Fall Wardrobe Necessities

I love fall! The changing of leaves, the smells and the colors are all my favorite things, as well as a distant memory. I've lived in Southwest Florida for nearly 12 years and I still miss fall. Although we're still having weather in the high 80's everyday that doesn't mean I can't pretend like it's fall! How I trick myself into thinking it's fall? Cranking down the air conditioning, making some pumpkin muffins and lighting a fall candle and then it's "fall"!

Although I won't have a true "fall" for nearly two months, I have started to slowly reintroduce some of my favorite light sweaters, booties and leggings. I've put together 7 of my favorite fall fashion picks.

  1. H&M Sleeveless Tank Top - $29.99 // I love this tank top. You can dress it up or dress it down and the bow is the cutest touch! 
  2. Charlotte Russe Booties - $27.29 (on sale!) //  I might be the only one that is in love with the "clog style" but I love these booties. 
  3. Forever 21 Tartan Plaid Scarf - $9.90 // This scarf is large enough that you can do a variety of different styles and the colors are neutral enough that you can wear it with many different outfits. 
  4. H&M+ Lyocell Coat - $59.99 // This is one of the most expensive things on my list but I love, love, love it. It's hard to find a true green coat. This isn't too heavy of a fabric, perfect for Florida!  
  5. Old Navy Wide Brim Panama Hat - $18.00 (on sale!) // This is my favorite accessory for fall. It comes in a gorgeous maroon color too! 
  6. St. John's Bay Leggings - $19.99 (on sale) // These are the best leggings but they're actually pants!   
  7. Marley Lilly Stripped Weekender Bag - $99.99 // I love this bag. It is on my wish list. I love all things monogrammed and this is no different! 
What do you have on your fall wardrobe list?


Pumpkin Spice Dairy Free Coffee Creamer

Going dairy free has been a bit harder than I had originally anticipated. I love coffee and I struggled with finding a dairy free alternative for my coffee. I love half and half and unfortunately for me, all the pre-made, pre-packaged dairy free coffee creamers out there weren’t cutting it.

I came across a recipe for homemade coconut coffee creamer – I admit I was skeptical but after I made it and used it for the past couple of weeks I ended up loving it. So I decided to start experimenting with different flavors. In honor of my favorite season, fall, I decided to try a pumpkin spice flavored coffee creamer!

Call me basic but I love everything pumpkin spice; candles, air fresheners, candy, coffee, the list goes on and on.  Since I love pumpkin flavored things, I was really nervous to try this homemade creamer. Was it going to be fake tasting? Not the right amount of spice? Not enough pumpkin flavoring? Was I going to waste my time? Well, there was no need to worry because it is so good. Rich, decadent, flavorful and best of all—dairy and vegan free!

I whipped this up on Sunday night and it took me about 15 minutes to prepare. In the past the coconut creamer has lasted about 5 days in the refrigerator (although mine never makes it that long!) It is so delicious and you don’t have to feel guilty about using it in the morning!

Without delay, the recipe is below! 

As a disclaimer, it is not half and half but it is a great alternative! I love to add some cinnamon to the top for a little something extra. Feel free to tweak the recipe to your liking. Add cinnamon, nutmeg or all spice if you would prefer! Any recipes for this newly dairy-free gal? 


Top 4 Places to Find Used Books

Happy National Read A Book Day!

If you’re like me, you love nothing more than curling up with a good book, a cozy blanket and a hot cup of coffee. I feel like every other day is a National Holiday but this is one holiday I would be more than happy to celebrate.

There are so many new books that I want to read my list keeps getting long and longer and longer but I don’t want to spend a ton of money (ballin’ on a budget, anyone?) I love nothing more than reading a hard copy of a book (although eBooks and Audiobooks are a great second choice).

Here are the top places I find some good deals on my books.

Goodwill Bookstore: If you’re lucky enough to have a Goodwill Bookstore near you be sure to check it out! Typically, all Goodwill’s have a book section but these stores are JUST books! Talk about a deal! I never find the newest titles but I can always pick up a classic or a good romance novel for about $2!

Thriftbooks.com: This is one of my newest websites I check to find good deals on books. They have a wide variety of books and they have free shipping on orders over $10. With an average book price of $3 a book, you can get tons of books without breaking the bank! I just ordered The Goldfinch, What She Knew, Into the Wild and The Husband’s Secret for under $15 part of my 40 in 366 challenge! (P.S. Use this link for 15% off your first order!)

Your Local Library – If you’re lucky like me your local library has a section of used books for sale. I love popping into my library and browsing the little bookstore. They are gently used library books and always in great condition!

Half.com – I found Half.com to be best for buying text books but I have found some DEALS on hardback and paperback books. They are related to ebay.com but there’s no haggling and no bidding, it’s more of a “Buy It Now” service and they include the shipping prices. I’ve gotten some books for $1 with $3.99 shipping…you still can’t beat finding a book for less than $5.

Any suggestions on where to get a good deal on books? 


Summer Reading [Audiobook Edition]

I promised myself this year I would get back and really dig into my reading. (Did you see my 40 
books in 366 days pledge?) I have not been doing as well as I thought I would be. Life has been getting in the way! BUT, I’ve recently found some books that I couldn’t put down and I wanted to share! I listened to these books on audiobook since I have such a long commute, it makes my drive go so much quicker (or it at least feels that way).

#6 Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
This has been on my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads for years but I wasn’t sure if I could commit to an 8 book megathon series. So, I pulled up my big girl panties and dived in. Oh boy, I can’t believe what I was missing. This book has everything you want in a series. Romance, drama, scandal, heartbreak, passion, twist and turns and more. I’m just mad it took me so long to read (listen) to it. They have recently made it into a show on Starz and I’m excited to watch it and see Claire and Jamie’s story come to life. I finished book one and I’m already onto the next!

#7 Eight Hundred Grapes - Laura Dave
This was a good book. It was a relatively easy (and short!) audiobook listen and the narrator was good. This book was somewhat predictable. I really enjoyed the characters though and it was just the right amount of drama. I wish the characters had a little more depth to them. Some complaints I’ve read about the book was with the writing style, however, since I listened to it there was no issues for me! I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a light airy listen.

#8 Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Let me start off with I was NOT excited to read this book. I’m a fan of reading the book before the movie and I just didn’t have time to sit down and enjoy this book. I recently joined a book club and this was the first pick. Well, now I was going to have to find the time. I had a road trip scheduled to Jacksonville (about 5 hours) and I figured it was the best time to sit down and listen to it. Let me tell you… it was SO good. The book wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be (which I very much enjoyed). It was a good book club choice and I’m glad the girls made me read it.

Any audio book recommendations?

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