Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite season. I love the crisp air and the changing leaves, I love the hot apple cider and cozy blankets, I love making hearty soups for dinner and I love updating my closet with all sorts of cool, cozy things. At the beginning of fall, more than any other transitional season, I really crave an update to my wardrobe. It’s a great time to add to your stockpile of basics as well as to try out a few new trends. Joanna asked me to curate a list of fall fashion trends because she’s still on her No Shopping Challenge kick. So with that in mind, I’ve highlighted six key fall fashion trends with a round-up of great options for each… because you know ya gurl loves to shop!
So I know that spring cleaning is a thing, but what about fall freshening? There’s something about the changing of seasons that makes me want to refresh my life — my closet, my home, my mind. It’s a great time of year to clean out your closet, wash those flannel sheets that have been hanging out in your linen closet all summer and generally make your house a little cleaner and a little cozier. (Joanna’s note: This is especially true when your closet is as tiny as ours!)
For me, this process always involves scent. At night, I love to light some fall-scented candles and during the day, I love to spritz a bit of DIY essential oil room spray around my house. I keep a stash of a few different scents so I can use the one that best suits my mood. Right now I can’t get enough of eucalyptus essential oil spray since it smells so peaceful and has the added benefit of boosting immunity due to its antimicrobial properties (stay away, flu season!).
Making Shampoo Bars Is Easier Than You Think!
I’ll admit, when Joanna asked me to try my hand at making some shampoo bars, I was intimidated. Soap making always seemed like a big undertaking done by the likes of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other sturdy prairie women who had to make do with what they had. But once I started researching the process, I realized how incredibly easy (and satisfying!) it is. After a little bit of math and some crazy scientist-style mixing, you’re left with wonderful-smelling shampoo bars that are way better than store-bought liquid shampoo. Today we’re sharing our customizable shampoo bar recipe made with rose essential oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and other good stuff!
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If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know that Joanna has a pretty darn impressive urban garden in her yard. Alongside the broccoli and kale and Brussels sprouts, she had a bumper crop of herbs this year, which I myself have benefited from (thanks Joanna!). But even after giving away herbs to friends and neighbors, she had a bunch of herbs left on her hands and, she didn’t want them to go bad. She also couldn’t find an herb drying rack online that she liked the look of, so we put our heads together and brainstormed our own chic, modern take on an old-school herb drying rack. Now she’ll have seasonings from her herb garden to use in her new kitchen all winter long!
Don’t get me wrong, I love a traditional jack-o’-lantern as much as the next girl, but there’s something so fun about coming up with a new way to decorate pumpkins each year. You could go the goofy route or the macabre route or the artistic route, but I personally like to decorate my front porch with pieces inspired by the trends I love for the interior. And this year, that’s terrazzo. The traditional Italian material is peppered with haphazard flecks of color and can infuse a bit of cheery chicness into virtually any space (which is much more up my alley that spooky scary Halloween decor). Meet our painted and carved terrazzo pumpkin! This treat of a pumpkin doesn’t require any tricks — it’s super easy to put together and looks great on a well-styled front porch.
It’s officially fall, it’s officially October and that means we can officially start thinking about the holidays! For me, that means crisp, pine-scented mornings, cozy knits, hot toddies, and eggnog. I love the creamy, nutmeg-laced beverage that only gets better with age, but making a fresh batch is admittedly a process. I wanted a way to keep the delicious scent of the holiday drink filling my living room all season without having to make batch after batch of eggnog (but don’t get me wrong, I’ll definitely be whipping some up in the near future!). So I decided to share a soy wax candle DIY with an eggnog-scented mixture essential oil that do the trick quite nicely.
Finding the perfect vintage tee is like finding a needle in a haystack: it requires months of painstakingly pouring through rack after rack of not-so-cool tops and online vintage shops. Alternatively, you can get the perfectly lived-in look by splurging on a designer tee like this or this, but I just can’t bring myself to spend a few hundred dollars on a ripped shirt. I mean… seriously?? After I started seeing cool, distressed tops on some of my favorite bloggers and style icons, I started thinking about how I could create a DIY distressed t-shirt myself and get the exact look on a budget.