Weekend roundup: October and apple picking

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I first discovered this song in October of 2009 so it always makes me think of October. I saw Phantogram live in the beginning of this year and it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to!

 

 

 

 

 

Not only was it the weekend but it was the first day of October, the best month ever!

We were lucky enough to go back to Greig Farm in Red Hook like last October, but this time to apple pick!

 

 

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We are always this happy with food coming!

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Brisket sandwich and deviled eggs with hot apple cider. 

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Of course it pays off to have a very supportive #bloggerboyfriend who is always willing to take photos of you for your blog.

I was wearing my new Lularoe maxi skirt today that actually has palm trees on it, but the colors are very fall and the pattern from afar looks like leaves. I was wearing this with a striped shirt, and my Mickey Mouse beanie I blogged about here.

 

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I look like a baby in these photos (maybe it’s the braids and Mickey Mouse, haha?!) but I will forever be thankful for my baby face as it keeps me forever young.

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How was your first day of October?

Fall Fashion Inspiration

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It’s time for another Fall Fashion Inspiration post!

How is it time already?! 

But alas….fall fashion is simply my favorite.

 

 

 

My fall fashion inspiration post from last year seemed to be really popular! Sadly, I still never found my perfect trench coat. (Or any trench coat, sad face….) So that’s still a goal this year.

 

I have been thrifting a bit and plan on doing thrift haul and outfits from thrifting posts as soon as I get a big enough stash going! It is also time to go through my clothes again and start my Poshmark account. (I have been selling on Ebay on and off for years but my sis tells me this site is way better!)

 

Fall Fashion Inspiration

 

Sarah Paulson’s look in Blue Jay. Long dress, blazer, and beanie.

 

 

 

 

First off, if you have not seen Blue Jay yet- go watch it. It’s on Netflix and has become one of my favorite movies ever. I am a sucker for sad under rated Indie movies and this is definitely one. And I’ve been obsessed with Sarah Paulson ever since American Horror Story and my obsession only grew after watching her star in this role. And her outfit throughout the whole thing! Oh my God, her outfit. I need to recreate it this fall but I am not sure anyone could wear it like she does. When I do I will be sure to blog about it!

 

 

 

It was hard to find a full length photo, but it is basically a long floral dress with a long blazer (rolled at end with white underneath), and a winter hat. I think you could supplement the winter hat for any fall beanie and it would work. The outfit seems simple enough, yet something I never thought of wearing together.

 

Brocade, Embroidery, and Retro colors. 

 

 

I recently saw these boots at Target and did not know it was called Brocade at the time. Then I saw another blogger talking about it and realized I really wish I bought these boots! Lol.

 

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Angela Chase inspired. 

 

Was anyone else as obsessed with My So Called Life as my sister and I were?!? Not only with the show, but with Angela as a person and her style. 

T shirt under dress. Plaid. Flannels every day. Doc Martens and Timberlands. Angela Chase’s style is definitely coming back…

 

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Layers.

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Velvet under plaid? Genius.

 

Varsity Jacket.

 

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Black Coven hats.

(Inspired by AHS Coven)

 

 

 

 

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Thigh highs & Statement tights.

 

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I want this whole outfit.

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What are your favorite fall fashion looks for this year?

Outfit for a fall date night

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Friday night we went out for a date night and I felt like dressing up!

Fall is my favorite season to dress for. I love transitioning dresses to wear with tights.

But recently I purchased my first few pairs of Lularoe leggings…

And I have been obsessed.

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#Fringeboots #Leatherandfringe #Fringeforever

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Arrow leggings! And fall colors : )

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I got the dress at H&M for about $12!

 

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Their burgers are grass fed local beef and just fall apart in your hands. SO GOOD. I crave them constantly…

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Ricotta ice cream.

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XOXOX

Currently in July

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This song has been stuck in my head lately. The beginning is sad but it gets happier… I think it’s good that songs like this are raising mental health awareness. I encourage you to give it a listen! That number the song is named after is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. I have never struggled with this personally but truly feel for those who do. This is for a friend who reached out to me last week who was struggling…

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been awhile since I have done a “Currently” post- since March, to be exact! Looking at those snow pictures is crazy because it does not feel that long ago at all that that was outside! This year is flying by. How is it July already?!?

I loved posting about my Greece trip, and I still may do one part, but I was too excited to get back to my normal blogging routine.

 

 

Currently celebrating…

 

 

 

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A double rainbow after a beautiful summer thunderstorm…

 

 

Summer time (my favorite time ever) is in full swing and I am just celebrating sunshine and swimming as much as I can.

How was your July 4th?

Mine was filled with a puppy, ice cream, and swimming at a water park!

 

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This is my cousin’s new puppy Lucky, who is a Scottie poo. I love himmmmm! We went out for ice cream and he was pretty excited.

 

We had a bit of an early July 4th celebration with the family and mom brought out this amazing surprise.

Has anyone else ever had the Friendly’s watermelon cake? It’s lemon and watermelon sherbert with chocolate chip “seeds.”

 

It’s the best.thing.in.the.world.

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While writing this post I actually remembered we had leftovers in the fridge so I had some more…

 

July 4th week was not a good eating week for me at all, lol! But I did go to my spin class.

I have still been keeping up with my regular gym routine every week and spin class has been the most beneficial exercise for me that I have ever tried in terms of seeing results! I spin and then I go in the sauna and it is very therapeutic. Often I regret my decision to go within 5 minutes of class when I feel like dying, but I never once regret actually going once it’s done.

Currently doing…

 

On my days off, we have been hanging out at our favorite lake.

 

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There needs to be way more days like this….not working but swimming and laying in the sunshine! =D

This summer I definitely plan on exploring new swim areas though and have a few on my list.

The other thing I have been busy “doing” is working my new reception job at the animal hospital. I took this job to figure out if I wanted to go back to school for Vet Tech, which I had previously started. I really like the job itself and enjoy being around all of the puppers and doggos, but ultimately don’t think I want to be a Vet Tech.

I’m trying to focus on what I enjoy doing and am good at, which is blogging. I would love to do something creative, like this, that also integrates creativity for a cause- like working with animal organizations. I still have a passion for nonprofits (my other job) and I am going to take some Communications and Media classes this fall so that will be fun!

 

Currently loving…

 

I decided to stop into Burlington Coat Factory the other day on a whim.

I am so glad I did! I found these super cute “Bobs for Dogs” by Sketchers brand shoes. 

Every pair you buy goes to benefit the Best Friends Animal Society. They have a ton of cute designs on their site and now I want more of them!

 

They are also insanely comfortable with memory foam.

 

Another thing I am loving lately is this bathing suit that I got at Marshalls. I love the cut out side trend in one pieces right now and it is really flattering!

 

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I hope you are all having a fabulous July and summer!

 

Thanks for reading!  XOXO

Spring fashion inspiration

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I don’t know what it was about my fall fashion inspiration post but it got 82 likes and people still somehow find it!

I also did a spring inspired fashion wish list post last year and some of the items I never managed to score, like the trench coat and the jumpsuit, so they may have to be added onto my spring wish list this year too.

 

So here’s a Spring fashion inspiration as I sit here on this Sunday looking out at the gloomy weather and wishing I was on a beach somewhere. Oh and waiting for Superbowl snacks….don’t care about football, but I do care about food. Daydreaming about food, beaches, and spring fashion, currently…

 

 

Once again, I look to Alexa Chung, the fashion queen, for inspiration. She can basically do no wrong.

 

Denim dresses.

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Flowy shirts, bell sleeves and loafers.

 

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I want these!

 

 

Ripped everything and fuzzy keychains on bags.

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Embroided Jeans.

Seriously…..how amazing are these?!!

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Dresses with sneakers.

 

 

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Fancy pants.

 

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Kate Spade spring bags.

(I wish I could afford these but look how cute!)

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What fashion are you looking forward to this spring?

November gratitude: week 3

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I am grateful for songs like this that bring tears to my eyes and have so much meaning of gratitude in them.

“I don’t care if the house is packed
Or the strings of light are broken
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped
Or there’s nothing here to open
Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it
Love is simply joy that I’m home
I don’t care if the carpet’s stained we’ve got food upon our table
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable
Love is who we are, and no season can contain it
Love would never fall for that”

 

We usually don’t listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but this year I caved!

Monday has come again and I  enjoyed a Sunday night snuggled up with a glass of wine and my computer on my lap to blog our 3rd week of November gratitude!I sat in the cozy living room with mama watching the Christmas lights around me twinkle and smelling the pine scented candles mom had lit. Tidings of comfort and joy… Puppies snoring behind me, too. I enjoyed every bit our last moment of peace and serenity before another busy week…

 

Week 3 gratitude:

 

angel I am grateful for the change of the seasons and the opportunity to embrace all that they have to offer. This weekend, that meant a holiday farmer’s market (in 65 degrees and sunny) and decorating for the holiday. 

 

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I bought this…and one with curly fries on it!

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angel I am grateful for food in my belly and a holiday to celebrate one of my favorite things, eating.

Just kidding, it’s about being thankful…

And eating.Lots of eating!

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Pumpkin cheesecake, anyone?

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These were so delicious…I may have already finished this entire packet.

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angelI am grateful for the ability to express myself through my sense of style and through blogging.

And for a patient mama who can take pictures of me for my blog. Good thing she’s a blogger too so she gets it!

Here’s what I wore to the Holiday market! #OOTD

I am like a walking ad for H&M. The pants, shirt, and duster are all from there!

(Not planned)

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I wanted these shoes all summer. I finally found them for $7 on sale at Target at the end of the season!

 

A not so typical 65 and sunny day in late November on the mountain top…

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Someone else wanted to pose too….

 

angelI am grateful for our first big snowfall, my cozy home, and family traditions for Christmas. 

(By the way- this was Saturday night into Sunday- right after our 65 and sunny day!)

We decorated on Saturday with the warm weather and felt lucky to wake up to snow and be able to enjoy our Christmas decorations with the snow falling outside.

 

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Guess who was helping!

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With Thanksgiving upcoming, what are you grateful for?

 

Mental health monthly faves: October

It’s been awhile since I have done a mental health monthly favorites post!

These are the things that help me maintain mental sanity in that particular month.

Although I love the month of October, it gets dark by 6:30 pm now and it snowed twice already here on the mountain top. Within a week.

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With this change of seasons comes even more of a need for life’s little comforts…

October mental health monthly faves:

Outfits that make me feel good:

I feel prettiest lately in my dresses with tights and boots. My 2 favorites right now are my new plaid dress and these orange sparkly tights from H&M.

This is one of those outfits that after the fact I realized-I really wish I staged a whole fashion shoot with! But instead, you have me posing for Frankie as he takes pictures of me in his room. (please excuse the garbage can, lol)

Some day I will stage another actual fashion photo post. Like real bloggers do. Hehe.

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Another well planned out fashion photo for the blog. Lol. This sweater was thrifted as well but is from Target!

Thrifting and thrift hauls:

Let’s be real….shopping makes you feel good. There’s something about the thrill of finding those perfect items unexpectedly while out thrifting!

Last weekend I went Halloween costume searching at goodwill and salvation army and was not sure what to be when I arrived. When I left, I left with a pair of moon boots, which I knew would work perfectly for this weekend’s space themed party. 

Not only that, but I came across these wonders.

The dress is the one I am wearing above and it’s now one of my favorite dresses. The bag is a Dooney and Bourke, which I got for $15 and it goes for $60 or more on ebay. The shoes are Bass duck boots, which I found online for and can retail for $100 or more depending on the site.

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The crazy moon boots that I won’t wear ever again…but they will be great for my costume!

Sims:

I have been playing sims since I was 7 years old. I have played ever since, on and off, in binges- I will play it obsessively (when I have time) for hours, months, then put it down for 6 months and pick it back up again.

When the days start to get dark earlier and many people can be found curled up with a good book, you can find me curled up with a good sims session or another game.

My obsession with Shameless went a little farther this time when I went and created a whole Shameless Gallagher family and re-created their entire house, as best as I could. I think the kitchen came out the best!

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My next plan is to make Patsy’s pies diner where Fiona works since I have Sims Dine out expansion pack. And I’m basically going to have Frank come in and out and wreck havoc on their lives every now and then.

And you know I plan on getting Sims 4 city living when it comes out November 1st! Then the Gallaghers will move to their real hometown of Chicago.

I am pretty excited about the new social media and food critic job as well as festivals in the city and other city aspects like high rise apartments!

Exercise and keeping busy:

I think I am the kind of person who needs to be busy most of the time, but also make time to relax in between.

I have been trying to keep my gym routine from getting boring by trying new classes- Piyo, spin, and zumba. Now Zumba and cycle have become part of my regular routine!

It’s also been a good way to see my friends, who are just as busy, and we can do classes together.

Exercise is amazing for your mental health and I can’t imagine having a week without it! This week I missed my spin class because I had to stack wood and yesterday it snowed so I missed working out, but still shoveled snow, and I feel it in my arms today! I think it’s all about balance.

 

This is good for everyone’s mental health:

 

Two of my favorite things in 1 glorious video….Stranger Things and Peanuts. I just watched the great pumpkin last night with mama!

It’s a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, I know, but honestly with all the snow we got, it doesn’t seem that weird to me right now…

 

Here’s the article where I originally found the video. 

Thanks, Hellogiggles.

 

 What are some things that helped you this month?