Autumn Decorating

Hello loves! First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who has liked or commented on things recently. I’ve been so busy and haven’t had time to respond hardly at all and I sincerely apologize for this! I have a lot of things going at once and a few fun things I’m working on for the blog, which you will see soon.

pumpkin_pickingYesterday, I spent a few hours around the house decorating for Halloween this weekend. I love pumpkins and cute/spooky things on display for the season. I also might add that I’m so proud of myself for only drinking 3 pumpkin spice lattes this season! Despite being surrounded by pumpkin things for the last month I have stayed strong!

Anyway, I want to give you all a peak inside my house to see what decorating I’ve done so I’m including some photos below! Most of these decorations come from Michael’s craft stores. Hint: things are going on clearance there right now because they’re moving Christmas stuff in! Now’s the time to stock up on decorations for next year and not spend a fortune!

Autumn and Halloween can be the best time of the year to decorate. It can be whimsical, rustic, natural, spooky, or sparkly themed. I absolutely love the ideas I find on Pinterest for the season. I’m linking my own “Everything Autumn” Pinterest board so you can check out some of the cute things I’ve pinned on there that I’m dying to try!

Hope you enjoyed the photos! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!

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Autumn in a Dress

Autumn in a Dress

Autumn makes people think of Ugg boots, hoodies, and scarves. For me, it’s a chance to wear darker colors dresses with great prints like the one above. I absolutely adore that dress! I rarely wear dresses simply because the place I live finds sweatpants acceptable for almost every activity and wearing something that’s “dressed up” results in stares and confused faces.

I love the warmth of the dark blue, red, and tan. This style of dresses if flattering on most figures because it ties at the thinnest point on your body. The heels also elongate your legs creating a taller, thinner silhouette! I’m pretty sure most women can pull off a look similar to this. Clothing is really about how you balance out your figure.

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Autumn iPhone Wallpapers!

Happy almost-autumn everyone! This is one of my favorite seasons. The leaves changing, air becoming crisp, pumpkin-spice everything, and warm sweaters make me feel very happy and content. Perhaps because my mom has always decorated our home for autumn making it feel very warm and inviting. It makes growing up and leaving the nest a little painful. I figure I have one more autumn left where I can spend the entire season at home before I have to move out and get a big-girl job.

In honor of this lovely season, I’ve found a few iPhone wallpapers online that are freebies! Ignore the slight differences in size between them. They all worked fine on my iPhone. They vary in color and style so hopefully you find one that suits your fancy! They are linked to the website where I found them so you can properly download them onto your phone. Enjoy!

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Book Review: Cupcakes and Cashmere

During my short beach/camping trip I brought along some reading material. Since beginning college 3 years ago, I haven’t been able to just sit down and read a book without anxiety. This is the first one I’ve read for pleasure in a long time. Cupcakes and Cashmere by the lovely Emily Schuman, is a delightful book full of color and her personality. Essentially, it’s her blog in a book!

Cupcakes and Cashmere: My Thoughts

Cupcakes_and_cashmereFirst of all, this lady is talented! I admire her zeal for life and willingness to be who she is. Her tremendous success is demonstrated through her new clothing line and endless offers from companies to collaborate with her. This leads me to my next thought: Bloggers who have had so much success have lives and budgets that, for the rest of us, are unrealistic. I cannot afford to add all the little accessories and staple pieces for each season to my wardrobe. It’s just too expensive, especially with the brands she chooses and advertises for.

The book is divided into “seasons” (summer, fall etc.) and within each season she includes on-a-budget-beauty-buys. As much as she tries, Essie is not a “budget buy” and neither is Juicy Couture beauty_on_a_budgetperfume. Maybe for the more established adult it isn’t a big deal, but for Schuman’s younger audience it can be a budget buster.

I really did enjoy her suggestions for creating a beautiful home and entertaining. They were practical and pretty at the same time. She even teaches you how to reupholster a bench! The diversity of topics in the book is nice because there is something for everyone.

home_decorHowever, even though the topics range from food to clothes, her taste in clothes isn’t as broad. To be quite honest, most of the outfits she puts together are not my style or taste. Most of it is “what’s in style at the moment” where as I prefer classic pieces with a new accessory here and there. Again, this is just my preference. She gives some good tips on how to put together an outfit for every season though.

What were your thoughts on the book? What did you like or dislike? Comment below!

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