Going To Be Needing This in Every Color: Cozy Cardi Perfection

The search for the perfect cardigan is an on-going journey in my life.  I just love cardigans!  They are a perfect layering piece and are just so cozy.  The options are endless and the next one is often more perfect than the last.  I do have a couple of favorites in my closet that I have been wearing for years and they are still the ones to beat.  The camel cashmere one I’m wearing below is one of those.  I got it years ago in Buckhead and paid a little more than I would normally pay for a cardi, but the color, cut and style were all passing my 3-second test.  If I had a dollar for every time I’ve worn this sweater, I could have paid for it 10 times over.  I still wear it every season and it even has a couple of holes.  This year I’m going to find someone to repair those because I have no plans to retire this sweater any time soon.


But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more new favorites.  I found this one in Free People this week.  It was way cuter on that I was able to capture in this picture.  I haven’t mastered the dressing room mirror selfie yet.  Just trust me.  It is so cute on.  I’m wearing a medium for reference sake.  It is an oversized cardigan that is super soft and really cozy.  It comes in at least 3 colors, including this soft gray.  It hits well below the hips so it would be great over skinnies, cropped boot cuts and short dresses and cut-offs.  It would be so cute over game day tees and even over bathing suits for winter afternoons at the beach.  Grab the sneakers we talked about a few posts ago, some cropped boot cut jeans, a SMIJ tee and hat and your weekend OOTD is casual chic.  Weekend in view….

{See the Weekend Getaway Cardi HERE.}


Trip Itinerary – Boston, 3 Days with Family

If you’ve been following for awhile, you know I took a big road trip to Boston this past summer.  I realize I never shared my itinerary.  I did a lot of research to try to cover as much as possible with a 3 year old in tow.  I think we did pretty good and we all had an absolute blast.  If you want to plan a trip, too, maybe my homework will give you a head start.

Also, check out my Instagram feed from July – I put lots of details about these pictures and what I loved about my trip to Boston, MA.


  
  
  
  
  

Boston Itinerary – 3 Days with Kids, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles

Day #1:

  • All head to Cape Cod for the day.
    • Eat lunch in Dennisport at the Kream ‘n Kone
    • Explore all the way to Provincetown, the furthest point of Cape Cod.

Day #2:

  • Morning: Freedom Trail (Freedom Trail Foundation offers 90 minute walking tours led by 18th century costumed guides.)
  • Lunch in Quincy Market. (Tour ends at FT)
  • Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore…

Day #3:

What Does a Farmhouse a Smell Like?

 

Back Porch, Farmhouse, Southern Charm, Burlap and Barnwood, Pecan Pie, Sweet Tea, Front Porch, Vine Ripe Tomato – these are names of candle scents! Every last one of those puts me in a happy place.  And, they are gorgeous.  I really love candles and this time of year I light them all.  The last question my husband asks me each night is “how many candles did you light?”  He counts them as blows them out to make sure we got them all.  I just love the glow, the smell and the season.  Yesterday a sweet friend gave me my first Park Hills Candle in Farmhouse.  I mean…. where have I been???  This candle is beautiful and smells great.  I just love it.  This will not be my last Park Hills, for sure.  I have to try ALL the other scents that are so creatively named.  I’ve pulled together a shopping list for you below, too.  Click any picture to shop.  These are awesome gift ideas.  I know I loved receiving one as a gift.  This gift will keep on giving for 150 hours!

This Color!

I love this color for Fall and Kendra Scott nailed it with these Red Jasper pieces.  They go with a lot of my Fall favorites already in my closet, I’m finding, too.  They are a great brick, red jasper, deep red -whatever you want to call it.  These pieces really work great to turn a neutral outfit, like a denim dress, into a Fall outfit.  I threw them on with a t-shirt and jeans to add some Fall color to my look on days that are just too hot to wear other Fall faves.  Great new color that I’ve got on repeat!  If you are looking to invest in some new Kendra Scott this Fall, I can definitely recommend this choice.   Click the pictures below to shop.

 


Can’t Miss at Madewell

I can’t tell you how many times I walked past Madewell in Lenox Mall and never thought about going in. I shop surgically. 🙂 I usually have little time and I know my favorite places so I usually hit my top shops – Anthropologie, Nordstrom, etc and there’s not a lot of browsing around. When Madewell opened a location closer to me, I got interested and popped in. Now, it’s become a go-to shop for casual dresses. For example, this great short sleeve denim pullover. Loved wearing this over the weekend. It’s a great transition-to-Fall dress because you can add layers of boots as the weather changes. It’s a great color and the fit is perfection. It’s got pleats in just the right places to make it flattering AND comfortable – a balance that I love.

So… With all that being said, I don’t think this exact dress is still available. But, never fear because I’ve also learned this: There is ALWAYS more than one great denim dress at Madewell!

As a matter of fact, I’ve linked to 20 below.  Scroll down and shop the list I’ve put together.  Fun!

 

Bombs Away this Fall – Fall Trend Focus: Bombers

OK, they come quilted, shiny, embellished, reversible, velvet, leather, oversized, undersized… you name it.  Get this!  Members Only even has a new one out.

One thing is clear, bombers are in and you can choose fabric and fit and be right on trend.  These look great with the platform, statement sneakers you’ll be seeing everywhere this Fall, too.  I love this look for a casual Fall day or you can dress these up with boots and skirts.  The fit of the bomber jacket and the many fabric options allow for many different looks.  They even have a slimming effect when they hit right at the waist.  Grab one for the Fall, wear it with everything, be on trend.

Live on the Edge into Fall

One way that I transition a summer dress into Fall is by adding some edgy, heavier pieces. Here I took my favorite summer dress and added some gunmetal, all black accessories, oversize, black sunnies and, of course, some snakeskin.  And, to give it a bit more Fall vibe, my new Bond lipcolor.  I was cool as a cucumber all day, but looked a little less summery.  Have I mentioned how much I love this dress?!?! 

Fall Color You Can Wear Now – Continued…

{Top Left: Bond; Bottom Left: Uber Beige; Below: Bahama Brown}

The other day I shared that I scooped up a few Fall lip colors. Well, not so much “scooped up” as much as found, tested, tried two different stores and ultimately ordered straight from Bobbi Brown. See the trouble I go through! Happy to do it! 

Finally in my possession, we took them on a test run in Atlanta yesterday and…they are keepers. It’s the end of summer and like the end of every summer, I need every beauty treatment available from hair color, to threading to mani/pedi, the list goes on. Still, I soldiered on to try out my new lips and share the experience. 


First up, Bobbi Brown’s Bond. It’s a little bit of oxblood, but not quite as deep. Kind of a neutral, wear-everyday oxblood. Great color for Fall and loved it with minimal other make-up for a quick pick-up. It’s amazing the power of lipstick! 

Then, I tried Uber Beige. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect nude and this gets pretty close. I love trying nudes with different lip pencils to give them some depth or different shades. I’m loving the Uber Beige and will experiment with the pencils, too.   

And lastly, Bahama Brown (below). A little bit of a pinky brown which is usually good for everyday. I love one I don’t have to think about and this will be mine this year. 

StyleWatch’s September issue has a great chart of nudes to choose from, too. Love that nudes are in for Fall. 

Fall Color You Can Wear Now

My first “next season” purchase every season is always lipstick. It’s a great way to wear the upcoming season’s colors even though the weather isn’t quite there yet. Yesterday I had some fun at the Bobbi Brown counter. Click on each picture to shop my color choices. Great pinks and plums with a Fall hue were my early season picks this year. 

Carried Away, but Smell Great

I can admit it… I am totally obsessed with Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soaps and Room Fresheners.  I love my house, but since it holds two kids, a very large, old, shedding Lab and I’m always cooking with garlic I’m afraid that I could be “noseblind”.  Not to mention, my old outdoor cat who seems to have stopped supplementing his diet with regular hunts, has recently been enjoying a diet of canned cat food which really STINKS even though I put the cans in plastic bags in the outside trash.  He’s happy in his old age, but WOW… the smell…  I’ve even asked some visitors lately if my house smells bad and begged them to be honest. I think they were, but I’m not taking any chances.  And, what a good excuse to try all the Mrs. Meyer’s Scents – and they make cute addtions to my home decor, too.  I’m currently loving Honeysuckle for downstairs.

{Click on the pictures below for details on scents and where to buy or order on-line using links.}