left – Kara ○ right – Matilda )

Ah winter… most people’s least favorite time of the year. There are a lot of reasons I’m not a fan. I don’t like my skin drying or my lips chapping or seeing my breath mist in front of my face. That being said, for all the bad there is some good that comes with winter– like hot chocolate, and ice skating, and the fact that you can finally wear those heavy layers you’ve been dreaming of pairing together all year. The Earth is dying, the world is cleansing itself, and it’s a season that seems to bring everyone together.

There is a reason they call it cuffing season, am I right?

It’s for this reason precisely that I decided it would be befitting to dedicate a post to that beautiful little in-between period between fall and winter. I enlisted some help from a few of my closest friends (everybody say hi to Kara and Matilda), and finally got the chance to get out and shoot while the leaves were crumbling, not yet dead, despite the trees looking a little bare.

Truth be told, it’s not often that I find myself on the other side of the camera, which is why I was more than happy to hop behind the lens when I got the opportunity. When I began my bout with photography, I began behind the lens. It was only recently that I got over my nonsensical fear of being photographed. What that’s left me with lately is an excessive amount of photos of me, and not much else.

After adventuring around my favorite part of DC (Eastern Market to be exact), mi amigos and I found ourselves lost in between the little side streets and gorgeous architecture. Kara and Matilda are also probably two of my favorite people ever– and were total troopers when I told them to trespass onto people’s porches/front steps/doorways #oops.

So without further ado (though there was much), click the read more to see my favorite style staples, a few ways to transition your fall wear into winter, and a glimpse into what the wintertime means to me!

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Hello, hello babes! Given the popularity of Kylie Cosmetics right now, this is a post I’ve wanted to do for a while. Even though I hate to say it, I’ve officially bought into the hype.

I actually don’t dislike Kylie Jenner or her cosmetic line at all, and am always fascinated by what she decides to churn out next and the publicity that she brings with it. Like, let’s take a step back to think about it– Kylie Jenner built an entire cosmetics empire with the power of social media. Kylie Cosmetics’ Instagram has more followers than many other high-end makeup brands who have been around far longer than Kylie Cosmetics. Too Faced has 7.4M followers, Benefit has 5.3M, Kat Von D has 2.6M, and Kylie Cosmetics has a whopping 10M… and her cosmetics line is only a year and a half old. Her marketing power is incredible and slightly terrifying at the same time.

Read on to see my thoughts on Kylie’s Burgundy and Bronze palettes, the formulas, the colors, and best of all: which palette emerged as the clear winner.

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To My Ex’s Future Girlfriend,

I respect you.

I know that sounds funny to hear. I don’t know you yet and neither does he. If you were wondering, we’re hot on the heels of a breakup– it’s never pretty, is it? But, above all else, I trust that my ex’s decision was sound before he went and let his heart get involved. He doesn’t just give his heart away like a handout, you know. You’re lucky to see a side of him that goes unnoticed and unknown. I promise you will spend a better half of your time getting lost in the thick of the woods before you come out on the other side, but I also promise his moon is the brightest shine you’ll ever see.

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Fall is, hands down, my favorite season to dress for. It combines my love for fuzzy sweaters, utmost comfort, and layers into one neatly wrapped package. Not to mention autumn in the city always lends itself to new fashions; and I love people watching as much as I love picking out my wardrobe for the day ahead.

Every season, whether I consciously realize it or not, I tend to go through an unavoidable style evolution. I guess it all comes with the territory of growing older in conjunction with spending more time in the city. Urban life definitely dictates everything from my taste palette to my music choices, right down to my wardrobe; and I’m in a constant state of evolution along with my style as its own entity.

As a small town girl, it’s refreshing being able to dress how I like without being looked at strangely, and I definitely feel more at home walking around the streets of DC than rural Maine. This year, I think my wardrobe has matured immeasurably beyond what I was wearing two autumns ago, or even last year at this time. Below you can find some of the outfits I paired together, as well as a peek at my favorite fall style staples!

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It’s that time of the year again! Holiday bells are ringing and the festivity of the seasonal spirit is in full swing before Thanksgiving has even begun! Kudos to our consumerist culture for making us feel like we should begin our Christmas shopping beginning Black Friday all the way up until the magic day! Whoopee to showering our loved ones in jewelry, money, and gifts oh my!

Though I don’t support the culture around excess spending (even if I may be guilty of it myself), I do like to get a head start on my own Christmas shopping. I’ve noticed that pushing it off until the last minute doesn’t work for me. You know the mental image of a woman pulling out her hair as she throws everything haphazardly into her shopping cart, strolling down the aisles of her local Walmart? Yeah, I don’t want that person to be me.

This is why I’ve decided to do a holiday gift guide in the weeks leading up to Christmas/Hanukkah/whatever Holiday you happen to celebrate. Of course these gifts can be used for any occasion (like birthdays, holidays, or celebrations), but I figured this would be the perfect time of year for this kind of post.

This gift guide is specifically catered towards the men in your life, whether that be your brother, boyfriend, guy friend, or coworker. Though this is, by no means, a hard and fast guide, I hope that it will inspire other gift ideas and help turn Christmas shopping into a breeze. Check out my favorite items to gift below!

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