Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

If I have any say in this at all — fall has arrived. It’s decided! This morning, I woke up at 6AM and it was perfectly chilly outside. My sisters and I had plans. We were going to eat spiced pancakes, drink hot coffee and watch the pilot episode of Gilmore Girls while the sun came up. We did, and it was wonderful.

Watching Gilmore Girls marks the beginning of our favorite season. It’s tradition — the epitome of cozy. Not to mention, Stars Hollow reminds us of Lexington through and through. So this year in particular, as it’s my first official summer/autumn transition while living in New-England-esque downtown, I’d been bursting to experience a brisk Saturday morning all layered up at the farmers market.

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

My favorite pieces here (the ones I’ll be wearing over and over this season) are the Vegan Leather Bomber from Anthropologie, the Washed Denim Overalls in “Eclipse” from Free People, and the Mosaic | Marigold & Black Scarf from Block Shop Textiles.

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

The overalls are so cozy and they fit so well. I’ve tried on a few different styles over the last few months and these are the only ones that have fit me right. I love them because they’re slim in the leg without being tight, and the back sits nicely just above the tush, which I find much more flattering than the ones with a panel running all the way up the back.

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

After the farmers market, we went straight to Evans Orchard & Cider Mill. I was determined to not miss the good apples this year! It was all about the Jonagolds.

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

Anthro’s bomber jacket is wonderful. I love the material. It’s soft, but not flimsy — and it has great openwork details in addition to a front zip, side pockets and a snap collar. It also has a stretchy knit panel on the lower back, which I really like because it cinches the waist for a more flattering fit.

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

Block Shop Textiles has the most beautiful block printed scarves I’ve ever seen. The patterns are stunning and I just love the story and mission that drives this company. It’s owned by two sisters who work with a co-op of artisans in Rajasthan. They hand-block-print each scarf with natural dyes, the same way they’ve been doing it for the last 350 years. A portion of the proceeds from every scarf sold goes back to this community. Definitely check out their site to find out more.

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

The day was breezy and perfect. I can’t believe how quickly summer passed.

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

But I’m so ready for autumn.

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

Now…what to bake with these beauties…

Autumn Layers | Anthropologie, Free People + Block Shop Textiles - offbeat + inspired

Do you have a tradition to officially welcome fall? I would love to hear all about it! Let’s discuss in the comments below!

Other Outfit Credits

Glasslands Crossbody Bag from Kelsi Dagger
Tissue Crossback Tee from Bella Luxx Los Angeles
Sabrina Tiered Pendant in “Brass” from Free People

SOUTH | a rooftop dinner with MasterChef Season 5 Competitors Elizabeth Cauvel + Dan Wu

SOUTH | a rooftop dinner with MasterChef Season 5 Competitors Elizabeth Cauvel + Dan Wu - offbeat + inspired

I haven’t hosted an event since my own wedding. It’s something I’ve thought about and awkwardly tiptoed around, but there was never anything pushing me to actually do it. That push came about 2 months ago when Dan Wu, Lexington’s resident MasterChef Season 5 competitor, sent me a message on Facebook telling me that when Elizabeth Cauvel (one of his co-MC5 competitors) found out he and I knew each other, she told him she’s been a huge fan of offbeat for a while and it’s what inspired her food styling aspirations! I can’t accurately explain my reaction to that news. “Giddy” is the world’s biggest understatement right now.

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Outfitted | Elizabeth Cauvel of MasterChef Season 5

Outfitted | Elizabeth Cauvel of MasterChef Season 5 - offbeat + inspired

Meet Elizabeth! You probably already know her because she’s kicking butt on MasterChef Season 5 right now. The girl just made top 3! Hashtag awesome.

How we met is kind of crazy. She had been following offbeat + inspired for about a year prior to the airing of MC5. I found this out because fellow Lexingtonian and early MC5 competitor, Dan Wu, told me that when Elizabeth found out he and I lived in the same city, she flipped! Well I flipped too. We all flipped. Before I even knew she was a fan of the blog, I had picked her as my fantasy BFF from the show. Naturally, Dan and I lured her to Lexington with the idea that the three of us should host a MC5 dinner together. [I posted all about the dinner here!]

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The Coffee Ice Cube Latte + My Steller Obsession

The Coffee Ice Cube Latte + My Steller Obsession - offbeat + inspired

First, Steller. It’s an app I started using recently, and I’m completely hooked. It’s the most visually stunning, sleek and intuitive storytelling app I’ve ever seen. The idea is to create stories with photos, video, sound and text. There are different fonts and layout options that have the look and feel of an uber-stylish coffee table magazine, flipping pages and all.

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Grilled Stone Fruit with Butter and Cinnamon

Grilled Stone Fruit with Butter + Cinnamon - offbeat and inspired-4

Is it just me, or did this summer go by super fast? It feels like only yesterday farmers’ market season was starting up and I was thinking through Memorial Day plans. I love fall, but I don’t think I’m ready to give up this warm-weather season. There’s still watermelon to be eaten, picnics to be had, ice cream to be churned and of course, grilling to be done.

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Alpine Mud | A White Sage, Wild Mint, Milk, Chocolate + Bourbon Cocktail

Alpine Mud Cocktail | White Sage, Wild Mint, Milk, Chocolate + Bourbon - offbeat + inspired

The second (and final) recipe of my Juniper Ridge Wildcrafted Tea collaboration with Kristan Raines of The Broken Bread is a bourbon cocktail that I’m absolutely head over heels for — and just in time for National Bourbon Heritage Month!

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Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter - offbeat + inspired

Kristan Raines (of The Broken Bread) and I recently teamed up to create a few recipes infused with wildcrafted tea from Juniper Ridge. I’m so excited to be collaborating with this girl. She is incredibly talented, sweet as can be, and her recipes and food photography are hypnotizing. If you haven’t already checked out her work or followed her on Instagram, you must!

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Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco

Clean Eating | Medjool Date + Vanilla Bean Café Au Lait De Coco - offbeat + inspired

I’ve had to get creative with my coffee lately. I’ve done pretty well avoiding dairy ever since my Whole30 detox, probably because it wasn’t one of my main vices to begin with — but when I’m not in the mood for black coffee, I go straight for the half and half. I’ve tried substitutions like almond milk, and made bold efforts to convince myself that the flavor was similar enough…but it just plain wasn’t.

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Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Visiting Paris has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Seeing Julie & Julia for the first time dug the well a little deeper, but the thing that pushed me over the edge into trip planning mode was moving to Lexington, Kentucky. It’s not a coincidence that two of the three “Lexington Love” posts I’ve done so far have been about French/European-inspired eateries. There’s an atmosphere and an old-world charm built into a French crafted experience that just can’t be matched. Dozens of restaurants in this city have phenomenal food, trendy interior design, friendly hosts and personality that instantly turns first-timers into regulars — but Le Deauville French Bistro at 199 North Limestone makes you believe you’re actually in France.

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Ruche x tifforelie “Ruchette” Fashion Illustration Prints!

Ruche x tifforelie "Ruchette" Fashion Illustration Prints! - offbeat + inspired

I have really exciting news that I’ve been holding in for what feels like a decade! I’ll skip to the end because I’m too antsy to drag it out! The lovely team over at Ruche reached out to me a few months ago about creating a small series of exclusive “Ruchette” fashion illustrations that they could sell as prints in their online shop. Obviously I said yes and those prints are now for sale!! To celebrate, we’re doing an Instagram giveaway where you can win one of the prints! Entry is easy. Just read through the caption on this IG post! You can also check out my feature on the Ruche blog here!

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