Barn Party

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Poncho: Forever 21   Shirt: Others Follow Jeans: Mossimo  Boots: Mossimo   Scarf: unknown   Sunglasses: Daisy Fuentes

A few weeks ago I was privileged to be a leader at a middle school girls ministry.  I don’t have any pictures from the event, and even if I did, for the sake of the girls’s privacy probably wouldn’t be able to share them, but I thought I would share the outfit that I wore with you.  At the event I wore the ministries tshirt over this shirt with the poncho and it worked quite well.  Layers were essential since the event was held in an old barn outside of town and there was no heat.  We all met up in the loft which was strung with christmas lights and decorated with pompoms and balloons.  The girls all ate pizza when they first arrived and then we played some group games before they watched a skit and listened to the incredible guest speaker.  Then we broke up into small groups and I got to talk with several of the girls in my group about what the guest speaker had spoken on and some practical ways for them to implement it into their lives.  We then all ate smores around a bonfire and sang songs before the parents picked them up.  It was such a wonderful event, I wish I could have gone to something like it when I was in middle school.

Leighton Michele

Painted Pumpkins

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Plaid Shirt: Living Doll   Jeans: Mossimo   Boots: Mossimo

Bun Scarf: Claire’s   Necklace: Etsy

Last weekend after church I decided to head out to one of my local favorite parks to paint my pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.  My sister was kind enough to come along and take pictures of my outfit and me painting the pumpkin for all of you.  I painted my first pumpkin last year with a group of friends and one of my sisters and had so much fun doing it!  The process is less messy than the traditional carving of pumpkins and the results (at least for me) are more along the lines of what I envision in my head.  Being an artist I enjoy having the control of using sharpies and a paint brush.  I didn’t have any special game plan when I started painting my pumpkin, I decided to just have fun coming up with inspirational words and tribal patterns to put on it.  It’s not the best pumpkin in the world, but I enjoyed painting it and spending some time relaxing in my favorite park.  Have you ever tried painting a pumpkin?  How did it turn out?  Did you prefer carving them or painting them?

Leighton Michele

Haunted Houses

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Plaid Shirt: Mossimo  Puffer Vest: LA Coalition  Under Shirt: Free Loaders  Jeans: Mossimo  Boots: Nautica

Last weekend my sister and I drove about an hour out of town with some good friends of ours to visit the Haunted Cannery, a local spook house.  I wish I could have taken pictures there for all of you, but due to the fact that we went after dark I decided to recreate the look I wore for all of you and tell you about it instead.  When we arrived at the spook house it was already well past dark and a semi cloudy night, so the moon kept slipping behind clouds adding to the creepy feel of the night.   After buying our tickets to go through, we sat outside waiting for the hayrack ride and ambulance  to come pick everyone up to head out to where the haunted cannery awaited for us.  Even from where we were though you could occasionally hear the distant screams of others that were already there that definitely made me second guess whether I was brave enough to go through with it.  I’d done one other spook house before, but everyone said that this one was way creepier, and I didn’t have the nickname of Scooby-Doo as a child for no reason!  Finally the hayrack ride came and there was no turning back now, on the way out the thirteen year old girl next to me even started crying.  I leaned over and talked with her and despite my own fears comforted her and even prayed with her.  She ended up going through with our group, which was such a blessing, because having someone I was worried about being scared actually kept me from totally freaking out and I actually ended up having a blast!  Call me crazy, but I am a dancer, and one of my favorite things to do is to try to get the cast members to do the Whip and Nae-Nae, hey, it’s my coping mechanism.  😉  Afterwards we even got to meet several of the cast members, which added to the fun to actually be able to put the personalities behind each of the characters to a face.  It was definitely scarier than the one I went to earlier this season, but definitely a lot of fun too.  Have any of you had a chance to go to a local spook house this fall before Halloween?  If so, how did you react?

Leighton Michele

Pumpkin Patch Adventures

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Hat: Merona   Scarf: Merona

Last Monday I got to take my little preschool class to the pumpkin patch!  Due to privacy of my students families I cannot post pictures of them at the pumpkin patch, but the pictures without me in them are from the beautiful Applejack Pumpkin Patch we visited.  I had so much fun that I decided to recreate the experience at a nearby pumpkin patch that a local church hosts to share it with you!  Our kids loved the pumpkin patch so much and we were blessed to have many of the parents come along and go with their kids.  We had fun riding a hayrack ride out to the pumpkin patch where the kids and teachers got to pick our pumpkins out of a field full of them.  From there we had fun taking our students over to ride down a big slide as well as play on the playground.  We also have several kids that are obsessed with the minions, so when we found some pumpkins and haybales painted like minions we had to take a class picture next to them.  It was such a fun experience taking our class to the pumpkin patch and I am already looking forward to taking my class again next year.

Leighton Michele

Glittering Heels

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  Jeans: Maurices     Boots: Gianni Bini

I wore this outfit last week when the midwest was actually experiencing fall-like temperatures, unlike this week.  I have to say, what made this outfit for me was the boots, I am obsessed with anything gold and glittering, so when I put these on they definitely put me in the mood for anything fall and pumpkin spice!  I love how versatile they are, they are the perfect finishing touch for any outfit!

The cooler weather has definitely had me craving more pumpkin flavored drinks at my favorite coffee shop, you guessed it…. Starbucks!  Here I was drinking a white chocolate mocha with a shot of pumpkin in it and I definitely recommend it!  It’s not on their menu, but should totally be added, I think it is my new favorite fall drink!

Leighton Michele