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

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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Lavender-Honey Iced Latte

Lavender-Honey Iced Latte - offbeat + inspired-7

I’m a little obsessed with making flavor infused simple syrups (as evidenced by the excessive number of my recipes that include them in some form). The flavor combinations are endless and, in my opinion, it’s one of the easiest and most fun ways to add variety to drinks like iced tea, lemonade, cocktails and of course, coffee.

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Ginger + Honey Sparkling Lemonade

Ginger + Honey Sparkling Lemonade - offbeat + inspired-3

I used to think I didn’t really like lemonade – until I made it last summer for the first time with actual lemons. I should have started making the real stuff a long time ago, because now I’m completely hooked. There’s simply no substitute for the crisp, tart and sweet flavor of real, homemade lemonade.

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DIY Citrus Salt Scrub

DIY Citrus Salt Scrub - offbeat + inspired

I am obsessed with all things citrus. Whether it’s as simple as putting a slice of lime in my water or involves a decadent lemon-basil coffee cake (recipe for that coming soon!), I am officially smitten. My most recent citrus creation is this super easy sea salt scrub. Homemade scrubs take about 5 minutes to make (sometimes even less) and they’re not littered with harsh chemicals or additives found in many store-bought versions. They also make great gifts – although you may want to make two batches so you can keep one for yourself.

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The Cafe Corner [A Small Space DIY]

The Cafe Corner [A Small Space DIY] - offbeat + inspired

Moving from a big rental house to a small third floor apartment has been a bit of an adjustment. In a really good way! For starters, it dawned on me that although I’ve been patting myself on the back for the last 5 years on how responsibly I’ve avoided all manner of hoarding…I am, in fact, a hoarder. With all the extra space in our house rental, I didn’t even realize how much useless STUFF I had been hauling with me. Stuff I wouldn’t even know existed until it was time to move again, and I’d think,  ‘Awww, someday I’m gonna want that!’ Girl, no. Someday you’re gonna admit that a tattered cardboard box is the only love that thing will ever see. Basically, this little apartment has helped me master the art of tossing boxes without opening them. A major space saver.

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Banana-Rum Scones

Banana-Rum Scones - offbeat + inspired-5

Years ago over one of my winter breaks in college, my mom and I spent a week together in New Hampshire. While some of my friends traveled to warmer climates, I opted for snowy mountains. I had the chance to snowboard, my mom and I snowshoed and we soaked in the beauty of the outdoors. To top it all off, we made sure to enjoy incredible food.

While wandering around the local area, we came across a quaint little bakery selling freshly baked muffins, scones and other pastries. The scones they had there remain the best ones I have ever tasted in my life. Maybe it was the beautiful evergreen trees layered with sparkling flakes and the blanket of crunching snow under my feet that made a warm scone and a cup of coffee taste so amazing. Or maybe those flaky, buttery treats were special because they were a culinary discovery I shared with my mom. Whatever it was, that experience turned me into a scone lover.

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Clean Eating | Broiled Grapefruit with Yogurt + Cinnamon

Broiled Grapefruit with Yogurt + Cinnamon - offbeat + inspired-9

I don’t mind the cold and snow during the beginning of winter, but around this time of year I start to get antsy. My love for cuddling up with comfort food in front of the fireplace gives way to a desire to eat on a restaurant patio, run along the riverfront path or head over to the neighbor’s for drinks and laughs around their fire pit.

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Outfitted | Ruthie Lindsey

outfitted | Ruthie Lindsey - offbeat + inspired

“Outfitted” is a new series focusing on fashion and style. For each Outfitted post, I’ll be featuring someone I find utterly inspiring. It isn’t just clothing that stands out to me when it comes to personal style, it’s how garments, makeup, footwear, accessories and the like can be curated with careful and thoughtful intention, and then put together to express something deeper about the wearer. What’s communicated is what draws me in. This series will document that. I’m thrilled to devote the inaugural Outfitted post to my dear friend, Ruthie Lindsey of Ruthie Lindsey Design.

Ruthie’s style is relaxed, earthy and “free”. I adore her use of neutrals with unexpected pops of color and texture. She mixes vintage, one-of-a-kind items with solid basics from favorite brands. I love her ability to gather simple pieces and pair them in unexpected ways to create sweet and cohesive looks. There’s surprising beauty and so much to explore within simplicity. New life can be given to old things. Ruthie communicates this sense of freedom, renewal and adventure clearly from head to toe, and I love it!

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