HAPPY SEPTEMBER YOU COZY RASCALS! Ahh, it’s finally fall (in my book at least). I know the official start date of fall isn’t until September 22nd, but as soon as it hits September 1, I enter fall mode… Who am I kidding, fall mode usually kicks in around the end of July, I just don’t act on it til’ September 1st. WHO’S WITH ME?
Every year I like to round up a few items that I have my eye on for the upcoming fall season. It’s fun looking back and seeing how my style changes over the years. This was last years wish list, and I still have (and love) almost everything on it.
This year I’m feeling the neutrals and blacks. The older I get, the more I want my outfits to be simple yet impactful. I want equal parts chicness and comfort. And dammit, I want to rock a beret like some moody, coffee loving, art making Parisian and no one’s going to stop me!
So here we have it, my 2021 Fall Fashion Wishlist:
no.1 – Ribbed Knit Midi Skirt (link) no.2 – All Black “Nevada” Sunglasses (link) no.3 – Black “Sophie” Beret (link) no.4 – Long Taupe Cardigan (link) no.5 – Black Faux Suede “Maura” Mules (link) no.6 – Beige Oversized Quilted Shirt Jacket (link) no.7 – Black Pointed Toe “Sylvie” Ankle Boot (link) no.8 – Vintage Slim High Ankle Jeans (link)
A few of these items are sold out. But I feel like they’re worth getting on the waiting list for. I already have the quilted shirt jacket and the Sylvie ankle booties and I absolutely adore them both, and most importantly, plan to wear them for seasons to come!
This year I went for chic, neutral, minimal, and most importantly, cozy! And as you can see – I didn’t add any turtlenecks to my wish list because I HAVE OVER 10 GUYS. EXCESSIVE. Or is there a such thing?
I hope you got some inspo from this post, you can also find tons of fall outfit inspiration on my Pinterest board below. Pinterest has been my go-to for outfit inspiration for over 10 years, and that platform just keeps getting better and better.
I hope you have the most stylish, cozy, beautiful fall. And if you get anything from the list, please tag me on Facebook and/or Instagram so I can see it!
Today’s the start of a new series: “Coffee Conversations”. I wanted to create this series to give myself the ability to write with a little more freedom. My inconsistencies with writing stem from my innate need for everything to be perfect before I hit “publish”. The writing has to be clear and meaningful, the graphics have to be beautiful and polished, and the timing has to be just right. While I value all of those things, they prevent me from showing up here because if it’s not “good enough”, it’s not making the blog.
Coffee Conversations opens up a casual space for me to post things that are outside of my niche, or at least outside of my normal content. It gives me the opportunity to discuss things that I would, say, with a friend over coffee. So today’s Coffee Conversation is just a little life update, because a lot has happened since we spoke last…
It all started with a Vision Board
In January I made a vision board for my upcoming year. I focused on things like Home Ownership, Gratitude, Family, Friends, Writing, Career Clarity, Hygge, and Money. I understand that I’m putting myself in a vulnerable space by showing you what’s on my vision board, but I’m showing you because many of the things I put on it have come to fruition.
Here are some life events that have happened since I was here last:
I wrote an article for a small Veteran Magazine, and they weren’t able to publish it. I poured my heart into an article about how the Hygge Lifestyle could benefit Veterans. Due to covid and funding, they weren’t able to publish it. Maybe I’ll post it here sometime. This was a huge lesson for me in disappointment and bouncing back.
We lost our dog Nana, after 7.5 wonderful years with her. The most unexpected and devastating thing to happen. We were blindsided by losing our sweet girl. It’s been a little over 4 months and it still seems unreal that she’s gone. People aren’t lying when they talk about the deep, painful grief that comes with losing a dog. As time goes on, the reality that she’s truly gone sets in and we try to create a new sense of normal, but I’d be lying if I said life wasn’t a little bit empty without her around.
We found our potential dream home, 4 days after we lost her. Another incredibly unexpected turn of events. You know how they say “when one door closes, another opens”? This was one of those moments. In the midst of our pain and grief, we got a phone call that a home in one of our favorite neighborhoods was going to go up for sale in the next few months. If you know anything about the housing market in Kalispell, MT, you know that finding that type of sale situation is pretty much the ONLY way for lower-income people to buy a home right now. We were in absolute shock, and completely conflicted on this new sense of hopefulness in the middle of the hardest time of our life. We reached out to the seller and he scheduled us to come look at the house the following day, which just so happened to be my 26th birthday.
We BOUGHT our dream home. If you were waiting for a happy ending, you’ll find it right here. We fell instantly in love with the house. We went through the process without a realtor, which proved to be slightly difficult. But after two months of documents, paperwork, inspections, and a TON of patience, we moved into our first home on…. drumroll please…. April 6th, a.k.a 4/06, a.k.a “Montana Day”. If you don’t believe in receiving signs through dates, symbols, and numbers, you should now.
I photographed my best friend’s labor I had the absolute honor and privilege to attend and photograph my best friend’s third and final labor. It was intimate, beautiful, and then very, very scary. And although it was slightly traumatizing, it somehow made me feel more prepared for when my time comes (maybe soon?).
There were so many incredible things that happened between all of these major life events. We’re 6 months into this year and it has been one of the most intense, surreal, memorable years of my life. If you refer back to my vision board, you’ll notice that I was able to accomplish multiple things on it already. Which has just proven to me that manifestation, gratitude, and hard work pays off. But it also proved that some of the most incredible things in life come in the most unexpected moments, and that our most valuable and cherished things can be ripped from us at any moment, too.
Wow, that chat got deep. I hope you’re still with me, and I hope you enjoyed catching up like ol’ pals. Please keep checking back for some valuable content coming soon, like hygge summer to-do’s, date night ideas, how to make a hyggekrog in your home, and so much more. Thanks for being here, friends.
*Links have been updated (where possible) as of 10/18/2021. Some items were no longer available and did not have a suitable alternative.
The only gift guide you’ll ever need! Okay, that’s probably not true… But it is very near and dear to my heart. Possibly because I own (and absolutely adore) most the things on this guide. I love when people make gift guides based off products the actually have and love.
If you know someone who needs more cozy in their life, you’ve found the right place. This Very Hygge Gift Guide is the perfect selection of gifts to please any hygge-lover.
Here’s a quick reminder of all the things hygge living revolves around:
Now that we’re refreshed on everything hygge revolves around, let’s get to this gift guide:
Get absolutely zen with this “Peace of Mind” essential oil kit (with adorable carrying case)
Observing nature is very hygge, especially with this modern bird feeder that looks like a cozy home.
The Hygge Game is 300 entertaining, interesting and thoughtful questions designed to spark cozy conversation.
Sip all the hot drinks out of this cute, sturdy ceramic mug.
The Little Book of Lykke is all about happiness – very hygge.
The Little Book of Hygge is where my journey began, and where I suggest everyone starts learning about hygge.
You can find amazing baked goods at your local bakery. Shopping local + sweet treats = ultimate hygge.
Keep your feet warm and stylish with these cozy faux fur slippers.
This warm, fashionable cropped pullover will make you feel put-together while practically wearing PJ’s.
Salt lamps cast a beautiful golden glow that adds instant hygge to any room.
Capture all your lovely cozy moments with an old school instant camera.
Traditional Medicinal Blends cater to boosting your mood, and they really work.
Put a candle in these Cement Houses and admire the instant homy, cozy feeling they produce.
A soft pair of joggers is a necessity for comfy lounging.
Add earthy texture and interest with these local, cement candles.
A beautiful modern electric kettle perfect for all the afternoon tea.
Cast a beautiful starry glow with this essential oil warming light.
The most stunning wine glass you’ll ever find, perfect for curling up by the fire.
Add style and warmth to any occasion with this heavy neutral knit throw.
I hope this guide gives you inspiration for the perfect cozy gifts. I know many of us are seeking hygge in these troubling times, so gifts that remind us to embrace the warm, comforting little things in life are definitely the way to go this year.