Thursday, September 1, 2016

My Monthly Edit

As I've mentioned before, my immediate family has weathered our toughest year to date.  So, after thinking about it & talking it over, we decided it's been far too long since we've been home for the holidays (7 years, to be exact). After everything we've gone through this year, it just felt like the right time for us all to be together again.  So, last week, we booked our tickets to head back to Portland for Christmas and we couldn't be more excited.  I can't wait to relax on my parents' farm, watch the kids play with their cousins & soak in all of my favorite things about Oregon that I've missed so much.

I don't wear bold jewelry as much as I used to, but I love the idea of a sleek pair of drop earrings that can be dressed up or down.  These horn earrings have a cool modern look to them, and, because they aren't sparkly, they feel more wearable for everyday & are chic when simply paired with a cozy sweater & jeans (they also come in ivory). More styles that I'm loving for fall are these splurge-worthy statement drops, these tusk earrings & this semi-precious pair.

We're heading into the busiest season of the year - school is starting again, schedules are filling up faster than ever and the holidays are just around the corner.  Dealing with stress has always been a challenge for me & it's an area where I continually have to work to do better.  If you're familiar with the Myers-Briggs® test, this article is a fascinating read & spot-on when it comes to explaining how different personalities respond in stressful situations & how to help if you're a friend or loved one (for the record, I'm an ENFJ).

Similar to my philosophy on jeans, I only allow myself to buy new boots if I find a style that I truly love that's different from the other pairs I already own.  These suede booties instantly caught my eye because I've been searching for some in this shade of taupe for years.  I love the leg-lengthening pointed toe & sturdy block heel. Other fall footwear I'm eyeing are these gorgeous suede pumps, these leopard flats & these buckled boots (now 50% off!).

It may be cliché, but as soon as September hits, I start pulling out all my pumpkin recipes.   I have an old family recipe for pumpkin bars that my kids love, but I can no longer eat them.  So I was thrilled to find that these pumpkin donut holes are grain-free and just as delicious as the real thing (I use coconut oil instead of canola & coconut sugar instead of granulated).  During the fall, I also stock up on this pumpkin muffin mix, which I can whip up quickly when I'm short on time (p.s. these parchment liners are life-changing & remove clean no matter how sticky your batter is).

I plan on fully embracing the bell-sleeve trend for fall, so I've been on the hunt for a couple pieces in this style that I can add to my closet this season.  While I'm seriously lusting after this gorgeous sweater, I'll have to wait for a good sale to scoop it up.  So, until then, this billowy blouse is a great affordable option that I can wear both now & later (love the ruffled neckline!). A few more budget-friendly options to try are this ribbed sweater, this green blouse & this crochet-trim top.


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