Tweed + Leather

Tweed and leather are one of those combos that are great apart. But, together? Power couple. 

Photos via Maya McDonald

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{Psst - This jacket is everything!}


3x The Charm

This week I sat down, turned off my phone and computer, and read. No t.v., no music, just me and my book. It seems so simple, but honestly, it's something I haven't done in forever, which is sad considering I used to be "that girl" growing up who was constantly reading.  {I even once pretended to be sick in lieu of a date night with Doug so that I could read. Confession: It was Twilight. I'm not ashamed.} Somewhere along the way I've forgotten to make time for those little moments that I truly treasure, which I'm trying to be better at lately, especially since life has felt so chaotic. There's just something about a book and no distractions that helps me get back to a peaceful mind frame. I hope to make a little more time for those moments this weekend.

How adorable is the above apartment? I love when functionality meets design - it makes a living space so much more...livable. The bike on the wall, the wooden crates, the mismatched stools...a space like this is so creative and exactly what I'd love to turn our apartment into. On that note, I've got a somewhat funny and odd announcement regarding our bedroom coming next week. Hint: It involves our bed in a not-so conventional place. Doug's been drawing up floor plans & sharpening up his carpentry skills for our new project. Any guesses as to what it is?

:: For your browsing pleasure :: On learning by doing :: This Wild Idea is everything that is right in the Instagram world. :: Disposable diapers & good ideas have a lot in common. :: Can I be Giselle? Please? :: Go home, J. Crew. You're drunk. :: If you have a museum visit on the horizon, be sure to slow down a little. :: Alison from Heart of Gold launched a new quarterly journal called Rose & Ivy, and it's amazing. :: House of Harper looks so chic and classic! :: Hearts on elbows are the cutest. :: I can't wait for my latest purchase from ShopBop to arrive. :: This week I blogged about an adorable stamp of approval + Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats.

Here's to a weekend full of reading! 


Stamp Of Approval

As Doug and I make our way through our {seemingly endless} pile of thank you notes from our wedding, we've been having a little fun along the way. Our Emiloug stamp has made an appearance on almost every note, each with a personalized message or saying, making it one of the most useful gifts we've received yet.
Ever since I posted this Instagram a while back, I've had multiple emails from readers asking about where I got it from. It was actually a shower gift from my bestie Jess, who obviously knows me so well, given that she got me a gift that I could craft with. The shop she ordered it from is on Etsy and it's called Lilliam and Drill. The artist hand carves the stamp, and obviously does an amazing job!

If you're looking for a gift for someone, this is definitely a great way to go!


Straight Off The Pumpkin Vine

I've discovered the most perfect, adorable treat for fall: Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats. They're picked straight off the pumpkin vine {Er..well, sorta}, are melt-in-your-mouth gooey, and even contain sweet gum drops to top it all off. I'd definitely recommend this recipe for anyone who's like me and, 1. Doesn't cook often, 2. Gets impatient when baking, and 3. Needs something to bring to a fall-themed party.



Shopbop Sale

"Sale". Ah, yes, the four letter word we all know and love. Here's another word we all know and love: "Shopbop". Put the two together and you've got music to all our ears. Ready for more music? From Oct 14 - 16, Shopbop is offering 25% off site-wide for their friends and family sale.

Of course, I perused the site to find a few top picks for fall. I'm particularly swooning over their cropped lace pullover sweater - how cute is it when paired with a midi skirt? And, that grey sweater dress?! Yes, please.

On a personal note, I'm getting in a lot of trouble with my wallet lately. {Guilty confession: It's totally worth it. Doug doesn't agree. #MenAreFromMars}

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{Be sure to use "FAMILY25" at checkout to get 25% off!}


3x The Charm

:: This week, I did the official fall closet switch. Yes, my summer essentials are now packed away for upwards of 6 months, and my long coats and boots are front and center. There's just something about swapping clothes that makes me excited. Changing seasons are a major benefit of the Midwest, and though I definitely have my favorite, there are aspects of every one that I thoroughly appreciate. For fall, that list is pretty long. I love the changing leaves, cider, crisp air, chunky sweaters, cozy nights, and opportunity to hit refresh. Emphasis on the comfy sweaters. I'm excited to have outfits like the one pictured above on constant rotation - comfy + casual is my favorite way to dress.

:: Speaking of changing seasons, the shorter days are harsh reminders that you need to soak in every ounce of daylight while you can, and the cooler weather means that when there is a warm spurt, bundling up and enjoying the outdoors is a must. Such was the case this week when Doug and I had a double date with Kelly {Be sure to swing by her blog --> Kelly in the City} and her husband Mitch at Homeslice. We sat outside and were perfectly warm near the heaters while drinking perhaps too much wine and laughing the entire time. The "Be Awesome" sign hanging in the patio was a perfect reflection of the day and our fabulous new friends.

:: For your browsing pleasure :: I splurged and got an iPhone 6, and it's every bit as fabulous as everyone says. This may be boring news to you, but I'm not kidding when I tell you I. Am. Obsessed. with my new toy. #GeekTalk :: This week's crushes include golden bows, stripes, & a charming peach coat. Also, this hoodie? A must have. :: Grimes tells us how to be a boss and the result is one of the best articles I read all week. :: Speaking of boss ladies, here's the Mindy Kaling Guide to Entrepreneurial Domination. :: Ed Sheeran. Swoon. {Err...Sorry, Doug.} :: In other musical news, Maya & I won tickets to the Demi Lovato concert next week and I can't wait. {Am I a tween? Yes, indeed. No shame.} Thanks, Jess! :: This dinner set up is so perfectly whimsical. :: In case you missed it, this week I blogged about the Anthropologie fall fashion show, incorporating summer staples into your fall wardrobe, and how to make a DIY photo backdrop.

Hope your weekend is beyond fabulous! 


DIY Photo Booth Backdrop

Strike a pose. When I hear those three words, I immediately think of Madonna in her Vogue days, which was exactly what I wanted to channel for the DIY photo backdrop at our wedding. Swap Madonna's "glam" for a heavy dose of #Emiloug "rustic" (Okay, and a Batman mask...) and it's safe to say that the target was hit!

Making the backdrop was the most fun DIY of all the wedding details we made, and this one even involved my buddies Lily & Kristen, who helped to create all the props and cut out fabric as I slowly entered into the land of no return (AKA: Get. shit. done. now, now, now! mode) about a week before the wedding. (You guys are the best. Thanks for keeping me sane.)

Swing by Wedding Party for a quick step-by-step guide on creating your own backdrop. I promise it's painless, and the results were pretty fabulous, if I do say so myself!

Psst - If you're new here - read all about our wedding here!
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