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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The Fall Favorites Tag

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I’ve decided to partake in a Fall tag, the Fall tag created by Jaclyn Hill from YouTube! You can watch her video here. So since Fall is my favorite season let’s just jump right in.

Favorite Candle: Sweater Weather or Midnight by Manly Indulgence (sold at TJ Maxx)

Favorite Lip Color- Mac’s Smoked Purple

Favorite Drink- Pumpkin Beer or Chai Latte

Favorite Blush- Benetint (gives the perfect flushed look)

Favorite Clothing Item-Scarves, flannels and booties

Favorite Fall Movie- Hocus Pocus

Favorite Fall TV Show- Does Netflix Count

Favorite Thanksgiving Food- Creamed Corn or Mashed Potatoes

Favorite Halloween Costume- Jigsaw simply because of the teased hair

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Hiking in Plaid

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Plaid Button Up-Target // Tank-Old Navy // Leggings-Target // Boots-L.L. Bean

It’s finally officially Fall! Whoop! One of the biggest reasons I get so excited about Fall (besides the fashion) is the hiking. Yes hiking can be done all year round, but I think it’s just a little better in the Fall. The air is cooler (yay for not sweating standing still) and the views of the Fall foliage is much better. Who doesn’t love to see some leaves changing colors?!

So I get asked a lot about what I wear, or what to wear while hiking so I thought I would share. In fall it can be a little more tricky so as you would dress normally, I always suggest comfortable layers. In this I mean wear things that can easily be taken off and carried with ease.

I always, always wear leggings hiking. They are comfortable and easy to move around in. They add warmth without being something heavy on the body. I really like the leggings from target for hiking purposes. When the weather gets a little more chilly try some fleece lined leggings.

For tops, even in the fall I layer with a tank top or short sleeve. This is perfect if you get hot during the hike. I like to add a light weight button up or hoodie that if I get to warm I can easily tie it around my waist without being bogged down from the weight or a coat. Fleece button ups or flannel are great because they add a little extra warmth.

The most important part of your hiking #ootd is the shoes. Here in Western North Carolina hiking is not as rough as it is in other places so hiking boots are not something that you need (but if you want them I suggest these). However you still need a good pair of shoes. You need something that is sturdy, able to get wet and offers good support for your feet and often time ankles. There are plenty of hiking shoes that come in the form of sneakers. I love my bean boots because they are easy to clean, warm, allow my feet to get wet without have wet socks offer great support for my ankles.

What do you wear when you are hiking?.