5 Fall Decorating DIYs

5 Fall decorating DIY projects do-it-yourself

This weekend I had big plans for a new DIY decorating project. I had empty wine bottles piling up in the kitchen, a bag of dollar store goodies, and cans of spray paint at the ready. And you know what, it just didn’t happen. Do you ever have one of those weekends where you start out with the greatest intentions and then slowly dial back to accommodate for a few extra hours of cuddles in bed? #worthit

So instead of sharing my own DIY project, I thought I’d do the next best thing and share a few of the fall projects catching my eye this season. Refresh your seasonal decor with these creative yet simple ideas.
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Mud-Cloth-Pumpkins-DIY decorating fall

Painted pumpkins are huge this year, which is great because they last so much longer than the carved variety. This mud cloth design idea from Homey oh My is an updated take on the typical fall color palette. 

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fall DIY wreath craft decorating

Living in the South, I developed a love for wreaths. They’re a homey touch that adds creates a sense of warmth from your guests first knock at the front door. This gold spray painted leaf wreath from Wild Ink Press is elegant but not outdated. 

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fall pumpkin craft diy thanksgiving

Love this idea to use painted pumpkins as a chalkboard to share your dinner party menu. Thank you Better Recipes! I don’t really want to host Thanksgiving at our house this year, but this DIY almost makes me want to.

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fall-wreath-DIY_project

This floral fall wreath project from A Night Owl looks slightly easier to execute than the leaf wreath and adds a nice punch of color to a plain Jane door.

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Fall-Pumpkin DIY project

Confession: I love succulents, but I struggle to keep even these durable guys alive. Enter the magic of faux flowers and plants. This pumpkin and succulent arrangement from I Heart Naptime is right up my alley. Plastic is impossible to kill.

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How do you decorate for fall? Do you recycle the same decorations or do you prefer to refresh every year with natural elements: winter squash, leaves, etc.? One of my friends in Arkansas has been hanging the same wreath on her front door for more than 20 years. It’s not Halloween in her ‘hood until the witch wreath comes out!
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XOXO,
Jules

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Fall Nail Polish Pairings

 

Fall Nail Polish Pairings

 

black / gold glitter / pale pink / espresso / oxblood / ruby shimmer /

bronze / deep blue / forest green / eggplant

One of the best things about this season is the multitude of beautiful colors that come with it, both in the form of fall foliage and – more importantly – in the form of gorgeous nail polish. From lush earthy shades to brilliant metallics to dramatic reds and purples, it’s pretty much impossible to go wrong. But if you’re in need of some suggestions, here are a few nail polish combos that I adore. I’m really loving the black & gold look for Halloween!

What are your favorite nail polish shades for fall?

♥ Mil

Fall Beauty Refresh

Fall Beauty Refresh

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The arrival of fall has me eager to make some updates to my beauty routine (though I steadfastly refuse to dress in seasonally appropriate attire as long as possible). My skin has a tendency to get a little drier around this time of year, so I’ve been using cleansing oil followed by a hydrating mask a few times a week and it definitely makes a difference. I’ve also switched over to this primer, which leaves my face amazingly soft and smooth and keeps foundation in place all day. Seriously all day. I’ve been doing midday touch-ups way less!

I’m really into cream eyeshadows right now – they’re so easy to work with. This one from NARS is my favorite; it’s super blendable and long-lasting. Would it be fiscally irresponsible to buy one in every shade? A deep berry lipstick is another fall staple, and I have my eye on this one from YSL. It’s vampy but elegant at the same time, which I love.

My summer tan is fading, so I’ve been relying on Hourglass Ambient Lighting for a subtle glow rather than use full-on bronzer. I also want to try this under-eye brightener for an extra little boost – apparently you wear it under your concealer and it makes you look radiant. I’ll have to report back to you on that…

Last on my list of beauty updates is a flexible hairspray (do your worst, Seattle weather) and a perfume that’s a little richer (ahem, sexier) than my usual signature scent. I really like Narcisco Rodriguez For Her, so I’m excited to try the new twist on the original!

What are some of your favorite beauty products for fall? Are you experimenting with anything new this season?

♥ Mil

Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats – Slow Cooker Style

pumpkin spice oatmeal breakfast healthyTomorrow is the first day of fall, y’all! Last week Mil shared a great pumpkin recipe round-up, so this week I thought I’d share the latest pumpkin recipe I’ve been whipping up at home. I know it’s a little early to overload people with pumpkin, so I promise that I’ll share a non-pumpkin recipe soon. I’m probably going apple picking with my in-laws this weekend, so my mother-in-law’s famed apple pie recipe may make an appearance on the blog.

As the season shifts, I always start to gravitate away from smoothies for breakfast and towards warm comforting foods. Growing up we ate a lot of instant oatmeal and farina, which I loaded up with brown sugar and raisins (obviously). Now that I’m an adult, I still love oatmeal. It may not be glamorous or Instagram sexy, but with a few grown-up tweaks it’s a simple yet satisfying way to start my day.

Steel cut oats are the secret to grown-up oatmeal. They retain their integrity better than rolled oats, keeping your morning meal form turning into mush. They do however take longer to cook so I almost always cook them in the crockpot. My other grown-up tweak is the use of interesting flavors and add-ins. This recipe takes everyone’s favorite pumpkin pie flavors and transfers them into a healthy morning treat. Pumpkin pie for breakfast? Yes, please!
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Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats
Serves: 4

Ingredients
1 cup steel cut oats
3-1/2 cups water or milk of your choice
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
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Directions: Throw everything into your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. I always stir mine a few times, but it’s not necessary. I like to cook the oats in water and then add milk when I reheat them. Typically I start the slow cook process on Sunday morning, so that night I can portion my oats out into containers to eat all week.
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pumpkin spice oatmeal breakfast healthy

I was eating this for breakfast at work and one of my co-workers actually started asking who was eating pie for breakfast. I’ll accept that as a win!
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What do you reach for on chilly fall mornings? Hot mug of coffee? Warm bowl of oatmeal like me?

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XOXO,
Jules

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