well, hello september! this time of the year is second only to the beginning of summer. the crisp mornings, the start of school and…the inability to figure out what to wear when it’s 50 degrees in the morning but 80 in the afternoon.
dressing in september is a lot of mixing summer and fall pieces. pairing an off-the-shoulder shirt like this one i LOVE from Anthropologie (it also comes in black and red!) with linen pants or jeans and booties transitions it from summer to fall.
a short sleeve top with a slouchy cardi and shorts. sandals and a long dress with a wide-brimmed hat. a short dress with a long sweater and booties. the list doesn’t end!
this time of the year is perfect for trying to make even more outfits out of what you already have! layer and try new combos before you feel like you have to hurry out and buy something new. some of my fav early fall combos is flannels with white dresses, chunky sweaters with shorts skirts and long sleeve blouses with with shorts.
there’s something so wonderful about the weather before it gets chilly — does anyone else just feel so hopeful and excited in months like May and September?! something about the changing of seasons!
i am excited to stick around st. louis in september (also defffff need to save all the dollars for hawaii, ya know?!) because it’s one of the most wonderful months to live in the midwest. i struggle in the winter so i am soaking in e.v.e.r.y. minute of good weather! what are you most excited about for the fall?!
between work, Anthro and keeping track of my budget to be on track for hawaii, it’s been a whirlwind since Nashville! but i want to give you a play-by-play of the girls’ weekend there before i forget the details.
nashville. yeesh. the food, the friendly people, the adorable neighborhoods, the young professional crowd, the M E N (heart eyes, people), the drive into the city from st. louis … where do i begin?!
i’ll just start at the beginning.
my friend hallie and i drove in friday morning from st. louis. it’s about 4.5 hours and since there were approximately 25025839205809 cops on the highway, it took us just about exactly 4.5 hours. we listened to music, caught up, talked about life, post grad, relationships, friendships, and the time flew.
and of course we made time for sonic because that is MOST DEFINITELY a road trip essential.
we got in to Nashville around 2, lounged on my gal pal Hannah’s bed (she just moved there!) to catch up and then decided to walk around the area by Vanderbilt to browse and grab a snack. this, as you know by now, is one of my favorite things to do when i visit an area: find a cute street and just browse, pretending i live there. hillsboro village is a great place to do that!
we got a bite to eat at Fido’s which i would def recommend for a pick-me-up — they even had a muffin i could eat. A MUFFIN, PEOPLE. since i’m allergic to eggs and wheat, i don’t think i’ve had a muffin since…like high school? it was everything paired with the Impeached drink on iiicceeee. my friend loves a boutique on 21st called Impeccable Pig — funny name, cute clothes! and the nicest girls ever who work there.
we headed back to Hannah’s apt, got ready for dinner + the night with music blasting like we were in college again, and headed out to meet up with some friends for dinner at bar taco.
okay so bar taco. okay so we waited an hour and fifty minutes… okay so i would do it again…
here’s the thing. i really honest to goodness don’t mind waiting for restaurants. like i really just don’t. ESPECIALLY on vacation when i literally have nothing better to do than grab a margarita from the bartender and stand on the sidewalk on a beautiful summer night in Nashville.
the only reason i started to get angsty was because i was famished at about an hour twenty into the wait. but so worth it!
in the meantime, we walked down the street to the infamous Nashville wall which is outside Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James. naturally i didn’t take a photo in front of that wall and loved on the wall opposite. HA. i’m the worst.
the dinner was SO FREAKIN’ GOOD. definitely on the higher $$$ end for dinner but for the atmosphere and quality of food, it’s worth it!
after grabbing dinner, we went over to my friend’s new house (seriously was so darling i was swooning) and went out in midtown. you know when you luckily grab a table at a super busy place so you just post up for like 4 hours? that was us. which is my fav way to go out — not a crazy partier, ya know. 😉
the next morning we headed to explore 12 south, the same street that bar taco was on because there are a ton of shops and restaurants. the frothy monkey was highly recommended but was PACKED so we got acai bowls at franklin juice co. which i could literally eat everyday for the rest of my days. acai bowls are my love language honestly.
we found floral walls….
shops that made me want to redesign everything ever (#typical)…
and then headed off to lunch at the highly recommended pinewood social. this is my top recommendation for eats & hangs in nashville. it is one of the coolest places i have ever been and i wish it could be recreated in every city!
as you can see, there is a restaurant, a coffeeshop vibes area, an outdoor area with games + tables to enjoy the weather and DELICIOUS food.
and right next door is the river and a great view of the skyline!
it was here that we made plans to go to CMA Fest next year. who’s in!?
we were SO full and tired at this point that we headed home for some pool time and naps. i love trips with good friends because there’s no pressure to jam pack every moment. we were all hitting a wall and going to the pool with my friend i haven’t seen in months was just perfect!
after our siesta we went back out for more food at edley’s bbq and even though none of us were starved, we ate everything. of course. 😉
IT WAS AMAZING. truly. so stinkin’ good and worth the wait.
we sat there for awhile, soaking in the moment before deciding to call it an early night, heading to Trader Joe’s on the way back for ice cream and then curling up and watching a chick flick.
hal and i left early the next morning and i was honestly sad to leave. nashville was somewhere i could totally see myself going back to and the people, food and sights are endless! being so close to st. louis, i’m sure i’ll be back soon. 🙂
coming from college into post grad, there have been so many gaps in my wardrobe. probably one of the biggest is that in-between style that in college would have been replaced by nike shorts and big t-shirts. now, my weekends are filled with seeing friends, adventuring and running errands. and i don’t really want to wear nike shorts and tees anymore. buuuut i don’t have those in-between outfits!
this romper is so close to what i am looking for! if you haven’t read this before, i have a lot of stomach issues and one tip my doctor gave me a couple years ago is to stay away from tight clothing. usually that’s not an issue because my style is very flowy but then i see high-waisted pants or try on dresses/rompers with a band around my upper stomach and get so irritated that my acid reflux flares up like clockwork. i was so so sad to return this romper because it is what cute weekend loungewear dreams are made of.
i mean the backkkkkk, come onnnnnn. i was genuinely so sad to hand it over but i have had dresses/rompers before where i just never wear them because they make my stomach so angry at me!
however, i am definitely still running around town in my new fav Soludos espadrilles. they’re neutral, comfy and at a good price point. nothing but good things to say about them still!
and last but most DEFINITELY not least is my new tote. i have been looking for a new tote bag for…a year. HA. i have almost purchased the Madewell Transport tote approximately 20580230 times but that steep price always stopped me because I really needed some work clothing and shoes.
well then my tote that i used to carry my laptop/camera in around town broke. for a few months, i just carried my laptop/big items and used a smaller bag because i just didn’t want to buy a tote.
then one day at Anthro, i was folding clothes to close the store and noticed this new bag. it was love at first sight. at $88, it’s a really quality bucket tote that checks all the boxes: super spacious, long strap, neutral leather color and a boho twist with the fringe detail. it’s funny how style works a bit like life: you’ll look and look and try to force something to work. and then one day, you stumble upon exactly what you’re looking for and be SO glad you waited! 🙂
i will be sharing weekend wear as i find options! do you have anything you love to throw on? do you rock lululemon outfits, casual dresses or jeans + a cute tee for your weekend vibes?! post grad keeps throwing me curveballs and makes me see gaps where i didn’t see them before! kind of didn’t realize how extreme my college closet was — either i was going out or going to class. needed that in-between space filled a bit.
happy, happy Monday! i am looking forward to getting my car washed this week. that sounds like the silliest thing but i have just have so much junk in my car between cleaning out my closet and buying/returning so much clothing/shoes the last couple of months. i need my clean, good smelling car back — this is the week!!!!! it’s the small things like a new air freshener that make my day.
i get so many questions about plants on my Instagram because of my love for them and my growing collection! they have been my saving grace as i spruce up my space on a tight budget. i have a post soon about the best plants for indoors and how i care for them but first i thought it’d be helpful to have a little list of the places i frequent for plant purchases here in St. Louis!
enjoy, fellow green thumb friends.
bowood farms : great for plants but also really cute home decor (think Anthro meets a greenhouse). also the adjacent Cafe Osage will just make you swooooon. they have completely nailed a perfect aesthetic.
flowers and weeds : hands down one of my favorite places in St. Louis. if you think you’ve been to the cutest plant shop, rethink that and visit flowers and weeds. when i walk in there, i wonder if my true life calling is to be a gardener.
lowe’s : trusty lowe’s where i have purchased most of my home plants and succulents because if it dies or you end up not liking it, you just bring back the plant and receipt. like whaaaat?!?!
walter knoll : this is a wholesale florist but at the location on lasalle street, there’s a greenhouse and nursery. they have really great prices and are so, so kind.
these places are near and dear to my heart so treat them kindly. 😉 happy almost weekend!
i was so excited when i saw these pants come in at Anthropologie because they are the perfect mix of “i want to look put together at work” and “i want to look boho chic still.” which is basically my style in a nutshell. put together but not toooooo put together and boho chic but not tooooo chic. ya feel me?
the top is so easy to wear. i am just over difficult tops. like if you require me to wear some weird bra and a cami and be uncomfortable all day? i’m out. this color sold out so speedy quick, but the lavender color is on sale now!
these Madewell earrings that i can’t quit crushing on completed the look and i have just been LOVING those little guys so so much! i was almost nervous to wear them at first because they are so bold but i get so many compliments on them — even from men at work! which just absolutely makes me lol.
it just makes me so convicted every time i think through a purchase (and usually spend a little more) that i really love this capsule closet mindset where i am building a closet that in five years, will have so many pieces i LOOOOVE. right now i’m at like 70/30. i freaking am obsessed with 30% and the other 70% will eventually be phased out. but hey, this girl has trips to take! people to eat dinner with! dinner parties to throw! plants to buy! slow progress is good progress.
the only downfall of these pants is that the slit makes them billow so so much. and i’m tall so that’s saying something! one thing i want to remind you all that i constantly remind myself is that a lot of things you don’t like (i.e. length, waist size, strap length) can be fixed by a seamstress! i am going to find a good one in STL to just sew that slit right up and then the pants will be my dream!
already scheming to pair them with a blouse-y top, a white button down, a little tank with a jean jacket, a blazer or a sleeveless top for a night out to dinner! i like to be able to think of at least three outfits when i buy something and with these pants, the possibilities are endless.
oh and those espadrilles. they are life-giving. i really need shoes but am having time finding some that match my style and are comfortable. i can’t even tell you how many pairs of shoes i’ve ordered this summer and returned. i have become SO picky!
but espadrilles feel SO me! i wore them all day at work today and i am basically a Soludos convert. my other flower embroidered espadrilles are by some DSW brand and these feel even softer. didn’t know that was possible. anywho, they’re so neutral being black and white stripe and i just couldn’t recommend them more! here’s a sneak peak at another style post for next week with a better shot of them. 🙂
i have been more and more excited lately about creating content here. and doing style posts more quickly so things don’t sell out. quick shout out to my dear friend Clair who was so excited to help me snap some pics this weekend — it’s hard to find gals that are just as pumped to do this as me! 😉
it’s a work in progress over here at ae but i’m seriously so grateful to have readers who are so patient, encouraging and just so darn sweet as you all are.
i have a Pinterest board dedicated to my bedroom musings where you can see my inspiration for my room redesign!
here’s the thing: i have been buying small things. you know, things like candles, plants and a small print for my wall.
i want to make a few big changes, inexpensively, so that i feel like wow, i made progress and my room looks more complete. as much as i love candles, they don’t make you feel that progress!
my three main focuses are:
new ‘above bed design.’ i am thinking maybe one long shelf. this one is so cute with the mix of prints + plants and yep, they nailed this concept.
new ‘above desk design.’ i think some sort of boho feeling gallery wall of a combo of photos and prints? and some old photos? and maybe some flowers or eucalyptus or something taped to the wall? this is so cute with the tiny shelves and i am a HUGE fan of this lighting fixture + color palette
new nightstand. when i bought this shelf unit, it was really just because of a great price and i liked the look. at the time i didn’t have a nightstand, so i use it as one now. i want something smaller, with a drawer and shorter. i also like the idea thrifting something or using an unconventional piece like a chair or stack of crates so this one i have the least idea of how it’ll turn out!
i am also keeping an eye out for pillows and a throw blanket with more of a presence. and maybe a rug? i also think i might move out that skinny tall book shelf and build a desk for myself. i want a bigger desk, like basically the size of a small kitchen table because i like to work on a big surface.
stay tuned! i will keep you all updated in my IG stories for quick things and write longer posts here for everything i find and make! i am so excited to really make this room my own — and ball on a budget. 🙂
ahhhh why do i get kind of nervous to show reality? i so wish my room and apartment were farther along than they are but i am trying to commit my money towards travel while i’m young and single so my room is s l o w l y being worked on. but yeesh, still would LOVE a new couch. 😉
anywho, here’s my room current state, pre-change! two weeks ago i made the floral hanging piece above my bed and it didn’t dry as i envisioned in my head so that is coming down, i’m moving that floral poster either above my desk or in another room in the apt. and i think i might do a shelf above my bed — but all my plans and visions in Thursday’s post! i just wanted to show you what my room looks like currently so the reveal after is fun but also so you can see my creative process. and the building process because i think i might try my hand at woodworking and build myself a couple things. yolo, am i right?
i will link to any products in the photos that are still available so you can shop what you like! highlights: my Amazon mattress that i will buy forever and always, the banner with a transcription of a note from my mom and the tiny watering can for my succulents.
my little essential oils crew is small but mighty until i have enough money for the starter kit 😉 i use peppermint every morning and lavender before i go to sleep — absolutely love the support they offer.
i love having a simple room and the redesign won’t clutter it but i want to make some bigger, bolder moves so it feels complete because right now i am just willy nilly buying small candles and plants. can’t wait to share my dreams for the place! hopefully will be up Thursday. actually let’s just call it like it will be and say Friday. 😉
you know when multiple people tell you to read a book and you ignore and ignore and forget and then FINALLY get around to reading it and then you’re like WHY DIDN’T YOU LOCK ME IN A ROOM UNTIL I READ THIS.
this book challenged and changed me. i usually preach to live each moment and choose joy daily but this book really hones in on why and how to do it when your life feels normal, hard and mundane. it’s just damn good. i would recommend to anyone, ever, always.
you all. this book T O O. it’s like ann voskamp speaks directly to that part of your heart that says “what if it’s too late and there’s too much hard and my life isn’t so happy and perfect and what if i’m broken?” and she just washes you in her beautiful words and imagery. can’t speak highly enough of her as a writer — absolutely brilliant.
i love this book for a fast vacation read or a fun gift for a friend! mindy is one of my favorite writers/producers because she doesn’t pretend to be what she’s not. she started from the bottom and has become enormously successful off of hard work and an enormous amount of talent. she was just a normal kid and is now just a normal woman who happens to be famous. this book is a humorous look into her life as a celebrity with some good tips sprinkled in! it won’t necessarily change your life but i really enjoyed getting to know her better. she’s so freaking funny.
i have been REALLY loving a couple of random things lately. i couldn’t figure out how to strategically make individual posts to highlight them all. so here’s a post with a couple things i just love — some new, some old!
i found out about james arthur, LANY and ARIZONA all last week and i basically felt like a music ninja. they are such good tunes for cranking out work and running!
speaking of things to listen to, if you’re not listening to awesome with Alison’s podcast, i don’t know why. go. listen. i don’t regularly listen to any other podcast except hers. ANY OTHER. have i convinced you yet?
these jeaaaans. i bought these last summer (post here!) and i STILL have girls ask about them — that’s how well they’ve worn! you know when you see that perfect high waisted pair of jeans on a girl with that kinda frayed hem and you’re just like ugh, i bet she bought those at some Good Will somewhere? SHE DIDN’T (okay, she might have). but also she might have been wearing these. i didn’t know how people liked wearing jeans until i bought these. i borderline want to buy another pair in case these ever got ruined. they’re top rated on Anthropologie.com for a reason, people!
reading. i guess this isn’t a thing you can buy buuuuut i’m still counting it. i just have been less and less attached to media lately — which is sometimes a hard battle because i love connecting with all of you! i have been doing a better job balancing (post soon about that!) so i have time to read every night, usually for at least 30 mins to an hour. post coming Thursday with my latest reads! yeesh, posts left and right. 😉 i love the idea of buying books that people heavily recommend and i will most likely love because then when one day when i have a house, i want to have a mini library! so i have to start now. 😉
the nail polish color funny bunny by OPI. my friend at work was wearing this cool white-ish color and it looked killer against her tan. obviously i had to ask. then i got a manicure (see #6) and asked for that color. do naturally now i want it for my own stash but i am making myself wait for ALL of mine to run out before i buy another. #minimalism
at-home manicures. i did this post a while back about at-home mani’s for you gals on a budget because #humblebrag, but i am really close to nailing it. anyways, when i was home in California, i treated my friend and i to a manicure/pedicure date. i got a gel manicure and it literally made me feel like a million dollars. you know what i mean though? WHAT IS IT ABOUT A GOOD WHITE NAIL COLOR AGAINST A TAN THAT HAS THIS EFFECT ON ME? anyways. then i realized why i don’t pay for gel manis: they make your nails so thin and sensitive. also they’re h-e-double-hockey-sticks to take off. so i had to go BACK to have them remove it and decided to get a manicure because i was feel rich with $20 cash in my wallet. and the thing lasted like a week. y’all. at home manis. the only way to go unless someone wants to fund a weekly gel manicure appt. let me know if you want to make that happen.
true lemon drink mixes. my favorite is the peach lemonade but target doesn’t usually carry that flavor! my mom got me hooked on these a couple of years ago when we were trying to find a water flavor mix that was low cal and more natural than some of the super sugary ones out there — and i still love them. i have been trying to drink an enormous amount of water everyday to help with my health (water was the first medicine of the people — quotes by my dad #justbigMikethings) and these packets make it a MILLION times easier when you’re just like i cannot drink another Nalgene to save my life. also, i also drink water with a straw! it makes me drink so much faster and more. i can’t explain it, but i always have a straw in my Nalgene. might help you!
my email subscription to Scott’s Cheap Flights. it’s free and he sends you emails about cheap flights to anywhere in the world. i want to go to SE Asia with my friend who is living in Hong Kong next spring so i signed up for that reason but now i get such inspiration every time i receive an email! it could even be fun for a couple planning their honeymoon because you could let the cheap ticket inspire your trip.
removing my make-up with coconut oil — i just bought the Trader Joe’s brand. i was racing through either cleansing wipes or make-up remover. then my friend said her lashes were benefitting from using coconut oil and i was like HOLD UP I’M THERE. #vainaboutmylashes. i haven’t seen a difference in length but i also haven’t been using it that long. i just dip my fingers into the oil and rub gentle circles onto my eyes until i look like a raccoon. then i rinse with lukewarm water, rub some more oil gently onto the rest of my face, rinse again and pat my face dry. the jar was less than $8 and is going to last me for forever AND it’s natural! which i love.
ok this one is so random. no judgment zone is real right now. it’s…Tillamook cheddar cheese. you guys, i thought everyone bought Tillamook. then i realized there are people in this world living without the best cheddar cheese in the world when someone looked at me like a crazy person as i referred to cheddar cheese as Tillamook. i grew up with this cheese. okay, i understand i sound like a crazy person, but talk to me after you eat a slice. please go grace your tacos and grilled cheeses and nachos with this glory. you can buy it at Costco in a big chunk or other grocery stores! blessings to you and your stomachs.
i might start doing this random list of things i love more often! i enjoy trying new things — in literally every aspect of my life — so this might be a good way to keep you all in the loop when i don’t necessarily want to write an entire post about a simple product. like Tillamook. #ruinedallcredibilitywithnumberten
ALSO before i forget: i didn’t forget about the room tour post for those of you waiting on that! i had a moment of “oh wow, i actually don’t know if i like what i thought i liked in my room,” started perusing Pinterest, got re inspired and decided to let you in on that whole creative process. so i am taking lots of pictures of CURRENT state (which is making me self conscious because it’s so simple but i’m assuming many of you will relate with that!) and will post that next Tuesday and then Thursday, i have a post with my plans for my bedroom. that way, you can come along for the ride and see the method behind the madness. 😉
i have always loved jewelry. and it used to S H O W. i remember in high school i had this standing contraption for it to all hang on and a jewelry box and random little trays around my room. but i really didn’t wear most of it. i mean i occasionally wore the random costume pieces for school dances or sorority events but it just kind of lay there and gathered dust.
so naturally i got rid of it all. and then more. and then more until i literally only had left what i wear on a regular basis + a couple of statement pieces. #helloAnthropologie
like i realize from every purge whether it’s jewelry, shoes or home goods, i realized i had way too much and i should focus on my favorites. right now, i only continuously wear three kinds of jewelry:
a watch: right now it’s a Fitbit Blaze — post on that soon! i loooove it even though i stinkin’ miss a traditional watch face.
dangly earrings: i don’t really wear stud earrings currently although a pair is on my list to try again but i mainly love statement earrings. i just absolutely adore the way it looks with your hair pulled back in a neat, low bun or ponytail and the way it can make an old shirt look and feel new. i eyed the pair in the photo from Madewell for about three weeks before i decided i liked them enough to buy them full price and i seriously still am smitten! i also have a pair of thin gold hoops i got forever ago at Lucky Brand and i wear those at least once a week. jewelry is definitely a soft spot for me. i like shoes and bags but i don’t really shop that much for them (STILL on the hunt for a cute heeled sandal, that’s how picky i am). oh but sparkly littles. they get me every time.
so jewelry for me, if i love it, is so worth it to invest in! it’s my favorite travel gift to myself (yes, i do buy myself when i go on trips – more on that later) and especially when you’re working a smaller closet, it can completely turn an outfit around. stay tuned for more jewelry finds as i’m always on the hunt! for more inspo, check out my sparkly littles Pinterest board — ooooh, the layers of rings and necklaces just woo me!
ps yes, i am still wearing this dress i recommended on this post multiple times a week. i will recommend it until i turn blue in the face. still considering getting it in black….