Best Fall Boots

When I asked you on Stories what blog post topics you wanted me to cover next, the majority of you said all things FALL (outfits, decor, recipes!) Today I am going to start with fall outfits with a specific focus on fall footwear. Best Fall Boots Fall footwear is the best, isn’t it?! Suede booties, over the knee boots, moto boots – yes please! My favorite fall shoes are; these Joie booties (so comfortable, I own them in 2 colors), these Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots (legit best boots ever – the brown is on MAJ sale here), PS this is the heeled version of the over the knee boots, a pair of white leather booties, and these Rag & Bone Newbury booties (which have held up for 10 years after I resoled them!!!) Fall Boot Wish List A few boots I have my eye on for this fall are these J.Crew suede over the knee boots in black and brown, these brown leather heeled boots, these super affordable tan moto boots, and these waterproof moto rain boots (love that they don’t look like a clunky rain boot.) I do own the classic Hunter rain boots, but TBH I’ve only worn them 3 times in the last decade. They’re just wayyyy too clunky and heavy for me. I even have the fleece insert for winter, but they’re still not warm enough, so I always just wear my Sperry insulated duck shoes. Least Worn Pair of Fall Boots My least worn pair of fall shoes are surprisingly these Isabel Marant booties. They’re gorgeous and look great on all of the models, but for some reason, I just haven’t reached for them in years. They run VERY narrow (and I have wide feet) so I haven’t had a chance to break them in, but I am hoping to really commit and try this season. I feel like they would look great with a cropped skinny jean. Originally, I had wanted to style them with a flowy floral Zimmermann type of dress, but they just hit at the wrong part of my ankle so they really don’t elongate/flatter unless you’re over 5’8″. Anyways, TBD if I end up finally wearing them – will keep you posted! Most Worn Pair of Fall Boots If I had to pick one pair of shoes to invest in for the fall, they would be these brown suede Joie booties. They do have a heel, but they’re extremely comfortable and SO flattering on. They’re a great date night shoe because they can be dressed up. They look just as good with dresses as they do with jeans. 100% a must in my book! FYI for all outfit details, please check my fall outfit section here where you will find all brands linked!
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Taking Care of Your Pup

It makes me so happy to hear how many of you have adopted dogs in the last few months! Dogs are truly the greatest companions and rescuing Charlie 3 years ago was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I shared a blog post last year on how to take care of a dog. Packed full of tips and details on his food, treats, toys, training, etc! Today, I’m so excited to talk about something that I was only made aware of a few months ago, and is SO important to look out for in our pups; osteoarthritis (OA.) Osteoarthritis in Dogs What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is a painful condition caused by the wear and tear of cartilage and joints that can have physical and emotional effects on your pup. Around 37% of dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds get it1! How To Detect Osteoarthritis Signs to look out for are; limping, decreased activity or exercise, stiffness or decreased movement of joints, sadness, and also a drop in energy level. Dogs can often hide signs of pain so it can be hard to recognize when they have OA. Zoetis Petcare offers a simple OA canine checklist that I personally took for Charlie and it really helps breakdown all of the symptoms and behavioral changes you should look out for in your pup. While OA can’t be cured, it can be treated, so I highly recommend going through this simple checklist and talking to your vet about it. A Healthy Dog = Happy Dog A healthy dog is a happy dog! There’s nothing worse than knowing – or not knowing that your pet is in pain or suffering. This quick checklist and a chat with your vet is a great way to get peace of mind and make sure they are always feeling their best. Seeing Charlie happy, comfortable, energetic, and relaxed is the most important thing. I love when his tail wags and his tongue hangs out waiting for a treat or a bite of my food! It melts my heart :) PS for those asking Charlie is a Dachshund Terrier rescued from Vanderpump Dogs in LA. 1 Wright, A., Amodie, D., Cernicchiaro, N., Lascelles, B. and Pavlock, A., 2019. PVM1 DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT RATES OF OSTEOARTHRITIS IN DOGS USING A HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT(HRA) OR HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS IN GENERAL VETERINARY PRACTICE. Value in Health, 22, p.S387.
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Life On Your Own Timeline

Life On Your Own TimelineLiving life on your own timeline requires courage. Society, friends, family, and even strangers all seem to have an opinion on when you should or shouldn’t be doing things. Everything from what age you should get married at, what age you should have children at, when you should buy a house, when you should start a new job, when you should move in together…the list goes on and on. Societal Pressures on WomenWomen in particular are faced with an insane set of unspoken societal standards aren’t they? When I turned 31 last year, I personally felt it more than ever before. It felt like an invisible rulebook or guide that was out there saying you should get married as soon as possible, have babies right away, and buy a house with a white picket fence, all while working full time and looking perfect! Personal ExperienceJust a few of these “standards/rules” that I’ve been subjected to myself… When I was first starting my business, I remember someone who told me I wasn’t ready, that I should write a 10 page business plan, and that I needed years more of experience. Luckily, I completely ignored them and started anyway. 10 years later, I still do not have a “10 page business plan” and the person that gave me the advice is no longer in business. Another time, I was telling a friend that Thomas and I were moving in together after dating for 3 months. The person said that it was too fast and I shouldn’t do it. I ignored that advice and listened to my instinct, which turned out to be right. Moving in together was one the best decisions I’ve ever made. Moral of the story, you’re in charge of your life. Only YOU know what’s right for YOUR life. No one else can be sure of what will or won’t work for you, so do YOU. Transitional PeriodsThis timeline that we all feel or have felt at some point in our lives, isn’t talked about enough and I really wanted to open up the conversation around it. I know many of you are in a transition period. Whether it be moving out of a city, starting a new job, looking for a job, trying to find someone nice to date (or maybe you don’t even want to date at all but you feel pressure to!), trying to get pregnant, deciding you don’t want children, buying a home (or selling all of your belongings and road tripping!), eloping, planning a wedding, you name it. These are all such exciting things, but I do I know how they can often bring up a LOT of outside judgement, anxiousness, and a deep sense of urgency. Breaking the MoldSomething I’ve always told myself is, “If you want to live an extraordinary life, then don’t live an ordinary life.” As cheesy as it sounds, I’ve always dared to dream big and pushed the boundaries on almost everything in my life. I believe in doing what you want, when you want, and asking for permission LATER. As organized and regimented as I can be at times, I’m also an incredibly free spirit. I believe in going to the beat of your own drum. How To Respond To OthersDon’t conform to other people’s standards, instead make your own. Don’t feel pressured to do something just because everyone else is doing it! If you’re 35 and single, and have no desire to date, but your parents keep pressuring you to settle down, simply tell them, “I really appreciate you thinking of me. I’m doing what’s best for me right now. Thank you so much for respecting that!” If you’re newly married and your in-laws keep asking when you’re having a baby say the same thing, “I really appreciate your interest. Right now, I’m focusing on doing what’s best for me.” If you’re feeling like everyone around you is settling down or somehow “ahead” of you in certain areas of their lives, remind yourself, “I’m in charge of my own life. I’m lucky to be able to live life on my own timeline. I love having this freedom and I trust the process.” If you’re feeling judged from strangers on your decision to not have children say, “I really appreciate you thinking of me. This is what’s best for my life. I really hope you’re doing what’s best for yours!” If you’re feeling pressure to start a new job or project say, “I appreciate your sentiment. I’m glad you have faith in my decision making and know that I’m going to do what’s best for me.” Never AssumeIt’s all how you look at, react and approach a situation. You can see the glass half full or half empty, you know? We cannot compare our lives and trajectories to others. The person we see in our community or on Instagram, who has “checked” all of society’s boxes and seems to be living the “perfect life” (PS there is no such thing!) may very well be privately struggling with something. We honestly just never know what goes on in people’s lives! This is why it’s SO important to never compare ourselves to others when we haven’t walked a mile in their shoes. I hope that you always live life on your own timeline – regardless of whether or not it’s popular or understood. I hope that you give yourself credit for how much strength and courage it takes to carve your own path and do your own thing – I know it’s not easy! At the end of the day, we only get one life and you’ve got to make sure you’re living it for YOU! Never, ever stop going to the beat of your own drum, I know I won’t! xx
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A Lowkey Summer BBQ

A Lowkey Summer BBQ It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end!  Thomas and I wanted to take full advantage of these last days of summer so we decided to throw a little BBQ for his parents one night.  We didn’t feel like trekking all the way to the grocery store, so we ordered groceries from the new Walmart Express delivery service which delivers groceries in under 2 hours!  Yes, 2 hours!  I legit placed an order at 4:25PM and everything came promptly (and even faster than promised) at 5:30PM – so quick and so easy. About the Walmart Express Delivery Service The new Walmart Express delivery service allows you to order everything from groceries, to household essentials, tech accessories, over the counter pharmacy items, toys and more (as long as you order under 64 items!)  Talk about convenient!  Deliveries will come from your local Walmart store between the hours of 10AM-6PM.  I still don’t have a car here in Connecticut, so this service has literally been a lifesaver for me when I’ve needed anything.  Walmart Express delivery is subject to availability at select stores. Standard delivery fee and/or Express delivery fee may apply.  Minimum order applies. What I also love about the Walmart Express delivery service is that it’s contactless.  A driver can leave the groceries right at your door – just specify when you check out.  It’s a beyond seamless process that simplifies grocery shopping. For our BBQ we ordered a mix of simple snacks and drinks; La Croix lemon (my fave!), cranberry juice, popcorn, chips + salsa, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate for s’mores, and cheese + crackers.  The s’mores were a huge hit let me tell you ;)  I made a delicious dip that one of my girlfriend’s always makes at her BBQs with just salsa and cream cheese.  Sounds weird, but it’s absolutely delicious!  You just slightly heat up the cream cheese and then add in equal parts of salsa.  What’s one of your favorite summer snacks?!
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