Vests + Fur for Under $100

Earlier this week I posted on my Instagram story talking about how my desire and love for expanding my fashion and lifestyle blog stems from helping people fine affordable clothing. Last weekend, a girlfriend and I were discussing how we follow A LOT of bloggers on Instagram, but sincerely appreciate when we click on an outfit they’re wearing and a pair of boots are say $40 instead of $400. I mean let’s be honest, adulting is hard no one has extra cash to drop on a $150 sweater or $200 jeans, I don’t care how ‘fabulous’ the quality is. I want to be able to get key, quality items for a decent price and I want you to be able to do the same.

With that being said, I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends. I traveled home to Wisconsin Rapids on Wednesday evening to enjoy the holiday with family at my parents’ house; lots of delicious food and great company! Rather than buying something new to wear (like I typically do for holidays, events, special gatherings, etc.), I pulled a Mossimo cream sweater out of my closet that I bought at Target a couple years ago and paired it with my suede fur vest from Maurices. // SHOP similar ‘Women’s Nep Pullover White Mossimo Sweater’ from Target for $20

I seriously think I got this suede vest in junior high (perhaps high school) and have thought about tossing it in a garage sale box a couple times…now, I’m thankful I didn’t. Faux fur vests are everywhere right now and what’s even better is the fact that they’re so comfortable. It’s like wearing a blanket everywhere you go! I’ve linked some of my favorites under $100 for you to shop:

Stay stylish and warm my friends,



Holiday Gift Guide for the Millennial Woman

The holiday season is quickly approaching and with that comes the frantic thought of trying to cross everyone off of your shopping list. No need to worry, I’ve got you covered!

  1. Love Your Melon beanie or hat. First off, I can’t say enough positive things about this organization. They were founded in by two college students with a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer by donating 50 percent of their proceeds to nonprofit partners to combat the fight against pediatric cancer. How can YOU help? Buy the millennial or any age lady in your life for that matter a stylish hat this holiday season! The ‘Black Speckled Gold Foil Hat‘ is only $35. It’s 100 percent cotton and is made in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ‘Crimson Washed Baseball Cap‘ for $30 is another one of my favorites, naturally I would choose the red color because it’s my favorite. It also comes in a sea glass, navy, grey, and khaki color.
  2. Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked Ultimate Basics. These are all neutral, matte shades in a convenient square compact. “I love the depth of color. I personally love working with matte because it looks great every day, but they offer enough smokey colors where you can turn it into a night look,” commented Olivia Mercer. She received the pallete last year for Christmas and after using it every single day she still has not depleted the colors. It’s available for $54 at Ulta!
  3. Copper 16oz. Corckcicle Tumbler. These cups are amazing and perfect for a young professional or college student on the go. They are stainless steel with triple insulation with the capability of keeping cold drinks chilly for up to 9 hours and hot ones for 3 hours. They come in a variety of colors for only $24.95, I love the copper. However, you can’t go wrong with the classic white, black, or silver.
  4. Sugar Lips Blooming Beauty Collection. She’ll feel like she hit the jackpot when she opens these puppies up and tries them out for the first time. The lip treatment has SPF 15 providing a plethora of moisture with oils and antioxidants. PLUS, many of them are tinted with a subtle, but perfect amount of color. Shop the set at Nordstrom Rack for $38 // A usual $48 value.
  5. Hunter Boots. THE actually best. Like if a shoe could be a GOAT it would be these boots, hands down. I had wanted some for quite some time and “Santa” bought them for me last Christmas. They come in a variety of heights and colors and work great in the spring and summer on rainy days, fall season with leggings and sweaters, and transition perfectly into winter with fleece inserts when the snow begins to fall. The ones pictured are ‘Original Tall’ in black which cost $155 // they come in matte or gloss.
  6. Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Alex and Ani Bracelet. Truthfully, any Alex and Ani bracelet would make an awesome present for a millennial woman (I’ve touched on it in previous gift guides). I’m just partially to HP because after all, it’s Harry Potter. The Deathly Hallows one is $28 and comes in silver and gold. There’s also a Lumos set of 3, Hogwarts two tone option, and numerous necklaces and rings. //If the person on your list isn’t a Harry Potter fan, search for a bracelet that may have meaning to your relationship with them or perhaps a passion of theirs.
  7. Gemstone iPhone 6//7//8 (and plus) case. A no brainer if you happen to be also buying her a new iPhone is to pair it with a stylish case. Personally, I’m a huge fan of marble and rose gold is trending; this case hits both of those points while providing a sturdy, protective defense for your precious cargo. Snatch it up for $20 at Nordstrom Rack or search similar ones online. // Personally I love Amazon Prime, it’s inexpensive and arrives quickly!
  8. Memory Foam Bath Pillow. I stumbled upon this as of lately while searching my Target app and you can bet it’s on my Christmas list this year. The Spa Sensations large white pillow suction cups onto the tub for optimal relaxation, what’s not to love? Oh, and it’s on sale for $16.14!
  9. Wet Hair Brush. These IntelliFlex bristles are miracle workers, helping to glide through white, tangled hair with ease without the hassle of using products…OR worse, ripping out chunks of your luscious locks. There’s countless colors and designs to choose from for just $9.99, I’m a fan of the plan light wood option.
  10. Aromatherapy Diffuser. It converts water and oils into mist to both humidify whatever room it’s placed in, but diffuse the scent while preserving health benefits. The one pictured is a ‘NextGadget BPA Free Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser’ for $42.99 on Amazon Prime. There’s so many good ones to choose from, it really just depends on the decor in which room you plan to place it. // Here’s a couple other options from Kohl’s — ‘Ellia by HoMedics Soothe Essential Oil Diffuser for $39.99‘ and ‘Serene House Aura Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser for $59.99.’
  11. Essential Oils. The 8 Essential Oil Set pictured from Amazon has eight essential oils that can be used for aromatherapy, custom massage and body oils, diffusers, vaporizers, oil burners, inhalation, perfume, blends, spa, home care and cleaning products. So many options!
  12. Maria Shireen Classic Design Hairband Bracelet. There’s nothing worse than having a hairband on your wrist in a professional setting, at a fancy event, or on a daily basis for that matter when it doesn’t fit right with other bracelets and jewelry. This solves that issue. It comes in silver, gold, or rose gold for $45 a piece OR you can buy the trio set for $120.
  13. Cozy Slippers. These Abound Mellanie Faux Fur Pompom Slippers from Nordstrom Rack for $24.97 come in burgundy, grey, black, and blush. Here’s another Pom Pom Slipper option for $9.99!
  14. Bath Bombs. I freakin’ love baths. After a long workout, day, or week it’s nice to take an hour or longer and just relax. Not only do they offer a relaxing vibe and sometimes calming scent, but they’re uber fun. // Shop bath bombs at Ulta here.
  15. Ivanka Trump’s Women Who Work book. I don’t care what your political beliefs are, I think Ivanka has great insight on women in the workforce. It’s a fabulous read for young professional ladies in need of a little extra motivation in their careers and life in general. // Buy the hardcover copy for $20.80 from Barnes & Noble.
  16. Starbucks Gift Card.
  17. WOLF Caroline Leather Travel Jewelry Case. It’s always tedious to throw jewelry into ziplocks or perhaps in a travel makeup case when on-the-go. Necklaces get tangled, earrings get lost…it’s just not a good situation. This black leather, quilted case is so cute and compartmentalized perfectly to fit everything in an organized manner. // Buy it from TJ Maxx for $39.99. Also, here’s the same case in red.
  18. Charcoal Face Mask. This ‘Origins Active Charcoal Mask’ for $27 is heaven in a small, squeezable tube. “Bamboo Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Skin looks clear, feels perfectly pure.”
  19. Waterproof bluetooth speaker. This ‘Soundbot Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker‘ is $14.48 and comes in white, green, blue, pink, and yellow. It provides high definition sound with up to 6 hours of playtime when fully charged. Not to mention, it is compatible with both Android and iPhones, tablets, iPods, MP3 players, and other bluetooth capable devices.
  20. A watch. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with buying someone a nice, classic or perhaps trendy watch as a gift. It’s a classy, statement piece that truly never goes out of style and is extremely useful (even in the cell phone attached world we live in today). Any neutral color one is a wise choice. In particular, I love gold and rose gold tones; especially this ‘Skagen Rose Gold and Beige Women’s Watch‘ for $49.99 from TJ Maxx.

Gifts for the Millennial WomanComments, questions? Leave your thoughts below, I’d love to hear them! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram @CamerasAndCoffeeBlog.


Adding a Little Flare to Work Style

On Monday, I started a new job in Madison and I couldn’t be more excited for this new chapter. After a period of time spent at home, it’s great to get back to the grind and have a stagnant schedule once again. But enough about me, after pulling an old pair of pants out of my closet for my first day of work, I thought I would share some similar styles with you.Mind you, these pants are from H&M and were bought years ago. I thought about getting rid of them a handful of times because of just how flared out they are at the bottom, but kept telling myself they are great for professional environments. Lucky for me (and you) wide legged pants are very in style. So although I couldn’t find the exact pair I own, I found countless others for you to choose from at great prices!

  • Mid Rise Belted Wise Leg Pant from Express, $88.00 — These are a little pricier, but I love the 70’s, chic vibe they give off. Plus, you can never go wrong with dress clothes (or frankly most any clothes) from Express; the quality comes with the price tag.

50 Shades of Grey + Bedroom Blues

See what I did with that post title? Caught your attention, didn’t I?

Whelp, sorry to burst your bubble, but there’s nothing steamy or scandalous about this post (well other than the deals I suppose). I asked and you, my Instagram followers voted in favor of seeing a break down of my home good items currently in my apartment so I figured I’d start with my favorite room: my bedroom.I had a dark blue and white patterned duvet the last couple of years and HATED it. If you’ve had a duvet, you know my struggle and if not…well I wouldn’t necessarily recommend buying one. They aren’t the most conducive when it comes to washing and you can never get your bed made neat enough because it simply doesn’t lay right. Yes, the struggle is real folks. I knew I wanted a cleaner, simpler look while still keeping my rustic wood furniture and gold hues with blue accents (a proven color that provides a calming presence and relaxation). So I went back to my basic white down comforter and focused on buying furniture that fit the rustic chic vibe I was aiming for.Here are the items in my room for you to shop for yourself:

Rustic wood mirror was purchased at Michael’s a few years ago (sorry) and the white and burlap material jewelry holder with pearl push pins is from TJ Maxx!

My white with grey paisley sheets on my bed are Tahari Home from TJ Maxx and were purchased awhile ago for under $40. I would highly recommend browsing your local TJ’s if you’re looking for some good quality sheets at a discounted rate! However, I would also advise picking up some of my extra pillowcase and box spring sheets which are Microfiber Room Essentials from Target of all places. They’re only $20, yes, you read that right…only $20 and they’re the softest sheets I’ve ever owned. My mom bought similar ones for my bed at my parents, go check them out you won’t regret it! [SHOP ROOM ESSENTIALS MICROFIBER SHEETS HERE]

Then of course, there’s a number of items that are still on my “to purchase” list. Like a dark blue floor vase of some sort, an area rug that’s currently on an idea board of mine on Wayfair and some more picture frames. If you have any questions or feedback, I’d love to hear it! Either comment below or follow @CamerasAndCoffeeBlog on Instagram and send me a message!

P.S. If you know where I can find a great quality, fluffy white down comforter at a good price PLEASE let me know, thanks!

As always, stay classic and comfy my friends,


Embracing the Halloween Spirit

Ever since I was very little, my mom instilled a deep love for Halloween within my siblings and I. One year I was Baby Bop (let’s clarify, like at 2-years-old), another year I was Pippy Longstocking complete with wire woven through my braids in order to make them stand up on their own. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate DIY outfits more and more. My sophomore years of college I was a scarecrow (makeup compliments of Pinterest), a following year I created a Madhatter costume myself which is honestly one of my best costumes yet (in my opinion), and the following evening I was Saw…“Do you want to play a game?!”In need of a last minute costume for Halloween night? Pull out that old flannel you have in your closet, grab a pair of jeans, and snag your cowboy boots if you have them (if not, rider boots or booties work too). Using a little black eyeliner (preferably liquid) and red paint (or lipstick if you have no paint), you can easily transform yourself into a cute scarecrow. For night number one this year out in Madison on Friday I was Wonder Woman. — Moment of truth, actual superhero and/or movie costumes can get pretty expensive. If you want a decent one that has all the parts, they’re not easy to find either. The search can easily cost you upwards of $50 to $100 dollars depending on where you’re shopping. [SHOP THIS EXACT COSTUME HERE]For night number two on Saturday evening, I turned from superhero to sassy villian as Poison Ivy. The emerald green, choker bodysuit was snagged off of Poshmark for only $20 and after many failed attempts and searching for emerald green tights, I decided to pick up fishnets instead from Target. Initially, I had ordered a pleather dark green skirt from Amazon, but when it came the color was way too dark with more of a blue hue than anticipated. Luckily, my mom came across this emerald green lace apron at Goodwill and I tied it around my waist as a skirt (check thrift stores around Halloween, they’re lifesavers). Finally, the poison ivy vines were ordered in bulk on Amazon for like three dollars. I twisted them around my skirt and torso, securing them with safety pins. The poison ivy leaves in my hair we’re pinned down using bobby pines and the few on my face I used eyelash glue on.How about my makeup? I used Hard Candy’s Simply Gorgeous green eyeliner pencil to shade green framing my face, acccenting that with swirls and lines in an effort to emulate vines. Since I couldn’t find my green eyeshadow in the chaos of moving, I used the eyeliner pencil on my eyelids and under eyes as well. I then used the red pencil to line my under eye.Stay festive, fun, and freaky my friends,


Hoosier favorite Badger?

One of my very best friends moved to Bloomington, Indiana a little over a month ago. As young professionals, we lived together a year ago in La Crosse as she was finishing her Master’s Degree and I was working full-time as a journalist. She recently landed a position at the University of Indiana as a counselor and my friend Taylor and I (who I lived with all summer) figured we should visit for an extended weekend before the cold weather and dreadful driving conditions set in.

Upon getting into town on Friday night (a couple weeks ago) after an eight hour drive from La Crosse we went to Cardinal Spirits, a small distillery for a drink before enjoying a late dinner at Uptown Cafe on Kirkwood Street. First off I can’t tell you how delicious and refreshing  our drinks were. If you’re ever in Bloomington I’d highly recommend giving them a try! They make all their own syrups, cut fresh garnishes daily, and have an great overall vibe. Although we didn’t eat while we were there, I’ve read some pretty fantastic reviews about heir food selection; including breakfast options!
Naturally, I came back to Wisconsin with a bottle of coffee liquor because let’s face it, I have a blatant coffee addiction. It’s called Songbird and I shared the photo below so you can see what it looks like (just trust my tastebuds). Although you can’t order any of their delicious spirits online, you can most certainly browse and get an idea of what you may want to try when you do visit!After we finished our drinks we went to Uptown Cafe for a late dinner and WOW. It’s located on East Kirkman Ave and it’s absolutely delicious! I had Cajun flavored, deep fried shrimp with mashed potatoes and sour cream and I was in heaven. It was the perfect serving size too, which didn’t leave me overly stuffed with enough room to enjoy one of my favorite desserts: Creme Brûlée. [SEE THEIR MENU HERE]Saturday a part of my soul slipped away when I placed an IU sticker on my face, but let’s be honest…it was all for the cause. Indiana was playing Michigan that day for homecoming, so luckily I wasn’t totally rooting against my beloved Badgers AND an IU upset over Michigan would have only helped our rankings; unfortunately that didn’t happen. Don’t worry friends, if they would’ve been playing Wisconsin I 100 percent would’ve had Bucky on my face and red and white clothing on. I was also reunited with one of my favorite pups, Benjamin — who is arguably one of the sweetest and most well-behaved dogs I’ve ever known. Plus, he’s a killer running partner! He used to knock out 7 to 8 miles easily with me in Downtown La Crosse.After breakfast and mimosas it was time to Uber downtown for pre-game shenanigans. Now growing up in Wisconsin Rapids, I went to my first Badger Basketball in 5th grade and my first football game at Camp Randall early on in high school. I knew from a young age that the energy, history, and passion that consumes Madison on game day is truly unmatched; however, the older I get, the stronger that realization becomes. Taylor, Liv, and I were all experiencing Hoosier game day for the first time and were shocked at the number of people who didn’t plan on attending the game and those who commented on how full the stadium was (which compared to Camp Randall seemed scarce). Positive aspect? The people we met were wonderful. From the Indiana fans that welcomed the fact we were Badger fans, to students trying to help us learn IU chants, to locals giving us tips about the city’s social scene. But as fate would have it…you can take the girls out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take the Wisconsin out of the girls…Sunday (post Packer game) we went to Oliver Winery in an effort to take our minds off of Aaron Rodger’s injury. Although the winery is located right off the highway, it’s nestled back behind trees and the landscaping is breathtaking. They have winding paths with bushes and flowers, not to mention a beautiful fountain just outside the main entrance to the tasting room and store area. It began in 1960 as a hobby of an Indiana University professor at the time, William Oliver. “Professor Oliver was instrumental in passing legislation allowing for the creation of small wineries in our state. The Indiana Small Winery Act passed in 1971, and Oliver Winery opened in 1972. Sales took off with Camelot Mead, and we’ve been growing ever since. Today, we distribute our award-winning, fruit-forward wines to 18 states and ship across the country.” Fun fact? It’s the largest and oldest winery in the entire state of Indiana and has become Liv’s favorite spot in Bloomington (and now I know why)!Olivia, thanks for being the best host and friend anyone could ask for! I’m a little more at ease now that I got a tour around your new home. Already planning my next visit…Until next time Bloomington,


//P.S. If you live in or around the Bloomington, Indiana area and have restaurants you enjoy or recreational ideas please comment or email me! I’d love to know what I should add to my list for future visits!

Shop Local, Shop Sweet

The prevelance of smaller boutique clothing stores in recent years is definitely something I can get onboard with. There were a handful I loved in La Crosse like Willow Boutique on Pearl Street, A&as Clothing Co. on Main Street in Downtown, and Apricot Lane in the Valley View Mall. If any Madison area residents reading this know of shops they love, please comment or email me, I would love to have an inside scoop before I move! One shop I frequent in my hometown of Wisconsin Rapids is Sweet Tea Clothing Co. located on 821 Pepper Ave. and if you haven’t stopped in yet, I highly recommend you check them out, like their Facebook page, and give them a follow on Instagram!

The well-known “Home” shirts have grown immensely in popularity in the past couple years. The best part about it is how soft and comfortably they are. It’s part of Home State Apparel which is available at Sweet Tea Clothing Boutique in Wisconsin Rapids. This hat is only $24 and comes in the grey (pictured) a washed out red and navy. Isn’t it cute?!Note, my oversized jean jacket is from Forever 21 and was snagged for less than $40! I’ve been wearing it constantly with everything and anything.This fab burnt orange sweater is a one size fits all from Sweet Tea. Since purchasing a couple weeks ago I’ve worn it a handful of times: dresses up for a cute casual outfit, dresses down with a jacket for errands, and I’ve even slept in it (yes, it’s that cozy). It’s only $49 and well worth it for the quality; not to mention how many times you’ll wear it this fall and winter! P.S. The “Have Faith” gold and pearl interchangeable bracelet is part of the Lenny & Eva collection available at the boutique as well. Have you seen this black tunic pop up on my @CamerasAndCoffee Instagram page? No surprise that it’s also from Sweet Tea! The hooded tunic is only $32. The stretchy material provides room for mobility and is extremely breathable fabric. (Pumpkin coffee mug is from Walmart).

These are just a few of my favorite items from the past couple of weeks! They have countless clothing items for Juniors and Misses, including boots and accessories. Check them out today, you won’t be disappointed!

Stay stylish and shop local my friends,


A Little Rocksbox Lovin’ 

Hey, YOU! Have you heard about Rocksbox? I’m about to give you a brief overview about just how awesome it is so spare me a few minutes, okay?

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My first Rocksbox! Sophie Harper crystal earrings, Kate Spade cuff, and Kendra Scott necklace.

Rocksbox is a $21 a month subscription that sends you three pieces of jewelry. From there, you can decide if you like the pieces or not. If you fall in love, you keep said item and alert them on your account and then pay for it. However, if you decide you don’t like one or two or perhaps all three of the jewelry pieces you simply put them back in the box and pop it back in the mail with the pre-paid shipping label. BOOM. So how do they decipher what to place into that box and send you? You create a “wish list” on your account by favoriting earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets that you like (they suggest that you add 30 or more on your first visit). They carry brands like Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, Sophie Harper, Ava Rose, and Perry Street.

Here are some of my favorites currently on  my wishlist…

Use the code “tiannavanderheixoxo” to get your first month completely free! Give it a try and let me know what you think. // SIGN UP HERE: Rocksbox

Stay stylish my friends,


Let’s Skip the Pumpkin Carving

I know what you’re thinking, “What? Are you serious?” Growing up, we carved pumpkins as a family on an annual basis. I remember plastic tarps being laid down, guts being scattered across the floor and inevitably me asking for help with a much too difficult design I chose to tackle. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not against carving pumpkins, I absolutely love it (and the freshly baked, seasoned seeds that follow). In fact, all throughout college I made it a point to buy a pumpkin and carve it, even if my roommates didn’t join me because truthfully it didn’t feel like Halloween unless it was done.Let me preface the rest of this post by saying I’m not telling you to skip carving entirely, that would be horrible and a little saddening. All I’m saying is there are countless creative ways you can decorate your pumpkins to ensure they sustain a little longer during the month of October without turning grey and smelly. Here are some of my favorite painted and decorated pumpkins you just might want to try your hand at:

  • Floral painted designs. Let your girly, beautiful side flourish (no pun intended) as you shake up the norm and add extra color and zest to your fall decorations.

  • Donut’cha love a yummy pumpkin? White pumpkins are practically everywhere you look. They make for a nice, crisp statement that carries over long after Halloween has passed (perfect for Thanksgiving). However, they’re also the ideal blank canvas for you to paint…how delicious do these look?

Pumpkin Donute

  • What teal pumpkins stand for and why you need one on your porch this Halloween. For kids that have a food allergy, Halloween may not be as exciting as it seems to everyone else. Painting a pumpkin teal and leaving it on your porch is a sign that you have non-food treats such as bubbles, stickers, glow sticks, whistles, spider rings, etc. Will you join the #TealPumpkinProject? P.S. The gold sequined “boo” seen below can be shaped and attached using a hot glue gun!
  • Stenciled Festively for the Season. Leaf stencils are available at any craft store (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, etc.) and even Walmart near the craft supplies. What I love most about this option is the fact that you can utilize so many different colors of paints: gold sparkle, yellow, red, white, silver, you choose! A combination of reds, yellows, and golds always makes for a pretty outcome and again, it’s perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving!
  • Chalk up your message. All you need is a spray can of chalkboard paint, chalk, and perhaps a stencil depending on your design. You can paint the entire pumpkin black and write a message on it or you can outline a festive face and add details with chalk.


  • The brighter, the better. Do you have young children? This is the perfect, fun, not horribly messy pumpkin activity for you. Have them pick out a variety of crayon colors and unwrap them. Then glue them to the rivets along the stem of the pumpkin and utilize a hairdryer to get them to melt down. You can do this with a standard orange pumpkin, a white one, or an orange pumpkin painted white if you want a larger one and can’t seem to find one.


  • You can’t go wrong with gold and blush. I’ve addressed it in a recent Instagram post and I’ll state it again, I used to hate pink. But lately I’ve come to love all things pink; especially the blush and rose gold hues. I absolutely love these white pumpkins with a little glitz and gold paired with the flowers—so feminine and fun!


Vest Season is Finally Here

I know many people swoon over the summer months and I don’t blame them, I love them too. But, my favorite time of year is right now. As the crisp air moves in, the humidity dissipates, and the leaves begin to change. There’s many reasons why I love fall…

  1. It’s the perfect ‘jeans and a baseball cap’ weather paired with a light jacket, vest, sweater, or sweatshirt (Lord knows you can never have too many oversized crewnecks).
  2. Football season is in full force, baseball season is coming to an end, and hockey season is beginning (can you say “trifecta).
  3. You can still sport sandals (most days) and for someone who is not a huge fan of socks, that’s a win. Plus, the transitional point of the year also allows you to break out boots and booties as well.
  4. There’s countless traditional activities and food items that I’ll dive more into detail about in a blog post later this week. Including: apple orchards, pumpkin everything (yes, I’m that basic girl), a solid excuse for increase coffee consumption, homemade applesauce and apple pie, pumpkin picking, and of course I can’t forget Halloween! The list goes on and on…
  5. Finally, there’s the style aspect of the season and probably my favorite element. With the cold weather comes a need to layer in order to stay warm and cozy, something I’m completely in favor of! I thoroughly enjoy oversized sweaters, long-sleeved tops, cable knit sweaters, and last, but certainly not least – vests.

Upon ‘going through’ my closet to find said sweaters and vests I came to the realization that I have a lot. I dare say “too many” because I’m not sure that’s possible, but I do know I have a slight obsession with outerwear and I strongly feel that living in Wisconsin justifies that obsession. I found this grey, floral vest at TJ Maxx in Plover a couple weeks ago and instantly fell in love. It’s Artisan NY brand and unfortunately I can’t seem to find it on TJ’s website or anywhere else online for that matter, but you may have luck if you go to the store and peruse through the racks.

Here are some of my favorites I stumbled upon while browsing online:


The classic, herringbone J.Crew look-a-like vest has been popular the past couple years and truthfully it’s one of those staple looks that is extremely versatile and transcendent as the years pass on.


One of my favorite vests that I own is my navy blue and gold vest from Francesca’s and guess what? They have the same ‘Sloane Quilted Snap Collar Puffer Vest’ available this season again for $44 — [SHOP HERE].

My brown NorthFace vest shown third from the bottom of my pile in the picture above is the ‘Women’s Aconcagua Down Vest.’ I received it as a Christmas present two years ago now and loved it so much I wore it out for a run in the freshly fallen snow that morning before getting ready for a family get together. It comes in a variety of colors, I found it on the Dick’s Sporting Goods website for you where it’s available in purple, garnet red, black, red and white for $99 [SHOP HERE].

Stay comfy and warm my friends,