october giveaway: black cat purse

This year I'm doing one giveaway every month (in addition to my blog anniversary giveaway) There's one catch -- to enter, you have to perform a random act of kindness today. If you're stumped on what to do, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a list of ideas right here!

What you'll win: One person will win this black cat purse from asos

How to enter: Perform a random act of kindness today and use the rafflecopter widget to enter. You can also earn extra entries in the widget by tweeting about your RAK or making a donation to your favorite charity. You must be a follower to enter (and, please, none of this follow-and-leave as soon as the giveaway is over jazz.. that's super rude!) This giveaway is open to everyone on planet earth.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway ends November 1st at 12:01AM EST.

don't sweat(shirt) it

Actually, do. Do sweatshirt it. I don't end up wearing them nearly enough in outfit posts, but when I'm running out to do errands in the fall I almost always throw on a sweatshirt before I leave the house. It's not the fanciest of outerwear and it's definitely less pretty than a matching cardigan or tailored trench coat but it's warm, cozy, and it has the added bonus of autumn-izing my springy wardrobe. And probably the best part is that they're super cheap. I got this one at Boscovs for like $8 during their labor day sale.

I think the key to incorporating a sweatshirt into an otherwise dressy outfit is to size down. You don't want a giant slouchy sweatshirt, it should be fitted enough that it still looks half decent. And it really should be worn with an outfit that's put-together. My goal is to dress-down a pastel, frilly ensemble with a sweatshirt, not to be sloppy, if that makes sense.

dress - asos | shoes - bait footwear | sweatshirt - boscovs | socks - no clue!

the devil wears pastels

[Read the following in a very snobby fashion magazine editor voice] This is perhaps the simplest way to start transitioning your pastel pieces into fall, by pairing them with neutral separates like this stunning tan cardigan. In April I'd probably be reaching for a lilac sweater or adding a light pink belt for an extra punch of pastel, but this time of year I tone down the dial. Seafoam green can still look season-appropriate when partnered with a pop of beige. [end snobby fashion magazine voice]

I feel like it's impossible to talk about stuff like this without sounding ridiculous. I was telling my parents about my whole "wearing pastels in the fall" outfit post series and when I explained it to them [in the snobby fashion magazine editor voice] I also felt the need to include robotic gestures, stiffly waving my hand across my torso to illustrate where exactly a belt with a punch of pastel color would be located.

dress- modcloth | shoes - c/o bait footwear

lazy saturday

It feels so weird posting an outfit on a Saturday. I have no idea why I arbitrarily decided that weekends were off-limits for outfits, but for some reason I've hardly ever posted them since I started blogging almost 5 years ago. I still get dressed on Saturday and Sunday and sometimes those outfits deserve to be shared, darn it!

Totally completely unrelated to anything, but I just thought I'd share this since I'm kind of obsessed -- I recently got this little elliptical machine that sits under your desk, so you can exercise while you're working and it is probably the best purchase I've made all year. I'm one of those people who always buys new exercise equipment and then never uses it. I have a stationery bike, a stepper, a treadmill and an ab roller all collecting dust in the basement. But for the first time I'm actually using my new gadget daily! To me it feels sort of like a stationery bike, except that your seat is an actual chair instead of an uncomfortable hard plastic triangle. I've been doing it for about three weeks now and I'm already feeling better. My dad and I go for walks every night and I'm not getting winded like I used to, and my dad keeps telling me to slow down. Basically I'm just like "FINALLY! Exercise I can do while I sit at my computer watching Netflix, packing orders and drinking iced tea. SCORE."

dress- h&m | cardigan - forever 21 | tights - we love colors

please don't eat the daisies

I just got this new-to-me vintage dress in the mail and I am so ridiculously smitten! I love wearing pastel clothing all year long, regardless of the season, but I know a lot of people (myself included, actually) like to start incorporating darker, more earthy colors when fall rolls around. Next week I'm going to do a series of outfits that gives some ideas on how to wear pastels in the fall without looking like you're confusing autumn for spring.

Obviously this outfit is not one of those examples, haha! I definitely look like I could be on my way to Easter dinner. I even wore this cardigan on Easter this year! lol

vintage dress-  pretty little fawn | cardigan - old navy | shoes - bait footwear

I don't feel like coming up with a title

This was such a frustrating outfit post. I loved my outfit but NONE of the pictures came out good. I took like 50 pictures and didn't like a single one of them (I'm posting some of my "I give up, I'm just going to start making weird faces at my camera" outtakes on instagram) Also it's that time of year when it starts getting darker earlier but I haven't adjusted yet so I'm taking pictures at my normal time but it's much, much darker in my room. I obviously wasn't in the mood to think of a title, either. Blergh!

Meanwhile, Arrietty is sitting there thinking "oh my gosh, you stupid human."

Mr. Hubble's new home

Today I'm taking Mr. Hubble to live in a new home. This was one of the most difficult, most heart-wrenching decisions I've ever had to make in my whole life but I think it's for the best.

Ever since we adopted Hubble he's bullied Chloe (and Hypatia when she was still with us, which resulted in me keeping Hubble out of my bedroom, where Hypatia spent most of her time.) Last September Chloe started having health issues. Our vet said they were definitely caused by the stress from Hubble, and that we had to separate them. So that's when I decided to get my own apartment. It seemed like the only solution to help Chloe without giving up Hubble. That solved the problem temporarily but, as you know, the apartment didn't work out for me and I moved back home.

For a little while things seemed better, but then last month Chloe started having health issues again, and again our vet said they were entirely stress related. As much as I love Hubble (SO SO SO MUCH) Chloe is everything. We've had her for 11 years now, and she was abused before we adopted her. Our home should be her sanctuary, and for the last few months it's been anything but. I just can't do that to her. So as much as I wish we could keep Hubble, we really can't.

Luckily, one of my best friends is taking him in. It's really the absolute best possible outcome to such a rock-and-a-hard-place situation. He already knows her and loves her, so he'll feel safe. I'll get to keep in touch with him and visit him. I'm going to miss him like CRAZY, but I know that he's going to have a wonderful, loving home, and I know that Chloe will finally have a peaceful life again.

To make the situation a little more complicated, though, I also have Arrietty. She gets along fine with Chloe, but she is a playful 2 year old who needs a playful companion (which Chloe certainly is not.) She really loves Hubble a lot, and I know she's going to miss him like mad. So the search is on for a playful buddy for Arrietty (with a gentle disposition, to appease Chloe.)

Nicole has promised to share lots of pictures of Mr. Hubble on instagram (I'm going to have Hubble withdrawl!) If you also want to keep tabs on my Hubble Bubble you can follow Nicole on instagram here.

important lessons

Sometimes I learn really valuable lessons from looking at my own outfit posts. In this case, blow-drying my hair straight without any extra styling results in 90's local news anchor hair.

Also, I need to start wearing the neutrals in my wardrobe more often. I love color (hello, obvious statement of the year) but I really do love tan, grey and black too. This particular dress was obtained in my neverending quest to find the perfect LBD (I'm pretty sure everyone, even those among us who gravitate towards pastels, are constantly in search of this treasure) It's probably the closest I've come so far. It's thick, it'll be good for layering under sweaters or over shirts, and on its own when I want to look ~fancy~ but I think the skirt might be ever so slightly too flared, accentuating my hips a bit more than I'd like. It will do for now, but the search for my LBD soul mate goes on.

dress- c/o modcloth | shoes - bait footwear | cardigan - trashy diva