I could basically live in ivory sweaters through the fall and winter, and this Lily & Sparrow balloon sleeve installment is certainly no exception. This sweater paired with a trendy fringed ankle denim boosts the appeal of an All-American look. I feel like I say it all the time, but it is truly all in the details. The older I get, the more I realize that I am a creature of comfort, and these little details are what make a look that is otherwise fairly simple really pop. A colorful umbrella in the rain in New York City certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Statement jacket. Paperbag pants. Red boots. Feeling fierce this Monday like ay-oh.
These pants are so soft, and this won’t be the last time I tell you statement pants may be my favorite trend for fall. It’s no secret I have this thing for cool jackets, and I hate to say it, but I think it’s getting worse. I feel like I have bought so many jackets this season, and I’m just not mad about it. I definitely don’t hate this one. It’s already gotten so much wear, which honestly does make me feel better about my obsession.
Fall has always been my favorite season, especially for fashion, but the last several years I’ve felt like summer came and went and I was left holding on and grasping for slow transitional pieces and pairings. This year I feel like I got to actually experience summer, even though it still flew by, and NYFW absolutely catapulted me into the all fall looks. The unfortunate part now is the Midwest weather has been completely uncooperative. Like where are my 65 degrees at, yo? Thankfully, it appears we may finally have some cooler days on the horizon.
I finally headed to my first football game of the season last weekend (how did I make it almost the entire month of September?), we already went to the pumpkin patch, and I am ready to adventure to the apple orchard. Caramel apples are for sure my favorite fall treat. Now if only this season would slow down a little, because we have a lot to cram before we’re shut in by snow.
Yup, you read that right. Where are we headed you might ask? Cassidy and I are moving to Columbus, Ohio!
Honestly, this has been one of the most whirlwind, exhausting, exciting times of my life. It’s also been weird to not share it on social media until the time was right, allowing us the opportunity to share the news with family, friends, our church community, and employers/coworkers first. But it has also left me to super vague nondescript posts, which made me realize how much I appreciate this outlet.
So first things first, all the answers to all the questions before I get into how this makes me feel. I think I’ve answered these a bajillion times by now, so the conversation goes something like this:
We have some news!
Q: Are you having a baby?! A: No babies just yet. BUT we are moving!
Q: Where are you moving?! A: Columbus, Ohio!
Q: Don’t you have family there? A: Yes, my parents and my sister and her family live in Ohio. However, they will be the same driving distance from us in Columbus as they were in Indy.
Q: What takes you there, then? Is it for work? A: Yes, Cassidy got a job offer we couldn’t refuse, and they have already been fantastic taking care of us and assisting us with this process.
Q: When are you moving? A: Cassidy already started his job there, and our house is now on the market (any takers?!), and I just need to find a job! If all goes according to plan, we should both be in Columbus full time by November.
Q: Where will you be living? A: We will be moving to an apartment in the Short North! We are super pumped to do some city living!
Q: Are you excited? A: Absolutely! It’s incredibly bittersweet for us to leave our friends, our church, and our house, but we are looking forward to a new adventure and exploring our new city! We also have lots of friends in Columbus already, which makes it so much easier to transition knowing we have a built in community and network.
So… there you have it. We’re headed to Columbus! And our lives are crazier than ever
These past couple months, before we were even offered this opportunity, our world has been up, down, back, and forth, and all over the place. I won’t even be able to tell you about all that we’ve been through simultaneously, but it has made us both extremely grateful for each other. We’ve had car accidents, spiritual attacks, job offer(s), trips to Columbus to figure out if we wanted to do this thing, a sorrowful death in the family, a trip to New York for Fashion Week, more trips to Columbus, the car got totaled (yes, we had one vehicle and were not even in the same city), telling all of our friends/family/employers, bought a car, prepping and putting the house on the market, then we’ll pack, and sell, and move, only to unpack and transition. It has just been a LOT.
The past couple weeks have been harder for me than I anticipated. It has been more overwhelming trying to keep my head above water with work, and the house, and seeking new opportunities, and just life, but here we are. There have been a lot of tears and prayers and we just continue to find strength in Jesus and do the best we can. We’ve done a lot of adulting the last few weeks, but it’s been incredible seeing God move as we take these next steps. One thing we’re really learning is faith and trust in His plan and His timing, as we know we are walking out His plan for us. We’re really focusing on not worrying about the unknown and allowing Him to work and being at peace in the transition.
He is so good and we are so thrilled for this next season. Columbus, here we come!
The perfect accessory is just an earring away and I have been loving the statement earring trend. There are so many options right now from delicate florals, beaded with fun shapes, to textured tortoise, inventive gold hoops, or lightweight lucite. The unofficial end to summer does not mean the sun is setting on these accents, but with all the florals and bold looks trending for fall, it'll be an easy transition. Plus, accessories are the perfect wear now pieces because you don't have to wait for the temperatures to cool off.
Thank you, Diane von Furstenberg for inventing the wrap dress. The feminine silhouette was created to be flattering on all body types, and it is certainly one of my favorite looks. This silhouette reminds me of one of my all-time favorite dresses, so I’m on board for a dainty floral and breezy flutter sleeve for summer. I recently got a sneak peek of some fantastic new arrivals at Lily & Sparrow, so be sure to check them out!