Florals for Fall

Draper James Floral Dress

 

I know florals aren’t groundbreaking for spring, but what about for fall? Probably not groundbreaking either. Florals for all seasons really works, but I did read that fall florals are really going to be big this year. And that is just fine with me!

 

Draper James Hydrangea Dress

 

If you have a summery floral dress, it is easy to take it into fall, especially if it has a darker background like this one. First thing – add a pair of fall shoes, like an open toe bootie or a loafer. Next, if it is sleeveless, top it off with a denim jacket, cardigan or blazer. If you want to go further, add a darker lip to really give it that fall feel. When it gets cooler, switch out the booties for riding boots, and maybe throw on a pair of tights. Talk about making your dresses work double (or triple) overtime.

 

Fall Florals

 

If you take anything away from this post, make it this – you can absolutely make those summery florals work for fall. The same thing goes for a summery floral skirt or top. It is all about what you pair it with. Just have a little imagination, and experiment.

 

Florals for Fall

Dress: Draper James (similar); Shoes: Banana Republic (similar)

 

I just bought this dress a few weeks ago from Draper James. I fell in love with it when it first came out. After it went on sale, I was going to get it, but it sold out. When they had an additional 30% off sale, I checked and it was back. So I had to get it. I love it so much. It is super flattering, and it really works for all seasons. The dark background really makes it perfect for fall, but of course will be great next summer too! And I just love the ruffles. I think it will be really cute with brown riding boots when the temps drop some.

 

Unfortunately, this dress is sold out now. But the Draper James Southern Living Dress has a similar feel to me. (Reese wore it on the cover of Southern Living for September). And, of course, it is also on my wishlist!

Thank You + Giveaway

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This is really insane, but I started this blog SEVEN years ago. That seems crazy. It was right after Charlie and I got married. I was working at a job that had a lot of stress, and I just wanted a place that I could have fun & talk about fashion and other things. Who knew I’d still be doing it 7 years later.

 

The blogging world has changed so much from when I started. First of all, when I started not everyone had a blog. People were still like, “What the hell is a blog?!” And people didn’t start blogging to make money. They did it because there was some void in their life that wasn’t being filled. I recently have read a few posts on social media about people complaining because they started blogging 2 months ago and weren’t making any money. When I started, there weren’t professional bloggers. Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere was really the only one I knew of that was making a career out of it. She was one of my early blogging role models. She still really amazes me.

 

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Anyway, as a thank you, I am doing a little giveaway. I have met so many amazing people through blogging, and I have had some really fun experiences. I have made some really amazing friendships that go way beyond the blog world, and I am so thankful for those. You can’t know how much your support and friendships mean to me. Every comment, email, Instagram like, Tweet… it means so much to me. So this is my way of saying thank you – whether you are a brand new reader, or have been here a while, thank you.

 

With that being said, there are a bunch of ways you can enter. But I wanted to tell you why you might want to do these things, besides just winning the giveaway. I generally don’t post the same things on my different social media channels, besides my blog posts, so you may want to follow along on all platforms!

 

Newsletter: If you haven’t heard, I started a new 1x month newsletter called The Monthly Edit. If you like reading the blog, I think you will like the newsletter. It is exclusive content only for subscribers (unless there is a sneak peek going on) – must haves, fashion, home, food, and I always have a freebie. I am really excited about the newsletter, and I think the August newsletter is going to be fantastic, if I do say so myself. When you sign up, you will also get 1x week recap of the week’s blog posts. You can sign up at the bottom of this post.

 

Instagram: Instagram is my favorite form of social media. I like pretty pictures and I am not ashamed to admit that. But I post more than just pictures from my blog. I like sharing more than that. My Instagram stories is a lot of cooking and my dogs. Sometimes I share what I am wearing that day, or weekend activities. But it is mostly food & dogs.

 

Facebook: I have no problem admitting that Facebook is where I struggle a little bit. I am not a Facebook-er in my personal life, so I do have a little bit of trouble with it. However, I am working on it! Besides sharing my posts, I share sale picks, interesting articles, etc. I am about to start some new things on Facebook, and I am excited! I want to use Facebook for more discussion, and I can’t wait to hear from you.

 

Twitter: This is me unfiltered. It is my random thoughts, complaints, etc. I read something one time along the lines of every other social media platform everything is perfect, but on Twitter the world is ending. It is kind of true. Other social media is kind of the highlight reel. Twitter is a little more … real. I also share favorite items from around the web, sales, articles I have liked, blog posts I have enjoyed. It is kind of a free for all on twitter.

 

You may notice that Snapchat isn’t on here. I don’t do Snapchat. I am just now trying to figure out Instagram stories!

 

As you probably know, the Nordstrom Sale started last week! So it was a good time for a Nordstrom giveaway for $100 e-gift card. You may be over the sale by now. I admit, it has been overkill this year. To be honest, I didn’t plan to do it because of the sale. I had already planned it, and then I realized it coincided with the sale. This isn’t sponsored by Nordstrom in any way. This is from me, to you. If I could give you all a gift, I would. But I can’t, so this is the best I can do for now!

 

And to give you some ideas about how you could spend the gift card, here are some of my top picks from the sale:

 

 

And now I want to hear from you – what are your favorite things about the blog? Are there things you want to see more of? I would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment here, send me an email, message me on social media.

 

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The giveaway is for US residents only and will end on Sunday. Good luck!

The Monthly Edit

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I am really excited (and a little nervous) about today’s post. I have decided to expand The Fashionable Wife in a new way – The Monthly Edit.

 

The Monthly Edit is going to be a monthly newsletter that goes out full of content that isn’t ever going to be on the blog. Think extra outfits, monthly picks, style tips, behind the scenes things, recipes, house updates and some fun surprises too! (Spoiler – this month I am including a look at my entry hall!)

 

I have been hard at work on the May Edit, and it is going out next week. All you have to do is sign up for my emails (I even added the sign up form at the bottom of the posts). So when you sign up, you’ll be getting my monthly newsletter + once a week you will be getting the week’s blog posts. So basically you will be getting like 5 emails a month from me.

 

But that isn’t all! As a thank you for signing up, and as an example of some of the fun stuff I am going to do, you will get a confirmation email with a link to download my Closet Clean Out checklist (because it is spring, and I know what a daunting challenge cleaning out the closet can be). You may have to check your spam folder. I know a lot of times when I sign up for emails, the go to my spam.

 

And don’t worry if you are already on the email list, I am including the download in the May email.

 

Not sure if you want to sign up? That’s ok. The email is going out the middle of next week, so you have time to think about it!

 

Thanks so much in advance for signing up! Have a great day!

 

Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was extremely productive – finished my Christmas shopping, did a ton of cleaning, got the boys their Christmas baths, wrapped some presents (still have more to wrap)… Now I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

 

Can you believe it is less than a week until Christmas? I can’t. Are you ready? If not, I have a few last minute gift ideas to help!

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In general, try to order by December 22 (Thursday). That is the cut off for most places for delivery in time for Christmas (obviously check the websites for specifics).

Need more ideas? Check out my gift guides for under $100, for the women and for the men.

Have a great day!

 

Gift Guide: For the Men

It is time for the 3rd gift guide! Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner? This week is all about the men. They are the hardest to shop for! My hubs, my dad … why do they make it so hard??

 

So today I have some picks that will hopefully help out with the gifts for the men in your life!

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Have a great day!