meow: cat ears DIY

Good morning friends!  It’s Wednesday– that means Halloween is in just two days!  So if you were a procrastinator with your costume until now as I was, have no fear! I have a last minute, super easy and fast DIY for an incredibly simple costume!  After much contemplation, I decided to go as Catwoman (Anne Hathaway’s adaptation to be specific).  Essentially, I’m just wearing an extremely tight black outfit, black leather ankle boots, a cool mask I found on Etsy, and a pair of cat ears crafted by yours truly.  But enough of the chit-chat– you’re running behind, so let’s get down to it.

Cat Ears DIY


Approximately 10-15 minutes







Alright, let’s get this party started.  To start off, put the headband on to get an idea of wear you want each ear to sit.  Then, take your wire and wrap it around the headband in the first place you want the ear to hit.  I wrapped mine about 3 times to ensure it was secure. Next, determine how large you’d like the ear to be and fold it downward.


Now, start stringing the beads onto the wire.  Make sure you stop with enough wire left to wrap around the headband on the other side.


Now, wrap the wire around on the other side, securing the beads.  Repeat on the other side and you’ve got yourself the easiest (and cutest) pair of cat ears around!


That simple.  I’ll be sure to post some pictures of my Halloween ensemble this weekend.  I’m not much of a Halloween person, but I am rather excited.  And with a DIY this easy, there is no excuse for you not to have a costume!  If Catwoman isn’t your style, go as a kitten who lost its mitten– or, just a regular cat.  Easy as pie.

Until next time–



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autumn apple picking

Happy Sunday!

If you’re also in the Midwest, I’m sure you’ve been loving this weather lately about as much as I am.  Last Sunday was particularly exceptional.  The Packers were playing, the sun was out, and my friends were coming over.  I cooked– you heard that right– and we watched the Packers slaughter the Panthers.  I made Buffalo Chicken Dip and BBQ Chicken Calzones, which were a total hit.  If you don’t know me, I’m not much of a cook/baker– so when I make something that people seem to not hate and they completely polish it off with no leftovers, I’d call that a success!



After the game, the four of us headed to a nearby apple orchard to pick some apples.  Unfortunately, it is a little late in the season to do so and there were hardly any apples left.  So, we spent a whole lot of time walking down empty rows of apple trees, searching for the occasional apple that was left at the top.  Kast would throw a dead apple to knock down the good one, giving us the few apples we were able to pick.  Regardless, it was a fun, fall day which ended with apple pie at the orchard.








This weekend, I’m back in Iowa at my sister’s.  The weather is so gorgeous and I got to bust out my shorts again today!  This October is shaping up rather nicely.  This week, stay tuned for a new fashion fix and a Halloween inspired DIY.

Until next time–



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the perfect trench


Currently listening | Don’t, Ed Sheeran


Hi there!

I’m not sure what it is lately, but my creativity is seriously lacking.  I’ve been spending an obnoxious amount of time writing my posts, when I used to be able to spit them out so easily.  It might be because I’m writing less overall, since I’m out of school– but whatever it is, I hope it ends soon.  Yes, getting inspiration for a post has been tough, as you might expect.  But naming the posts?  I honestly should just hire out that task because I’m nearly incapable of coming up with something catchy nowadays.  Let’s just say this post sat at “Hi there!” for about 30 minutes.  And it was nearly named “Wench in a Trench.”  Well, at least I still have a sense of humor.

Anyway, I’ll get right down to it!  Coats are having a bit of a fashion moment.  Growing up, I remember I hated wearing a coat and I would reluctantly wear it only after my mom forced me to, because, well, it was likely snowing.  I always hated coats because they were ruining my outfit.  Lately, coats are not only super stylish, but also the outfit completer for any kind of weather.  Fall is arguably the best seasons for coats across the board.  The chilly weather is perfect for leather, military, field, and denim jackets, as well as the timeless and classic trench coat.  Trench coats are a staple for every professional’s wardrobe.  They’re classic, modest, and go with just about everything– working for both work and weekends.  I love my khaki trench since it can transform a casual outfit into something much more sophisticated.

I recently wore mine on a chilly fall day with my (new!) elbow-patched sweater, denim, and ankle boots.  And naturally, it wouldn’t be fall if I didn’t complete my look with a plaid scarf.







Target Trench Coat | J. Crew Factory Elbow Patch Sweater | Gap Always Skinny Jeans | Gap Plaid Scarf (similar) | Madewell Charley Ankle Boot

Well, until next time–



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lazy girl’s guide to fall fashion: part two


Currently listening | If I Lose Myself (acoustic), OneRepublic


Oh hello!

Happy Sunday.  Today is going to be a rather exceptional Sunday.  The Packers play and I’m having a few friends over to watch the game.  I’m going to play hostess and make some football-watching-friendly snacks (AKA- Buffalo Chicken Dip).   In honor of today’s Sunday Funday, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my lazy girl’s guide to fall fashion: part two!  With the weather starting to get colder by the day, the level of effort I want to put into my outfits has been dwindling.  I’m sure most of you can relate on some level.  It can be hard to maintain your always stylish persona on lazy days– but, I am here to tell you that it is possible to still look cool girl chic and downright fabulous when such days occur.  So put down the yoga pants, and listen up.

Oversized or long sweaters are a life saver in my book.  The length is flattering.  They’re totally on trend.  They easily hide my food baby from my Panchero’s burrito.  What’s not to love?  But the really great thing about long sweaters is that they look super refined, while beating the comfort of just about any other thing in your closet.  So take advantage of this sophisticated front sweaters have and use it as your base for your next lazy day out.  For a quick mall/Target run, I wore one of my favorite long sweaters with my new soft pants, suede bucks, and a shimmer scarf.








J. Crew Tunic Sweater | LOFT Piped Drawstring Pants | Target Suede Ankle Boots (similar) | Target Shimmer Scarf (similar) | LOFT Bracelet | Vintage Sunglasses

Until next time–



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5 affordable must-have looks for fall

Oh hi there!

As much as I love the changing seasons, I have to say, the different bugs that go around at this time kinda bite (pun intended).  Mallory visited me over the weekend, which was so fun.  We did a lot on Friday and early Saturday, but by late afternoon, the sick hit and I wasn’t much fun after that. We spent the rest of the weekend watching movies in bed, going to urgent care, and drinking lots of hot tea.  After she left, I spent all of Sunday and Monday sleeping, so I could go back to work by Tuesday.

Now that we’re in the peak of fall, my fall fashion inspiration is at its height.  After seeing the new fall product at my favorite stores, cool street style in Madison, and everyones’ obsessions on pinterest, I’ve put together the five fall must have looks.  The best part?  Each look can be attained for under $100.  Doesn’t really get much better than that, does it?  Well, let’s get started!

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1. Chambray + Quilted Vest

This look is so easy, yet so chic.  Layering fall’s favorite shirt under a cute vest is an effortless way to look put together instantly.  I’ve been eyeing the quilted vest the past several weeks.  I first tried on one at J. Crew and absolutely fell in love– but I’m weighing my options.  Old Navy has an adorable option for just $32!! Total steal, right?  Of course, it is more for fashion rather than function.  If you are looking for a warmer, more functional option, check out the variety at Lands’ End (I personally love the shimmer shawl collar!).

must have fall looks

2. Long Sweater + Boyfriend Jeans

This has been my go-to outfit for the past few weeks.  There are few things more comfortable than oversized sweaters– one of which would be wearing said sweater with a broken in pair of boyfriend jeans.  Gap has fantastic boyfriend jeans– I literally get compliments every time I wear them– and the price is hard to beat.  Gap and many other retailers have been extremely promotional heavy for the past few weeks.  If you don’t want to pay full price, you don’t have to.  Just sign up for their emails, wait a few days, and there will surely be a 30-40% off promo code coming your way.

fall must haves

3. Skinny Jeans + Slip On Sneakers

Every retailer has jumped on the growing sport/active trend bandwagon in some form or another.  Quite possibly the easiest way to slip this trend into your everyday style is through your footwear.  Whether you don your Converse or opt for a trendier, more feminine option, there is a whole lot out there in terms of “fashion sneakers” this season.  If wearing the slip on sneaker with the track pant its styled with is too much for your taste, just pair yours with your favorite skinny jeans.  Skinny jeans and slip ons are a no-brainer combination that makes your outfit a little edgier and completely changes the overall vibe.  So cuff up your skinnies and pick your favorite slip on below.

fall must haves

4. Blazer + Oversized Scarf

This combination is my favorite way to tone down a blazer.  Blazers have the reputation for being formal and very business professional– but they don’t always have to be.  I love wearing my blazers in a more casual manner back to denim, a tee, and a scarf.  Toss on some riding boots, and your look is complete.  To make your ensemble extra outdoors-friendly, pick an oversized scarf with more coverage.  I love the plaid scarves Target is offering this year!

fall must haves

5. Field Jacket + …

Ah, the field jacket.  Once I bought mine, I truly felt what love really is.  It is the perfect completer piece for 3 out of the 4 seasons.  I wear mine with everything– skirts, skinny jeans, cords, boyfriend jeans, dresses, track pants, tees, sweaters, oxfords… (and the list goes on).  The versatility is unmatched, and let’s be real– you’ll look pretty damn cool wearing it.  Now, if you don’t have $148 to drop on the original J.Crew version, don’t fret!  I’ve found four great options all under $100!

fall must haves

What has been your favorite combo this fall?

Until next time–



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