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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…

Bridget and Casey Signature

What do you love to wear in the fall? 

casey and Bridget

 

 

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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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Wedding Fashion Fails…

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We should probably be the last two people you turn to for fashion advice. However, that isn’t stopping us from sharing our insight and poking some fun at ourselves in the meantime. After today’s really awkward post, I think you’ll have a better appreciation of why we stick to the DIY & home decor genre and stay as far away from fashion blogging as possible.
{Cue the awkwardness here}
Long story short, Casey came up with this brilliant idea to share a little insight on our “fashion picks” for some of the upcoming weddings we both had scattered throughout our summer schedules. Being ladies in our twenty-somethings, it’s definitely a time where wedding season is in full force, and with a large portion of our readers sharing in these experiences right along with us, we thought this would be a great way to open the floor to conversation about wedding attire. She said we could share a few pictures of us and our handsome better halves attending weddings and chat about what we wore, where we got it, why we loved it, you know… the basics. Pretty standard, right?
I was a little hesitant but with a little convincing by my bestie…I was totally on board! So, my first wedding came and went and I totally forgot to snap a picture. Fashion Blogger Fail #1.
Then, the second wedding came and this time I was determined not to miss my opportunity. Luckily, I did not forget to snap a pic (see above). Bonus! And technically, I wore the same outfit to both weddings… so forgetting to take a picture at the first wedding probably worked out for the best. Fashion Blogger Fail #2.
Fast forward a few weeks and I’m making my “mood board” for this very post and brainstorming what outfit insight I’m going to share. Well, well, well… that’s when I realized that I wore my dress completely backwards not to one wedding, but to TWO different weddings.
If you just scrolled back up to check out the pics, I don’t blame you. hahaha EPIC Blogger Fail.
Wedding Fashion

Looking back, I did think it was kind of strange that the tag was in the front of the dress... but never thought that the dress was backwards! Could you imagine if I was photographed for one of those magazine “Who wore it better” competitions? Yikes…

So yes, almost two weeks later I text Casey this while simultaneously retiring any potential dreams I had of becoming a fashion blogger.

I’ll stick to the DIY. Case…a little help here?!

Casey and Mike

Okay, I’ll admit it…I was the one to come up with this amazing idea to chat all about wedding fashion. Back when we did our blog survey, you guys said you wanted more insight into our lives and this was going to be our attempt to show you a different side of these two rookies. But as Bridget said…it turned into a big blogging fail.
casey and finn at wedding
I too have attended many weddings over the past year, and I have many more fabulous soirees to attend this summer. But when I started to think about all of the amazing ensembles I’ve worn to these events, I realized something. I didn’t actually own any of the dresses that I wore to these weddings, they all belonged to my mom! Yep, this so-not-fashion-blogger perused her mother’s closet to find the right attire for all of her wedding events.

casey purple dress

Not that Janimal doesn’t have amazing taste…the woman has the best stockpile of classic pieces! Plus, it’s pretty awesome that we can share clothes and who doesn’t love a price tag of “free”?! But in these photos, I’m wearing her dresses and her jewelry (like the gold necklace below!) Jan deserves a big thank you for clothing me and making me presentable at any fancy function!

Casey and Finn wedding

So I guess this post proves that we will never ever be fashion divas. It’s just not in the cards for us. But perhaps that makes us the best wedding guests of all? Instead of focusing on ourselves and our own looks, our focus is on the true beauty….the bride! Plus, less primping and worrying about our clothes gives us more time to party and celebrate the bride and groom.

A big toast to the kickoff of wedding season. We’ll see you on the dance floor…

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What’s in Bridget’s Bag?

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Last week my stylish co-blogger gave us a peek into her functional & trendy little large bag. This week, I’m stepping up to plate to answer the oh-so anticipated question, “What’s in your bag?”
 
Whelp, my honest answer is… I don’t typically know exactly what the heck is in my bag at any given moment. I’d have to dump that sucker out to really see what secrets I have stuffed in there. In theory, I try to be pretty resourceful and think ahead as to what I might need when I’m out & about, but I always seem to give myself way less credit than I deserve when I’m actually out by completely forgetting I packed that awesome necessity. It may be because that awesome item is probably hiding in the deep, dark depths of my $9 Target bag (on super clearance of course).
Bridget and her crossbody purse
In an ideal world, I have these really awesome, save-the-day resources tucked in my bag… but in reality, I don’t always utilize each of these necessities because I completely forget that they’re in there! Anyone else have this problem?  Out of sight, out of mind for me and my bag I guess.

Brown handbag
But let’s all pretend that we’re living in an ideal world here. These are the treasures you’d find stuffed into my satchel. And yes, a satchel is really the only style o’ purse I will carry on an everyday basis because it allows me the most function & “hands free-ness”. I love that satchels allow you to throw them over your shoulder, walk around in stores hands-free, keep them on as you get in the car & drive, and still have them on when you park and are ready to get out again. And yes, I do drive with both my purse & my seat belt on, is that weird?
Because you just never know what weather you may hit on any given Chicago day, I typically pack both an umbrella and mittens. However, now that Springtime seems like it’s here to stay, I’ll probably lose the mittens.
Here’s a peek at my glasses (& their fancy case). If you don’t know already, it’s probably a good time to share that I’m a big fan of “big hair”… no joke. So you can BET that I always have a teaser on hand for a little “pick me up” if you will, along with a hair tie and bobby pins for any hair emergencies that may unexpectedly arise.Rounding out the beauty supplies, I have some lip gloss and a set of earrings that are probably in there from last time I took them off half way through the day & never got around to taking them out and reusing them again. <<< Reason #257 why I’m not a fashion blogger.  But a fashion fun fact for ya: those earrings are my grandma’s and the only gold ones I own/wear. I love that I have a piece of my Gram with me to bring a little extra “ba-dazzle”to the day…. she would be so proud!

To cover my DIY bases, I have a paint swatch of a color I’ve been trying to match while shopping for a few office accessories. I also have a pen & pencil, which is great in theory… not so practical when trying to dig for them & actually use them. I also usually carry a scratch paper of measurements or notes from my most recent project… just in case I find a piece that inspires me and need to make a game-time decision to purchase or pass.
A golf ball you ask? I know, weirdness… allow me to explain. I coach high school girls’ golf as a part of my “day job”. I’ve grown up playing golf and now that I look back, golf is surprisingly a really big part of who I am and where I came from. At any given time, my purse could double as a golf bag and be home to balls, tees (sometimes even dirty ones unfortunately), ball markers or even a score card or two.
I got this darling Vera Bradley coin purse at Jan’s annual Favorite Things Party two years ago and I LOVE it as a business card holder. I’ve found out, you just never know when you need a business card! Unfortunately, this seems to be one of the items that goes missing when you really need it, so I typically don’t ever think I have any to give out when the opportunity arises. #bloggerFAIL
Snacks in the purse are a must-have. You just never know when you’re going to get caught in a situation where you need food NOW! Hands down, this is one item I will not forget is floating around in there, thanks to finding myself in need for a treat more often than not. Granola bars, a candy bar… or two, possibly a banana when I’m feeling extra healthy are all staples in my bag.
And there you have it, the secrets that lurk deep in the dark depths of my $9 satchel. If you missed what was in Casey’s bag, you can check it out here. In the meantime, we’d love to hear what’s in your bag! Tag us @DIYPlaybook on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and tell us about your bag must-haves. Happy weekend to our favorite readers,
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