Monday, November 5, 2018

Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Morton Arboretum

Although Halloween is over, now it's time to gear up for Thanksgiving! Since Thanksgiving is still a pumpkin appropriate holiday, I wanted to share some photos I took at the Morton Arboretum's Glass Pumpkin Patch event in Lisle, IL. The event features handblown glass pumpkins that are available for purchase. They also have tasty food as well as other activities like live demonstrations. I was in awe of all of the gorgeous pumpkins and dazzling colors. The pumpkins were in traditional orange hues but also fun colors as well! 

I'm a huge fan of purple so I took photos of all of the purple pumpkins! Prices ranged from anywhere from $75-$195. All of them hand so much craftsmanship put into them it was insane!

This purple one was one of my favorites!

Cute little pumpkin faces are the best!

Metallics, yes please!

What are your favorite fall traditions? Going to the Morton Arboretum may have to become a new fall tradition for me! 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Sew Cute Travels: Edinburgh Things to Do

48 hours in Edinburgh wasn't enough! This city is so gorgeous and full of history. My work friends and I had some time to travel before our work trip in May so we opted for one short day in London and two days in Edinburgh. We hadn't planed to much for our days in Edinburgh, we basically winged a lot of it! Which is so unlike me. I am a planner, I will plan the heck out of any vacation. So it was a very new experience. Any who, I put this guide together to help you plan out a short trip to Edinburgh! There is so much of the city we didn't get to see, due to time restraints. But, if you did 3 days in Edinburgh I think you would be able to see and go into all of the major landmarks, and have time to roam around. 

Visit the Queen's Scotland Residence | Although we weren't able to go into the Queen's residence we walked past it and it was gorgeous! We saw this on the way to hiking up Arthur's Seat (see below!). You can go on a tour of the castle and there are various activities along with the little mini castle to do. 

Climb Arthur's Seat | *warning* climbing up Arthur's Seat is quite the journey. We were not expecting it to be as "brisk" as it was. But, the views were totally worth the walk up. Be sure to come prepared though. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring water if possible! Maybe we are just out of shape, but fair warning for all of you out there. 

Tartan Weaving Mill | This was one of those random things we ended up doing, BUT totally cool! It's kind of in a touristy-trap looking building. But, don't let appearances fool you. If you go into the basement you can see the weaves that make the tartan fabrics. As someone who works for Barbour and knows a fair amount about tartan this was totally cool. Even if you call tartan plaid this is still a cool and free stop to check out in Edinburgh. 

Walk down the Royal Mile | The Royal Mile aka the most beautiful colorful place in Edinburgh is home to shopping, restaurants, cafes, bars, and more! There is so much to do along the Royal Mile. Highlights of mine were the adorable shops and looking at all the gorgeous colored buildings. My favorite store was the Cambridge Satchel Company shop, a staple stop for me whenever I'm in the U.K..

Shop in little boutiques | As I said before, be sure to shop in all the local boutiques. From spirit shops, cashmere or wool shops, to little nick nacks there is something for everyone. 

Visit Edinburgh Castle | Again, we didn't have time to go into the Edinburgh Castle, but we took some photos outside which we though sufficed. The tickets are rather expensive (in our opinion) for how long we were gonna spend in the castle. So I would plan 1/2 a day for this excursion to really get your moneys worth, and to see the rather large castle. 

To be honest, Edinburgh was kind of the perfect city to wing it in. There is so much to see around every corner we just walked around and took it all in. From adorable shops, yummy food, rich history Edinburgh has it all. It doesn't take much planning to have a good time in Edinburgh! You can check out my other blogpost with my Edinburgh recommendations to see other places to go! 

What are your Edinburgh must-dos? Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! I'm currently in London for Halloween, so we aren't doing anything to crazy as Halloween isn't a big deal here. But, that's okay! I've been in the Halloween spirit all month long. S/O to Freeform for feeding my Halloween movie cravings. From Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas, Halloweentown, Haunted Mansion, and more! 

In honor of the holiday here are some pictures of Chuck and I getting spooky in his pumpkin sweater. 

Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween! 

Monday, October 29, 2018

What I'm packing for the U.K.

By the time this post goes up I will officially be in London!! I could NOT be more excited to be back in my favorite city. As some of you may know I'm London obsessed and studied abroad in the city three years ago. It's one of my favorite cities in the world, so I always will find an excuse to make a trip. This go around I am traveling before my work trip to Barbour's headquarters in South Shields, England. London is a super easy stop along the way and I will be spending about 5 full days in London with my bestie. Be on the lookout for lots of London content to come. 

As for this trip, it is a mix between business and pleasure so I needed kind of a wide range of outfits for the trip. Most of the clothing I am bringing for my personal London travels is from the recent release from Nordstrom the Halogen x Atlantic Pacific collection. I can't wait to photograph all of these pieces in London. It will be the perfect backdrop for these colorful pieces! Most of them I am pairing with jeans or black pants. When packing for a big trip like this I always will bring basic bottoms that I can re-wear multiple days. Then I bring shoes that will work with basically every outfit. The last thing you want is to carry around a bunch of shoes you will only wear once. So, don't be afraid to re-wear! 

I'm also bringing two coats as the temperature and weather will kind of be unpredictable. I'm wearing my red Millfire Barbour quilt for warmer days or if it rains as it has a hood. Then I'll wear my Barbour Beadnell Polarquilt if the weather gets chilly as it is polar fleece lined and longer. With a matching scarf that goes with either jacket if extra warmth is needed. 

When it comes to bags I'm only bringing a larger Henri Bendel Influencer backpack for carrying around my camera and essentials during the day. Then a smaller Jetsetter backpack incase I get tired of the larger bag. I will also use the leather backpack for work! 

For my work outfits I'm obviously repping Barbour. So, I'm packing multiple Barbour button downs with brown corduroy or leather skirts. Paired with my Cole Haan boots and tights it will be the perfect work ensemble. 

These are the main clothing pieces I am bringing on my trip! Would you want to see a breakdown of my toiletrees or how I pack my carry on? Let me know in the comments! 
Get ready for lots of London photos soon! 

Friday, October 26, 2018

OOTD: Cozy Meets Cool

Cozy vibes meet your Bucktown cool girl? I think so! Normally I am not a leather skirt kind of girl, but I love this faux leather mini skirt from Forever 21. It's a rich redish brown color which makes it perfect for fall. Usually leather skirts are black and dark, which just isn't me. So, I love this option to still rock the trend! Best part it is currently on sale for under $13! Such a steal. It's actually pretty good quality too! 

I paired the skirt with a classic ruffled button down to add a little bit of preppy style to the look. Layered on top is my favorite cozy fuzzy sweater. Fun fact: I've had this sweater since high school!! You don't always have to buy a ton of new clothes each season. Let's be honest, sweaters don't really change that much. So, be sure to re-wear some of your past favorites each season. 

Might I add that this sweater is so cozy. It has a zipper closure so it has a little bit of fun details. Plus pockets are always a positive. Fuzzy cardigans like this are a great substitute for a light jacket when your fall weather is on the mild side for the day. It's like wearing a blanket, but socially acceptable outside of the house. 

I'm bringing the beret back out to play guys, sorry bout it. This beret is from Forever 21 and is on sale for under $10! So affordable, but you still get the trend for the season. I love the oversize pom pom on the top too! 

Then my classic tall Cole Haan boots are back to play. You can expect myself to wearing these on repeat until March. Tall riding style boots, in my opinion, work with practically any look! 

Where it's from: 
Sweater: Nordstrom (old) 
Shirt: J. crew (old) 
Skirt: Forever 21 
Boots: Cole Haan via Nordstrom
Bracelet: Hermes  
Location: Bucktown Chicago, IL

What is your favorite fall trend this year? Can you tell I'm on the beret trend? Let me know in the comments below!