Monday, October 20, 2014

A Snohomish Fall


Happy fall! The past two years have made me really learn to appreciate this season for what it is. I used to be very apprehensive towards fall and the colder months, but I've come to love layering, the clouds, and the festivities. This year I've really celebrated the season. My roommate from school last year Lindsey and I went to a pumpkin patch in Snohomish with one of her friends. The Farm at Swan's Trail is just down the road from my house and honestly of the greatest farms and pumpkins patches around, and the perfect place to celebrate fall with loved ones. Aside from a petting zoo, various food and drink options, hayrides, tractor rides, playgrounds, a huge beautiful venue space, and a Washington state corn maze (the maze includes Washington cities as intersections, etc.!), Swan's Trail has an enormous pumpkin patch, guaranteeing you'll find your perfect pumpkin. It's the most family friendly, vibrant, fun, and positive space around! I bought a cup of local fresh pressed apple cider and apple cider donuts, which were amazing

As every girl in every pumpkin patch around, I wore my Hunter rain boots (they're perfect and make me feel invincible while in the patch). I also brought out my burgundy jeggings from Hollister, which may have paired badly with my red Hollister jacket... It was chilly! My vest and sweater (similar) are from Old Navy and my monogrammed necklace from Ameera Noor.

What are you doing this fall to celebrate the season?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vote for Love

Jacket  ||  Tee  ||  Pants (similar)  ||  Booties  ||  Necklace

Oh fall... My love for the season has greatly developed. I used to dread October, knowing the temperature would drop to the 50s and I couldn't get away with just a cardigan anymore. As much love and taste for fall has grown, so has my fall style. Buying this jacket (I swear I own more jackets than just this one!) has been one of the best style investments I've made. The navy color is so neutral and works with every color - even black. I bought this tee just the other day from J.Crew for $12 - yeah, only $12. It's hard to read but says "Vote for Love" across the front and comes in a beautiful peach color! Also, these Nine West booties are too comfortable. I swear I could walk all day in them!

Here a few cute, inexpensive, and similar jackets that are perfect for fall, and similar booties to mine!

What's your fall staple?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall is famous for one thing everywhere: pumpkin. Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, there will be pumpkin spice lattes (#basic), pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin milkshakes, and pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I came across this recipe for pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies a bit ago and had to make them! They're soft, gooey, rich, and delicious, perfect for a household full of family, a gift for friends, or to make all for yourself ;) 

Baking these cookies was unbelievably simple. Adding in nuts or taking out the chocolate chips would make them just as delicious. The best part about easy recipes is being able to adapt it to your own desires or needs! Try out the recipe, snap a pic, and send it to me! I love seeing what others are baking - I think I'm going to make a point to start baking more often!

What's your favorite fall treat?

Monday, October 6, 2014

5 under $50: Bucket Bags

I'm currently on the lookout for a great bag. I have a cute little coach cross body, but it's tiny and doesn't carry everything I need. I've considered bucket bags for many reasons: I love the way they look (we all know how important that is), they're big enough to carry what I need, and you can get great quality ones for under $50! As a college student saving up to buy a car, saving money as much as I can is a priority right now.

Lucky enough, all of these bags are under $50 - what a steal! The neutral colors are perfect for fall, match every outfit, and are easy to clean. There are so many styles, which I absolutely love!

Tell me, what bags are on your radar lately?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

5 Things You Should Know While Shopping

Take it from me: as an impulsive avid shopper, I know what it's like to be a customer in the retail world. I know what it's like to struggle to find a size, not know what sales apply to what items, and get nervous to ask questions. We've all been there (or still are, that's okay). But, as someone who has spent the past couple of years working on the other end as a sales associate, there are plenty of things most customers don't understand, which can drastically change the experiences for both the associate and the customer. I work hard to create a positive, organized, and fun shopping experience for every person who walks in the door, but realistically, not every person will experience the attitude I try to create. I've compiled a list of five key things every shopper should be aware of next time they're out shopping - it might make your experience a little bit better.

Try to be as patient as you can be  ||  Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that no-shows are a real thing. There are plenty of people where I work who simply don't show up for their shifts, without warning or getting anyone to cover them. It really throws off the entire day to be short even one person. If you're ever waiting for a fitting room or a cashier for what feels like forever, try to remember that not everything goes as planned. Simply ask kindly if someone could assist you!

I am a sales associate - company policies, prices, product, and store design are not in my control  ||  This one is simple: I have no control over anything. I am a sales associate, aka I'm in the lowest position of the company. I can't override prices because it's not cheap enough, I can't decide what items are designed and sold in store, and I can't change where tables are set, adjust the lighting, or take down marketing/posters that don't please you. I'm there to assist you if you need a size in a item, need helping finding an item, need a fitting room, to answer questions, and to help you purchase your items.

Being a kind shopper while heighten your experience  ||  I hate to admit it, but it's hard to work with a rude shopper. I'm more likely to spend more time assisting someone who's kind and treats me like another person, versus someone who walks in and is immediately rude. Instead of becoming frustrated with the sales associate trying to help you, work to effectively communicate what your needs are. We can't help you if you don't try to work with us.

Sales associates are not out to get you  ||  We are human, meaning we make mistakes. If we accidentally rung up the wrong item, scanned one item twice, or the price didn't show up correctly on the register, it was an honest mistake. We are not out to ruin your day, take your money, or cause a scene. Mistakes happen! Just let us kindly know what you think happened and we would be more than happy to fix the issue.

Let us help you  ||  There is no shame in feeling a little lost while shopping. If you can't find your size, the item you're looking for, or something to pair with what you have, let us know! We are more than happy to assist you - it's our job. Admitting you need help builds a relationship between yourself and the associate, maximizing your experience!

Like I said, us sales associates are here to help you and create a positive shopping experience for you. For that to happen, everyone needs to work together, communicate, and do their best to understand the other!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Undeniable Report: Re-Launched

The Undeniable Report

It's the happiest day of October: The Undeniable Report has launched! For the past couple of months, I've been a (very proud) member of the amazing team behind Undeniable. Once an online magazine, Undeniable has grown into an interactive lifestyle website written by a community of young women from all around the country. We aim to create a positive space and include article from every important topic in a person's life: beauty, health, fashion, travel, school, and empowerment, to name a few. 

I'm so excited to be a part of such an amazing team. I've developed relationships with amazing girls from all around and am so proud to help create Undeniable. Please take a look, share with your friends, and give us feedback! We'd love to hear your thoughts!


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