My Return in Fall Style Favorites

My Return in Fall Style Favorites

It is October 2018, and here I am finally back after a full season hiatus. Happy to return doing what I love in my favorite season (the golden season!) sharing my fall style favorites with you. To say so much has happened in the last few months is an understatement. But I won’t leave you out of all the fun, as I plan to share the best of best from this past summer in tidbits over the next few weeks. So please feel free to indulge in some sunny content from the warmer days as I ease back into writing in what are to surely be cooler days ahead.

fall style

Something about the change in the air that prompts me to change mindset and while some wait for spring to do a closet cleanup and “switch things up”, I love cozying up to my closet in the fall and winter to see what gets to stay and go. This past summer I did an entire garage and closet cleanup and it felt so therapeutic. So much so, that I felt it affect my attitude and how I felt when I woke up in the mornings. Much more of that to come.

fall style

And I couldn’t think of a better return to fall favorites without a gold piece somehow. Who doesn’t love sparkle, right? From the shimmery veil of a thin turtleneck from Zara to green stone studs & pendant necklace from Kendra Scott wrapped in gold prongs or the stacked set of bracelets that I literally wear every single day from Emerson & Oliver, I feel set in all the fall style colors that we all know and love.

I’m also loving makeup and skincare more than ever. I have tried so many different skincare products that my skin took a turn for the worse over the summer, but slowly returned to normal as I figured out how to best try new products and not overload on it all. Note to Self: Patch test!

Kept the look neutral with a hint of pink against all the colors within the rest of the outfit. Check out my fall season beauty favorites here.

WELCOME

Faux leather (wax coated) pants in fall’s classic oxblood color…and cropped? As a petite woman, I couldn’t be happier. These are from I Love Tyler Madison, and their entire pant collection has been one of the best fitting pants I have ever tried. You’ll definitely see these around my Instagram feed for awhile.


While the hip bags and pouches are the handbag trend right now (which I do happen to love too!), I appreciate a classic structured handbag that fits everything I need to be on the go as a Mom, and self-proclaimed fashionista.

fall style

So there you have it! Here’s your Fall Style Favorites checklist:

Gold or metallic anything (*wink*),

Rich jewel tones – such as forest green or oxblood burgundy,

And textured pieces – such as smooth leather or waffle tweed.

Just writing this really feels like therapy, and the way I feel sharing my fall style again makes the hard work behind This Season’s Gold worth it. I am grateful for your return to my blog as well! Thank you for your support. Always. I hope you like the changes and stick around as there is much more to come in the days, weeks, and years ahead. And if you haven’t already, stop by and tag along on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Youtube

With all my love –

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Mother’s Day Shopping with Jaclyn Smith

Mother’s Day Shopping with Jaclyn Smith

If you have no idea who Jaclyn Smith is, then do a quick search for Charlie’s Angels and you’ll understand why I might have been a bit of a fangirl when I had the opportunity to meet and interview this incredible woman thanks to Sears. Not only did I get to sit down and speak with her, but I was so happy to do a little early Mother’s Day shopping now that Jaclyn Smith has her newest collection launch at Sears. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about Sears that always makes me think of getting tools for Father’s Day, but I’ve never thought about going to find something for Mom. But now, I’m happy I did. See our full interview below!

shopping with Jaclyn Smith

mother's day shopping jaclyn smith

Not only getting to meet and speak with the multi-faceted business woman, but also to shop her Jaclyn Smith collection was a delight. So many affordable pieces to share with my mom (who lives in Florida) via FaceTime, and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to be able to find a few pieces for myself, including many of her earrings from her jewelry collection. If you get a moment, watch my interview with Jaclyn below to hear what she wants for her customer and how she has been able to keep in the designing business for over 30 years.

shopping with Jaclyn Smith

shopping with Jaclyn Smith

Bright prints and easy shapes make the majority of Jaclyn Smith’s shirt and dress collection, and I could immediately see my mother loving them for easy breezy summer days. As for me, I was happy to find a nicely structured pleated skirt under $20 (exactly!) that I could wear to work (also, a black suit jacket and pants) along with a blue striped off the shoulder top, perfect for summer. I shared a bit on my Instagram stories and so many people swiped up to check it out! 

shopping with Jaclyn Smith

shopping with Jaclyn Smith

shopping with Jaclyn Smith

shopping with Jaclyn Smith

shopping with Jaclyn Smith

And because Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I would love to gift one of you a $100 gift card to shop the Jaclyn Smith collection. Simply leave a comment below on this blog post and tell me what you loved about our interview or the Jaclyn Smith clothing line and I will announce the winner on my Instagram by 5/1/18.  Don’t forget to check out the entire Jaclyn Smith collection here!

Thank you to Sears for this wonderful opportunity! It was an honor as a #SearsPartner.

shopping with Jaclyn Smith

Thank you as always for reading! Until next time…

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How to Find the Perfect Dress

How to Find the Perfect Dress

Ever go shopping for a dress for a special work event, wedding, or just an update to your closet for the new season and leave with nothing? It happens to me too. But I discovered very quickly that there were a few tricks I started to use that made it much easier for me to spend less time looking for the perfect dress and just choosing among all the ones that were perfect for me. 

how to find the perfect dress

How to find the perfect dress

Here are 3 tips for finding the perfect dress without hassle.

1. Accentuate the Positive 

Decide which part of your body you feel you want to accentuate the most in your dress. Is it your arms, your shoulders, your waist or your legs. This is not to say you don’t want to accentuate it all, but you know we are our hardest critics so finding an area you LOVE the most will help. Love your legs? go for a mini or midi cut dress. Love your shoulders? Try a halter. Love your arms? Go for a sleeveless or even a long sleeves with flare.

how to find the perfect dress

find the perfect dress

2. Google search your Closet

Go to your closet right now. Search high and low and determine what color is most prominent. This will do two things to help you find the perfect dress: 1) help you determine which color you are drawn to most, therefore you can choose  a dress in your favorite color or 2) figure out that the color you always wear has got you in a rut and challenge yourself to find the one color you’ve always loved but don’t own, therefore choose a color you don’t own yet but love.

find the perfect dress

find the perfect dress

3. Prepare to Repurpose

You want to buy a dress for an event but can’t see yourself wearing it for anything else – don’t buy it. When you go looking for that perfect dress, be sure you are choosing a dress that you can see wearing with heels for an event as much as with flats or even sneakers for a more casual feel of the same dress. Be sure to find ways that you would repurpose your dress to make the most out of your purchase. 

find perfect dress

I had such a great time working on the Fit for All campaign with Maggy London.

Featured Look #1 // Valentina Dress | Heels | YSL Lip color #3 | Watch

Featured Look #2 // Illusion Dress| Red HeelsRed Lip

Featured Look #3 // Stevie Dress | Pink Heels 

 

Hope these tips were helpful. I am sure there are many more out there and would love your thoughts on finding the perfect dress. Let me know in the comments below! 

Thank you for stopping by!

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Family Weekend in the Poconos

Family Weekend in the Poconos

Who enjoys getting away even if only for a weekend? I definitely do. And to be honest, it’s taken me awhile to share this wonderful home away from home that I was so excited to enjoy with my family during a weekend in the Poconos a few months ago. Life happens and as I am just jumping back into my creative spirit, I am so happy to finally share it with you. But don’t be deceived, just as much as this is the perfect place in the Poconos in the fall and winter months, it also makes a perfect home for a family gathering as you start to think about warmers days for summer getaways.

weekend in the Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

Located within a Poconos community in Pennsylvania, this Oasis Holiday Home has the most beautiful view of a lake right in the backyard (which is ideal for all the summer activities!) and only 10 minutes away from some of the most enjoyable activities for children for any season. Want to get a head start on planning for a Fall vacation? I don’t know about you, but I’ve already got a few plans in the pipeline and one of them is enjoying the transition of the fall leaves, which would make this home an ideal place to stay again! 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in Poconos

I have stayed in an Oasis Holiday Home before (seen here), and the owners have such a liar for home design and style. So not only are you enjoying the location of being by a lake or a beach for a backyard, but you are also enjoying all the amenities you would need in a home without having to pack anything but your clothing and toiletries. I’ve shared  this Pocono home on my Instagram here, here, here, here, and in a blog post here and here, so be sure to check them out to see how easy it was to make this home feel like home even if only for a weekend. 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

From playing with my son in the game room to just hanging out enjoying a morning together, and a little fashion photoshoot with my husband, the beauty of being surrounded by nature for a weekend really can’t be beat. 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in Poconos

With 2 bedrooms on the top floor, two on the main floor and one bedroom in the “basement” (with direct access to the driveway for anyone who cannot take the stairs) equipped with a crib, every single family member up to 12 people can enjoy this beautiful and spacious Poconos home.

weekend in the Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

Can you tell I was already ready for spring with our Crocs at the door? Let’s hope there aren’t any more snow days ahead for us with the strange weather pattern we’ve been experiencing. But don’t let that stop you because this would make the perfect ski home too! The slopes aren’t too far away and planning for next winter for the holidays would get you a head start on the crowds! 

weekend in the Poconos

Thank you to Oasis Holiday Homes for letting us enjoy their stunning home. We are grateful to have spent time together as a family when we needed it most.

Consider booking a stay for the weekend in the Poconos with Oasis Holiday Homes, you genuinely will not regret it! Thank you for reading and I wish you a great week ahead!

Featured look #1//  Sweater (similar)  | J.Brand denim | Baublebar for Target necklace | Boots

Feature look #2 // Sequin dress | Baublebar for Target earrings | Heels

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Awakening Spring in Stripes

Awakening Spring in Stripes

I’m back and happy it is spring! To say it’s been awhile is an understatement, but I honestly needed to take break from this creative space to really examine where I wanted it to go and what it needed to be. That, and directing a musical plus a new puppy and some sad family news in the last few months just really took a hit on my creative energy. I am certain that any a creative spirit has experienced a lull in their work, and to come back to it feels energizing. Although spring has yet to fully show it’s awakening weather-wise, the style inspiration is in full swing! 

spring stripes

And what better trend to kick off a spring mood than stripes? Whether rainbow stripes like these in my look, a breton, nautical, barcode, or pinstripe, stripes always have their moment in the spring.

spring stripes

And can we stop for a minute and admire these super comfy amazing pink sneakers?! I got them last summer and they are now on sale in several stores here, here and here! Grab yourself a pair before they are gone! I wear them for long walks and are so comfortable and stylish at the same time.

pink sneakers

spring stripes

Featured Look// ASOS stripe dress (similar) | J.Crew Chambray shirtAldo sneakers  (now under $30) | Polo Sunglasses (similar) | Deux Lux Hobo bag 

Here are some of my favorites to shop for this spring season! Are you a lover of stripes for spring? Sound off in the comments below! Happy Spring! 

Thank you so much for coming back, reading for the first time or just browsing the web and joining me here! I can’t wait to create content that informs and inspires!

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What to Wear to Yoga Class

What to Wear to Yoga Class

As the year begins in full force, vision boards are being created and everyone is focused on their resolutions most likely about how to get more workouts in 2018. This past year I really wanted to get myself back into my favorite hot yoga class that really changed the way I felt after giving birth to my daughter. Hot yoga cleared my mind, made me sweat out any stress and anxiety, and really had my body craving only the good things to eat like fruits and veggies. I still have a long way to go to make it a regular part of my life, but 2018 is my year! I’m going to make it a part of my life again.

what to wear to yoga

When it came time to plan my yoga outfits, one thing I’ve always said about working out (see what I mean here) is that I enjoy deciding what to wear for my workouts. It mentally helps me feel good about having comfortable and stylish workout clothing when I have to face the mirror during those 90 minute yoga sessions. After all, who doesn’t enjoy some stylish and comfy workout clothes to motivate you to get to the gym? I’m a big fan of waistband leggings because they sit high on the waist and lengthen my petite legs. They also don’t pull down when I’m bending over in some yoga move requiring me to focus on pulling up my pants rather than the downward dog! Ha!

When I found this purple cotton tank top at Target for under $8, I was sold! I had to get them in every color. They are perfect for everything from working out to summer days to a pop of color under a blazer for work.

what to wear to yoga

So grab yourself a pair of comfy cotton leggings and tank top, a colorful water bottle, an inspiring towel, yoga mat and stylish kicks for the walk to the studio, a pretty set of stacked bracelets (because why not!) and you’re set to go!

what to wear to yoga

And after being all geared up for a great yoga session, go all in and then treat yourself to a healthy brunch afterwards with your favorite gals!

wear to yoga

wear to yoga

wear to yoga

what to wear to yoga

Thank you so much for stopping by & reading! What is your favorite type of yoga? Let me know in the comments! I’d love some inspiration this weekend!

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Cheers to 2018!

Cheers to 2018!

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best as you start another year blessed with those you love. It’s also a moment to acknowledge that if you are living a different life than you were last year – someone no longer here, a new job, on a different path – it doesn’t mean that the next steps for 2018 will be as difficult. You will rise. When I think about how I wanted to spend 2017, I know that I wanted to dedicate more time to family and friends and travel. I did my best to do that. I also wanted to indulge in some of the best of what makes my home better. From nicer and cozier bedding to enjoying my husband’s flair for cooking, I was excited to ring in  2018 in style at home! 

cheers to 2018

cheers to 2018

cheers to 2018

We hosted many holidays this season at our home, from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve and kept New Year’s Eve simple with some friends. When I found these gold tabletop accessories from the Martha Stewart home & holiday collection for our hosting duties, I fell in love. Simple design with a touch of elegance and I was able to elevate the tabletop for our dinner parties.

martha stewart

martha stewart

And there’s not special way to say cheers to 2018 if you don’t have great wine! In 2017, I was thrilled to connect with Martha Stewart this year when she launched her Martha Stewart Wine Co. subscription. The wine tasting along was incredible, so when I received my first box to my home I was impressed with the selection. My husband is big on how to pair food and wine, so we both took advantage of making a few of Martha’s recipes from her Slow Cooker book to pair with her wine selections and her year of entertaining book to have dinner party decor ideas – and they did not disappoint.

martha stewart

martha stewart

Thank you for always being such wonderful supportive readers. I wish you nothing but love and joy this year and raise my glass to you – Cheers to your best year yet!

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