Guys, I am living for this fall weather right now. I’ve gotten to wear giant scarves, boots, jeans, jackets and chunky cardigans in the last two weeks — and it’s not even technically fall yet! Over the weekend, Brian and I went to the apple orchard to do our apple picking early this year. Last year, we went the first weekend of October and there were no apples left! We were so disappointed and vowed to go early enough this year that we could pick every kind we like. Saturday I put on a perfectly autumnal outfit and headed to the orchard with the highest hopes — only to be disappointed when they didn’t have any of the kinds we like (granny smith, braeburn and honeycrisp) available to pick. Isn’t that crazy? After walking around for 25 minutes, we had to buy a pre-picked bag of Honeycrisps inside the barn. I guess I was just spoiled growing up near an amazing orchard that had every variety you could think of. We’re already planning to go back to Iowa this time next year, just so we can go apple picking at Stone’s Apple Barn.
A great perk of the early fall weather is getting to dress for the season a few weeks early. I flipped over my closet during Labor Day Weekend and have been living in fall essentials ever since. My go-to bag this fall is my new leather backpack (Vera Bradley, of course). This is not my first backpack I’ve gotten since working at Vera Bradley, but my third. I used to associate backpacks exclusively with school, but these leather styles have totally changed my perspective. Backpacks are actually great for young professionals. Whether you’re a commuter or a mom, we are always juggling a million things at once, so a backpack allows you to keep your hands free. Sleek styles like this can transition easily from the office to your Sunday brunch and will have your back all season long (okay, I couldn’t resist that pun). If you’re needing a little styling inspo, here’s my go-to weekend look. Scroll down to shop all of my favorite backpacks.
Vera Bradley Gallatin Cargo Backpack | Gap Long Cardigan (similar) | T.J. Maxx Stripe tee (similar) | J. Crew Billie Demi Boot Crop Jeans (similar wash on sale) | Gap Suede Mules (similar pair) | LOFT Round Sunglasses | CY Design Studios Dainty Circle Karma Bracelet c/o
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Until next time —