The day we have all been impatiently waiting for [or maybe it's just me] - is officially here! Fall just has a way with me. It also has a way with my waistline because of things like tailgating food, caramel apple spices from Starbucks, and you know - the whole cuddling up on the couch every evening under a fuzzy blanket thing. However, who cares because LAYERS. It's the season that hands you everything you could ever want on a gold platter with a few pretty colored leaves adorning the outside rim. Do you see what I just did there? I tried to paint a beautiful picture with words that I'm not sure even made sense. I need to stop trying to be a better writer than what I am. Remind me of that next time I try to make some stellar analogy or whatever that just was. 

Back to what I was saying though - while the food is great, the temperatures are perfection and the scenery is more than ideal, it's the outfits that really speak true to my heart. I don't know if it's the earth tone color pallete, the ability to layer all sorts of pieces on top of one another or because of ankle booties, but whatever it is I'm diggin' it. I recently ventured off to my favorite shopping website, Nordstrom, to load up on fall essentials. I know I get asked frequently if I shop anywhere else besides Nordstrom these days. Sure, I have a few other staple stores but girlfriends, I gotta say - when it comes to ease of navigation, quality of inventory, outstanding customer service, free shipping AND free returns [they even include the label for you!], it's a no brainer one stop shop for me. Add in the triple points that are currently happening [thru 9/25] and it's like they are paying you to shop ;) 

Because I don't have a local store near me, online shopping is about the only thing I do these days. This is more than desirable because last time I checked you can't carry around a glass of wine with you every where you go and well, shopping online at home has never scolded me for my beverage. Today I thought it would be fun to share with you a few fall essentials I have found - let's do this thing. 

You can't go wrong with having this staple item in your closet and this particular one will go with just about anything. Olives, navys, oranges, reds, yellows, burgundy - you name it, this is your scarf to pair with it. To see how I typically tie my triangle scarf you can view this quick little instructional video here

2. A great military vest or jacket 
[I would recommend sizing down one in this  - wearing an XS here]

Military vests and jackets are all the rage this season - I love the structured yet comfortable look these have AND the versatility they offer when pairing with pieces underneath. I love this one that I recently purchased [also available in dark grey which is awesome]. For a few other favorites be sure to check out this, this, this and this one

3. A comfortable long sleeve tee, perfect for layering. 
wearing white slub tee in small

I could live in a basic tee all year long and be content. These are essential in every wardrobe as you can wear them alone or under anything. For other affordable long sleeve tees be sure to check out this, this and my personal favorite - these

4. Cropped ankle jeans to show off all of those adorable ankle booties
wearing these - run true to size for me! // if you prefer slightly longer [28 inch inseam as opposed to the 26 I'm wearing here] these are a great similar option! 

You will find me in about one pair of jeans all fall long and they are these. Jeans that hit right at the ankle are my jam. Mostly because my shoes all fall long hit right at the ankle. If you don't own a pair of cropped jeans you may want to consider investing in a pair as they will up your ankle bootie game significantly. The PAIGE ones I am wearing here are truly the softest jeans I have ever owned, like butter I tell you. Except a little less messy and not as many calories. 

5. Speaking of ankle booties, ankle booties

You have probably noticed the ankle bootie trend by now, but they are certainly all the rage. I am particularly loving grey this fall for an awesome neutral that can be worn with just about anything. For other adorable grey options be sure to peep these, thesethese and these

michael kors medium collins satchel - see great in stock option below!
[all photos in today's post shot by the ever so talented tina herschberger photograpy]

And last but not least, the one accessory that keeps our lives together. Or at least holds more junk than we know what to do with. I think warm brown leather bags are a fall essential and will never go out of style. I recently purchased this vince camuto leather hobo bag in russet and it's perfection. I love knowing that a quality handbag will last for seasons and seasons to come. 

And there we have it folks - my top 6 fall must have wardrobe essentials. What's on your list this year? Drop a comment below and lets talk fall baby. I'm off to go jump in a pile leaves. 

disclosure: thank you so much to Nordstrom for partnering together for this post to bring you some top fall essentials. While I am being compensated for this post, all items were hand selected and purchased by myself and opinions on how great they are, are 100% factual. 



  1. It's hard to decide what I love more, the little booties (not to mention the pedi) or the perfect fall handbag. Your outfit is such a perfect mix of on trend and casual (like you aren't trying at all this is just how you roll). The blanket scarf is on my "want" list for the season. Can NOT wait for payday! Great post.


  2. This look is so perfect! I could seriously live in a comfortable tee too. You're pictures are awesome!
    Beautifully Candid

  3. The Marshalls store near me has these exact Paige jeans for $69 in this color and in black!!! They are so soft!

    1. Can you share which Marshalls? Great find!!

  4. Cute pieces for Fall! I'm dying to start wearing my new Fall duds but the weather is still too hot!

  5. What a pretty look, I love the Fall scarf!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes


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