Oh My Gourd…Fall is Here!

Happy fall y’all! A week ago it seemed like the cool weather would never come, but by the grace of God, the temperature dropped and autumn is finally here! To kickoff the season, my sister Cammie, best friend Courtney and I decided to take a trip to the pumpkin patch to get into the spirit. We started our day with Starbucks and worship at church and then drove to Lloyd Family Farms for a fun filled day!

Upon arriving, we waited in line to get our hayride tickets. After purchasing, we began loading onto the wagon. We were surrounded by giggling children pointing out the farm animals and soft smiles from all passengers as they gazed at the gorgeous open-land. The crisp air was magical making me wish this day could last forever!

As the pumpkin patch came into view, the hayride came to a stop. We made our way off of the wagon and into the sea of orange. Court, Cam and I immediately pulled out our cameras and began snapping away!

Like every blogger, fall fashion is my absolute favorite. I couldn’t wait to showcase my staples at the patch! I wore my holy-grail Urban Outfitters black turtleneck top (seriously can style this in a ton of different ways) paired with an A-line camel colored suede skirt from Old Navy that I know I’m going to wear on repeat this season! For shoes, I went with my black, suede, block heeled, thigh high boots from Zara that I adore. To finish the look, I popped on Mac Cosmetics Cream in your Coffee lipstick (favorite fall shade) and threw on my Quay Australia black aviator sunglasses for polish.

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I hope you guys are enjoying the cool weather as much as I am! What are your fall fashion staples? Comment below!

XO, Lexie

 

Crisp Autumn Air // Exploring Virginia

As cliche as it sounds, fall is truly my favorite season. To me, nothing beats waking up to cool, crisp air, watching the leaves fall, and having a warm drink in hand…it’s oh so cozy and I love every minute of it! Recently I moved down to Virginia for college and I’ve been having a thrill exploring a totally new place. Currently, I’m on fall break and what better time to explore the state than with some time to kill!? My roommate, her family, and I rose to the occasion and planned a fun, fall filled couple of days.

We started our autumnal adventure by taking a trip up to the mountains for an apple harvest festival! The drive there was absolutely breathtaking. My eyes were glued to the window of the car, staring in awe when I spotted the mountain ranges in the distance and peeped the leaves slowly starting to turn. Upon arriving to the festival, I was greeted by cool air, the smell of apple cider and cinnamon, and the sound of crunchy leaves beneath my feet…as you could imagine, I was in my glory. We started our day by taking a hayride around the apple orchard where I was welcomed by an explosion of fall colors; gold, red, orange, and green foliage covered the ground like a blanket. The longer we were on the hayride, the more visible the mountains became. Living in New Jersey, I don’t see mountains very often, so this was certainly a treat. After our hayride concluded, we snapped a bunch of photos with our apples and made sure to grab their famous kettle corn before we headed out. I dressed for the day by throwing on one of my favorite, cozy, blue and green plaid button downs, a dark wash denim skirt (fall staple in my wardrobe) and my trusty chestnut Tommy Hilfiger riding boots!

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It wouldn’t be fall without going to the pumpkin patch, so the next day we headed to Snead’s Farm for the ultimate fall experience. It was nothing short of magical! The property was stunning; fields of bountiful flowers and plants were ready to harvest, a quaint historic farmhouse sat in the middle of the grounds, lush pumpkin patches were in the distance, and the smell of cinnamon lingered in the air. I had a blast exploring the place, snapping everything in sight. I was shocked to see how huge of some the pumpkins were, going for $40 a piece! Not looking to carry something that large, we stuck to picking out pumpkins that were a bit more modest in size, perfect for painting or carving! Being so far away from home, this trip reminded me of the farm I grew up going to where I would go apple and pumpkin picking. It was surely nice to get a little taste of home for the day! My outfit for the pumpkin patch was a black, lightweight, v-neck long sleeve tee, a pair of dark wash denim, and my beloved gold jack rogers.

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I had an absolute blast this fall break, getting my dose of all things autumn! What is your favorite part about the fall? Comment below!

xo, lexie

Fall 2016 Style Guide: A Roundup of This Season’s Hottest Trends

 

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Add muted tones to your closet this fall starting with the color of the season, dusty rose. When trend forecasting in early August for the upcoming season, I saw this shade of pink all over social media and was immediately obsessed.

You can easily incorporate this shade of pink into your closet by wearing a dusty rose velvet choker, carrying a structured crossbody bag in this hue of pink, or find an oversized coat in this color.

Bold Lips and Bare Eyes

Channel your inner Parisian and sport this French-inspired makeup look this season. A colorful pout and a natural looking face is not only an easy look to execute in the morning, but will have you looking “high fashion” in seconds.

This makeup trend has been shown all over New York Fashion Week in shows such as Dior, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, and Zac Posen. Getting runway ready has never been easier. Check out the MAC counter at your local mall for a wide variety of dark lipsticks on sale for $17.00 each.

Highlighter Hype

Light up the room with a soft glimmer just above your cheekbones to accentuate the high points of your face. Highlighter will give your face a healthy glow, instantaneously making your skin look more healthy and hydrated.

With amazing highlighters being sold in both drugstore and high end makeup shops, you can follow this trend no matter what your budget is.

My favorite drugstore highlighter is the L’oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator for $12.99 available at your local CVS or Target. My favorite high-end highlighter is the famous Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder in either Champagne Pop or Opal for $38.00.

On Point

Pointed toe shoes are taking fancy feet to new heights. From lace up flats, to loafers, to boots, fall footwear is embracing the pointed toe trend. The more dramatic the point, the better and more fashionable the shoe.

I recently picked up a couple of new pairs of shoes, including booties and flats, all adorning pointed toes. Macy’s is your one stop shop for all shoes pointed. I can’t wait to wear these trendy little kicks all season long.

Oversized Everything

They say the bigger the better, and fall is embracing this statement now more than ever. Cozy coats, huge sweaters, and bulky jackets in materials including leather and denim are all the rage. Braving the cool temps in style has never been easier with these trends on deck.

Get an amazing oversized denim jacket at your local vintage or consignment shop for a price you will definitely not regret spending.

Statement Sleeves

Flutter sleeves, bell sleeves, and puffy peasant sleeves, just to name a few, are making splash on the shirt scene this season. I love how dramatic sleeves can add so much personality and pizzaz to an outfit. My favorite statement sleeve tops are from TopShop that are awesome quality and look super unique that you can purchase for around $50.

Pair a top that has statement sleeves with distressed boyfriend jeans and a pointed toe shoe. This is the perfect outfit for the fall when you’re going out with your friends, or want to dress up a bit for school.

Choker Craze

The 90s are back and better than ever with an adorable, and best yet affordable, trend. Starting off with the classic tattoo choker last year, the popularity of these necklaces has only grown.

Now available in a multitude of materials including velvet, leather, suede, lace, and ribbon, this trend certainly adds a little something special to your look. Some of the most beautiful chokers on the market can be found at Forever 21 with prices ranging from $3.90-$8.90.

Calling all Upper East Siders…

This next trend is Blair Waldorf approved … can you guess what it is? Headbands are crushing the hair world and are begging to add a little something special to your everyday hairstyle.

Add a headband to a soft messy braid, a fishtail to dress up a casual look, or add a gold headband to loose curls for a fancier look. Purchase a gorgeous headband for a reasonable price on Etsy. No matter the occasion, a headband is always a good piece to accessorize with.

Fancy Fabric

Say goodbye to cotton and say hello to suede and velvet, your new go-to fall fabrics. Suede is a soft and luxurious material that is sure to step up your style game. From jackets, to lace up flats, to over the knee boots, to button up skirts all in suede material, fall wardrobe’s are not complete without these essentials.

In addition to suede, I am seriously crushing on velvet this season. For the upcoming holidays, skip your typical garb and try out a black or rich red velvet dress. Find the perfect velvet number at Flutter Boutique in Pennington, NJ for around $60-$70.

Daring Denim

It seems as if denim has been on trend for years and years, but 2016 is taking the classic jean to a whole new level. Big holes, small rips, uneven hems, thick cuffs, and colorful patchwork are all new trends on the jean scene. The more distressed and destroyed the denim the better.

What’s your favorite fall trend!? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Lexie

Fall Fashion Favorites

Fall has always been my absolute favorite season. I’m crazy about every little aspect that comes with it; the cool crisp air, changing leaves, endless rows of apple trees, plentiful pumpkin patches and the oh-so delicious spiced lattes! However, what I look forward to most about fall is the fashion. Warm earth-toned colors, cozy knits and fancy fabrics are the key to my heart. Today I put together one cohesive outfit encompassing all of my favorite fall trends of 2016! Let’s get into it!

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Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and rock statement sunglasses this fall! Sunnies are such a fun way to add personality and glam to your look. Urban Outfitters always has the best selection of unique, trendy, and well made sunglasses. Definitely check out UO if you’re in the market for new shades.

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The 90’s style resurgence has me over the moon. I am seriously crushing on chokers this season! Not only are they adorable but they are affordable. Available in a multitude of materials including velvet, leather, suede, lace, and ribbon, this trend certainly adds a little something special to your look. 

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Dusty rose is the color of the season and I couldn’t be happier about it! I decided to incorporate this color into my outfit by sporting this hue of pink in a structured handbag. I love how this muted tone adds a pop of color in a subtle, understated, and sophisticated way.

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Bold lips have always been a staple in my makeup routine. Fortunately for me, this fall it’s all about the dark, vampy lip colors! I’ve tried a multitude of different lipstick brands and I always go back to MAC cosmetics; they make my all time favorite dark lipsticks. Not only are they long-lasting but they are incredibly pigmented and glide on smooth and velvety.

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Whilst scrolling on Zara I came across these suede over the knee boots and it was love at first sight…I bought them immediately. These shoes look adorable with mini skirts, dresses, and jeans. Slip these boots on to make any outfit look fancy and luxuroious! I can’t wait to wear these shoes all season long.

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Floppy hats are a trend that I personally love so much. The delicate felt adds a sweet and feminine touch to your look. This soft caramel colored hat screams fall in the best way! My Grandman Marilyn always rocked a hat, so whenever I wear one I think of her!

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What trends are you obsessing over this season? Tweet me and let me know @lexieslifeblog or tag me in your #ootd picture on Instagram @lexieslifexo!

xo, Lexie