Truly Yours, A.: October 2015

Plaid + Herringbone + Duck Boots

Plaid + Herringbone + Duck Boots ; J. Crew herringbone vest, plaid flannel shirt, jeggings, Sperry Saltwater duck boots, camp socks

Plaid + Herringbone + Duck Boots ; J. Crew herringbone vest, plaid flannel shirt, jeggings, Sperry Saltwater duck boots, camp socks

Plaid + Herringbone + Duck Boots ; J. Crew herringbone vest, plaid flannel shirt, jeggings, Sperry Saltwater duck boots, camp socks

Plaid + Herringbone + Duck Boots ; J. Crew herringbone vest, plaid flannel shirt, jeggings, Sperry Saltwater duck boots, camp socks

Plaid + Herringbone + Duck Boots ; J. Crew herringbone vest, plaid flannel shirt, jeggings, Sperry Saltwater duck boots, camp socks

This outfit features two of my favorite combinations for fall - plaid and herringbone. This plaid flannel shirt is one of my autumn staples and I swear I wear it every week! My vest is the infamous J. Crew Factory herringbone vest in black. I previously wore the Steely Gray version in my 50 Shades of Grey outfit post (Please check that out if you haven't already!). I heard rumors J. Crew was bringing this color back for fall and I was super happy to check the site and find it listed. I immediately scooped one up and I've been in love with it ever since. These Sperry Saltwater duck boots were perfect for the rainy weather we've been having lately. They're so warm and comfy and I plan on wearing them all fall/winter long! What's your favorite way to style a vest or duck boots for fall? Let me know in the comments below!



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Coziest Blanket Scarf Ever!





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I cannot tell you guys how soft and comfy this blanket scarf is; there are no words. You have to get one for yourself to find out! I purchased mine from Amazon like I mentioned in my Save VS Splurge post on blanket scarves. The price was perfect and with Amazon Prime I was able to get free two-day shipping, just in time for a very chilly weekend here in Virginia. I love the trend of pairing this plaid scarf with a striped item so I pulled out another one of my "borrowed from the boyfriend" pieces - a simple long sleeve crew neck sweater that I cinched with a brown belt. I threw on a pair of fleece lined leggings and my favorite brown riding boots from my What Do You Love About Fall? outfit post and I was ready for an outing with friends. We ended up going to Bar Louie in Short Pump and sitting on the patio and enjoying $5 beer buckets. As the temp dropped I was able to unwrap the scarf from my neck and use it as a shawl. Talk about pulling double duty! I think I just found my new favorite piece of fall clothing, sorry puffer vests!

Fall Bucket List - 2015 Virginia State Fair Visit

A couple weeks back Lloyd and I decided to take a trip to the State Fair before it left town. It was a good thing we went when we did because Hurricane Joaquin forced it to close the next day! The Fair is always on my fall bucket list and I'm so glad we were able to go this year. Here's a few snaps from our trip.








The animals are usually one of our favorite parts and they did not disappoint this year. We love to see the little ducklings on their slide and my personal favorite will always be the pigs.



The prize winning fruits and vegetables always amaze me. I admire the time and dedication these people put into growing something from scratch. This year there was even a pumpkin from someone from our hometown!



The food is our #1 reason for going and I was sporting a pretty big food baby after all the delicious treats we had. The fried Oreos and smoked ribs changed my life! We even sampled some delicious frozen wine and instantly purchased one for home. Sorry, no pics of that; I was too busy drinking!





We never go at night so it was so cool seeing all the rides and games all lit up. This arcade game always takes up so much of our time and money. We get this close to winning and can't stop until we do!


We had such a great time and even though we've been a couple times before it felt like a totally new experience. We bought things we've never seen before and tried new foods. I can't wait to go again next year. Tell me all about your favorite part of your state's fair in the comments below!

Wishlist Wednesday 10-21



  1. Sperry Saltwater Duck Boots - I've been lusting after the LL Bean version of these duck boots for a while. I finally was able to get my hands on a pair thanks to Nordstrom and their price matching. I scored them for under $100! The sizes run out quickly so get them while you can. I can't wait to wear these with a pair of thick socks the next time it gets super cold.
  2. BaubleBar Geo Metal Picture Frame - I opened my email this morning and fell in love with the home decor pieces featured in the Gal Meets Glam x BaubleBar photoshoot. This gold geo picture frame instantly caught my eye and I was beyond happy when I looked at the price - only $15! It's currently sold out, but rest assured I put my name on the waiting list for one.
  3. iPhone 6S in Gold - I haven't had my Samsung Galaxy S4 for a year quite yet, but I'm already dying for a new phone. Apple has done some amazing things with the new iPhone making it the most popular phone ever.
  4. Cell phone cases - Even though I don't have an iPhone 6S I have been looking up cases all day. My current favorites are this Hotline Bling snap-on cover, Kate Spade Center of Attention phone case, and Zero Gravity stoned marble phone cover.
What are the items on your latest wishlist? Leave them in the comments below!

Fall Vest Inspiration

Fall is officially the time of the vest! Puffer, fur, military, you name it and people have been pulling them out and layering them for the cooler temps. Here's a little vest inspo to help you guys (and myself) out this fall!


The infamous herringbone vest. - This vest is a classic and it wouldn't be fall without it! This classic herringbone vest goes with almost anything, but my favorite way to layer it is over a flannel or sweater. Throw on a statement necklace and you're out the door! The most popular version of this vest is from J. Crew Factory. This year they have it in Steely Gray and the more popular Black!


Keep it simple. - These can be layered over so many things - sweaters, sweatshirts, long sleeve tees, button ups, the list goes on and on! A basic quilted puffer vest is a great way to add a little extra warmth to an outfit. These can be found at J. Crew, J. Crew Factory and Old Navy (their quilted puffer vests are only $35!).


Add a pop of color! - Take a boring fall outfit and make it fun with a colorful puffer vest. Dress up an all black outfit with a vest in a vibrant shade of pink. There's so many colors to choose from. J. Crew Factory has two amazing shades called Dark Poppy and Neon Coral that are a must-have!


Warm up with fur. - Whether you're a fan of faux fur or the real thing, these vests are a great way to take any outfit from drab to rock star.  They're also super warm and cozy! The Topshop Lea vest is  the season's hottest version of this vest, but I also love this ombre faux fur version by Steve Madden. I've also lumped shearling vests into this category since they feature a version of fur on the inside. I love this faux shearling vest from Nordstrom!


Borrowed from the guys. - Military-inspired or utility vests are a great way to add a little masculinity to any fall ensemble. They come in all shades of olive green and who doesn't love all those pockets? A good one can be hard to find depending on how you want it to look. This military-style utility vest is currently on sale for under $60!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed looking at all the amazing photos of vest outfits on Pinterest! There's so many other vest options I didn't mention including blazer vests, waterfall sweater vests, fleece vests, the list goes on and on. Fall is definitely vest season! I have so many new ideas for ways to wear my vests this season and beyond. What's your favorite vest? Let me know in the comments below!
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DIY Wednesday - Birch Tree Painting

See how I created this gorgeous birch tree painting with only 4 items!

Welcome to Do It My Way Wednesday - my new DIY blog series! This week's DIY was inspired by Hair De La Creme on YouTube. She made this amazing birch tree painting on her first installment of her DIY Saturdays series (check out her video here!). It seemed so simple that I couldn't wait to try it! Keep reading to see how you can make one of these for your home.

Leopard Loafers

Sundays are usually reserved for Truly My Way blogging posts, but I wanted to share something different with you guys today. I was a little under the weather for most of last week and didn't feel like doing anything even content planning! I feel a lot better now and I have so much in store for the blog in the upcoming week/months. I can't wait to share all my ideas with you guys! Now on to this amazing outfit I wore for a lunch date with my boyfriend.






Sweater Forever 21 | Vest Fashion Forward Boutique | Jeggings Target | Loafers Candies
I love the colors in this outfit! Burgundy (maroon, marsala, whatever you want to call it!) is one of my new favorite colors for fall. I think it goes perfectly with my leopard loafers! These are a different twist on the basic leopard flats that everybody wears during this time of year. They're a great dressier alternative to wearing boots and they still keep my feet nice and warm. How do you put your own personal spin on this season's hottest trends? Leave your answers or links in the comments below!

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Truly My Way - Week 11: Top 5 Blogging Tips


I spend a few minutes everyday to read articles on improving my blog's reach and tips for making it big as a blogger. With all this information, it's so easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. I thought this week would be the perfect opportunity to summarize everything I've read/learned/adopted about blogging. Here are my top 5 blogging tips:
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