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Pumpkin Picking

You can never have too much fall fun in one weekend, so after my trip out to the Gold Cup Races on Saturday, I headed back out 66 for an afternoon of pumpkin picking and wine tasting on Sunday to celebrate a friend's birthday. First up was Hollin Farms, where not only can you pick your own pumpkins, but you can also pick apples, kale, collard greens, arugla or dig up potatoes and peanuts—quite the farm outing. After the perfect pumpkins had been selected, we went out to Aspen Dale Winery. While I'm still partial to the mountain views of the Albemarle and Afton vineyards, I've got to say this gorgeous barn setting (with mini-horses!) is the best I've seen in the DC area. Plus, their wines are the best I've had in Northern Virginia and they do food pairings with the tasting. I'll absolutely be back on a day when they have their pheasant sausage and sage cheese.

So what does one wear on a fall outing to the country? I tend to go all out fall in shades of navy and brown. While this isn't actually what I wore on Sunday, I did wear this yesterday to work and it's definitely my new favorite outfit. I love stripes all through the spring and summer, so making them work in the fall is even better. Also on the summer to fall transition note, if you're in your white jeans all summer, make sure you have a pair of ecru jeans in your closet for cooler weather.

Pixi Favorites

I'm on a kick with all the brands I discovered this summer and today I've got another one for you. I've seen pixi at Target before, but I had never picked any products up. The only one I had tried was a kind of eh lip balm from a Birchbox a few years back, but these products below have made me a fan. 

I use the Hydrating Milky Mist daily—it's the perfect moisturizing pick me up after a long workday. Lower Lash mascara? I never even knew that existed, but now I can't imagine trying to use a regular size mascara brush on my lower lashes. Plumping gloss is always a favorite of mine—add in a great fall color and it's immediately in my regular rotation. H2O SkinDrink is a hydrating moisturizer that's perfect for a morning boost pre-makeup. Top it off with the 24K Eye Elixir for a refreshing AM routine.

Boots and Bourbon

This past Saturday was the Virginia Gold Cup Races, and my first ever fall steeplechase experience. We had a windy, but sunny day—the perfect crisp, fall weather—and plenty of good drinks and good food. Pimento cheese, ham biscuits (on sweet potato rolls!), pecan pie bars, Benedictine sandwiches, and plenty of bourbon made for a delicious spread. 

We had adorable cups and napkins made for the occasion from Sip Hip Hooray, a black watch plaid tablecloth, silver serving pieces and even a state of Virginia cheese board to create a festive tailgate—I wish I'd remembered to get pictures of the table in action! Luckily I've got plenty of horse pics for you.

Pineapple and Pork Tacos

We've all heard of porkchops and applesauce. I'm not exactly sure where this pop culture reference started (someone enlighten me?), but that sweet and savory combo is a classic. While I'm not planning on putting applesauce on a taco, I decided to work off that pork accompanied by fruit theme and make a fruity salsa to accompany spicy pork in a flour tortilla. It turned out to be a delicious combo that I've now made twice this week—it even made a great take to work meal! 

This isn't a recipe where you'll need exact measurements—just see what looks and tastes right, and work with you have on hand! You can use yellow or white onion instead of red, I just used red for the color. You could add in mango, jalapeƱo, go crazy!

Pineapple and Pork Tacos

Pork Loin or Chop, cut into bite size pieces before cooking
Chili Powder
Garlic Powder
Red Onion
Lemon Juice


Adding to the list of brands I've become obsessed with post TBSCon in August is Cosmedix. I like to have some facts backing up my skincare products, so while I may not understand the science behind these, I was immediately intrigued by the focus on using technology to create skincare products that are ahead of the game. An added bonus, I love the clean, sleek aesthetic of the packaging!

The first product I tried was their Peptide Rich Defense Cream which has an SPF of 50. I'm always wary of new sunscreens because my skin is sensitive and can react poorly to certain SPF products. This one, however, has become my go to. Layered over the Affirm Antioxidant Serum, which I use both morning and evening, it's the perfect two step combo. The Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser is a great every day cleanser to keep skin looking refreshed and clear, and once a week, usually on one of those nights when I'm doing all my weekly primping rituals. I'll pull out the Purity Detox Scrub.

Last Year's Looks, Revisited

Sometimes you shouldn't mess with a good thing. That's why I'm bringing back some of my outfit posts from last year. From my go to leopard coat to buffalo check to layering chambray over a turtleneck to a classic navy blazer, these are looks that I reach for year after year. Below I've linked to where you can find these items, or extremely similar ones, this season. 

This was one of my absolute favorites from last year. A gray knit dress, buffalo check cape, black moto boots, black clutch, and a necklace that you'll wear all fall and winter. 

Layers on layers is what I love about this look. The turtleneck under chambray has a 90's vibe, but it's updated with with a gingham vest—and, yes, gingham is still having a moment in my book.

You can't go wrong with a faux fur leopard coat. I dress mine up, I dress it down. Whether it's with a t-shirt and jeans or a little black dress, it always looks perfectly glamorous...and maybe even a bit effortlessly cool. Below I've got everything from an under $50 steal to a major splurge.

A navy blazer is one of the most iconic pieces you can own. It dresses up a pair of jeans for the office and elevates a striped shirt to the most sophisticated look. Plus, it'll never go out of style.

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