I can’t enough of animal prints recently. Perhaps it’s the little lioness in me (we all have one after all 😉🦁🐯). Fall is a great time to break out your favorite animal print pieces to add some edge to your fall wardrobe (faux of course). Here are some ways you can style animal prints:

Play it safe with neutrals

An easy way to style animal prints is to wear solid colors like white and black. Bodysuits and cozy sweaters are great to pair with an animal print skirt. Add some heels for height and some extra femininity. To add some elegance, you can add black tights to pull your look together.

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Top: Nordstrom (runs very large – size down two sizes)// Skirt: Target // Heels: Nordstrom Rack 

Accessorize with animal print 

When in doubt – accessorize! Animal print is a great way to add some texture to your look. My leopard print wool scarf is not only fashionable but also cozy! You can also shop some of my favorite animal print pieces that I am crushing on below:

From left to right: Leopard print clutch: Nordstrom //  Leopard print tights: Kate Spade // Heels: Kate Spade // Leopard print bag: Kate Spade

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Trench coat: Banana Republic // Scarf: J.Crew // Boots: Nordstrom // Beret: H&M

Outerwear 

Go big or go home right? An animal print coat (faux of course) is a fantastic statement piece to add to your wardrobe. Especially since it is going to get colder out sooner, this piece will make you look fabulous along with keeping you warm.

From left to right: Water repellant leopard print coat: Kate Spade // J.Crew coat // Leopard Print wool coat: Kate Spade

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Sweater: J.Crew // Jeans: Articles of Society // Shoes: TOMS


Sweater weather is the best kind of weather! Sweaters can be styled in so many fun ways. Today I am going to show you different ways to style a sweater effortlessly. For my first look, I wanted to show you an effortless, casual look. I decided my Point Sur alpaca crewneck sweater with jeans and TOMS for a simple look that you can wear out or for a causal work day. This sweater is sooooo cozy since it’s made of alpaca and merino wool.

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Sweater: H&M // Top: Nordstrom // Jeans: Articles of Society // Boots: Nordstrom


The best thing about sweaters? They are easy to layer with. I love pairing an over-sized sweater (this one I bought in a size L) with a collar top. With a comfortable pair of jeans and study boots, this look was perfect for apple picking. You can see my favorite places to pick apples in New Jersey here.

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Sweater: Nordstrom // Skirt: Target // Heels: Nordstrom Rack


You can always elevate a sweater to have an elegant touch. This wrap sweater that I got during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale. Keep in mind that this sweater runs very large – I had to return my sweater for a size XXS when I am generally wear a size S. I love how easily this sweater pairs great with my animal print skirt and pointed black suede heels.

 

 

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Not to brag or anything but my boyfriend and I are pretty awesome at Halloween! My most popular pin on Pinterest continues to be our costume idea of Mary Poppins and Bert that you can see here. This year, we wanted to do costumes that tackled two important issues: 1. Costumes that were creative and 2. Costumes that are not going to cost a fortune.

I am a big advocate of DIY styled costumes. There is so much joy to be had when you take pieces from your wardrobe and turn them into the costume from one of your favorite movies or stories. When we were deciding on Halloween costumes, our first place to look was none other than Pinterest. After hours of scrolling, we finally came across the costume we wanted to re-create: Elliot and Gertie from E.T.

Below is where we got our inspiration from. After that, it was time to get to work on our costumes.

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Gerty

My costume was super easy to put together. I started with a plain striped shirt. I recommend using a bodysuit for this costume. I didn’t have one and it was a pain trying to tuck in a regular shirt. I also did not have overalls but was able to find a pair under $50 that you can get here. I am usually a size 4 in dresses. I purchased the overalls in a size 3 and they were a bit sung. Go up a size for these overalls! Afterward, I got some string to tie around my hair as pigtails. I am wearing my pink TOMS as I usually don’t wear sneakers (but recognize that I need to get myself a pair). The pot and flowers (that I found on sale) I purchased at Michaels.

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Overalls: Macys (Under $30) // Striped Top: Macys // Shoes: DSW

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Elliot

Patrick’s costume was also effortless to put together. He already owned a red hoodie sweater that he got from H&M (that you can also purchase here). Along with his favorite pair of jeans and his converse shoes, his costume was all set! Not only was this costume easy to put tighter but it also kept him warm while we joined his little sister for Trick-or-treating.

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Hoodie: H&M // Jeans: Macys // Shoes: DSW

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E.T.

In our inspiration photo, the couple used an E.T. plush toy that you can purchase here. My boyfriend decided to take our costume up a notch and build an E.T. out of scratch. That’s right – he build E.T. The best part? E.T. was on a minute loop so he would say things like “E.T. phone home” or “Home?”.

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I’m going to let you all in on a secret: I LOVE autumn! It’s the one time of year where I can wear layers and don’t get make fun it for it (I am not kidding, I am always cold lol). Having grown up in Northern New Jersey, I have a few places that I like to visit for apple and pumpkin picking.

Tranquility Farms: This is the perfect farm for a family outing! This is a farm that truly offers everything. You can take a hayride to the pumpkin patches or if you are not able to, pick one from their market stand. There is also a corn maze, a massive jump pillow and cow train for kids to enjoy.

Melrick’s Town Farm: A hidden gem in northern New Jersey that offers several orchards of apples for you to pick. On your way to the orchards, you can enjoy a hayride by beautiful horses and charming wooden baskets to put in your sweet fruit. Their farm stand offers you a chance to purchase local wine, cheese and honey. This is a great farm to go to if you want to avoid large crowds, even on the weekend!

Alstede Farms: Another great farm in northern New Jersey that offers everything. There are dozens of apple orchards to pick from. Additionally, you can also pick pumpkins from their pumpkin field and take a stroll through their sunflower maze. I recommend getting to the farm early. This is a farm well-known in the area and it can get busy! I have also been told that they now charge $20 for parking so make sure you have cash on you.

What is your favorite thing about autumn? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!

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Sweater: ECRU // Jeans: Articles of Society // Boots: Sperry // Hat: Francescas


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Sweater: LC Lauren Conrad // Jeans: Articles of Society // Shoes: TOMS

 

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While it is never easy to say goodbye to summer, I LOVE fall. Pumpkin spiced everything, apple picking and of course, fall fashion! Today I am sharing with you all my favorite fashion essentials. Because let’s face, fall looks good on everyone!

Wine colored lips

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It’s time to enjoy some deeper, sensual colors like plums and burgundy. The lipstick color I am wearing in these pictures is DIVA by MAC.

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MAC Retro Lipstick in Love Weapon // MAC Matte lipstick in DIVA // MAC Retro Lipstick Carnivorous

BOOTS

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I find myself living in my boots as soon as fall comes around! Suede knee high boots are so stylish and fun to style. Here are some of my current favorite styles:

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H&M Sock Boots (under $50) // Marc Fisher Knee High Boots (petite friendly) // H&M Ankle Boots

Blanket scarf 

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I asked on Instagram a few weeks ago what everyone’s favorite fall accessory was. Sure enough, a blanket scarf was the winner! This accessory is so easy to style and often, is an accessory that will not break the bank.

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Plaid blank scarf in Sunrise (only $20!) // J.Crew Cape Scarf // J.Crew Factory blank scarf

Floppy hat 

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Floppy hats are a great way to add to your look during the fall. Plus they are a lifesaver when you are having a bad hair day!

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Navy Blue Wool Floppy Hat // Brown Wool Freda Hat // Black Wool Hat // Carmel Wool Hat

 

 

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