pumpkin patch

Photos by Keely Chappell

Happy October 2nd friends!! The best time of the year has arrived, it’s truly fall ya’ll. Sure the first day of fall was almost two weeks ago, but now it’s officially official! October is the month of pumpkin spice everything, changing leaves, cooler temps, cozy blankets and FUN. With football, Halloween, and all the fall festivities in between, it’s one of my favorite times of the year for a reason! One of my favorite October family traditions is picking pumpkins from a pumpkin patch to decorate for the holiday; I’ll be a kid at heart forever when it comes to Halloween.

So with the return of October, the go ahead for pumpkin picking began. No, it’s never too early; we’re looking for perfection people. I still pick out a pumpkin every year to carve or decorate for Halloween. Pumpkin carving day was one of the best parts of Halloween as a child. I remember going to pumpkin patches every year with my family, my little brother and I would try to spot the biggest, best pumpkin there was before the other saw it. It was always a competition; from start to finish. We would turn our kitchen table into a carving station, mom and dad would cut the tops and empty the guts inside for us, and we would try to carve the most intricate designs from the booklets of pre-drawn pumpkin stencils we could, even trying to out-do our parents. By the end of the afternoon my family could display our frightening pumpkins on our front porch. Lighting the candle to display what we had just done was always so satisfying!

Isn’t it funny how some memories you can literally smell? Pumpkin is so distinct, but I can even remember how the fall air smelled, how it felt on those days. Though this year I don’t have my families beautiful front porch to re-decorate, I still plan to spice up the inside of my apartment for fall – which includes picking pumpkins! My best friend/roommate and I visited the University United Methodist Church pumpkin patch, a church located just across from my university, to find some perfect pumpkins. For the occasion, I put together this fall inspired look detailing dark florals, velvet staples and autumn colors. My floral velvet purse is a steal at $22 and paired with the matching floral scarf, the two became the statement pieces of my outfit. I’m loving the short scarf/bandana look right now, but I know many people stray away from this trend because they simply don’t know how to wear them.

Wearing bandanas and short scarves derived from the widely accepted choker trend. You can attach bandanas/short scarfs to bags, knot them onto the belt loop on your pants, wrap them around your wrist for a bracelet, or wear them around your neck as I did. Do not be afraid to experiment with this trend – they are super versatile and add so much charm to any look! I didn’t even bother to wear a necklace because the scarf so clearly became the center of attention for this look. I styled my outfit around my statement pieces and paired this orange satin top with a slit-back detail with this suede skirt. Both the tan and orange color can be pulled from the detailing of my dark floral purse and scarf, making the whole outfit come together in a combination I wouldn’t normally think to pair. I finished this look with these electric blue velvet booties, matching just perfectly with my purse and scarf.

As always,

Ara

Top: Forever 21 (similar here) | Skirt: She & Sky (sold out) | Purse: Target | Short scarf: Target | Velvet Booties: Chinese Laundry (similar here) | Watch: Michael Kors (similar here) | Ring: David Yurman

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