With more than half of September behind us, we're well on our way to autumn! We have already begun to feel the cooler temperatures lurking in and our summer clothes are no longer doing the job! Its that time ladies..time to switch over to our fall wardrobes!
It's safe to say that fall fashion is by far my favorite; boots, sweaters, leggings, scarves..everything is so cozy and textured! However, you can't truly appreciate a new fall season without a few new items in your closet…am I right ladies? I think so; that's why I've created a collage of the top five MUST HAVE items for your fall 2016 wardrobe!
1.) Open-toed boots and booties:
Get your pedicures ready girls cuz' this fall is all about showing off those tootsies! From ankle booties to thigh-high boots, the open-toe trend is a must! They serve as a perfect transitional shoe and with so many textures like suede, leather and lycra, they look amazing dressed up or down with any outfit!
2.) Moto Jackets:
A sleek and edgy way to stay warm in the cooler temps, moto jackets serve their need without sacrificing a great outfit. They look amazing over a dress or with a T-shirt & jeans. You can leave the sleeves long or scrunch them up to the elbow for a sportier look. With a moto jacket this season, you can't go wrong!
3.) Cold shoulder Sweaters:
There's nothing I love much more than a nice knit sweater, but I've always found it challenging to feel comfy without looking like potato sack! Luckily there's a new fun and feminine option to throw on this season; "cold shoulder" sweaters! Finally a sweater that we can pair with any bottom and still look fabulous! The cut-outs give added interest & offer more of a silhouette compared to your boring old sweater..GENIUS!
Velvet is such an old-school classic fabric & this year it has been re-birthed into one of the most loved trends for fall 2016! From pants to tops, to bodysuits & even boots, its everywhere & I'm loving it! You can add sophistication and elegance to any look day or night, and the best part is, it comfortable! (BONUS!)
5.) Military Blazers:
The blazer is back and better than ever! With double breasted buttons, structured shoulders & embellishments, military inspired blazers are a staple this season! They are available in colors like army green, navy blue, and kaki so they're extremely versatile. Wear them over a nice silk blouse or just a simple cotton tank with jeans and still look sharp!
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Your bedroom is one of the most used rooms in your house. It is your sanctuary and the place you retreat after a long day, yet often the bedroom becomes one of the messiest rooms in the house. Shoes are kicked off day after day creating a cluttered mess, clothes take over the space after one night of not deciding on an outfit, and hair supplies are in every drawer and cubby. It is understandable how the bedroom turns into this nightmare, but it is possible to turn this bad habit around, and create an organized and beautiful space for you to relax in. It is important to value what your bedroom does for you, and keep it as organized as possible. If you transition your thoughts from thinking the bedroom is just another room in the house, to thinking of it as an escape and relaxing sanctuary it will help you maintain control of the clutter.
Try out these 5 tips to keep your bedroom organized and beautiful:
1.) BEFORE YOU GO TO BED:
2.) CREATE SYSTEMS:
4.) NIGHTSTAND ROUTINE:
5.) SUNDAY CLEANING:
Your relationship with your significant other is one of the most important things in your life, but so many times it becomes neglected. Whether you are dating someone, or married for years it is important to simplify your relationship and remember the purpose of being together. It takes work to ensure your relationship is at its best! This doesn't mean it is hard and tiring, but it means you have to dedicate time to nurturing it. Say no to anything that doesn't add happiness to your relationship, and focus on things that bring you closer together and strengthen you as a couple.
Here are 5 ways to organize your relationship which will lead to more love, lots of kisses, and a ton of happiness!
1.) Plan ahead
I have seen so many couples that haven't had a date night in months, or can't remember the last time they did something fun together. This doesn't have to be the status quo for being in a relationship. Pull your calendar out, and plan in advance. Look at the month ahead, and plan as many date nights as you can! Even one date is better than no date nights at all. This one simple step can drastically change your relationship for the better.
2.) As long as you are together
People are busier then ever these days, so it may not always be possible to go on many adventures and fancy date nights, but thats ok! It's more important to have quality time together. Plan movie night, brunch at a cute local cafe, or a romantic night of cooking dinner together. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant. The most important thing is to set aside time to simply be together.
3.) SAY NO!
So many people hate saying no, but your happiness is more important than trying to please everyone. My boyfriend and I care very much for our family and friends, and want to be part of the events and celebrations in their lives, but this doesn't mean we have to attend every single invitation. Sometimes it is ok to stay home and not be part of every social event. You need to ask yourself, " Is it more important to make everyone else happy and say yes all the time, or to nurture my relationship and say no when we need time to ourselves?" A great compromise is to attend the event, but let them know you can only stay a few hours. This way you are able to spend time with your loved ones, but leave early enough to spend time together.
4.) Open communication
Do not harbor things inside of you. Be open with your partner on how you feel about your relationship. If you harbor things inside, you will eventually start to resent the other person and that is a recipe for disaster! Do not cast blame or start an ugly fight, but sit down with your significant other and let them know you miss them and you really want to work on spending more quality time together.
I often hear couples refer to the same routine in their life - " They have a long busy day at work, come home to a house full of chores and things to do, eat dinner and then its time to go to bed and start again. And weekends end up being the time to catch up on more house chores." I am not going to sugar coat it. Life gets hectic and sometimes extremely overwhelming! This is why it is important to outsource some things. Can you hire a babysitter to watch the kids one night a week so you can enjoy date night ? Can you hire a local college student to buy your groceries allowing you an extra couple hours with the family? Can you hire an assistant at work so your workload is less stressful allowing you to come home happier and ready to spend time with your significant other? Imagine how much more time you could have together as a couple if you outsourced just 5 hours worth of things a week. You could spend an entire Saturday together!