I'm still in denial that summer is ending. I don't want to talk about it! I actually do enjoy fall weather, but I just hate knowing it will be followed by months of darkness and cold (I'm not really a winter fan). But the truth is, September is basically here and the early fall fashions are starting to show up in stores and online. So, for this Friday Fix, I'm sharing some of my favorite pieces I've seen lately that will help your wardrobe transition from summer to fall. Happy shopping (and make sure to make the most of these last weeks of summer)!
Eisenhower Slouchy Denim Jacket
I just really love the color of this jacket. It's so perfect for fall! The denim fabric will be the perfect weight for those days when you want to throw on another layer but you don't want to feel too warm. And the color/style kind of reminds me of an elevated version of a Carhartt jacket (which I love!!). I could picture wearing this thrown over a dress with booties for work, or paired with a t-shirt and jeans with sneakers on the weekends. For a similar and more affordable option, click HERE.
Available at Free People, $98
Patch Pocket Pullover Sweater in Walton Stripe
Madewell, you've done it again! This sweater is perfect. The color combination is everything I've ever wanted for fall, and I love the little patch pocket detail on the bottom. I picked this sweater up during a recent Madewell Insiders sale and I am so happy with it. The material is soft but not too heavy, and the fit is flattering. Wear it with a denim skirt for work or with some boyfriend jeans on the weekends.
Available at Madewell, $75
Via Spiga Ureila Mule
I am a big fan of the mule trend that's been happening lately, and this pair from Via Spiga is super chic. Mules are perfect for when it's still too warm for boots, but you're sick of wearing your sandals. And this pair will look just as good with a dress at work as it will with some jeans and a sweater.
Available at DSW, $79.99
Isabella Sinclair Dickens Plaid Dress
One of the easiest ways to transition into fall is to bring some plaid into your wardrobe. I LOVE this dress so much! It can be worn alone or under a denim jacket with sneakers for now, and then layered under a cardigan with some tights and booties when the weather gets chilly. The length is perfect for work, but it's also fun enough to wear to a party. While the price is a bit steep, the dress is so versatile that you'll get your money's worth.
Available at Anthropologie, $168
Who What Wear Seamed Asymmetrical Hem Slip Skirt
I had to throw this skirt in here because it's so fun, and I've seen lots of stylish ladies on Instagram wear it so well. If you have a special event or party coming up this fall, this skirt could be a great thing to wear. Just pair it with a sleek and simple black top/cami and heels. But I've really loved seeing it dressed down, with fun sneakers and a simple tee, for weekends.
Available at Target, $29.99
Button Denim Skirt
Last but not least, a good denim skirt is a timeless piece that is great for moving from summer to fall. You can pair it with t-shirts or tanks for now and then transition to sweaters (like the Madewell one I shared above) when the temperatures start to drop. This one from LOFT is great because it has a lot of fun details, and the length is work appropriate.
Available at LOFT, $59.50
If you missed my first post about visiting Portland (click HERE to read that), my boyfriend and I took a West Coast trip this summer and visited three different cities!! It was my first time out west and it was so much fun to see what life was like on the other side. While Portland was my favorite stop on the trip, I really liked Seattle too! It has a vibrant city feel but is also surrounded by beautiful water and PNW nature. Keep reading below to get the details on where we went, what we did, and where we ate/drank in Seattle! Happy travels!
Where We Stayed:
Traveling is expensive, but we were lucky enough that we were able to stay with friends while in Seattle. The neighborhood they live in is called Capitol Hill and we loved it there! It was within walking distance of all kinds of fun bars, restaurants and shopping, and it was a pretty central location in terms of visiting other parts of the city. We never even had to take a cab - we could walk everywhere we wanted to go (another great money-saver)! I would highly recommend staying in the Capitol Hill area.
Where We Ate & Drank:
Our first morning in Seattle we slept in and then went to a delicious brunch at Oddfellows Cafe + Bar. It's right in the Capitol Hill neighborhood on a fun street full of shops and bars. We loved this restaurant!! It's so cute and bright on the inside with tons of seating and even an outdoor section, and their breakfast food is amazing! I definitely recommend the breakfast panini or the homemade biscuit and eggs. So good and filling, so you'll have plenty of energy for a day of exploring! I ordered a decaf latte with my meal and the Seattle coffee did not disappoint! One evening during our visit, we got adventurous and tried Malaysian food at a cute little place called Kedai Makan. The food there was amazing (order a bunch of dishes and share), but be prepared to wait for a table.
Seattle is definitely not short on grungy dive bars, and we spent some time at a bunch of those (you have to stop at Comet Tavern), but we also visited two breweries that I'd highly recommend. Red Hook Brewing has tons of seating (indoor and outdoor), tasty beer, delicious brick oven pizzas, and even outdoor fire pits to keep you warm during the colder months. It was a fun place to hang out for an afternoon! We also stopped at Cloudburst Brewing. The space is pretty tiny and the line for beers was long, but it's conveniently located just down the street from Pike Place Market! We enjoyed some relaxation and beers there and chatted with a local who had stopped in for a drink after work.
Things to See & Do:
It wasn't hard to find fun things to do in Seattle and we fit a lot into our visit! We walked through Pike Place Market briefly, but it was so crowded that we didn't hang around for that long. We loved walking through Chihuly Garden & Glass. The exhibit is beautifully put together and the glass sculptures are pretty incredible! It doesn't take long to walk through (less than an hour unless you really take your time), but we took lots of great photos and got a great view of the Space Needle from the outdoor portion. It was also a lot of fun walking through the Olympic Sculpture Park. It's basically a walking/running path that winds down a hill towards the water and is full of large sculptures by different artists. We saw beautiful views of the water there and even spotted some cute little bunnies running through the gardens!
If you're looking to do some souvenir shopping, head to the pier down by Pike Place Market. It's super walkable and full of Seattle-themed shops and people selling things on the streets. Our favorite spot was called Simply Seattle. While you're there, stop by the nearby Pike Street Press. They sell the cutest greeting cards, posters and other paper goods! I brought a bunch home to give to family. If you're into books like we are, visit Twice Sold Tales (a used bookstore home to a few adorable kitties) and Elliott Bay Book Company (new and used books with a café in back). My boyfriend likes skateboarding, so we also stopped by the 35th North Skate Shop. They had tons of fun t-shirts and Adam even picked up a skateboard to bring home.
My favorite part of our Seattle trip was taking the ferry to Alki Beach. We boarded a boat at a pier near Pike Place Market and then it was a quick 10-minute ride with beautiful views of the city skyline. When we got off the ferry there was a free shuttle bus that brought us to the beach and boardwalk. There were a few bars and seafood restaurants to stop at, but we got some ice cream cones to go and strolled down the walking path until we made it back to the ferry. It was peaceful and pretty and so much fun! You can even rent bikes, roller-skates, or skateboards to ride on the boardwalk. The coolest part was that, as we were waiting to board the ferry heading back to the city, we saw a seal, a starfish, and some jellyfish! It was such a magical moment unexpectedly seeing a wild seal come popping out of the water in front of us to say hello, and it might have even been the highlight of the West Coast trip for me.
How We Traveled:
After we finished our days in Seattle, we took the Amtrak Cascades train to our final destination, Portland, Oregon (you can read about that part of the trip HERE). The train ride was only about three hours long and it was so relaxing to just look out the window at the beautiful countryside we were passing by. If you take the train, definitely request a window seat and bring some snacks and drinks! Happy travels!
When I'm shopping for clothes, I try to choose quality over a low price, but every once in a while I find an inexpensive gem I can't pass up! I've been loving Target's new Universal Thread collection -- it reminds me of a lower-priced version of Madewell, classic and comfortable clothes and great fitting jeans -- so when I spotted this olive green romper during a recent shopping trip I had to try it on. I ended up loving it! The quality is surprisingly good and it's so comfy. I wore it all day last weekend and felt great! I kept my accessories pretty simple but did throw on a dramatic pair of sunglasses. Safari chic! It definitely runs big (I'm wearing an XS), but the drawstring can be tightened to bring in the waist. It also comes in plus size! Click the link below to shop!
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 27 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.