I don’t think I have a favorite season since I just love every opportunity to put together an outfit but these days it’s all about fall.
At the slightest chill in the air I run tot he store to buy mums.
Then right before Halloween we have to go up to Burt’s for pumpkins. They cost a little more but I look forward to the drive up and seeing everyone going crazy for pictures with giant pumpkins.
And then there’s Halloween itself. I don’t have any strong attachments to the holiday, it’s just supposed to be fun and easy. So I usually add-on a headband, wings, or even a tail to something out of my closet. This year I wore my tulle skirt to work and then added the wings when I got home. The neighborhood kids loved it and my husband called me the fashion fairy.
June was a quick month filled with lots of to-dos. To help slow it down, keep me focused, and goal oriented I picked up my needles and started a blanket. This blanket has been on my knitting wish list since I first saw it in a Purl Bee newsletter almost two years ago and is knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Worsted Cotton.
Throughout the past couple of weeks I got many questions about why I knit. The best answer I have is that it brings me great joy. Knitting allows me to instantly feel calmer and more centered while making something beautiful. Here is my first blanket, which I have been affectionately called patience.
Mediterranean, Periwinkle, Aloe, Tulip, Drift, Sleet & Graphite
Place a stitch marker in the middle of your row so that its easier to identify mistakes. If I ever lost count I knew what to do from my stitch marker.
And with some sparklers in hand, the summer has begun!
On Saturday we celebrated the end of the school year with a gathering for hubs’ teacher friends. We had a shrimp broil, sweet tea vodka, margaritas, and rocket pops.
J.Crew Anchor Dress Summer 2012
Jack Rogers Pink Sandals
Anthropologie Pink Beaded Stripe Clutch Spring 2013
Sunday, I put on some shorts (first true short shorts since 8th grade) and hung with some friends and their adorable 1.5 year old.
Anthropologie t.la raw-edge tee Spring 2013
Madewell shorts Summer 2013
Anthropologie gold flatforms Spring 2013
Monday involved the pool and then and evening cook-out.
Old Navy Strapless Dress Summer 2013
Anthropologie Bow Belt 2012
Jack Rogers Gold Sandals
At this rate our summer is off to a great start!
With the gradual shifts in temperatures that has happened over the last couple of years it seemed to take a bit longer for the warm weather to come and stay in the south. I pride myself on having a year-round closet giving the ability to add layers to go beyond one season. Even still, there are certain items in my wardrobe that due to color and feeling only come out for quick visits in the appropriate season. Here are a couple of outfits that I had to wear as soon as the weather hit 75 degrees consistently.
Bees & Lemons
An Easy Breezy Skirt
One of my knitting buddies is getting married in June so the girls and I threw her a little tea party. The guest list was just under 15 so we were able to create something a little more intimate. I got to work on Pinterest collecting lots of littles for the big day. Mixed tea sets and brightly colored tables linens helped bring it all together.
- Pomegranate Lime Prosecco Punch
- Petit Fours
- Wedding Cookies
- Hummus, Garden Veggies, & Toasties
- Cheese & Crackers
- Zucchini Sweet Potato Bread
- Cucumber Sandwiches
A tea party gave me the perfect excuse to pull out my tulle alexandra grecco skirt. I paired it with one of my favorite blouses of the season and some brightly colored slingbacks. I bought these shoes earlier this year and have more than gotten my money’s worth. I just read the DVF section in InStyle where she wrote about how shape and silhouette often make any random color feel just right. I wish I had taken a better picture of this outfit but I was rushed. The teacups needed to be washed.
- Colorblocked Teacups – Anthropologie 2008
- Watercolor Petals Teacups – Anthropologie
- Fleur de Lys Teapot & Teacups – Anthropologie
- Tapestry Tea Towels – Anthropologie
- Niffy Napkins – Anthropologie
- Treadbloom Blouse – Anthropologie
- Gretta Tulle Skirt – Anthropologie 2012
- Kenley Slingbacks – Anthropologie
- Havana Clutch – Anthropologie
I’ve been away for quite some time. I’ve been making moves at work; spending lots of time with loved ones; and an exorbitant amount of time on Instagram and Pinterest.
What are you up to?
Last night we brought in the New Year with some friends at a big party. It was a lot of fun and something very different for me. Making our way home in the wee hours of the morning and finding our way to a good luck lunch the afternoon was exactly what I wanted for today. I am so lucky to have spent the first day of the year surrounded by friends and I hope this trend continues far past next NYE.
Cheers to 2013 and best wishes to you all!
My friends and I celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday with all the traditional fixings and a lot of laughter. Sitting at a table with both old and new friends is exactly how I wanted to celebrate the season. Tonight I will be sitting down to dinner with my husband. After dinner we will watch a great movie and then its off to bed early for me. Tomorrow is game day and I could not be more excited to see all of our hard work push us into the holiday season. I am so thankful for the opportunities that have presented themselves to me and excited for all the challenges ahead.
I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving and a warm and cozy holiday season.
After my last post I went in to full fall mode. Its always so funny to me that I’m shocked every time I look at the calendar and its almost October. The Atlanta heat has me fooled into thinking that its the end of August but we have been having cooler temps between dusk and dawn. I’ve enjoyed wrapping my neck in my light scarves and treating my denim jacket like a security blanket. I’ve already started to wear close-toed shoes and I’m almost ready to pull out my boots. Here’s just a couple of looks from the past week:
I warmed up my fingers with a gel manicure in “My Jet” by Eagelly
I finally wore my Tracy Reese cropped lace pullover to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
Saturday was all about the Ladybirds.
And Sunday went to the dogs.
BTW, I’m burning fall scents all over my house. My favorite is Illume’s Boulangerie Pumpkin Soufflé from anthro. I promise it’s fall in a jar!
Well guys, summer is over (according to Labor Day) and there is a slight cool breeze early in the morning. Today I decided to poll my twitter and instagram friends to figure out what season I should be dressing for. Everyone said dress for fall. I usually listen to you all but today it is still 100% summer in Atlanta. Right now as I write this post its 79 degrees! But since I was inspired to think about fall I added a couple layers to show how versatile a solid dress can really be.
- First is today’s outfit, a simple dress with my trusty bow belt and colorful sandals. I will definitely be getting more colors of this sandal for next summer!
- Second, I added a beautiful printed scarf that’s light as air in print but wooly and warm in material with my new navy ballet flats. These flats are going to be my neutral workhorses this fall.
- The third outfit hopefully won’t be seen until late October with an oversized knit cardigan, wool cowl and my oh so faithful boots.
Its always hard for me to pick favorites but I have to say that I love fall transitional weather. Its a great bonus that the leaves change and I can burn all the cinnamon candles I want too!
All pieces Anthropologie, except for the footwear. Sam Edelman Gigi sandals via Free People; J.Crew Cece flats; Frye Jane boots via Anthropologie