Life is Better in a Sweater

Summer collapsed into fall quite quickly here this year. Or maybe time just passes a lot faster these days…

While I’m out here sporting mostly the same fall pieces from last year, Charlie got an autumn update to his wardrobe.
Charlie’s precious color-block outfit is from H&M. You can shop the pieces on the app here:
There is something so sweet about a little boy in corduroy. These corduroy pants are the best because they are fully jersey-cotton lined. So to Charlie, they feel like soft sweat pants instead of being too structured.

In addition to this outfit, I also found him a 2 pack of crewneck sweatshirts, a quilted bomber jacket, and a comfy long sleeve set. Everything was really affordable and good quality. I couldn’t find everything on the site- some of it may have sold out already but I linked what I could!

We embraced the change in seasons with a walk in the park this weekend. I hope you find some joy too, even if it’s just an “add to cart” moment browsing H&M’s site.
🤔 how did that shoulder bag get in here?! 🤭

Pumpkin Muffins

Happy Sunday! I’m coming at you with the easiest and yummiest fall muffin recipe- seriously, it’s just 3 ingredients and 3 steps! I made them last weekend and I’m thinking of making another batch again this weekend!

I cannot express to you how delicious these muffins are in adequate words, so I’ll let Bed Head Fred’s enjoyment depict it. They are such a treat and they’re truly amazing warm or room temp. They’ve kept well all week on the countertop, so we’ve continued to treat ourselves throughout the week.

mini chocolate chips,
15 oz pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix),
and 1 box spice cake mix.
  • Simply mix the pumpkin and the spice cake mix together with an electric mixer until well combined. Then add in chocolate chips. I didn’t measure the chocolate chips- add to your liking! I think this recipe would also be good with nuts or raisins.
  • Spoon into paper lined muffin/cupcake tins, 2/3 full. (The batter is very thick and doesn’t “settle”, so you may wish to smooth the tops if you care what the finished product looks like… they’re delicious regardless!)
  • Bake at 350* for 18-22 minutes. Voila!
Happy fall, ya’ll!

Decisions, Decisions

I have a fun evening event coming up this week, and I need your help choosing my outfit!

I’m torn between two very different looks: Option 1 is a flouncy floral number, because technically it’s still “summer” and the temperatures are still moderately warm. Look how happy this sweet little pattern is!

Outfit number 2 is full-on fall. It’s a ladylike cream tweed coat dress with 3/4 length sleeves. I love the scallop detail and classy pearl buttons. It’s in the running for the event because a. I love it so much and b. The event is fall themed…

Which outfit will you choose? Please vote in my Instagram story today @inourstyleblog. I will be sure post my complete (more put-together) look the night of the event so you can see if your choice “won” and also to do the dress justice.

You can shop both outfits in the app by clicking here:

Honoring Alyssa

Nine years. How is that even remotely possible. Nine years ago I received one of the worst phone calls of my entire life. I remember that day unfortunately all too well. I was driving and had to pull over. I was told, a beautiful friend I talked too literally the night before, had passed away.

The numbness I felt when I found out, I still feel it typing this out. A huge weight on my heart. I will never understand how life works in ways that it does. How in a blink, everything changes and life becomes unfair.

Alyssa was one of the most genuine and selfless girls I had ever met. Our time was short, but boy did she put an everlasting place in my heart.

We became pretty close, quickly. It’s just the bond people make with their hairstylists. I think that’s why I truly love what I do so much. She and I would laugh for hours about literally everything and anything.

She was one of the few people who trusted me with doing her hair all those years ago. I will simply never forget how easy it was to talk to her.

I miss her harder each year. Because as my life continues to go on, that’s another day I’m reminded her life was ended too soon. There are things I know I could confide in her or just have her be apart of, and I can’t. I never wanted to imagine a world without her in it. And it’s hard.

Sometimes I feel angry and cheated. Sometimes I accept that things are different now. Sometimes I’m just simply heartbroken.

It’s hard to forget someone who gave me so much to remember in such a short time. She gave me beautiful memories only the two us would remember.

She was a remarkable person who made an impact on everyone she knew.

So today, I plan to honor her

Alyssa always talked about enjoying a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. She never got the chance to try one. So every year, on this day, the official pay it forward day for #ajo I would like to gift a handful of you and pay it forward in her honor.

Even if you never knew Alyssa, we all know someone like her. Someone who has impacted our life to be better, to be transparent, to be helpful, to be happy.

As our world continues to be unpredictable, make today a day of happiness, pay it forward, do a random act of kindness, and just be kind.

Head to our Instagram page to see how you can enjoy a coffee from Starbucks on us 💜

Look For Less

I’m very much into bygone era style, lately I’m truly starting to wonder if I was born in the wrong decade. The 40’s, 50’s and 60’s are most definitely becoming my favorite time periods to look back on for fashion, but most notably the late 50’s and early 60’s.

Grace Kelly has to be one of my favorites from the past. She is stunningly beautiful but also so very elegant. The way she dressed and the way she carried herself are inspirational. She is an icon, and one very clear thing I notice about Grace: most everything, with very few exceptions, is something I would wear presently. It is all extremely classic and ladylike. There’s even a photo of her in a simple button down, denim and brown leather loafers…which is a trio of pieces I wear often. She was also photographed in a lot of neutrals such as cream, camel, navy, black, etc. It just goes to show that investing in classics and neutrals will not let you down!

Her status gave her access to limitless possibilities with plenty of designers and high-end labels to fill her closet. Not many of us have that luxury, so I’ve easily recreated one of her classic looks with pieces I already owned and that are extremely affordable.

From Head to Toe:

Scarf (as a headband): $10.99 from Amazon

Cat Eye Sunglasses: less than $15 from Amazon, in shade Tortoise

Pearl Button Cardigan: This cardigan, unlike some other items you’ve seen me post, actually came with the pearl buttons. I did not, in fact, have to sew my own buttons on. Unfortunately this piece is years old and is by a brand I cannot link. If you search online for any black pearl button cardigan you may be able to find an available version.

White Sleeveless Blouse: I opted for a pique, knit polo from J. Crew for this outfit but this piece could easily be swapped out for a linen or lighter cotton collared blouse.

Khaki Cropped Pants: I love this brand (Briggs) because they are a low price point for a high quality multi-functional piece. These pants can easily go from day to night and the fabric is machine washable, wrinkle resistant, and has a very comfortable stretch to it. Because I’m on the shorter side these “capris” hit me more at a kick-crop length when I’m standing, which I love. And best of all, no need to have them tailored.

Cap Toe Flats: I don’t have to say much about these, they go with everything and you can find this style almost anywhere at a low price point or you can splurge on a Chanel pair which are on my wish list since I wear this style of flats so often.

Click here to shop these items on the app:

How did I do recreating Grace’s poolside look, for less? Minus swapping out her cup of tea for some ice water, I’d like to think I nailed it!
Pardon the car selfie, but I love this scarf and sunnies combo so much- it’s been on repeat all weekend! xo

Bach Outfit Breakdown

To Engagement photos, to Friday night pj party, to pool attire to mullet time — a weekend full of laughs, and endless amount of love.

Today I am sharing all my outfit details from last weekend. Yes don’t worry, mullet is included 🤣

Dress // Jimmy Choo Dupes

Jeans // Ruffle Top

Black Lounge Shorts // Beige Lounge Set
Fuzz Crop // Bride Earrings // Sunnies

Bathing Suit // Floral Beach Skirt

Mullet // White Biker Shorts // Calculator Watch // Chunky Sneakers // Airbrush T-Shirt

To the non planner brides

It’s been a minute since I’ve been on here.

To tell you the truth, ALOT and I mean ALOT of changes have happened since May for Andy and I both, but we are soaking in all the good energy and what’s to come of these new changes.

First and foremost, officially being my own boss has changed my entire perspective on life. The flexibility to come and go as needed and clients that respect my personal life outside of my business is what made that decision so easy to make. I am truly enjoying more and more every single day.

Andy, is now a manager at one of our local banks and absolutely thriving in his new position. We started around the same time and it’s been pretty incredible to lean on each other during these positive changes. He’s worked long and hard and continues to show his dedication to the business.

Now to the purpose of todays blog post.

This one goes out too all my non-planner brides out there — if anyone knows me I am the worst decision maker on the planet. The thought of planning a big wedding was never on my radar and I give the credit to every single person who has ever planned one.

As for Andy and I, a non traditional, low key wedding is exactly what both of us want.

So far planning has been smooth sailing and everything has fallen into place and truly budget friendly.

With Andy and I ultimately realizing we want to prioritize our time and money for a house and other activities to come, this has been perfect for us

I’ve rounded up the important things of my planning so far that were a request (more so of mine) 🤣 into our day.

Photographer : Samantha Zenewicz , one of my best girlfriends, a beyond talented photographer and ultimately, Sam was the one who picked our wedding date. HAHA. It was a weekend she was available and already in town that I let her choose for us. She thought I was crazy, but thankfully knows who I am and knows I literally do not care.

Videographer: Hannah Forrest , is someone I’ve gotten to know the last couple of years, and met her at two weddings I was in. Her personality itself makes you feel so warm and welcomed. I knew I needed to have her capture our special day. All the plans I envisioned she was already ahead of me.

Makeup: Katelyn Pace , the most important human of all time I wanted/needed for my special day. I always let her do her thing and every time makes me more beautiful than the time before.

Hair: Sarah Lauer & Jenn Powierza , two incredible woman I couldn’t imagine not having there on the morning of. Two of my very dear friends that will allow me to relax and not work on my wedding day 🤣

Reception: Gem City Diner , this I have to give credit to Andy. We were thinking long and hard after our first dinner option was no longer available. We LOVE spending some Sunday mornings over at Gem City Diner and he thought what more intimate for us then a diner we truly love and enjoy going too. Elanie and Rich have been sooooo amazing and making this part of wedding planning easy and exciting. We trust them whole heartedly that seriously anything they do is going to be perfect.

Decor: Tequila Wall , If you know Andy and I — tequila is our go too. Since I we really want to make the reception more of a happy hour get together this was the only request I had for decor at the diner. Andy’s brother Michael is beyond handy and is creating this masterpiece. Probably something I’m most excited about.

Signature Drink , since our Arna girl won’t be there, we wanted to have a signature drink named after our fluff ball at the party.

Next week we take our engagement pictures with Sam! I can’t wait to share those with you all!

DIY Dupe

A few months back I fell in love with a darling Tuckernuck dress with a hefty price tag. I loved the classic white, collared, sleeveless shirt dress style- that had a little flair with a matching blue and white enamel belt and buttons. I just couldn’t rationalize spending over $200 on a dress I would only be able to wear a few months out of the year.

So I decided to source the qualities of the dress I admired from a few of my more frugal shopping options. I found a shirt dress off of Amazon and selected a pack of blue and white floral print buttons. Though time consuming, the swapping and sewing of the new buttons was worth it. I then found a gorgeous vintage blue and white floral belt off of Poshmark and was able to recreate this coveted look for about a quarter of the price! Such a win!

The end result is such a ladylike look- maybe something Kate Middleton might wear! The shirt dress itself is a little roomy, I would recommend sizing down or pre-shrinking before wearing. This fabric is structured as well, almost like canvas or white denim.

I just can’t get over how perfectly the floral pattern on the buttons and belt coordinated. I honestly like my DIY dupe a bit better than the original. 💙

Camera Shy

Red Dress Boutique is a female founded, owned, and operated online boutique out of Georgia. I’ve been a big fan of Diana’s and continue to love her specially selected and designed pieces, season after season, year after year. Today’s feature is no exception.

This particular dress style is named “Camera Shy”, but in this ensemble I’m feeling anything but camera shy!

I love the flirty tie shoulders, the beautiful print, and the ruffle hems.

The fabric quality is so good. A perfect mix of print, embroidery, and eyelet. And the dress is fully lined, with POCKETS! It is well worth its price tag.

Here is the fabric up close. This style also comes in a few other color ways as well, including a pretty peach and a yellow.

I wore this outfit last weekend to a baby shower, and paired it with my Boston Proper pearl cardigan and Jack Rodgers sandals. My entire outfit is linked in the app for you to shop. Just click here !