, & comfort foods. As I’ve mentioned before, we get a few weeks of alternating highs & lows before it really turns to fall. But, there’s been a definite chill in the mornings & I’m anxiously awaiting an opportunity to break out the cozy sweaters! Nordstrom is having its fall clearance sale right now, so it’s the perfect time to stock up. Hopefully it won’t be much longer until its cool enough for a roaring fire & some homemade chicken & dumplings!
Want It. It’s almost holiday season! I love fall (see above) & the holiday parties that come with it. We’ve been in our house for a few years now, but haven’t really hosted many parties. It can be stressful to plan a full-scale event, but Kate Spade’s “all in good taste” promises to transform you into the hostess everyone wants an invitation from. It’s full of how-to’s for everything from arranging your guest list to arranging a floral centerpiece, all with Kate Spade’s trademark wit.
Fall is finally in the air! This time of transition into full-scale cool weather is the perfect time to layer up, so I thought that I’d pull together some of my favorite pieces for layering this fall. A plaid shirt is the perfect base layer to mix with a puffer vest or sweater. A plaid scarf is cute when thrown over a solid sweater or top & a beanie can be thrown on with any outfit. Riding boots & a crossbody bag keep things casual. Finally, a fitted wool coat is a must for keeping warm between the car & office.
After a short drop, temperatures here have gone back up to the high 70’s. While I love fall & cannot wait for true sweater-weather, the warm temps have allowed me to keep some bright dresses in rotation. I got this pink & orange leopard print dress over the summer & it quickly became one of my favorites. It’s so incredibly comfy! Once it gets a little cooler, I’ll trade out the sandals for boots & keep wearing it!
It’s officially fall today! Otherwise known as college football season if you live in the south. Since I was a child, Saturday nights in the fall have been dedicated to LSU football. I still get chills when I hear the first notes of pre-game played by the Golden Band. We attended our first game of the season last weekend. Despite the extreme heat of a day game in Tiger Stadium, we had a great time tailgating with friends & watching the game. I may be biased, but I think that a home game in Tiger Stadium is the best college football experience in the country!
Mike VI arrived on campus about the same time I did, so I always stop by to see him in his habitat near the stadium. Sometimes he makes an appearance at the game, but only if he voluntarily loads into his trailer. Last year, he didn’t make it to any games.
Last weekend’s game was incredibly hot, so a sleeveless dress was a must! I picked up this cute one at Frock Candy on Saturday morning, but The Mint Julep Boutique and Gameday Goddess are two of my favorite online shops for cute, unique gameday attire. Flat sandals make it easy to get around campus & a cross-body bag is perfect for carrying into the stadium.
Since fall is on the way, I’ve been putting some light-weight sweaters into my wardrobe rotation. This grey cowl-neck was perfect to pair with a classic pencil skirt for a work dinner. It also gave me chance to carry this bright pink clutch (with a removable shoulder strap) from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I’m a sucker for anything pink & I’ve been dying for a chance to take this bag out! I think it added a fun pop of color to an otherwise monochrome look & it’s on sale again now for 50% off!
There is no denying that a rich burgundy is THE color for fall. I love that it pairs well with any neutral! Since it still feels like summer here, a sleeveless burgundy top and white jeans is a perfect combination to stay cool but also begin incorporating fall styles/colors. You’ve seen my Barrington Gifts monogram tote before, here and here, so it goes without saying that I’m still a huge fan of the versatile bag.
Temperatures are starting to drop here (though it’s still above 90 degrees everyday), so I’m starting to plan my fall wardrobe & shoes are a huge part of that! I love that shoes are an easy way to add some interest to a simple outfit. Booties and boots are a fall staple & this year, a stacked heel and slight western edge are the trend in booties. I’ve had my eye on these Vince Camuto booties for weeks now! The trend in boots is the taller the better, with most reaching above the knee. All the better to keep my legs warm! I’m also loving the lace-up trend for pumps & sandals. These sexy Stuart Weitzman sandals are on sale now.
A few weeks ago we took a long weekend to visit family in Dallas. Here’s my drinks & dinner look from one of the nights. I wanted something that was dressy enough for a night out, but still comfortable since we’d be walking between locations in Uptown. I it’s one of my favorite, go-to tops – a hot pink tunic from Zara. It’s lightweight, a little flowy, & the most perfect shade of bright pink. The necklace is one that I received in my first Rocksbox & couldn’t live without! It’s the Maddie Crystal Necklace by Perry Street. It helps dress up any look, from a cocktail dress to jeans & a button down. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with this Gigi All-in-One bag‘s ability to corral cash, credit cards, makeup, phone, & keys. While that isn’t sufficient for day-to-day (I carry practically everything I own in a huge tote), it’s everything I need for drinks & dinner.
I love, love, LOVE back to school! There’s something so familiar & exciting about shopping for new fall clothes & supplies. It’s still pretty warm here, but back to school is a time to look toward fall, so I’ve given you some of my favorite fall staples. New jeans are a must & are perfect when paired with a long tunic & faux fur vest. I love the almond toe on these Vince Camuto booties, they’ll be cute & comfy. Don’t forget to grab a stylish agenda to keep you on task!