Autumn Wishlist

Fall fashion is always plenty of fun to follow and shop for because of the emphasis on the season’s trends and colors. Despite the fact that my bank account has stayed the same for a month now, this girl’s got to do some serious fall shopping!

Loafers

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I’m so torn on if I want a pair of drivers or penny loafers! I wore a pair of my mother’s Cole Haan ones all the time freshman year, and since I grew out of them, I have a hunch to get myself a pair because they are one of those shoes that everybody needs.

Blue Button Down

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Having finally purchased a classic white button down (the one I’ve been eyeing at J.Crew for quite some time), a blue one would be a very useful addition to my closet for any season. I’m hoping for more of a lightweight oxford, because surprisingly normal oxfords aren’t my favorite because they can get a little stiff and masculine in my opinion. A navy gingham button down would also work seamlessly with a fall wardrobe.

Ballet Flats

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The few pairs I have of ballet flats won’t suffice for much longer, considering how often I wear them. A classic pair of navy or nude ones like these would be perfect. I’m loving the unique pointed ones at J.Crew also.

Skinny Jeans

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I feel like this one is a constant for me, because I can never find the perfect pair of skinny jeans (probably because I have some mission in my head to find really good jeans for really cheap, which I don’t think will ever happen for me). This season, however, I wouldn’t mind too terribly much to spend more than I normally would for that perfect true blue jeans.

“Ghillie” Lace-up Flats

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Apparently “ghillie” style shoes are one that lace up and that everyone seems to be loving this season. The oh-so-popular pair from Topshop are on trend, but also not too far from what I would normally wear and what I would consider classic.

Barbour Beadnell

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Okay, this is a stretch because I don’t know how much money is too much money for me to spend on one jacket (especially as a student). My conflict lies within the fact that I know I would wear a Barbour into the ground and the quality is unbeatable!

Leopard Belt

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I always see these belts on sale whether it’s at J.Crew Factory or Old Navy, but a skinny calf hair leopard belt would put a nice touch to any fall ensemble.

Navy & White Striped Boatneck

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Of the many stripes I love to wear, I still don’t own a classic woven white boatneck with navy stripes, but this one look to be just right.

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These are in no particular order, but if I were to put one thing at the top of my list (at the moment), I would choose loafers or a Barbour. Looks like I’ve got some saving to do!

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Soft Pretzels!

Why don’t I make pretzels more often? That remains a mystery because in the moment, pretzels are one of my favorite foods. For some reason I always associate fall and pretzels- I know, it makes very little sense. Since it is the first day of fall (even though a ton of people seems to think it was Monday haha), I decided I would whip up some warm, buttery soft pretzels.

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This recipe makes some dang good pretzels, so get cooking!

Ingredients:

• 1.5 cups warm water

• 1 tablespoon sugar

• 2 teaspoons salt

• 1 pack active dry yeast

• 22 ounces/4.5 cups all purpose flour

• 2 ounces unsalted butter (melted)

• olive oil (for bowl)

• 10 cups water

• 2/3 cup baking soda

• 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water

• pretzel salt

Directions:

Pour warm water, salt, and sugar into a bowl (of a stand mixer if you have one) and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit until the yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes.

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Add the flour and melted butter and mix with the hook attachment until the dough is combined.

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Up the speed and knead until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl (4 minutes). Remove the dough from the bowl.

With a clean and slightly oiled bowl, place the the dough inside an cover with a rag or plastic wrap. Place in a warm area and let rise until it has doubled in size, about an hour.

Heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and slightly grease, and set aside.

Turn the dough onto a lightly piled surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a foot long piece (two feet for skinnier and larger pretzels).

Make a U shape with the dough and hold the ends of the rope. Cross them over and press into the trough of the U to make a traditional pretzel shape.

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Put the pretzels onto the parchment lined sheet.

Bring the 10 cups of water and baking soda to a boil in a saucepan.

Submerge the pretzels (not all at once) in the boiling water for about 15 seconds. Remove using a large spatula and put back on lined pan.

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Brush the pretzels (don’t drown them) in the egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt.

IMG_4050Bake about 13 minutes until the pretzels are golden brown. Let cool, and eat up!

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Nothing beats a hot pretzel on a chilly day (well it’s not yet here in Denver, but we can pretend it feels like autumn).

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P.S. I’m so sorry for missing a post on Wednesday and Saturday last week; I had a ton on my plate but I will try my hardest to stick to the new schedule:)

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Fall Transition Pieces

September is particularly tricky to dress for because either the weather is beginning to change and the fashion seemed to be hurried along at a pretty fast pace. So how do you dress for September without going all out fall? With these seven pieces:

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My ideal transition pieces include white denim, sneakers, cardigans, boyfriend jeans, and skirts. It’s also nice to keep a more neutral transition wardrobe, because it’s not time yet to bust out all the emeralds, reds, olives, and maroons (I’d just keep it to a few).

This collage was made with Polyvore, so if you want to get the direct links to the items above, click here!

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White After Labor Day

To be perfectly honest, I am not one known to break the “rules” of fashion. The only two I consider more of a preference than a rule is white after Labor Day and mixing patterns. Not only is no white after Labor Day completely impractical for me (I’ve been wearing white an unusual amount lately), but it’s especially been on-trend recently to wear an all white ensemble and white in the winter.

Below is some outfit inspiration for the early fall (well, it’s not quite fall yet, but we can pretend) if you aren’t ready to give up white either.

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This was actually my outfit for today! Although the weather is turning at a snail’s pace, my classes are always so cold, so I put a sweater over a white dress. By pulling the sweater up to the waist (its slightly cropped and has a more fitted waistband anyways), it provided warmth and versatility with temperatures.

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A total go-to outfit for me, boyfriend jeans, a plain white tee, and white sneakers are a classic combo. Scarlet lips and a leather bag compliment the look nicely.

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We all know white top can get a little boring, but discreet details, like embroidery and scallops give a little something to this blouse from Old Navy. Of course, red and tortoise make white much more autumn-like.

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A jean jacket can make anything appropriate for fall. Brown leather and leopard print also transition a white eyelet dress seamlessly into fall.

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For a year round look, white denim and navy stripes will always work (with the exception of winter and late autumn). This is a nice outfit for early fall, aka September.

Happy Wednesday!

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Style Inspiration • Carly Heitlinger

Carly is probably one of my all time favorite bloggers for a few reasons that are hard to dispute: she blogs everyday, yet somehow manages to put creative content up The College Prepster, she is very descriptive and tends to write a lot, which is far better than a few pictures of an outfit and nothing else, and she seems much more personable than most bloggers in my opinion. Needless to say, she really is a great inspiration out in the blogging world.

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I love her colorful and eye-catching pictures as well as her classic outfits. Carly’s blog was definitely a big motivator for me to start a blog so I figured, why not feature her as a “style inspiration” of mine, because she really is!

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