September means the end of summer, schooltime and back to a routine. October welcomes fall, brings with it changing leaves and pumpkin anything. And then November.
November feels like comfort. Cozy. Warmth. Crackling fires and spice cidar. Brown, crunchy leaves, and chunky-knit sweaters. It’s a time to be grateful, reflect, eat once-a-year feasts and usher in the most wonderful time of the year.
Isn’t November great? I am thankful for this next month.
But with this month comes some stress and scheduling and nothing robs you of enjoying the moment like feeling overwhelmed.
A simple, understated pillow, with classic detailing and menswear-inspired fabric? Yes, please.
One of my favorite pillows I’ve made is an oversized bow pillow (which you can see in the background of this picture and in this post about pillows). The inspiration came from those silky bow blouses from the 80′s, but with a slightly more masculine feel with the gray plaid of the original pillow. It’s such an easy one to make that I thought maybe you would like one in your home, too. I’d love to show you how.
So instead of being there in person, I have sent an art print for all of the Allume attendees for their swag bags.
My parents divorced when I was 20.
I know they say that adult children deal with divorce better than younger ones – and that probably is true to a point – but it sure doesn’t feel good or easy or right even when you’re grown and out of the house.
Let me back up for a second …
My childhood was just about as good as I could have ever asked for. I am the middle of three girls, our parents were young and fun, we lived in family-friendly neighborhoods with good schools and activities nearby. We grew up close to our grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins spending a lot of time with them for holidays, sleepovers, every chance we could. We had traditions and memories, vacations and love. Truly, I could not have asked for a better childhood.
This weekend we had friends over for football watching-turned movie watching. When we put a movie on for the kids upstairs (mr. peabody), we poured ourselves a glass of wine downstairs and decided to turn on a movie for the grown-ups, too.
Here’s the summary: “Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.”
Fall is my favorite. For many reasons – changing leaves, football season, apple crisp – but right at the top is fall fashion. Sweaters. Boots. Jeans. Cozy.
I feel best wearing clothes that cover up this pale skin (shorts are not my favorite) and love dressing in layers. I live in the Seattle area where we have cooler weather (it’s been in the high 60′s this week), with likely drizzling rain on one day and crisp clear skies the next.
Since we can all use a few new outfit ideas, I’ve put together six of my favorite looks for fall. And BONUS! most items are recent purchases and not crazy-expensive. All items that are available are linked to the source