The Perfect Maxi Dress Outfit For Fall

My favorite time of the year is here! I am obsessed with everything Fall, from pumpkins to the smell of cinnamon to the sweater weather and everything in between! One of my favorite things about fall is the fashion. I am not even joking when I say I own over ten pairs of boots and I live in Florida where boot season is only like a month long. You get to wear the cutest clothes like plaid scarfs, chunky sweaters, and wide-brimmed hats. In this blog post, I’m going to show you some of my favorite fall maxi dresses and accessories!

FALL MAXI DRESSES

Fall fashion maxi dresses

One item I love to wear, especially during fall are maxi dresses. Since they are longer than regular dresses, they keep your legs warm when the temperature starts to get cooler. Plus you can wear them with booties, mules, and even loafers. My maxi dress above was from the Who What Wear collection at Target and I am obsessed with it. I got it earlier this year so it’s not available anymore but here are some of my favorite maxi dresses for fall.

FALL SHOES FOR MAXI DRESSES

I paired my fall maxi dress with some black Sam Edelman mules. I got them at Dillards but you can only buy them directly at SamEdelman.com. They are soooo comfortable and you can wear them with dresses or even jeans. Here are some of my favorite booties, loafers, and mules to pair with a maxi dress.

FALL ACCESSORIES FOR MAXI DRESSES

Fall fashion maxi dresses

I also love to accessorize maxi dresses. You can easily make it a day look with a wool wide-brimmed hat and tortoise shell shades and then turn it into a night look with a faux leather vest and dark red lip. I added a black wool wide-brimmed hat to my fall maxi dress and made it look more fall. Here are some of my favorite accessories that are perfect for any fall maxi dress.

What’s your favorite way to accessorize a maxi dress?

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October 2018 Wallpapers

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Is it just me or did September fly by? Like how is it already October?! September was a busy month for me, I traveled to Charleston, Boston, and Virginia, and managed to move somewhere in between. I am almost all settled in my new home and can’t wait to show you all how I decorated it! But in the meantime, here are this month’s wallpapers that are sure to get you in the fall and Halloween spirit and some of the things I am obsessing over this fall.

While you are here be sure to check out Oh So Lovely’s 2019 Free Printable Calendars! She designed 46 options and I am seriously OBSESSED with all of them.

Be sure to follow @blazersandbluejeans on Instagram so you’ll be entered in our giveaway! We’re giving away some of our favorite graphic tees and posters and all you have to do is follow @blazersandbluejeans to be entered!

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What I am currently obsessing over for fall…

This month’s wallpapers…

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Lovilee I Kelly Sugar Crafts
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Inkstruck StudioSarah Hearts
Every Tuesday I Uppercase Designs

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May Designs I Wazz Publishing
Designer Blogs I Clementine Creative

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Minding My Nest I Candidly Keri
Rae-Ritchie I Mospens Studio

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Evelyn Henson (Must Subscribe) I Paper Raven Co
Inkwell Press (Must Subscribe) I Things Unseen Design (Must Subscribe)

October 2018 Calendar Backgrounds

Coton Colors I Kate Spade
Blushed Design (Must Subscribe) I Angie Spurgeon (Must Subscribe)

October 2018 Calendar Wallpapers

Erika Firm I Bonnie Christine
Britt Fabello I Sugar Paper LA

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The Every Girl I Edens Garden
Loose Leaf Creative I Kathy Davis

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Smashing Magazine

A Perfect Weekend in San Diego

 

Weekend in San Diego and La Jolla

The last time I went to California was when I was in high school and while I was there, I visited San Jose and San Francisco. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit San Diego for work, and of course, I had to extend my trip so I could really explore San Diego and La Jolla. As usual, I did a ton of research and planning as to what the best restaurants were and different sites we could see. Here is my San Diego travel guide with some of my favorite things we did while we were in San Diego and La Jolla (as well as a few things I wanted to do but didn’t get the chance to) to make the perfect weekend trip! I also created a Google Map that has all these places on it as well as places to get drinks.

 

Friday Night

Dinner in Little Italy

We went to Little Italy twice while we were in San Diego and I honestly would have never guessed there was a Little Italy neighborhood in San Diego. It is the cutest area that is filled with Italian restaurants, shops, and little markets. The restaurant we went ate at is called Buon Appetito and it was delicious. I highly recommend eating here or at Little Italy Food Hall. Little Italy Food Hall wasn’t open when we went but I have heard nothing but good things from there.

San Diego Travel Guide with Salt and Straw Ice CreamOn the left is Salt & Straw and on the right is my double scoop ice cream cone I got. I ordered two flavors off the seasonal menu and they are HUGE scoops of ice cream!

You’ll want to save room dessert at Salt and Straw. There will most likely be a line there, but trust me, the ice cream is worth the wait. This ice cream shop originated in Portland, Oregon but has since expanded throughout the west coast. And while they don’t have your traditional flavors like vanilla and pistachio, every flavor I tried was to die for. #teamhoneylavender

 

SATURDAY

Breakfast at Richard Walkers Pancake House or The Donut Bar

Things to do in San Diego_BrunchThe outside of Richard Walkers Pancake House on the left and my pancake flight with blueberry, pecan, and bacon pancakes on the right.

There are two options for breakfast. If you have time to spare definitely go to Richard Walkers Pancake House. There will probably be a line but it’s worth the wait. I ordered a pancake flight but, I really wanted to get a baked pancake. Since baked pancakes take 10 to 20 minutes to prepare and we were short on time, I didn’t get one. The table next to us got one and it was huge and looked so delicious. The corned beef hash was also very good as well as the bacon and eggs.

Things to do in San Diego_Best San Diego DoughnutsThere were so many donuts, it was so hard to choose. I got a maple bacon donut and a pink frosted with sprinkles donut but the unicorn donut was so tempting.

If you’re short on time or don’t have a lot of money to spend, hit up the Donut Bar. There will also be a line here but it goes super fast and the donuts are some of the best donuts I’ve ever had in my life. I mean they have a Pop-Tart donut that has an entire Pop-Tart inside of it… need I say more?

USS Midway Museum

Things to do in San Diego_USS Midway MuesumThis is me on the top of the USS Midway, next to one of the many aircrafts they have onboard.

The first activity today is the USS Midway Museum. It was really cool to see the ship and see how they live when at sea, although I think I got lost like 3 times. They aren’t lying when they say it’s like a city on water. They also have lots of different military planes, and you can even go inside some of them. It took us between an hour and a half to two hours to go through the museum but we also didn’t go to any of the tours so if you plan on going to those as well, it will take a little longer.

Lunch at Cafe21

Things to do in San Diego_Brunch Cafe 21I ordered the berry mascarpone cheese crepe cake and it was SO filling and a perfect balance of sweet and rich.

For lunch you have to go to Cafe 21. This place has 4.3 stars on Google with over 416 reviews and did I mention they have a mimosa flight? The Mimosa flight comes with six different Mimosa flavors and they all sounded delicious. I wasn’t able to get one because I was there for work and didn’t want to show up to any events drunk. I had a hard time deciding what to get but I ended up with a very berry mascarpone crepe cake that was out of this world and super filling They have both sweet and savory options and the drink menu is huge.

Balboa Park or The San Diego Zoo

Things to do in San Diego_Balboa ParkOne of the many museums in Balboa Park in San Deigo.

Next up is the San Diego Zoo and/or Balboa Park. The San Diego Zoo is one of the best zoos in the world and it’s conveniently located inside Balboa Park. If you’re not into zoos, Balboa Park is a treat in itself with over 65 miles of trails and several different Gardens. There are also events there often so be sure to check out the calendar in advance.

Sunset Cliffs

Things to do in San Diego_Sunset CliffsPart of Sunset Cliffs. You’ll see a lot of people by the mermaid but keep driving because it’s a lot less crowded towards the end.

If you like to eat dinner later I also recommend going to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and watching the sunset. It can get really busy so be sure to get there the sunset but the views are incredible and super romantic.

Dinner at La Puerta

Things to do in San Diego_Best Mexican Food in Gaslamp QuarterThe HUGE pile of guacamole and handmade chips were the perfect combination to go with my shrimp tacos.

Since you’re in San Diego it wouldn’t be right to visit without eating Mexican food, right? La Puerta has all the necessities for good Mexican cuisine. Tequila, check, delicious margs, check, tacos, check, and guacamole, check. By the way, they have over 100 different kinds of tequilas so obviously, the margaritas are delicious. The guacamole is made fresh and served with fresh chips and I am pretty sure the guacamole is some the best guacamole I have ever had (well except for Nicks…maybe one day I’ll share that recipe). The shrimp tacos were really good too but the guacamole and fresh chips were the star of the show. There are many little bars and ice cream shops by this restaurant so I recommend checking them out if you’re up for it.

 

Sunday

Brunch at The Cottage

Today will be spent mostly in La Jolla which is just North of San Diego. To start your day off, you have to go to The Cottage to get brunch. I was dying to go to this place while I was there but unfortunately didn’t get to go. This place came recommended to me by a few people who had been to San Diego and it has 4.5 stars on Google. Be sure to get there before 10 because this place gets packed.

Walk Down Coast Blvd. in La Jolla

Things to do in San Diego_La Jolla BeachThe left is La Jolla beach, look at that blue ocean water!! The right is by the Children’s Tide Pools where you can see the famous seals.

You’ll then make your way La Jolla Tide Pools and walk all the way down to the Jolla Cove. This walk is all along the coast and on your way, you’ll get to see the Children’s Pool which has become overrun with wild seals and sea lions and see Seal Rock. If you’re a little more adventurous you can actually do a kayak tour or snorkel by the cove. Do be aware the current is much stronger on the west coast then it is on the East Coast. We booked a kayaking tour out to the cove with Everyday California and unfortunately got sick because of the strong tide. If you decide to do that I recommend taking a Dramamine before you go.

Gelato at Bobboi Gelato

Things to do in La Jolla_Bobbi GelatoOf course, I had to get the double scoop waffle cone and totally regretted not getting a third scoop.

After you check out the cove be sure to go to a Bobboi Gelato. I guarantee you, there will be a line outside but let me tell you this place has the best gelato I have ever had and I have had gelato all throughout Italy. The gelato was honestly incredible and I would have gotten in line for a second cone if the wait weren’t as long. They also let you taste the flavors which is nice because they have some really delicious sounding flavors, it’s hard to just pick one!

Hike Torrey Pines State Park

You’ll then want to go to Torrey Pines State Park which is a park located right on the coast. The views are absolutely incredible and there are a lot of hiking trails that are both long and short and easy and hard.

Things to do in La Jolla_The Taco StandMy favorite tacos at the Taco Stand were the shrimp and fish tacos.

Dinner at The Taco Stand

To end your weekend in La Jolla you’ll have dinner at the Taco Stand which is a delicious Mexican restaurant that’s also very cheap. I know, Mexican twice, really? But hey when in Mini-Mexico might as well eat lots of Mexican food right? Every Taco we had was delicious and the burritos were delish as well. We also got the guacamole but weren’t huge fans because they seem to put some sort of fruit in it (I think it was pineapple?). You can easily feed two people here for under 20 bucks.

Weekend in San Diego and La Jolla

While we were in San Diego and La Jolla, we also went to a few other places that we loved so if you have a little more time than just a weekend be sure to go to The Baked Bear, Pacific Beach, Sushi Ota, Cabrillo National Monument, Hotel Del Coronado, and Cowles Mountain.

Were there any places in La Jolla and San Diego that you went to and loved? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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September 2018 Wallpapers

September 2018 Calendar Wallpaper

Happy almost Fall guys!! I am seriously counting down the days when it will be socially acceptable for me to fill the house with apple cinnamon candles and fake pumpkins. Did you also know that September is National Self Improvement Month? I recently published a blog post titled, Five Things You Can Do To Be A Better Version Of Yourself. Be sure to check it out because let’s be honest, we all have room for improvement!

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Here are some things that I am loving for Fall!

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Lovilee I Wazz Publishing
Uppercase Designs I Jonathan Woodward Studio

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Every Tuesday I Inkstruck Studio
Flipsnack I Kate Spade

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Smashing Magazine
To Live Beautifully I Sarah Hearts

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Eve Sand I Emma Studies
Erika Firm I Whatever Bright Things

September 2018 Calendar Wallpapers

Designer Blogs I Paper Raven Co.
Candidly Keri

September 2018 Calendar Wallpapers

Inkwell Press (Must Subscribe) I Angie Spurgeon (Must Subscribe)
Evelyn Henson (Must Subscribe) I Blushed Designs (Must Subscribe)

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Bonnie Christine I May Designs
Mel Armstrong I Mospens Studio

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Rae Ritchie Designs I Britt Fabello
Minding My Nest I Edens Garden

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Oh So Lovely

5 Ways To Be A Better Version Of Yourself

Ways to be a Better Person During National Self Improvement Month

September is National Self Improvement Month and if I am being totally honest, there is room for improvement in all of us. Take me for example, I can be quite the pessimist. I often try to just look at the worst in situations so if something doesn’t meet my expectations, I am not disappointed because I was expecting the worst to happen anyways. Even though I often have a negative perspective, I am constantly trying to be more positive and be a better person than I was the day before.

This month, I am celebrating National Self Improvement Month by making a more conscious effort in leading with a positive mindset. If you are wondering what you could be doing to be a better version of yourself, here are five simple changes.

5 ways to be a better version of yourselfSelf-improvement really starts with starting the day on the right foot. Before you get out of bed and start your day, or even look at your phone to check emails or social media, really think about what you want to accomplish that day. Think of the things you might not have finished the day before or new goals you would like to set for the day and really focus on accomplishing those things. Starting your day off with good intent really helps put things into perspective and makes it clear as to what you need to focus your time and energy on. Another great thing to do in the morning when you wake up is to just simply meditate and focus on starting a clean slate.

 

5 ways to be a better version of yourself

It’s always important to be cautious about what you’re putting into your body and also what you’re exposing your body to. I can’t think of how many times I’ve eaten something and instantly regretted it five minutes later.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to #treatyoself every once in a while but it’s important to ask yourself do I really want this, will I regret eating this in an hour? Most of the time the answer is no, you don’t really want this. If you really want something, just ask yourself, if I still want this in an hour, I’ll treat myself.

It’s also important to be conscious of what you might be exposing your body to. Chemicals in beauty products and going in the sun without sunscreen on are the top two things that come to mind. Before you purchase a beauty or skincare product, look at the ingredients and make sure you know what you’re putting on your skin. Before you go out in the sun make sure you’re putting sunscreen on and make sure you’re reapplying. Burt’s Bees and YesTo are two of my favorite nonchemical beauty brands. Remember, you only have one body so take care of it.

 

Ways to be a Better Person

I think social media can be both a blessing and a curse and it can very easily make you feel insecure, unaccomplished, and give you negative vibes. It’s so easy to get caught up on other peoples Instagram feeds and let it affect how you view yourself. You see a friend buying a new car and another friend going on a nice vacation and you think to yourself, ‘Wow they’re doing a lot better than I am’ and you compare yourself to them. But a lot of times what you forget is that a picture on Instagram is just a tiny glimpse inside someone’s life.

Maybe they did buy a new car but now they’re $40,000 in debt and maybe they did go on a nice vacation but they saved for two years to go on that vacation. It’s okay to feel happy for people’s accomplishments but we need to stop comparing ourselves so much to others and focus on ourselves. If you feel like what you see on social media just makes you anxious, jealous, or give you negative vibes, then take a break. Your mental health is much more important than seeing what your friend from high school, that you haven’t talked to in eight years is up to.

 

Ways to be a Better Person

I always try to end the day with self-reflection. Before I go to sleep, I try to think of two positives and a negative from my day. I then think about my negative and ask myself, was this something out of my control, could I have done something differently, has this been a frequent negative for me? If possible, I try to turn that negative into a positive. Maybe something didn’t go as planned, I’ll then think, ‘What did I learn from that experience’ or if I didn’t accomplish something I wanted to, I try to remember tomorrow is a new day. If it is a recurring negative thought, then there is a bigger issue that I need to address and work on.

 

5 ways to be a better version of yourself

The biggest thing to remember is that nobody is perfect and everyone is a work in progress. Just because someone has a flawless Instagram feed does it mean that they don’t have insecurities or that they’re perfect. Everyone has both good and bad qualities and what is important is to focus on being the best person that you can be and work towards the goals that you want to achieve.

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