Hello again style bandits & banditas.
This is the earliest the gift-giving holidays have ever been in my memory & it is a little. bit. crazy. I love giving gifts because it’s just another way I can find creative ways to express myself, so I’m always trying to find or think of really unique gifts my friends and family won’t expect. That being said, this time crunch is seriously making it hard to do that, but not impossible. In honor of all of you who refuse to resort to giving socks, scarves or iTunes cards… I will be posting a new gift-list and some fun DIYs to inspire you!
To kick off, here are my picks for cute and out-of-the-box gifts for the tiny tots in your life:
I love fall. Every time it rolls around – with its orange and red leaves, decorated porches, pumpkin spice everything – I feel so cozy and happy. And then there is Halloween. Don’t even get me started on Halloween. I LOVE Halloween. Maybe its because my last year of college is really like having to face a big ugly bully every day, but this fall has been like a source of comfort somehow. I’m hoping it will help reinvigorate me for the rest of this semester!
Recently, my boyfriend, best friend and I went apple & pumpkin picking. I’ve never had so many apples in my life, but let me tell you about these particular apples – they could have literally been picked straight out of Snow White. They were so damn good (my bff will vouch for this). Anyway, I was so excited and overtaken by all the wonderful fall-ness, that when we came back home I actually attempted to make apple cider from scratch. I used about eight apples, an orange, cinnamon, all spice, some pumpkin spice tea, lemon juice and honey whiskey. You throw everything into a big pan, cover it all with water and let it boil down (strain when done). It took between 1-2 hours and it tasted AMAZING. I was very happily surprised. If you’re in need of some Autumn comfort, try making this yourself! Not only does it taste fab, but you’ll also feel awesome for making your own cider.
Wow, reliving this cider might be making me drool a little, but moving on.
One of the other reasons I love fall so much is the fact that I can bust out my boot collection! I’m a boot-aholic and not ashamed to say it. My feet are famous for ALWAYS having blisters (I think its because I’m like the Goldie Locks of shoes – everything is either too big or too small), but boots are my go-to comfortable footwear. I also love fall colors. My favorites this season are maroons and brownish-purples (see my nails)! Something I’m really into lately has been mixing girly elements with more edgy or masculine pieces, like my outfit below.
Necklace: Chloe & Isabel
Boots: Joe Fresh
How do you like to enjoy this time of year?
I don’t usually pay much attention to who designed what or designer labels. If I see something and like it, then that’s that. That all being said, sometimes I come across a designer/brand that I fall in love with. Today, that would be Three Floor. I am really diggin’ their dresses and I want at least three of them! I think they are so unique and different and would make such awesome statement pieces for anything from proms to Christmas parties. Actually I have my eye specifically on a few for my next holiday season…
I think a dress like any one of these is worth the splurge!