My Thoughts On Change

My Thoughts On Change

My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change

Change Is All Around Us

The idea of change has been on my mind lately. We experience change on a daily basis. It’s constantly happening all around us like the change of seasons, changing our clothes, a change in our schedule, or even the change in others that affects us in one way or another. Why then, if we experience change around us all the time,  do we sometimes find change so difficult to cope with? Let me share with you my thoughts on the matter.


My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change

Get Your Head In The Game

I’ve been contemplating the different reactions I tend to have to change. On the one hand, when change occurs that tends to lean in my favor, I get excited & think of all of the reasons why this change was so good. The flip side to that is that when the change seems to have the slightest negative effect on me or my surroundings, a feeling of dread comes over me. This seemingly negative change that happens makes me feel out of control & sometimes even angry. But why does it have to be that way? Why does some change excite me while other times change makes me want to cry? I believe it’s all in the mindset.

I think it’s finding the excitement in change no matter if it’s good change or bad change. Granted, it’s much easier to find the excitement in the good change, but I think there can be reasons for excitement to be found in the midst of “bad” change. Let me give you an example of how I’ve been dealing with in this in my personal life recently:

Real Talk

Ben is now in his third week of being a police recruit, & starts police academy next month. He used to work with me as a dancer & then as a teacher at the ballet, which meant our schedules aligned well, we worked in the same building, & we could relate to each other on that level so well. Now that he is starting this new job, I’m beginning to see that that means lots of change is ahead for me. It all hit me at once, because prior to this moment I was just so full of excitement for Ben & his new dream job. I was suddenly aware of all of the ways our lives could change. To be honest, I panicked. I started thinking of all the negative things I could think of which took me down a long spiral of fear & feeling out of control. Then I went to sleep & chose not to think about it for the next few days.

My Theory

Then a few days later, I was driving to work when I had this thought,

“What if I could change my approach to negative change & find creative ways to get excited about any & every change that comes my way?”

I honestly think putting this theory into action could change my life. This is a game changer! Thinking like this is empowering & really makes me put things into perspective. Instead of seeing all of the changes that are bound to happen in my life & in our marriage as bad, I’m doing some soul searching & trying to approach the situation from a different angle.

So..maybe we won’t get to go on an international trip this next year, that means we will maybe get to see some amazing places on the east coast that we have never seen before. Maybe our schedule that I’ve grown to love so much is going to change, that just means we get to start from scratch & make a whole new schedule & fill it with whatever we want. We get to sit down & talk about what is most valuable to use & brainstorm ways to spend time together & be there for each other like never before.


My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change

What About You?

Do you see what I mean? I really think, as abstract as it may seem in the moment, that positives can be found hidden in every change that happens, we just have to be willing & creative enough to see them & then choose to become excited about them.

How do you deal with change? I would love to start a conversation in the comments below about change. Everyone experiences change, & it’s not always easy, so if you have any thoughts or insights on this topic that you would be willing to share with the F&F community, I know we could all benefit from them. Thank you in advance!


My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change

Outfit Details

New Fav Cream Sweater, Color Block Skirt, The Best Fall Boots, Bag, Camel Coat


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We Went On A Fall Adventure

We Went On A Fall Adventure

We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

It’s Simple, I Love Fall

I always get so excited when I start to see the first signs of fall. The leaves are finally starting to change & the air is crisp & my outfits are beginning to add layer after layer of color & warmth. I can also tell that it’s officially fall when all I want to listen to is Taylor Swift’s Red album. That album is so nostalgic to me & always brings me back to fall in the City. I personally think that her song, All Too Well, is the best song she has ever written. Goosebumps every time. But back to fall, Ben & I were so excited to finally dive into full fall mode, that we decided to make a day out of it & road trip to the Ashland Berry Farm.


We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

On our drive out to the farm, we talked about our favorite things we each love about fall. For me, I love the warm & spicy scents & flavors, but it’s mostly about the fashion. I love layering & mixing in my fall accessories like boots, berets, & scarves. This makes an outfit so much more rich & put together in my opinion. Of course, I totally jump on the pumpkin band wagon as well! I’m always down for a good ole pumpkin latte or pumpkin bread & if you follow my Instagram stories, you’ll know that Ben & I have been doing at home Sunday brunch which has recently included things like pumpkin pancakes & Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rolls. They are amazing! 

Ben talked about how he loves the cool air of fall. He is just warm by nature & was born & raised in Maine, so cold days are his jam. Another big part of fall for him is football season seeing as though he is a big Patriot’s fan. I’ve grown to enjoy watching the games too, although I must admit that it’s usually half watching & half online shopping…:) Ben also loves a good pumpkin latte but he likes them iced. In fact, on our first date, Ben brought pumpkin lattes for the both of us to have before seeing an exhibit at a local museum. Pumpkin lattes have a special place in our hearts because they in a way take us back to that very first date. 


We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

“That’s Actually A Gourd”

When we arrived to the farm, we took a hay ride out to the pumpkin fields. We made it our mission to find the best pumpkins. Ben, of course, spotted them immediately & then also found the cutest & tiniest pumpkin I have ever seen. On our ride back to the entrance of the farm, we showed one of the workers our tiny pumpkin, to which he quickly corrected us saying, “That’s not a pumpkin, it’s actually a gourd.” Well, ok then. So we decided to name it Gordon & it sits on our coffee table & makes us smile daily. Oh, Gordon…

Once we got back, we knew we couldn’t leave without getting some apple cider & homemade donuts. It was my first cider of the season & I have been hooked on Trader Joe’s amazing cider every since. We got 6 small donuts thinking that we would take some home for later, but found ourselves loving them so much that we ate them all right then & there. They were so delicious! We already can’t wait to go back next year.


We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

Outfit Details

Quintessential Tall Brown Boots (under $45!), Madewell Jeans, White Top from H&M, Olive Green Bag, Houndstooth Blazer (Goodwill find! Similar here & more affordable here), Lipstick in shade Cruella, Gal Meets Glam Logo Scarf as Belt

What are some of your favorite things about this lovely fall season? What do you look forward to each year? xx


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The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

M i n e   A t   L a s t

I fell in love with this skirt last year. Hard. I mean head over heels in love with this pretty little skirt. At the time, it seemed as though everyone had it. I even went into J.Crew & tried it on, which made me love it even more, but I couldn’t justify the price tag in that moment. Last month, while perusing the J.Crew Factory website, I found it online for a fraction of the cost! I knew it was finally time to make this skirt mine. Mine at last. 


The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Ruffled Mini Skirt, Sweater (similar here & affordable option here), Scarf, Boots (under $45!)


The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

W h y   T h i s

P i e c e   W a s   A

M u s t – H a v e

The shape of this skirt is one I knew I would wear year after year. It  looks amazing with boots, & the many colors of the classic houndstooth print will go with infinite outfits for years to come. I love the feminine ruffle at the bottom as well as the comfortable feel of the elasticated waist. A timeless, classic piece in my wardrobe.


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The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
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Feminine Animal Print

Feminine Animal Print

Feminine Animal Print
Feminine Animal Print

T h e   B o o m i n g

T r e n d

One huge fall trend this year is animal print. It is literally EVERYWHERE! I’ve loved a good leopard print for as long as I can remember. In fact, I tried to start a #CheetahRevolution when I was 18 years old. Leopard isn’t the only animal print currently on trend. Some other big ones include snake print & croc style. 

Even though I am clearly a big fan of leopard print, I’ve been considering how this print fits into my current classic & feminine style. Today I am sharing how I will be incorporating this trend into my wardrobe this season as well as some of my favorite pieces that can be added to just about any wardrobe.


Feminine Animal Print
Feminine Animal Print

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Animal Print Dress, Burgundy Boots, Lipstick, Bow $5!


Feminine Animal Print
Feminine Animal Print
Feminine Animal Print
Feminine Animal Print
Feminine Animal Print

H o w   T h i s   T r e n d

F i t s   I n   M y 

W a r d r o b e

Typically, I would say that leopard print is a neutral, so wear it as such, but this dress makes quite the statement. The reason I went for something so bold was two-fold: the colors are comprised of many of my favorite fall tones I wear regularly & the silhouette this dress creates is very feminine & a go-to in my closet. Usually when I find something with a bold print or pattern, but they fit both of the above requirements, I know it will fit seamlessly into my wardrobe. A good way to make sure of this is knowing that the colors are ones that you wear regularly, & the shape of the item is a classic silhouette you are always drawn to.

Another way I like to incorporate animal print is with accessories. This is definitely the easiest & safest way to wear this trend. Think scarves, berets, shoes, & handbags. These pieces are easy to pair with items currently in your wardrobe. To ensure an easy fit, make sure the print stays in its true & natural colors. Then you can really treat these items as a neutral & wear them with almost anything.


Feminine Animal Print
Feminine Animal Print

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My Go-To Fall Outfit

My Go-To Fall Outfit

My Go-To Fall Outfit

F o o l – P r o o f

O u t f i t

T e m p l a t e

Whenever I’m unsure about what to wear on a fall morning, outfits like this one are always my go-to. It’s comprised of a simple template that can be created over and over again by just changing out the pieces. The template is as follows: a cozy fall sweater, a mini skirt, a scarf, & either a simple pair of ballet flats or knee high boots depending on how chilly it is outside. It’s that easy. This template creates the perfect fall silhouette that instantly makes you look put together & classically chic. 


My Go-To Fall Outfit

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Knit Sweater (similar here & here), Leather Mini-Skirt (similar here & here), Croc Bag, Ballet Flats, Scarf


My Go-To Fall Outfit
My Go-To Fall Outfit
My Go-To Fall Outfit

T h i s   L o o k

This bright orange-red color is so big this season. I love the combination of the bright chunky sweater with the matching ballet flats. The tan leather mini skirt I found at Zara last year is the perfect neutral piece to break up the color. I also just love how this black bag goes with the tan skirt. It’s such a classic fall combo. My favorite blue scarf really pulls this look together & gives the look that Parisian flare that I always crave in an outfit. 


My Go-To Fall Outfit

G i v e   I t   A   T r y

Now it’s your turn! Mix up some items in your wardrobe using this template & see how many new outfits you can make. It’s so easy! Let me know how it goes! xx


My Go-To Fall Outfit

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Affordable Classic Fall Pieces

Affordable Classic Fall Pieces

Affordable Classic Fall Pieces
Affordable Classic Fall Pieces
Affordable Classic Fall Pieces

T h e   C l a s s i c s

Fall brings about a sort of nostalgia for me. It takes me back to classic styles, traditional fall tones & a cross between Parisian & preppy style. It’s the chilly football games with friends, or the hot coffee on my morning commute in the City under the changing leaves. Fall means cozy, effortless, closeness, warmth, crisp air, joy, & romance. I want my clothes to embrace all of those things during this season & today I’m rounding up all of my favorite fall classics at the most affordable prices. There is something for everyone here. Let’s dive right into that classic feel.


Affordable Classic Fall Pieces
Affordable Classic Fall Pieces
Affordable Classic Fall Pieces

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

White Crochet Dress (similar here), Burgundy Heels, Scarf, Camel Beret, Crossbody


Affordable Classic Fall Pieces
Affordable Classic Fall Pieces

A f f o r d a b l e  

F a l l   P i e c e s

I tried to stay under $50 in this round up, there are just a couple over but I had to still include them. These are all such gorgeous pieces, & if you hover over each picture, you can see the amazing price point they are at. 

I actually own quite a few of these pieces. The picture of this navy & gold tweed skirt definitely doesn’t do it justice, but this has been in my wardrobe for over a year now, & is one of my fall favorites. Also, just purchased 2 new pairs of boots for the season (here & here) that are both under $45! Let me tell you, they are gorgeous! My green long sleeve dress (seen here) is under $25. You’ll be seeing this tweed jacket & this ruffled skirt here on the blog soon. Lastly, this super cute crossbody bag received so many compliments last season & I’m thrilled to see it around again.


Affordable Classic Fall Pieces
Affordable Classic Fall Pieces

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