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Changing Leaves in Asheville + The Softest Lulu’s Cardigan

My Mom and I took a southern fall trip back to Columbia, SC to visit my Uncle and then we drove a couple hours to Asheville, NC! I had never been there before and it’s been years since my Mom or Uncle went so we made the drive! We couldn’t wait to see the changing leaves and soak up every moment of the fall season in the south!

First, I will say that I was so happy to experience a crisp fall! It was in the hundreds when we left Los Angeles, so it was drastically different weather haha. Just a week prior in South Carolina it has been so hot though, we actually didn’t think it was going to be cold at all and we were a little bummed. When we got to Asheville though it was only about 50 something degrees! I wished I had packed a few more warmer clothing options but I was so happy it was cold enough to feel all warm and snuggled up.

We only spent 48 hours there and I’d love to do a trip itinerary if you guys are interested! We loved our bed and breakfast that we stayed in and I have so many cute pictures of the place!

Our second day in Asheville, we drove up the Blue Ridge Mountain to see some of the leaves. I’ll be honest with you…it was a little disappointing. The leaves weren’t as popping with color as they’d been in years past and the visitor’s center people confirmed this. They actually said on a scale of 1 to 10 as far as leaf color goes, this year was at a low 3 haha. But I will say, there were patches that we caught along the way driving through the Blue Ridge and it really was breath taking because we just don’t get that color here but it came in waves. The few pictures of the beautiful leaves I got were gorgeous and I wanted to stand there all day looking at the view. When we did get out to take some pictures, it was freezing. My fingers were numb trying to press the button on my camera but it was worth it!

changing leaves in Asheville

changing leaves in Asheville

changing leaves in Asheville

The Softest Lulu’s Sweater Hoodie Cardigan: Perfect for Fall!

I got this cardigan from Lulu’s in early October I believe and showed it on Instagram! I had no idea when I was going to get to wear it because it had been so hot I would have been sweating wearing it anywhere in California. I’m so glad I brought it on this trip though, it couldn’t have been more perfect! The material is SO soft and cozy and it’s pretty thick. I love that there are pockets which was nice to stick my hands in when we walked around town. The hood on this sweater cardigan is also so cute and different than just your plain jane cardigan.

changing leaves in Asheville and Lulu's Cardigan

changing leaves in Asheville

Enjoy the fall leaves and stay tuned for more from this trip!

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Returning to the Heart of Your Vision During a Season of Change

Autumn is known as the season of change, rebirth, and growth. Not only do we see change and growth visibly around us, but it’s a time of year where we might be experiencing changes within ourselves, our business, or our goals. Today I want to bring to the table a conversation about why it’s important to stick with and trust your goals, your dreams, or your vision during a season of change. We will encounter change in our lives no matter the season, and sometimes that change will be in small increments and other times it will hit us like a storm. However that change enters your life, here are some thoughts on trusting that vision you so passionately saw for yourself from the beginning.

Transitioning from Summer to Fall

For me, the summer months inched by for my blog and business, and even my auditions seemed to slow their roll. But now that fall has arrived I’m in full-on crazy busy mode. My inbox is getting busier and busier as the weeks go on, I find myself flooded with new ideas and sometimes struggling to make time for it all. While I try to stick to powerblocking my days, as new opportunities arise and my schedule gets more jam-packed, I have to give myself mental checks to remember my initial goals and always return back to the heart of my vision. There are some weeks when I spend far too much time worrying about my blog and I have to be intentional about giving my writing, acting, and product creation side of my life enough attention and nurture too.

Your Work Evolves but Your Vision Remains

My blog is constantly evolving and especially because I’m relatively new to the blogging world, I’m finding exactly how I fit into this crazy blogosphere (or rather, stand out). I like incorporating new ideas into my blog or exploring new branches of blogging, but I know that the reason I started this blog was to inspire and encourage other women and people in general. Even if that inspiration comes in an unassuming way (like sharing things I’m loving for fall). In this blogging world, it can be hard not to get swept up into monetizing like crazy and trying to jump into the stream of bloggers that promote a new sale every hour. That works for them, they love it, and that’s great! But that’s not the heart of my vision. I constantly return back to my manifesto I wrote when I first published this blog. Do I find inspiration in style and beauty? Sure, of course! And that’s not to say I won’t be sharing things like that. However, I will never stop writing heartfelt inspirational blog posts that I hope inspire or motivate someone.

Bridging the Gap Between Ideas

Do you ever come across someone, whether in real life or on the internet, that suddenly makes everything click for you? I’ve heard Ashley Lemieux and her incredible story before on multiple podcasts but for some odd reason, it wasn’t until this week where I felt her journey and mission clicked with me. She found a way to bridge the gap between having a blog and the products she was making that had a greater purpose and she’s given me more inspiration than she knows. She truly understands balancing blogging and having a product shop and I love that she has found ways to keep on inspiring people every day and give back in life-changing ways. I have been trying to bridge the gap for so long between my blog and the products I create in my product shop and this week has been one of the most clarifying weeks I’ve had in a long time. I have some big changes that will be coming and ideas that I can’t wait to share!

Returning to Your Vision

Whatever it is that you do, take time to be present with yourself and remember your intentions for your dreams and your life. When things in your life start to change or get busy, pause and reflect. When I have busy weeks or even busy months and spend far too much time worrying about things that don’t matter I have to stop and ask myself: why am I worrying about this? Why am I spending so much time doing this? And if you’re experiencing a slow season, return to the heart of your vision and take a small step each day towards that goal. It can be hard, but it will pay off.

Let’s encourage each other during this season of change and growth! Comment below and tell me what returning to the heart of your vision looks like for you.

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10 Ways to Transition From Summer to Fall

I’m a southern California girl, born and raised. We don’t see much of the “seasons” around here, but a girl can dream right? Haha. Regardless of where you live, there are some great ways to transition from Summer to Fall and get you in the mood for hygge, pies, and cuddle time. Summers here mean going to the beach, rooftop cinema series, air conditioner on 24/7, and no desire to go near “Hollywood” because of the tourists. Is the fall season really that different though? To me it is! The temp drops a little and I actually break out some sweaters. I looove fall because it makes me feel all warm and cozy inside and there’s something about the fall and winter seasons that makes you slow down a tad and appreciate the little things in life. So, without further ado, a little list (cause you know how I love my lists) on 10 ways to Transition from fun in the summer sun to falling in love with fall!

 

Buy a fall-scented candle
What other way to feel like fall has finally arrived than with a scented candle? I don’t know about you but I could 100% spend an hour in Tartransitionfromsummertofallget or HomeGoods trying to pick a candle! I love this one from Nature’s Wick.

Finally unpack that summer suitcase
Anyone else do an awful job at unpacking right when they get home? Maybe it’s the nostalgia kicking in, but I always wait to unpack especially with summer vacations. Put that pesky suitcase away and make room for one of the best seasons of the year.

 

Journal about your summer travels
In a world where blogs and social media posts are where our memories live other than our minds, it’s nice to jot down the fun times you had over summer. I love journaling because I always think I will go back and read everything when I’m 70. Do you do that too? Maybe I’m crazy but I guess we’ll find out! Ha. Anyways, I think this is a great way to re-live those adventures one more time before you start making fall plans!

Print out your favorite photos to add to a photo album
I’m definitely a preserver by nature. I think that’s why I journal about everything and I’m always the one to print out our family photos. I also don’t want to look back and say, “Hey, remember that awesome summer vacation we took? Too bad Instagram doesn’t exist anymore and we have no photos of it!” This is a great time to print out photos and maybe host an end of summer gathering where friends and family can laugh about everything.

transitionfromsummertofallTreat yourself to a cozy fall sweater (that you’ll probably have to save for later)
So maybe it’s too soon for warm sweaters, but that’s another thing that really makes me feel like fall has arrived! There are a lot of cute seaters on sale right now (like this one from Nordstrom’s) and I love anything that makes me feel cozy and at home. I can just see it now, snuggled up with my new sweater, drinking a latté, watching my favorite TV show on a Saturday.

Which leads me to…order your first Pumpkin Spice Latte

I don’t care what anyone thinks, these are so freakin’ good and get you right into the mood for fall! You can also support your local coffee shops that have something similar. Either way, I know I’m going to get myself one of these today!

Start a project you’ve been dreaming up this summer to get you into that fall workflow

It’s hard to have your routine stay on track or to start something new when you’re in that carefree summer mode. But with the arrival of fall can come a rejuvenated mindset that’s ready to stop putting those creatives dreams on hold and get to work! What will you begin?

Bake something 
I actually really love baking and wish I made time for it more often. It’s calming to me and so satisfying when something turns out better than you anticipated. Try this delicious looking Apple Butter French Toast or this Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.

Find a fall seasonal event in a city near you
Just like summer concerts in the park, LA has some great events like Oktober fest or fun day-trips to go apple picking! Timeout made a great list last year, so if you’re local to the area check it out!

Tailgate at a college football game
Football is life if you’re from the south which is exactly how my mom grew up, and while we don’t tailgate as much as our roots would probably like us to, it’s still so fun when we do! The substitution for tailgating at football games in years past has been tailgating at Supercross events here in California!

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to go do everything on this list and pretend like I’m not sitting here sweating from the humidity in LA right now haha. Leave me a comment below and let me know how you plan to get in the mood for fall!

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