Tuesday, October 16, 2018

My Quintessential List of Halloween Movies


One of my favorite ways to celebrate the season of Halloween (which lasts all October, according to me), is to turn down the lights, get under a blanket, cuddle close to my man, and watch a scary movie. If it's creepy, whimsical, or includes sister witches, it's a movie I'm all about this time of year. It's a tradition that I can remember starting as early as grade school sleepover parties. I still remember screaming with my friends while watching the original House on Haunted Hill. There will always be something so creepy and sinister about Vincent Price in that movie that perfectly captures the spirit of Halloween.

To help you with your spooky movie marathon this year, I've compiled my quintessential list of movies that puts me in the mood for Halloween. These include everything from children's classics to gory slashers. They are listed from least to most scary/gory. Most are available to rent on Prime, but some are free with a streaming subscription.

I would highly recommend watching the 1960s version of Psycho so you can listen to a discussion about the movie on Unspooled, a podcast featuring Paul Scheer (from How Did This Get Made?) and film critic Amy Nicholson as they watch the American Film Institute's top 100 movies. Although this is not on my list, you might also want to consider watching or rewatching the original Halloween so you can listen to another podcast featuring Amy Nicholson: Halloween Unmasked.

What's on your list? 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)The Shining (Free with Netflix)

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Great Fall Color Combo: Light Blue and Dark Red


CeCe by Cynthia Steffe Blouse (Similar) / Limited Skirt (Similar) / Everlane Loafers / J.Crew Factory Necklace 

When I first bought this blouse, I was only planning on wearing it for spring and summer. But when fall rolled around, I knew I wasn't done wearing it. (The poofy sleeve is my favorite!) Instead of pairing it with the bright pink skirt I wore it with earlier this year, I wore it with my dark red pencil skirt to work last week. It looks just as a good, and gives it that fall vibe. I love playing with unexpected color pairings to keep things fresh. How do you keep your wardrobe looking new year after year?



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

$15 Target Black Jeans 3 Ways

Outfit 1 Details: Target Shirt (Similar) / Leith Cardigan (Similar) / Target Jeans / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Necklace

There is something incredibly flattering and stylish about black jeans. They instantly upgrade any outfit, making you seem more serious and put together, and they seem to hide those pesky imperfections (or at least the ones only we think and obsess about). I found this pair at Target for $15 and thought it would be fun to show just what a steal they are by displaying their versatility. They're fitting perfectly into my fall wardrobe this year and these are just a few of the ways I'm wearing them. The possibilities are endless. And yes, I am obsessed with this sweater. It is one of my favorite purchases for fall. Sadly this exact one is sold out, but I found a similar one at Nordstrom Rack.


Outfit 2 Details: Anthropologie Body Suit (Similar) / Leith Cardigan (Similar) / Target Jeans / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar) / H&M Necklace (Similar)

Outfit 3 Details: Gap Shirt / Leith Cardigan (Similar) / Target Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Charming Charlie Necklace (Similar) / Pavement Hat (Similar)


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Halloween and Fall Decor


Every year I feel like the fall/Halloween season comes and goes so quickly that I don't really have time to enjoy it. That's why you'll see a combination of fall and Halloween decorations throughout my apartment. In an attempt to stop acquiring so much stuff, I've stopped buying new Halloween decorations. What I have is sufficient for our charming little apartment. Every year, I deck out our mantle with these quirky pumpkin lights and my jack-o-lantern friend. As far as fall decorations go, I try to stay as natural as possible, buying gourds and dried leaves. I place them in bowls, atop books, and throughout the apartment as decoration. Cute decorative books like the ones below are fairly easy to come by. I bought mine for $2 each at a library book sale. I picked them because I like their color scheme, when paired together, and the titles. I found the dried leaf wreath at Trader Joe's. How are you decorating this year?






Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Perfect Dark Floral Print Dress for Fall


It wasn't until October 1st that it truly started to feel like fall for me. My Instagram feed was full of pumpkins and fall foliage. The weather has not been as good a barometer for the change in seasons. It's supposed to be in the 80s this weekend! Despite that fact, I'm plunging head first into my fall wardrobe go-tos.

One thing I always fall in love with every fall are dark floral prints. Luckily, they are very in right now. This dress is the one I featured in my J.Crew Factory try-on session. I didn't buy it that day because it was only marked down to $50. So I played the waiting game and sure enough it was marked down another 50%. I got it for $25! Such a steal because I can wear this for any occasion. I've already worn it to work several times, my cousin's rehearsal dinner, and to see Aladdin the musical. It's also super easy to style. I wore it with this buttery soft Leith cardigan in the perfect shade for fall. I bought this cardigan towards the end of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale after I saw it on everyone else. I'm so glad I did because it's already become a staple.






Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Jane Plaid Blanket Scarf


 Jane Blanket Scarf (Similar Modcloth Scarf) / Similar BP T-Shirt / STS Jeans / Sperry Boat Shoes

My favorite season of the year is finally here! I've got my cozy sweaters ready to go and pumpkins on my mind! I love fall for many reasons, but chief among them is the weather. It's that perfect blend of winter and summer that allows you to walk out the door in outfits like this. No coat. Just a blanket scarf and a striped tee, living your best life. I picked up this plaid scarf at Jane.com, a site featuring daily deals on boutique fashions. I love this site because I can usually find that trendy item I'm looking for at a great price. This scarf was only $15.98, compared to the $20 to $30 I've seen for other brands. Sales usually only last for a few days, so you have to act fast when you see something you like. This particular item is not on their site right now, but may come back soon. I've linked to a similar scarf above.

Is the weather starting to feel like fall where you are? What fall activity are you most looking forward to this year?



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Lake Erie Design Co.


Nothing adds personality and story to your home like a good handmade print, especially when your cousin made it. I couldn't be more proud of my cousin Nikki for pursuing her passion and starting Lake Erie Design Co., a Cleveland-based paper goods and gift shop. Like the Drop in the Ocean Indigo print you see above, she has found her inspiration in the natural world, which results in dream-like designs grounded in the ordinary and everyday beauty of a cresting wave or spindly succulent. If you like her prints as much as I do, you should also check out her journals, calendars, and greeting cards. The cards are like works of art, perfect for marking special occasions you'll want to commemorate for years to come. You can shop her store here, show her love on Instagram, and visit her at various arts and craft fairs, including the October 13 Cleveland Flea Market.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cool Metal Jewelry


I'm not a big jewelry person. I wear the same necklace and earrings almost every day, but there is something truly cool and unique about these handmade metal pieces. They have that polished-but-not-trying look that makes them feel confident yet subtle. Their natural hues make them a good match for almost any outfit. 

The cuff is from Studebaker Metals, a metalsmith workshop located right here in Pittsburgh. Everything they make is hand forged using antique anvils and classic methods. You will not find anything quite like their timeless, high-quality pieces anywhere else.

The necklace is from Ten Thousand Villages, a store that sells fair trade crafts and housewares from makers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. There is one located right on Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fainting Goat Island Inn, Nichols, NY

This past weekend we ventured to Nichols, New York for my cousin's wedding. Nichols is a pretty rural area with a lot of farms, fruit and vegetable stands on the side of the road, antique stores, wineries nearby, and small-town charm. Other than its casino resort and racetrack Tioga Downs it feels miles and miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We got to experience the slower pace of a time gone by when we stayed at the Fainting Goat Island Inn. The Inn, which used to be a railroad hotel, is decorated with thoughtful touches and beautiful antiques that transport you to a different time and place.

You can curl up and read a book on one of the ornate vintage couches, have a drink at their bar, or swing for a while on the front porch. When you venture outside you can take in the beauty of the Susquehanna River and admire wildlife like eagles and deer. You'll be greeted by friendly animals, including three white fluffy Pyrenees Mountain dogs, a potbelly pig named pork chop, ducks, and of course, fainting goats, who will faint if you are lucky enough to surprise them. Our stay could not have been better thanks to hosts Marnie and Bill, who made sure we had everything we needed and shared their tips for local attractions.

They recommended we visit Antler Ridge Winery in Ulster, PA. We had a great time trying wines and taking in the beautiful view. 

You can book the Nubian room (pictured below) or any of their other four available rooms on Airbnb.




The Nubian Room 






View from Antler Ridge Winery

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Summer to Fall Stripes

BR Factory Sweater (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Skirt (Similar) and Necklace / Madewell Flats (Similar

I'm trying to slowly transition my wardrobe from summer to fall. As much as I love fall, I want to appreciate summer for as long as I can. I started this outfit with a navy blue sweater, which is lightweight and great for any season, and added this summery striped skirt. A pop of red is perfect for this all blue ensemble and the gold necklace adds that extra bit of polish for work. What are you wearing to transition from summer to fall?




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Zucchini Bread


With the colder weather we had this weekend, I was in the mood for baking, but I wasn't ready to make something pumpkin just yet. So I turned to this classic summer baking project. It's a go-to for people with an unsustainable amount of zucchini taking over their garden this time of year. I've never made zucchini bread before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This recipe from a Dash of Sanity will definitely move to the top of my list because of how easy it is to make. It has just the right amount of sweetness, which tasted perfect with a little mascarpone. I made this while watching the Steelers/Browns game. I can't believe they tied and how badly each team played! At least it was a close game.


My Quintessential List of Halloween Movies

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