Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Favorite #1: How would you define your style?

To kick off Fall Favorites Week 2014 in style (pun intended...), I've got a question for you, friends: How would YOU define your individual style?

Style. It's such an individual thing, isn't it? At its core, it's the perfect expression of who you are and can say so much about your own personality without you having to say a single word. Maybe you've got a favorite pink sweater or a rocking pair of tennis shoes that reminds you of your childlike nature. Fashion, to a certain extent, follows the same logic as food: We are what we wear.

To that end, here are the five keywords that describe my style...
1. Cozy: Like sipping hot chocolate in front of the fire. Like that feeling of being home. Like talking to your best friend for hours. Like popping a cold can of root beer.
Example: Heart sweater, $24.99

2. Pop: You want to stand out, but just the right amount. Like being a dusty blonde in a sea of straight blondes. Like being the most talented of all the backup singers.
Example: Baby Lips Electro in Pink Shock, $2.90

3. Delicate: Like a dew-drop morning in the early days of spring. Like a baby bird who is learning to take flight. Like Prince Charming's kiss on the fair Snow White's lips.
Example: Gold leaf ring, $30

4. Old-fashioned: Like sometimes getting the feeling that you were born in the wrong decade (I swear I should have been born in the '50s). Like falling for that old-world gentleman who brings you roses and holds the door for you on the first date.
Example: Ban.do heart headband, $25

5. Fun: Like enjoying the simple things in life. Like remembering what it's like to be a kid. Like not letting life bring you down or make you jaded.
Example: Neon pearl wrap bracelet, $50

Your turn, friends: What five words perfectly capture your sense of style? Have these words changed over the years? Stayed the same? And, what's your fave part of your style? I'd love to hear! xoxo

P.S. Catch up on Fall Favorites from 2011, 2012 and 2013.
[Top photo by The Sartorialist]

Fall TV shows!

Remember when I asked (well, more like pleaded...) for TV suggestions a couple months ago? It was the heat of the summer and I was quite desperate -- the heat will do that to you, I guess -- but with the change of season comes my absolute favorite time of year: TV Premiere Season. I'm really excited about some of the new shows like FOX's Red Band Society, ABC's Selfie and NBC's A to Z, but I've got a date tonight at 7 p.m. with four of my favorite scientists. Yes, The Big Bang Theory is back with its eighth season! Bazinga!
So what TV shows have made the cut for your DVR this year? What ones are you looking forward to? What's your favorite show of all time, if you had to pick one? Any favorite genres? Let's chat, friends! xoxo

P.S. More television goodness! :)

[Illustration from Vulture]

Man Candy Monday.

Good morning, friends, and welcome to Fall Favorites week! There are lots and lots of fall goodies on the way, but first, I thought we'd take a little trip in the Man Candy Time Travel Machine again -- and yes, said time machine is a thing. Today's guy used to sing his heart out about bad apples and yo-yos back in the day. He's only gotten better with age. And he's always been my soldier of love...

DONNY OSMOND!!!!!!!!!!





"If you're climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don't look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don't think you're progressing until you step back and see how high you've really gone."

Friday, September 19, 2014

Have a great weekend

Good afternoon, friends, and happy weekend! What do you have planned for this most glorious of fall weekends? We're just enjoying some much-needed relaxation, which will be nice. I'm so excited to kick off Fall Favorites Week on Monday, so make sure you check back for lots of fall fun! In the meantime, I hope you all have a great weekend, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web...

Amazing organization inspiration.

Doesn't this lemon pie dip look yummy?

One writer on why she's not having children.

How's this for a rustic hideaway?

Two of my favorite things: Chris Evans in a romantic comedy!

Dear Burger King: What are you thinking?

50 fall date ideas!

30 reasons to love Prince Harry on his 30th birthday.

Check out these wearable fall trends.

Umm, banana coconut muffins? Yes, please!

This Etsy shop has some great bohemian looks.

Fashion find: Fall shades.

An incredibly touching tribute from a daughter to her mother.

Awesome art ideas for your wall.

What do you think of this grapefruit + lemon zest color palette?

How to avoid hidden hotel fees.

The high life of one blogger. Thoughts?

Would you live here?

You know it's the fall when you start spotting all sorts of pumpkin goodies!

Guy friends every girl needs...who would you add to the list?

And as always, feel free to connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and now YouTube! See you there, friends! xoxo

[Photo via bippity boppity boo]

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: I'm ahead of a fashion trend...


Oh, fashion, you can be such a fickle thing sometimes. You're stripes one minute and polka dots the next. Neon shorts in summer and dark-hued sweaters in winter. Glitter eye shadow today and a total goth makeover tomorrow.

I'll be the first to admit that it can be hard to keep up with it all, which is why I'm so excited for next week's fourth annual Fall Favorites week on So About What I Said, but I couldn't wait that long to share this little piece of breaking news: I'M AHEAD OF A FASHION TREND!!! (The all-caps is meant for extra, extra, extra emphasis). Yes, big bangs are set to be all the rage this year, according to fashion bible Vogue, and you know who pioneered this trend wayyyyy back in the '80s, don't you? No, not Anna Wintour...
Apparently, I was quite the little diva about it at first...



Then, as the years passed, I became more comfortable in my bangs-loving skin...


Until the day finally came when I learned how to rock school picture day with style...and confidence!

What do you think, friends? Something tells me I'll be rocking this bangs trend for years to come. I mean, why change a good thing, right? What trends are you rocking right now? I'd love to hear about your fierce and powerful looks! xoxo

Apple cider donuts

It's official: I'm ready for fall. These apple cider donuts are making my mouth water, and now I'm thinking of that first trip to the apple orchard. Who's with me, friends? xoxo

P.S. More fall love, including apple cider muffins and barn-style bedrooms! :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Favorite Things: In Which I Rediscover My Inner Child at the Dollar Store!

How I Feel (In 5 Photos) Wednesday.





"When you walk into the room...I can't speak and I can't move...You don't see me but you should...Why you gotta make it hurt so good?" --Carly Rae Jepsen

[Photos via My Summer Twist]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rilla Store $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Today's giveaway is from Courtney from Rilla Store, the online style boutique of curated apparel and accessories. The San Francisco-based shop, named after Courtney's great-great grandmother, is full of awesome new and vintage finds -- from dresses to tops to bags to jewelry. Plus, there's an entire Living section and a sale section of $30 and under finds -- who doesn't love a good sale?!?!?!? I also love that Courtney works with a ton of independent designers.

"Rilla strives to support eclectic designers and artists in their process as well as to engage the community by sharing their stories and exploring current trends in pattern, print and texture," she says.

She's giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky reader. What would you choose? I'd go for this plaid shirt ($23, reminds me of a polo shirt...), this Bentley James connections bag ($39) or this copper ring ($69). They'd all be perfect for fall, don't you think, friends?

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A winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, September 23rd, so you've got a whole week to enter. Have fun, friends! xoxo

Wise Words From Readers: On the beginnings of fall...

Ahh, can you feel the crisp chill in the air, friends? Can you smell that familiar scent of burning leaves in the distance? Can you spot the beautiful leaves dancing as they fall off the trees? It all comes together to create one intoxicating recipe for fall. I know -- it's hard to believe, but the first official day of fall is right around the corner. Everyone has their favorite season, but fall seems to hold an extra special place in people's hearts. And your memories were quite strong this week...

*My favorite part is the air. It always smells a little different and it almost feels like you're drinking fresh water when you take a deep breath of chilly fall air! I love when it smells of crunchy leaves, burning wood, apples, hay, etc. Those are the smells I associate with autumn. Also, the sound of crunching leaves on a walk makes me so happy! Oh, how could I forget marching band season!!!!! Yessssssss!!!!

*Joe (my husband) and I fell in love in the fall!

*Walking home from school, kicking the leaves in the gutter the whole way. Bonfires!!! After the frosts begin, the air smells clean and sharp. I love the autumn! Marching band and football games. The stars seem clearer.

*Cooler temps in the South!

*I enjoy the sense of newness, like things are about to turn around.
What wonderful memories...makes me want to jump in a pile of leaves or go pick raspberries in our favorite orchard, which is something we always used to do when I was growing up. Also on my list: Candy corn, caramel apples, apple cider donuts and pumpkins. Hmmm, I'm noticing that my list is quite heavy on the food! Anyway, here's next week's question...

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you bring along and why?

Visit So About What I Said on Facebook and Twitter to share your smarts -- and don't forget to use hashtag #WiseWordsFromReaders. See you there, friends! :)

[Photos via We Heart It]
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