golden light

top daydreamer | vest THML | jeans j.crew | booties banana republic (old) | tote street level

Happy Friday! And Happy Halloween! I can't wait to reveal to you the silly costume that I've whipped up - but until then I thought I'd share with you what has turned out to be my f a v o r i t e fall  chill outfit. Comfy, minimal, but perfectly fitting for this crisp and golden time of year. We snapped these photos on such a gorgeous night - I mean, I can't get enough of this natural light in the photos!

Last Sunday we grabbed Wawa hot chocolates (where're my Philly peeps at!?) and headed out to a haunted hayride for what turned out to be perhaps the most quintessential October evening. My very talented sister captured these moments during the golden hour before the sun went down and the festivities of the evening began. By the end of the night I didn't look quite as pulled together and collected - all the creepy clowns and chainsaw massacre scenes may or may not have had me ducking in the hay, screaming! Anyway, the evening was picturesque and the weather was perfect for a slightly bundled-look. I love this faux-leather/knit vest I picked up at my favorite beach boutique last month. It is the perfect thing to effortlessly throw over a tee, and look so put together and layered. I love the texture of it! And I'm really pleased that I am finally wearing in my tan leather booties from last year - they look the perfect amount of aged and scuffed! I couldn't be more pleased!

Another cool outfit detail is this reversible bag by Street Level. It's my go-to weekend bag and I love how sharp the white looks - but black is classic, too! It was the best complement to the faux leather details in the vest. I'll probably be wearing a variation on this theme for the rest of the weekend. 

ciao! xo


on becoming a veggie goddess

I don't know why or how but over the years I have become known in our household as the go-to veggie roaster (I'm a self proclaimed goddess, hence the title). With a lot of practice, pan-scrubbing and spice experimenting I have developed a method of roasting vegetables that really works for me...and the hardest part is cutting them up. After that, it's simple.

Although I've earned some battle wounds while cutting up butternut squash, the veggies I pick are pretty painless and accessible wherever you may be. I love unpacking from a good haul at the farmers' market and cutting them up right out of the bag - and the cutting actually counts. Zucchini, potatoes, butternut squash all go in as thick cubes or triangles, while peppers and onions are thin-sliced. I drench the dryer veggies (I don't know how to explain it, they're just dryer) in olive oil, and give the rest of it all a pretty decent splash. I don't need to add anything except this special spice blend which I found at home goods (honest!) but you can check out their other selections for other things you may roast.

Pop in an uncovered roasting pan, spread them evenly along the bottom (you don't want a heaping mountain of vegetables), and go for 30 minutes at about 450 degrees. I sometimes use cherry tomatoes, beans, asparagus, or whatever else I can find. But I tend to stay away from anything that can burn to a crisp or just fall apart, like broccoli or squash. As for seasonal butternut squash, I add a little brown sugar and butter and cook that in a little pan by itself for the same time and temperature. It is indulgent, pure heaven.

Here's to eating clean! ciao! xo


the last week of october. how can it be?

The weekend - and not to mention the entire month - has defined everything October means to me.
the smoke from a bonfire, the GORGEOUS dusty purple sunsets,
the tailgates and homecomings,
the football games, the dark roast coffee, 
the oranges and yellows, 
the pumpkin and apple overload, the smell of roasting leaves,
piles of pumpkins and gourds, and
the most vivid and stunningly crisp afternoons.

I'm scared of November. Honest.
I don't want October to go...
and the next month brings a lot of busy.
Out of the 6 people in my family, there are four birthdays.
The slip-n-slide of holiday shopping becomes more and more real.
I'm fearful of the amount of money that I will have to spend..ughhhhh. Dreading it.
One good thing will be S's homecoming! And that I can't wait for.
But until then... I'm seeking one last cozy week, 
a bastion of solace and peace, in these very autumn-y photos taken over the course of the month.

I wrote about my october goals at the beginning of the month. What did I cross off?
Not much. But what I did cross off, I am pleased with.
More 'me' time at the end of the day - getting all work done at work, not at home.
Spending quality time with mama (ok, not a dinner date, but does breakfast count?)
Maybe one too many octoberfest brews. A haunted hayride that made me scream like a 5 year old!
I'm kind of eating cleaner - definitely at lunch, but dinners are a struggle.

I'm going to introduce some new goals for November soon. 
Going to soak in this glorious feeling for the rest of the week!
ciao, xo


do what works for you

Happy Friday! We have made it!
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Today's theme is: FALL CLOTHES that are cute on models but unflattering on you.
also: clothes that look better on the hanger than they do you.
isn't it the most annoying thing? 
the thing with fall is all the textures you're reintroducing into your daily wardrobe.
vests, jackets, layering tees, boots, socks, scarves, jackets, pants, oh pants.
like, even the socks above. you'd need to have the longest, thinnest legs to pull those off like that.
with a cute boyfriend shirt, all unkempt, cup of coffee in hand - that undone kind of glamour.

I find myself struggling with the easiest of pieces: jeans.
I recently bought a pair of light wash j.crew toothpick jeans and love them...
so i bought them...and wore them finally.
And I just can't pull off the lighter jeans.
So..sticking with the dark.

Another look I can't quite master: layering.
I love the look of a cozy flannel under a cardigan under a vest...
and it all sounds so comfortable, so fall-y...
but I just get so dang hot and before I know it I am reaching for my drapey urban outfitters tees.
(note to self: stock up more on those).

last but not least: booties.
Ah. The idea of booties, the short-length but high-heeled boot is genius.
But somehow on a shorter figure I feel as though it is a challenge,
because the shortened coverage of the boot creates the illusion of a shorter leg.
So I'm thinking of trying some over-the-knee boots to make some semblance of leg elongation.
thoughts? bad idea?

anyway: what are some of your wardrobe struggles when it comes to glorious fall fashion?
ps. HAPPY FRIDAY! ciao, xo