A Few of my Favorite (Fall) Things

It’s officially fall, and it’s (for many obvious reasons) the majority of the female population’s favorite time of the year. I have not decorated for fall yet even though I do so every year on September 1st because I love summer so much I’m in denial of the cold and refusing of letting it go. Otherwise the orange leaf garland and the pumpkins are out by now, and October 1st the Halloween decorations come out to join the party.

Here are some of my fall must haves:

Tall slippers. They are like Uggs but better for the animal kingdom and cost about $20. You can get them anywhere women’s clothing are sold. Even Costco. Leave them by the bedside and put them on the second you get up. Small slippers won’t do. Your ankles will get cold.

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These are from Target for $20

Coffee Mug warmer. I like to have tea on it almost all day. It keeps my beverage warm and for only $7. You can even get a candle warmer and use that for your coffee mug. Great for your desk at work or an end table at home.

-Halloween movies. You have to have access to these in the fall season! I’ll probably do a post on my favorites. I’m a movie nut so I’ve got quite a few. If you have cable you are lucky and there will be many channels playing fall and Halloween movies all day come close to Halloween.

-One of my favorite things overall is Iliza Shlesinger’s comedy special for “Freezing Hot” on Netflix. See below her take on the fall season and women.

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Laughs! The whole time! She has 2 comedy specials on Netflix. Do yourself a favor and have a girls night, get some wine, and watch them both. Followed by Jen Kirkman’s comedy special “I’m Going to Die Alone and I Feel Fine” on Netflix.

-Tazo Chai. The liquid mix is at Costco for a 3 pack for less than $8. Or you can get one for $5 at other stores. It’s my favorite, hot or cold.

-Something I like to call a “Sweater Blanket” is a must. It’s a large cardigan that you can wrap around yourself like a blanket. I don’t wear this in public, but I love to wear it around the house. It opens up like a large square and is very cozy.

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Image link here. I love this sweater!

– A fall wardrobe. You can go to Pinterest and type in “Fall Wardrobe” and you’ll get hundreds of photos and advice. You don’t need me to do that! I live in hoodies and sweats all fall. I’m not a fashion guru. I love me some thick chunky scarves, leather boots, hoodies with faux leather jackets over top of them and comfy skinny jeans like the ones I have from Jessica Simpson. She makes great clothes for girls with curves! Here’s my Pinterest Board for Style. It’s pretty much all fall style and cozy layers.

Happy Fall everyone!

Hello, September.

As I sit here with cold toes, (even though it’s near 80 outside, i’m cold blooded, what can I say) I am reminded of fall. Yes, we all love and gush about fall and it’s colored leaves, chunky sweaters, pumpkin lattes, and layers, so i’ll do what I do every year. Write about it.

Get cozy, it’s about to get colder. Image credit

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Find a good book to read.

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Go ahead, throw a dinner party. The farmer’s market has the best stuff this time of year.

My FAVE fall outfit that looks good on anyone. Leggings, boots, cozy dress, chunky scarf, and your favorite fall jacket.

Tomato basil bisque. Three delightful little words.

When I think fall, I think Chai Tea. This recipe is about home made chai concentrate, but in a pinch brew a packet of Tazo Chai and mix with a little skim or half and half for a smooth latte.

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for fall already! True, i’m not ready for summer to diminish quite yet. I still have a lot of beach going, outdoor festing, farmer’s markets to attend, and bike riding to do. Happy Autumn!

Happy Earth Day! What’s in Your Closet?

With earth day approaching, I decided to start by doing something motivational, that actually doesn’t really help the earth… But it gets me in the spirits of earth day! I created a fake outfit on a shopping website. More on that in a bit. I actually treat every day like Earth day, trying to recycle, buy organic food item, pick up garbage on the street to throw away, don’t buy things that I don’t need, and don’t throw too much garbage out. I like to make things I need instead of buying too many impulse items, and I look for used items before new things, if the case permits. I digress.

So, I got an email from Polyvore, a clothing and design website where you can easily create a board with clothing items, or home design items, to get your creative juices flowing with a simple drop and drag method, and you can also shop from the site with the items you see. It’s pretty fun. They are having a contest for earth day, with contestants creating an outfit for for the occassion. I chose all organic items for my outfit. Organic cottons, beeswax lip balms, organic tea, and stones. No leathers, weird unnatural plastics, or polyesters. I know it’s easy to just choose green colored items, but I wanted take it a step further to choose actual earth friendly items. Which has me thinking about my real clothes. How earth friendly am I?

I’m pretty earth friendly, actually, and here’s how I know:

  • I buy from thrift stores at least 50% of the time. (Some things, you shouldn’t buy used…)
  • I buy from places like TJ Max, where they buy overstock items and keep them from being wasted. (I got Teva’s for $40 instead of $135!)
  • I don’t by what I don’t need. I don’t “go shopping” for the sake of doing so. If I’m bored, I watch TV, read a book, clean the apartment, or go for a walk.
  • I buy things that are comfortable, usually made from cotton. I should take the time to check labels of clothing more often, but I’m such a picky shopper, if I actually find something I love, I will buy it. It’s a rare occasion.
  • I’m not an impulse shopper. I’ve never had the urge to spend money for no reason. I’m too practical for that.
  • I recycle my old clothes, unless they are in terrible shape. Then I try to make something out of the old fabric.
  • I shop for what I need in person, instead of buying online, cutting back on shipping. I know, I know, clothes are “shipped” to a store in the first place. But let me have this one.
So here’ s my outfit I put together:

Organic Earth Day Outfit

My fun outfit! It’s got layers for any weather. Of course the umbrella is nesessary. You never know when it’s going to rain in April, or in Wisconsin in general. There’s another fun site, www.practicallygreen.com where you can take a little test to see how “Green” you are, and find out what you can do in almost every situation to become a little more earth friendly. I recommend it to everyone. Especially home owners.
Happy Earth day!

Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s not too late to get Christmas Presents online, and it’s never too late to get a gift for someone that matters.

For the Home Body: 

  1. West Elm Favorite Throw $29.00
  2. Crate and Barrel Cocktail Glass $2.50 each
  3. One Kings Lane Cordon Bleu Large Jug $10. It would be great for Tom and Jerry’s in the winter or Sangria in the summer.
  4. One Kings Lane 3 Cup French Press $9.00
  5. One Kings Lane Colander in Gray $12.00. Adorable and great for a guy or girl.
  6. This cute little 3′ x ‘3 rug from Ikea is only $39.00. Perfect for getting out of bed in the morning.
  7. This little Crate & Barrel “Happy” Tumbler is only $3.95

For the Inner Child:

  1. Restoration Hardware Pocket Guide to Magic $9.99
  2. West Elm Alphabet Trays $8 each
  3. This fun bright colored Pillow Cover from Ikea is only $6
  4. Charity Mugs from West Elm for $10 each. Half of the purchase goes to Charity.
  5. Mustache Gang T-Shirt from Fab.com only $18.00 (You may have to sign up to be part of this site but it is SO worth it.)
  6. One King’s Lane 365 days of Star Wars book $20.00

Best of luck in your shopping! Happy Christmas!

Home Made Halloween Costume : Peacock

This year I (very last minute) decided to make my own costume. I decided to be a peacock, since I had some things at home I could use to make the costume. I had certian things laying around that most people usually don’t, so I had an adva ntage over some. I had this blue dress with a sparkly bottom, green velvet fabric, blue tights, and peacock feathers. All I had to buy was blue eyeshadow, feathery eye lashes, and a few tall peacock feathers from the craft store to complete the outfit! Oh, and I had to buy pipe cleaners, and blue pom poms to make a little head piece, because I did NOT have those things. But turns out I tied with a blue haired, cupcake boobed Katy Perry for 1st place in a costume contest, so hey, it was a good night! And I didn’t spend $50 at a “Halloween Express” for a cheap, short skirted outfit. Win!

Seeing as how I already had the blue dress, I made a little green velvet corset to go over the top half, something I could glue feathers to. I glued some smaller feathers to the front, and then made a pocket in the back so I could stick the tall feathers in and make them stand up tall behind my head. I made the corset so it wrapped around and just stuck with velcro, then pinned it to my dress with safety pins so it didn’t slide down. It worked out perfectly, and held up all night! Little time spent, and very little money.

Happy Halloween!