Faux Suede & Fall Dresses

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Photography by Kelsey Butler Photography // Hair & Makeup by Kiss the Girl Hair & Makeup

I am so excited to share this shoot with you guys today on The Autumn Girl. This session at Laguna Gloria was my favorite shoot I have done with Kelsey. She and I literally felt like we could have been thousands of miles away on the coast of Italy (wait til you see the rest!). If you are visiting Austin or are a local who hasn’t been to this spot, it’s a must! I feel like I’m walking around in a fairytale and Taylor Swift songs keep popping in my head…

You guys! I am so excited about suede & faux suede this fall. I stopped into Francesca’s couple of months ago and snagged this beautiful green dress. I love the neckline and the subtle cutout waistline that seems to hug me in the perfect spot. The second I showed my sister, she bought the exact same dress! I was so excited to photograph it and show it to you guys but it sold out SO quickly! However, as I searched faux suede on Francesca’s website, I found a ton of options! I just adore this shirt dress in pink and I love the color and sleeveless collar. It’s so cute and will be a perfect transitional piece for fall! I also love this olive dress that would slay with booties & a leather jacket. Or just heels & a long necklace! The reason I love suede so much is because I love the texture and the way it feels on my skin. It’s soft and even gives you a little warmth :) And faux suede is just as comfortable and more affordable!

Francesca’s actually has quite the selection of gorgeous fall dresses right now. I know- it’s 100 degrees out and I’m already talking about fall? But in the fashion world, we all tend to get a bit excited about the next season a little bit early. I’ll still be wearing light & bright clothing for the next month or so while we continue summer in Austin. But I like to get prepared :) I love this burgundy colored dress that would be the perfect ensemble for a wedding or date night. This dress is similar in style and color and has a little more texture- so beautiful! And gosh, I love these burgundy suede booties! So chic!

What fall trends are you getting excited about?

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Scenes from Cinque Terre


Of all the wonderful places I have been fortunate enough to see in my 28 years, Cinque Terre is definitely one of the most breathtaking and amazing places I have been. When I told Eric that I was anxious to visit Italy, he told me the most beautiful and romantic place he has ever seen is Cinque Terre and he hoped he could take me there someday. This was nearly 6 years ago when Eric and I first started dating and I traveled to Italy with a friend after college. I didn’t make it there then so I was anxious to make it part of our sister adventure.

Cinque Terre is a place along the northwest coast of Italy inset with five small villages that are connected by train. To say Cinque Terre is beautiful is an understatement. It’s grandeur and mystique lie in the coastal towns with colorful houses overlooking the deep ocean waters and the small village roads where almost no cars drive. The delicious seafood, sunshine, sand, and slow pace of life are all part of the quiet magic of this isolated region.

We spent an entire day traveling from London to Cinque Terre via plane and trains and by the time we arrived, we were exhausted, but immediately given energy by the vibrant color and sound of town life. WE MADE IT TO ITALY! And we could just feel the shift of pace. Of our five choices, Eric recommended we stay in the village of Vernazza. And I’m so glad we did! Our AirBnB was a short walk down to the water and we found a spot at a restaurant right in the town square. To our surprise, a local band was set up to play and a full-on dance party took place as we ate our seafood risotto and sipped our 13 € bottle of wine, made right near town. After dinner, we joined in the festivities and broke out our dance moves and had a blast mixing and mingling with everyone in town.


We rose bright and early the following morning to ensure as much hiking as possible. We were due in Florence by early evening and wanted to make everything about our short stay count. Because of a recent natural disaster, 2 of the 5 villages were closed off from hikers so we were only able to experience 3: Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Vernazza is in the middle of these so we decided to hike south to Corniglia first and make our way back through Vernazza to Monterosso after. I’m glad we chose this route because it was uphill most of the way to Corniglia and I felt so out of shape. But the views were sensational.

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Gorgeous, right? All along the narrow streets of the town lie small restaurants, shops, bars, and homes. We walked through town admiring the scenery and snapped a few pictures before we were ready to turn around. I love the early morning sounds of silverware clinking and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.

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Three happy campers indeed :)

I love this view below of Monterosso. Around the bend (or through a tunnel that you can’t quite see from here), the village continues. This is a great spot to dip in the Mediterranean after a vigorous morning hike.

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We grabbed Pizza & Gelato for lunch (our daily Italian treat) and walked a bit around town to take a look at souvenir options. I bought a ceramic olive oil bottle for my kitchen and I’m still so excited about it. It was handmade by a local artist, and I have been using it every day since I’ve been home. I love flipping the bottle over and reading Made in Monterosso— a truly unique piece of art! And quite useful!


Here is a picture of us after a quick dip in the Mediterranean and on our boat ride back to Vernazza. I was (not so secretly) excited that we didn’t have to hike all the way back! Besides, who doesn’t want to experience a boat ride on the Mediterranean on a quaint Italian coast?

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Cheers to one of my favorite places in the world. We had the best time and I always savor those memories of colorful towns and gorgeous coastal views.

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Off the Shoulder Trending


Good Morning! It is raining for the third day in a row and I must say after all this heat, I don’t mind it at all. In fact, I find is so cozy that I slept in listening to the pitter patter of the drops on the rooftop and now am eating homemade breakfast tacos in the kitchen in my pajamas listening to TSwift. AND– yep, I’ve already lit my Spiced Pumpkin candle. TOO SOON?! Don’t care…

I know I have shared this top up above before but I have been loving the off the shoulder trend this summer. I snagged this crochet OTS top in olive as well and it was the perfect shirt for hot days in Italy. I think OTS tops are elegant and sexy without being too ostentatious. I’ve had my eye on this adorable OTS dress in Nude and I love its feminine and flirty details. So cute!

The OTS trend is continuing into fall and I’m so excited about it! I love this LBD with an open shoulder that is perfect for a cocktail hour or fall wedding ensemble. Or if you’re feeling super edgy, there’s an amazing black & white OTS Romper which is hot hot hot. And my favorite is this Shift Dress with a tiny bit of ruffles that comes in hot pink or black. 

I’ve linked some more of my favorite OTS tops for you down below and they are all under $50. How’s that for short & sweet? BAM! What has been your favorite summer trend?

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