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Let me first say that there is literally nothing wrong with being basic at it’s most *ahem* basic level. I like what I like and if a trazillion other girls are also wearing riding boots and herringbone vests and sipping pumpkin spice lattes, so be it. My former roommate and I actually threw a Pumpkin Spice Friendship party. I kid you not. And everyone had a blast!

I found an old-ish Cosmo article that defends basic-ness and my favorite line is:

Liking something popular doesn’t make you lame. Discounting someone for having those same interests, however, does. Own your basic-ness, find your tribe…

(My tribe has a new uniform: my Sissy in law, Phi Sig Little, and I all just got this sweatshirt.)

But Fall has always been my favorite time of year- I hate being hot and love Halloween. I read once, I think in Cosmo too actually, that dressing in fall should actually be more fun because fall clothes have more substance than the dresses we throw on in the summer. I totally agree! I love sweaters and scarves and vests and textures and layers. I also look great in fall colors, tbh. Olive green, deep burgundies, amethyst purples. And with that, I bring you the basic essentials you should probably have for fall.

Monogrammed Herringbone Vest||Oversized Tartan Scarf||Pashmina Wrap Shawl

Women’s Tory Burch Adeline Boot||Style & Co Jamila Zip Booties, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes||Hunter Boots Original Tour Boots

Signature Cotton Fisherman Tunic Sweater||Boyfriend Long Sleeve Cardigan||Women’s Hinge Button Back V-Neck Sweater

Women’s Levi’S Patched Utility Jacket||Women’s Bp. Moto Leggings||Jones New York Plaid Cape

Piri Vegan Leather Saddlebag||Le Pliage PVC Coated Leather-Trim Tote||AGP Apparel Leopard Clutch

Jaya Tortoise Pendant||Jaya Tortoise Cuff||Mac glasses

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I didn’t even realize that we’d hit September until late Friday night, but isn’t it kind of cool how as soon as September hit, so did some fall weather? I’m not going to be fooled- I know we’ll probably have a few more summery days before fall actually hits later this month, but it’s o much fun to start thinkin’ boots and sweaters and all. pumpkin. everything.

September is going to be a super fun month. Kendall and I are road-tripping down to Charleston, NC for a wedding and stopping to see family in Myrtle Beach on the way down and back. Then the following week, I’m going on my annual girls trip to Chowderfest on Long Beach Island, NJ. I just want to buy Tiffany and I all matching outfits and wear our boots and tromp around eating seafood for a weekend. It’s going to be great!

What do you have planned for September?

I’m no stranger to animal print, and I think I want to add a leopard clutch + leopard booties to my arsenal of accessories. Actually, lets throw in a leopard puffer vest too! Not to wear together. I’m not that crazy.

Homegirl was literally just gluing her makeup brushes back together this weekend. Perhaps I need a new set that matches my cute pink, black, and white bathroom?

I keep saying I want another pair of loafers since I have just about worn through my gold Coach pair and I’m considering getting a pink pair just because pink isn’t a traditionally fall color BUT WHY CAN’T IT BE?

This is a purse shaped like a PSL. That is all.

Speaking of PSL- my future Sissy in law and I are getting matching basic fall extravaganza sweatshirts.

I’m also really, really wanting a monogram sherpa situation. How cozy, amiright?

I haven’t found a pair of nude heeled boots that fit my foot right, so I might try the Via Spiga Beckett Tall Boot.

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When you’re dressing yourself up ready to go out, a lot of us often overlook the small things that make our appearance what it is. We concentrate on the big things like our clothes and our hair and forget about the other small things that can make or break a look! That being said, you need to know what you should be paying attention to that isn’t one of the focal points of your outfit.

Lips

Your lips are what people are going to be looking at half of the time when you’re talking, the other half will be your eyes, so you’re going to want to get this right! It’s something that people will notice but it’s a subliminal recognition, meaning that people aren’t going to be able to pinpoint what it is about you that makes you look good! But what lipstick are you going to buy? Well, it has to match what you’re wearing so you’re going to want to buy loads of different ones. Luckily websites like maccosmetics.com exist to fulfill all of your lipstick needs, so go and have a browse!

 

Nails

Your nails are important to finishing off the look for your hands. Your hands are not a focal point at all, but your nails are the most important part of it and so they have to match the rest of your outfit! If your nails are lacking then it’s going to look out of place and will therefore draw attention to it, ruining your look. But if they are inline with your look then you’re not going to have to worry

about it. You can buy nail art designs from websites like http://www.msmee.com/, all you have to do is decide which one is going to fit you the best!

Jewelry

Probably the biggest risk in getting yourself ready is choosing the wrong jewelry to wear. Jewelry has to go with your outfit because it’s a very big and bold statement as everyone can see it. Just like with your nails, if it doesn’t suit your look then everyone is going to see it and it’s going to ruin the look. However if you wear the right one for your outfit then you’re going to be radiant all night!

As long as you take all of these small things into account, you’re going to absolutely smash your outfit. Your lipstick is going to match the rest of your makeup and your outfit too so everything looks like it’s running in sync, your nails are going to be perfect too and won’t draw any attention to them that it doesn’t need to and your jewelry is going to fit what you’re wearing so you just can’t go wrong! The only thing you’ve got to make sure of is that you like the feel of the look you’re going for because there’s nothing worse than not liking the way you look. There is one look that everyone can rock though, and that’s the natural look, so read this to find out how to nail it and show off your true beauty!

 

 

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I eschewed gingham with a firm hand up until last year. I hated the preppy “checks” especially when I was a super wise and *~edgy~* 10th grader who preferred Hot Topic above all else. I saw the light and have been wanting to add more gingham into my wardrobe.

I think my turning point was seeing so many cute outfits from Lauren that break the pattern mixing rule flawlessly. (Fun fact: she was one of the first bloggers I followed!) I tried it myself for Valentine’s Day and the mix ‘n’ match layers just felt so fun! Right now, the last thing I want to do is layer up, but I’m thinking of using gingham as a neutral for button-downs under sweaters once it gets cooler. And yes, I’m already wishing summer away into the crisp fall-ness I look forward to every year. I’m looking for cool, sunny, October days with a punch of color. Is it weird that I’ve started planning fall outfits already?

Gingham Frill Hem Dress||Women’s Madewell Gingham Check Pull-On Shorts||Women’s Draper James Cloister Gingham Cotton Top||rag & bone/JEAN Capri Jeans in Gingham||Pendleton – Gingham Shirt Women’s Clothing||ASOS FULLER BUST Gingham Cotton Frill Hidden Underwire Bandeau Bikini||Clare V. Gingham Leather Foldover Clutch – Blue||Cole Haan Pinch Weekender Gingham Loafers

 

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I have been talking about my wedding since… well probably since I could talk. It’s always been navy, always been yellow, and it used to have blush as an accent color. Not much has changed about the overall look that I wanted- clean, crisp, not overdone, not stuffy- but a few things are really just not for me anymore.

First of all, I used to imagine all my bridesmaids in yellow babydoll dress and cowgirl boots. I’m not really sure what I was thinking with that one because yellow is such a hard color to get right for folks skin tones and my girls are all over the map with that. I’ve also always wanted a city wedding so I’m not knocking the boots (I LOVE my boots) but it wouldn’t work.

Then, I’d dream of getting married at the National Cathedral. I even wrote them an email explaining why before I went away to college. For those of you who don’t know, you have to fall into certain specifications that include going to one of their schools, working there, or donating a certain amount. While technically I didn’t go to a Cathedral school, my school, St. Andrew’s, was highly connected to the Cathedral as a DC area Episcopalian school. We started our year with a service there and that’s also where we graduate from. I was also confirmed there and my children’s choir sang there. It’s one of my favorite places in the city. However, Kendall and I went to a Sunday service there and it just didn’t give us the warm fuzzies. There’s also and issue of size- our wedding is too big for a chapel, too small for the knave (the main church). So we’re looking to get married at a more regular-sized Episcopal church in the city.

The last bit that’s really changed for me is that I’ve upgraded from blush accents to rose gold. (If you’re looking to learn a bit more about this gorgeous metal, Sahra did a great post.) My engagement ring is rose gold and, honestly, we started really going rose gold for the wedding when I was looking at invitations and Kendall told me I needed something more shimmery (to match my personality, God love him). Enter Minted with their foil-pressed wedding invitations. While we’re not doing everything rose gold, we are using it as our accent instead of blush. I’m also not sharing anything that I personally have picked because I want to surprise my guests and, in some cases, Kendall, these are all pieces I considered and love.

Josephine Wedding Invitations||Thrilling Placecards||Thrilling Table Numbers||Rose Gold Bridal Sash||Rose Gold Bridal Bouquet||Sequined Alana Dress||Rose Gold jewelry Set||Step in the Right Expression Vegan Heel||Ted Baker London Glitter Bow Clutch – Metallic

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