{wearing} purple pants

Jeans are definitely my go-to in fall and winter, but sometimes I want a dressier option. During a recent 50% off Loft sale I decided to try a couple pairs of their dress pants, one classic black pair and a more colorful option.

This one looked more burgundy online, but I was pleasantly surprised by its rich eggplant color in person. Bold purple pants meant I kept the rest of my outfit pretty simple, with a twist-front gray sweater and black tasseled loafers.

I don't think colored pants have really gone anywhere, but I have seen them everywhere lately. Do you like bold-colored pants, or do you stick to neutrals? 

{shop bold pants}

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{eating} chocolate snack bread

I love to bake year-round, but we're entering the time of year that spending time in the kitchen and baking feels magical. When it's chilly outside, but the kitchen is oven-toasty and smells like cookies or cake or bread. Mmmm, I love it.

Over the weekend I tried a recipe for Double Chocolate Quick Bread from (a favorite!) Mel's Kitchen Cafe. The time of year when everyone else is reaching for everything pumpkin, I'm still devoted to chocolate with chocolate and more chocolate.

Although I did have a slice with my coffee for breakfast yesterday morning, realistically it's more of a dessert or sweet snack than something I would eat for breakfast every day. To me it tastes just like a chocolate muffin, which is what I was going for: sweet, chocolatey, and a little bit indulgent.

Do you like to bake this time of year? Have you made anything yummy lately? 

{reading} favorite fall series

Fall is such a perfect time of year to curl up with a blanket and a good book. My fall has been packed with activities, so that cozy reading time has unfortunately come less often than I prefer. Yet as soon as there was a hint of cool weather in the air, I placed a hold on the next (for me) installment of my favorite detective series, the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny.

Despite our busy schedule, I made sure to find time to delve into The Brutal Telling, the fifth in Penny's series. I have enjoyed the books up to this point, but this one pulled me in even more than the others, making me feel as if I was right there in Three Pines, rooting for its villagers and hoping that the the resolution of the murder case won't mean saying goodbye to a beloved character.

If you're looking for a series of books to get swept away by this fall, I can't recommend this one enough. I still have a ways to go (she's up to 15!), but I hear Penny's writing remains impeccable as the series progresses.

I'm typically not a series reader--this one is an exception for me. How about you, do you have any series you love? 

The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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{wearing} a few favorites

I love shopping for new fall clothes, and I've added some fun new pieces to my closet already this season (including a sweater blazer and cute tasseled loafers that I'll style soon no doubt). Sometimes though, when I need a quick outfit, I like reaching for a few favorites that I know won't let me down.

This is a combination I wear again and again: jean jacket, striped top, black pants or jeans, and bright shoes. It's fairly season-less, and because I can't seem to stop buying striped shirts or bright shoes, I can wear this combination rather frequently and not feel like I'm always wearing the same thing.

What is one of your go-to combinations that never lets you down?

{shop: a few favorite things}

My favorites in this post are from last year (with the exception of my ancient denim jacket), but here are a few new pieces that definitely meet my "favorite things" criteria.

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