october. the. list.

Happy Saturday + Halloweekend!  I thought that I would pop in for a second to share a few odds and ends that are currently on my radar.  Side note: How is today already the 31st?!  Fall, you have my permission to s-l-o-w down...

october. the. list.

1. Multicolor Mini Bucket Bag (Tory Burch) // Goodness knows, I love a good bucket bag. And this pint-sized one by Tory Burch is no exception. Those rainbow stripes are downright cheery.
2. Aya City Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt (Madewell) // Cue the wanderlust: This fun sweatshirt makes me want to book a flight STAT. If only Vienna (Austria!) was included in the lineup — then it would have to be mine. Pair this stylish topper with a mini wool skirt or jeans for the quintessential fall look.
3. Merry & Bright Holiday Card Set (Kate Spade) // Calling all Spade girls, feast your eyes upon the perfect holiday card set for all of your season's greetings.
4. Ericka Flats (Kate Spade) // Fox flats for fall?  Count me in! Not only are these whimsical flats the epitome of fall traditions, but they're so darn cute to look at. I'm especially loving how Carly styled them with black skinny leg jeans while pumpkin picking.
5. Bold White Shimmer Horizontal Kori Ring (Suz Somersall) // Sparkle on with this pretty, shimmering druzy ring that would be the perfect accessory for upcoming holiday parties, New Year's Eve (and beyond).
6. Snap-Front Mini Skirt (Madewell) // If you know me at all, then you know that button-front skirts are at the top of my #iwantitnow list. This throwback snap-front style is everything. I want to pair it with oversized sweaters, chambray shirts, ankle boots — need I say more?
7. RGB Cosmetics "Monarch" (Net-a-Porter) // ...because it's Halloweekend and I wanted to add in somethin' orange. Not just restricted to the spookiest weekend of the year, this shade of bright orange is sure to add an extra pop to every #OOTD.

What are you currently loving this month? Feel free to share a link to your must-haves for October or leave a comment below!

xo,
A

PS: Under the tab "I Need That" (located at the top of this page) you can now find more items that I'm currently yearning for. I plan on updating it every month from here on out!
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free. birthday. goodies.



I think that we can all agree that nothing beats free, especially when it's on your birthday. While I admittedly have hit the age where birthdays are no longer fun (another year older — really?!), I DO find comfort in miscellaneous birthday goodies. From a free scoop of my favorite flavored ice cream (mint chocolate chip all the way!) to free beauty products and discounts at my favorite stores, here's a roundup of the best b-day offers that I received this year.

Ice Cream

Baskin-Robbins: Sign up for Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club for a free scoop of ice cream.
Bruster's: Sign up for Bruster's Sweet Reward's e-club for a free small waffle cone on your birthday.
Ben & Jerry's: Sign up for the Ben & Jerry's newsletter for a free scoop of ice cream. While you're at it, go ahead and treat yo'self to one of their sprinkle covered sugar cones (see pic above)!

Food/Drink

IHOP: ICYMI: You can get free pancakes on your birthday, people! Sign up for IHOP's Pancake Revolution e-mails for a stack of their scrumptious Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity Pancakes. SO good.
Starbucks: Odds are you already know about this one, but if you have a Starbucks gift card, then you can register it online + receive a free drink on your birthday. Heads up: You only have a few days to redeem it, so be sure to use your reward sooner than later!
Dunkin' Donuts: Following in Starbucks lead, Dunkin' also offers a free drink during your birthday month just by signing up for DD Perks
Panera Bread: Join MyPanera for a free pastry on your birthday. Hooray!
Bojangles: Join the Bojangles E-Club for a free Bojangles biscuit with any purchase.
Sonic: If you like tots (who doesn't?!), then you need to sign up for a Sonic account for free tater tots on your b-day.

Beauty/Fashion

Sephora: If you aren't already signed up as a Sephora Beauty Insider, then there's no time like right now to join the club. While I'm no beauty connoisseur, I always enjoy trying new products like this year's set of NARS lip pencils. 
Ulta: Speaking of beauty, Ulta has also joined in on the birthday fun by offering a freebie on your birthday. This year, they changed up the free gift every few months. (Last year, the complimentary gift was a full-size Calvin Klein mascara for all birthday months.) Heads up: If your birthday falls in October, November or December, you can get a free bareMinerals lipgloss (full size, $18 value!) by joining their Ultamate Rewards program.
Anthropologie: While a lot of stores offer birthday discounts via e-mail, Anthropologie is the only store that I know of that actually sends a b-day card in the mail with a 15% coupon. While it may not sound like a huge discount, it can be used on your total purchase + on sale items if you so wish. Sign up here!
Victoria's Secret: Again, you probably know about this one, but just in case... Sign up for VS e-mails and get $10 off any purchase during your birthday month. Woo!

What are your favorite birthday freebies? Leave a comment below + let me know if I left anything out!

xo,
A
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transitional. plaid.


Despite it being fall, I still have one more summer #ootd to share.  To be fair, these outfit pics were taken on the Thursday before the "official" first day of fall.  While I may not be the biggest fan of cold weather, I am partial to endless plaid days. (Aren't we all?!)  While I kept my look simple, girly + Anthropologie-esque this go-around, I foresee this plaid shirt becoming a staple over the next few months.  Whether I dress it up with an accordion pleat skirt or pare it down with an oversized grandpa cardigan, the sartorial options are endless.  

#whatiwore:  On this particular fall outing, I paired my Madewell plaid button-down with a grey full skirt from Duo that is just as comfy as it looks.  Made of an almost sweatshirt-like material (but more lightweight), it's the epitome of casual, daytime dressing.  To keep things streamlined, I opted for a minimalist horn pendant necklace from Banana Republic.  As for the bejeweled leather sandals — they're an oldie but a goodie that I snagged from American Eagle quite a few years back.  I finished off the look with a tried-and-true Kate Spade bag in a bright red-orange hue.  For days when I need to lug my laptop around — and want to add a little POC to my outfit — this tote is a go-to. 





What are your fall staples?  Leave a comment below!

xo,
A
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sleepy. jones. pt. 2.

Sleepy Jones' movement of non-movement. Do less.

Hello, Sunday!  Because I seriously just can't get enough of Sleepy Jones (and wouldn't mind staying in my pjs all day today...), I'm back with a roundup of a few of my favorite picks.  In my last post, I forgot to mention that Sleepy Jones carries loungewear for both men and women.  If you're in search of a gift for your boyfriend, brother or dad, a new pair of plaid pjs (or some socks!) could be just the thing you're looking for!
I'm loving the whimsical "painted dots" print above — which ones are your favorite? Leave a comment below! 

xo,
A
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sunday. funday. with. sleepy. jones.

wearing: j.crew ruffled sweatshirt + sleepy jones paloma pajama short (on sale!)
I don't know about you, but this rain makes me want to do absolutely nothing.  Well, besides scrolling through my Pinterest feed, reblogging photos on Tumblr and double-tapping snapshots on Insta, that is.  With the weather being so dreary, you can bet that I'll be spending some time lounging in my favorite new pjs.  Speaking of which, I've decided to dedicate this entire post to Sleepy Jones (aka my latest obsession).

I first heard about Sleepy Jones through reading a blog post written by Carly Heitlinger of the College Prepster a few years back and have been hooked ever since.  While there was once a time when I would have flat out said no to fancy pjs, nowadays, I think a nice pair for relaxing, daydreaming and catching up on some much needed Zzzzzs is completely necessary.  

Sleepy Jones was founded upon the "movement of non-movement."  In other words, kick back and allow your mind to wander while doing absolutely nothing in these cheeky pajama sets.  Besides how comfortable my Paloma seersucker striped pajama shorts have been, I can't get enough of the high-quality craftsmanship.  While these pjs don't come cheap, you're definitely getting what you pay for.  I happened to get mine on sale, which really made these bottoms a steal.  I can't stress enough how comfy they are for lounging — the length is perfect, the fit is just right and they're SO cute (check out that back pocket!). 

While on vacay this past summer in NYC, I actually had the chance to stop by the Sleepy Jones store in SoHo. Let's just say that it didn't disappoint.  Besides the charming storefront, I literally felt like I had entered pajama heaven.  Think pjs galore.  And, did I mention that the sales associates get to wear their pjs to work?  Yup! From pajama shorts (or pants) and night shirts to robes and underwear, Sleepy Jones has you covered for all of your lounging needs.  






Will you be joining Sleepy Jones' movement of non-movement?  Which pajama set (or print) is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,
A
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