Happy almost Friday!
For those of you who don’t know, FabFitFun ships out curated boxes 4 times a year, one for each season, for $49.99 a box. This fall box had a total retail value of $239.99, so you definitely get your moneys worth!
Here’s what was in the fall box:
FabFitFun Coloring Book & Coloring Pencils. I need all of the ways possible to de-stress these days so this coloring book was a perfect addition to the box. Valued at $14.
ModCloth Loch and Key Scarf. I love a good blanket scarf and this one is so soft! I finally got a chance to wear it last week and it really is the perfect blanket scarf in size and weight. Valued at $34.99.
The Created Co. To-Go Coffee Mug. This mug is the cutest but I wasn’t a huge fan of the plastic and it leaked the first time I used it which was a super bummer. Valued at $19.
Mullein & Sparrow Mini French Lavender Body Oil. This oil smells amazing and is another great stress reliever. It works as bath oil as well. Valued at $18.
The BrowGal Eyebrow Gel. I didn’t know what I was missing until I tried this eyebrow gel–it makes my eyebrows look so much more polished and keeps them in place all day. Valued at $20.
Spongelle Body Wash Infused Buffer. This buffer was just weird and a bit gross. I tried it once and it went in the trash. Valued at $16.
Pure Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette. It was like FabFitFun read my mind and knew I needed neutral matte eyeshadows–love these! Valued at $50.
Toesox Toeless Fitness Socks. Since I work out mainly with Barre3, these toe socks are the perfect compliment to my fall workout. Valued at $18.
Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum. I’ve started using this as part of my nightly routine and love it–it’s supposed to improve skin texture, firmness, and elasticity.
And there you have it! If you’re interested, you can sign up for FabFitFun here.
As soon as the weather gets cool enough, I get back into my make a large pot of soup on Sunday and eat it the rest of the week routine and it’s pretty much my favorite thing ever. It’s hard to ruin a soup and you can add pretty much everything you need nutritionally for the day into it and make it a one pot meal.
So today, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite fall soups I’ve made over the past few years and will definitely be making again over the next few weeks as the weather continues to feel more and more like fall-finally!
I purchased this coat a month or so ago from Banana Republic and it finally cooled off enough to wear it this past weekend. I love a good peacoat and the military styling on this one plus the army green color for fall was just too much to pass up!
While I was in D.C. two weekends ago, I also stopped by my first Joie store during their friends & family sale and picked up this cowl neck sweater–it’s super soft and can be worn with a cowl neck, shown here, or off the shoulder as well, which was definitely the selling feature!
While I was there, I also got a ton of compliments on these black booties, which I purchased on a whim a few years ago when I found them on super sale. I didn’t wear them at much at first but am totally in love with their versatility now, even more so because they can double as rain boots. This exact pair is sold out, but I rounded up a few great options below (love these Rebecca Minkoff ones!).
Army Green Peacoat: Banana Republic
Cowl Neck Sweater: Joie
Distressed Jeans: Paige (very similar)
Black Booties: BCBGeneration
More Black Booties:
Happy Monday, friends!
How was your weekend? I spent most of my weekend working on my thesis, so I wanted to share with you my last weekend festivities when I went to Washington, D.C. to attend the Wanderlust 108 Festival and visit the new Barre3 Alexandria studio.
My last year as a graduate student is as hectic as ever, so when I heard that the Wanderlust festival was coming to D.C. and Barre3 was opening a new studio in Alexandria and offering a free class the same weekend, I knew I had to make a trip up.
For those of you who don’t know, Barre3 is pretty much my religion–the focus on mindfulness, connection, intention, and body/mind awareness coupled with a highly effective workout keeps me focused and grounded during all of the chaos of my daily life, and I try to do at least 1 workout each day online.
Since the studio in Alexandria wasn’t quite open yet, we did the free class Saturday morning in the atrium of the building. It was so fun to be near people who had the same values and participate in the community workout instead of just doing the online videos that I typically do.
I also managed to get a little shopping and touring done while I was in Alexandria before heading to the Wanderlust festival the next day.
The Wanderlust 108 festivals are billed as a mindful triathlon and include a 5k, yoga, and meditation. It had been pretty rainy the day before, but the rain held off the morning of the event, thankfully, and the sun broke out just as we were finishing.
You also had the option to sign up for additional “classes” after the main triathlon so I signed up for yet another mini Barre3 class to finish off the day.
I definitely was more than a little sore the next few days, but left feeling much more refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the semester!
Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? I got back late last night from a much needed restorative weekend of Barre3 + yoga at the Wanderlust festival in D.C.–details to come soon, I promise! In the meantime, since it’s already October, I wanted to share a few fall fashion tips today to kick off the week.
Fall has finally arrived, and I must admit that I’m definitely excited for the changing of the seasons. Not only will the leaves be beautiful this time of year, but I also adore the fashion that comes along with it. The weather is perfect for layering and experimenting with some of the latest trends. And in case you need a little help deciding what to wear, I have a few suggestions that I think you’ll enjoy as much as I do.
The classic pattern seems to never go out of style, or at least if it does, it’s not for very long. Fortunately, you can pull those plaid printed pieces back out of the closet again this season and pair them with a variety of looks. Fashion Gone Rogue took the trend report straight from the fashion week runways, proving that this print may have had a checkered past (pun intended), but the future’s looking bright. I’m loving the look of the tried-and-true Burberry style scarf, a scotch plaid flannel with jeans, or something more structured, like a plaid blazer.
This trendy jacket has taken the fashion world by storm, and I’m so glad it did. This is a great-looking addition to your fall wardrobe that’s easy to wear and goes with nearly everything. You can choose from dressier styles, like satin and lace, or opt for classics made from leather and other materials. Either way, there’s a bomber jacket for every taste and style. Luckily, all you have to do is throw one of these on over whatever you’re wearing—cocktail dresses included—and you’ll look instantly more stylish as you head out the door.
These go-with-everything shoes seem to never go out of style, and that’s perfectly fine with me. The type I’d recommend this season, however, are a tad more ornate than the plain-Jane types. The style I’m referring to is the wrap ankle boot, and as Cosmopolitan so cleverly pointed out, the wrap detail emphasizes your ankle. The ankle is like the waist of your lower leg—something you never want to miss out on accentuating! So take it from me (and them), and try the ankle wrap boots with all of the pieces you’d normally pair them with. From sweater dresses to jeans, you can’t go wrong.
Top Notch Trousers
Lyst’s style experts suggest trousers for fall, but not just any old pants. No, these bad (in a really good way) bottoms that I’m referring to have special embellishments, silhouettes, and more. From ultra wide leg pants made from crepe, to floral macrame trousers, each and every one is a beautiful option for autumn. Try them on for size with platform booties, a fitted blouse, sleek coat, and your favorite felted hat. Or, another great way to style these unique trousers is by pairing them with something unexpected, like a chunky knit sweater and ankle boots. Whichever way you decide to rock ’em, you’re sure to stand out from the crowd.
With so many awesome trends and fall classics to choose from, it’s difficult to decide, but I hope this post has taken some of the guesswork out of what to wear. No one needs to be stressing out at the beginning of fall, unless you’re already working on that holiday shopping list, so pick and choose your favorites and make them work for you. Great together or alone, all four of these ideas are totally wearable and on-trend.