the week in photos.

happy november.

as always, I cannot believe another month has flown by. and sadly, we’re in “acceptable snow weather”. which means as an iowan I am no longer allowed to complain if it snows. because it’s practically winter. on that rather sad note, [I’m not so much a winter person ..unless it’s seen only through a window, while in sweats, under a blanket, drinking a hot drink in front of the fire. or on christmas] let’s reminisce about the month of october.

boom! //

I “styled” my new favorite sweatshirt.

eat local //

I was a guest judge for a local des moines food competition. the food was amazing.

dressing up a tee //

I bought a pair of booties that I love. and rocked them with a tee shirt + blazer.

event: loft grand opening //

I attended the grand opening a LOFT store in iowa.

engagement party //

[J]’s parent’s threw us an engagement party in chicago.

cozy peanut butter popcorn //

made thee most delicious sweet popcorn concoction: cozy peanut butter popcorn.

be my bridesmaid //

[J] & I’s friends said “yes” to being in our wedding party.

pumpkin carving //

we carved + painted pumpkins.

double denim //

I wore double denim.

pumpkin patch //

and we went to pumpkin patch. came home with zero pumpkins, but thankfully 6 apple cider donuts.

have the best weekend.

see you in a couple days!



I am not ready to come to terms with the changing of months.

it’s november.


don’t get me wrong. I love november. it’s the real start to the “holiday season“. but I haven’t shared my halloween costume. AND …I haven’t planned my monthly [october] date for [J] yet. [way to go chels, droppin’ the ball]. so I had to ask beg for an extension. which means this date better be GREAT and worth the wait. [the presssssure!!!!]. he did such an amazing job planning our {september date} … ugh. what to do?

while I’m brainstorming – let me share my halloween costume!

it was the most last minute costume I’ve ever concocted, but I think it turned out great. thanks to [J]’s help! I grabbed my trusty, amazing {faux glasses}. and slowly but surely became harry potter.

casting spells all night long.

gryffindor patch courtesy of [J] is the red tie [that he had to tie for me].

he also drew my forehead lightening bolt.

testing my “pumpkin into a carriage” spell .. :)

I’ll cast a spell on you …

then I knocked on the door. said “trick or treat, give me something good to eat …please!” this handsome man answered & gave me a full-size snickers. SCORE!!

hope you all had an amazing halloween. filled with lots of goodies.

now …

welcome november.

[and back to brainstorming a fabulous date].