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Angel Etoile.

When I was little, I remembered always being enamored with the collection of perfumes on my mom's dresser.  The pretty decorative bottles with their even prettier smells.  Every once in awhile she would allow my sister and me to bathe ourselves in these beautiful scents.  
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We would play pretend for the rest of the evening.  Whimsical nights of laughter, dinner parties, dancing, and playing pretend that ended with the best memories and sleep.
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One of those scents was Angel.
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Cut to today.   I have my own collection of perfumes and sometimes have exciting events to go to in the evenings versus playing pretend.  While sometimes my life may look very fun and whimsical, my normal weekdays are full of mundane tasks and routine.  While I don't follow a completely strict schedule it is always a combination of long commutes, working long hours, and then trying to squeeze in workouts, friends, and blogging events.  I sometimes long for those "fun and fancy-free" evenings from my childhood when really there were no worries.
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When I received Angel I was instantly taken back to those great memories, but have realized that it is the perfect scent for my adult life.  I love fruit smells and the lightness of the mandarin mixed with a white musk really create a strong yet delicate smell that works well for my real life evenings out on the town.
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Finding a fragrance that can withstand the office all day and late into the evening is imperative for my on-the-go lifestyle.




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warm fall.

October has become such a tricky month in Virginia to dress for.  Typically at the beginning of the month it still feels like summer, so sporting your sundress with a light jean jacket, or no jacket at all will get you through the day.  
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By the end of October, the mornings are chilly, 40's or 50's, but by 1 PM the sun is beaming down and if the temps reach mid 70's to 80 degrees you shouldn't be surprised.  
This is the time in the office where people get sick, the allergies are all over the place, and you really have to utilize your layering skills.
Sadly, that is not what we are experiencing right now. 
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These photos were taken just three weeks ago when the high was 80 and there was nothing but sun and mosquitos.  
Though this outfit may not seem weather appropriate now, it is actually the perfect time to score some amazing deals on remaining summer items.
These high waisted black shorts are my go-to for any summer activity that requires me to leave the house. They're so versatile and though I purchased them on a whim years ago, I have found myself wearing them so much more than I ever thought I would. 
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jacket: zara | top: zara | shorts: forever21 
purse: tory burch | sneakers: joie

I believe the last of the really warm weather has come and gone but a girl can dream.

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fall jumpsuit.

I say this every year but Fall is my favorite season by far.  
The crisp air, the changing leaves, apple cider, and the awesome outfit combinations you can achieve with layering.  
This jumpsuit (last worn here) is perfect for summer with its light breezy material and thin straps but can also transition along with the season.  
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jumpsuit: anthropologie (last worn here) | jacket: zara (identical & under $50!) 
booties: tory burch via nordstrom rack | necklace: loft | bag: coach | sunglasses: rayban

Since it is still earlier in the season, the exposed legs of the outfit haven't made it unbearable to wear for slightly colder days. 
This leather jacket I snagged from Zara a few years ago is still a great piece that adds the warmer and a slight edge to the whole look.  
This one is basically identical and such a good deal.
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Adding a third piece to my outfits has become a staple and really a default in terms of deciding an outfit.  
In warmer weather, I find myself with "nothing to wear" because I like to buy jackets, blazers, etc. because I really feel that a great third layering piece can really elevate any outfit and gives you more outfit options.  
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If you are looking to add or expand your fall outerwear choices I would highly recommend starting with a good black blazer and black leather jacket (or faux like the one I'm wearing)!  
I would suggest investing a little more in these items because you will wear them often.  
You want to ensure better quality so you don't find yourself buy a new blazer or jacket every year because you end up spending more in the long run.
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jumpsuitanthropologie (last worn here) | jacketzara (identical & under $50!) 
bootiestory burch via nordstrom rack | necklace: loft | bagcoach | sunglassesrayban

And I just wanted to point out these booties quickly.  These may have been one of the best sales I have ever found.  I purchased these Tory Burch booties at Nordstrom Rack about 2/3 years for around $60.  Yep. The best deal ever.  I don't wear them too often but I have already found myself grabbing for them multiple times this year.

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fanfare.

I always look forward to Fall because things "slow down" but that is never really the case.  I always find myself planning last minute trips that keep me busy.  A few weeks ago I found myself back at my Alma Mater for what was supposed to be a good match up, Virginia Tech vs. Clemson.  
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tee: madewell | scarf: madewell | denim: madewell 
booties: rag&bone | belt: urban | lipstick: nyx lip matte in "prague"

We did lose the game but that did not put a damper on the weekend at all.  For the majority of my time, I was in the countryside on the outskirts of town in a cabin with some of my closet friends just catching up and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
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I lived in Blacksburg for over 4 years and the weather can be a little cooky.  It was projected to be 76 during the day but mid 40's at night.  Planning on being out all day for that type of weather can be difficult but I defaulted for a super casual outfit that would work with my jean jacket.
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teemadewell | scarfmadewell | denimmadewell 
bootiesrag&bone | belturban | lipsticknyx lip matte in "prague"

Madewell and J.Crew have some of my favorite tees so that is why I opted for this slightly faded maroon striped tee from Madewell.  I have had a great love for scarfs but have not snagged a non-silk one in awhile.  I chose this blue one that paired well with the tee but will also mesh well with most items in my closet.

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redo wedding.

This is such a great dress I had forgotten about in my closet.  I wore it to a wedding a few years ago here and haven't worn it since.  It is amazing how a few years and slight styling changes can really transform a simple dress.  
A great fitting dress with a fun print gives you an easy go-to piece for any wedding or formal function.
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For the most recent wedding I attended, I wore this dress (also worn here). 
To style things a little differently this time, I wanted to go with more retro waves in my hair and different heels.    
Keepsake is one of my favorite brands that I can always count on for great quality pieces.  I love the style of this dress and it is such a great item to grab for a more casual wedding if I don't have time or money to shop or rent something for the occasion.  
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dress: keepsake (last worn here) | shoes : zara

As wedding season is winding down, this is a great time of year to score some classic dresses that are marked down in end of season sales.
It is the perfect time to stock up for next year's round of vows!

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