Photo Every Hour - September 22, 2017

Alternatively titled "Celebrating the Autumn Equinox," because that is what I did all day. Of course, I was a little more than excited, and I just had to document the occasion...

7:00 AM

Straight into the kitchen from bed. I decided to try to make apple cider from scratch. Apple cider is worth being in the kitchen that early.

8:00 AM

The first day of Autumn calls for the laciest burgundy dress ever.

9:00 AM

Watching a bit of That 70's Show while I work. This is no different than any other day if I'm honest.

10:00 AM

Setting things up and taking photos. Again, pretty normal, but it's all Autumnal, so it's better.

11:00 AM

The trees are doing nice things!

12:00 PM

The newest addition.

1:00 PM

My real talent is taking hilarious photos of my dogs. She looks drunk, and I cackled. 

2:00 PM

Cider update. This looked so cute and photogenic when I started it, but it didn't stay that way. I'll be sure to make it near a better light source for photos next time.

3:00 PM

Setting the vibe with fairy lights!

4:00 PM

Making pumpkin bread for the evening...

5:00 PM

Time to decorate the entire house. Finally.

6:00 PM

The cider was a success! I'll be making it as much as I can, probably.

7:00 PM

This was the point in the evening that pretty much consisted of a lot of food and board games. Wild. But lovely.

8:00 PM

The bread was saved for last. Here it is in all its leafy glory. Not the greatest photo, but you get it.

The end!

DIY Two Dollar Wreath

I gave you a peak of this wreath yesterday, but I had to dedicate an entire post to it, because I spent two dollars making it! Two dollars! Granted I bought my supplies at a dollar store, but I digress. It was a cheap project that looks cute, and is perfect for a small space. 

I bought a package of fake leaves and a round piece of floral foam. These items were a dollar each (from Dollar Tree), and though I wound up with a pretty even leaf-to-foam ratio, another package of leaves wouldn't have hurt. Keep that in mind if you decide to make this yourself.

The first step was the hardest: hot gluing the leaves to the foam. The difficulty really lies in how your hot glue gun skill is, but the leaves fill in pretty easily, and a few gaps aren't the end of the world. They can be filled in later. Be careful, and don't burn yourself too much, okay?

To fill in the gaps on my own wreath, I used acorns that I gathered out of my own front yard. I rinsed them off and let them dry over night, and then used hot glue to stick them to the wreath, both in random places and where tiny bits of foam could be seen. 

Again, please be careful with the hot glue, and DO NOT use hot glue immediately after using acetone to take nail polish off. I wound up with the worst burn on my thumb, and the skin there is still pretty dead. I'm pretty sure the leftover acetone reacted with the heat somehow. Just don't do that ever. Life tip.

In the end, I think the wreath turned out pretty sweet. Though this is how I put together my own, you could do yours a million different ways, with a multitude of different items. Think bows, pine cones, twigs, etc. I already want to make another one. I just need to find the space.

My Autumnal Decor

I've decorated for Autumn! I've been waiting for this moment all year, and I had to share photos as soon as possible.

I'm also decorating faster than I can photograph! Not pictured is a basket of potpourri, orange burlap around the neck of the Diana bust, and a few larger potpourri pieces along the top of my biggest print. I also suddenly feel like I don't have enough pumpkins, but I'm not sure if I'll actually buy any more this year.

I'm sure you'll see all of the new additions before the season is over!

Have you decorated yet?

Happy Fall Y'all

It's Fall! Finally!

I hope you all enjoy your day and do something fun. I'll be decorating and making apple cider and pumpkin bread. If you're doing something fun, share! Let's chat!

Two Perfect Monochromatic Looks with Sympli

Sympli is a Canadian brand with one, singular purpose - to be that confidence-boosting piece that every woman relies on. "Sympli uses only premium quality, buttery soft, durable jerseys that last forever, are machine washable, and wrinkle-free." The fabric is meant to look great on everyone, and the cuts are tailored to each size, eliminating awkward ratios that don't always lead to great looking pieces.

"Layering is a cornerstone of the Sympli aesthetic." Their pieces are chic basics that can be worn a multitude of ways. 

I was sent two different looks to try out. Though I wore the pieces this way, they could be mixed and matched a million different ways. There are seriously so many options with the five pieces I received; it's almost overwhelming. 

Look One

This look consists of a gray top and black wide leg trousers. The trousers have a nice split at the calf, and a comfortable high waist. I was so excited to try this look out, because I've never really given the wide leg look a shot. I'm a short girl, with a tum, and I've been unsure of how that would look with trousers.

I was pleasantly surprised. The fabric is flattering, and the waist is form fitting without feeling tight and constricting. I think the split at the bottom helps break the trousers up, and helps keep them from looking too much like pajama pants, since the fabric is more flowy than stiff. Like I said, I'm a very short woman, so I'll personally continue to chose a shoe with a heel when I wear these trousers, but that's just my own styling choice.

The top is a perfect go-to top. I think it would also look great with a midi skirt or a pair of jeans. It tucks into bottoms nicely, but still looks great on its own. It's a timeless cut that will look chic for years to come, and it will be worn for years to come. There isn't really any way this top could go wrong.

Look Two

This look is my favorite of the two looks. This outfit consists of a tunic top, a mini skirt, and a pair of leggings, all black. This was kind of a throwback look for me. I used to live in a similar mini skirt, and I've been unable to find a replica that I could be just as fond of - until now.

I recommend this tunic to everyone. I mean, I recommend the entire look to everyone, but if you were to only buy one piece from the three, you should go with the tunic. It's fitted at the top, and flares out under the bust. The flare isn't dramatic or anything, but it's there, and it's perfect for enhancing curves in the best way. This will be fantastic with anything, and because I'm so short, I could even wear it without the skirt. 

The skirt is a basic mini skirt, but honestly the best mini skirt I've ever worn. The waist is high, but the skirt is not too short. Nothing's hanging out, you know? My favorite part is that the skirt doesn't ride up constantly as you walk. I could've used that years ago! This is a mini skirt that can be worn professionally or not, and there's no need to worry about where the skirt is moving while you walk.

The leggings are great, basic leggings. You can't go wrong with a good pair of leggings. They aren't sheer, and they have the sweetest ruching at the ankles. No complaints here!

Altogether, I think this brand has hit the nail on the head. The fabrics are all similar, but cut and crafted in a way to look flattering on all parts of the body. They carry a wide range of sizes, and claim that their pieces will flatter every size. I can attest to my own body type at least. They really were flattering.

I'm impressed, and I think the Sympli pieces I received live up to what the brand claims to stand for. They all look great, and they offer plenty of variety and layering possibilities. I do recommend Sympli.

Though they don't have their own individual retail source, you can find a store near you that stocks Sympli here. A quick Google search will lead to a variety of sources to shop Sympli online.

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