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Hello, Fall

It’s here! It’s here! The most wonderful time of the year! Well, at least it will be in 3 days. I love fall SO much. It’s undoubtably the most beautiful season & the weather is usually perfection. You just have to put out of your mind the fact that winter, the most evil of all the seasons, is right around the corner. I didn’t used to hate winter, but after last year, I get heart palpitations whenever I think of it happening again. It legitimately feels like winter just ended a couple of months ago. Obviously I was traumatized by the harsh conditions and the fact that I live so far away from civilization. I’m lucky I did’t turn into Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Sorry, where were we? Right. Talking about fall… The weather this past week has just been gorgeous. Add that to the fact that the fields are the perfect shade of gold & you have one happy lady here. The icing on top of all that awesomeness? I found the (near) perfect floppy wool hat. I’d say it was totally perfect, but it tends to shift around and look a little like a cowboy hat. Which, I mean, is really not the look I’m going for. Still though, it’s about a million times better than any of the others that I tried on. I have a small head, so they all seemed to swallow me alive. This one is a little big, but I’ll deal. What about you guys? Any fun fall fashion that you’re excited to break out?


In the process of taking the above and below pictures, I was bit by a bug on my hand, almost put my hand right on a big fat spider, & was painfully poked by a stick in the back of my leg. Don’t I look calm, though?


So the Master Kajal eyeliner that I was wearing in last week’s post? No good. I mean, it goes on great. Then? It slides off your eyes and all over your face. If there’s anything that an almost 40, sleep-deprived, mother of three doesn’t need, it’s more help with undereye circles. So, I moved on. I’m trying out the L’Oreal Silkissime eyeliner. It seems ok so far. I don’t know why I’m even messing with new eyeliner. I’ve been using Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes in 3L (navy) for a couple of years now & have always loved it. I was just hoping to find it’s equal in a drugstore brand, I guess. My lipstick here is the ubiquitous Nars Heat Wave. Although it’s toned down a little because I put it on top of a pinky lip pencil.


I was having some major camera issues & luckily Dustin came out at just the right time. I was legit ready to throw the camera into the field behind me. He took the rest of these & I must say, it was ten times more fun having his help. Although it was also ten times more embarrassing. Also, as you can see, I had an assist by Max too. He’s really trying to become internet famous.


This Target necklace has been my favorite all summer. If you know anything about Target jewelry, you’ll know that it’s cute & affordable, but not made to last. Let’s just say that it’s lost a lot of it’s sparkle. I’m still wearing it though. Obviously. The bracelet was one that I’d originally bought as an option for our vow renewal. I ultimately went with something else, but couldn’t help but keep this one too, even though I abhor snakes.


Hat – H&M

Shirt – Target

Jeans – Old Navy

Shoes – Kork-Ease via TJMaxx (similar)

Necklace – Target (similar. I’ll probably be getting this to replace this one.)

Bracelet – Anthropologie (similar, but no snake motif. Sorry!)

Eyeliner – L’Oreal Silkissime

Eyeshadow 1 – Stila in Kitten

Eyeshadow 2 – Nars Barbuda (I just found out they don’t make this color anymore. I’m heartbroken. Here are a couple of close options, although it’s hard to tell online. Lhasa & Coconut Grove)

Mascara – DiorShow

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