Best of 2017

Go ahead and get cozy my friends because this one is about to be a long one! Tonight I'm taking a walk down memory lane, sharing both my favorite blog posts AND memories from 2017. Next year I may write two separate posts so they're not quite so long, but here I am on New Year's Eve with only hours until the ball drops and we start ringing in 2018!

Gift Guide for the Homebody

Since being in college I've seen myself become more and more of a homebody. While I enjoy being out and about with friends, nothing quite compares to cozying up on the weekends with Netflix and pampering myself. Today's gift guide is all about helping y'all shop for the girl who cherishes her alone time more than anything else, but honestly, any girl would probably love to receive most of these gifts!  

Chenille Cardigan

SWEATER: Express chenille cardigan (50% off!) | SCARF: Stripe scarf | TOP: Altar'd State pocket tee | PANTS: similar HERE | BOOTS: Sole Society Benedict boots | EARRINGS: Pearl stud earrings | WATCH: Wristology Rachel gold watch (one sale for $20!) | LIPS: Revlon moisture stain in 'Parisian Passion'

Chenille has quickly become the fabric of the season, and this cozy cardigan from Express is currently 50% off! I have already started embracing the chenille trend this winter as it is one of the softest materials ever, and I'm looking forward to continue snuggling up in pieces like this cardigan as the temperatures continue to drop! 

My Christmas Wish List

No matter how old I get, I love reading other people's wish lists this time of year. Maybe it's just the nosy side of me, but I love to see the kinds of things others have on their mind. I share tons of amazing clothing pieces and products here on Falling for Autumn, but I thought it'd be fun to share with y'all what has stood out to me the most and what I've been really desiring this year! 

Do Good Co.

In the spirit of the season of giving I want to share with y'all a local business that constantly gives back to the Kansas City community. Do Good Co., a store with a curated collection of apparel, accessories and home goods, supports non-profit organization such as KidsTLC and KC Pet Project through every purchase. So as December is upon us, I encourage y'all to stop by Do Good Co. to get some of your holiday shopping done, while taking advantage of the opportunity to impact local children and pets at the same time. 

Gift Guide for Her Under $50

Despite there being endless options, girls can still be extremely difficult to shop for throughout the holiday season. That's why, whether you're shopping for your best friend, sister or any other girl in your life, I've rounded up several gift ideas that they're all sure to love! Plus, I know we all don't have big bucks to spend so everything I'm sharing with y'all falls below the $50 mark!  

Cable Knit Beanie Under $15 + VLOGMAS

HAT: Forever 21 beanie (comes in 3 colors!) | SWEATER: Express tunic sweater (40% off!) | BRALETTE: Altar'd State lace bralette | JEANS: Flying Monkey jeans | BOOTS: Sole Society Benedict boots | EARRINGS: Francesca's (similar HERE) | NECKLACE: Rocksbox cluster necklace | LIPS: Revlon lip stain in 'India Intrigue'

Hey y'all, happy Sunday! I don't typically post on the weekends, but I wanted to share with y'all this cozy, fall-ish outfit before I start getting into the holiday spirit here on the blog! I've always been hesitant to buy beanies because while I love how cozy they look I never thought I would be able to pull them off, but after buying this cable knit one for less than $15 it has quickly become one of my favorite cold weather accessories!

Final 13

Can y'all believe tomorrow is December?! No complaints here but it sure doesn't feel like it in Kansas! It's supposed to be in the 60s the rest of the week, and I feel like I'm usually shivering in a heavy coat by this time of year. I just got back to Manhattan from a long Thanksgiving Break so that's what most of this month's final 13 pictures will be coming from, and now I only have two weeks left of school before I'm back home for winter break! 

Let me know what your favorite part of November was in the comments!

17 Can't Miss Cyber Monday Sales

I am an avid online shopper, and when it comes to all the sales around this time of year I always find the best ones on Cyber Monday! I'm trying my best to keep my wallet tucked away because so many of these sales are dangerously good! Free People items are nearly 50% OFF at Macy's (!!), some of the coziest sweaters of the season are 30% off at H&M, everything at Express is 50% off and so much more! Today is the last day of these holiday sales, so shop quickly!   

Friday Favorites

Anyone else feel like this week flew by? I'm already dreading next week's workload (only one week until Thanksgiving break!!), but for now I plan on enjoying the weekend! Today ended up being a lot more fun than I anticipated. After class my friend Macy and I went to the gym, Panera and Target together, so that's why today's post is getting up a little late. Then tomorrow I'm planning on going to the K-State football game! But before I started winding down for the night I wanted to share with y'all this week's favorites! 

High School Stranger to College Best Friend

College is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts, but that doesn't necessarily mean with new people. Today I wanted to change pace a little bit and share with y'all one of the most important and influential people in my life, Nicole. We went to high school together for four years, but it took moving to Manhattan for us to really get to know each other and become friends.

Denim Jacket: Favorite Layering Piece This Fall

TOP: Altar'd State pocket tee | JACKET: similar HERE | PANTS: Marshalls (similar HERE) | SHOES: Target (old, similar HERE) | EARRINGS: Francesca's (old, similar HERE) | NECKLACE: Rocksbox Sophie Harper necklace | RING: Rocksbox Rudiment ring | LIPS: Maybelline lipstick in 'Divine Wine'

Several years ago I realized I hadn't worn my denim jacket in years, and with it taking up precious space in my closet I passed it down to my sister. But a couple months ago I started to see them coming back in style, so before I moved to Manhattan for the fall I stole it back out my sister's closet, and it has quickly become one of my favorite layering pieces this season! 

The Best Time to Wear a Striped Sweater...

SWEATER: Scoobie (available in stores or, similar HERE) c/o | SKIRT: Express black skirt | SHOES: Target black loafers | EARRINGS: Gold hoop earrings | LIPS: NYX butter lipstick in 'Root Beer Float' all the time! Except this one doesn't have a turtleneck, but I think an exception can be made when it's this soft and lightweight. (Please tell me y'all got my Spongebob reference...!) I tell myself I have too many gray sweaters all the time, but this one from Scoobie was way too cute and cozy for the end of fall and winter to pass up! 

Friday Favorites

Hey y'all! Happy Friday and 3rd birthday to Falling for Autumn! Three years ago today I launched Falling for Autumn and haven't looked back since! I was planning on doing a separate post to celebrate three years, but it completely fell of my radar. Next year I'm going to try to be a little more on top of things and share the story of how it all began, but for now I'm just going to leave y'all with this week's favorites and celebrate by myself with a pint of ice cream and Netflix! 

One Blanket Scarf Styled 2 Ways

DRESS: T.J. Maxx (similar HERE) | SCARF: Altar'd State (identical HERE) | SHOES: similar HERE | EARRINGS: Gold hoop earrings | WATCH: Daniel Wellington leather watch | LIPS: Maybelline lipstick in 'Pink Me Up'

After a super cold Halloween (it was snowing in Manhattan!), the weather is starting to go back to normal, fall temperatures, and with the fall chill looking like it's here to stay I thought I'd share with y'all two ways to style this blanket scarf with the same dress! 

Final 13

Looking back through my pictures from October I'm just trying to wrap my mind around how I did. It was one whirlwind of a month to say the least! From becoming a grandma (in my sorority haha!) to KC Fashion Week to K-State Homecoming and everything in between I'm surprised I still managed to squeeze in watching seven seasons of Friends this month! As usual, to celebrate the end of the month and reminisce on all I've done, I'm sharing with y'all the last 13 photos on my phone's camera roll! 

Friday Favorites

Hellooo Friday! This week was a long one, but I'm so glad the weekend is finally here because I have absolutely no plans! Wow does that feel good to say... But before I kick back and start enjoying my relaxing weekend, I want to share with y'all this week's favorites! There's quite a few awesome new arrivals, and if you don't read anything else in this post at least watch the last 10 seconds of the cat video I shared. It had me laughing all day yesterday! 

4 Reasons to Stay in on a Friday Night

On weekends in college there's always something to do, whether that means going to a party, spending a night out with friends or exploring the town, but to be honest, some of my favorite Friday nights have been spent laying around the house with absolutely nothing to do. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does I always find myself feeling extremely content, relaxed and telling myself that I need to stay in more often! Today I'm sharing with y'all the four reasons why I enjoy staying in on Friday nights and why it's sometimes much needed!  

Vivacious in Velvet

DRESS: Scoobie (available in stores or, similar HERE) c/o | JACKET: similar HERE | SHOES: Sam Edelman Benjie boot | EARRINGS: Gold hoop earrings | NECKLACE: Gold bar necklace | WATCH: similar HERE | LIPS: Revlon moisture stain in 'India Intrigue'

My favorite clothing pieces are those that I already know how I'm going to style the second I lay my eyes on them. When I saw this velvet shift dress on Scoobie's Instagram story a couple weeks ago I immediately imagined it paired with a denim jacket and black booties. Then the next day I headed over to the store to pick it up and bring this sassy fall outfit to life! 

90s-Inspired Corduroy

TOP: Scoobie (available in stores or, similar HERE) c/o | JEANS: Flying Monkey dark wash jeans | SHOES: similar HERE | EARRINGS: similar HERE | NECKLACE: Gold bar necklace | LIPS: NYX butter lipstick in 'Root Beer Float'

I like to call this my "Ross" shirt. I've been watching Friends for the past month, and this corduroy shirt reminds me exactly of what Ross always wore during the first couple seasons of the show. Although, I will say paired with skinny jeans, booties and tassel earrings, it looks a whole lot less masculine! 

Feeling Like Fall

DRESS: Scoobie (available in stores or, similar HERE) c/o | BOOTS: Circus by Sam Edelman Parker boots | EARRINGS: Gold hoop earrings | NECKLACE: Gold bar necklace | WATCH: Daniel Wellington leather watch | LIPS: Revlon matte balm in 'Sultry'

A hint of chill mixed with fallen leaves floating through the air (and maybe hitting me in the face as I walked to class) this morning gave me all the fall feels that have been missing in Manhattan lately. For weeks now I've seen everyone enjoying all things fall: leaves, pumpkins and sweaters, and it seems like Manhattan is finally starting to catch up! To go along with welcoming fall I thought I'd share with y'all this flannel dress from Scoobie that perfectly encapsulates this season! 

Friday Favorites

Hey y'all! Can I get a hip hip hooray for Friday?! Even though I'm going to be locking myself in my room and studying most of the weekend (too many exams, too little time...), I hope y'all have an exciting weekend ahead, and before I head off to my school's homecoming parade I want to share with y'all my weekly favorites! 

Healthy + Shiny Hair with Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

With my long locks, shiny and healthy hair is something I've always wanted to achieve but never could, and when I tried Maple Holistics' Tea Tree Oil shampoo I was shocked because I am by no means easy to please when it comes to hair products. Over the past four years I've only found one shampoo that works with my build-up prone scalp, and I've stuck by it loyally ever since. That is until Maple Holistics sent me their Tea Tree Oil shampoo, and it not only made my hair 10x shinier but also kept my hair clean and build-up free!

Purple Plaid

TOP: Scoobie (available in stores or, similar HERE) c/o | PANTS: similar HERE | BOOTIES: Sam Edelman booties | EARRINGS: Gold hoop earrings | NECKLACE: Gold bar necklace | LIPS: NYX butter lipstick in 'Root Beer Float'

It's homecoming week here at K-State, and with another football game this weekend it's time to start figuring out the perfect outfit! I feel like cute purple pieces are so hard to come by, but I found this shirt at Scoobie this weekend and knew the purple plaid would be so fitting for the fall football games.

Overalls for Fall

OVERALLS: Scoobie (available in stores or, similar HERE) c/o | TOP: Madewell henley tee | BRALETTE: Aerie white bralette | SHOES: similar HERE | EARRINGS: Pearl stud earrings | NECKLACE: Gold bar necklace | WATCH: Daniel Wellington leather strap watch | LIPS: NYX butter lipstick in 'Root Beer Float'

This may just be the most "Kansas" outfit I ever share with y'all! I think the last time I had worn overalls was when I was a toddler, but surprisingly, they have come back in style this season. I had seen tons of other people style them in the cutest ways, but I didn't think I'd be able to pull them off until I came across this pair from Scoobie that fit like a glove!  

5 Fall Essentials in College

During the first two months on campus I rarely if ever wear anything other than a t-shirt and Nike shorts to class because honestly, I'd sweat to death in anything else. Although, once the cooler weather starts to kick in, I tend to have a little more variety in what I wear. Don't get me wrong, leggings and a sweatshirt are an easy go-to, but I've noticed five other staples in my closet that I gravitate towards when I want to look a little more put together but still comfy in fall! 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Going into the weekend I want to share with y'all tons of fall fashion finds as well as other miscellaneous things to read, watch and listen to! There's so many things I'm loving right now, so I tried to narrow it down, but be sure to check out the shopping widgets in my sidebar for even more. I hope everyone has a fabulous week and happy shopping! 

SheIn Cold Shoulder

I'm starting to sense a trend here this week... Every outfit I've shared with y'all this week has included some sort of embroidery, so I think it's safe to say it's one of my favorites this season! Today I'm sharing with y'all another adorable AND affordable top from SheIn that is perfect for the transitional weather! 

What to Wear on a Hot Fall Day

TOP: SheIn embroidered tie top (only $15!) | SKIRT: Madewell denim skirt | SHOES: BP. booties (old, similar HERE) | EARRINGS: Pearl stud earrings | WATCH: Daniel Wellington leather watch | LIPS: NYX butter lipstick in 'Root Beer Float'

The struggle of early fall in Kansas: when I want to wear cute, new, fall clothes but it still feels like mid-summer outside! Thankfully the skirt trend has come back in full force this season because they, especially this denim skirt, have been my go-to when putting together weather appropriate outfits. Not only are skirts super fun and feminine but when paired with booties they also make the cutest transitional look without getting too toasty.

Embroidered Fall Dress

DRESS: Zara jumpsuit dress (sold out, similar HERE) | CARDIGAN: Old Navy olive cardigan (old, similar HERE) | SHOES: Target booties (old, similar HERE) | EARRINGS: Kendra Scott earrings | LIPS: NYX butter lipstick in 'Root Beer Float'

I know I'll regret saying this, but I'm so envious of everyone who is experiencing fall weather and color-changing leaves right now! Don't get me wrong, I love how warm it is still, but a few fall-like days here and there wouldn't hurt. For now, fall dresses like this embroidered one from Zara, have been my saving grace. They've allowed me to transition my wardrobe without feeling like I'm overheating! 

2-Week West Coast Road Trip

It's a good thing I love car rides because my family's road trips are no joke. We have no qualms about spending 15 or more hours in the car and then jam packing a week's worth of activities in a city into one day. While I sometimes feel like I need a vacation from my vacation at the end of a trip, I can't imagine a better way to see the country or spend time with my family. 

Aspen Alley

DRESS: Forever 21 swing dress (less than $15!) | JACKET: similar HERE | SHOES: similar HERE | SUNGLASSES: Aviator sunglasses | EARRINGS: Kendra Scott studs | NECKLACE: Kendra Scott 'Elisa' necklace | WATCH: Daniel Wellington leather watch | LIPS: NYX butter lipstick in 'Root Beer Float'

Happy Monday y'all! I'm not going to lie, I was dragging this morning; between waking up to thunderstorms and the pure idea of it being Monday, getting out of bed was by no means a small undertaking. But the dreary day reminded me of the day I spent in Aspen, Colorado this summer! It was overcast and rainy the whole day I was there, but that didn't stop my family and I from exploring the area. 

Los Angeles Travel Diary

Today I want to share with y'all the longest stop on my family and I's West Coast roadtrip, Los Angeles. We spent two full days here, one exploring the city and the other enjoying Venice Beach. While I'm sure we only made a dent in everything there is to do and see in the city, we made the most of our 48 hours! My brother is now set on living here when he grows up, and while I had so much fun experiencing LA, I think I'll stick to living vicariously through my favorite TV shows!  

Venice Beach

TOP: American Eagle (sold out, similar HERE) | SKIRT: Altar'd State denim skirt | SHOES: similar HERE | SUNGLASSES: Aviator sunglasses | EARRINGS: Pearl stud earrings | NECKLACE: Kendra Scott 'Elise' necklace | LIPS: Maybelline lipstick in 'Pink Me Up'

Don't mind me, I'm just looking back on my summer beach days while everyone else is in full on "fall mode". While I love fall fashion, it's no secret that summer is my favorite time of the year. For me summer brings time to read, family adventures and, best of all, beach days! This July I spent a couple days at Venice Beach, and it was a great change of pace (and temperature!!) compared to the week prior spent in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. 

Final 13

I'm back in Manhattan, so my final 13 posts are about to start becoming a lot more fun again! The first half of August was spent participating in sorority recruitment, a.k.a. two of my favorite weeks of the year, and today I just wrapped up my second week of classes. I can't say I'm super excited about any of my classes this semester, but I am feeling more motivated than ever. I've also been loving living in my sorority house again, and some of the memories I've made this month have been the best yet! 

Now that I've given y'all the rundown of my month let's get into the last 13 photos on my phone's camera roll. First are some pictures from BID NIGHT! I don't know how it's possible, but bid night becomes more and more fun every year. Welcoming our new members home, watching them dance on the porch for the first time and dousing ourselves in glitter will never get old! Bid night, and recruitment in general, always reminds me there's truly no place like Alpha Xi .

Purple Beaded Necklace

T-3 days until the first K-State football game! While I may not be going to the game because I'm going home for Labor Day weekend, that doesn't mean I'm not going to start getting excited and sharing some gameday inspiration for y'all including this purple beaded necklace

Stay Gold

TOP: T.J. Maxx (similar HERE) | SKIRT: Altar'd State denim skirt | SHOES: Target pearl slide sandals (less than $25!) | PURSE: similar HERE | SUNGLASSES: Aviator sunglasses | EARRINGS: Pearl stud earrings | LIPS: Revlon lipstick in 'Women's Wear'

In my perfect world it would be summer year-round. 365 days filled with bright colors, tan lines and sunshine is really all this girl wants, and even though fall is quickly approaching, I felt like I was living the end of the season up in this summery top and denim skirt! 

Blush Bell Sleeves

DRESS: Lulu's shift dress (sold out, similar HERE) | PURSE: T.J. Maxx (similar HERE) | SHOES: Target studded sandals (sold out, similar HERE) | EARRINGS: Kendra Scott stud earrings | NECKLACE: Gold bar necklace | RINGS: similar HERE | LIPS: NYX butter lipstick in 'Root Beer Float'

We all have that dress we never want to take off, and this blush, bell sleeved beauty is mine at the moment! It's the most dreamy late summer dress, and I'm already looking forward to carrying it over into the fall as well. 

San Francisco Travel Diary

While I don't understand the allure of most big cities, after a day and a half in San Francisco and one of the most intense leg workouts ever (the hills are killer y'all...), I didn't want to leave. I don't know how else to describe the city besides excitingly vibrant; I felt like there was color and happiness around every corner! Hopefully I can give y'all a better idea as to why I loved this city so much as I go through everything I did! 

Glass Beach

As my family continued our drive down the California coast, San Francisco bound next, we stopped at Fort Bragg Glass Beach to get a closer look at the Pacific and see for ourselves the unique sea glass along the shore. And while a five hour drive feels like nothing to my family, the ocean breeze was a refreshing and much need break from the car.  

My Go-To Outfit

TOP: T.J. Maxx (similar HERE) | BRALETTE: Altar'd State racerback bralette | JEANS: Flying Monkey dark wash jeans | SHOES: Target pearl slide sandals (less than $25!) | PURSE: Tory Burch 'York' tote | SUNGLASSES: Aviator sunglasses | EARRINGS: Pearl stud earrings | NECKLACE: similar HERE | WATCH: similar HERE | LIPS: Revlon lipstick in 'Womenswear' 

Ever since I've been old enough to dress myself I feel like my go-to outfit has always been some variation of a v-neck tee paired with jeans and sandals. In middle school it was the Aeropostale graphic tees (anyone else??), in high school I gravitated towards basic, fitted ones, and recently, I've been wearing loose, oversized tees, like this pretty pink one, nonstop.