What's in my bag?

We're back, friends!!!
As always welcome back to the blog. As you can tell there have been some changes around here. I'm definitely making 2018 the year of the blog, and I really hope y'all can tell how much heart and soul is going into everything I post. 

Since one of my favorite Christmas presents I received was a new Rebecca Minkoff handbag, I thought I'd show you what I keep in my bag. 

1. Japonesque Setting Powder
Though I don't do nearly as many beauty related post as I should, I'm definitely a huge makeup junkie. And as a girl with skin that's a bit more on the oily side, I absolutely swear by this setting powder. It retails for less than 30 dollars and is an absolute must-have in my bag.

2. Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creme
Another makeup product? I told you I was into makeup. So technically I had two of these lipsticks in my bag at the time, but I'll link the nude one up above. Essentially whenever I'm wearing a berry lip, or a nude lip on the blog it's one of these two colors. They're the smoothest application, with a such a long-lasting pigment. Not to mention they smell like marshmallows, so that's always a plus. The berry color is called Copenhagen and the nude one is called Cannes.

3. iPhone 
Okay, raise your hand if you don't leave the house without your phone. Yeah, same here. This one here is pretty explanatory, this girl is definitely a phone addict.

4. Rebecca Minkoff Moonwalking Satchel
My new bag! There are no words to express how head over heels I am for this thing. But I'll try. I've been eyeing this little thing for a while now but wanted to wait until Christmas time before making the investment.  To my pleasant surprise, it went on sale at Nordstrom marked it down like 40%. Naturally, I marched my little butt into Nordstrom and snagged it right away.

5.  Bath & Bodyworks Travel Lotion
Every girl can attest to how annoying it is to shake someone's hand only to release that yours are dry and papery. It's happened to me one too many times, so now I swear by little travel sized lotions. Bath & Body Works is a great place to find them because they have a ton of different fragrances for super cheap.

6. Apple Earpods
Whether it's music, podcast or Snapchat video I feel like you always need a pair of headphones in your bag. I'm still a classic Apple headphone girl, I just can't get behind the whole wireless thing. I'm super afraid of losing them. Especially since I'm the type of girl who just tosses them in her bag. I need wires!

7. A Powder Brush
This one kind of goes with number one. I try to keep a multipurpose makeup brush in my bag just in case I need to touch up anything.  This one is from a Sonia Kaschuk set at Target, but since it's no longer available I've linked an Ulta one I really like.

And though it isn't pictured my Madewell wallet, and my car keys are usually in my bag as well! I hope y'all enjoyed this little peek into my handbag. I can't wait for all the fun new posts I've got coming the rest of the month and in 2018!

Until next time,

It's Always Sunny In Austin

Hey friends, long time no see! Finals gave absolutely been wearing me down, and I'm so looking forward to the holidays. But before Christmas rolls around, I wanted to share my favorite Black Friday find, these adorable bright blue hunter boots. I've wanted a pair for such a long time, but could never justify them when it doesn't get that cold in Texas. But, then this ended up being majorly marked down, and a deal I totally couldn't pass up. It'd had always been my intention to get a neutral pair should I ever buy some, and these are totally not a neutral. But then again, maybe that's my justification for a second pair? 

I feel like Hunter Boots are the cutest pop of color to add to any outfit. Especially this cozy sweater I picked up a while back from J.Crew. It's the softest thing, and an absolute go to on class days. It's also on a pretty major sale right now too, so I've linked it below for you. 

Hope you enjoyed this quick little outfit post, and can't wait to show you all the content I'm planning for the new year.

Until next time,

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A Festive Affair

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There's something about the holidays that makes everything I wear just a little more festive. From jewel-toned colors to ruffles, to red lips I'm a fan. The other day I was on my way home, and I happened across the cutest red door that totally evoked everything Christmas is to me. So naturally, I had to go back and shoot some pictures.

Even though Texas hasn't been quite as cold this season as I'd like this fall, I've been finding ways to get the most of my cold weather pieces. For instance, with this look, I'd usually wear tights or jeans. But since it's been so warm I was able to just keep my legs bare and throw on a pair of riding boots.

What are your favorite pieces to style during the holidays?

Until next time,

What I've been reading lately: November 2017

There's something about the cooler seasons that makes me want to just curl up with a good book. Perhaps is the fact that most of my favorite stories are mysteries, and they just seem more plausible when its cold. Or maybe it's those extended breaks from school. Either way, I thought I'd share what books have been on my reading list this past month or so.

I'm still currently reading this book so I can't quite give an in-depth review, but it follows a woman whose move from Russia to America brings her on an unexpected adventure. From being run over by horses to owning an ice cream empire, she pretty much does it all. So far it's definitely been a page turner, full of sly humor and the best wit. If it continues the way it began, its an absolute recommend for sure. 

Now only the other end of the spectrum is this beautiful poetry book I've recently picked up. So if you hadn't read my post about curating the perfect Instagram feed, then you wouldn't know I'm absolutely obsessed with Orion Carloto. She's an Instagrammer with a wry talent for illustrative poetry. A couple weeks ago she released Flux, her first poetry book and I had to pick it up. It's an absolutely lovely read, and I'm not going to lie a couple poems have hit me so hard that I've cried. But I also cry a lot, so that may not be saying much. Regardless of whether you're familiar with Orion or not, Flux is a great read for even the most casual poetry aficionado. 

To all my Law & Order fans out there, this IS the read for you. Funnily enough, I picked up this book on a whim. It was nestled into the bargain bin, and for only five dollars I figured, why not? Though I didn't have incredibly high expectations going in, this book was everything I needed & more. And I'm not just saying that because I'm prone to dramatics. Y'all, it is THAT good. Basically, this book goes into your favorite episodes of Law & Order and explains the real case that inspired the episode. The aspiring lawyer in me was so intrigued by this, and I'd totally recommend this fun little read.

And that wraps up what I've been reading lately. I'm always looking for book suggestions, so feel free to leave yours in the comments. 

Until Next Time,

Books, Booties & Bags.

Though I don't think I've talked it much on the blog, I absolutely love reading. There's nothing more therapeutic than curling up with a good book, on a cold afternoon. However since college keeps me busy pretty much 24/7, it can be hard to make time for my favorite pass time. So the other day when a friend & I decided to turn an impromptu blog shoot into a trip to the bookstore, I lept at the chance. 

Every once in a while Texas will give me a glimpse of what it's like to have actual seasons, and I'll get to wear an actual sweater without sweating. This was definitely one of those days, as you can see from all my layers! (This is what layering looks like in Texas at least) So I definitely got to pull out all the stops and tap into my preppier side. Not to mention this L.L Bean Boat & Tote allowed me to buy all the books my little heart desired because this bag literally fits everything. It's definitely a fall favorite. Let me know what your fall staples are!

                                                                 Until next time,

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A Trip to the Patch.

Hi, friends welcome back to the blog! For starters, Happy Halloween! I've been a bit inconsistent lately as far as my posting schedule goes but I've got a bunch of posts planned and will be posting a ton coming into the holiday season. So no this isn't a traditional Halloween costume posts, but in case you were wondering I was a scarecrow.

Instead, I wanted to share with you my recent trip to the pumpkin patch. Texas has been teasing me with a few bits of fall weather lately and I'm loving it. So here's what I wore!

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Fall Coffee Chat: Anxiety

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Hey friends, welcome back to the blog! Life has been pretty busy so I did end up skipping a week. But I'm back! So for this week's post, I wanted to try a little something different. Some of my favorite blog post to read, are the ones about vulnerability. I wanted to try a little bit of that this week, talking about something I've struggled with for a while. My good old friend, anxiety.

So, if you've ever met me you'd know I wear many hats. I'm a full-time college student, a blogger, a public relations intern, a magazine contributor, a daughter and a friend. To top all of that off I'm also a perfectionist, and way too hard on myself. So it's not really a surprise that around the seventh or eighth grade I developed a bit of anxiety. Well, it'd kind of been something I lived with and didn't really think much about. That is until about last summer. So this past summer I was balancing an internship, a part-time job, and trying to desperately make something of this blog.

At first, I don't think I even realized that my anxiety was getting worse. I just thought I was a little moodier, and just having a rough week. Then I had a full-blown panic attack. Because I didn't realize how overworked and exhausted I was, it completely caught me off guard. I was heading downstairs to grab breakfast when I felt like I was slipping into paralysis. I physically could not move my body. Then my hands started to shake, and I felt like I was hyperventilating. It was by this point I realized what was happening, which in turn made me even for upset. All I could do was lay there, and sob until it was over. And y'all I would not wish that feeling of immense helplessness on my worse enemy.

These happened to me three more times that month, but I kept it to myself. I was so afraid that telling people I had anxiety meant I was broken, or a burden. It meant I was even further away from this image of perfection that I'd tried to create for myself.

Eventually, I ended up confiding in a friend about my struggles, and she encouraged me to talk to my mom. And wow, was that emotional. But she was also able to share some truths with me that I want to share with you as well. She said to me,

"Having struggles doesn't make you weak. We all have them and that's what makes us human."
I know it sounds like a really simple proclamation, and something I should've been able to come to myself. But I can't even begin to describe how freeing it was to hear that it's okay not to be okay. And I hope that if you've gotten anything from this post it's that. If you're going through a rough time, it's okay. And you're never alone.

Until Next Time,

70s Transitional

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It's honestly been way too long since I've done a style post. I'd love to blame it on a regress in my shopping addiction, but that's not quite true. Here lately I've been really yearning for fall fashion, but Texas isn't exactly on board with the program. No matter how many pumpkin candles I burn, and warm lattes I sip it's still like 80 degrees outside. It's really quite heart-breaking. But nevertheless, I'm determined to make it work.

Since I have my car this year, I've been determined to explore more of Austin. I'm even devoting an entire tab to it in my revamp. (More details soon) So I grabbed one of my friends and we headed down Cesar Chavez St. I'd never really been in the area before so I was pretty surprised by all the adorable little shops dotting the street. There was one called EA/ST that sold the most adorable hand painted cards that definitely still has my heart. 

But for a trip like this, you need to be in something comfortable. Now let me introduce you to my new favorite style of jeans. The cropped flare. The 70s trend has been making a comeback for a bit now, and I'm all over it. I love the look of tucking a simple white t-shirt into super comfy wide legged jeans. I'm a pretty short-legged girl, so I threw on these fun block heels to give me just a little more height. 

Hope you enjoyed the first of many upcoming style posts!

Until Next Time,

Turn Your House Into a Home w/ Trapp Fragrances

I recently moved into my first apartment, and I'm not going to lie it was a bit overwhelming. For one I've never had my own living room, kitchen or laundry room so I had no idea what to do or how to decorate. I remember spending weeks on Pinterest prior to moving in trying to figure out how to perfect the Joanna Gaines' farmhouse aesthetic. I wanted everything to absolutely perfect.

But let's get real, this girl is on a college budget and shiplap can get a little expensive. So I did what anyone in my situation would do and got a little creative. I picked up the pillows and mirrors from Home Goods for all under 30 dollars a piece.

As for the accessories, you might remember those floral arrangements from my launch party post. Well, I had quite a few of them leftover so they've found a new home in my apartment. And the picture frame, which is sadly still empty was apart of a DIY I did for my dorm last year.

Before moving to college, I was a HUGE candle person. I could probably write an entire blog post on my thoughts my favorite candles. It'd be a long one. But for most dorms, and off-campus apartments you're not allowed to burn candles. Not going to lie, that was a crushing blow for me. But my friends at Trapp Fragrances made sure I was taken care of.

If you haven't heard of the brand, Trapp Fragrances is a candle line based in Kansas City, MO. They're committed to using only the highest quality ingredients impeccable fragrance quality. Well in addition to their stellar candles, they've also got a line of room sprays and reed diffusers.  Since I can't burn candles, I absolutely swear by both products.

I keep a Home Fragrance Mist in just about every room of the apartment, with my favorite being the lavender, that I keep in the kitchen. And then for bigger spaces, like the living room, I like to use reed diffusers. Not only do they leave the entire room smelling like your scent of choice, but they're also pretty dang cute.

If you'd like to pick up some of my Trapp favorites for yourself, you can do so at their website or at one of the many retailers near you that carry their products!

Though it's taken some time, and I still haven't gotten everything quite put together yet this little apartment is beginning to feel a little more like home. I can't wait to show you the rest of the space as I finish it.

Until Next Time,

P.S - I didn't link any of the home decor because it's pretty much all from Home Goods. Also, the actual furniture came with the apartment, so no idea where that's from either. So sorry!

P.P.S- A special thanks to my friends at Trapp Fragrances for sponsoring this post. 

August Favorites w/ Token Jewelry

Hey friends! August has come and gone, which is pretty crazy. We're so close to the end of 2017, and that blows my mind. But that does mean it's time for another favorites post. For me August was an incredibly full month, I was finishing up an internship, celebrating my nineteenth birthday, and starting my sophomore year of college. It's been a pretty wild ride. So I only have three favorites this month, but they're such good ones.

1. Mario Badescu Rose Water Facial Spray
Apparently, I am so late to the game with this one, and every girl is already using this. But I'm going to tell you about it anyway. It is so good. I used to use a really basic facial spray from Target, but I soon found it was really drying out my skin. Ever since then I'd been a little hesitant to try another one, but as soon as I found this one I was sold. It's so hydrating and can be used as a setting spray as well. And bonus points for this little bottle only being five dollars at Ulta.

2. Token Jewelry's Sunday Earrings
Just in case y'all didn't know I love Sundays. It's my favorite day of the week, and I gush about it all the time. Let me know if you'd like a post all about my Sunday routine! But anyway, the moment I saw these adorable handmade earrings I knew I needed a pair. Sarah Wilger, who owns the Etsy shop that makes these beautiful, minimalist designs was so incredibly sweet and sent me a pair. Her line has an incredible range from small dainty pieces like these to bold statement pieces. Head on over and check them out here!

3. Max Lucado's Traveling Light
If I'd never told you guys, I love to read. I don't have as much time to do as I'd like but curling up with a book is still one of my very favorite hobbies. A few weeks ago I was wandering through Barnes & Noble and found this book. Essentially it takes the book of Psalms and talks about how God doesn't mean for your life to be full of worry and despair. As someone who's struggled with anxiety, and comparison for so long it's been so sweet to read that my life is meant for so much more. Even if you're not particularly religious it's such a good read.

And that's it! I hope y'all enjoyed this month's favorites. And a special thanks to Token Jewelry for sponsoring this post.

Until Next Time,

Life Update & Instagram Round Up

August has come and gone which is sort of crazy. It's been a whirlwind, I've turned nineteen, started my sophomore year of college, and am living in my first apartment. (More posts about that coming soon). But basically, my life has done a complete 180.

I've been posting a lot about my life on Instagram, but just in case you're not following me on there (you totally should, @autumnksanders)  here's a little update on what's happening with me!

1. I turned 19!
I talked a little bit about my birthday in my 19 things I've learned post, which you can find here. I spent my birthday at a resort in Mexico, which was so much fun and an experience I'm incredibly thankful for. I posted this picture of me enjoying breakfast in bed. Overall nineteen has been incredibly sweet so far. It's not that I feel any older really, but I feel like I'm wrapping something up.

2. I started my sophomore year.
As of like three days ago, I'm officially a sophomore at my dream school, The University of Texas at Austin. It's kind of insane, and time is flying. This picture is technically this was before I went back to school, but you get the point. I spent my last few days before move in trying to soak up all the goodness that is my amazingly kind, courageous high school friends. In this picture is my friend Emily who is one of the most darling people you'll ever meet and continuously inspires me to be better. Sadly she goes to Texas A&M, but no one's perfect.

3. I joined a sorority.
This is probably one of my favorite pictures on my Instagram currently. After lots of thought and heartfelt discussions with my closest friends, I decided to go through sorority recruitment. Honestly going in I didn't have high expectations, I kept waiting to be stressed, feel out of place, or for anxiety. But in actuality, it turned out to be one of the most fun filled, enriching weeks I've ever had. Recruitment really caused me to dig deep, and reflect on who I am as a person. In the end, I chose to become a member of Delta Gamma, and I couldn't be happier with my choice. And as a fun little bonus, two of my best friends are now my sorority sistas!

And that's where I've been these past few weeks. I hope you enjoyed this fun little update on me, and I'll see you all again on Wednesday for my August favorites!

Until Next Time,