Week in Review, Vol. V

Happy December! It’s the most magical time of the year and, like most of you, I’ve been in full Christmas prep mode. Holiday engagements are already in full swing for me; In fact, I’m currently writing this while cooking for my annual Wine & Cheese Party with a few of my close friends and sorority sisters! Most of what’s been going on lately is solely work-related, and not much else besides holiday prep, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

Preparing for the holidays with J. Crew

Quick Reads:

What I’m Reading: The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

What I’m Watching: Madam Secretary 

What I’m Listening To:

Sundress // A$AP Rocky

Roses (with Juice WRLD ft. Brendon Urie) // benny blanco

Project Dreams // Marshmello

I Couldn’t Be More In Love // The 1975

Miracle // CHVRCHES

Recent Purchases:

  • I have been obsessed with this J. Crew crewneck sweater for a while now, and finally took the plunge during their 50% off sale. I’m really into emerald and hunter green right now, but don’t own much of it, so I purchased it in the color “old forest”. I’m beyond ecstatic to style it!
  • Continuing on the theme of J. Crew: During the same aforementioned sale, I bought this belted sheath dress in Black Watch tartan for Christmas Eve. I love the classic look of the dress, and it’s so comfortable! Plus, it’s versatile – I can wear it for dress-y events such as our Christmas Eve party, or I can pair it with a blazer and wear it to the office. 
  • I also just got into essential oils, and purchased a premium starter kit with a diffuser after attending a Young Living party and learning more about them. With my health issues, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try the holistic approach. I’ll definitely be writing a post on my experience with them in the future when I have been able to properly test them out!

Latest Fashion Pick: Kate Middleton has recently been photographed sporting a velvet bow in her hair numerous times this season, which is giving me some serious inspiration. This next “it” accessory can be found everywhere from Target to Nordstrom.

Looking Ahead: 2018 is quickly drawing to a close, and I’ve been gearing up for Christmas! It’s my absolute favorite time of the year, but it’s also the busiest between preparing for the holidays, and wrapping up work for the year.  I’ve been working hard on both end of the year content, as well as my content calendar for Q1 of next year. I’m incredibly excited to try out some different types of content I haven’t touch yet, so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

-K.

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Winter 2018 Trend Watch

The weather outside is frightful, but a cozy sweater is so delightful! As much as I love the holidays, I’m not the biggest fan of the weather that comes along with it. Luckily, this season’s trends include options that will keep you warm whilst still looking fabulous!

Animal Print // One of fall’s biggest trends is trickling into winter, so don’t put away your favorite animal prints just yet! Specifically, we’ll be seeing a lot of leopard and snakeskin this season, as demonstrated at New York Fashion Week. Some of my favorite items this season include these snakeskin boots from Zara, this pleated leopard midi from J. Crew, and this leopard print skinny belt from Loft.

Puffer Coats // Great news for those of you who, like me, live in areas that are impacted by cold temperatures and snow in the winter, puffer coats are in! Last winter, I finally decided to invest in last year’s version of  this The North Face parka, and it was one of the best decisions for my winter wardrobe, checking the boxes for both warm and fashionable. Some other great options include this Columbia parka and this Patagonia down jacket.

Slouchy Boots // You heard that right — your go-to trend from the 2000s is back! Paired with jeans, dresses, really anything, this style is incredibly versatile. Dress your outfit up with these Jessica Simpson leather boots, or keep it casual with these Kelly & Katie suede boots, OR vice versa because that’s how versatile they are!

Plaid // If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you already know how crazy I am for plaid — shoutout to my Catholic school days for instilling this in me. Naturally, I’m over the moon about this trend and had the most difficult time not actually purchasing all the items I stumbled upon in my research. I’m living for this belted sheath dress in Black Watch tartan from J. Crew, this big bow midi skirt from J. Crew Factory, and this Irish Lambswool Scarf from L.L. Bean (which I already have in Royal Stewart & love).

Statement Sweaters // Knitwear is a key player in winter fashion every year, but this year’s focus is on statement sweaters. Think wacky prints, embellishments, statement sleeves, embroidered phrases, etcetera. This jeweled embellished pullover from J. Crew hits most of these points, but I’m also loving Francesca’s Karly Open Back Sweater, which is available in so many cute winter colors!

Did I miss a trend that you are most looking forward to flaunting this winter? Let me know in the comments below!

-K.

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Week In Review, Vol. IV

Week In Review, Vol. IV

Hey hey hey! It’s been a minute since my last update, and life has been crazy lately so it’s time for a quick review of what’s been happening on my side of town. Since my quick trip to Vegas last month, I’ve been on hiatus with blogging since life happens; however, this is all starting to turn around this week. Life is slowing down a bit, the holiday season is upon us, and I could not be more thrilled! I love the holidays. Yes, I’m 100% that person that starts drinking peppermint mochas and listening to Christmas music right after Halloween NO SHAME! I digress, let’s dive into the recap, shall we?

Me and my guy after the wedding festivities in the Flamingo Garden

Vegas Recap: In early October, Ryan and I took a brief trip to Las Vegas for his friend’s wedding. When I say brief, I mean VERY brief…  like less than 48 hours brief. Anywho, despite it being super quick we had so much fun! Honestly, I never had a desire to go to Vegas, but we had so much fun in such a short amount of time that we cannot wait to return next year for my best friend’s bachelorette party. We stayed at the Flamingo, which is also where we spent most of our time in the casino, but  I was bummed that we didn’t get to see much of the strip on foot, though I did get to visit the Venetian while I waited for Ry to arrive, which was super cool and slightly trippy. Once he arrived, we all headed to Fremont Street (aka Old Las Vegas) for the evening. Since it was a Sunday night there was not a ton going on, but we enjoyed two of the outdoor concerts taking place. Our last adventure of the trip was ziplining from the roof of the Rio Hotel 500 feet above Vegas. If you know me, you know that I HATE heights! It ended up being an extraordinary experience, but one that I’m fine only doing once. If you have any recommendations of things we should see or do on our next trip to Vegas, leave a comment below!

Quick Reads:

What I’m Reading: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

What I’m Watching: Manifest

What I’m Listening To:

Baby // Clean Bandit, Marina & the Diamonds, and Luis Fonsi

Without Me // Halsey

Speechless // Dan + Shay

Burning Man // Dierks Bentley & Brothers Osborne

Lover, Leaver // Greta Van Fleet

Higher // Social House

Mona Lisa // Lil Wayne & Kendrick Lamar

Close to Me // Ellie Goulding,   

Recent Purchases:

  • I just ordered these adorable leopard print flats from James Ascher and I’m hoping to get in a few wears with them before the snow falls!
  • Also ordered from James Ascher is the navy and orange Window Pane Open Front Shawl Jacket. The link was removed from the website, but you can see it in my Instagram fashion highlight!
  • I also recently purchased these Ellie Chelsea boots from Target for only $30 to replace my favorite Ralph Lauren booties (RIP) and I’m obsessed. I try to not spend a ton of money on boots for the mere fact that Michigan winters can be pretty gnarly and the sidewalk salt can destroy boots.
  • Finally, I purchased a Quip toothbrush. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, and have heard nothing but good things about the brand so I’m excited to see if it makes a difference. What really drew me to it was the price; it’s super affordable compared to other electric toothbrushes.

Latest Fashion Picks:

  • It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of layering, and this tweed coat from J. Crew would be the perfect top layer as the cold weather rolls in. Plus, tweed is always in style.
  • Believe it or not, my mom actually just picked up a pair of these Faux-Suede Stevie Pants from Old Navy and I want them in every color. Not only are they comfy, but they can be dressed up or down for most occasions.

Looking Ahead: In October, I fell off the workout wagon, so I’ve gotten back on the workout grind with some at home Pilates exercises. That being said, I plan on putting together a health/fitness post about the plan I’m sticking to for the next year, that will most likely come out in early January in lieu of my 2019 goals post. I also am excited to have the next week off of work for the Thanksgiving holiday, which will give me plenty of time to crank out some fun content I have for the blog through the end of the year! 

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

-K.

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A Dinner Party Conversation

“If you could invite five guests — dead or alive — to a dinner party, who would you invite?”

I’m sure you’ve probably heard this question at some point in your life — a networking event, icebreaker in class, on a date, etc. In my 2018 Reading Round-Up post, I mentioned that the book  The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle inspired me to write this post because I think it’s such a fascinating notion. I have heard it before, but my answer changes vastly every time I hear it.

In the book, the main character Sabrina, finds herself face-to-face with people from her past, her best friend, and Audrey Hepburn when she walks into her 30th birthday dinner. This leads to her having some serious revelations throughout the evening. As with any dinner party, I debated going one of two ways with this post — the fun route or the serious route — as I have several people I’d love to extend a theoretical invite to. While I thoroughly enjoyed Sabrina’s story, I’d like to think my fantasy dinner party would be a little more fun and upbeat. After all, we can’t take life too seriously!

Guest #1 would be Andy Cohen. If you know me at all, you know that I’m obsessed with everything Bravo! Seriously my mom and I have watched Real Housewives since day 1, so I basically grew up on it. Every time I watch Andy on the RH reunions (or any other Bravo show reunion), I can’t help but think how incredibly funny, smart, and patient he is. Additionally, he knows how to get a conversation going, and keep it flowing. All of these traits, in my humble opinion, add up to the perfect dinner party guest.

My second guest would be Kate Middleton. She is my top fashion/beauty icon, and I admire how caring and philanthropic she is.  I feel as though Kate would {literally} bring to the table a ton of great conversations. I mean think about it: she’s well-traveled, impeccably dressed, and who wouldn’t want to know what goes on behind the walls of Kensington Palace?

Lady Gaga is guest 3! I have been a fan of Gaga’s since she first came on the scene with “Just Dance” circa 2008, and she’s been in my list of top favorite artists since then. I swear hearing her sing Speechless acapella at her concert I attended my junior year of high school was a near-religious experience. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she has one of the biggest hearts. She’s one of those artist whom I am constantly in awe of her artistic talents and she always keeps everyone guessing what will come next.

Of course I have to invite my celebrity crush since I was 13, Zac Efron. I mean, when else would I have the opportunity to meet him! Based on a number of his recent films, it sure seems like he knows how to liven up a party, even if it is a simple dinner party!

Last, but certainly not least, the final guest would be Chrissy Teigen. If you follow her on social media, or – let’s be real – if you own a tv, you know that she’s one of the funniest people in this planet. Can we also talk about how cute her children are?!?

Now it’s your turn to tell me — What five people, dead or alive, would you invite to your imaginary dinner party? Leave a comment below!

-K.

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Let’s Get Spooky: Local Haunts

In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve decided to go “off-brand” for today’s post, and write about a topic that is incredibly fascinating to me: hauntings. Call me strange, but I love listening to ghost stories, and learning about the history of so-called haunted places. Now, I’ve never actually gone “ghost hunting” — I don’t think I have the guts for that — but I have had a number of strange experiences in my life that have made me a believer (but that’s a story for another day!).

Being the history nerd that I am,  I’ve recently been doing a bit of research on my town’s history out of pure curiosity. Its roots date back to 1764 when Fort Sinclair — a fort and trading post — was resurrected, so it is teeming with history waiting to be explored. In doing this research, I stumbled upon some information regarding my first supposedly haunted location that I had no idea about. Let’s dive in, shall we?

The Haunted Inn

I just recently found out that an Inn less than five minutes away from my house is ~supposedly~ haunted (not disclosing the name at this time)! Built in the early 1800s, the Inn served as a boarding house to farmers. Later on, it was redeveloped into an inn, and today it runs as an Irish pub and inn. While there is no specific story to preface the paranormal activity that occurs today, rumor has it that one of the ghosts likes to photo bomb guests all throughout the establishment. Other activity the Inn sites includes the apparition of a woman in white on the stairs and in the upstairs hallway, shadow figures in two rooms specifically, and the sounds of children laughing. Full disclaimer that I have not experienced any of these myself, but you bet that I’m going to keep my eyes peeled from here on out!

The Legend of Morrow Road

Okay, so I’ve known about the legend of Morrow Road since I was about five or six years old. While it is based a few towns over, the legend is notorious in our area. There were rumors of a movie being filmed based on the story a few years ago; however, nothing ever came into fruition. There are several versions of the story that I’ve heard over the years, so I’ll give you guys the one I’ve heard of most often.

Legend has it that a young woman had a child out of wedlock, and dropped her baby off on the side of the road because she no longer wanted it. Feeling guilty on her way home, she decided to turn around and go back for her child; however, upon her return, the baby was gone. She stayed to search for the baby, but died in the process. Today she haunts the area near the bridge still searching for her baby. If you park your car on the bridge at night, turn it off and honk the horn three times you’re supposed to see the woman and hear the baby cry. Other versions of the story say that you’re supposed to see her with blood on her hands and she leaves bloody hand prints on your car windows while screaming “where’s my baby?”, but I think that’s a little far-fetched.

I’ve been down the road numerous times, but have yet to see or hear anything. Several friends and relatives claim that they’ve seen something in the woods, heard the baby cry or have seen the lady. Maybe I’m not doing all the steps properly, or maybe I’m just one of the lucky ones not scarred from the experience, but I’m definitely willing to try it again!

Do you believe in ghosts or have any ghost stories you’d like to share? Leave me a comment below, I’d love it hear it!

-K.

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National Book Month: 2018 Reading Round-Up

Detroit Public Library

We may still have a few months left of 2018, but in honor of October being National Book Month, I thought I’d celebrate by compiling a list of the books I’ve read this year thus far.

A bit of background before we jump in…

My love for books goes waaaaay back. I remember being bound and determined to learn how to read when my mom informed me that I wasn’t going to get an American Girl doll until I could actually read the books that came with them. I still remember the first book I learned to read happened to be about a firefighter, and I would read it over and over again in an attempt to perfect it. What started as a challenge to overcome blossomed into a passion of mine, and the rest is history. Today, you can always find me carrying a book wherever I go!

This year, I made it a goal of mine to read books that I already own since I’ve made it to the last book of the Outlander series. I’m proud to say that I’ve [mostly] stuck with that goal and knocked out a number of books that have been hanging out on my shelf collecting dust for the past few years.

Also new to my reading list this year is the Book of the Month club — shout out to my co-worker for hooking a sister up! At the beginning of each month, BOTM allows you to choose from five new books in varying genres (some of which aren’t even being sold on the market yet). It’s $14.99 for one book, and you can add on others from the current month or previous months for $9.99 each. You also have the opportunity to opt out each month, and can get free book credits from referring a friend! If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can sign up here.  This is totally not sponsored, I genuinely want to share my obsession with you!

2018 Reads

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven // While I don’t usually read many YA novels at this point, I heard so many rave reviews that I had to check it out myself. The main characters meet by talking each other off the ledge of the school bell tower. Theodore Finch is a “strange kid” fascinated by death and constantly fantasizes about his own; while Violet Markey, a former member of the popular crowd, is learning to cope with her sister’s death. After being paired up for a school project on the natural wonders of their state, they develop a close bond; however, as Violet’s world takes a turn for the better, Theodore’s takes a turn for the worse. A lot of reviews compare this book to A Fault In Our Stars, but this completely stands alone. It addresses mental health in a way I’ve never read before, and found it to be beautifully captivating and extremely emotional.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin // When four siblings go to a psychic as children, they discover the exact date they are going to die. This book follows how each one chooses to live their life as their death date impends. I really liked how the book was split up to focus on each sibling separately from the rest, particularly because each story differed vastly from the others. I loved the story line and the unique lives each character led.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah // Taking place in a small French village during World War II, this story follows Vianne Mauriac and her younger, rebellious sister Isabelle and the differing paths they take in order to survive the war. While Vianne’s husband goes off to fight, she tries to keep herself and her daughter alive while quartering the enemy in their home. Isabelle finds herself passionate about the resistance, and ends up falling in love with a fellow member of the resistance; that is, until he betrays her.  I love, love, love this book! I’ve spoken about my obsession with historical fiction novels for a while now, but this book surpassed all my expectations and kept me hungry for more throughout. There were so many facets explored in this novel – relationships in wartime (romantic and familial), and right vs. wrong in traumatic situations are just two of them.

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero // Talk about a pep talk in a book. I know that so many self-help books can come across as dry and boring, and this is everything but that! Jen gives readers life advice through hilarious stories, easy exercises for facing your fears and overcoming self doubt, and tips of how to rise above and grasp the life you want and love by the horns. This will be one of those books I pick up at least once a year.

A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock // If you are a fan of The Great Gatsby — AKA my favorite book of all time — then this is the perfect read for you. Vera Bellington is a New York City socialite with a seemingly perfect, coveted life from the outside looking in. When the handsome, mysterious French painter Emil Hallan is hired on to paint a portion of Vera’s building, she finds herself enticed by his secrecy. In attempting to uncover the secrets of his past, Vera finds herself thinking about her own secrets dating back to her college days at Vassar, and eventually coming face-to-face with them. At the end of the day, she needs to decided whether the luxurious life she is living is really the one she desires.  I found this to be a very quick read – light and enjoyable. I didn’t find it to be all that much of a page-turner, but I think it’s because I felt no connection to the characters.

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie // This book is dubbed as a historical fiction (yes, another one made my list), but it is based on research and letters written by and to Patsy Jefferson Randolph throughout her life. Throughout Thomas Jefferson’s life, particularly after the loss of his wife, Jefferson often looked to his daughter as his “right hand woman” in all circumstances. A story of love, politics, and the desire for freedom, America’s First Daughter left me wanting to know more about all of these key players during their time. I found it fascinating to dive into the story of someone who played such a large part in our nation’s history that the history books don’t tell you about. So much research went into this book

The Heiresses by Sara Shephard // From the mind of the author that brought us Pretty Little Liars, The Heiresses is the tale of a wealthy family who owns a New York City diamond empire and are plagued by tragic events. When the seemingly perfect Poppy Saybrook flings herself from her office window, her four cousins receive an ominous message that makes them fear for their lives. This book reminded me of a dark version of Gossip Girl, so obviously I loved every second of it! The mystery and drama was plentiful, and the end left me wanting more.

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander Series) by Diana Gabaldon //  I have been talking about my love for the Outlander series on my blog since I first rebranded, and I most likely will continue to talk about it for the rest of eternity – sorry not sorry! This is the seventh book in the series, and  the story line was chalk full of twists and turns, which resulted in me finishing it in record time. I don’t want to give away the story line since it does have spoilers if you are reading the preceding books or watching the series. I’m actually putting off starting the 8th and final book (so far) because I’m not ready for it to end!

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter // When a sick American actress lands on the shore of a small Italian village to wait for her lover to arrive and take her home, the son of the late village hotelier, Pasquale, falls head over heels for her, despite her current love affair. A story of lost love, the book hops back and forth between 1962 and modern-day Hollywood, presenting characters and connecting characters in a non-traditional fashion. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed by this, even though I pretty much bought it because I thought the cover was pretty and saw it was #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. I had a really hard time getting into the story, and did not find it as funny as all of the reviews said it was.

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch // While Addie is on an incredible trip to Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, she just can’t stop dwelling on the horrible thing she did a few months prior, nor will her older brother Ian allow her to forget. While hiding away from her family, Addie discovers the guidebook Ireland for the Heartbroken which helps her cope with her issues while she anxiously awaits to travel to Italy to visit her friend and escape her family. Soon enough, her travel plans change, and she’s trapped on a road trip across Ireland with Ian and his Irish friend Rowan. With the help of the peculiar guidebook, Addie begins to address old wounds both within herself and with Ian. I was really excited to read this because I adored Love & Gelato, but I didn’t find this to be as riveting as L&G. I still enjoyed the story, but there were a few parts of the book where I had the feeling that I missed a few parts, which was not the case. All-in-all it was a lighthearted, quick read.

1984 by George Orwell // A Dystopian novel that displays the degradation of society under a totalitarian government. In a world where individuality is a crime and big brother is always watching, Winston Smith decides to rebel, but he soon learns that all actions have consequences and you can’t hide from big brother. Oddly enough, I found this book to be quite enjoyable; though, it is strange to me that many high schools have this as required reading. I do wish I read it while I was in high school to compare it to my thoughts reading it as an adult, as I don’t think I would have appreciated it as much then as I do now. 

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle // When I saw this book on the Book of the Month website, I knew it would be right up my alley, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! The story begs the question, “if you could invite five people to dinner dead or alive, who would you choose and why?” The book starts with Sabrina showing up to her 30th birthday dinner to find the five people she listed that she wanted to have dinner with when she was in college. As the dinner flows, the reader is given glimpses into Sabrina’s past, and it suddenly becomes clear that all of those in attendance are there for a particular reason. I was left quite pensive after reading this book, and have been inspired to write a full blog post on it — stay tuned for this post, which will be going live in the next couple weeks.

Circe by Madeline Miller // I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Greek mythology, so I was curious to get a peek inside the life of Circe. The seemingly powerless daughter of Helios, Circe is enamored by mortals, and through her fascination she ends up transforming a lover into a god and an enemy into a monster; it is then that she discovers her power of witchcraft. Zeus grows threatened and banishes her to the island of Aeaea where she further develops her powers while combating mortal men who sail to her island, love, and other gods and goddesses. I loved the strong female protagonist that Circe was, and how she was able to prove everyone that doubted her throughout her younger years wrong.

Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris //  I need to start by saying that I 100% believed that this was going to be a stereotypical romance novel, but I was mistaken. Grace is a quirky luthier, running her shop in a small English village while maintaining a long-term love affair with David. David wants to remain together while his children grow up so that he can leave his family without traumatizing them (red flag, right?). While on one of their romantic getaways to Paris, David saves a woman’s life, and everything spins out of control when it’s plastered across all news mediums. Grace is forced to learn the ugly truth about David as she’s working to win the world’s most prominent string instrument making competition, which completely shatters her. With the help of two unlikely friends, Grace is faced with the decision to allow her heartbreak to make or break her. I was very surprised at how much I liked this book. There were some slower aspects, but all-in-all I thought it was a great light read!

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager // The perfect psychological thriller to get you in the Halloween mood, The Last Time I Lied is a chilling story about Emma Davis — a young woman faced with the unthinkable at the ripe age of 13 while away at summer camp. A harmless game of two truths and a lie with the three older girls in her cabin turns dangerous when the three older girls go missing. Flash forward to modern-day, Emma is an artist who can’t paint anything but those missing girls. She’s approached to face her fears and return to Camp Nightingale as a counselor as it reopens 15 years after the disappearance. She is put in the same cabin as before, and starts to dig around to figure out what exactly happened to those girls all those years ago. Things start to become even more suspicious when she discovers she is being watched and threatened all these years later, which soon becomes deadly. I was so enthralled in this book! It constantly kept me guessing and was totally unpredictable. This is not your average scary campfire story; it’s so much better! This is by far one of the top books I’ve read this year.

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way // I just finished this last week, and could not put it down! Purchased as my October Book of the Month, The Lies We Told is yet another psychological thriller I chose to read in honor of Halloween. Clara’s world turns upside down when her boyfriend Luke goes missing. Things become even more strange when Luke’s older sister Emily suddenly reappears 20 years after her own disappearance in an attempt to help find Luke. As Clara searches for Luke, she uncovers secrets he and his seemingly perfect family have kept under wraps, and begins questioning those closest to her. Are Emily and Luke’s disappearances linked? Will she ever be able to trust Luke and his family after all of their lies? Discover the truth by delving in to The Lies We Told. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it starts off with a bang, and takes off from there, leaving the reader feeling as though every character is a suspect in the case. Near the end, I began to decipher who the culprit was, yet I still thought the author revealed all of the truths flawlessly at the conclusion.

To see what I’m currently reading, and what I plan on reading next, follow me on Goodreads, and check out my Instagram story highlights! Now I want to know: What’s your favorite book that you’ve read this year?

-K.

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Fall Fashion Favorites Under $100

Sweater | Necklace (similar) | Skirt (purchased last year from J. Crew) | Loafers

Fall is officially here! Sweater weather is my absolute favorite, mostly because sweaters are a signature staple of mine. There are a TON of great sales going on right now, making it the perfect time to stock up on your favorite fall fashion pieces. Despite the fact that my goal this month is to not spend on anything I don’t need in order to save for an upcoming trip, I can’t help my habit of online window shopping. In lieu of feeding my shopping addiction, I’ve put together a list of my favorite fall pieces – both classic and trendy – that won’t break the bank, and where to find them.

Classic Pullover Sweater // Not gunna lie, I have this Cotton-wool Teddie Sweater in three different colors because I love it so much. They’re so cozy and easy to layer as the temps drop. Bonus: It’s currently on sale in all J.Crew Factory stores!

Shirtdress  // I love a good shirtdress, and Abercrombie has the perfect one for fall. This plaid shirtdress can be dressed up or down for any occasion this season. If you’re willing to spend a bit more money, I’m also crushing on this tie-waist shirtdress from J. Crew.

Balloon-Sleeve Pullover Sweater // As I previously mentioned, I’m a bit of a sweater fanatic, so it’s no surprise that I’m obsessed with this fall’s trend of balloon-sleeves. I just may have to break my no-spend rule to snag this sweater  from Madewell in Egyptian Gold.

Puffer Vest // For those chilly evenings spent at football games or cider mills, a puffer vest is a must! J. Crew has an excellent quilted option with several fall colors to choose from. I’ll take one of each!

Riding Boots // Every woman needs one staple pair of riding boots in her closet. This season, DSW is offering numerous options at great prices, including these black Iona boots by Tommy Hilfiger, G by Guess’s Herly Riding Boots, and Lauren by Ralph Lauren’s Menna Two-Toned Riding Boot.

Booties // Continuing on the topic of shoes, booties are also a must-have for fall and winter. I’m actually in need of some new ones, so I have my eye on these Tommy Hilfiger Ruthee Block-Heel Ankle Booties in black.

Leopard-Print Accessories // This is one trend I stand behind this year; while I can’t rock head to toe animal print like some can, I love incorporating a pop of print into my outfits. I have a particular soft spot for leopard print, especially these loafers by Louise et Cie. I mean, seriously, I’m OBSESSED with them!

Now I want to hear from you! What’s your go-to fall fashion staple?

– K.

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