Monday, October 15, 2018

OOTD: Autumn Afternoon

The fall weather was out to play this weekend. Weather in the Chicago area was in the 50s, some days were a little chilly. BUT, we ended up with a perfect fall day at the Arboretum. The Morton Arboretum is honestly the perfect fall destination. More on that to come. For now, I'm sharing my ideal fall outfit. 

Sorry, couldn't help but bust out my candy corn Minnie Mouse ears. My friends sister picked these up for me while she was in the parks for Halloween. I just loved the design and wasn't sure when I would actually get to go to the parks during Halloween time. So, s/o to my Disney shopper Kathleen! They are the perfect Halloween design in my eyes. Even though I hate eating candy corn.... 

As for my outfit this is as fall, and Barbour, as it can get people. First, I'm rocking our most classic jacket the Beadnell. When people ask me what jacket to start with Barbour I always say a classic silhouette like the Beadnell. This beauty will never go out of style, honestly. I'm wearing the olive color, but I also have it in navy! But, olive is classic Barbour. No denying that! 

To match my jacket I wore my large Barbour boucle scarf. This thing is so damn soft it is amazing. Plus it's huge and basically could be used as a blanket if you were super cold some where. I wore this scarf to the Ed Sheeran concert outside when it was basically 40 degrees on my head. Yes my head. It wasn't a fashion statement but I was warm and happy so I didn't care. Seeing how there were people there in shorts I felt pretty good about wearing my scarf on my head. Any who, moral of the story this scarf rocks. 

I'm not a big fan of itchy wool scarves so this scarf is perf and doesn't feel itchy whatsoever! 

Then I finished off the look with a cozy grey Barbour sweater. I love this design because again it's soft. Can you tell I'm into comfort? And it has cute little pockets on the front too. 

Where it's from: 
Scarf: Barbour  (comes in multiple colors!)
Sweater: Barbour (similar) 
Jeans: Ann Taylor 
Ears: Disney Parks (similar)

What's your idea of a perfect autumn afternoon? Let me know in the comments! 

Friday, October 12, 2018

TBT: Halloween at Disneyland Paris

It seems like forever since I was in Disneyland Paris, well it's been 3 years if you want to get technical. But, while I was digging up photos for the Disney Style challenge I couldn't help but pull from my time at Disneyland Paris. Fun fact: Disneyland Paris is the only park I've been to during Halloween! So these photos are super magical to me. 

I wish I had more time to fully explore DLP! We did both parks in one day so it was a super quick trip. During our time in the parks we really focused on going on rides that we didn't have in the U.S. or we knew were different. Some of my favorites were Space Mountain, the Ratatouille ride, and Mystic Manor (aka haunted mansion). For my study abroad program we went to Paris as a group so we showed up a day early to have time to take the trip out to Disneyland. 

These are some of the highlights from my time at DLP! Their Main Street was decked out in orange and black banners, fun photo ops around the park, plus giant character pumpkins surrounding the castle. Aka Halloween perfection! 

Disneyland Paris Sleeping Beauty castle is gorgeous! Especially surrounded by adorable lil pumpkins. 

What is your favorite park during Halloween! I'm hoping to make trips out to Disneyland and Disney World to see Halloween soon! Plus I need to go to the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween ASAP because I can't handle the cute treats and merch. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

OOTD: Apple Picking

Fall in the Midwest simply can't be beat. I love when all of the leaves begin to change and the weather becomes cooler. One of my favorite fall traditions is going apple picking at Honey Hill Apple Orchard in Waterman, IL. We've been going to this orchard for a while now and I just love it! Although it's quite the drive from the city I made the trip out this year with my bestie Maureen to pick apples, get apple cider donuts, and pick up an apple pie! 

What I love about Honey Hill is that they also have pumpkins, gords, and other things perfect for the fall season! I didn't pick up a pumpkin because I could not have carried it all that way, but they had some great pumpkins to choose from! 

But, the main attraction at Honey Hill is the apple picking of course! I've always loved picking for apples and tasting all the different varieties. The nice thing about going to an apple orchard is there are apples you just can't find in a grocery store. My advice is to stay away from basic apples, as I call them, like red delicious and golden delicious and try new apples you may not have had before! 

As for the perfect apple picking outfit, I always go for a total fall look. Which always includes some sort of plaid! In this case I turned to a buffalo plaid ruffle button down from Draper James. Draper James is my go-to brand for adorable button down tops with a twist. I love the details in the this one, from the gold buttons to the little ruffle it can't be beat. 

On this day it was actually pretty chilly outside! So, my trusty Barbour Beadnell jacket was the way to go for a day in the low 60's high 50's. I got some questions on my Instagram post on which Barbour jacket this was so now you know! The Beadnell is the most classic ladies jacket Barbour has. This thing never goes on sale or out of style might I add. If you're looking for a classic Barbour jacket to invest in I would highly suggest the Beadnell! I have it in olive and navy which are personally my favorite colors it comes in. But you can also opt for a sage or black option. 

The Beadnell is the perfect jacket for a day in the low 60s. It kept me warm but also wasn't to heavy for the weather. If it was a warmer day I would have gone for a quilted vest over a wax jacket. 

In case you didn't know I work for Barbour! I love answering followers questions on the product and what I suggest style wise and fit. So, if you ever have any Barbour questions I'd love to answer them! 

Shoes at a pumpkin patch or apple orchard are super important! Be sure to wear boots or sneakers so you a comfortable walking around. I always wear my L.L. Bean Boots! I love these things. They are great to protect your ankles from any grass or pumpkin vines on the ground. Also, it doesn't really matter if they get dirty! Layer your Bean Boots with chunky socks like the J. Crew camp socks to complete the look. 


I paired everything together with my go-to pair of J. Crew toothpick jeans. I love these jeans for my petite self, they actually fit my leg length with no tailoring required!

Where it's from: 
Shirt: Draper James
Jeans: J. Crew 
Boots: L.L. Bean 
Socks: J. Crew 
Jacket: Barbour 
Location: Honey Hill Orchard, Waterman, IL

What are your favorite fall activities? My favorite is for sure apple picking, can you tell? Let me know in the comments below! 

Friday, October 5, 2018

OOTD: Oui Oui

I don't know what it is about fall but I am just channeling my inner Parisian this season. I've always been a fan of berets as accessories, and this fall it's no different. Luckily they are "on trend" but I would probably wear them either way. Especially since I am a crazy Frenchie mom now. #noshame

Also, pro tip: apple cider donuts make the perfect accessory as well. I love the apple cider donuts from my local apple orchard. The best donuts are homemade for sure!! 

I wore this look for a lazy Sunday hanging out at home and taking the pup to the local pet boutique. This sweater was my favorite from last years Nordstrom sale. I bought one at the sale then found two more at Nordstrom Rack later in the season. Be sure to check your Nordstrom Rack in the next few months for leftover Anniversary product, with even better discounts. Pretty sure I paid under $20 for these sweaters at the Rack! 

The sleeve detail is super fun, but I will say makes eating a little more challenging. But, this is what we do for fashion people. 

My beret is also a last year Nordstrom find, but they have a similar hat currently. Berets are the perfect way to fashionable cover up any bad hair day. So, skip the dry shampoo and go with the hat ladies. Plus, it just makes any outfit a little bit cuter, and gives you a French vibe. 

My other accessories are rather simple for this look. I've loved just wearing a pair of pearl studs and my trusty KJP pearl chocker necklace. It's an easy combo that goes with any outfit. 

I can't get through this post without mentioning my NEW boots! I picked these Cole Haan boots up at the Anniversary Sale and was so happy I found them. I've been on the hunt for a pair of classic riding boot style tall brown leather boots. Let me tell you, it's a much harder shoe to find then one would think. I had to retire my Michael Kors boots from years ago after multiple heel replacements and many many adventures. They were just to gross looking to continue wearing for another season. So, I found these gorgeous beauties and I am in love! Not only are the comfortable, but they are classic and simple. They have a stretchy section in the back which adds to the comfort level. 

Chuck Bass the Frenchie had to make an appearance in this post! I will say he's pretty good at posing for photos, for the most part. He is my dog after all! 

Where it's from: 
Sweater: Nordstrom (old) 
Beret: Nordstrom 
Necklace: KJP 

How do you channel your inner French girl for style? Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Holiday Cards & Party Invites with Basic Invite

The holiday season is quickly approaching... Yay! If it was socially acceptable I would be thinking about Christmas and Thanksgiving in August. I am much more of a fall and winter girl then a summer girl. There is something about the holiday season that makes me so happy. I'm not sure if it is all of the decorations, flavors, or shopping but it's simply the most wonderful time of the year. Sorry to be cheesy, but it's so true! I can't wait for all of the things that come with the holiday season. From the scents, spending time with families, to priceless traditions. 

One of my favorite holiday traditions was helping my mom pick out the photos for our Christmas cards. For as long as I can remember we always sent out Christmas cards with the best family photo of the year on the front. With Basic Invite it is so easy to create customized cards for your holiday needs. 

From elegant thanksgiving dinner invitationspersonalized halloween birthday party invitations, to holiday party invitation templates there are endless options available at Basic Invite no matter what your occasion may be.

I created this adorable Christmas card with Chuck's photo on the front. Yes, I am on that crazy dog mom level *no shame*. They have quite a few templates to showcase your cute furry friend! This is the template I used, but I also love this one

As for family cards I love classic holiday templates that feature true Christmas colors and designs. There were way to many to choose from, but I love this holly design! For a chic holiday invite I'm loving this design. If only I was hosting a Christmas soiree... 


Creating my cards with Basic Invite was super easy and simple. With what seems like endless color options you can completely customize your card with the colors of your choosing. So, if you like a template, but not the colors, you can change them to be whatever you like! That's one of the reasons I love Basic Invite. So many options, so little time. After you've customized your card you can select one of 40 different envelope colors. If you're like me you love for everything to match and coordinate. Basic Invite let's you do that with all of the options available! With over 500 Christmas card and holiday card designs, including foiled options, the possibilities are endless. 

They also make sending your cards to family and friends super simple with their address capturing service. Basic Invite lets you share a link via social media to ask your friends and family for their mailing addresses. These addresses are then stored and can be used during the design process. I'm always loosing peoples addresses so this feature is super helpful! Not to mention Basic Invite offers free recipient address printing on all Christmas card orders. 

If you're feeling unsure about your design or the paper Basic Invite is one of the few card building sites that offers free samples. This way you can know exactly what you are getting before you order! 

Right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with the coupon code holi30

Do you send out holiday or Christmas cards? Let me know your traditions in the comments! 

*this post was sponsored by Basic Invite, all opinions are my own* 
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