Fall is my absolute favorite season- the colder air. Changing leaves. Pumpkin spice lattes [call me basic, I do nooooot care. I will spin around in all of my basic-ness]. And, of course- leggings. This is my first official ‘fall’ living in California, and while we might not get the typical season [tears] I won’t actually complain about it because I’ll get to wear outfits like this one below all ‘winter’ long. And to anyone who still loves to say ‘leggings aren’t pants’, I’d like you to meet this pair from White House Black Market. They have zippers. And panels. And pockets. And they are pants. And they are beautiful.WHBMLeggings2

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[ Leggings, Top + Boots: White House Black Market | Vest: BCBG ]

My goal is to be as comfortable as possible in everything that I wear, and these pieces do just that [I scare myself with statements like that. Not because I'm like 'wow, you sound like a grandma' but because I know I sound like a grandma and I still. don't. care]. I love the look of leather pants or any version of them, but I hate how tight and difficult they are to put on / wear / etc. These leggings are a much more realistic, wearable option.Also- I went out on a limb with these boots, because they’re not my typical shoe / they’re a little higher than I wear day to day, but they also are SO COMFORTABLE. I wore them for the first time for an all day shoot [which could have been a miserable experience] and I was completely fine!

Is fall your favorite fashion season? Do you have any must have pieces for this season? Let me know in the comments! You can also check out my leggings from this post here on the White House Black Market site.

 

I’ve saved the best for last of my outfits from NYFW. I wore this look to a Vogue party and the Nanette Lepore show on Sunday. This dress / jacket combo is my absolute favorite, and I felt like a princess wearing this all day.

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[ dress + blazer: bcbg | heels: banana republic | necklace: tiffany's ]

Outfits like this are what inspired my blog. That excitement you get when you find something that you can’t wait to wear, that makes you feel like the best version of yourself. That is what I love about fashion.

I’m working on a clip vlog from my week in NYC + other travels. You think those videos would be super easy to put together, but they actually take me the longest amount of time. Coming soon!

 

I am so happy to be writing this post right now! You guys know that my life is insanely hectic and the craziest things always happen to me.. today is no exception.

I’m back in town fresh off of another trip, this time to Vegas, and had an early morning shoot with E! News [don't know when the segment airs yet, keep you posted]. One of my close friends from Chicago was also in town, so I managed to squeeze a quick late night dinner in to all of that. All amazing things, right? RIGHT!

…and then I discovered that all of my cards / drivers license are currently missing. Noooooooo. I initially discovered this while we were out to eat and I had no form of money on me at all [thankfully he paid anyways, but I still was like NICE, CARLY, NICE]. I thought that I had just left them in my jacket pocket from when I was on my flight, but they weren’t there either. Can’t find them in my apartment, can’t get a hold of anyone in the airports, absolutely no clue where they are. Did I lose them? Were they stolen? Am I losing my mind?

I tried to explain this fact to one of my friends out in LA- I can do really big things, like turn myself into a business, but the little things make my head explode [you know this if you watched my 50 facts video]. Calling someone to find a lost card? Absolutely mind boggling. The thought of calling my bank to cancel a card, going to the DMV to get a new license.. Woof. I need a drink.

Anyways, I say I’m so happy to be writing this post right now because you are keeping me sane [insert the little clap emojis in between those words]. I’m having a glass of wine, typing up this post, and taking 10 minutes off from the dramatic search for my life.

This outfit is me right now. Cuddled up in the world’s largest sweater, hair up in a bun because I just can’t, and then of course- sequins. Because no matter what is happening, life is still fabulous-

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[ sweater: zara | dress: random boutique in wisconsin | sandals: schutz ]

The sweater above was recently purchased from Zara, and I generally don’t find many pieces there but the ones that I have are incredible. I can’t say enough good things about this piece. Also, I received SO many compliments while wearing it! I don’t say that like ‘oh look at me and how many people told me I looked cool’-My day is always made by nice people. People who have enough confidence to reach out and compliment another are so lovely. The world would be such a nice place if we all just said nice things to each other more frequently. So next time you like something about someone, don’t think saying it out loud would be weird. It wouldn’t. It would be awesome.

Same thing goes for my viewers! I’ve been so fortunate to meet so many of you these last few weeks, but a bunch of times you’ve said ‘I don’t want to be creepy, but..’ YOU’RE NOT BEING CREEPY, I’M EXCITED TO MEET YOU! I read all of my comments you guys write me, and meeting you in person is the most exciting thing ever! It’s so amazing to put a face to the screen name! If you can handle, let alone enjoy watching my videos, we obviously have enough in common that we’d be friends! So come on up, tell me your name, let me give you a hug- I want to, I promise!

And I wish I could say that my stories from above [ie, having an awesome job but losing all of my stuff] happened less frequently than they do, but that’s life. Some people joke about me ‘having the worst luck ever’, but I honestly don’t really think much of it. Really CRAZY things happen to me all the time, but so do really AMAZING things. I’m so thankful for my life and the people in it that the little upsets are just that- little. upsets. They’re tiny bumps in the road. Sure, I lost all of my credit cards, and it’s a hassle. But it’s not the end of the world. I won’t let it take up much of my emotion / energy, and I certainly won’t let it ruin my day. I hate to get all mom like here, but really- there are so many BIGGER problems in the world, that you honestly shouldn’t sweat the small details. You’ll get through it and you’ll get over it. In the mean time, throw on some sequins and remind yourself that you are fabulous :)