Fall 2017 Favorites

It’s fall y’all! The weather has started to cool down here in Michigan and I’m finally ready to break out some fall stuff. Goodbye summer maxi dresses – hello leggings!

Faux Fur Vest ($180)

I’m pretty sure I have something similar on my list every year but I haven’t bit the bullet yet and ordered it. I just keep thinking about how soft and cozy this would be – I need to get on it this year.

OPI Less is Norse ($10.50)

I’m a little obsessed with OPI’s collection releases and I love the video for the new Icelandic Collection. I’m going with Less is Norse for my fall favorite, but I do like Turn On The Northern Lights and Reykjavik Has All The Hot Spots too.

Twist Front Cozy Fleece Pullover ($49)

I’m sort of in love with the cut of this top and by how many color options are available. Just having “cozy” in the name screams fall.

Petite Herkimer Quartz Necklace ($74)

Salame Jewelry Designs are my favorite and this little stunner just came up in my feed the other day. I love how dainty it is. According to the description “Quartz in its natural raw form is perfect for keeping positive energy flowing.”

Flare Sleeve Sheath Dress ($139)

This reminded me of this old Pinspired post – it would be the perfect dress to mix and match with. It would also be a great dress to pair with my red pumps (which are on sale btw).

Lash Split Shaft Bootie ($159.95)

I’m missing some cute booties from my wardrobe and these ones from Kristin Cavallari are darling! A good reason to use those Nordstrom Notes!

Zella Live-In High Waist Leggings ($65)

I’ve found the answer to my leather leggings problem. Not that you even knew I had a problem, but I just can’t pull off the leather leggings look. Plus I’m mostly afraid of getting into a Ross’ leather pants situation a la Friends. So these Zella leggings in Black Laminate are the perfect solution. They have a cool sheen/glimmer to them that would be perfect for a night out without the embarrassing baby powder/lotion situation (if you haven’t seen this episode watch it immediately).

Mini Tassel Earrings ($34.50)

These are super duper cute! Tassels are just fun.

Water Resistant Trench Cape ($168)

I could have used this all last week – this is so chic I can’t even stand it! Very Olivia Pope…

Cinnamon Pretzel Twist Candle ($22.50)

OMG! This is the holy grail of candles – It smells like a Cinnabon store.

Merino Blend 2-in-1 Sweater ($98)

This looks super cozy. I like that it is a cowl style, but not low cut where my girls are hanging out.

Michael Kors Lena Large Shoulder Bag ($178.80)

I love this aubergine color or as they call it here “damson.” I really need more of a hobo bag to haul all my stuff around.

Relaxed Cross-Strap Tunic for Women ($18)

Speaking of that color – it is hot for fall and I love it on this tunic from Old Navy. You can’t beat the price and you can wear it with leggings!

Hunter Over-the-Knee Lace Up Boot ($53.40)

Avenue is pretty much my favorite place to buy boots. Great prices and they work on my wide calf every time! These are so different than anything else I’ve seen out there and I love them!

Splendid Dirt – Nutrient Mud Mask with Organic Pumpkin Puree ($23)

Oprah is a big fan of the FarmHouse Fresh Brands and I love their Whoopie Pie Lotion. I’m a huge fan of any mask that “will seriously de-gunk and help purify even the most congested skin.”

What are your favorites for fall?

You can stock up on all my previous fall favorites for 201620152014, and 2013 if you want to take a look back.

Refresh Your Fall Beauty Routine with Meijer

Disclosure: I received sample products and a gift card from Meijer in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Fall officially starts on September 22nd and I don’t know about you, but I want to spend the next few weeks refreshing my wardrobe and beauty routine. Sort of like a bear hibernating for winter, except I just stock up on beauty products so I don’t have to leave the house. Here are a few things I am stocking up on this fall:

1. Olay Eye Lifting Serum

How many of you use eye cream both in the morning and at night? You may not think its important now, but the habits you create now will keep your skin looking great five years from now. Olay Eye Lifting Serum uses an advanced Amino-Peptide and vitamin complex to plump the eye area and reduce under eye bags.

Olay Eye Lifting Serum

2. Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Renewal Deep Conditioner

One habit to start for fall is a weekly hair treatment. I liked this Pantene 3 Minute Miracle because it was fast and easy. My hair was SO soft afterwards, but I still had great volume. I will definitely be adding this into my weekly routine.

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle

3. Yes to Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion

Who doesn’t love coconut?! Normally coconut oil is a big mess to use as a moisturizer. You have to warm up the oil and then it can be a goopy, greasy mess. Not this Yes to Coconut Spray Body Lotion! It is easy to use and not messy at all. Plus coconut is a great way to keep summer alive during fall and winter. I’ve never used a Yes to product before, but I didn’t realize they have a whole line of coconut products as well as cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, blueberries, and grapefruit.

Yes to coconut

4. L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask and Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Every Sunday I have a treatment ritual which includes using a Biore Pore Strip, using my PMD (post coming soon), and following up with a mask. I was excited to try this new clay mask from L’Oreal. It uses eucalyptus to unclog pores and remove impurities. I love a clay mask; I feel like it really gets in there as opposed to a peel off or brightening mask. I have big oily pores that need a weekly deep cleaning!

Loreal Clay Mask

5. Maybelline Color Jolt and L’Oreal Brow Stylist

Fall calls for perfect brows and a bold lip. I really liked the flocked tip applicator for the red lip, it made it easier to put on. I do my brows every day. If I had to cut out most makeup I would keep brows, mascara and lips. Having defined brows ties your whole look together. It is also great when you are in between brow jobs.

Bold Lip and Brow

What new things are you incorporating into your beauty routine this fall?

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Fall Bucket List

I started a Summer Bucket List for the first time this year and I only did so-so at it. For fall, I learned that you have to plan everything out in advance or you won’t make it a priority so that is exactly what I am going to do for fall. In Michigan fall is so much fun with activities like Michigan football, apple orchards, cider mills, fall colors and the changing seasons. I can’t wait to get moving on these activities and enjoy this season as much as we can!

fall graphic

  • Make chili


  • Eat caramel apples

caramel apple

  • Go to a Michigan game

Michigan game

  • Eat/buy/enjoy something pumpkin – so far I’ve tried Pumpkin Spice Oreos, Pumpkin Spice Hostess Donuts
  • Eat cider and donuts

cider and donuts

  • Enjoy some Leelanau Cellar’s Witches Brew

witches brew

  • Have a Harvest Patch Shandy

PS Shandy

  • Go to the drive-in – We took Sport with us and saw The Martian
  • Carve pumpkinspumpkin carving Collage
  • Tailgate
  • tailgatingGo to a corn maze – we didn’t make it this year
  • Make chicken pot pie
  • chicken pot pieGo to a Halloween party
  • halloween partyGo to a haunted house – Next year people!
  • Go on a hayride – 2016 goals!
  • Go to a black wine tasting – I did this, but since it’s in the dark pictures are hard to take
  • Participate in an Oktoberfest celebration – Next year!
  • Watch a Halloween movie
  • screamRestart book club – This was amazing! We read The Widow Clicquot and I loved it!
  • Go to a Lions game – We saw the first win of the season!
  • LionsBurn a fall candle
  • fall candleVote – first time in our new house/location
  • VoteMake something in the crockpot
  • Host a Bloody Mary bar during an away game
  • Get a Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks
  • Take a trip to Chicago and see the Bears play
  • Make apple pie
  • Go to a fall beer festival
  • Bake something with pumpkin
  • Throw a fall dinner party
  • Make a Halloween or Thanksgiving craft
  • Decorate the house with a mum and/or pumpkin
  • Make pecan pie
  • Go to a fall festival
  • Bake something with bourbon
  • Use the smoker
  • Perfect John’s potato soup recipe
  • Make something with butternut squash
  • Take a cooking class
  • Go Black Friday shopping
  • Host an exchange of some sort (ornament/cookie/scarf)
  • Make a fall wreath (finish my cork wreath)
  • Bake  Christmas cookies
  • Go to the Nutcracker

What are your favorite fall bucket list activities? I am going to be adding to this list throughout the season so if you let me know your favorites in the comments.

Fall Beauty Finds at Meijer

Disclosure: I received beauty products from Meijer to help promote the Meijer Beauty Department. All opinions expressed are my own.

I was thrilled to receive a treasure trove of fall beauty items from Meijer for this post. Even as an adult, fall means a new year and new beauty products. Meijer is a great place to shop to refresh your collection as they have everything from styling products to beauty products all in the Meijer beauty aisle. There were a few things in particular that stood out to me (and I couldn’t believe you could get them at Meijer, how convenient!) and I even tried a new look to share with you.

The first item that caught my interest was the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water. I was thrilled to receive this since I had just discovered Miceller Water (you can read about it in my previous post here).

Meijer fall4

The next items I was stoked to receive were the Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Shampoo & Conditioner. I have baby fine and super thin hair so this was right up my alley.

Meijer fall3

I have been living on fragrance samples for a while so this full size Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette was perfect. I love that Candice Swanepoel is the face of this scent in their new ad:

Versace describes it as “an enthralling and voluptuous fragrance, for the Versace woman who is strong and confident yet feminine, sensual, who loves to be enveloped in a fragrance that tastes of juicy pomegranate grains, iced freshness and shining yuzu.” Let’s just say that this is perfect for me!

Meijer fall7

I also got some fun cosmetics including some amazing new palettes!

Meijer fall

I used the Revlon Colorstay palette in 528 Passionate to create this look below.

Meijer fall9

Revlon guarantees that this eyeshadow won’t crease, fade or smudge for 16 hours. I wore this look at work and it stayed all day. I watered down my eyeliner brush and used the dark color for eyeliner to really make my eyes pop.

Meijer Collage

I also used the Loreal Lumi highlighter in Ice on the high points of my face. If you’ve never used highlighter before, they have a handy diagram on the back of the bottle to help you.

Meijer fall11

What are your favorite fall beauty finds?

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Fall Into Fringe

I’m not quite ready for fall yet. I am a firm believer that it doesn’t start until September 23rd, but I have to admit that it’s hard to ignore. My Fall Favorites and Fall Bucket List posts are coming up next week, but I couldn’t resist doing a little fall fashion today. One of the biggest trends for fall is fringe! My personal style is less bohemian and more classic, but there is something fun about fringe.


I’ve selected a few fringe pieces that I want to incorporate into my wardrobe this fall. I can’t wait to get these and share some fun outfit posts with you.

Michael Kors Fringe Hem Cowl Neck Sweater ($89.50)

I think this would be so cute with boots and jeans, now the only problem is figuring out which color to get!

Michael Kors

Sole Society Faux Leather Fringe Hobo ($64.95)

This bag wins the case for white after Labor Day. It is stunning!

sole society

Karen Kane Fringe Pencil Skirt ($98)

I would wear this one to work, just enough fringe to be stylish.

Karen Kane

BaubleBar Tassel Bracelet ($34)

Call it tassels or fringe, this is too cute to pass up.

tassel bracelet

Hinge Ombré Fringe Cape ($78)

I love that this is ombre! I think the grey is a good pick for fall, but I like the blue too!


Steve Madden Fringly ($99.99)

I love these in the blue suede, but I could go purple suede too. They would be great with a little black dress for a fun night out!

steve madden

INC International Concepts V-Hem Fringed Tunic Sweater ($58.99)

This would look great with the leggings and boots I already have!


Street Level Suede Fringe Foldover Crossbody Bag ($78)

I LOVE this bag. I’m not sure that it’s totally practical, but I love it. It reminds me of the Prada bag Carrie had on Sex and the City at the premiere of Smith’s play that she had to hold up high the whole time…but it was SO beautiful.

street level

Bongo Women’s Willow Taupe Fringe Western Ankle Boot ($39.99)

These are just enough to be cute and stylish. Some of the fringe boots I saw were a little too much for my tastes.


INC International Concepts Fringe Wrap Cardigan ($59.99)

I would wear this all weekend until spring!

INC fringe

Emperia Fringe Faux Leather Tote ($54)

I love pink.


Showgirl Fringe Strand Necklace ($58)

Previously seen on Nikki Ferrell in my Bachelor recap.

Showgirl necklace

Steve Madden Sashi Fringe Sandal ($129.95)

If the blue suede is too much for you, these have just a hint of fringe.


Ralph Lauren Fringe Trim Long Drape Front Coat ($340)

This is a little on the pricey side, but this is the item I would use all my Nordstrom Notes for!

ralph lauren

Jessica McClintock Fringe Open Handle Clutch ($45)

Perfect for a pop of style on a night out.

jessica mcclintock

Rachel Zoe Remy Fringe Ear Cuffs ($95)

Fringe and ear cuffs combined! I love killing two trends with one stone.

Rachel Zoe

Which one of these fringe pieces would you incorporate into your fall wardrobe?

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Fall Favorites

I have to admit that Spring and Summer are my favorite seasons. I do like fall, but more for the fun activities we get to do like tailgating and football games. Because of this I wanted to wait until the first day of fall to give you my favorites so I could enjoy every last day of summer.

Caramel Apple Spice

Since I don’t drink coffee, I can’t jump on the pumpkin drinks at Starbucks, but I can enjoy my delicious Caramel Apple Spice. It tastes like a hot apple juice drink with cinnamon, caramel, and whipped cream. What could be better? It is great on a cool day to warm you right up. I can’t wait to get my first one of the season.

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

Fioni Booties

I first talked about these booties on my September Pinspired post here. I haven’t been a huge fan of booties, mostly because I have thicker legs and I think they are more flattering on people with long, thin legs. When I saw these booties, I thought they were perfect – more like heels with a little bit of bootie. The best part is that they are from Payless, so they’re very affordable. Since they are sold out, you can buy them on eBay here. I can’t wait to wear them with tights!

Fioni Booties

Fioni Booties

SPANX High-Waisted Tights ($38)

In order to keep you spring and summer dresses going through fall, you’re going to need a good pair of tights. Enter SPANX. I cannot stress how much I love these tights. I know it seems weird that they go all the way up to your bra, but trust me, you will love them. Because they go up so high, you don’t have to worry about  the muffin top problem that you would get with normal control top tights or pantyhose. This is the one item that I will definitely stock up on. I can’t wait to try different colors and maybe patterns this year.

SPANX High-Waisted Tights

SPANX High-Waisted Tights

Grace & Lace Legwarmers ($34)

I have been watching these all summer and I can’t wait to buy them for fall. I imagine I will mostly wear them for lounging around the house, but I like to think that I might experiment and wear them over jeans and leggings. My feet and legs are always cold, so I think these will be perfect and cute for downtime with the hubby.

Miss Molly Legwarmers

Miss Molly Legwarmers

Michael Kors ‘Everest’ Baguette Crystal Bezel Bracelet Watch ($325)

I’m in love. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love my white ceramic Michael Kors watch from the summer favorites list, but lately I’ve been adding some gold into my wardrobe and I need a watch that matches. I also think that I need to put the white watch away and bring it out for some winter white in December and January. When I saw this gold Michael Kors watch I thought I died and went to heaven. It is just so beautiful, I have to have it!

Michael Kors 'Everest' Baguette Crystal Bezel Bracelet Watch

Michael Kors ‘Everest’ Baguette Crystal Bezel Bracelet Watch

CND Vinylux/Shellac Masquerade

Now that summer is over, I am ready for a new fall color. I think that CND Shellac/Vinylux in Masquerade will do the trick. It is not red, but more of a dark red/purple that is perfect for fall. If you haven’t heard of Vinylux yet, check out my post here.

CND Masquerade

CND Masquerade

Flower Headband ($36.99)

I have a few outdoor events to go to this fall, an outdoor beer festival, not to mention lots of tailgating. I need to stay warm, but I don’t want hat hair. Enter the adorable flower headband. It keeps your ears warm without killing your hair for the evening. I particularly like this one from Lucy’s Knitting Shop because of the cute little button.


Infinity Scarves

I bought two infinity scarves last year in black and camel and I wore them everyday. They solve the problem of having a bulky scarf under your fitted coat. They are great to wear with a t-shirt or with a coat or jacket. The place I got mine from doesn’t have them anymore, so I found a great Etsy shop, Beckers Creations, where you can buy them in any color.

infinity scarf

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Beer

This beer is perfect for fall, it is crisp and fruity, but not dark. It has a cherry/honey taste and is great by itself or with dinner. Each bottle is 165 calories so I like to have one every once in a while.

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Beer

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Beer

ChapStick Velvet Cupcake Lip Balm

I live in Michigan, which means that the cold weather is approaching. Combine that with lots of outdoor events and you get chapped lips. It pays to always have chapstick on hand and what could be better than velvet cupcake flavor?

ChapStick Velvet Cupcake

ChapStick Velvet Cupcake

These are all of my favorite fall things. I would love to hear what your favorite fall things are, please share them in the comment section below. If you want to read about my summer favorites, click here.

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