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Fall Is In The Air

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Fall Is In The Air

Okayyyy okay, so fall technically isn’t in the air yet but that doesn’t mean that my apartment can’t smell like it! Because my dumbass thought that burning cigarettes out into some of my candles was a good idea, I needed to restock because none of them will light now. But, lucky for me, Michael’s was having a three for ten dollar deal for their fall scented candles. And, at six dollars apiece originally, I just couldn’t pass that deal up! Check it out:

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I never quite understood people’s obsession with candles until moving into my apartment. And, now, I can definitely see why because the first thing I do when I get home from work in the evening or have a free afternoon is light one up. There is just something about the soft glow of the flame, the delicious scents, and the general atmosphere that is so relaxing when combined with your quiet time reading a book or watching a movie.

I always thought that giving a candle as a gift was kind of basic but OMG would I love to get all of the candles as prezzies now. But, until gift giving season is upon us, these fall scented delights from Michael’s will do just fine. I like all three fragrances that I picked out but the Butterscotch Spice is divine and I’m looking forward to having it lit on my coffee table as a scary movie plays and the crisp autumn wind howls outside.

What is your favorite fall scent? What is one of your favorite “basic” presents to receive? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Fall Guest Bloggers Wanted!

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Fall Guest Bloggers Wanted!

Hellooo everyone! I know, I know, it’s only the beginning of August BUT that doesn’t mean that we can’t start thinking about fall! Or, at least, I can start thinking about fall, because I have been since summer began, lol. I am an autumn girl through and through – the weather, clothes, activities, holidays, and the food all speak to me on a spiritual level and I know that I am not the only one.

So, if you are a lover of all things fall and would like to create a blog post for lifewithlilred and the one hundred and eighty plus countries reading me, then please get in touch at: sarah.mush6794@gmail.com ! From back to school fashion, hearty recipes, MOTDs inspired by fall colors, and the best autumn activities – I want it all. Seriously, I want your posts and all of the aforementioned in my life. If you’re interested, shoot me an email and let’s get this fall guest bloggers series started! Much love. -Sarah

Sky Top Apple Orchard

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Sky Top Apple Orchard

Howdy! When my family vacations in North Carolina, we always go apple picking. This time around, we visited Sky Top orchard. And an appropriate name it is, indeed, because it’s at the very top of a mountain! Unfortunately, we came at a bad time, because a huge school field trip was just finishing up, so the trees were pretty much picked clean. But, we still managed to get a basket full of delicious Pink Lady, Cameo, Honey Crisp, and Fuji apples. Take a look at some pics and let’s discuss:

 

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Although I had a lot of fun at the orchard with my family and the caterpillar friend I made along the way, I preferred other orchards that we visited over Sky Top. Because of the mountainous terrain, exploring the massive property was anything but pleasant. The hills were incredibly steep and the orchard didn’t seem to be very well maintained. Along every row of apple trees, the ground was completely littered with rotten fruit and flies, bees, and ants were swarming all over. I absolutely understand that an orchard isn’t going to be totally pristine, but you literally couldn’t step anywhere without a rotten apple squishing beneath your feet and bugs flying on and around you. Gross.

Having said all of that, their market area was really cute and clean. And, an entire bucket of apples to pick was only twenty dollars, which was a great value. It was nice to visit a different orchard in North Carolina but, next time that we go, I hope that we stick to Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard, which was scenic (without being mountainous) and well maintained outdoors and in their market.

Who else loves going apple picking in the fall? What is your favorite type of apple? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Feeling Fall OOTD

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Feeling Fall OOTD

Hello everyone and welcome to one of my favorite OOTDs to date! Lil Red loves dressing for fall, this we know. And, to me, my Feeling Fall look embodies the joy that comes with the changing of seasons perfectly. A statement boot and a bold, yet simple, find from TJMaxx created an outfit that was easy peasy to style but looks oh so chic when stomping through the leaves during a blustery fall day. And, also, peep the amazing pictures of yours truly taken by my darling beau! Love themmmmm.

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Who? What? Wear?

When people ask me how I go about styling my outfits, they usually get a response along the lines of “I just throw them together”. And, that’s not a lie. The best outfits come when you don’t think about it, because fashion should be a fun thing – not stressful. That’s why it’s very important to me to completely love every single item that I buy. When your clothing makes you feel confident, you don’t have a second thought when you’re throwing them on. And, that’s why I love this look so much. It was such a cinch to put together, but it looked timeless and fashion forward and you can never go wrong with that.

As gingham is considered the “it” pattern for summer, fall is about all plaid everything. If I could, I would wear this totally cozy and perfectly posh Modena New York poncho all year round. Because I wanted this cool cape to do the talking, I kept things simple underneath with a tighter fitting black sweater. The soft color palette of fifty shades of grey and taupe is just right against the vibrant autumnal colors adorning the trees. And, although this poncho fits closer to the body than most, it still has lots of movement, which beautifully mimics the leaves dancing as the wind blows.

Because the poncho and oversized Argentino Vivo earrings provide such lovely movement, I wanted to keep everything else about this outfit form fitting. As an added bonus, making the top half of your OOTD the focal point makes people more focused on your face, which is a good pro tip if you have any insecurities about your lower half (I know I do!). A looser fitting poncho or sweater also keeps your tummy in check if you didn’t quite get your beach body this year (I know I didn’t!).

Anyways, form fitting. Skinny jeans, as always, were in order. Then, to cap off the look, I wore my absolute favorite thigh high boots by Candies. These sexy little things slinky ink all the way up to just below the middle of my thighs and they make me feel so fabulous that I can hardly stand myself. The heel is high, the fabric is a soft faux suede, and the confidence level is through the roof. These boots hugged against my skinnies just right, which created a lengthening effect and put all eyes on my MUG and way cool cape. Just as I suspected! 😀

This Feeling Fall OOTD can be easily duplicated with your favorite chunky sweater, cardigan, cape, or poncho. The trick is to keep things on your bottom half nice and fitted and, then, you can work that autumn breeze as your cape billows in the wind. Gorgeous, easy, and one hundred percent fall.

How do you style an OOTD that embodies autumn? What is your favorite cold weather accessory? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Target Haul: A New Day + Vital Voices Pleated Skirt

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Target Haul: A New Day + Vital Voices Pleated Skirt

Hello everyone and welcome to my last and, perhaps, favorite purchase from my Target Haul. All throughout my twenty-four years of existence, I can’t say that I was ever really attracted to wearing skirts. Sure, I like them. And, I have a handful of skirts in my closet that I love wearing. But, I don’t think that I’ve ever gone to the store with the intention of finding myself a skirt. That is, until I bought my pleather, pleated BB Dakota midi skirt from TJMaxx.

After this purchase a few months ago… it was fucking on, and I became obsessed with finding more pleated midi numbers because, I hate to toot my own horn, BUT – THEY LOOK AMAZING ON ME! I haven’t had any luck with adding a new addition to my collection since finding my BB Dakota skirt, so imagine how happy I was when I found this one by A New Day + Vital Voices at Target:

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The collaboration between A New Day and Vital Voices is all about celebrating womanhood. The pieces in this collection emphasize the passion, strength, and undeniable power of woman – as their tagline goes – and that made buying this skirt even more attractive. The contoured faces make a modern statement and the sweet pleats provide movement, creating a look that is totally unique and completely cool.

For the perfect “I am woman, hear me roar” OOTD, pair with a graphic tee, slouchy blazer, and a pop of color shoe and enter any room with the presence of a girl not to be fucked with. Stand in your power, and look fabulous while doing so with this amazing collaboration only at Target.

What is your favorite brand that does a lot of good? How do you create an OOTD for when you’re ready to take on the world? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Target Haul: A New Day Kimono

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Target Haul: A New Day Kimono

Howdy! I have never been a fan of kimonos, because it’s difficult for me to find one that doesn’t make me look pregnant! Lol, there’s something about them that just looks like maternity clothing to me, so I avoid them like the plague when I go shopping. So, I definitely wasn’t expecting to purchase one during my extravaganza at Target! Fair warning that this A New Day number doesn’t photograph well, because it’s all black (Shocker!). But, you’ll get the idea! Take a look:

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My major qualm with ninety-nine percent of the kimonos on the market is that they are shaped boxy and then they hit at the waist. For a short girl, this is so not flattering. I always try to find clothes that lengthen me, as opposed to making me look like I lost five inches and gained ten pounds! So, I was instantly attracted to this kimono, because it was longer and more fitted.

My new kimono from Target’s A New Day collection falls all the way down to the middle of my calves and is smocked in the back so it isn’t flowy, like a typical duster kimono. Rather, the gathered fabric lays closely but comfortably on the body so that you are not swallowed whole by what does seem like a lengthy piece of clothing. I have never seen a kimono with this shape before and, if I did, I would have bought them all, because it is the perfect shape for me!

The subtle, embroidered flowers on the silky but muted fabric makes for a sultry look when paired over a long sleeved sweater, skinnies, and heels. This kimono can completely modernize your standard date night outfit and will look edgy and chic when wearing it while out and about. How you style it is up to you, but you will look shamelessly cool no matter what in this A New Day number.

Are you a fan of the kimono? Why or why not? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Target Haul: Zoe + Liv Hoodie

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Target Haul: Zoe + Liv Hoodie

Yooooooo. I’ve never seen a store that’s more on point when it comes to holiday clothing than Target. As soon as the appropriate season strikes, it seems like Target accommodates with Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. themed clothes ASAFP. For example, they started carrying Halloween ready T’s, leggings, and accessories mid September.

By the time I got to shopping at Target last week, their Halloween gear was pretty picked over, so I felt lucky that I was able to snag this really fun hoodie by Zoe + Liv that also happened to be the last in stock! Check it out:

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Normally, I am not a fan of holiday themed clothing. But, what Lil Red is a fan of is all things spooky when it comes to my every day attire. I love skulls, bones, crosses, and ghoulishly good fashion so it’s no wonder why I simply adore this rockin’ skeletal hand hoodie! This little Zoe + Liv number isn’t just perfect for Halloween, but for literally every day of the year in Lil Red’s world and I have already worn in multiple times since purchasing.

I love that this comfortable hoodie doesn’t sacrifice any cuteness and it is such a fun top to wear while out and about or just lounging at home. In Ohio, we’re at the stage of fall where it’s chilly in the morning and evening but pretty warm in the afternoon. This hoodie is light enough that you can wear it during the sunny portion of the day and layers well under a jacket during the blustery mornings and nights. Cute, comfy, appropriate year round, and just twenty bucks – this hoodie was impossible to say no to!

What are your Halloween plans? What has been your favorite costume that you’ve worn during the spooky season? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah