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top: Lush via Nordstrom // skirt: c/o Madewell // shoes: Madewell // purse: Steven Alan c/o Shopbop // necklace: The Land of Salt

photos by Chelsea Francis

If you live anywhere like Austin, fall weather is still at least a month out. To combat the heat and start enjoying sweater weather in my soul, I like to play my favorite fall albums around this time every year to get into the season. It's like playing Christmas music, but less jarring! Whether you're looking for something to snuggle up to this fall or you're sipping an iced pumpkin spice latte and pretending it's seasonally appropriate, these albums are the perfect soundtrack for the rest of September.

1. I'm Alone, No You're Not - Joseph
2. Emotion - Carly Rae Jepsen
3. Pure Heroine - Lorde
4. American Football - American Football
5. From Under the Cork Tree - Fall Out Boy
6. Heavier Things - John Mayer
7. The Execution of All Things - Rilo Kiley
8. Ivy Tripp - Waxahatchee
9. The Con - Tegan and Sara
10. Heartstrings - Leighton Meester

What are your favorite fall albums?

P.S. Here's a playlist with a few songs from each album if that's more your style!

my favorite fall albums

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top: vintage via The End in Yucca Valley // skirt: Madewell // shoes: No.6 c/o Shopbop // purse: Mar Y Sol c/o Shopbop // necklace: vintage

photos by Chelsea Francis

I wrote earlier this summer about my love of souvenirs I can wear, so you better believe I had my eye out for a cute item to commemorate my trip to the Palm Desert! A few people from the group I was with decided to go vintage shopping one morning in the Yucca Valley, which is just outside of Joshua Tree. The first shop we visited, The End, was by far the best of the bunch. Gems from every decade and in a wide range of sizes, all carefully curated by the shop's owner. I think each of the babes in my group took home at least one piece from this shop!

I went in hoping to find the Palm Springs mumu of my dreams, but fell in love with this cropped geometric-print top. If there ever were proof that you should try vintage on despite the listed size, it's this top. The tag said XS, but I felt pretty sure it looked like my size (ahem...not an XS). I was right - it's a perfect fit!

I love that even though it's technically just a black cropped top, the print is reminiscent of the mid-century architecture Palm Springs is known for. Another perfect travel souvenir in my closet!

desert vintage

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romper: ModCloth (wearing size Large) // blazer: Forever 21 via Poshmark (similar) // shoes: Moorea Seal (similar on super sale) // purse: Steven Alan c/o Shopbop (similar)

photos by Chelsea Francis

Let's talk rompers. For years, women everywhere have uttered the phrase "rompers just don't fit my body." It's easy to understand why - rompers are an admittedly challenging piece of clothing to wear (especially for small-bladdered humans), much less to find in the correct fit and shape of your body. Unlike dresses or even pants, rompers have to hug exactly the right places and none of the wrong ones in order to work.

My theory? There's a romper out there for everyone. Just like not every body is the same, not every romper is one-size-fits-all. However, there is a romper out there, with your exact measurements, just waiting to be found. Think of them as the glass slipper of clothing. The Goldilocks' porridge of fashion. You have to kiss a few frogs to find your soulmate and try on a few (hundred...) rompers to find your perfect fit.

The secret to a well-fitting romper is all in the waist. Torso proportions are exceedingly important when it comes to rompers. Long-torsoed babes should keep an eye out for rompers that fit like low-rise shorts with a tank top or blouse attached. For short-torsoed gals like myself, high-waisted rompers that appear more like fit-and-flare dresses are the way to go.

This particular romper fits my proportions so perfectly that I'm almost not sure it could fit anyone else. The waist-to-crotch measurement is so exact that a sudden growth spurt would turn this playsuit into my birthday suit in seconds flat.

Are you pro-romper? Tell me about your romper trying and buying experience!

spilling romper secrets

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shirt: c/o Pyknic // jeans: Madewell // shoes: No.6 // bandana: Madewell // purse: vintage Coach via Pieceology Vintage

photos by Chelsea Francis

If there's two things I love, it's waffles and weekends, so this adding this tee to my closet was a big ole no-duh. I was trying to write a witty post about waffles and/or weekends, but, to be honest, I'm still in vacation mode and can't seem to squeeze out much legitimate writing. Instead, here's a little happy list because it's Monday and wouldn't you rather focus on anything but that?

A Few (More) of My Favorite Things:

The color yellow
Chocolate milkshakes
Having my groceries delivered
Sensitive souls
Finding my people
Seeing new parts of the world
Personality tests
BoJack Horseman (Season Four OMG)
Insecure
Unseasonably cool days in Austin
Comfy pants
Cat snuggles
Crossing off bucket list items
Taking walks, both alone and with friends

What's on your happy list right now?

a few of my favorite things

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