Happy October everyone! The first day of Fall in the Bay Area certainly didn’t disappoint! The leaves have already begun turning colors, the air has that crispness to it in the early morning + late evening and during the day we’re warmed by the sun’s rays on even the chilliest sounding temps-the 60’s actually feel more like 80’s. We’ve already begun stocking up on white mini pumpkins and other fall decor. If you’ve been following along on instagram, you may have seen that we are actually growing our own pumpkins and have already harvested 9! They grew from seeds in the compost on our property and were transferred so they had already turned orange weeks ago and were ready to be picked.
I find that September and early October fluctuate so much in most parts of the country (as evidenced by the 66 degrees we had last week only to experience a heat wave of nearly 100 degrees just a few days later during the weekend. I’ve always said that my perfect place to live would be where I could wear a dress and jeans + a blazer or cute blouse daily and I’d say that I’ve found that here. Since my wardrobe necessities in California are different than that of Florida, I’ve made it a point to focus on both transitional and layering pieces to get me through the next couple months until warmer coats are truly needed daily. In my last outfit post I shared this floral dress to take you from summer to fall and now I wanted to share a casual yet pulled together look that does the same job.
When I’m not at a playground with Lily, tending to the garden or working from home, I like to dress up my denim whether it’s with the addition of a blazer, putting on a pretty blouse or a fab pair of heels. This is a pretty typical everyday look for me, as a mom I prefer to wear flats to chase after my little monkey and they’re the perfect choice for weekends when we’re doing a lot of walking. I save my heels and wedges for when I’m flying solo for the day while she’s at school.
I’m loving this black and white striped bow wrapped blouse that I ordered a few weeks ago. It has a slight ruffling at the bottom and of course a pretty side tie bow which would pair equally as well with a black pencil skirt or even a pair of shorts when those hot days roll in again. The material is thicker, so coupled with my wide leg jeans, I didn’t feel cold once during the day. I’ve had these 7 For All Mankind jeans for a few years and I find wide leg jeans really comfortable, I’m glad to see that wide leg pants and denim are on trend again this season, I especially like pairing them with a fitted short sleeved or long sleeved tee along with a belt. They currently offer a lighter version of the same style here. I just stocked up a bunch of these super affordable and ultra soft pima cotton tees which are currently on sale and perfect for layering!
I’ve also been experimenting with some new hair styles (inspired by a more bohemian, relaxed look here in California I suppose), which actually originated from my need to find new toddler styles for Lily’s long hair. Not long after, she’d see something I experimented on in my own hair and ask if I could do the same to hers so she could have ‘hair like mommy’. This hairstyle is super easy and takes about a minute to do. It’s essentially a series of flips. secure a low ponytail (I use tiny clear plastic elastics from the drugstore) then create a part in the lowest part of the gathered hair above the elastic and feed it through the center hole and pull. Add another elastic about 3 inches under that and do the same thing, pulling the pony through each time. It creates a braided effect without any complicated braiding techniques and if you’re on the go and it gets a little bit too messy, it takes just seconds to redo it. I like to pull out a few pieces of hair to frame my face so it doesn’t look to perfect.