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six favorite looks for fall


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

// LOOK ONE //


This sweatshirt dress is so great and everything you would want for a cozy/put-together fall outfit. Pair it with leggings and tall boots, or tights and booties.


sweatshirt dress / leggings / socks / boots (old) / watch (similar) / bracelet

// LOOK TWO //


Because we all need comfy days. I like layering a long tank under this super soft sweatshirt (with a longer back to cover the bum!).


sweatshirt / leggings (marshalls) / tank / shoes



Chunky knit sweaters in warm fall tones are always good to throw on with jeans. Dress it up with heels, or wear with tall boots.


sweater / jeans (similar) / heels / sunglasses


I’ll call this look soccer mom since this is what I wear most saturdays to my kids’ games (with a rain coat or puffy vest, of course).


top / jeans / boots / scarf / sunglasses / watch (similar)


coat-booties copy

So I just bought myself my first pair of booties. And I’m completely sold. I felt weird the first few times wearing them (am I doing it right? What do I wear with them?) but then I just got over it and now I want to wear them everyday. I like them best with skinny jeans rolled up and a loose/longer top. This sweatshirt coat is a new instant favorite.


sweatshirt coat / jeans / booties

// LOOK SIX //


Another outfit with the booties and for a little variety I went with a cotton t-shirt and jacket.


jacket / tshirt / jeans / booties / belt / necklace


So there are six of my favorite looks this fall. Do you have a favorite?

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coffee chat no. 18

Every once in a while I just have all these random things to say and nowhere to fit them in, so they get all smushed together in a post series I like to call coffee chats.


Pretend we’re sitting across from each other (or standing on a soccer field) sipping our drinks (decaf, tall, extra hot, one pump mocha for me, please) and enjoying a few moments to just catch up and talk about all the things floating around in our minds.

Here are a few things I might chat about:

First, I would share about my excitement that tonight is the start of the next season of Survivor. What season are we on?! I don’t even know. But I still love it.


My kids are currently into cooking shows. I fully support it because I like cooking shows, too. The one they mostly like is Rachael vs. Guy: kid cook-off. To watch these 10, 11 and 12 year olds make fancier food than I could ever hope to cook is so inspiring and entertaining and great motivation for my kids. My oldest son is especially enamored.


Speaking of which … he and I were watching an episode of the Pioneer Woman and she made these fabulous chocolate-covered s’mores. With nutella and peanut butter. I know. She had us at nutella. We decided right then and there that we would make them for No.2′s birthday party that weekend.


His party was pushed back a week (long story) and so we made them this past weekend and they were We followed the recipe, but used mini marshmallows and toasted them under the broiler instead of roasting regular-sized ones. It worked out well, but next time I’ll add even more for extra gooey centers. By the way, they make really good on-the-way-to-pick-up-the-kids snacks, too.


I’m generally a year or two behind on fashion trends, so just now I’m thinking about getting a pair of booties. The problem is, I don’t know how to wear them. Thankfully, stylish ladies like this cutie show us how to style them.


(The fact that this article was posted a year ago just proves the point that I’m behind the times on fashion trends.) Do you like booties? Are they worth trying? How do you like to wear them? Do tell …


On the opposite end of the shoe spectrum are these cute tennies I just bought. They are super comfy and sporty which is not necessarily a normal look for me, but I’m trying.


I posted this photo on instagram with caption pretending to be a hipster mom. The conversation after was fun.


My friend Lindsay just came out with her new fall line. It’s gorgeous, as usual. I especially love these gold foil index cards.



Also gold and shiny is this week’s giveway (have you entered?! You can do it here). We haven’t figured out the best way/place to announce previous winners (winners are emailed privately, but I know it’s fun to see who the winners are), so I’ll just do it here:

Week One: Tracy Kaufman

Week Two: Beverly Maynor

I have only won one giveway in my whole life and it was magical. Even though it was only a piece of jewelry, it made me feel super special. Giveaways are fun.


Last thing then I’ll wrap this up.

This summer a group of us traveled with Noonday and International Justice Mission to Rwanda. Half of our time was spent with the artisans who create products for noonday, the other half was spent with IJM and their in-country staff. I knew nothing of IJM before going, and came home a full-fledged supporter. They are doing hard and good and honorable work offering hope to people through tackling issues of injustice.

In Rwanda, IJM works exclusively on cases of child sexual abuse. Their clients are almost always women or girls who are poor and without IJM would have no way to stand up to their perpetrators. Not only does IJM provide legal representation, but also offers family therapy, medical resources, and community education. I wish I were more eloquent with my words to portray how important this organization is (you can read this post by Jen Hatmaker, who has a way with words), but my friends, please hear my heart: if you are looking for an organization to support, this is it.

When we asked the staff in the Rwandan IJM office what they most need, their answer was first, prayer and second, money. They have amazingly talented and generous lawyers, investigators and social workers in place and making huge strides in freeing slaves, ending sex-trafficking, transforming justice systems world-wide. In order to keep their progress going and to expand their reach, they need our financial support.

You can become a freedom partner for $24 per month and be part of what IJM is doing. AND, during the month of September, all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar for an entire year.

IJM FP 350x350

You can learn much more about International Justice Mission and the Freedom Partner program here. Please do take a second to click through. I just adore the men and women I met who work at headquarters in DC (hi Ed and Melissa & Jan!) and can’t stop thinking about Baraka and Norbert (among others) from Rwanda. Gosh, I miss it there.


Alright, friends. That was random, yes? Fashion, food, gold foil and freedom partners. That about sums up my brain right about now. Thanks for listening to my ramblings. Anything you want to chat about?

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break the rules: six white pieces to wear this fall

This is the outfit I wore yesterday:


It’s still warm outside (in the low 70′s) and so I’m still dressing summery-ish with short sleeves and cropped jeans and flats. The white shirt I put on (a cute hand-me-down from my sister – originally from jcrew) got me thinking about how it was supposed to be the final day of wearing white until spring.  You know the old rule: no white after Labor Day. So I did a few seconds of research and discovered that it was a fashion tradition stemmed from class divisions in the early 1900′s (here’s a quick article from time magazine).

Turns out, rules are meant to be broken (especially silly ones like this) and while white linen and gauzy silk may not be the best choices for cooler weather, wearing white during the fall and winter is not only okay, it’s also very stylish.

I hung out on pinterest for a little bit (okay, way too long) and found a handful of Autumn outfits that all include white.


Do you ever look at outfit ideas on pinterest? It’s super inspiring and these particular outfits make me excited for cooler weather. I want to wear each and every one.

You can see all of my favorite outfits on my clothes pinboard here

So in the spirit of breaking the ‘no white after labor day rule’, I’ve shopped around online and found six of my favorite white pieces to take us into fall.


1. J.Crew Quilted Vest // great layering piece with a tshirt or button up under. I love the gold zipper and snaps on this one.

2. Noonday Monaco Necklace // cow bone + brass = yes, please. I bought this for myself at my first noonday party and it is beautiful in person.

3. J.Crew Endless Shirt // this longer version of a classic white shirt is another great layering piece. Wear over leggings or skinny jeans, add a sweater or scarf or maybe a belt? Is that still cute? I don’t know.

4. Boden Grace Sweater // love the neckline and 3/4 sleeves and the chunky knit. It’s more expensive than what I normally pay, but maybe since it is such a classic piece, it’s worth the investment.

5. J.Crew Factory Midrise Skinny Cords // a more fallish alternative to white jeans (although I think you can do white denim too).

6. H&M Cable-knit Sweater // cable-knit is always good, plus this is a slouchy longer-in-the-back cut that makes it interesting.

Good options, right? I’d love to hear your thoughts … are you a rule follower or breaker when it comes to wearing white after labor day?

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