Blanket Statements

 (Dress: Lovenotes via TJMaxx, Scarf: Target, Boots: Franco Sarto, 
Watch: Michael Kors, Earrings: F21, Sunglasses: Cole Haan)

So blanket scarves are having a moment it seems, which is alright with me. I mean, what's better than a scarf that also doubles as a cozy blanket? Not much. While the infamous Zara option has been floating around the blog world, I was thrilled to find this snuggly piece for under $20! The colors in the plaid are also rather pretty...a pop of aqua is a a fun way to mix up the classic red and black. This weekend we finally had a taste of some cooler weather, so I snagged this super soft, faux suede dress and donned a pair of riding boots, hooray! I also discovered that this is one of the few pieces of brown clothing I own...clearly, I'm more of summer girl, so fall colors don't seem to make much of an appearance in my wardrobe. This dress is quickly becoming a favorite, however, so you just might see it around here once again. 

Thanks for reading! 
Happy Monday!


Time For Change

 There comes a time when changes need to be made, when capacity has surpassed that former space, and now craves a bigger, better challenge; a new opportunity. When I began my blog, Teatime Thoughts, the title was appropriate for the season I was in, and as I continued to learn, grow, and move toward the passion and dreams for my life, it has brought me to a place where that title no longer feels sufficient. While I still do love tea, and the bond that is shared between friends over a warm cup of chai, the overall direction of my blog has changed and matured over the years, and the title needs to fit that transition. So with that said, you'll see some changes around here, beginning with the title, and continuing toward exciting, fresh things! I'm really grateful to all of you who have faithfully read from early on, and for those who have joined along the way. There's a lot more in store, and I cannot wait to share more details soon! 


(Poncho: similar here Pants: Lilly Pulitzer, Shoes: similar here (on sale!), Watch: Michael Kors)

One of the things I love most about classic pieces is the fact that they can get a fun twist for an updated feel. Two such examples would be the anchor motif and ponchos, which, combined are a perfect combination for cool fall days. I'm convinced that white is acceptable year-round, and this simple color scheme is fresh, even among the muted, earthy fall tones. Ponchos and capes are pretty much the best invention (especially if they have anchors on them!), since there's not a whole lot of styling effort required, just throw on and go! This cotton style is so lightweight I could toss it over a swimsuit, or style it with grey skinnies and tall boots...and did I mention it's reversible? Oh, the possibilities!

Bet Your Boots

 (Top: Lilly Pulitzer, Denim: F21, Boots: GoJane, Necklace: , Watch: Michael Kors)

Fall is boot season, and I am so excited to finally get to wear this over-the-knee style that I've been pinning on my style inspiration board since last fall. (I admit, I'm a little late to the over-the-knee party, but it's back for this season again, so I couldn't resist this year.) Since it's not quite cool enough to cozy up in a sweater, this pop of bright pink was the perfect color for that transition between summer and autumn weather. When it gets cold, I'll wear these boots with an oversized sweater, leggings and a big scarf, or swap out the silk tee for a button-down and a vest. For now, it's still deciding if it wants to be fall around here, so bright pink and statement necklace it is! I'm also loving short ankle boots and the ever-so-classic leather riding boots this season...fall weather, where are you??


Everyday Essentials

It's always fun to take a peek into what people consider their daily handbag essentials.
As a writer, it's important to make sure I have pen and paper at a moment's notice for when inspiration strikes, and my job makes it essential for me to have things organized and written down. I'm all about the calendar on my iphone, but still a little old-fashioned and love having a planner so I can write out my activities and schedule for the month and week. When I have events or meetings back to back, there's not time for more than a touch up, so I bring along the essentials like this gorgeous lip color, a slim rollerball perfume, and a dab of lotion. Tortoise-shell shades transition effortlessly from summer into fall, and I love a good cat-eye style. 
(Clearly I have a thing for gold, mint and turquoise! haha)

Bag: Michael Kors (similar), Notebooks: Target, 
Planner: Lilly Pulitzer, iPhone, 
Wallet: Lilly Pulitzer (past season), Lotion: EOS (only $2!), 
Perfume: BCBG, Lipcolor: Stila in 'Carina', 
Sunglasses: Cole Haan 

As fall fashion makes its way into the stores, I begin to search for a fun handbag update for the new season. Throughout most of the year, I'm often found carrying a large tote style since it will fit all my essentials and my ipad. I recently discovered this fabulous Handbag 101 handbook that Rue La La put together, and think it's a wonderful style guide for tips on the latest trends in bags, ideas on how to properly care for your purse, and things you should know about some of your favorite signature brands. Definitely worth a look. What do you consider your handbag essentials? I'm always looking for new favorites. 

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