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Turtlenecks + Overalls


Happy Halloween!! My kids are eagerly awaiting this evening where they’ll get to roam the neighborhood and gather all their loot! My favorite part though, is making our way back to our home and passing out candy from our porch and watching all the adorable little ones…and the bigger ones that seem as though they are hanging on to trick-or-treat just a year or two too long ;) Audrey (the baby) is going to be a pig and Jack and Madelyn both settled on farmers. It’ll likely take two farmers to keep control of that piglet anyway! Heck, with my overalls I just may throw on a plaid shirt and join in the fun :) Speaking of overalls, for any of you that are still feeling hesitant about them, fall is the perfect time to give them a shot. Layering with a cardigan or jacket gives the perfect amount of disguise to ease any of your trepidations. And for those that are all over the trend, I love wearing mine with a turtleneck to pair a side of classic with the trend. I’d love to grab one or two of these basic turtlenecks as well.








Details: Madewell overalls (see other options below) / LOFT turtleneck (also love this) / BP jacket / Sperry wedges / Michael Kors watch

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Fall Decor Updates

Today I’m sharing some easy and fun updates that you could incorporate into your home for the fall season. You’ll find what follows is a mix of neutrals with some pops of color which makes for an easy way to update for the season! As the temperatures drop, keeping a lantern by your fireplace or mantle can add a sense of warmth to your home. The same goes for a cute basket filled with a throw or two. Many of you will certainly be doing some entertaining over the next few months and what an impression would this beautiful magnolia wreath make?! To better prepare yourself for such entertaining, this pitcher (for $14!) would likely come in handy, as would a beautiful wooden serving tray. I have a similar one myself and I use it all around my home for everything from serving desserts/coffee, to setting on a coffee table to hold books/magazines, to helping display my dining room centerpiece as it’s currently doing. I’m also obsessed with these solid velvet accent pillows. They come in an array of colors but how beautifully rich is this plum hue? I also threw on some baskets because I love being prepared for the influx of toys coming our way in a few short months!

Have you made any updates to your home lately? Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference :)


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Sweaters ($35 and under!!!)

Hey ladies! I was hit with the flu (or something of the sort) this week, but I whipped this post together quickly for you because right now LOFT’s sweaters are all $35 and under! Yes, $35 and under!! Does it feel like all the best sales are happening this month while I’m in the midst of my shopping freeze to anyone else?? At least some of you can benefit from this, so I’m happy to pass on the word ;) Below are my sweater picks from their selection, but feel free to check them all out on your own here:

Everyday Layers


Let me be quite upfront and let you know that various forms of this outfit are my go-to at least two, maybe three days per week! Most mornings I have very little time to think about what I’m grabbing from my closet, so denim and a long-sleeved tee are what are close at hand, topped off with this jacket (that you’ve seem more than once), a pair of booties and a scarf and you’re set! Trust me, when you mix and match the shirt/shoe/scarf action your outfits multiply instantly ;) I’m sort of a scarf hoarder, but it can come in handy when you’re looking to change up your look a bit, and it doesn’t hurt to add another layer for warmth! I share some of my favorites for you to check out below, fyi.







Details: ZARA scarf (love this striped scarf for $13 as well) / Jacket / Shirt (similar) / DL1961 denim (similar options here/here/here) / Sperry’s (updated version here) / Stella & Dot necklace and bracelet / Rayban sunglasses

Must-have Cardi


Happy Friday, gang! We enjoyed quite the Indian summer here this week but I have a feeling that’s quickly coming to an end. Come next week I’m quite sure I’ll be layering up like this once again. This isn’t the first time I’ve shared this cardigan on here and who knows, it may not be the last (see how I styled my fleece cardigan here). I love the versatility of this cardigan as it could be worn with a tunic and leggings, jeans and a button up or simply thrown over a t-shirt and denim on any given day as I often do. I occasionally see these available at TJMaxx, so keep your eyes open when you’re browsing, but I also link to a few different places you can find them online below.







Details: Bobeau cardigan (shop here/here/here) / Gap shirt (similar) / JCrew denim / Booties (shop here/here) / Necklace (similar) / Hat (similar)

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Sweater Weather

As I began working on this post, I quickly remembered that it was actually 80 degrees yesterday! In all likelihood, those warm temps will be short lived and sweater weather will return once again in all it’s chilly glory. And when it does, you can be prepared ;) I noticed that many of my online shopping carts were filling up with with pretty, cozy sweaters (you guys fill your carts too, right??) so I figured I would share what I’ve been checking out. I have to say, I’ve been doing well with my October clothing shopping freeze, that is, until I saw this beauty. You know how you run into those pieces every once in a while that have your name written all over them? Well, this is screaming, Marisa!!! Don’t worry, I’m staying strong, but I’ll be a little disappointed should this one be gone come November! Not that that’s the only tempting piece…I love this fun striped number and this swiss dot sweater with puffed sleeves is super sweet. I’m also looking for an open cardigan, and this, this and this are all great options. Have you added any new sweaters to your wardrobe yet this season? I sure can’t wait to ;)

*Be sure to scroll down for the coupon codes!

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Shopping codes:
Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale items (no code needed)
Banana Republic: 40% purchase of $200+ with code BRFLASH
GAP: 40% off purchase with code TODAY (some exclusions)
JCREW: 25% some styles and extra 30% off sale with code STARTSHOPPING
LOFT: 50% of everything with code THEBEST

Boho Chic


I wouldn’t refer to my overall style as boho, however I love pulling from that influence every now and then. Especially when the overall look comes off looking chic when paired with some skinny jeans and heels. I did, however, switch to my laced ballet flats later in the day and loved the look just as much. I found this top last month at a sweet new boutique in a neighboring town, Helen Foxx & Co. My local readers need to make their way out to visit them, you won’t regret it! And for everyone else, I gathered a bunch of boho inspired tops for you to browse below that would all enable you to pull off a very similar look should you like ;)







Details: Top via Helen Foxx & Co. (see options below) / LOFT denim (similar) / Scarf (similar here, here and here) / Heels (similar)




I can’t seem to get enough of plaid lately. I haven’t slipped into many sweaters yet, but I think plaid shirts are my sort of stepping stones on the inevitable pathway to wool. I love how well they look the part for fall and the variety available is more than abundant. This one in particular is nice and lightweight and will be great for layering under the aforementioned wool in the coming months ;)







Details: JCrew shirt / Pants, old (similar, see other options below) / Corso Como mules / Stella & Dot necklace

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I don’t know about where you are, but here in central Pennsylvania fall is in full swing! The air is crisp, pumpkins are abundant and the leaves are rapidly changing to a hundred shades of beautiful! Today’s wishlist (which will remain a wishlist for this girl due to my Oct. shopping freeze!) is a reflection of the outdoors. Burgundy, wheat, marigold and some hunter green make for one pretty palette, don’t you agree?!

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I am so fond of the lace-up trend going on right now. Shoes and tops alike, I love it all. I got this top this past spring and I’m excited that I am able to start wearing it again. This is the first time I was able to pull out these over the knee boots that I grabbed during the Nordstrom sale back in July and I love how they pair with this outfit (and about half of the other outfits I’m thinking of for fall!). With my go-to fall jacket to finish this look I plan on keeping the whole outfit at the front of my closet for weeks to come!







Details: Top (see options below) / LOFT denim / Vince Camuto boots / BP. Jacket / Madewell Tote / Stella & Dot necklace and bracelet / Rayban sunglasses

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