Fall is undeniably the best time of year. The trees are gorgeous, pumpkins are everywhere, and best of all, you get to cuddle up in nice jackets, scarves, and boots. This year I've picked three different coat + shoe combos that I absolutely love, and I hope will give you inspiration as well.
Camel coat - Old Navy (other options I love from Missguided & Topshop)
Black boots - Unfortunately sold out, other great options from Forever 21 & Steve Madden
Scarf - Dry Goods (more fun options from Sole Society & Amazon)
Bomber jacket - Sold out, very similar ones from Topshop & Forever 21
Jeans - Paige Denim
Tshirt - Everlane
Shoes - Steve Madden
Army jacket - Sold out, other favorites from Dry Goods & Forever 21
Brown boots - Similar from Bella Vita & Lucky
Sweater - Sold out, similar from Ralph Lauren & H&M
What's your favorite Autumn jacket?
October 24, 2016 • bucketlist, Inspire, travel, vacation
I've visited some of the big ones - Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon - but it's on my life bucketlist to visit every single US National Park. Now there's a lot of different categories, like National Monument, National Historical Park, etc., but I'm looking at the places specifically categorized as "National Park". Here are my top 10. (Can you tell I like mountains?)
1. Acadia National Park
Located in Maine, this park has ridiculous views of both the ocean and mountains, which is a perfect 2 in 1. It's supposed to be especially amazing in the fall, because the park has gorgeous foliage. It looks like there are great hikes to take, in addition to having fun wildlife to see (at a safe distance, if necessary).
2. Glacier National Park
Another park that has been on my mind lately is located in Montana, and is home to a stunning section of the Rocky Mountains that were carved out by glaciers (hence the name). There is a crystal clear lake and beautiful hiking paths, and offers options for both camping and staying more comfortably.
3. Denali National Park
Alaska itself is not on the top of my "to-see" list, however this park has towering mountains and unusual wildlife that sound incredible to witness. I'd love to see the moose and caribou, plus North America's tallest peak is located here and gives the park its name, which is pretty unbeatable.
4. Yosemite National Park
Nestled in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite offers the chance to see giant Sequoia trees, waterfalls, and granite cliffs. The park has amazing geologic history (so I've learned in my Geology 100 course...), and offers visitors the chance to see multiple different types of geographic structures.
5. Rocky Mountain National Park
As I mentioned, mountains are my favorite. This range runs mainly in Colorado, where the park is located, but actually spans from New Mexico all the way through Canada. The park holds brilliant trees, lakes, and, of course, mountains. I would love to spend a few days camping and hiking throughout the range, taking in what nature has to offer.
6. North Cascades National Park
When I traveled to Portland, OR this summer, I got a small glimpse of the Cascade Mountain Range. The tallest peak is Mount Rainier, which I was lucky enough to climb part of when I was younger. This park, located in Washington, seems like a great way to experience more of the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, and explore a lesser-traveled mountain range.
7. Isle Royale National Park
I was slightly awed when I realized there is a park in Michigan, located on the shores of Lake Superior. Growing up near Lake Michigan gave me an intense love for lake-life, so I absolutely must visit and experience the wildlife, scenery, and calm atmosphere of this under-the-radar national park.
8. Great Basin National Park
Another mountainous park located in Nevada's Great Basin desert offers marble caves, a scenic mountain-side drive, and plenty of hiking. If you're doing a road trip in the area, this park is perfect to hit alongside the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, and many more.
9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Technically a subrange of the Appalachian Mountain Chain, these mountains run through parts of North Carolina & Tennessee. Nicknamed the "Smokies", this is one of the most visited national parks in the US. The area holds lots of interesting wildlife, in addition to having stunning foliage, mountain peaks, and hiking paths.
10. Zion National Park
Lastly, a slightly different park located in southwestern Utah. This holds steep cliffs, a canyon drive through the park, and a river leading to gorgeous waterfalls and a hanging garden. Out of all of the southwestern US national parks, this one is the most appealing and exciting to me.
What national park would you want to visit?
purple // camel // green
Wool coats have been all over my radar recently, especially on Pinterest. The camel ones are my favorite, so much so that I spent hours searching for the best (and most affordable) option to buy. As much as I love the colorful options, the beige seems like the most practical, especially for a slightly larger investment piece. Whichever way you go, however, these coats are the perfect mix of a trench coat and a peacoat to carry you from fall to winter.
b&w sweater // watch // gray sweater
As the temperature is beginning to drop, I've been falling for cozy, thick sweaters - even more so when they're paired with a leather watch. I don't know what it is, but something about the rolled up sleeves showing just the right amount of wrist is perfect. This is the best "roll out of bed, get ready in 5, head out the door" outfit. You'll still look polished, but will have gotten some extra z's.
glitter // colorful // blue + nude
I love these unique takes on regular nail polish, especially the styles that leave some of the nails blank. This is a great way to upgrade basic, one-shade nails into something that makes you look like you tried a lot harder than you did. In reality, all you need is a piece of tape to separate the sections you'll be painting different colors.
dryer puppy // pile o' pups // fence // bed puppy
I am an avid dog lover, and my day becomes exponentially better when I see a picture of a puppy. This collage is basically pure happiness for me, and I just had to share the feeling with everyone else.
pastel // dotted // blue & purple // gold & white // glitterfall
Lastly, I have been finding plenty of gorgeous and creative eye makeup on Pinterest. I love the use of color in unconventional ways, in addition to the funky patterns and placement of the liner. I'm dying to try out the dotted version, but I also love the idea of gold streaks on the lower lash line.
Psst: be sure to follow me on Pinterest @churwitz23!
What are some of your recent inspirations?
If you're in college, you'll probably recognize October as the start of fall, but also the start of midterm month. It's the time when everything starts to get serious, because you realize you actually need to study and not watch Netflix all day. When you're in the midst of having to write three essays, study for four tests, and keep up with regular assignments, you may feel like the world is caving in. However, there are a few ways to stay sane until you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
1. Try as hard as you can to stay on track.
It may seem nearly impossible to finish all the tasks and homework you need to do, but keeping on schedule will stop you from getting behind, which will in turn lower your stress and raise your grades. If you're completing an assignment a few days before it's due instead of the night before, you'll have more time to do stress-relieving activities. To help stay on top of things during midterms, get an awesome planner like this one from ban.do.
2. Watch cute or relaxing videos.
If you've been studying for hours or just feeling down in general, take a break and find some videos to watch. My video of choice is cute animals, but recently I've been obsessed with baking, cookie decorating, and paint mixing videos (sounds weird, but is so cool). Be careful not to fall into a YouTube hole! Make sure to give yourself 5-10 minutes, and then get back to studying. Ideally let yourself study for 45 minutes to an hour, and then reward yourself with a small break. This will keep you focused, and is a helpful tip for any college-level studying.
3. Take a long shower.
After a late night of studying, don't let yourself collapse into bed immediately after you've finished. Let yourself have at least 10-15 minutes of steaming in a hot shower (or a bath). It will help loosen up your tense muscles, and give you a few minutes to think about things other than schoolwork before hitting the hay. Up your game by using a body wash or sugar scrub that you love. My current (and relaxing) favorite is Crabtree & Evelyn's Pear and Pink Magnolia Body Wash.
4. Treat yourself to your favorite (unhealthy) food.
Letting yourself have some ice cream or Doritos (my guilty pleasure) may give you some much-needed happiness in a seemingly never-ending series of tests and assignments. Don't let yourself have too much, however, because that will offset your health and have negative effects on your energy. Pay attention to serving sizes, or even try rewarding yourself with one chip or one M&M every time you read a page or get 10 flashcards correct.
5. Exercise & get enough sleep.
Speaking of health, you may think you need to stay up till the wee hours of the morning to finish all your midterm work, but it's much more important to get enough shut-eye so that you function properly during the day. In addition, you may think you don't have enough time to get in a 30-45 minute work out, but carving out a small portion of your day for a run, bike ride, or even just a long walk, will help you clear your head and have a better outlook on life. If you follow #1, you'll have plenty of time for this. Bonus points if you exercise outside. Fresh air will help you realize that midterms are temporary, and they'll be over soon. Plus, this is the best time of year, so enjoy it!
What are your tips for surviving a stressful time like college midterms?
Rimmel Lipstick in 107
This is a classic blogger fall favorite, but I had forgotten about it for a long time. Until, that is, I needed some extra pizzazz one day and grabbed the first thing I could find - this lipstick. Applying it took me back to the first time I started wearing dark lip colors, and I just knew that I'd be wearing this shade more in the following months. It's the perfect berry, suitable for any skin tone and gorgeous with all other makeup. It lasts pretty long, with slight fading due to eating or drinking, but reapplies very well throughout the day. It's also great if you're trying to start wearing darker colors, but are a bit nervous.
Tartelette In Bloom Palette
I've been extra into matte eyeshadow lately, mostly because it's perfect for a simple day look, but can also be very dramatic for a night out. These shadows are stunning on so many levels. Each shade is gorgeous and leans towards the red side of the color wheel, but doesn't give you a sickly look once applied. In addition, they last all day, even more so when applied with a primer (like the Maybelline Color Tattoos). My favorite part is that the shades blend so well together, allowing me to pile on tons of color without looking patchy.
Crabtree & Evelyn Pear and Pink Magnolia Body Wash
I don't usually buy luxury body wash, but this was part of a birthday gift and I absolutely love it. Aside from being in an adorable bottle that looks nice in your bathroom, the smell is delicious. It's definitely not as sickly-floral/perfume-y than you think it'd be, and is actually the perfect blend of fruit, flowers, and happiness.
Steve Madden Ellias Shoes
With Fall on its way, I needed a pair of shoes to take me through September and some of October (before I rekindle my love affair with black boots). This style has been on my radar for a few years now, and upon finding these I knew they were perfect. I love the unique zippers, yet the still classic black and white. They match with everything, and are especially great when paired with a cropped or rolled-ankle jean. One downfall: these are nearly impossible to break in, and sometimes still give me blisters.
Ban.do Medium 'I am very busy' Agenda (review here)
I know I have already mentioned this a few times, and I know I will never stop. This is the cutest planner I have ever seen, inside and out. It comes with stickers! Anyone who wants their life to be meticulously planned out, but also wants to have a cute aesthetic - don't hesitate to check this out.
What did you love in September?