Last Friday, Ben & I found our Christmas tree! This is a tradition we look forward to every year & this year is our 4th Christmas together. A live tree in the home is just magical. The scent alone feels like Christmas, much less the fact that we add lights & ornaments to it to make it sparkle & shine with cheer. But before we get to the decorations, it’s on to finding the perfect tree.
The things we look for in a perfect tree:
The right height – make sure you measure first!
A good fullness – not too skinny
An even & symmetrical shape
Soft pines – some are definitely softer than others…make sure you touch them.
Just the right amount of quirk. Maybe it has one extra long branch on the side, or the point at the top is crooked…those little things make it YOUR tree.
For Ben & I, we always go with a Frasier Fir. They are just the best in our opinion. (& we are in love with this Frasier Fir candle!)
Once we find the perfect tree, it’s time to take it home.
I’m going to keep this intro short so we can get to the good stuff! Today we are talking about the best accessories to have in your wardrobe this season. From shoes to scarves to berets, this post covers it all! Let’s dive right in!
Boots, Loafers, & Ballerinas
I feel like this could be a whole post on it’s own! Fun fall shoes are a great way to accessorize an outfit.
I’ve always loved a good pair of ballerinas, & this year, I found the absolute best pair for under $13! They are so easy, & comfortable to wear, making them a lovely choice for an everyday outfit. It doesn’t hurt that I always feel Parisian chic while wearing them.
Loafers just scream fall to me. I love how on trend they are this year & all the different colors & styles available right now. In my collection, I have a classic brown pair, a black studded pair, a pink pair, a nude pair, a metallic silver pair, & a leather khaki colored pair. I’ve been eyeing these cream ones as well as these gorgeous neutral beige ones to round out my collection. They go with everything, & the slightly masculine feel of them just works this time of year.
Boots are always a must, & this season, I’ve finally added a pair of over the knee boots to my wardrobe. Julia, of Gal Meets Glam, has totally inspired me by showing that they can be very feminine & tasteful. Not to mention they really help you stay warm! Other boots in my collection include brown heeled boots, a pair of blue velvet ankle boots, & my duck boots. I have 3 others on my current wishlist: 1 / 2 / 3
This goes unsaid, because everyone knows that scarves are a great way to accessorize a fall outfit. Whether it’s a small silk scarf, or a big blanket scarf, sometimes it’s not just that you are wearing it, it’s how you are wearing it. I have recently been so inspired by this post explaining 8 Ways To Wear A Scarf. It’s important to have a variety of styles in your collection to mix things up. Try adding different patterns, colors, & textures to your current collection. Also, make sure to take into account what coats you own to be sure your scarves will pair well with them. For example, I have a new check coat this season, so instead of getting all plaid scarves, I made sure to get a couple solid scarves with beautiful bold colors like this one & this one.
I’ve also been totally obsessing over the small Parisian scarves delicately tied around the neck. (last seen here) They have been all over my Instagram, seeing as though I can’t stop wearing them! In my current collection, I own a small one in blue, as well as a neutral cream colored one. See below for all the others currently on my wishlist. *swoon*
Vests are definitely a new love for me. I feel like I’ve just gotten the hang of styling them in a way I’m pleased with. They were always tricky for me, & never looked like I wanted them to while wearing one. For me, I think having the right pieces to go with them has really made the difference. The vest featured above has a small chevron pattern in the quilting, so pairing it with this solid, fall toned dress (which is on sale now btw for only $35!!) was a perfect match. I also have a burgundy vest (seen here) that was just meant to be paired with a navy cable knit sweater. Of course, they can go with other pieces in my wardrobe too, but those are a few of my favorites. (If you’d like to see other ways I style vests this time of year, let me know in the comments below.)
I have been really into crossbody purses as of late, & I have certain things I look for when choosing one to add to my collection. First, I look for color. This season, I’m all about my burgundy, navy, camel, & dark green. Then I look for structure & shape. I love it when I can fit my small camera inside my purse & plenty of lipsticks (what else would I need?…). Typically, I go for a gold chain strap with some sort of fold over top.
I have really gotten into faux furs over the past few years. They just add that instant glam & sophistication to an outfit that I absolutely live for. You can find them in so many colors making them work well with any outfit & any color coat in your collection. My navy fur scarf is definitely my most worn, but I just added this red number to my wardrobe which I can’t wait to wear with my check coat! The best thing about them is that they actually provide warmth as well! Check out all of the others I’m lusting over below!
Ah, a beret…my most Parisian accessory. There are so many gorgeous berets available right now, & it’s hard to stop adding them to my collection. I know own a camel colored one & a burgundy one, & they just do wonders for an outfit. They even work when you’re having a bad hair day! Just throw one on, & you instantly look put together & complete. These are a definite must in my fall wardrobe.
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What are your favorite accessories this time of year? Planning on adding any of these to your wardrobe soon? xx
I’ve been taking inventory on my wardrobe recently, & in doing so, I’ve discovered a few things about myself. First off, I love statement pieces. Patterns, details, & varying silhouettes clearly speak to me. Secondly, I’m very proud of the new colors I’ve added to my wardrobe over the past 6 months like green, yellow, & red. Lastly, I own so many cream sweaters. Honestly, I’m not even saying that’s a bad thing. A cream sweater is a great fall/winter staple in my wardrobe.
I want to share with you a few of my favorite cream sweaters in my collection & ways I love to style them.
To go to the pumpkin patch, I chose an old favorite from last season (similar here). I simply combined it with a good old pair of trusty Madewell jeans & a classic fall boot. To spice it up a little bit, I added a simple scarf tied around my neck (one of my favorite things to do these days) & statement crossbody I just got for my birthday.
These are just a few ways to pair a cream sweater with a skirt & be ready for any occasion. Needless to say, this staple is crucial to my wardrobe, & yours too! I recommend starting a collection of nice, “statement” cream sweaters to help put together your fall/winter wardrobe. I recently purchased this one, which I can’t wait to wear during the holiday season. The detailed sleeves on this one help dress up an outfit, giving it a little more edge. It’s important to have both a patterned/cable sweater as well as a clean, simplistic option as well. Give yourself options to feel good about when choosing your outfit each day.
I think the thing I love most about cream sweaters is that no matter your “brand” or style or color palette, a cream sweater seamlessly fits into any clothing collection.
What is your favorite way to wear a cream sweater?
Which styled outfit featured above do you like best?
Sometimes, a beautiful watch is just the accessory you need to complete your fall look. They are the perfect juxtaposition of function & fashion, helping us look professional & put together while adding that extra, elemental detail that looks amazing in photos. This time of year, when all I want to wear are knit sweaters, camel coats, & roll necks, I find that a chunkier watch fits right in & really helps a look come together.
In the spirit of Christmas that is quickly approaching, I’m happy to announce that I have partnered with Jord Watches as a part of their Holiday Campaign. I’ve always loved the look of a wood watch, & the craftsmanship & care put into these beautiful products is unmatched. (*Read through the end for an exclusive holiday discount!*) My watch is a gorgeous zebrawood with a bold navy face. Navy is one of my very favorite colors to wear year-round, so when I saw this one, I knew I needed it in my collection. The coolest part about Jord Watches is that they are actually made of real, hand-finished wood! I’m in awe of the quality of this product, & even though is it wood, it’s splash-proof! (phew! Although…better not submerge it in water.)
The watch itself is great, but another selling factor is the packaging! Every watch comes in it’s own wooden box that acts as a humidity control home for your wooden watch. The bottom has a drawer with vents & is equipped with humidity packs to ensure optimal humidity when storing your watch. The top secures by a very satisfying magnetic pull, & looks perfect displayed on a bedside table or vanity.
A nice, hand-crafted wood watch makes the perfect holiday gift for someone special in your life. I know my boyfriend already has his sights set on the Hyde Series watch in walnut & black, which will probably be making it into his stocking this year (hopefully he isn’t reading this!). For women, I would suggest the Frankie Series (like my watch), or the brand new slimmer band Cassia Series. The walnut & vintage rose has my name written all over it!
Since this partnership is for their Holiday Campaign, they very kindly gave me a coupon code for 25% off your entire purchase! Just click here, & you will be emailed with your very own discount code. This is their biggest deal of the year…so don’t miss out!
Wanting to purchase a watch for a gift? Personalize it by adding some engraving to the box! xx
I turned 26 last week! Since then, I’ve been doing some thinking about what I want this next year of my life to look like. Setting goals is something I love to do. Goals encourage growth, remind me what is most important in life, & help me keep my passions & dreams alive. I am a very goal driven person, but most of the time, I keep track of them in my head. This year, I want to do things differently. I believe writing things down holds power over the words written. Sometimes just seeing your thoughts on paper (or on the internet) gives them more weight to then turn those words into actions. So today I want to share with you a few of my goals for this upcoming year in hopes that these words spark true action in my life.
Get A Haircut
I have skimped out on a proper haircut for YEARS! Yes, I’ve gotten nice “haircuts”, but none that required more than a straight chop or trim. This year (& soon!), I want to get a nice haircut with proper layers for better styling. Since I’m actually fixing my hair (thanks to my amazing curling iron) more these days, I would like my curls to give my hair some body rather than just hanging out at the bottom because my hair is basically all one length. Maybe I’ll post some haircut inspiration in my Instagram stories soon…
Some of you guys might have seen my recent Q&A on my Instagram stories, which was a huge step for me. I typically shy away from speaking on camera, but I want to give it a fair try. In order to get better at it, I have to just keep trying & putting myself out there. I want to get to know you guys more & let you get to know me as well, & I believe things like being more present on my Instagram stories will help make those things happen. Who knows…maybe I’ll even start doing live tutorials?!…
To carry on with what I was saying before, I want to build a community with you guys. I want to provide an environment here on F&F for honest communication & true friendships. Maybe that looks like responding to people faster & with more thought out answers, but that also means I need to hear from you. In order for me to achieve my goal of building a community here, I need to hear feedback from you. If you liked a post & you want to see more things like that, tell me! Maybe you didn’t care for reading something, tell me that too! If you have a question about a post, or really about anything…like my favorite cereal or something…just ask me! I want to hear from you! Let’s build an F&F community together!
I’ve been thinking about these two words for quite some time now, & wondering how I can accomplish them in my day to day life & also here on my blog. Whether it’s making more meaningful relationships, encouraging those around me, or volunteering somewhere, I’m searching for ways I can give back to my community to help better our world. I’ll keep you updated on this one…but in the meantime, if you have any suggestions on ways to give back, please leave them in the comments below.
Write More Letters
I honestly think this is a goal every year for me. I don’t know why this doesn’t come naturally to me, but I want to be a meaningful letter writer so bad! My thought is that if I have some really beautiful stationary, I’ll be more inclined to write…do you think it will work? Any advice? I feel a stationary haul coming up soon…
This one is a little cliché, but in my 25th year, I traveled to New York, D.C., Oklahoma, Maine, Paris, & Africa! Now I don’t want to stop! I am wanting to travel near & far. My goal is to save money & miles to be able to take weekend trips places closer to home, while also taking a trip or two out of the country. A few places on my list include: Spain, London, Japan, PARIS AGAIN, Boston, Charleston, & Nashville. Here’s hoping I’m able to travel more this year!
Are you a fellow goal-setter? What are some goals you have for this year? xx
I have gone to the beloved Can Can twice recently to test out some of their seasonal drinks, & I have no doubt that I will be back again soon. They are offering 5 fall drinks right now, & the two I have tried have been absolutely delicious.
My first choice was the Harvest French Press. I have to admit, I’ve had this before, & it’s now an all time favorite of mine. My boyfriend even loves it! They have a small & large option which is perfect for either going solo or sharing with a friend (or date). For me, it’s perfectly sweetened & spiced to add just a splash of cream & call it good. Such a special fall treat!
For my second choice, I ordered the Maple Spiced Chai, & it surly didn’t disappoint! I love a good chai latte, & the hint of maple was just divine. I will say, if you don’t love sweet drinks, this might not be your go-to, but I quite enjoyed it on my lovely Sunday morning brunch date.
My sweet treat of choice with both drinks was a chocolate croissant. This was not a seasonal treat, but a good year round choice that I just couldn’t resist.
I hope you enjoyed this post! If so, tell me about it in the comments below! I’m really looking to build a community here on F&F, & I love getting to chat with guys in the comments! Have you been to Can Can? Have you tried these treats? Have you tried something similar to these in your hometown? Let me know! I want to hear from you! 🙂