Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Harvest Gold...

Dress: H&M, similar here and here | Vest: Forever 21, similar here | Booties: Francesca's (not available), similar here and here | Bag: Dolce and Gabbana, similar here | Necklace: old, similar here and here | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: stella & dot, kate spade | Ring: Baublebar | Earrings: Nadri | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Lip Liner: NYX - Plum, Lipstick: MAC - Rebel 

How amazing are these photos from f8 creative?? My photographer Chris and I set out to find some locations to shoot at last week and luckily a colleague of mine allowed us to use his house as a backdrop. You'll see more of where we shot photos throughout the next two weeks, but my goodness the grounds around this house are absolutely breathtaking. Chris is an amazing photographer, as is the rest of the f8 crew, so be sure to check out their site (also linked below!). 

As for this dress, I'm quite impressed by the length and feel of it. I typically expect shorter hemlines from H&M, however they've recently come out with longer skirts, conservative dresses and work-appropriate pieces. Sure they've always had pieces like those, but the quality of the clothing has gone up a notch (in my opinion). I definitely like to mix my investment pieces with more affordable pieces, and I think by doing that, the investment pieces add more value towards your affordable ones. Plus by saving my money on more affordable pieces, I can save up for investments that I'll keep forever! 

Thanks for stopping by... 

Photos by f8 Creative 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Vests...

Vest: TJ Maxx, similar here and here | Tunic: Forever 21 (old), similar here | Leggings: J.Crew, loving these | Boots: Enzo Angiolini, similar here and here | Necklace: Francesca's (old), similar here | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: BCBG, kate spade, stella & dot | Ring: Baublebar | Earrings: Nadri | Sunnies: Ray-BanLip Liner: Revlon - Nude | Lipstick: Estee Lauder - Beige 

Why are vests always so comfy?! What I love most about vests is that you can find so many different styles, ranging from casual/workout gear to ultra glam. Being that I live in a more casual atmosphere, I gravitate towards the outerwear and faux-fur styles because they are extremely versatile and warm (hello Iowa winters). When I shop for vests, I try to find styles that don't add too much bulk, especially because I like to pair them with flannels, sweaters and turtlenecks. If styled right, vests should actually compliment your shape, so although it might be tempting to purchase a vest to cover up, keep in mind what you'll be wearing under the vest. A favorite look of mine is a cropped vest styled with a long tunic or t-shirt; the contrast of the cropped vest with a long shirt will create balance while also elongating your shape.  

I've linked a few of my favorite fall vests below. Happy shopping!


Photos courtesy of f8 creative

Friday, October 17, 2014


Sweater: old, similar here and here | Pants: Calvin Klein | Purse: old, similar here and here | Pumps: C. Wonder, similar here | Necklace: J.Crew Factory (no longer available), similar here | Sunnies: Amazon, Prada version here | Bracelet: J.Crew Factory | Ring: BaublebarLips: Estee Lauder - Beige 

Have a great weekend... thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In the Kitchen: Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm sharing with you my favorite pumpkin-spice recipe: my mom's Pumpkin Spice Muffins. These muffins have literally become a staple at my parents' house! In the fall, there's usually a batch stored in the kitchen pantry at all times! These muffins are so dense and they are easy enough to make up really fast before heading to a Sunday brunch or tailgate. And an added bonus: the recipe only calls for three ingredients! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have... I can assure you the muffins you're looking at in these pictures are already gone! 

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

You Need: 
1 box of spice cake mix (any brand)
1 can of pure pumpkin 
1 egg 

Mix the ingredients all together until you get a thick, even consistency. Make sure it's mixed well! Grease your muffin tins and fill tins with batter until they are 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 17 minutes. 

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