Favorite Fall Trends + $400 NORDSTROM GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday! I've been spending a lot of time organizing old photos and categorizing old blog posts (it never ends). Each session feels like a trip down memory lane, especially seeing all the hairstyles I was obsessed with at the time.

Besides the hairstyles, I came across a few trends and looks that are still blowing up this fall. Make sure to check them out, add to cart, and enter the $400 Nordstrom Giveaway at the bottom of the post. You could walk away as a lucky winner!

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All Things Suede
The burnt hues and rich texture of suede never disappoint. At the moment, I'm loving this burgundy suede jacket but I do have this deep tan skirt in heavy rotation. The offerings extend from jackets, skirts, booties and beyond. Simply put, there's something for everyone.

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Booties w. Hardware
Fall footwear is not about being shy or basic black booties. Instead, it's about blingin' it out. If your bank account can't handle the booties that replicate a disco ball take it a notch down with booties that accessorize with chains, zippers, buckles and pearls.

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Printed / Patterned Pants
Lower temps and cooler, brisk weather doesn't mean you can't share a bit of flair. Yes, the mini skirts and crop tops do need to get shelved. But, your pants can be just as colorful as you. And when it's really cold, I absolutely love printed and shimmery pants for holiday parties and get-togethers.

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Foliage & Floral Dresses
Florals aren't ground-breaking but they are here to stay, year after year. For this trend, in particular, I would recommend investing in a floral dress with an A-line cut. I would wear this trend with OTK boots or black ankle booties as seen in the photo above.

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Chunky Necklaces
Sweater weather brings with it an abundance of chunky jewels to accessorize with. I've been seeing chunky necklaces all over my Instagram but bigger, thicker earrings, bracelets, and rings are trailing right behind it. Confused on how to wear it? Try it with a plain turtleneck for a not-so-basic outfit.

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Packing for Berlin | Fall Season

Hallo friends! If you've been following along on Insta, you may have seen a snippet of my Germany/Czech Republic trip and if you've been following along on Insta Story you may have seen those snippets come to life.

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I've never been that far east in Europe so experiencing the culture (& Oktoberfest) was truly amazing, eye-opening, and tasty. I can only hope I do my experiences justice with the travel guides that are soon to follow. 

For this first one I figure it's better to start at the beginning - what I packed for my nine day trip & a few things we did on Day 1. Don't worry, I'll make sure to share my full itinery later.

What to Pack
Less is more when flying away. We'll be hitting 3 different cities via bus & train which means I'll be lugging my own luggage across those city lines. Finding a carry-on that is light, durable, and stylish (had to throw it in there) is key!

Lucky for me, I came across this Ricardo Yosemite Carry-On. Not only is it affordable (under $100) it also comes with a first year quality guarentee.

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A few more things I loved about traveling with my Ricardo Luggage:
- It's super light! At under 7lbs., lifting my luggage into overhead storage and carrying it through tight spaces and over stairs were a breeze!
- There were a few instances of collision that left my suitcase scratch-free.
- The wheels! This is my first time having 360 degree wheels in my life and the difference felt amazing. It makes maneuvering crowded cobblestones, sidewalks & terminals so easy.
- There are pockets and compartments inside for smart packing. No more having to dump out everything little thing to find what you're looking for.
- I am a light packer but I did love how the case is expandable if I went overboard with souvenirs.
- Last but not least the finishing of the suitcase looked so sleek and streamlined; it made me feel like a bonafide traveler

Here's a Look Inside My Suitcase:

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Eastern Europe is in full fall mode and about 20 degrees chillier than New York City. Knowing how poorly I do in colder temps it meant packing layers to stay comfortable during our all-day excursions. I did a bit more digging on the street style scene to narrow down my color palette and realized Berliners love a good black.

I Ended Up Packing
striped bodysuit - white tee - white button-down - striped long sleeve tee - pink champion sweatshirt - black sweatshirt - turtleneck dress - black cotton dress - navy two-piece - black mini skirt - black high-rise jeans - black leggings - pink denim - heavy grey jacket - black moto boots- black vans - pink ballet flats

With an assortment of neutrals and a few pops of pinks, I never felt like I was wearing the same outfit twice.

Don't worry, there's more to follow!

Made in NYC: Modern Vice

It's been a while since I've looked in my own backyard and took a good look at the designers and startups that call New York City home. In fact, it's been a little over two years which is kind of embarrassing on my end because there is so much good stuff happening here ALL THE TIME.

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Luckily for me, I was invited to tour Jordan Adoni's Modern Vice, where each boot is designed and handcrafted in the heart of the Garment District.

Modern Vice has the perfect boots for each season in all sorts of textures, colors, and hardware. Each boot feels luxurious and is only made with the highest quality to last a lifetime. There's truly something for everyone. And if you haven't already heard of this blogger and celebrate favorite brand I implore you to take a peek at their Instagram page.

For those who are looking for something truly unique, Modern Vice allows you to customize your very own pair of shoes. They're so great at creating fast custom, one-of-kind designs they tend to co-design with bloggers pretty frequently. 

Stop by their site and support your local NYC business: www.modernvice.com

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Photos by Lauren Listor.