summer fall clothes

It’s Fri-yay! After a long week of job interviews and running errands, I’m so ready for a Friday night. Not that I do much else during the week, but the job hunt really can drain the energy right out of you. Dallas has also been under heavy cloud cover for the last week and not only did it bring the rain, but it also brought gloominess with it. Along with the sunshine went my good mood! However, the air has been hinting at cooler temperatures (read: no more 3-digit heat) and my mind has gone right to fall!

Here in Dallas, I’ve been told that it doesn’t really cool down until November. Perfect. There goes my blanket scarves, quilted vests, and riding boots. How basic, right? I’m realizing very quickly that the typical clothing I wore during autumn back in my home state, won’t be enjoyed here until later this year. Even so, blanket scarves aren’t really needed anywhere until October. So let’s talk about clothes that work in the awkward transition months between the heat of summer and the chill of fall!

Dress for the Season and the Temperature

My favorite tops for fall are chambray and gingham long sleeves. Texas isn’t the place for long sleeves and pants until winter (seriously). Instead, choose one or the other. Pair long sleeves with shorts or short sleeves with pants. Comfort is everything to me and I’m not going to be comfy if I’m sweating to death.

Since fall is all about rich oranges, reds, and deep blues, buy t-shirts, shorts, and accessories in traditional fall colors. For example, the adorable red skirt pictured above is the perfect fall piece that fits into that unpredictable seasonal transition. It looks like fall and feels like summer! Another example of fall colors working in summer pieces are the multi-colored shorts.

Finally, utilize accessories! It may be 80 degrees in the middle of September but wear those tan booties you love so much. That warm scarf you can’t wear yet? Tie it to the handles on your bag for a fall statement piece. Check out the other great transition pieces I linked for you below!-Liz

 


best dallas cupcakes

I came from a small town in Maryland where there was only one bakery (besides those that you might find in a grocery store) to choose from. Here in Dallas, I find myself popping in and out of at least two or three on the same street! Talk about a sugar lover’s paradise! Finding a good bakery can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. They are hard to come by! Near my apartment is the Original Cupcakery, which I found to be a tad bland and not the cute, bright atmosphere that I associate with a bakery. Going further into northern Dallas, I happened upon a lovely little shop called Susie Cakes! 

cupcakery in dallasSusie Cakes stole my heart from the beginning! The bright blue interior and pleasant staff members drew me in, but the cupcakes keep me coming back! My favorites are the mint chocolate chip cupcake and the strawberry cupcake. The fillings they use are decadent and compliment the cakes so nicely. I love things that are just bursting with flavor and these cupcakes certainly didn’t disappoint. The best part is, if you download their app, you get two free cupcakes! You can also use the app to earn rewards points towards one of their beautiful cakes!

good coffee in dallasIn my humble opinion, bakeries (or cupcakeries) should have good coffee. I ordered a vanilla iced coffee and much like everything else, it was quite tasty! I’m not a coffee snob by any means, but I know what tastes good and what tastes terrible. Susie Cakes is just all around yummy! How can you not love their cute logo too? If you’re in the Dallas area, swing by and give one of their treats a try!
Liz


fall candles 2016As a Monday morning pick me up, I thought I’d start you off with something we all look forward to every year- fall candles! Seriously, I get so excited over these delicious smelling things. Marketing emails I get have been featuring more and more fall-themed items lately. I’ve been trying to ignore them because my summer is not yet over but it’s a little hard to when everyone else is getting excited too! The other day, Bath & Body Works sent me an email featuring their fall candles and fragrances. I tried to “keep calm and carry on” but I couldn’t. Later that day, I found myself wandering into one of their stores sniffing every candle I could get my hands on.

bath and body works fallThe candles are the same fragrances as last year but the packaging has been upgraded I think. I remember a few people commenting on their Facebook page saying that the candles looked like something that would be sold in Walmart as opposed to B&B Works. Yikes! Not what the marketers were going for I’m sure. I did a post (link here) last year on the candles so you can see which is better!

yankee candle fall I love the sugary, pumpkin scents because they remind me of home. My mom always decorates for Autumn with pumpkins and chrysanthemums on the front steps and a cinnamon candle burning on the kitchen counter. It’s easily one of my favorite memories from growing up! Some of the newer fall-ish scents have sparked my interest though, like the “Crisp Morning Air” and “Sweater Weather” scents. They are a little more masculine and much less sugary!

white barn look

I love the aesthetic appeal of all the candles together. It really sells me on the product. As we all know, packaging and presentation are everything in the world of marketing! Let me know what your favorite candle is in the comments below!

Liz


summer beach bagHappy hump day everyone! The first two days to every week are the hardest but once Wednesday hits- boom! It gets just a little bit better. Weekend plans start to form and all of the sudden that coffee isn’t having the same effect that it was before. My latte of choice is always skinny vanilla with a dash of cinnamon. By the end of the week, black coffee looks very tempting instead!

I wanted to share with you my favorite new beach bag before the summer is over! I found this adorable bag at a boutique in Dallas called Riff Raff. The beach bag is easy to clean and has a convenient little pocket inside for things like your phone and keys! Best of all, this sparkly bag was only $18!

what to bring to the pool

Relaxing by the pool at the end of every day has become my favorite activity recently. Life is stressful and sometimes working out in the gym doesn’t calm me down like I want it to. Sitting poolside with some flavored water and a good book seems to do the trick though. Plus, did you see my adorable beach towel in the first picture? It’s the 1972 New Yorker magazine cover! That magazine cover is iconic and I was so excited to find this beach towel for $12 at TJ Maxx!

altard state summerFinally, let’s talk about this beach cover up! I wore it in a post about my trip down to Austin a month ago but I’m still obsessed with it (see post here)! It was around $20 and works really well if you have somewhere to go after your day in the water. Shocking, it goes great with my pretty beach bag too! Check out Riff Raff  for more fun things!

-Liz


peplum top old navy

Happy Monday beauties! I hope your weekend was as lovely as mine. Saturday, I spent my time wandering around one of the nicer malls here in Dallas. The Henri Bendel store called my name and greeted me with a glass of champagne and macarons when I walked in. Needless to say, I stayed awhile and admired all the pretty things that caught me eye. Believe me, there was plenty! Sunday, David took me to lunch and then to the outlets to look around. It was a fun date! Spending time with him is one of my favorite things in the world. Even simple things like running errands become so much more fun with him!

abercrombie lace shorts

After we went shopping, I went home and had David take my outfit pictures. The things boyfriends have to do, right? It’s so warm here in Texas that the things I find myself wearing here are totally different from what I wore back on the East Coast. “Back east” as my dad likes to say, chino shorts in hot pink and aqua blue were my favorite things to wear! In Texas, not so much.

cotton peplum top

basic bitch face

I’m slowly changing my wardrobe to accommodate the hotter temperatures here. My tops are slowly becoming 100% cotton and my shorts and dresses are merging into the linen realm. Let me tell you, it feels so much better than the heavier fabrics I wore back in my home state of Maryland. J Crew chino shorts in neon colors are so not happening anymore.

dallas summer style

This outfit is my go-to for days that involve being outdoors a lot. The top is from Old Navy ($7 on the clearance rack, hurry there may be some left!) The lace shorts are from the Abercrombie & Fitch outlet. I love the style of the top! It’s peplum, cotton, and striped! Best of all, it’s breathable for the stifling heat here in Texas. What more could I ask for?

My tips for living in this hot climate?

  • Choose things that are 100% cotton or linen

  • If you find something you love that’s great for the heat, buy multiples!

  • Rock the trends but don’t forget personal comfort, sometimes they go hand in hand!

-Liz


Navy eyelet skirtYay we made it to the weekend! Here’s hoping we all get a little pool time to catch some sun. I’ve been sitting by the pool so much lately that no one would ever guess I’m not from Texas! As much as I like this state, there’s no place like home and Maryland is home for me. This great tan I’ve got going on kind of makes up for it though!

I thought I’d share with you this great skirt I found on clearance at Banana Republic a few weeks ago. You’ll never guess how much I bought it for either! Ready for this? $8! It’s probably one of my favorite bargain finds in my wardrobe. When I saw it in the store I was skeptical because I didn’t want to like it too much in case it was too expensive. Luckily, the price tag was a lot lower than what I assumed it would be.

eyelet lace skirtIsn’t the eyelet material gorgeous? The skirt is two-tiered and works like a mini skirt but with a few extra inches of material for wearability. There’s nothing worse than trying to bend over in a tiny skirt and hoping you don’t accidentally show someone your undies! As most of you know, I love neutrals and classics. Things that I can wear again and again every year make me so much more confident in a purchase. I’ll definitely be getting a lot of wear out of this skirt. I wore it out the other day for lunch and then added some statement jewelry that night to go to dinner. Versatility is the key to my purchases!

Yellow cedar street maiseWith my eyelet skirt, I’m wearing a cute summery popsicle tank from Old Navy, a yellow Kate Spade bag, and BCBG Rockstud sandals. As my previous post mentioned, there are a lot of dupes for the Valentino ‘Rockstud” shoes and these are my favorites!

-Liz