Fall Casual

This weekend was nothing if not productive, lots of cleaning, errands and getting the apartment into near perfect shape so I can finally share a reveal with y’all! I tried a little home improvement experiment and attempted to install new light switches in my living room, attempted being the key word. An electrician will be by later today. Adulting is hard.

Fall Casual

I’ve been starting my mornings across the street at the cafe next to the Cathedral to grab some tea or hot apple cider and then for a little walk around the Bishops garden. It’s such a nice way to start the day away from the craziness of the city!

Fall Casual

The weather in DC is definitely feeling more and more like fall, hello open windows and cool breezes, but I wouldn’t mind it cooling down a bit more. We’re still having days that are chilly in the morning then 75 by lunch time. Talk about frustrating when trying to get dressed in the morning.

Fall Casual

This is a favorite go-to fall casual outfit for this type of weather, a lightweight sweater (stripes of course) and a vest that can be easily be unzipped or even tucked into my purse if it gets too warm.

Fall Casual

I’m not a huge bag person, I have literally used the same Longchamp bag every day since I was a sophomore in college, to the point where the corners are either completely threadbare or have holes torn through them, it’s a very well loved bag. It’s not that I don’t love purses, I do, but I have a hard time spending a lot of money on them so usually I find one I love and just use it to death. I picked this bag up at the end of the Summer on a whim and I am so so happy.

Fall Casual

First off, it’s huge. Which I love and definitely need. It fits literally everything I need without ever feeling too bulky, it’s amazing. It was also under $50 but the quality is amazing! And to complete the trifecta it’s reversible, so if I feel like mixing it up I can swap the cognac for a really pretty peach color! There are a few new colors online that I love and have me seriously considering picking up a second one. It’s professional enough to bring to work with me every day but I also love that it makes the perfect addition to my favorite fall casual look for when I’m out and about running errands.

Fall Casual

sweater // vest // jeans // purse // sneakers

What’s your go to fall casual look?

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September in Review + October Goals

September in Review + October Goals

September was insane, what is usually one of my favorite months of the year was just an absolute whirlwind and I feel like I didn’t get to enjoy it at all! I blinked and it was gone. Not necessarily a bad thing, busy is good in my mind, and I was definitely busy. I’m feeling a bit more settled into my job, I am starting to get a better grasp on my clients and what I actually do at the firm, thankfully. I also wrapped up a really successful week long campaign that I have been working really hard on, pretty much since the day I started!

September in Review + October Goals

It was a really fun month despite the craziness at work! I definitely took full advantage of the great weather we had and did a ton. Maine at the beginning of the month was so much fun! And then a couple weeks ago a friend had another friend visiting from Charleston, we spent the weekend brunching at the apartment, hitting a Gatsby party, H St festival, touring DC by bike, plus a few museums. To finish off the month I hit some DC breweries (I didn’t really know that was even a thing until this summer) on a bike tour last weekend with a group of friends! It was a very, very full and extremely fun month!

I’m excited that fall is finally here, it’s cooling off and the pumpkins, mums and sunflowers have invaded every grocery store in the city. I don’t hate it, at all. With fall comes October goals, I’ve been trying to do this every month for the last 4 or so and I have to say it’s a really good way to track things that play into bigger goals I have set for the year.

October Goals

blogging // Blogging took a backseat this month, yet again. I took some serious steps this month to avoid that from happening again though and I’m really hoping that this new work-blog-life balance is going to work out. This space makes me happier than pretty much anything else and y’all are the biggest reason for that, so I’m sorry for putting you on the back burner and thank you so much for sticking with me. I promise to be better :)

eating // I was doing well there for a little while, saving money, cooking my own meals. That completely went out the window last month and I’m going to work really hard to get back on track. I’m working with an absolutely incredible wellness coach, more on this on Wednesday, and she’s really been helping me to kind of figure out easy ways to help keep me on track! I can’t wait to share a few with you!

exercise // Much like the whole eating thing, this month I’m really trying to get back on track.

work // Work kicked my butt last month. I’m really enjoying my new job and this month will be another month of trying to get my bearings and work on this whole work-life balance thing everyone keeps talking about.

Do you have any big October goals?

Link Love Vol 27

Link Love Vol 26

Happy Fri-yay! And after a week of what felt like perpetual Wednesdays I am so excited. My parents are in town and I am so excited to put them to work in the apartment spend some time with them!

The apartment is really feeling like home these days, it’s amazing to come home every day to a place that feels like mine. I finally feel less like a college student/nomad and am starting to feel more like an adult (not that I’m acting like it because I have roughly 1 months worth of laundry that I have yet to do… oops) and it’s a nice feeling. I’ve done a lot of it but there are still a few little projects that I need my parents help with, aka dad needs to do all the things involving tools because, honestly, it’s just easier to let him do it. Plus, this way, if it gets messed up it’s his fault not mine! I cannot wait to share the updated apartment with y’all in a couple of weeks when it’s finally done! To say I’m obsessed would be the understatement of the century.

Link Love Vol 26

This week was definitely long but has been a pretty good one. Aside from my parents getting into town last night, I attended a breakfast hosted by Politico on Wednesday morning with theSkimm founders and y’all, it was amazing. I know most of you probably already read theSkimm and have heard me go on and on about it over the past couple of years but if you aren’t signed up, click that link right now and thank me later. It really is an incredible way to receive your news every day and the women behind it are just as incredible and beyond inspiring. A lot of the things they were talking about, I felt like they were talking directly to me, which makes sense since that is how they’ve built their brand, by having a voice that every ‘millennial-female’ can relate to. They talked about everything from the communications world I work in now to the difficulties of being an entrepreneur, many of which I have faced with bree west. I was lucky enough to chat with Carly after and she was so sweet. Definitely a highlight of the week!

It’s been roughly a hundred years since we did a link love so for vol 27 I thought I’d share a little update and some things on my radar this week! I hope you all have a great weekend!


eating // more takeout than I’m comfortable admitting. Work has been insane the last month, between campaigns starting and ending, and me still trying to figure out what it is I’m actually supposed to be doing, by the time I get home I definitely don’t want to go grocery shopping and I’m way too tired to cook, so for now Postmates and UberEats are my 2 favorite and probably most used apps.

reading // Trying to finish Cavendon Luck, which honestly isn’t very good but it’s the third book in a series I started and I have a problem with not finishing books/series. It’s a poorly written Downtown Abbey and I’m kind of over it.

watching // Allllll the shows are back. While I love a good Netflix binge as much as the next girl, it’s also nice to have some of my favorite shows back with new episodes.

trying // To get into a workout routine. See the first point. If I’m too tired to get food for myself you can bet I’m finding every excuse in the book not to workout.

feeling // Productive. This week has been a long and slightly crazy week but I got so. much. done. So I’m feeling pretty good about that and hoping it continues into next week.

excited for // My parents to be here, cooler temperatures, Fall weather, another trip home coming up!

link love vol 27

1 // All the elements you need for a functional and gorgeous workspace! 

2 // One of my good friends Kristyn wrote a killer post about blogging and working full time!

3 // How to prep for a job interview with some of the top interview questions!

4 // Struggling to get rid of the last bits of that gel nail polish and no time to get to the salon? Do it at home.

5 // Another DC blogger babe Monica shared some amazing tips on credit card rewards this week!

6 // The gummy bears with a 12,000 person waitlist. Yes, you read that right, 12,000.

7 // If you’re anything like me and say like and um more than you wish you do, here’s how you can still sound smart.

8 // In case you missed it from around here: Project Apartment: Window InspirationBean Boots GuideFall BootiesGirls Night Out