Fall Wardrobe Essentials

Creating a Fall wardrobe can be easy. Work on procuring a collection of clothing that is composed of interchangeable items to maximize the number of outfits that can be created. Include pieces that can multitask! Know which pieces to invest in and shop second hand for trendier pieces. Don't be afraid to add color and texture! 


CAMEL WRAP OVERCOAT

A camel wrap coat is prefect piece of outwear that can be worn over work and evening wear, but can also be used to dress up jeans and a sweater. It's a classic piece that can transition into Winter.



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ANIMAL PRINT
An animal print blouse offers the perfect color palette for Fall while still adding a pop. Dress it up or dress it down!  



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BIKER JACKETS

Biker jackets are the perfect jacket for to keep away the Autumn chill without adding bulk. Choose from genuine leather, faux leather, or vegan leather.


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DENIM

You can never have enough denim! Choose a skinny jean for a higher level of sophistication. They're also super easy to tuck into boots!


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OVER-SIZED/CHUNKY SWEATER

There is nothing better than an over-sized sweater on a crisp Autumn day! It keeps you warm, makes you feel comfortable, and you can create some awesome outfits!


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FASHION SNEAKERS

Fashion sneakers are a new staple for the Fall wardrobe. Think slip on, lace up, colors, high top and/or patterned sneakers that would pair well with jeans or trousers rolled at the cuff. These aren't your gym shoes. Search out a pair that you wouldn't run or work out in. 




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PLAID BUTTON DOWN

There is so much you can do with a plaid button down shirt besides wearing it with jeans. Mix it with a leather skirt and ankles booties or make your favorite slip dress more casual by tying it around your waist and throwing on moto boots. Wear it under a sweater for an elevated, preppy look.



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ANKLE BOOTIES

Ankle boots are the most versatile Fall footwear. Thanks to their flattering style and practical length, booties are a style staple that can suit many looks. They are a great option to wear with jeans, pants, dresses, and jumpsuits. You can choose from flats, wedges, feels, and open-toed! 


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ACCESSORIES

Try some new accessories this year. Go for fingerless gloves, gold hoop earrings, and a top knotted headband.

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LAYERING BASICS

Put versatile pieces like t-shirts and turtlenecks to work when layering. When layering, stick with one or two color families, but go for a mix of fabric textures. Button-up tops worn over a t-shirt and under  a chunky sweater is a classic Fall look that will keep you cozy on the coldest days! But don't count out basics on their own.  They make for a casual look that offers endless ways of accessorizing! 


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10 Kitchen Tools for The Great British Bake-Along

The new season of The Great British Bake Off kicks off the in US on Netflix on Friday (with a new episode every following Friday)! Whether you want to test your skills with molton puddings and arlettes or start with soda bread or Chelsea buns you'll want a few tools to add to your kitchen!



 BAKEWARE SET

A bakeware set is a must-have for a baker of any skill level. Choose a set that comes with different sized and shaped cake tins and that includes a muffin tray, baking sheets, and a loaf pan.

APRON

Choose a fun apron that matches your personality and protects you clothes from any baking mishaps or disasters! I suggest a Union Jack apron in a nod to The Bake Off!

DIGITAL KITCHEN SCALE

Exact measurement of ingredients is the key to any bake. Use the scale to get the correct amount for a show-stopping end result!

STAND MIXER

A stand mixer is a great for mutli-tasking. You can throw in the specified ingredients and let it mix while working on a different part of the recipe. It will also save you from using a lot of elbow grease! A KitchenAid mixer is an investment so look around for other stand mixer brands (that often include the attachments) that may be more in your budget.

COOLING RACKS

The Great British Bake Off contestants only get a set amount of time for their challenges. Cooling racks are key to bringing down the temperature of your creations so you can get to decorating quicker!

DIGITAL KITCHEN THERMOMETER

You'll need a kitchen thermometer if you plan to bake a game pie, temper chocolate, or make caramel (which the constants on the Bake Off often do). Choose an easy-to-read digital thermometer that multitasks for sweet and savory creations. 

DOUGH SCRAPER

Get a dough scraper for bread and pastry week (or anytime you try one of Paul Hollywood's famous bread recipes)! A dough scraper is used to manipulate raw dough and used to slice it. It also can be used to cleans surfaces on which the dough as been worked!

FROSTING SPATULA

A frosting spatula, commonly known in the baking world as a palette knife, is a utensil designed specially for spreading frosting (or any other substance) on to a flat surface. This tool will allow you to spread your icing quickly and evenly!

PIPING TOOLS

Piping tools are so important for putting on the finishing touches! You will want a set that includes piping bags and piping tips of many different shapes and sizes. Presentation is important on The Great British Bake Off!

CAKE STAND

You'll need something for presentation. Again, think about saving time! Go for a cake stand that pulls double duty - one with rotating capabilities - so you can ice and decorate easily and not to have to transfer the bake to present! 




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Our End-of-Summer Mini Getaway

 For the past five years Nick and I have gone to Cincinnati to the Western & Southern Open and to spend time with friends. Although the tennis tournament still happened, it moved to New York City and no spectators were allowed. I still felt like me needed an end-of-summer getaway!



We took a short, 2ish hour trip to Indiana and the Oakwood Resort on Lake Wawasee. We enjoyed two days of sunshine and relaxation! The resort was right on the water with small sand beach section. The best part about the Oakwood Resort is that it's dog friendly!








There was plenty of outdoor space and Oakwood had an awesome restaurant, The Pier and Back Porch.













We stayed on a Sunday and Monday nights so the place was pretty quiet which was great for reading and relaxing!



We had the best waiter this day. His name was Chuck.






The second evening we went to a local place called The Channel Marker which is situated on a canal and also had a patio so we could take Scout!






Talk about yummy food!


After, we went back to the resort to relax before checking out the next morning.




I convinced Nick to stop at the Shipsawana Flea Market on the way home. Shopping and/or walking around checking out stalls of goods, antiques, and crafts is really not his thing, but I got him to stay positive with a promise of a homemade soft pretzel. He perked up even more when I bought him some homemade strawberry rhubarb jam and homemade snickerdoodles! And Scout was allowed to walk around with us!




I really wanted this silver tea set, but used my good judgement and decided I didn't need it. But isn't it so pretty?!



We had a great two days, but I think it might have been too much excitement for our 11 year old pooch!