Monthly Archives: October 2012

Fall Fashion Favorites

1. “Leather” Leggings: These are my latest staple. I wasn’t sure how to style them at first, but now wear them with everything! I am in love. So comfy, and a little badass. 😉
Adriano Goldschmied Leatherette Leggings

2. Sparkly Flats: This is my first ever pair of flats (I’m 5’1…the taller the heel, the better). I am still getting used to the look of my freakishly wide feet in these puppies, but they are super cute and neutral (at least I think so! The bronzey color goes with lots). And they are crazy comfy! Lucky Brand Evonne Flats

3. Intricate Thermals: I have always been a fan of basics, and long and lean thermals are perfect when the weather is chilly. These thermal tops from Free People are my absolute favorite, and my sister and I snap a few up every year. They all have fun little intricacies that add to their character; a notched neck, buttons on the cuff, patterns and designs on the sleeves; they are all a little different and they offer a gazillion colors. Free People Thermals 1//2//3 (The gold one is from last year.)

4. Animal Print Belt: Because you can’t take the Jersey outta the girl. And animal prints are in this season! Lucky me. I poked an extra hole in this belt so I could also wear it around my waist over cardigans and chambray shirts. J.Crew Calf Hair Skinny Belt

5. Sheer Blouses: I love the effortless mix of dressy and casual that these types of shirts exude; tank under them for work, bandeau under them for going out.
1//2 (Ivory shirt is Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s and is from last year)

6. Military Jacket: I have been looking for the perfect military jacket for a while and discovered this one via Colleen at Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill, and I know I will love it even though it is backordered! Should ship this week, fingers crossed!! Just returned one to Old Navy that I ordered online; like most others, it was too overwhelming for my tiny frame. Sad! J.Crew Downtown Field Jacket

7. Colored Denim: I am a colored denim conneissuer. I have peach, cobalt, pinkish-red, mustard, and mint, among others. My latest faves are the Urban Outfitters mint ones and Free People mustard ones. Urban Outfitters BDG Cigarette High-Rise Jean//Free People Colored Ankle Crop (on sale!) 

8. Chunky Sweaters: Love them with skinny jeans and boots with tall socks. Free People Marled Yarn Pullover (Blue and brown)//Gap Diamond Cable Crew Sweater (White)//American Eagle (Cream with neon zipper) Sold Out Online

9. Leather & Suede Boots: Frye boots are the best investments…I swear by them; they just get better every year with wear. I even have a vintage pair that I am in love with! I especially love the mixture of textures on these; they are my new favorites. Frye Veronica Slouch Boot

10. Printed Cardigans: Because they are just so cool! And I live in layers; my office is always freezing!!! 1//2//3

What are your favorite fall staples?

Happy Humpday, Have a Freebie!

Already looking forward to the weekend…so much to do, so little time!

But in the meantime, here is a little freebie for ya…

My favorite giraffe illustration, backed by a neutral chevron, as a computer background!
Click the link below for a hi-res version.

Chevron Giraffe Computer Background (1001)

There will be more downloadables to come. Kiss!


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Turning Orange

I know, I know. Pumpkin is everywhere these days; all over magazines, on every blog and social media network, in your spiced lattes, on everyone’s front porches, in every recipe…

Happens every fall. People go bonkers for pumpkin.

Including me.

(Pumpkin loveliness at Terrain this past weekend!)

…but if you aren’t sick of it yet, and love pumpkin-everything like I do, here’s one more thing to add to the list:

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Because pumpkin overload is not possible in the fall. Added benefits? Complex carbs to help curb fluctuating blood sugar levels, lots of fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and iron from the pumpkin and spinach, and some protein to hold you over.


3 (heaping!) TB of pureed pumpkin
1.5 frozen bananas
¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 TB instant oats
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple syrup
2 handfuls of spinach (you won’t even taste it!)
Pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon to taste


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend. Top with extra pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon (and I topped mine with half of a crumbled protein ball…reminded me of a tasty pie crust addition!). Some vanilla Greek yogurt would be a nice addition to this, too, but I didn’t have any on hand. As long as your bananas are frozen, you will get some serious creaminess out of this bad boy.

Maybe my lack of sun exposure won’t matter anymore…perhaps all of this pumpkin I am ingesting can take the place of regular self-tanner applications. Can’t believe I have not turned orange already. Sorry (I’m not sorry) for the pumpkin overload if you follow me on Instagram! 😉