Me Time Must Haves

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Let’s cut the bull and get real here for a second… life is crazy.  Life is hard.  Life can be exhausting sometimes.  It is so important to take the time out of your busy life, to stop what you’re doing, take a deep breath, and carve out a few minutes every once in a while to take care of yourself and relax.  We are all boss babes here with a lot on our plates.  Whether it’s your kids, your man, school, work, or even family… those things can stress you out easily.  I always say you can’t take care of others until you have taken care of yourself.  That might come of as selfish to you, but it shouldn’t.  I know its extremely difficult to take a step back and just breathe or find the time to do one thing for yourself, but trust me when I say that it is so important to take care of your physical and mental well being so you can help take care of others and complete tasks that need to get done. Because I think self care is so crucial, I really wanted to write this post for you to get an idea of what I like to do for myself when my anxiety gets the best of me, and how I take care of myself with a few activities and must have items for “me time.”

Rule #1: NO PHONES ALLOWED

The number one rule for me when I take time for myself is that I can’t get on my phone.  If I use my phone I’m not relaxing and I’m either on Instagram or I’m focusing on work.  I doubt this is just me, but if I’m on social media too much, my anxiety gets worse and then I start thinking negative things about myself as I’m looking at a bunch of perfect photos of other women, even if I know that what I’m thinking about myself isn’t true.  When it’s me time, I either have to put my phone on “do not disturb” or airplane mode so I’ll be forced to focus on relaxing.

Here are a few things I like to do during “me time”

Take a hot bath with bubbles or bath salts.  This is one of my favorite activities to do for myself because it helps me relax.  Depending on what time of day it is and how my body is feeling, I either like to use these bath salts or this bubble bath.  The bath salts help with muscle tension and the lavender in the bubble bath is super soothing and calming before bed.  Turning off the lights and burning a few candles around the room also aids in relaxation so I light a few candles on the counter and around the tub and just hang out until I’m ready to hop out and lotion up.

Do a face mask. After I get out of the bath, I enjoy doing a face mask since my pores are opened afterwards.  My favorite drugstore mask is this one.  It’s really cooling and calms my skin down.  This formula is best for acne prone and sensitive skin.  I’ve been using this mask for a few months now and I recently purchased it again because I’ve seen an improvement with my skins texture and color.  I’m not as red and splotchy when I use this mask compared to using others I’ve tried.  After the mask, if I have a few blemishes or feel some forming, I use this mask as a spot treatment.  It’s easy to wash off and helps me avoid killer breakouts.  I only purchase the mini size because I only use a dab at a time on my acne, but if you want to use it all over your face you can.

Give your lips a little love.  For my lips, I feel best when they are exfoliated and moisturized.  I love long wear matte lipsticks, but they can take a toll on my lips pretty quickly.  I like to exfoliate with this conditioning exfoliating balm and then moisturize using this lip balm.  Both of these products soothe my lips and keep them plump and moisturized.  There’s nothing like great feeling (and looking) lips to make a girl feel good about herself!

Listen to some music.  I love listening to some of my favorite music when I’ve had a hard day.  It really distracts me and puts me in a better mood to finish out the rest of the day.

Read a book.  It gets difficult for me to get some reading time into my day, but sometimes I set 15-30 minutes aside to read a chapter or two in a book I’ve been reading.

Take a walk.  In all honesty, I don’t really like to work out.  Although I try to snag at least a half an hour workout in most days, sometimes I definitely don’t want to.  When I feel down or frustrated, I enjoy going on a 20 minute walk with my pup.  It makes him happy, tires him out, and clears my head.  It also makes me feel like I got a mini workout in!

Eat a good meal.  It doesn’t matter if you are eating a healthy meal, or choosing to have a cheat meal, eat what you want.  Just take the time to sit down and enjoy it without distractions.

Take a nap.  If I’m over exhausted, it’s not good for anyone I have to interact with.  Set a timer between 20-45 minutes and take a little power nap.  You’ll wake up with more energy and in a better mood.

Have a glass of wine or cup of tea.  Depending on my mood and the time of day,  I let myself have a glass of red wine or cup of tea and watch an episode of my favorite television show before I go to sleep at night.  It’s a little self care treat for me… and let’s be for real, who can live without wine?  Not this girl.

There’s a few ideas of things to do for when you are feeling like you’re day is out of control.  These tasks help me and I’m sure they will help you too.  I’ve linked everything you need for your next session of “me time” and the products that keep me feeling good.

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Thanksgiving Outfit Inspo

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It’s almost my favorite holiday where you can eat as much as you want and not get judged for it!  Though I won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving how I normally do this year, (can’t wait to finally tell you all what’s happening!) I still wanted to round up some Thanksgiving outfit inspiration for you all!  Whether your family keeps it casual, or gets all glammed up, I have the outfit inspiration to help you out!

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Black Jumper | Striped Top | Black Booties

Such a trending look at the moment, jumpers/overalls (whatever suits your fancy) became wildly popular this fall.  As you know by now, black is my favorite color to wear so of course I snagged this corduroy jumper!  Corduroy is a great material for fall since it keeps you warm and adds some texture variation to your outfit.  I’ve probably wore this piece about a hundred times since I got it last year, but I always change the shirt underneath which creates a whole new look!  I especially like it paired with this striped top which gives it a fall vibe.  Last time I checked, this color is sold out but a black and white one looks super chic underneath as well.  This jumper also looks amazing with a fitted off the shoulder long sleeve underneath as well as a turtleneck.  Last thanksgiving I wore a mauve turtleneck underneath, and I got so many compliments!  I dressed it up with some heeled sock booties but it also looks cute with loafers, slides, heels, and sandals!

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Grey Dress | Blanket Scarf | Utility Jacket | Nude Booties

If your holiday is a little dressier, a versatile and comfortable dress is a great way to go!  I own this dress in three colors because it’s so flattering on every body type, it’s comfortable, and is super easy to pair with accessories in order to dress it up or down.  This blanket scarf is a classic plaid which always gives your look that small touch of fall.  Blanket scarves pair well with any outfit and keep you very warm.  I’ve had this utility jacket for years now and I wear it all the time.  Olive green is a perfect fall color that blends well with neutrals and warm tones.  I think a good utility jacket should be an investment piece because you will definitely get your money’s worth since you will most likely be wearing it often and it adds a chill, effortless touch to any outfit. (Not to mention all of the pockets so you won’t have to carry a bag.)  Paired this look with another seasonal staple item, nude booties.  Again, easy for dressing up and down any look!

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White Henley | Blue Jeans | Leather Jacket | Wide Brim Hat | Black OTK Boots

Are you a woman with more of a boho or edgy style?  Have no fear, your outfit is here!  This look is one of my personal favorites because I love some good basics!  I’ve had a crush on henley style tops for as long as I can remember.  They are super flattering and affordable, and the buttons are perfect for nursing mammas.  You can always unbutton a button or two to add some sexiness to your look if you want as well…who knows, you might be with your family during the day but are meeting your crush at a cozy fall bonfire later!  Just pair a henley with some of your trusted, all time favorite, holy grail jeans and you are halfway dressed!  Throw on a wide brim hat to add a little boho chic to your edgy look, throw on some over the knee boots or booties, and your almost there! if it’s not that chilly in your area this holiday, you can just walk out of the door now! But if it’s on the cooler side, or even just for the sake of fashion, snag a leather jacket to up the edge a little on this look and stay warm while looking cool!

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Oversized Sweater | Legging | Black OTK Boot

My family doesn’t judge or have a dress code when it comes to Thanksgiving.  We don’t really take a lot of family photos or anything so we keep this holiday pretty casual.  Personally, I dress up a little more on holidays because I love an excuse to get dressed up, but I love a comfortable and casual look as well.  There’s nothing worse than being super stuffed and uncomfortable in your outfit.  An oversized sweater and legging combination is the perfect way to avoid that from happening.  the oversized sweater hides your food baby and the leggings are super stretchy so you won’t feel constricted after that second piece of pie!  Bonus: this look is comfortable enough to take your post feast nap in!  You’ll feel effortlessly cute and put together by adding your favorite pair of boots or booties on as well.

If I was celebrating Thanksgiving this year, I would totally be rocking one of these outfits!  Follow along @everydayxelizabeth on Instagram to get more holiday outfit inspiration! Xx

My Favorite Halloween Movies & Loungewear

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Halloween is nearly upon us and I am so excited!  Ever since October first hit I started to light my fall candles and watch Halloween movies.  Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the holiday but I love how cheerful everyone is this time of year.  When I was younger, my parents didn’t actually let my brothers and I celebrate Halloween so I think that’s why it’s not my favorite holiday.  However, as I got older they became more lenient and I was able to go trick or treating and go to Halloween themed parties which I was really grateful for.  Personally, I don’t really go out and celebrate the holiday by dressing up and hitting the town, but I do like to celebrate it my own way…. watching movies!  I’m super thrilled to share with you my favorite Halloween movies and the cutest lounge wear to watch them in!

My top 5 Halloween Movies
5. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

This film is on my top five because it’s such a cute classic.  It’s like you’re obligated to watch it in October, Plus it’s a great family movie!

4. The Addams Family

I love the comedy in all of these movies and Wednesday Addams has always been one of my favorite characters of all time!  It’s also cool because my parents were able to watch these as kids as well.

3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

So I’m going to keep it real.  I am not into scary movies or gory movies at all but for some reason, I liked this one a lot.  I just recently grew the courage to watch it and I actually really enjoyed it.  I’m a sucker for a musical and the darkness of this one did not disappoint!

2. Sleepy Hollow

I have such an obsession with this movie it’s not even funny!  I seriously watch it all the time.  If you can’t tell I love films with Johnny Depp in them.  I just love how he goes all in with a character he’s playing.  This movie is a little creepy but not filled with horror, it’s filled with mystery, and I enjoy all things headless horseman.

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas

I saved the best for last!  It’s funny, when I was younger I wasn’t allowed to watch this movie and now it’s mandatory for my to watch it throughout October and December.  My boyfriend and I constantly debate on if this is a Halloween movie or Christmas movie.  I say it’s both but he says it’s Christmas…. so we compromised and said it’s both!  This film is so classic and fun and I just can’t get enough of this movie this time of year!

Now that you know my ultimate Halloween movie list, let’s get on to the cute and comfortable lounge wear you should be watching them in!

 

Comfy Lounge Sets Under $50

 

Pumpkin Spice Set | Black Set | Ghost Set | Plaid Set | Lounge Jumpsuit | Striped Set

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Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Haul | 2018

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The day is finally here! I have FINALLY received all of my items from the After Party Sale and I am so excited to show you everything I grabbed and review them for you as well!  I kept my order fairly small and only purchased four items.  Another spoiler alert, I didn’t go too crazy with all of the prints this year.  This year, I focused on purchasing a few pieces that I could wear all the time so I mainly stuck to solids.  So here we go! Here’s everything I snagged from the APS!

Pajamas

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Outfit Details:

Knit PJ Tank | Knit PJ Pant

Print: Raz Berry Rosé All Day

Taking about my favorite purchases first!  I was so excited to get these in the mail.  The print is so colorful and the style is super basic and comfortable.  The material is super soft and i know i’m going to wear holes into these items because I’m going to use them that much!  I still need to get the pants hemmed so I definitely need to do that before I can start wearing them.  For size reference I chose to size up to a large because there are no returns after the sale and I wanted for them to still fit comfortably after trowing then the dryer.  The pants also came in a short version which I almost picked but I wanted to get use out of these during the chillier seasons as well.  I absolutely can’t get enough of these pajamas and I would definitely pay the full price for them in order to get more sets.

Leggings

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Outfit Details:

21″ Weekender Legging in Raz Berry

So…. here’s the deal.  I was so excited to to get these leggings in the mail.  Online I had a choice between pink or blue and I chose the pink.  As soon as I opened the package all I saw was this neon pink.  Online they definitely did not look as bright as they are.  I ordered a size medium (my true size) and the fit is great.  I feel like lululemon leggings feel better, these aren’t the softest leggings I’ve owned but they are pretty thick which I like.  I’m not sure if I will purchase these again.  If they have them in the blue next year I definitely want those! I’m just not a fan of how neon they are.  I’m still on the fence if I should keep them or not but I kind of want to workout in them and see how that goes before I make a final decision.

Tank

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Outfit Details:

Dusk Top in Resort White

Last but not least, this basic tank.  Online I thought this was one of the silk tanks Lilly Pulitzer makes but it’s not.  I was a little disappointed about that because I already have a shirt this exact material and color from Lilly.  This top is unlined so because of the material it’s pretty thin and see through but it’s a great basic and is so light weight, it would be perfect for summer!  I’m most likely not keeping this just because I have a tank almost exactly the same to this one but it’s still a great basic if you’re on the hunt for one!

 

That’s all I have from my After Party Sale haul!  Stay up to date with all things life, style, and beauty by following along @everydayxelizabeth on Instagram! Xx

3 Ways to Wear a LBD this Fall

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If you don’t have a little black dress (aka LBD) then you most definitely need one.  They are appropriate for practically any event, super versatile, and can be styled endlessly.  My absolute favorite black dress that I own is this one.  It comes in so many colors to choose from, is flattering on every body type, and its under $60.  I own it in three colors and I wear it practically every week. My most worn one is definitely the black one since its a great neutral color and it’s easy to pair with a bunch of different items.  I’m also linking an extremely similar and even more affordable version here.  I haven’t tried it myself yet but I really want to purchase it and review it for you all very soon.  Until then, I’ll be focusing on styling this little black dress three different ways so you can up your style this season.

Everyday Ease

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Outfit Details

Dress | Cardigan | Shoes

This look is how I typically wear this dress throughout the week.  As you know I am obsessed with cardigans and I am loving this light blush color lately.  These Tory Burch sandals are my absolute favorite sandal and I wear them almost every day.  This look is easy for walking around town, having lunch with your girls, and basically is a perfect look for any event!  You could even add a bootie or over the knee boot if the weather is a little chilly!

 

Office Chic

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Dress | Cardigan | Shoes

So I now this look is extremely similar to the one shown above, but it’s so good for everyday wear and looks professional for work or church!  It’s conservative enough for the office and all you have to do is take the sweater off and you are ready for happy hour with your girls!  I also love this look with a blazer.  I haven’t gotten a blazer yet but it’s definitely on my wish list!  This one is the one I’m majorly crushing on at the moment in case you want to shop it.  I can’t wait to pair this dress with a blazer.  This dress and blazer combination would even look cute with flats or sandals for a dressy casual look.

 

Weekend Vibes

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Dress | Flannel | Shoes

Last but not least is my favorite time of the week and my favorite look!  I am such a sucker for some sporty chic style and this one doesn’t disappoint!  Fall means flannels and this outfit is definitely giving me the fall vibes with this black and white flannel.  I love having the flannel tied around my waist because it accentuates the smallest part of your body (which means uber flattering) and if you get cold, you can just unknot it and throw it on!  Also I just got these sneakers a few months ago and I can’t stop wearing them.  I really needed a black pair of tennis shoes to match some more outfits and mine were getting worn out so I invested in these (under a hundred) and I’m so glad I did! they are so lightweight and comfortable.  I sized down half a size and they fit like a glove!  I love them so much that I ordered another pair in a different color!

A little black dress that’s this versatile is a definite must have in your closet! For size reference, I’m wearing a medium and it’s more of a body con style so if you want more wiggle room, size up!  Follow me on instagram @everydayxelizabeth to get more fashion inspiration in your life! Xx

Trending Fall Styles

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Keeping this one short and sweet.  Here are the top three fall trends that you need to know to stay on trend this season:

Animal Prints & Camouflage

This season, camo, snakeskin, and leopard print are all the rage!  Personally, I tend to be drawn more to solids but I am so obsessed with these prints!  I have a few camo tops that I love but I have yet to find a leopard print item to purchase yet.  When it comes to leopard print, the most featured (and popular) clothing item by far in this style are shoes.  Since leopard print is neutral, it’s easy to pair with your favorite basics to add a little flare.

I don’t know about you, but I am loving the camouflage trend going on right now.  I thought this trend would be over after summer but I’m so glad it’s still going on!  You can find really cute pieces from sweats to jeans to jackets and tees!  I have a few camo tees and I wear them every week because they are simple and easy to pair with my favorite cardigans and denim or leggings.

Recently, I’ve hopped on the snakeskin print bandwagon and hey…. I’m not ashamed of it!  Lately, I’ve been attracted to the grey and white patterns and even some of the nude ones too.  I guess you could say that I love a good trend in neutral colors since it adds a small and subtle touch to every outfit no matter what you wear!  I have a pair of snakeskin mules on my wishlist for this season so I’m hoping to get those sometime soon.

Items I’m Loving

 

Camo Clare Tee ($38) | Nana Bootie ($99.95) | SPANX Seamless Legging ($68)

Colorblock

This trend is super popular in sweaters right now and you can find some really adorable ones for a really good price!  I typically stick to neutrals so I’m waiting for the perfect one to catch my eye before I die into this trend but I’m loving the color combinations in so many of these color block sweaters so much.  Sometimes it’s nice to add a pop of color into  your fall wardrobe.  If you haven’t noticed, I love to have a comfortable, casual, and cool style so oversized sweaters are right up my alley.  They are cozy enough to wear all day and pair with jeans/leggings so well and also look great with denim shorts or joggers when fall weather isn’t in full swing yet.

Items I’m Loving

 

Mock Neck Sweater ($49) | Olive Color Block Cardigan ($44) | Mauve Sweater ($48)

Hats

Okay okay.  The last fall trend I want to talk about are hats.  The only hats that I used to wear were baseball caps.  Though I still wear those constantly, I have recently found my love for a different type of hat.  These hats dress up any outfit and bring your look to the next level.  I have a black one and I wear it as often as I can because I can’t get enough of how perfect it makes all of my looks.  I’m buying a nude one soon so I can create even more looks.  Berets are also coming back into style which makes for a great accessory as well.

Items I’m Loving

 

Panama Hat in Rose ($20) | Wool Beret in Tan ($13) | Felt Floppy Hat in black ($23)

 

Thats all I have for current fall trends in this blog post! Check out my instagram @everydayxelizabeth to see more fall looks & how outfit inspiration!

Top 10 Basics for a Fall Capsule Wardrobe

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Thermal | Leggings | Sneakers 

Do you absolutely love fall but don’t have the budget (or space) to have tons of trending fall looks?  I’ve created a fall capsule wardrobe that will get you through the season while making endless fall styles without breaking the bank by just having my top 10 fall basics.

My Top 10 Fall Basics

 

LONG SLEEVE TEES

I feel like this one is a given.  Long sleeve basic tees are a great staple piece to have in your closet.  I’d recommend focusing more on neutral colors to have more freedom with mixing and matching.  Specifically I would try to have a white, black, grey, and maybe a striped tee as well.  I have a few of these tees and I love them.

LEGGINGS

So I know every single girl has a few pairs of their favorite leggings lying around.  Heck I have a whole drawer of my go-to leggings.  A favorite black legging is always a staple for any time of year, especially if they hold up with wear and are a good price.  Like I’ve said before, these are my favorites as far as athletic types go.  Those are also good for wearing longer tops and sweatshirts with as well.  It’s also great to have one pair of faux leather leggings.  These add an edgy flare to any outfit and are still more comfortable than real pants.  Here is a splurge pair that really suck you in and aren’t see through (size up).  I invested in a pair last year and they held up great and I wore them all the time when I wanted to look more put together but still not wear pants.  I’ve also heard that these are a good less expensive option.

A GOOD PAIR OF JEANS

There’s nothing like a good pair of jeans to make a girl feel confident.  A quality dark wash skinny jean with little to no distressing is a very versatile option.  My favorite type are these because they fit my body really well (I wear my normal size) and don’t stretch out.  I also love the look of thesebut they are more of a splurge piece.

OTK BOOTS

These boots go with everything and add a little edgy flare and sexiness to every look. Over the knee boots make your legs look longer when worn with jeans and they also make mini skirts, rompers, jumpers, and shorts appropriate for fall weather.  They keep you warm and balance out shorter pieces.  Prices can vary depending on the quality or brand you are looking for but I have these in both black and taupe and I love them (and you can’t beat the price).  They aren’t too high and don’t slide down (normal size or size up .5 for thicker socks).  I’ve heard great things about these too.

A PAIR OF BOOTIES

A basic and comfortable bootie is a great shoe option for fall.  They pair well with everything and can be dressed up or down.  I’d recommend a nude or taupe pair to be easily paired with any color.  I absolutely love these as a dressier option or these for a more casual/everyday vibe.

NEUTRAL CARDIGANS

Cardigans are a year round item for me.  I wear them almost every day since I get chilly at random throughout the day and it’s easy to slip on and off.  They look great with shorts and tanks, dresses and over the knee boots, or leggings and a tee.  For a capsule wardrobe, neutral colors are best to pair limitlessly but it’s good to have one colorful or printed on as well, just to shake things up a little.  I’ve been loving this one lately and it comes in a lot of color options to choose from.

Flannel

I only own one flannel.  It’s black and white and made from the traditional thermal fabric.  I’ve had it for years so I can’t find it anymore but this one is really similar and it has great reviews too.  Flannels add a casual vibe to outfits when tied around your waist and can be worn with jeans, shorts, dresses, and skirts.  Just one flannel makes endless combinations when paired with your favorite items.

THERMALS & HENLEYS

These could fall under the long sleeve tee category, but I wanted to give them their own spot on the list because I have a few things to say about them.  First of all, I am obsessed with thermals and henley tops.  They are extremely comfortable and there are so many different styles out there at many different prices.  This one is extremely popular and comes in so many colors.  Also this one is a great option that’s very similar and less expensive as well.  I have the rust color and I’ve already worn it so many different ways (normal size).  When it comes to henleys, I love a comfortable basic tee with a little flare.  I just love the little button detailing on these tees.  They look cute buttoned all the way up or unbuttoned a little and are a great option for nursing mammas too.  I recently purchased these.  I’m still waiting for them to be delivered but they were only about $12 so I’m excited to try them out.  I also love a flowy style henley like these that are on my wish list.  These are a good splurge option (normal size) and are so amazing that I own five of them.  These and these also have great reviews.

BASIC DRESS

A basic dress is a staple for any season, but it’s great to have that one dress that is flattering and super versatile.  If I’m being honest, this one is it.  It’s under $60, has tons of color options, and comes in a long sleeve option as well.  It’s form fitting so size up if you want a looser fit.  I own three of these and I wear them all the time.  This is a great style dress for every body type.  This one is almost exactly the same but less expensive as well.

A CHUNKY SWEATER

Last but not least… a chunky sweater is a must in order to complete your fall capsule wardrobe.  there’s something about an oversized sweater that makes you feel super warm and cozy but still looking cool and comfortable.  I have this one on my wish list, it comes in three colors + it’s 40% off with code COZY40.  Chunky sweaters pair well with leggings, shorts, skirts, and jeans.  Tuck it in the front to show off a statement belt!

 

With these pieces, you can survive the fall weather while looking put together while still staying in your budget.  For a capsule wardrobe try to stick to all neutrals or your favorite color combinations so you have endless ways to pair looks for any occasion.  Follow me on Instagram @everydayxelizabeth to get more style inspiration this fall! Xx