An Ode to Pencil Skirts

The root of this look was the No.2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool from J.Crew. I got 2 of these on sale in Double-Serge Cotton and loved them SO much that when I saw the wool version in this gorgeous Acorn color, I had to snag it! The people over at J.Crew know me by name at this point. I can’t take a trip to the mall without stopping in and drooling my way around each and every rack. Thankfully I haven’t scared them too much…yet.

There are certain clothing items I really have to research and think about before I buy. They just feel like a bigger commitment than others. For me, skirts are one of those items. I wasn’t comfortable buying these pencil skirts until I had read at least 5 good reviews about them. I guess I feel like a good pencil skirt is an investment. It’s something I’m not going to collect like jeans or tank tops, so the few I do welcome into my closet should definitely last.

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Kentucky Charms & Horse Farms

My husband and I moved to Kentucky about 2 years ago. We came from a town out on Long Island, NY called Copiague, and before that I lived my whole life in northeastern New Jersey. To say we experienced culture shock when we moved out here would be a massive understatement.  I wasn’t used to the pace.  Things are slower here.  Ultimately in a really good way, but it definitely took some adjusting.  People stop and talk to you.  When there’s a short line at Walmart, it still may take a while because the friendly cashier has to have a chat with just about every customer.  When you’re out and about, it’s not uncommon to get a nod and a wave from perfect strangers.

I have a tendency towards a ‘hustle and bustle’ mindset.  (I wonder where I got that from? Ha!)  Even now as the weather is cooling, I find myself scribbling out long to-do lists.  I have this need to keep busy at all times.  Knowing this about myself, I’ve been making an effort to stop and look around.  Creation is beautiful, people are beautiful, and I want to experience moments every day where I truly realize how blessed I am. Getting out for a walk in the middle of a work day is one of those things that takes some effort at first, but eventually I don’t want to return home.

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Fall Fashion Love

As the title states, I love fall fashion! I think for me it’s a combination of simply adoring the season, and also being able to experiment with mix-matching and layering. The colder months have the potential to be dark and depressing. The days are shorter, we can’t be outdoors as frequently, and things steadily become more drab and colorless. I see fashion as an opportunity to “bloom” in the midst of all that. Adding a bright pop of color or a fun print to an outfit is an instant happy-booster!

One of my favorite combinations in decorating and in fashion is a neutral backdrop with colorful or patterned accents. In our house we have lots of wood, browns and creams, sprinkled with unexpected corals, yellows and blues. I like that feeling of renewal, almost like we’ve happened upon a run-down blank canvas and dotted it with colorful treasures.

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