Monday, October 21, 2019

How to dress when it's hot in the fall

This past weekend was a great representation of Fall in Georgia.  One day it's cold, rainy and makes you want to bundle up in front of the fire like you would imagine on a autumn day, only to be immediately followed by highs in the mid 70's and you question whether those brisk fall temperatures are ever going to stick around.  That was us.  Cold and rainy Saturday and by Sunday afternoon we were out wearing shorts, sweating and eating ice cream.
So that got me thinking...

How do you dress when it's hot in the Fall?

One of the best tips I can give is to prepare yourself for both seasons.  It's pretty normal for it to feel like winter in the morning and summer by afternoon around here.  I love to add layers to an outfit so that it's easy to accommodate both.  A sleeveless sweater provides a little bit of warmth with a heavier knit and with a light jacket or cardigan over top, you're all set.

Adding accessories to a Fall outfit

I also love to incorporate fall prints and accessories into my outfits around this time of year with belts, bags and shoes.  While leopard can most definitely be worn year round, it's true time to shine is really in the fall.  Accompanied by warm, rich tones, leopard print is the perfect compliment to bring together any fall outfit.  I added these adorable (and affordable!) leopard block heel to this classic neutral look to give it a trendy pop.  I love how the print of these heels warm up this outfit in a classy and subtle way.  I have these heels in a couple different colors and they are a great height for the office and comfortable too!  PS - they also come in a loafer!

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The color you are seeing everywhere this season

There is no mistaking that cognac/camel is everywhere this Fall!  While I am loving all of the rich browns and warm tones, this color really stands out.  One thing that I like to do each season is check out Pantone's Color Trend Report.  This is basically a guide of what color schemes you will see on the runways at NY Fashion Week as well as the upcoming season.  When I saw the 2019/2020 Autumn Winter report, "Sugar Almond" caught my eye and I immediately knew that is would be a trending color!  Flattering on most all skin tones and easily paired with almost everything, I can't help but gravitate towards buying this shade when I see it.
While this cognac sweater can be paired with pretty much anything, I thought it would be fun to show a great way to transition your white jeans from Summer to Fall.  Complementary to both black and white, this color adds a little warmth to a chic look.  Adding the snake skin loafers to pull it all together, this outfit is perfect for a casual office look or even a classic weekend style.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How to arrange your Halloween wall bats

I found these 3D Halloween wall bats a few years ago and we have been decorating with them every year since!  They are always a huge hit here in our house and the kids get really excited when I get them out to decorate.  I can't even remember where I got them from because it was so long ago but this year I decided that it was time to add some new ones!

The arrangement is always the tricky part when it comes to putting the bats up.  It's difficult when you're up close to apply them and then once you take a step back, they don't really look the way you envisioned them.  I set out on Pinterest to get a lot of inspiration on what arrangement I wanted, being that there are so many.  During my install, I came up with a really simple and easy trick to getting the perfect wall bat arrangement!
Here you can see what my console table looks like prior to adding the bats.

How to arrange Halloween wall bats

The trick here is so simple.  Lay out your arrangement with blue painters tape!
Having this as a guideline helped me so much while I was putting my bats up.  
After spending a little time gathering inspiration on Pinterest, I decided that I wanted my bats to look like they were coming out of one spot and dispersing.  I wanted them to gradually get bigger into a funnel type shape so that's what I laid out with the blue tape.  While I was laying out my tape guide, I stepped back a few times to check on the shape until I was happy with how it looked.

5 tips to arranging your wall bats

1. Start small

Wherever you have your bats starting, start with the smallest bats and gradually get bigger as your funnel grows.

2. Space the bats out

This one took me a little while to get them hang of!  I kept putting them close together and once I went back to my Pinterest inspo, I realized that spread out definitely looks better.

3. Create a flow

I like for my bats to all go in the same general direction but alternating the direction of the individual bats will create a nice movement within your flow of bats.  It helps to break things up a bit!

4. Use blue tape

I know I said above to use the blue tape as a guide in your arrangement but I also used it over the little stickies when I applied them to the wall.  The little stickies that come with the bats are really sticky and this limited me in moving my bats around until I had them where I wanted them.  The blue tape worked just as well and was much easier to remove and/or move around.  Besides, if you want to use these again for several years you will definitely use up all of your sticky squares that they come with. 

5. Step back.  A LOT!

I can't stress this one enough!  I had to stop and stand back several times to see how things were looking.  I made several tweaks along the way and taking a second to step back will help with getting a good look at the big picture and make adjustments before getting too far in!

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Table, floral arrangement, frame and metal abstract art are all from Homegoods
Leaves and stems are from Michael's
Vase is from Target (Can't find it online)
Everything that I was able to link can be found below

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