Life Starts All Over Again:
Fall Lifestyle + Fashion Essentials

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My favorite season of the year is finally here! Now, in Florida we don’t exactly see a drastic change in the weather, or any change in the color of our leaves for that matter– boo, until mid-November, but I still love everything about the fall lifestyle… from football to pumpkins to the transition into the holiday season. Just as the ever-so-brilliant F. Scott Fitzgerald described, it’s as if fall marks the beginning of a new chapter, the turning of a new leaf, and the opportunity for growth. It’s refreshing and invigorating. Plus, all the best shows are in the autumn lineup, duh.


Because I sincerely adore this season, it’s imperative that I make the most out of the 90-some day period. Ergo, I’ve broken down the essential elements to the perfect Fall playtime.



I am the ultimate Yankee Candle advocate, but the Bath and Body Works 3-wick new Pumpkin Collection candles are to die for. The large jars are $20 each, assuming there are no discounts available, and they last for weeks. Pumpkin Cupcake is my favorite, but Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin and Pumpkin Caramel Latte are a close second and third. Yesterday, I went on a spending rampage in B&BW and ended up with 6 candles– They were on sale for $11 each; I’m not ashamed.



Isn’t it nuts that the right nail polish can feel like a bold fashion statement? Dark-toned lacquers, which in my opinion are borderline inappropriate during all other seasons, can spruce up any scarf, boot, and flannel ensemble.


Oh, and don’t get me wrong… I have a wide variety of nail polishes from dozens of brands, but even OPI doesn’t come close to the ease of application, chip-free formula, and adorable seasonal collections of Essie. Plus, they range from $6-8 each, which doesn’t exactly break the bank. Here are my go-to Fall colors, 1//2 being from prior years and 3//4 being from the 2013 Fall Collection.


1. Flannel // 2. Scarves // 3. Denim // 4. Over-sized sweaters // 5. Blazers // 6. Colored skinny jeans // 7. Neutral tones // 8. Boots


I realize almost all of these outfits look identical with different backgrounds. Basically, these 8 Fall Classics make up my wardrobe for the next 3 months. My favorite characteristic of this lovely season’s style is that it’s relaxed and uber comfortable. Hello, leggings and over-sized tops. I’ve missed you.


1. Football and/or other sports– ’tis the season for God, sweet tea, and the SEC.  Put it on as background noise at any soiree, and you’ll have a handful of happy//preoccupied boys.
2. Hocus Pocus, aka the best Halloween movie ever made in cinematic history
3. The omnipotent Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. This usually comes in handy as a pre-party picker-upper.
4. “Goblin Mimosas,” which are basically regular mimosas… which are basically the best drink ever.
5. Candy corn. I wish I had an aversion to this stuff… I eat it by the handful. Plus, candy corn rice crispie treats are one of the best (and only) things I can make.


That just about much sums up my Autumn essentials! What did I miss? Who else is overjoyed about the recent change of season?! Oh, and Happy Hump Day! Have a great rest of the week!


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33 thoughts on “Life Starts All Over Again:
Fall Lifestyle + Fashion Essentials

  1. Kenzie S

    This is the best list I have come across so far! I seriously couldn't agree more with all of the items listed, and I LOVE them all!! Fall is such a wonderful time of year 😀

  2. Lizbeth McGow

    Hi Stephanie! I'm following you now on FB and G+! I love everything candle related!!! as a matter of fact I spend a lot of $$$ buying them…lol…the slatkin ones from Bath & BWs are the best! I love Pumpkin Cupcake! Thanks for sharing this Fall's trends. Lizy

  3. Kim

    You can keep the candy corn and football. I'll replace it with hockey and chocolate. =) I definitely agree Hocus Pocus is one of the best Halloween movies ever made. I watch it every year. And pumpkin spice lattes? Bring. It. On. Now I want one. Dangit. Naturally though it's 80 some odd degrees outside here in Vegas as I write this comment. *sigh* Come on cooler temps!

  4. Nikki

    I love the Bath and Body Works candles! I must have the pumpkin cupcake one! Fall is my favorite time of the year. The scents, the colors, all of it is just the best!

  5. Shauna Torres

    Totally agree with everything… I love, love, love fall… We moved to the mid-west about four years ago and the FALL is one thing that I miss so much. That time that we can wear jeans, boots, and a light tee shirt is the best time of year! Plus the scents of fall… ahhhh!

    1. Stephanie Ziajka

      I couldn't agree more! It's just the best! Even though you and I miss out on the leaves and temperature changes, at least we don't completely freeze to death in the winter! 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend!


  6. Sheila Simmons

    I missed this post last week, sorry. Do you ever travel to see the changing of the leaves? I adore candles also but I have been banned from using them because I left one on for 8 hours. My hubby returned home to a house filled with a burning smell. Luckily, the glass didn't shatter because the house would have surely caught on fire. 🙁

    1. Stephanie Ziajka

      I am this year actually! I'm so excited to be heading to DC at the end of October 🙂 and oh no!! I don't know what I'd do if I were banned from burning candles… I'm a crazy candle lady for sure. Glad nothing bad happened, by the way!

  7. Paige Podbelsek

    Thanks for linking up for the blog hop, I'm so glad you commented on my blog so that I could find yours because I'm already obsessed! Especially with this post….I love fall! And Hocus Pocus is pretty much the best movie in the world. Just sayin.



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