Fall Bucket List

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Jacket: Versona-old (similar) Shirt: Target- old (similar)  Shorts:  J.Crew Factory (different pattern)

This week on the blog I am sharing my fall bucket list with you.  It is still so warm these days, but on Tuesday it is supposed to FINALLY give us some fall weather here in Kansas.  In the mean time though, I am still rocking shorts and dresses trying to find creative ways to make them appear to have a fall flair.  Anyways, lets get on to the fun stuff, my fall bucket list!

  1. Corn Maze– I LOVE corn mazes and am hoping to go to one in the next couple of weeks with a group of friends, I’ll try to document for all of you.
  2. Carve Pumpkins– I carved my first ever pumpkin last fall and LOVED it, I definitely hope to make it a part of my yearly traditions.
  3. Camp Fire– growing up we used to always go to a friends house and eat smore’s next to the camp fire and go on hay rack rides and I’d love to do this again!  Which leads me to the next item on my list…
  4. Hay Rack Ride– they have hay rack rides at the corn maze I enjoy going to and I definitely plan on riding it this year.
  5. Eat S’mores– I don’t think this one even needs an explanation, just like the next…
  6. Eat Apple Pie– I’m not a pumpkin pie person (please don’t kill me, I know, it is so un-American) but on the flip side I seriously love my apple pie.  Like, for real, don’t get between me and my apple pie, lol.
  7. Make Pumpkin Bread– my mom has made pumpkin bread every fall since I was young and I want to try my hand at it this year, so stay tuned to my Instagram and I’ll let ya know how it goes.
  8. Go to a Haunted House– ok, quick disclosure, I do NOT like creepy things, but there is a smaller haunted house in some old barns and a silo I have gone to for the past couple years that I love.  I know the actors and actresses, so I actually just enjoy it instead of being scared.  I know, not the normal reason to go, but it works for me.
  9. Go to an Apple Orchard– I’ve never been to one before and after seeing several peoples adventures at them I now really want to go myself!
  10. Pumpkin Patch– I went when I was little as well as when I was a preschool teacher with my class, but I’d really like to go now with a group of friends and experience it as an adult!

What is on your fall bucket list?  I’d love to hear your plans and any ideas that I could add to mine!  Happy fall!

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

P.S. I love my bracelet in this post.  Traveling is something I love doing and for years now I’ve been trying to find a fun way to collect mementos of all the places I have been.  My mom has a spoon collection and while I liked that idea, I wanted something that was uniquely me.  I finally settled on collecting charms from each country I have been too.  It’s still a work in progress, but I am slowly collecting a my charms and am loving wearing this bracelet as it represents the adventures I have been on.

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Autumn Florals

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Shorts: Same (sorry, sold out) Shirt: Similar Bracelet: Similar Sandals: Mossimo (old)  Jacket: Similar

Happy fall everyone!  I am so excited that it is finally fall, this season is so much fun, from pumpkin flavored everything, to corn mazes, bonfires and smores, I love this time of year!  I am also looking forward to pulling out sweaters, flannels and all of those outfits that come to mind when you think the word autumn.  However, I live in the Midwest, so that means that permanent fall temperatures are still a ways off for us.  Up until today, nearly every day has been in the upper eighties or low nineties, so can we say that even the thought of a sweater would make you break out in a sweat?  (On a side note though, today is nice and rainy, so I am actually getting to pull a flannel out of the winter closet today!  Cue the happy dance!)  Because cooler weather won’t truly be around to stay until probably close to mid or late October, I have to get creative in pulling out autumn inspired outfits that still work with the higher temperatures.  This outfit is one of my favorites.  I found these shorts at J. Crew this past summer, but honestly, they weren’t in the budget.  However, Poshmark came to the rescue, I was able to find them on there for a fraction of the price like new!  In all seriousness, if you have not checked out Poshmark yet, you definitely should, it is one of my most favorite tools for buying the brands I love at a price I can afford.

The fall inspired floral of these shorts make them a great transition piece for fall, and I can throw on a denim jacket for those cooler mornings and evenings that are slowly beginning to appear.  For me, the secret to being able to wear more “summery” outfits like this while still fitting the season of fall is all in the colour scheme.  I try to stick to the colours that come to mind when you think of fall, warm earth tones, greys, burnt oranges, navy and the berry tones.  At the same time,  I also try to stay away from the bright, vibrant colours that are so synonymous with summer.

Do any of you live where it is still warmer temperatures at the beginning of the fall season?  If so, what are your secrets to creating that fall wardrobe look that just isn’t practical yet?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Falling Into Gingham

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Dress: Similar Cardigan: Same- only this years version Shoes: Princess Dreams

I have a confession to make.  You’re totally going to see this theme throughout my next several posts, but I am totally feeling a European flair for my outfit themes this fall.  Every combination I tend to lean towards right now has some element about it that makes me feel ready to just hop on a plane (or should I say aeroplane) and go spend the next six months in Europe.  While picking up and leaving for Europe unfortunately is not an option, I have most definitely been enjoying coming up with combinations in my wardrobe that make me feel as though I were heading off to see Buckingham Palace of the Eiffel tower or any other European attraction that I am dreaming of seeing.

While this outfit definitely has a summer flare to it, the cardigan helps it transition towards fall, and truthfully, while fall is on its way, it is still pretty warm here in the Midwest and the thought of fully transitioning to sweaters makes me break out in a sweat! To start the transition to fall though I am trying to begin adding layers and a light weight cardigan like this one is the perfect answer!  I can wear it in the mornings or evenings when it is cooler, but by midmorning I can throw it over my shoulders like this to wear for the rest of the day!   What are some of your favorite combinations for fall?

Xoxo, Leighton Michele

Staycation

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Dress: Same  Shoes: Similar  Earrings: Same, but different colour

Happy Labor Day everyone!  It truly feels like we should just be celebrating Memorial Day, not already Labor Day!  Where has the time gone?  Truthfully, I don’t even feel like I’ve had a chance yet to get to enjoy summer and it is already over.  How does time do that?  The good news is though, at least in the Midwest (especially in Kansas) we still have a good month of warm weather left to enjoy before it is time to go into full fall mode, though I definitely intend to start utilizing some cardigans more often in the next few weeks.   Anyways, on to my staycation for this three day weekend!

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While I definitely am experiencing the travel bug, I knew that it was not realistic to try to pull a three day vacation financially this time around.  (Thank you car probs and school bills, lol-and more on school in an upcoming post!)  To make sure I have a fun and relaxing weekend though that still felt like I had a chance to get away, I decided to give myself a staycation, so here is how I was able to  come up with some fun things to do as well as some ideas for local readers to do themselves!

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While a fully lazy weekend can be nice, I knew I didn’t want to spend this weekend just lounging around and watching Netflix, so I decided to look up several things in my city that I have either enjoyed in the past or have always wanted to try and put together a sort of game plan for the weekend.  I have not done nearly all of this on the list, but I like keeping the list going for future ideas or for if something were to fall through I have a back up plan.

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Drive In Movie:

I am lucky to live in a city with one of the few remaining drive in movie theatres, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I went last night with a group of friends!  I had never been to the drive-in before, but let me tell you, last night will definitely not be my last visit!  It felt like taking a step back into time to sit outside watching a movie, eating candy and hanging out with friends.  To make it even more enjoyable, they played old cartoon adds before the movie started!

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Bicycling:

My city offers bicycles that you can rent for a cheap price and use for the day while checking out all that our city has to offer.  It is a fun way to get to see our more artsy district at a slower pace and hey, you even get exercise!

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Food Trucks:

Ok, this one is definitely now a favorite of mine.  We have a local “pop-up park” downtown where there are often food trucks that you can eat at, including one that is a double decker bus turned food truck!  It was actually at this pop-up park where I took the pictures for todays post, the colours are so fun and bright and at night they have lights strung up to light up the area.

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Swimming:

I totally did this one with my family this morning.  My neighborhood I live in has a community pool for the residents, but the local water parks are also great options!  After all, this is one of the last chances to catch those rays of sun before the weather turns cold.

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Coffee Shop:

I totally have a favorite local coffee shop.  It is a hole-in-the-wall kind of place that just has that perfect artsy vibe and to make it even better, all the proceeds go to help rescue girls from human trafficking.  I spend every Saturday morning here and many week nights, but Saturday mornings are my favorite to go because it is nearly empty and so quiet/.  Stay tuned for some fun pictures that will feature this coffee shop in an upcoming post!

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Go On A Scavenger Hunt:

Downtown has so many fun artsy statues as well as historical and not so historical landmarks that it makes the perfect place to hold a photo scavenger hunt!  I’ve had several friends do this and it is definitely on my bucket list!

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Visit a Local Park:

Most cities have a wide variety of pretty local parks.  I love going to them with a friend and just walking around while catching up.  You not only get some great exercise in and vitamin D, but you get to spend some quality time with someone you love.

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Try a New Recipe:

I am actually doing this one this afternoon!  I have been wanting to make some brownies, so I am actually planning on spending this afternoon with my grandma making brownies and then of course, eating them!  Holiday weekends are the perfect time to experiment with a new recipe because everyone is in the mood for some yummy food and you won’t have to eat it all by yourself.

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How have you been celebrating Memorial Day weekend?

XOXO<
Leighton Michele

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Floral and Stripes

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Raincoat: Similar Striped Tee: Similar Rainboots: Same Rainboot Bows: Similar Necklace: Similar (and on sale!)

Hey everyone!

I had a blog post all set to go with my end of summer bucket list, but with the weather we’ve been having lately, sharing this cute rainy day look from this past spring seemed more fitting.  Every day here in the Midwest for the past week and half it has been in the upper seventies to lower eighties and overcast with rain in the evenings.  My raincoats have been on repeat, and this one is one of my favorites!  What has the weather been like in your corner of the world?  Anyone else been experiencing unseasonably cooler weather?

Xoxo,

Leighton MIchele

Summer Days

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Dress:  Vineyard Vines (same) Sperry’s: Similar  Earrings: Kate Spade (similar)

Happy summer everyone!  It has been forever since I posted, but I had to take a break from blogging the first half of this summer due to the fact that my photographers (aka my family) have been too busy to take any pictures for me and I’ve been so busy myself.  Summer is definitely in full swing here in the Midwest though, both with activities and the heat.  The past week and a half it has been over 100 degrees nearly every day!  Weather like this has me wanting to stay cool, whether that is by being indoors or near water.

My summer dress I’m wearing here has been the perfect casual choice for so many reasons this summer.  Whether paired with my Sperry’s or cute sandals, it has the ability to be both dressed up or down, or even double as a pool cover up for those poolside parties that have a way of popping up this time of year.

How has your summer been going?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

 

Guest Post from Coral and Charm!!!

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Hey everyone!
I have been so excited to share this post with you!  When I first started blogging one of the first blogs I started reading and found so inspirational was Coral and Charm by Camryn.  It still is one of my most favorite blogs that  I read.  Camryn’s posts are always so uplifting and she shines Jesus in such a beautiful way.  She is an inspiration to me as a fellow blogger and I know that she is an inspiration to so many other women.  Last March I asked her if she would be interested in coming over and sharing a post with all of you, and I was so excited when she said yes! I love her idea of Jesus hour, it makes me want to be more motivated to actually get up in the morning and spend more time with Jesus instead of pushing snooze as many times as I do.  And honestly, all of her ideas on how to enter a new season are so good and have me ready to go implement all of them right now!  Anyways, please hop on over and check out her blog linked both above and below and I promise you’ll quickly find yourself clicking over often to read whatever her latest post is!
-Leighton Michele 

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Hey friends! My name is Camryn and I am a twenty-something living in the sweet state of Mississippi as newlyweds with my high school sweetheart. Loving JESUS, tacos, and Gilmore Girls. I work in marketing by day so I can blog by night over at coralandcharm.com (come say hello!) and I am so excited to be here guest posting today! So refreshing to get a chance to jump in here to Leighton’s sweet space and talk about SPRING.

 

I’m a sucker for a new year, new month, new season, etc. There’s something about being able to start fresh that gives me an extra ounce of motivation and inspiration. And so I think it’s important to grab hold of that feeling as the flowers are blooming and the sun is back (praise!), to dig into finding what matters in order to start this new season on purpose. So here are a few things that help me start fresh well:

 

1.     Jesus Hour. I talk about this a lot because it’s been EVERYTHING for me this year. My early morning quiet, coffee, and the Word. We can’t find purpose unless we’ve been in the presence of the purpose maker. And so I will always be a cheerleader for you to do what you need to do to know Him more. He is what matters!!

2.     Taking stock. In order to know where you want to go, you have to know where you ARE. And you can’t know where you are unless you know where you’ve been, right?? (Still with me on this?! LOL). I find it helps set me up for success if I take the time to access the goals I’ve accomplished lately, to see what it is I’m doing well and what it is that I might need help on. Taking stock of my past few weeks shows me the map I’ve been creating, to help me decide if I’m moving forward in the right direction.

3.     Decide what is your “On Purpose.” Write down 3-5 things you want this season to be about: More time with family, finally finishing that book proposal, drink more water, start taking art lessons, read through the whole New Testament, etc. Post it somewhere where it stays front of mind, and try and do 1 thing a day that is moving towards those “On Purpose” moments or goals.

4.     Give yourself grace! Take a breath and enjoy this season. Work hard yes, but don’t forget that there is glorious in the mundane. To start fresh well, you’re going to need decide ahead of time that it’s OK to need more grace or more help or more time.

 

You’ve got this friends!! Cheers to starting fresh well this Spring.

 

xoxo

 

Camryn