OOTD – Casual Fall

When I first came across the image below on Pinterest, I became obsessed with the entire look. Happily Grey quickly became one of my favorite blogs and I searched high and low for a similar cardigan so I could put together my own version of this outfit. I love that it’s a fall-appropriate outfit that looks super comfortable and very wearable. I’m still on the fence about hats. I absolutely love them but don’t know if I can pull it off on an ordinary day. Urban Outfitters has a great selection of affordable hats in a variety of styles so I think I’ll just have to pick one up and see if I an get the confidence to wear it.

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Here’s my own twist on the outfit with a fun polaroid camera to capture the beauty of fall:OOTDCasualFall1. Oversized Knit Cardigan Sweater, $59, 2. Madewell Woven Gusset Shoulder Bag, $188, 3. V-neck Jersey Top, $5.95, 4. Madewell Angelflip Pendant Necklace, $55, 5. Gap 1969 High Rise Skinny Jean, $69.95, 6. Alexa Panama Hat, $69, 7. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera, $62.99, 8. Ray-Ban Aviator Large Metal Sunglasses, $199.95, 9. Madewell Filament Stacking Rings, $28, 10. Frye Jillian Chelsea Boots, $228

 

Jacquemin Farms

This weekend Chris and I finally made it out to Jacquemin Farms. It was a beautiful, crisp fall day and a lot of other people had the same idea. Families and kids were everyone picking out pumpkins, playing in the kids’ area and waiting in line for donuts, apples, jams, and more. We picked out a couple large pumpkins and a couple small ones as well as some apples and kettle corn before waiting in line. I had really hoped to order a dozen of their delicious donuts but there was a waiting list and we decided to just go down to Der Dutchman to get some fresh cinnamon twists and blueberry fritters since we were in the area. I was never a huge fan of the Der’s food but, man, they sure do make some tasty donuts.

It was a perfect fall day and I love the way our front porch looks with some pumpkins by the door. I was also able to check an item off my Fall To-Do List If you’re looking for a place to grab some pumpkins and some favorite fall treats, check out Jacquemin Farms in Plain City.

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Well I’m 24. I don’t feel any older but kind of do at the same time. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store. After work, I’m celebrating by grabbing myself some free Starbucks, doing some shopping at Easton and getting dinner and drinks with my family at Rusty Bucket. Tomorrow the festivities will continue with brunch at Northstar with my husband and a night out at 16Bit with friends. Have a great weekend!

Missing OU

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I decided I wanted to go to Ohio University after spending some time there for Yearbook Camp (it’s really a thing, I promise) the summer after my junior year of high school. I fell in love with how beautiful and quaint the campus was and how great it’s journalism program was. When Chris decided to go there in 2008, it sealed the deal that I would also attend there upon graduation from high school. I decided to pursue commercial photography instead of journalism and I really loved all the classes I took and spending so much time with C. The best season to be at OU is definitely fall closely followed by spring.

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The hills and trees make fall that much better and Chris and I spent a lot of time walking around and exploring on and off campus. It was so nice being so close to Hocking Hills, Wayne National Forest, and Stroud’s State Park but you didn’t need to go far to see beauty in Athens.

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During the spring, the Japanese Cherry Trees bloom and I swear it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When the blossoms are at their peak, people gather from all over to see them and take pictures. It really is a cool experience to walk along the river when the trees are at their best.

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I always felt so comfortable and at home in Athens, which I never got when I transferred to Ohio State. My two years just weren’t enough to spend in Athens and at OU’s campus and I hope to go back for a visit soon. If you haven’t visited OU yet, you definitely need to make a trip.

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What I Want Now – September

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My birthday is this week and I am so excited to celebrate with my friends and family. It’s been beautiful and warm for the last couple of weeks but that’s all supposed to change on Friday when fall weather arrives. I’m really excited for the cooler weather so I can start wearing my favorite fall layers. I tried to ask for practical things for my birthday such as this iPad cover but can’t help but hope to add to my wardrobe too.

1. Lucky Brand Emmie Flat $59, 2. iPad Mini Smart Cover, $39, 3. Galloway Scarf, $42, 4. Texturework Sweater, $69.50, 5. Naked2 Basic Palette, $29

Fall To-Do List

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1. Go hiking. There are so many wonderful places in Ohio to visit during the fall. Last year, Chris and I went to Yellow Springs for a weekend and it was absolutely beautiful. This year I hope to revisit Yellow Springs or head to Hocking Hills to see the beautiful colors and walk the trails.

2. Drink hot cider. Hot cider is one of my favorite things about the fall. Every year we buy it by the gallon. It’s best enjoyed heated on the stove top with a dash of cinnamon… or spiced rum.

3. Visit a pumpkin patch. Every fall I visit Jacquemin Farms to pick up some pumpkins, apples, and pumpkin donuts. It’s such a fun experience to spend some time outdoors and see all the cute kids running around grabbing the perfect pumpkin.

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4. Do a fall photo shoot. Every fall I wish I had taken more photos. When Chris and I first started dating, we went on little photo shoot dates all the time to the various parks in and around Plain City. This year I hope to make a point to go out at least once to capture on camera some of the beautiful fall foliage.

5. Go to a football game. This is the first year in a while that I wasn’t able to get OSU tickets. I’m not too sad about it but I do love going to a football game when the air gets crisp. This year, Chris and I decided we will try to make it out to a JA football game… our first since graduation.

6. Bake pumpkin bread. Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite fall treats. I’ve been known to enjoy it other times of year but I haven’t ever actually made it myself. As a huge baker, I find this unacceptable so plan on making some soon.

7. Make s’mores by the fire. Chris and I finally have a yard this fall and thanks to my sister and brother-in-law, a fire pit. We’ve used it a handful of times this spring but haven’t utilized it in a while. It’s perfect for enjoying a small fire to make some delicious s’mores, which are one of my favorite sweets.

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8. Watch Hocus Pocus. Hocus Pocus is my favorite Halloween-themed movie. When I was little, I borrowed it from my neighbor so many times that she eventually just gave it to me. I’ve since purchase the DVD so I can enjoy it whenever I want. Every fall I like to make a point to sit down and watch it while enjoying a fall snack, like kettle corn.

9. Use the crockpot. During the fall and winter, most of the meals I make are prepared in the crock pot. Fortunately, we got a really nice, big one for a wedding gift so now I’ll have no problem cramming everything into it. I’m sure we’ll be enjoying lots of chuck roasts (my favorite), chili, soups, and various other warm-weather dishes.

10. Buy a new fall outfit. Aren’t fall clothes just the best? I love being comfortable and prefer fall’s layers to summer’s thin fabrics and short bottoms. I have already treated myself to a pair of Bean Boots but hope to pick up a new sweater or two from Madewell.