When my head feels too full, and I need to put myself in a grown up time-out, the best thing I can do for myself is to get in my car, put on an audiobook or some good music, and drive. I don’t need a destination, I just feel like it’s the ultimate in alone time and space.
So last weekend I got in the car, put on some Halsey and drove out of the cell phone service area. I ended up in a small valley town about 45 minutes from where I live. It’s a sleepy town with buildings that obviously haven’t been renovated since the 1940’s (and I’m being generous here). It kind of has a horror movie feel to it – like if I stopped at the (out of service) gas station at the wrong time of night, I’d absolutely get murdered by a crazy guy in a hockey mask.
I was driving along the curving highways, thinking this was a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon. It got even better when I pulled over into a teeny shale pit off of the highway. I parked my car, pulled out a book and sat on my truck reading for hours. I was fully submerged in my book, until a cricket jumped up on the page and scared the hell out of me. Before heading home and getting away from the damn cricket, I decided to document my peaceful weekend getaway.
You don’t need to travel far to get away – sometimes, the best ways to clear your head are close by. Explore your own back yard.
Oh, and of course, here’s a BTS look at my super professional photography setup:
Tea, falling leaves, sweater weather, knit beanies, knit scarves, knitting in general, really… Booties, apples, cinnamon. Oh, and of course, pumpkin everything. Aside from being the main points in my favourite bit by my homegirl Iliza Shlesinger, these are the main staples of Autumn. While I have vehemently expressed my dislike of cold weather, I must admit that, like every other girl between the ages of 15 and 28, I f*cking love Autumn. I love dressing for Autumn – boots, layers, leather, earth tones, sweater so ugly they’re considered fashionable – I’m all about that. As the weather stands right now, it’s not quite cool enough to be in full Autumn mode yet, but I’m preparing. This outfit was a baby step, but I’m so ready to go full force. This black baby doll dress is the most perfect starting point for a million different outfits, and can be taken in so many directions. The long gray duster sweater has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe, and I have loved putting it over nearly every outfit I’ve worn in the last 2 weeks. And those boots – those boots have been with me for many years, as you can tell by the scuffed toes. I paired them with this outfit because they add a slightly grungy vibe, without being overpowering or feeling out of place.
When it comes to seasons in regards to makeup, Autumn reigns supreme. Smoky shadows, intense contour, and – my personal favourite – incredible lip colours. This one in particular is a combination of MAC’s Heroine and Beet lip liners, Revlon’s Black Cherry lipstick, and the new Maybelline Color Blur lip crayon in Berry Misbehaving. In all honesty, I think I could sit at my vanity and play with lip combinations all day.
Happy almost-Autumn, everyone. Sip on that hot apple cider, eat pumpkin pie to gain your winter insulation, and get cozy if it kills you, dammit!
I love rainy summer evenings, because it means I can break out my cozy autumn sweaters, and not feel ridiculous about it. Summer is incredible, with the sunshine and amazing smells and general feeling of freedom and happiness, but there is nothing like being wrapped in an oversized sweater that feels more like a blanket than an article of clothing. This particular blanket-sweater was recently thrifted, and I don’t know if I’ve ever been more excited about something that I purchased for $5. It’s quite a thick knit, but these adorable shorts and simple tank top made it the perfect selection to ward off the chilly breeze floating through the air.
PS – bonus photo of my dogs crashing my photoshoot.