Fall Fun: realizing I’ve been terrible at blogging

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a very long time since I posted anything here, and after recently receiving several compliments on my blog, followed by complaints that it hasn’t been updated, I’ve decided to make a huge post about recent autumnal excursions!

A couple weeks ago, the boyfriend and I went pumpkin (and fancy gourd) picking at Norz Hill Farm, which is right by my house! We had so much fun taking a hayride to see all of the farm’s animals and picking our own pumpkins straight from the vine!

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We also did the corn maze, which was very complicated, but Jack proved himself a worthy navigator by getting us (and the dads with three small children) out!

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I wore a salmon J. Crew sweater, Victoria’s Secret Leggings with a stripe on the side, Jack Rogers flats, and my Barbour jacket, which I got last January in Scotland!

We also picked up tons of fall goodies to enjoy: apple cider, pecan pie, preserves for my mom and grandma, and of course our tiny pumpkins and fancy gourds!

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As if all that wasn’t enough for me, I also went pumpkin picking with my DZ sisters! We never actually pick any pumpkins; it’s just a really good excuse to take super cute pictures. My little and I were lucky enough to expand our family recently, so we took lots of pictures with our littlest, Marissa!

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And here is one of my pledge sisters, KC!

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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year!

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Empire State of Mind (or not)

Yesterday the boyfriend and I went to Manhattan to see the Empire State Building! Or we were supposed to because we’ve had tickets for over and year… but I walked out the door without them.

Whoops.

Instead, we met my dad at the Bryant Park Grill for a fancy lunch. I had a stir fry salad, which was good, but the best part was dessert. Behold, the Chocolate Peanut Butter S’more:

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It was great.

So we didn’t have a plan, but since the New York Public Library is right behind the grill, we decided to go there. It is a beautiful building inside and out.

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They have a great exhibit going on called The ABC’s of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. It was a great look at what books teach children, and it made me pretty nostalgic. You can see things like the original Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals, a life-size setup of Goodnight Moon, and art inspired by different stories like Where the Wild Things Are.

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Here I am with Eric Carle’s walrus from Polar Bear, Polar Bear

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I’m wearing my Aqua Romper, Lilly Pulitzer Bow Belt, and C. Wonder Monogramed Cardigan. Not shown are my Jack Roger Palm Beach Navajos and my hot pink Kate Spade Crossbody Bag.

After the Library, we went back to Bryant Park and watched some intense ping pong! Thanks for an awesome day Jack!

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Date Night

Last night I went out to dinner with my boyfriend!

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I wore a simple coral dress from American Eagle and dressed it up with my Jack Rogers wedges and some accessories.

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My necklace is from Forever 21, but it reminds me of the Lilly Pulitzer Goodie Goodie Necklace. It was a lot cheaper, and it doesn’t have the pink and green accents like the Lilly one does, so it goes with more outfits.

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I got this bag last year as a free gift from Lilly Pulitzer. it was supposed to be a different color, but they ran out of the original print and sent me this gold one instead (it perfectly matched a dress I ordered for a wedding!). I love it so much because it matches everything!

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I always lug around a huge tote, but when I go to dinner I like to have a smaller bag with just the essentials: YSL Lipgloss, Nirvana Black roller ball, and my favorite compact.

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And heres me attempting to cutely twirl in my twirly dress… and almost falling down the hill!

Thanks to my boyfriend for a wonderful evening!

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Scallops+Polka Dots=Perfection

Today I wore a new pair of shorts with some old favorites from my closet!

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I had seen these J. Crew shorts all over tumblr, and had been coveting them for weeks before I found them in the clearance section. Luckily they still had my size, and for only $24 (using an extra 40% off code)! The scallop detail adds just the right amount of whimsy to a pretty classic look.

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I paired them with a plain dark navy t-shirt, my favorite Jack Rogers flats (similar), and a Kate Spade bag.

And to anyone who’s wondering, I generally don’t have a problem mixing brown, black, and navy. Obviously in suiting situations or formal wear you should pick one and stick to it, but on a casual day I treat them all as neutrals.

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To finish off the look, I added this Elephant Necklace from Forever 21! Recently they have really amped up their jewelry selections!

Shout out to my awesome boyfriend for constantly putting up with my fashion nonsense and for being my photographer!

Lobstah Rollin

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I recently bought the Lilly Pulitzer Cala Skort in Lobstah Roll on Ebay because I realized that I love this print a little too late. Everything in this print in my size had sold out so quickly! Ebay is a great way to purchase things that you didn’t get a chance to grab, and sometimes even at a discount. I saved $8!

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What I’m Wearing

Skort: Lilly Pulitzer (Lobstah Roll)

Shirt: Target

Bangles: Kate Spade

Shoes: Jack Rogers

 

 

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Please excuse the wrinkles, I had been sitting down eating lunch with the boyfriend so my skort got scrunched!

 

 

Mixing Matches

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One thing I love to do with my outfits is to mix patterns that still go together. The trick is to pick a dominant pattern, like a bold stripe or floral, and pair it with a subtle print that compliments it. Here’s my take on it!

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What I’m Wearing

This is one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer skirts that I got at their Endless Summer Sale a couple years ago. It is so colorful and goes with anything!

The shirt is from J. Crew and my watch is from Kate Spade

#OOTD

I have always loved rompers, but I have been even more drawn to them recently. I love the idea of something that looks like a dress but won’t flip around in the wind. Plus, pockets. Am I right?

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I love this romper because it is so soft and breezy. The back has a button keyhole opening. It is so easy to either dress it up or down. Pairing a long necklace and wedges makes it a little more glamorous.

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Romper: Aqua

Necklace: Francesca’s (Similar)

Wedges: Jack Rogers (Similar)

Lipstick: Covergirl Blast Flipstick (Cheeky)

Bracelets: Alex + Ani (DZ and Clover)

Outdoor photos by Julia Roe