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Our Fall Fashion

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It’s no secret around here that we heart are obsessed with fall. Pumpkin spice lattes, football weather, colorful trees– bring it on! To top off this list of our favorite fall things — fall clothes. There just aren’t many things in life better than a big comfy scarf, oversized sweaters, warm boots, and bundling up with our sweeties. But let’s be real here, we are NO experts on “fashion” (remember this embarrassing fashion post?). But heck, that isn’t stopping us from having a little fun with our fall fashion! We thought we’d try to redeem ourselves after the backwards dress incident. Thankfully, we think B’s clothes are all facing the right direction this season…

casey and BridgetSuch rookies! Graciously look past these two awkward blondes not having any clue how the amazing fashion bloggers do this on an everyday basis, and let’s chat about some of our fall must-haves.

casey and BridgetUp first on the runway…. our soon-to-be fall BRIDE! (insert applause here).

So Case, while we sip our Pumpkin Spice Lattes and dream of our fall bucket lists, you have to spill your fall fashion secrets. What are your go-tos lately? caseyLike most girls in the fall, I too have a love for colorful scarves. Add some punch and personality to a ho-hum outfit with a bright color wrapped around your neck. The only problem for me is remembering that I have all of these great scarves. I tend to just grab the same ones over and over again, and don’t spread the love to my entire collection. Perhaps I see a scarf organization project in my future….

My go-to colors for fall are browns and grays. They just scream fall to me! I’m also really big on layering. You’ll often seem me with a long sleeve shirt on, topped with a big cozy sweater. Then on the bottom, you’ll pretty much always find me in some kind of skinny jeans with boots. I have skinny jeans in a wide variety of shades, and I’ll always pair them with fun footwear. Boots are probably the best part of fall for me. I just instantly feel dressed up when I zip some on and head out the door. I purchased these Naughty Monkey boots a few years ago and they’ve lasted me a long time. They’re very comfortable and they dress up any ol’ pair of jeans.

Now onto the trendy teacher…

casey and BridgetOh Case, you use that word “trendy” far too loosely… but thank you. I have a little sister who is VERY fashionable and keeps me in-the-know when it comes to any and all things fashion. Without her shopping guidance, I’m a total lost cause (aka I bought my backwards dress while shopping without her….).

feetJust like Casey, I’m all about the casual, layered look for fall. I’m a big fan of blazers, big scarves, and simple accessories, like a bold watch. Thankfully, I snagged my sister to go shopping with me to step outside my boring fashion boundaries & pick out these beige heeled anklet boots this season. I love them because they match with just about anything & are so versatile. Fall dress, cuffed ripped jeans, skinny jeans- these anklets work with almost any outfit AND are so comfortable!! Rounding out my style… a hint of anything with STRIPES! If you couldn’t tell by my decor style or house tour, I’m pretty obsessed with stripes. So this super cheap bag adds a much-needed pop of my favorite design while also adding some much-needed function.

So there’s our attempt at a successful “fashion” post. If we’re ever gonna chat about fashion…our favorite season of the year seems fitting! Now let’s all enjoy these brisk fall days in style…

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What do you love to wear in the fall? 

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      Summer,
      OMG we totally feel you! We have no idea how fashion bloggers manage to look so cute/chic. We’re soooo awkward when it comes to any photos like these. hahahaha

      xo,
      B & C

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      Summer,
      OMG we totally feel you! We have no idea how fashion bloggers manage to look so cute/chic. We’re soooo awkward when it comes to any photos like these. hahahaha

      xo,
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Herringbone Doormat Tutorial

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Today we have a fall inspired DIY project that we know you’re gonna love!

We take a cheap doormat and instantly glam it up for fall with some tape and paint. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Home depot plain doormat
To get started, you’ll obviously need a plain doormat. We bought ours for a whopping $8 at our local Home Depot, but I’m sure any large retailer would carry these simple slates.
Acrylic paint
You’ll also need painter’s tape, sponge brushes (34 cents at Michael’s), and acrylic paint (3 for $1 @ Michael’s). Overall, the mat & materials totaled less than $14. That’s what we like to call a big league SCORE in our Playbook!
Plain doormat with painter's tape

The first and most difficult part of this doormat makeover is taping the herringbone design onto the mat. But let’s be real here… if us DIY Rookies handled it, we know that you can too!

Start by equally sectioning off the area with pieces of horizontal painter’s tape. Our strips were 14 centimeters apart- just make sure your measurements work for your mat.

Blue painter's tape

Rookie Tip: the tape may not seem to stick perfectly on the mat… that’s normal! Try your best to make sure the tape is secured as much as possible to the mat, but if it doesn’t seem perfect… it’s okay!

Taping diagonally

Then measure across both horizontal tape lines in increments of 3 inches. Lay a new layer of tape, diagonally hitting the three inch mark that is one mark across and one mark down from the initial one. If we haven’t lost you yet… you’re a rock-star.

If we have lost you, just ignore me and let the pictures do the explaining… We’re making this far more complicated than it needs to be. In short: tape diagonal lines across the mat evenly.

Herringbone painter's tape pattern
We then took a razor blade to detach the diagonal tape lines in the middle section of the rug. Once we cut them (in the middle only), we flipped each piece so it was attached to the outside tape lines just in the opposite direction. If you don’t get a clean cut initially, you may have to tear some more tape and attach a fresh piece instead. We promise it gets much easier from here on out…
Dabbing paint
We randomly painted each square with our acrylic paints. We tried to come up with some sort of color pattern, but that ultimately made our brains hurt. So we just figured out the colors as we went.
It’s important that you dab, dab, dab the paint rather than wiping it. Dabbing will ensure that the paint won’t sneak under the painter’s tape and you’ll get fresh, crisp lines.
Painting pattern
After all of the boxes were painted, we waited for the paint to dry and slowly peeled away the tape. Thanks to our precise dabbing, our lines were as crisp as a fresh sunburn after a long day at the beach. Bridget’s extra pale skin knows this story all too well… trust us.
Herringbone pattern tutorial
Ta-daaaa!! Feast your eyes on our festive fall doormat.
Fall Doormat
We love that this simple craft adds some fun fall color, texture, and function to the porch.
painted doormat tutorial
Fall herringbone doormat
Now it’s your turn! We invite you to go create your own festive mat, and show off your style before anyone even walks into your home.fall-herringbone-door-mat-diyBridget and Casey Signature
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      Monica,
      That would be a pretty terrible doormat if the paint came off from just rubbing your feet! Nope, it stays on there just fine. We’ve used it for over a year and while the paint has faded from wear and tear…it certainly hasn’t come off.
      Happy Crafting!
      Casey

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    Tired this myself… LOVE IT!!!! The mat is from Target and already had the black pattern down the middle. Looks incredible on the porch!!!

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      Monica,
      That would be a pretty terrible doormat if the paint came off from just rubbing your feet! Nope, it stays on there just fine. We’ve used it for over a year and while the paint has faded from wear and tear…it certainly hasn’t come off.
      Happy Crafting!
      Casey

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    Tired this myself… LOVE IT!!!! The mat is from Target and already had the black pattern down the middle. Looks incredible on the porch!!!

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Wheelbarrow turned Fall Planter

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The DIY Playbook is rounding up our FALL FANTASY DRAFT week with a project for the home. 

Technically this project is for the outside of the home…but hey, we don’t want to limit our creativity, so outside will just have to do! We’ll slap a Home and Garden tag on it and call it a day!

One of my favorite parts about DIY projects is when you take something that is heading to the garbage, and find a new life for it.  That is exactly what happened with this project.

My mom has this old, rusty wheelbarrow that she uses in her yard for mulching. Well the thing was on its last wheel leg…as the wheel was pretty deflated and useless.  She was just going to wheel it out to the garbage, and say her goodbyes.  But that’s when we thought of a new purpose for the ol’ guy!

red wheelbarrow
With a little creativity it went from a wheelbarrow…
fall wheelbarrow planter
…to a Fall planter, in no time at all!

At first we thought we should spray paint our new “planter”, but ultimately we decided we liked the rustic look that this guy had going on. The worn, red color gave it an autumn feel and we knew that would fit perfectly with the plants and flowers we had in mind.

Electric Drill
Drill holes in bottom
Jan using drill
The first thing we did was drill holes in the bottom of wheelbarrow. This is to ensure proper drainage for the plants. With the help of a large drill bit, electric drill, and some safety goggles…we had 5 holes in no time at all.

Next, we found a spot in my mom’s front yard and wheeled this sucker into place. We decided to angle the nose of the wheelbarrow down, so onlookers would have a great view of the plants. 

Digging holes

To do this we simply dug the wheel into the dirt a bit and slid her into place.

Wheelbarrow wheel
Wire to hold down wheelbarrow
We knew the planter might be a little bottom heavy, and we didn’t want the wheelbarrow to ever flip forward. So, we used wire to hammer the back into place. This sucker wasn’t going anywhere.

Garden soil
Planting mums
Finally, it was just a matter of filling our new “planter” with soil and our fall favorites.

Creeping Jenny plants
Swiss Chard
Phoenix Green Plant
We included mums, kale, phoenix green, swiss chard, and creeping jenny. They’re all supposed to grow well during these crisper days. We’ll see if we can keep them all alive and healthy! 

fall flowers in planter
Isn’t she a beaut?

pumpkins
fall wheelbarrow planter in front yard
We think it shows that our house is all ready for the changing season.

happy fall friday
We hope you guys loved our FALL FANTASY WEEK as much as we did! Be sure to check out Michelle’s, Clare’s, and Sarah & Tiffany’s projects out for some serious fall inspiration. 

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Our Fall Fantasy Draft

If your significant others are anything like ours, then during this time of year their fantasy football team is top of mind. Casey’s +1 literally spends all day Sunday glued to the TVs (yes, that was plural…he sets up 2 TVs!) yelling, screaming, cheering, and cursing as he coaches his “players” through gameday.

After observing all of the craziness behind fantasy football, us rookies got to thinking. Why can’t we have our own fantasy draft? But instead of football…maybe we could have a fantasy blog draft! We would recruit our favorite bloggers from all across the web, and create the ultimate DREAM TEAM of talent. Yes…this would be far more glorious than football.

Fall Fantasy Draft

So that’s exactly what we did. We reached out to some of our fav bloggers and asked them to join our fantasy team.  And considering the time of year, we decided to give the entire draft a “fall theme.”

Just like in fantasy football, our team has a wide variety of talent.  Each one of these ladies is considered an “expert” in their field, and together they create our dream team.

Here’s our starting lineup….

Michelle Iron & Twine

We’ve got the adorable Michelle from the blog Iron & Twine. This girl’s home is just as cute as she is (you can check it out here.) She’ll be the craft expert on our team.

Offbeat and Inspired

Next up, Sarah & Tiffany from the blog Offbeat & Inspired. We met these two lovelies at the Haven conference and were instantly drawn to their friendly personalities and spot on style. Their blog is a concoction of food, style, and home…all with absolutely gorgeous photography. These two are whipping up a fall recipe that will not disappoint and will act as our food experts on the dream team.

Many of our readers also check out Clare over at Fitting It All In. Casey and Clare are friends from college and she actually inspired us to make DIY Playbook a reality. Clare blogs about fitness, food, and life. She is always keeping it real with her readers, and that’s something we admire and appreciate in a blog. Clare will act as our fitness expert.

Bridget and Casey

We’ll bring up the rear on Friday as the home (and garden.. hint, hint) experts and we’ll showcase a fun fall project for the home.

So what do you say? Are you ready to take the fall season by storm? We sure are! Tune in all week to hear from our fall favorites, starting tomorrow morning as we get the 411 from our craft expert… trust us- you do not want to miss this colorful masterpiece.

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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

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Okay, I hope you guys are ready to INDULGE on this gorgeous fall Friday, because we have some chocolatey goodness about to happen up in here. 

Brace yourself for a pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe that is going to knock your socks off! You guys know about my love for all things pumpkin (evident in this pecan pumpkin butter squares post), so it is only fitting that we add a pumpkin drink to our recipe repertoire.

Starbucks Frappucino Bottles

We even crafted some cute “milk jug” bottles to go along with this yummy drink. We took some Starbucks Frappucino bottles, colorful ribbon, hot glue and in no time at all we had an adorable vessel for our pumpkin-y cocoa.

Fall Ribbons
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
This should make about 2 drinks. Also note that this is by no means a healthy drink. But it’s always nice to indulge every now and then. Everything in moderation, right?
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:
-1/2 cup milk
-1/3 cup whipping cream
-1/4 milk chocolate chips
-1 t. cocoa powder
-1.5 t. pumpkin puree
-1/4 t. pumpkin pie spice
-whipped cream
Salted Caramels and Hot Chocolate
Directions:
Whisk milk, cream, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder together in a saucepan over medium heat until the chocolate is melted and everything is smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice. Pour into “milk jugs”, top with whipped cream and sprinkle on more pumpkin spice.
sea salt caramels
If you’re feeling extra indulgent (hey, we don’t judge), you can pair this hot cocoa with our favorite sea salt caramels. These are little bites of heaven. Seriously.so.good. (We buy them at Costco.)
Chocolate and pumpkin spice hot chocolate
We hope you enjoy this fall treat and satisfy any chocolate cravings this weekend.
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Tune in next week for our Fall Fantasy Draft…. think fantasy football draft turned DIY.  
 
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Using an Embroidery Hoop to Create a Fall Wreath

My goal: to create a cheap and easy fall wreath that doesn’t scream gaudy Halloween. I knew black and orange were probably not an option (not yet that is). I do love me some gaudy Halloween-its just a little too soon for me to go in that direction, especially on my door. Coming home to happy Halloween for over a month is not my idea of a happy Halloween. A few weeks, absolutely.. more than that- no. Plus, I wanted to create a fall theme that could stay up far beyond those adorable trick-or-treaters. 
That’s when I decided on this: 
Embroidery Hoop Wreath
A fall wreath that is cheap, easy, not-so gaudy, and available to welcome our guests on turkey day.  
Fall Wreath Supplies

What you’ll need:
Embroidery Hoop: you can buy these at your local craft stores in all sizes
2 Fabrics: one fabric must be large enough to cover the hoop and the other, contrasting fabric can be much smaller, only big enough for your design. (in my case the monogram)
Double sided sticky interfacing: You can buy this by the yard at JoAnn fabrics, make sure it’s big enough to cover the hoop and the back of the letter.
Spool of Wired Ribbon
Iron
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors

Embroidery hoop fall wreath

To kick off this super simple wreath, unscrew the embroidery hoop and fish through the large piece of fabric. Tighten the hoop back up and cut the excess fabric.

How to create a fall wreath for less

You’ll be left with something like this.

Rookie Tip: Because you’ll eventually fold over the excess fabric and hot glue this to the hoop, the cutting can be far, far from precise- just make sure you leave enough to fold over. #myfavorite

cheap and easy fall wreath
fabric liner wreath

Repeat those first steps with another layer of fabric. This layer is just to add a backing; I didn’t want my front door peeking through the yellow polka dots.

fold over edges

Fold the fabrics together and hot glue them to the embroidery hoop. Just like the cutting, this does not have to be super precise as this will be hidden in the back of the wreath.

embroidery hoop wreath tutorial
Before long, this is what you’ll be seeing. Almost done!! 
wreath with an embroidery hoop

Notice how far from perfect this fold/glue job is. No worries, because when you flip it over…

wreath with a hoop

… you won’t even see it! So, now to the front of our new wreath.

yellow polka dot wreath
chevron interfacing

Using the directions on the interfacing, iron the fabric to the interfacing (making sure not to put the iron directly on the interfacing).

iron on interfacing
wreath tutorial

Trace whatever letter or shape you want to use lightly with a pencil.

cut a monogram

Cut along that pencil line… very carefully.

embroidery hoop wreath for fall

Peel away the interfacing layer (check the directions first) and iron on your monogram! Seriously, it’s that easy.. as long as you don’t directly touch the iron with the interfacing.

polka dot and chevron mix
embroidery hoop with monogram
And now for my favorite part… adding embellishments. Thanks to this simple tutorial, I used some of the leftover chevron fabric and some other fabric I had laying around the house to make these fabric flowers. With a little more hot glue… 
fabric flowers
… I attached the flowers,
burlap bow

…added a burlap bow,

fall wreath for less

… and admired my new fall wreath that didn’t break the bank!

hoop wreath
Not only was this a super easy DIY, but it was cheap, adds some serious color to our front door, and can carry us all the way through November. Can’t ask for much more than that.
monogrammed wreath with embroidery hoop
So there you have it- my not so gaudy fall wreath on the cheap… goal achieved!
PS. This wreath idea could be perfect for a Christmas inspired ornament wreath or with an oval embroidery hoop, the perfect Easter inspired wreath.  
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Fall Recipe – Pecan Pumpkin Butter Squares

Stacked-Pumpkin-Squares
Fall is by far my favorite season. The crisp air, the changing leaves, the scarves and leather boots…it all makes me so darn happy. So it should be no surprise that this fall lovin’ gal has a love for any and all things pumpkin.  Come September bring on the pumpkin beers, the pumpkin ice cream, the pumpkin lattes…I.want.it.all.
This recipe certainly satisfies my pumpkin craving that kicks in this time of year.
Pecan Pumpkin Butter Squares
This is not an original recipe. No siree, this seasonal favorite is brought to you by the good ol’ people over at Williams Sonoma. But their recipe is so darn tasty that it made it right into our family book of “favorite recipes.” It’s that good…
Favorite Recipes

Pecan Pumpkin Butter Squares
Not only are these pumpkin bars delicious, but they’re incredibly easy to make. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand, and all you need to pick up is the jar of pecan pumpkin butter.  The cashier at Williams Sonoma told me the jars sell fast, so if you see one…buy it! You won’t regret it.

Ingredients

Ingredients:
-1 package of yellow cake mix; set aside 1 cup
-1/2 cup butter, melted
-3 large eggs
1 jar of Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter from Williams Sonoma
-1/8 cup milk
-1 T. flour
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup butter, softened
-1 t. cinnamon

Williams Sonoma Pecan Pumpkin Butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Divide yellow cake mix, placing all but one cup in a mixing bowl. Stir the melted butter and one egg into the cake mix. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Mix the jar of Pecan Pumpkin Butter with two eggs and milk. Pour this result over the cake mix. Stir the reserved cup of cake mix with the flour, sugar, softened butter, and cinnamon. Mix together until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of the pumpkin layer. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into 2″ squares.

Pecan Pumpkin Butter Squares
the perfect fall treat
Crumbly Pumpkin Squares
The crumbled sugary, buttery top is by far my favorite part. You can even get really wild and put vanilla or caramel ice cream on top. Holy moley yum.
STacked Pumpkin Squares
I hope you enjoy these little seasonal squares. If you’re a pumpkin lover like I am…I know you’ll scarf them down quickly!
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Give Thanks Jar

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It’s been getting chillier here in Saint Louis, and the cool weather has me in the mood for Fall.
Bring on the comfy sweaters, boots, and hot cocoa!
I’ve been busy preparing our place for the new season, and I brought up a box of Autumn decor from the storage unit. In it was this jar from last year.
As a couple, we try to be very vocal about how grateful we are for the things in our lives. From the food we have in our fridge, to the loving families that support us no matter what…we are thankful for everything God blesses us with! This attitude not only improves our relationship, but it also makes us better, happier people!
So last year, I made this jar and throughout October and November we filled it on up!
We made a point to fill out a few sheets each week and include what we are most thankful to have in our lives. Big stuff and small stuff…we wrote it all down!
I kept cute paper and a pen nearby, for whenever inspiration hit.
We then read all of our notes out loud on the long drive home to see our families for Thanksgiving. It got us in the holiday mood, and it definitely passed the time on our long car trip.
This year, the project is back on.
We are going to spend some time reading our 2011 notes, and then I’ll toss those to make room for the new ones.
This is a quick and easy project and you can make it unique to your house.
I hope everyone makes their own THANKFUL JAR and enjoys Fall!
I’m gonna go write a new note for the jar right now…”I’m thankful for all of YOU out there reading this silly blog!’
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