Mom and Toddler Girl Fall Floral

Dark floral prints have become as ubiquitous for fall as their bright counterparts are in spring, but they still feel very fresh to me. I have a long-sleeved version from Old Navy that's a few years old and nearly worn out, so my closet was due for a fall floral upgrade. I found this blouse during a recent Loft sale, and while the short sleeves make it difficult to wear on its own right now, it's just right for layering under sweaters and jackets.

I did a little shopping for Violet recently, and some dark floral was in order for her as well. Her version--a long sleeve tee shirt from Old Navy--coordinates quite perfectly with my own I think. Looking at these photos, I'm pretty sure her shirt was on backwards, but if a toddler can't pull off a backwards top then who can?

It can be a challenge to get pictures taken with my mile-a-minute Violet these days, but I love it when she cooperates. It will be nice to look back and have these moments frozen in time of her at this adorable age. I asked her what's on her shirt and she said, "flowers on there!" and then she noticed my shirt and she said "mommy's shirt has flowers too!" I love her excitement.

Do you enjoy floral prints year round?

On me: faux suede jacket: H&M (similar) | floral top: Loft | jeans: American Eagle | earrings: Nickel and Suede | black ankle boots: JC Penney (similar)
On Violet: floral tee: Old Navy | leggings: Old Navy | boots: Carter's 

Violet Lennon at Two

Two! My sweet, sassy Violet has graduated (overnight it seems!) from the baby stage and is in full toddler-hood now. Watch out world! She is full of energy and never sits still, and challenges my parenting skills by being a completely different child than her brother. I'm so glad I get to be her mom. Here's an update of miss Violet at two years.

{Violet Lennon at Two}

Fall Trunk Club Review

I tried Trunk Club for the first time in the spring (review here), and although I only purchased one item, I enjoyed the service. It's similar to Stitch Fix, but they send a lot more items; I had twelve items in my trunk this time. There is a $25 styling fee, but that fee goes towards anything you purchase. I figure that with the number of items they send, the odds are good that there will be at least one thing I want to keep.

This time I requested layering pieces for fall and sweaters, but didn't have any other specific requests. I also asked my stylist Katy to try to work with my budget as much as possible--that was my biggest complaint about my last trunk. Everything in it was so expensive! I only had a short window of time when I was able to take photos, and I'm not happy with the quality of these. Regardless, here's what I got in my fall trunk.

In My Library Tote: September Children's Book Recommendations

September brought the first full month of school, and with it the beginnings of a good routine. I'm thankful that reading is still a part of both kids' bedtimes, because without that I'm not sure when else I would fit in read-aloud time. I can't go to bed myself without reading, so I hope it's a habit Jona and Violet continue even when they can read on their own. Here's what we read last month.

{children's books we read in September}

35 at 35 Update

This year on my birthday, I decided to create a bucket list of 35 things I would like to do in my 35th year. It's not a list of things I feel I should do, rather it's a list of fun things that will hopefully make this year more enjoyable. Since I'm approaching my half-birthday this month, I thought I'd give an update on how I'm doing so far on my list.

In My Library Tote: September Book Reviews and Recommendations

Is there anything better in the fall than a glass of red wine and a good book? Okay, maybe if there's also a bonfire and some s'mores involved (although, wash your hands before picking your book back up... sticky fingers). It was cool and rainy all weekend here, so I pretty much wanted to read and do nothing else. Here are the books I read last month.

{what I read in September}

Easy Print Mixing: Leopard and Stripes for Fall

It was chilly and rainy all weekend, so I'm glad I thought ahead (for once!) and took outfit photos on Friday before the rain started. That day also started out cold so I'm glad I had this cozy sweater, although by afternoon I didn't need it anymore. That's fall though; thank goodness for layers.

I find myself repeating this outfit formula fairly often: cardigan, print tee, jeans, fun shoes. A cardigan is definitely my go-to layer and I love how easy it is to change up the look with a different top or tee underneath. I found this one during a recent Old Navy sale and I love the thick (but not itchy!) fabric and longer length.

Shoes are another easy way to add more color or mix prints, like I did here. Leopard is everywhere right now (not that it ever really went away) and I love it, particularly mixed with stripes. It's such a fun, yet classic, combination.

What outfit formula have you been repeating lately? 

Cardigan: Old Navy | red striped tee: Loft | jeans: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Universal Thread, Target | leopard flats: Merona via ThredUp (similar)

October Goals and Currently

This year, inspired by Gretchen Rubin's book, I've been doing a Happiness Project, focusing on one important aspect of my life every month. Last month's goals were all about blogging, while October's focus is mindfulness. The idea is that the months should build on one another and the habits formed in one month should continue into the next and so on. Each month I share my wins from the previous month, as well as goals that fit the theme of the current month.

Also to welcome the month I'm joining Anne for her monthly Currently linkup to share what I'm up to at the start of this fresh new month and season.

Photo by Kenrick Mills on Unsplash

Blush Pink for Fall

There was a time when I considered blush pink to be a color I only wore in spring and summer, the same way I tend to pigeonhole burgundy and rusty orange as fall and winter colors. However, my obsession with blush has grown over the past few years (as has the world's, it seems) and it's become a color I wear year-round.

In the fall and winter though I gravitate towards slightly darker, dustier versions of blush, so when I spied this cardigan on Cents of Style I knew it would be perfect for fall layering. It is so cozy, soft, and warm, which was surprisingly necessary this weekend. It got pretty chilly!

I also love the gamut of colors that pair well with blush: olive (like my earrings), navy blue, burgundy, plum... the list goes on. What's your favorite way to wear blush pink? 

Cardigan: Cents of Style | twist-front tee: BP, Nordstrom (long sleeve version) |  jeans: American Eagle | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Universal Thread, Target (similar) | ankle boots: Fergalicious via ThredUp (similar)