Seasons Are Changing

It’s still Summer until the 22nd of September and I am currently at the beach for a little late Summer getaway, but I can’t help but to think; the most wonderful and my favorite time of year is approaching. I hear people talking about how they hate Fall/Winter all the time, but I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good beach vacation and I am a water baby at heart whether it be lakes, rivers or the sea; I also love the longer amount of light and the fact that the fireflies come out. But Fall/Winter has my heart.

In the middle of the endless Summer heat, I always think I’ll never be able to wrap up in sweaters and scarfs and drink a latte without dying of heat exhaustion; but like clockwork the seasons always seem to change.

There’s something about waking up before the sun to catch a glimpse of the chilly fog lifting over the mountains. Wrapping up in blankets, lighting a candle and feeling like the warmest thing around you. And feeling at home. There’s something about seeing all the trees go through a colorful change, knowing they will be whole again after the change.

I love all the closeness that Fall/Winter brings. Coffee dates with your friends in matching basic warmness. Breaking out the flannels. Movie nights. More at home dinner cooking. Being close to those you really care about while the chilly air whips around you.

I love the childlike activities that take place. Making you feel young and alive. Apple Orchards. The fair. Camping. Carving pumpkins.

Another thing that makes Fall/Winter the absolute best: The Holidays! It stresses some out; some hate it because they work retail. I love it though. I mean we have three holidays based around delicious food and being cozy. Count me in.

And don’t even get me started on the “s” word everyone hates. Yes! I love the snow. It’s so magical and unaltered and innocent. It is what you make out of it. And I love the childlike wonder that it brings out in so many people.

 

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My Favorite Fall Outfits, Year After Year

FALL IS COMING!!!!! But no seriously y’all, it’s my favorite time of year for fashion. It’s getting cooler here in the mountains and Fall clothing is on the racks of just about everywhere. So I thought I would share my Fall uniform for you guys. Maybe to try to look at things differently in your closet and get more use out of some items or to think about a few things you are going to add to your shopping cart.

My basic b***h outfit is one I’m in more than anything. Jeans, booties, oversized tee, cardigan and a hat. Though it may be basic, it just works. It’s perfect for work, errands, wearing around the house and even date night. I love wearing this outfit in neutrals so it is capable of working for anything. A simple tee, nothing graphic and nothing with a crazy print. And a simple cardigan, the bigger the better; avoiding details and prints. Even if I’m having a good hair day, I think in the Fall I could live in hats if you let me. Investing in one good hat, can seriously be a life changer. I love this one and this one. And the same goes for investing in a good pair of booties. I bought these last year, paid a little more for them and they are still holding up great. I actually think I’m just now getting them broken in. But I’m also really really loving these (maybe not the price tag though).

So how basic will you be this Fall?

Another favorite Fall outfit is taking simple pieces and possibly even past season pieces and layering to make them work for the new season. This is actually a t-shirt dress and a button up dress. Neither would be able to be worn on their own due to the temps so pairing together for a funky layer is a great idea. This is also a great way to maximize your clothing that you currently have. Just trying pairing things with each other, even if it is unexpected. I kept a flow with this by pairing two similar patterns together. So always think of that. But hey, floral and stripes go together just as polka dots and stripes go together. Just all what you are comfortable with.

Finish it off with the perfect look for Fall with leggings or tights, boots or booties and girlfriend you are ready to rock that #ootd!

P.S. There is a blog post all about how you can directly help all those affected by Hurricane Harvey HERE. Also I did a collab with Rachel Weisberg on two scarves where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Buy something handmade, look stylish and help our neighbors in need. You can shop the “Houston Love” Long Scarf or Square Scarf HERE. You can also check out our blog collab and why we are doing this HERE.

P.S.S. I am heading somewhere exciting (actually it may not be that exciting because Hurricane season) so make sure you are following me on INSTAGRAM because I will be taking you all with me for the fun!

Weekend In My Life: Part IV

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This weekend, Andrew and I took a long weekend off work. It was much needed by both. If you follow me on SnapChat (s.ferguson6623) you know that I booked reservations for a long camping weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park for Andrew’s birthday.

Let me just preface by saying, I have never been camping outside for more than one night. So a four day adventure was kind of a scary thought. But it turned out much better than anticipated.

There was hardly any cell service, poor showering conditions and the Fall air was really in full force in the Cumberland Gap of Tennessee. But it was just what I needed. A weekend of no distractions, no worries, no expectations.

We spent our days hiking and exploring. Being disappointed in the lack of waterfall but accepting the fact we were somewhere new. We roughed it. Cooked food over a campfire. Made smores. Relaxed, drank and forgot everything, at least for a few days.

All in all it was an amazing weekend and if you are in to camping you should check out Fall Creek Falls.

Fall Weekend Fun Outfit

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It’s finally time for the weekend, we made it! This weekend in the mountains is supposed to be a beautiful weekend, and the fall colors are supposed to be at their peak. So get ready to go exploring pick the last of the apples and get your pumpkin to carve. In the mountains the weather can change in an instant and the higher the elevation the colder it is. For any activities I suggest wearing multiple layers. A light shirt, a cardigan or button up, a coat and a scarf. All of these are easy to remove or add in an instant. Have fun this weekend loves!.

Fall in Western North Carolina

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This past weekend was one of the peak weekends for Fall colors in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And Andrew wanted to get some photos. So we got bundled up and took Romantic Asheville’s advice and road far North on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was freezing as we drove into higher elevations and there were so many tourists. It was an all day event. There was no vigorous hiking this weekend due to there being so many tourists and recovering from being sick but the sights were still amazing. We visited the viaduct which I had never seen in person before. There was a lot of pulling over for picture opportunities. And then we ended up at a lake. And we got in a canoe. Even though the time was mostly spent in the car, it was still pretty amazing. And if you have the chance to get out on the Blue Ridge Parkway before it closes for the winter, I highly suggest it..

Coffee Dates With Luke Danes

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T-Shirt-Urban Tee Farm // Skirt-Target (old, similar) // Flannel-Target // Necklace-Forever 21 (old, similar) // Boots-Charlotte Russe (old, similar) // Coffee Cup-Starbucks // Nail Color- China Glaze Change Your Altitude// Lip Color- Revlon Black Cherry

Fall I love you! Gilmore Girls I love you! Luke Danes I love you! When you mix all of them together you get this #ootd.

If you didn’t know I have a slight obsession with Gilmore Girls. I grew up on the show. There were many life lessons learned from the show like flannel never goes out of style and don’t throw you life away for a boy unless he has a motorcycle. When I found this shirt from Urban Tee Farm¬†that included the important male characters from Gilmore Girls, I fell in love. I instantly started planning outfits around this basic shirt. I threw on a fun fall colored skirt and flannel for my morning cup of pumpkin spice. This outfit of the day is the perfect mix of texture, layers, fabrics and quirkiness for hitting up your local coffee shop or diner. It’s even better if you have a cynical, baseball cap wearing waiter to assist.

And this fall outfit is why I love fashion; why I love getting dressed. Styling your daily outfits doesn’t have to be boring or mundane. It’s okay to mix textures, patterns and lengths. It’s okay to wear something that is quirky because it adds personality. It’s great to wear something (that’s not always old) that brings up memories..

Rainy Day Outfit + Rainy Day Activities

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Dress-Charlotte Russe (old, similar) // Cardigan-Old Navy (old, similar) // Leggings-Forever 21 // Boots-L.L. Bean // Scarf-Wal-Mart (in stores only)

Fall seems sooooo perfect on the internet, but in reality it’s wet and gloomy. Which can really put a damper on our mood and activities. Just because the weather is gloomy and your mood might reflect it doesn’t mean you have to dress in sweats and hang out at the house (but by all means that is great as well). To beat the gloomy funk why not wear fun colors! I love this mustard colored dress that I have had for a long time paired with some maroon colored leggings. The colors go great together and are a great pop of color for grey days. Since it’s rainy layering is key, so a great cardigan is a must. This cardigan from Old Navy (and the one I have linked) are the perfect weight for chilly to semi-warm days. And boots! When it’s raining, soggy and chilly you need a a pair of boots. A pair of riding boots, bean boots or rain boots will work just fine. I really like bean boots because they are really roomy so perfect for different thicknesses of socks and they keep your feet warm.

When it’s rainy, gloomy or just soggy you don’t just have to sit at home but I have some fun ideas for staying at home as well.

Rainy Activities Out:

  • Antique Shopping! Most antique stores are clumped together or in large warehouses so you don’t have to trek through the rain. It’s so much fun to look at old, unwanted stuff even if you aren’t buying anything.
  • Movies! If you go solo it’s even better. Get that great popcorn and sneak in candies and watch a horror flick or a movie that will have you sobbing or laughing.
  • Coffee Date! Rainy days are the perfect days to try out a new coffee shop, get some computer work done or read a book.
  • Art Fairs! Some are outside but grab a hat and go see all of the local talent.
  • Art Museums or Galleries! Rainy days are the perfect day to explore local artist’s work.

Indoor Activities:

  • Create a cheese plate, put on something on Netflix and have a pumpkin beer tasting party.
  • Bake! Hit up Pinterest for some festive foods and get to baking.
  • Get Crafty! Now’s the time to start that craft you have been waiting to work on, paint something or start up a new crafty hobby like knitting.
  • Have an at home spa day!

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All You Need is a Scarf

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Sweater-Target (can get all sweaters 10% off with cartwheel app this week) // Scarf-c/o Dottie Q

It’s officially scarf season! And anyone who knows me, knows I love scarfs. I will wear them year round but love chunky knits for fall and winter. Yes, I love scarfs because they keep me warm, but I also love scarfs because they are easy to throw on with any outfit and take the outfit a little further. Throwing on a scarf over a sweater (chunky or not) makes the whole #ootd just a little more chic. With scarves you have endless possibilities. They come in different patterns, materials and most of them can be styled several different ways.

I have fallen in love with scarves from Dottie Q. Not only are they in beautiful knits, but the colors are just perfect. I love this grass color that I have since green is every where for Fall fashion. Of course you can get your regular style infinity scarf from Dottie Q but she offers something a little more exciting, a scarf necklace. This scarf (styled above) can be worn several different ways; we all know I love something that can be styled numerous ways. The scarf can be worn long with the wrap part at the nape of the neck or showing for a textural view. The scarf can be worn layered just like you would a necklace. You can take half of the scarf and loop it around your neck. Wearing the scarf long and layered actually allows for you to wear necklaces for an even more layered and textural look. Or you can double the whole scarf for a bundled up look. The possibilities are endless with this scarf.

Dottie Q scarves are all handmade and available on Etsy or on her website. She also offers boot socks and hand muffs. All of her pieces are as eco-friendly as possible, and she uses recycled mailing supplies. The best part of this shop; Dottie Q donates a percentage to Tenth Life Cat Rescue in St. Louis. You know that appealed to the cat lover in me!

Don’t forget to enter my Fall date night/ Spooky date night Giveaway!.

Spooky Date Night Giveaway (Open Until 10/10/15)

Casual Date Night + Spooky Date Night Giveaway (Open until 10/10)

I have teamed up with Jessica from A Day in the Life of One Girl, LaZoom and Pin Head’s Graveyard to bring you the ultimate Halloween/Spooky/Horror date night package. You have the opportunity to win two tickets to Pin Head’s Graveyard, two tickets to LaZoom’s Haunted tour, two movie tickets from Regal Cinemas and some Halloween treats (valued at $110.00).

This package is the ultimate date night package for Fall.

To enter you must follow the rules on the widget below. The contest will be open to all U.S. residents 17 or older and will run until 11:59pm on October 10th. One winner will be chosen at random and notified on October 11th. The winner will have 24 hours to contact either myself or Jessica. If not contacted a new winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be notified via e-mail. If the winner is an Asheville local we can arrange to meet for the prize if not the prize will be mailed within 72 hours of the winner notifying us. Good luck!

I would like to personally thank LaZoom Tours and Pin Head’s Graveyard for making this giveaway possible!

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Shaggy Vest for Date Night

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Vest-Target // Shirt-Target (old, similar) // Jeans-Forever 21 // Boots-Charlotte Russe (old, similar) // Necklace-Viva La Jewels (10% off with code:stephanierep)

Two things I love this Fall: vests and date nights. I think date nights in the fall are so much fun and you have so many different options of things to do when the weather starts to cool down. When dates night roll around I generally gravitate towards dresses because they make me feel more feminine. But I have started experimenting with different looks and dressing up a pair of jeans for date night, because let’s face sometimes you just want to be a little more casual chic for your date outings. I think a vest is the perfect way to dress up some basic jeans and a shirt suitable for going out. I love this 70’s inspired vest from Target in the perfect shade of blush. It’s so easy to throw on over a shirt and instantly transform the entire #ootd. For added pizzazz, a sparkly necklace adds that perfect hint of girly that I’m looking for for a date!

What is your go to for your Fall date night #ootn?

Stay tuned later this week for all my fall date ideas for both day and night!

If you want to see another way I style this fur vest check out my guest post on the AskAsheville.com Blog HERE!

 

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