DRESSING FOR FALL FUN!

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The cool, crisp air of fall along with the changing shades of falling leaves all signal the beginning of the holiday season. I can’t even believe that it is only 1 week away from Halloween, crazy!. We thought this would be the perfect week to treat you to some of our ideas for maximizing fall fun, while at the same time giving you some tricks for staying stylish during every activity. Take a look at some of our favorite Autumn activities and how you can dress the part for every occasion.

VISIT A FALL FESTIVAL 

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Fall festivals are always a fun way to expose yourself to some down home, local flavor and an excellent excuse to indulge in those carbohydrate rich treats we do not allow ourselves anywhere else; can you say funnel cakes and deep fried oreo’s? When venturing into a haunted house, perusing a pumpkin patch, or opting for amusement park pandemonium one thing is for sure; comfort is key. You can’t go wrong in a chic pair of skinnies, a cozy sweater, and ankle boots to keep you warm, also this outfit makes it easy to outrun any ghosts or ghouls that may cross your path.

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Leggings will suit you just as well with your oversized sweater and cozy scarf.

Check out our favorite jeans and leggings to keep you warm AND stylish:
Pascalla Ultra Suede Black Leggings
Jepson Black Leggings Black Leggings
Nico Black Skinny Jeans

 HOST YOUR OWN HALLOWEEN PARTY

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Boo! Make your own fun by hosting your own Halloween party. Check out our favorite Halloween Snacks you can easily create at home and don your favorite black dress for a “hauntingly” good time! Entertain your guests by creating your own haunted house, or settle in for a “scary movie” night. Some of our favorites are “Scream,” “The Shining,” or the classic thriller “Psycho.”

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Click below to start shopping our favorite black dress styles you can use. Just accessorize with a “witch” hat and black tights, and you’ll be the perfect “haunted” hostess.

“Witch” Black Dress styles:
“Cinderella” A Line Black Dress
“Urban Fancy” Black Knit Dress
“Flutter” Black Silk Dress

ENJOY FALL’S COLORS ON A CRISP WALK

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Don’t let the Season pass you by. Get out in nature and enjoy the beautiful colors around you. Go for a hike, get a little exercise, and break for the perfect picnic.

No need to forgo fashion and dress up like a lumber jack! The key to keeping warm is to layer. Why not try a jogger pant, paired with a long sleeved shirt and vest, and comfy hiking sneakers to keep you fit and free. Check out our other favorite hiking options below:

Our other top hiking choices:
“Pascalla” Ultra Suede Black Leggings
“Roxanne” Brown and Black Stretch Leggings
“Rylie” Black Satin Jogger Pant

BAKE EVERYTHING PUMPKIN

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Now is the time to bake everything pumpkin. From breads, to pies, to cookies, to candy, to coffee, pumpkin is IN. We love The Bitter Side Of Sweet’s pumpkin popcorn balls. They’re perfect for children and adults this season.

INGREDIENTS

6 cups popcorn
1 (8 oz.) bag pumpkin spice marshmallows
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans.

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INSTRUCTIONS

In a large microwavable bowl. Melt marshmallows for 1 minute on high.
Stir. Then add in cinnamon and stir again.
Add in popcorn and stir.
Coat hands with cooking spray or butter and roll popcorn into balls.
Sprinkle with pecans and ENJOY!

 

TAILGATE YOUR FAVORITE FOOTBALL TEAM

It’s the season to vote on your favorite team. Pack up a stash of goodies and tailgate your favorite football team. What to wear? We’ve got you covered. How about a chic little dress paired with a denim vest and your favorite comfy booties.

Get the look here:
“Sandra” Long Sleeve printed Dress
GAP “Icon” Denim Jacket
Lucky Brand “Honey” Bootie

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However you dress this week, remember we here at Posh at Play always encourage you to
BE YOU, BE FABULOUS, AND ALWAYS BE FEMININE.

 

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FALL INTO SIMPLE HEALTHY HABITS FOR BODY AND HOME

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Just as spring is a time for rebirth, autumn is also considered a transitional season. The weather turns brisk, the leaves on the trees change from dull brown to a firestorm of color,  and darkness settles in a little earlier. For many, it is a favorite time of year, but for others, it can be a trigger to falling off the health and fitness wagon. After all, how can you be expected to ignore pumpkin spice lattes? The key is to set goals BEFORE the new year, not over a drink as the clock strikes midnight.
“Fall … is a great time to start a (health and) fitness program because you’re going to create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months,” says Justin Price, owner of Biomechanics a personal training and wellness facility in San Diego.
Not only is Fall a good time to plan a strategic exercise regime, but also to change your summer skin care, eating habits, and stress management. Take a look at our four most important “wellness” points you can focus on this Season to help keep you energized, healthy, and happy.

TASTY & TRIM

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It’s so hard to resist those spicy pumpkin lattes or warm delicious hot cocoas. Well, you can still enjoy your favorite cold weather beverage. Our helpful tips when you are out:
(1) Use milk (3% milk fat) rather than the heftier half-and-half (18% milk fat)
(2) Opt for the “skinny” version, made with skim milk rather than whole
(3) Forgo the calorie rich whipped cream
(4) Order a small, rather than large

Or, make your own at home with our favorite low-cal pumpkin spice latte recipe:
You need:
1½ cups unsweetened cashew milk or other non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 teaspoons regular vanilla
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 pack Starbucks VIA instant coffee (or favorite brand)

Directions:
(1) Place cashew milk, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin a small saucepan and bring to a simmer
(2) Stir in instant coffee
(3) Transfer to a mug and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

CLEAN HEALTHY MEALS

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While we all look forward to Halloween’s scrumptious candies and the holidays’ luscious turkey, ham, and pumpkin pie, there is a way you can still indulge yet stay trim throughout the entire Season. The key is to not deprive yourself so much that you overcompensate later. We like model Gigi Hadid’s motto: “Eat clean to stay fit, eat a burger to stay sane.”
On your regular days, start with a small healthy breakfast like whole grain oatmeal, fruit, eggs, or cereal to kick start your metabolism. Curb your mid-day slump with a healthy salad of greens and protein. Finish the day off with a light dinner of chicken or fish, and vegetables. Maintain this daily routine on normal days.

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When you are out on the town, no need to sacrifice your regime. You can still order your favorites, just order dressings on the side, limit heavy breads, opt for lean meats or salads, and stay hydrated with water. Spending a little extra time on what you eat throughout your normal routine, means you can indulge a little on the special days without “falling off the bandwagon.”

KEEPING SKIN CLEAN

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As the warmth of summer’s sun fades and we go into the “hibernation” Season, sometimes our skin takes a backseat to the busy-ness of Fall’s activities. With the crisp cool air, skin can easily lose moisture so it is vital to change your daily skin care regime. Take a look at some of our favorite tips from top designers and dermatologists.

AT HOME EYE REMEDIES

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The simplest way to look energetic throughout this busy time of year is to keep your peeps bright and alert. While a comforting facial is always beneficial, we don’t always have the time in our busy schedules. The easiest way to stay fresh is with a quick at-home eye treatment right before you go to bed, or just when you wake up. In addition to reducing salt, hydrating with water, and preventing allergens, these are our favorite “quick tips:”

(1)  CUCUMBERS (containing antioxidants and flavonoids): Place a cool slice on each eye and take a rest for 30 minutes. Afterward you’ll feel nice and refreshed.
(2) RAW POTATO SLICES: They stay cool longer and contain an astringent that helps remove the water from under the eyes. Lay over the eyes and reap the benefits.
(3) WITCH HAZEL: Chill witch hazel (a well-known astringent to reduce swelling and redness) and apply a bit to cotton pad; let sit on closed eyes for 5 minutes.
(4) COLD WATER: Refresh your face with a cool water wash first thing in the morning. If your eyes feel extra puffy, dip a washcloth in cold water, squeeze out excess and lay over eyes.

NEW SKIN CARE REGIME

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With the fluctuating weather, it is extra important to slough off dead cells and keep skin hydrated against the Season’s uneven temperatures. Make sure you lather up with an additional amount of non-comedogenic hydration. Instead of relying on chemical ridden products, why not make your own easy nourishing face and body scrub at home to use throughout the Fall months ahead:
DIRECTIONS:
In a small bowl mix: One tablespoon of brown sugar
A generous squeeze of honey
A teaspoon of olive oil
Mix until one paste. After removing any makeup, massage this concoction all over your face for a minute or so and then rinse with warm water. (Make a larger quantity for full body exfoliation).

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SIMPLIFIED FALL MAKE-UP IDEAS

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With the new Season comes new beauty trends. Even though the leaves turn darker and the nights come sooner, that doesn’t mean that make-up must follow. This year, counterbalance warmer colors with a fresh-faced, simple make-up care routine you’ll sure to appreciate, especially on those busy days.

Click her to check out this quick “how to” on daily make-up you can start today:
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And when you DO feel like dressing up a bit, just swipe on this Season’s most glamorous lip colors in power reds, 90’s browns, or liquid berry.

BE CALM AND REJUVENATE

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During the hectic Season, take a little time to calm, cleanse, and rejuvenate. Our favorite way is through aromatherapy, the most natural way to release stress. The methods of use are what makes aromatherapy one of the most beautiful and indulgent of all the complementary therapies. From vaporizing, to massage, to bathing, to foot baths, there are so many ways to enjoy the captivating aromas of our pure essential oils.

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Our favorite way to relax is vaporisation, the most popular and versatile method of use in Aromatherapy. Once the particles are inhaled, the essential oil vapors may alter moods and balance emotions within seconds.

How to:
Fill your vaporiser with water to the level indicated. Add 6-9 drops in total of pure essential oils to the water and light the candle at the base of a Ceramic Vaporiser or switch on your Electric or Ultra Sonic Vaporiser.

Don’t stop with just your home. You can stay calm throughout the day in your car with lemon infused oils to reduce anxiety and stress or revive during the mid-afternoon  slump with coffee or cinnamon reviving scents.

And finally, end the day in peace with a indulgent warm bath. Bathing is the most beautiful and nurturing method of use in the practice of Aromatherapy. All the senses are engaged in this practice and the mind and body are totally relaxed as the pure essential oils enter the body.

How to:
Add 3 drops in total of chosen oils like Rose or Lavender to one teaspoon of Sweet Almond Massage Base Oil and disperse into bath water. Agitate the surface of the bath and then immerse body and relax for 10 minutes.

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SIMPLE CELEBRATIONS CREATE LIFETIME MEMORIES

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The year would not be complete without the celebrations that fill the Season, creating pockets of joy to last a lifetime. No need for extravagance; let nature take over and provide the perfect backdrop for your Fall party. Whether you are planning a Halloween masquerade, gearing up for Thanksgiving, or hosting a casual get-together, go simple this Season.

Fill a glass urn with pine cones and colorful leaves from the back yard or make a centerpiece with pumpkins from your local pumpkin patch. Enhance your house with cinnamon essential oils for a calm environment, and add a couple of plaid throw blankets over chairs. If the weather permits, end your party with an old fashioned marshmallow roasting and snuggle into your warm blankets for an entertaining evening of fun, food, and fellowship.

Added bonus, hosting your own gathering means you get to pull out your favorite party wear, and stay cozy and warm without having to step foot out of the door. Make it easy on yourself by having guests bring their favorite Fall goodies, and stir together a simple apple cider that young and old alike can enjoy.

Check out our favorite Fall party wear to try:
“Sparkling” Black Sequin Pullover Sweater
“Pullover” Pale Blue Knit Sweater
“Miranda” Novelty Floral Lace Crochet Sweater

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In this hectic time year, you can find ways to detox and decompress throughout your daily activities. Whether you opt for a “skinny” latte, relax with a natural scrub, overhaul your makeup routine, or calm with essential oils, enter the Season refreshed and revived rather than tired and stressed. Look for ways to get out and enjoy the fresh crisp air and the colorful changes in nature, inspiring you to try a few new things this Fall. Comment below and let us know which refreshing ideas appeal to you!

Remember no matter what we here at Posh at Play always encourage you to
BE YOU, BE FABULOUS, AND ALWAYS BE FEMININE.

OUTFITS TO FIT EVERY FALL OCCASION

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Festivals. Parties. Events. Dinners. Autumn always seems to fly by with a plethora of holiday activities. Don’t let your fashion style go with the hectic pace of the Season. Your wardrobe can work for you this year with just the right accessories and a little advanced planning. We’ve selected our favorite outfits to fit every Fall occasion or event you have planned in the coming weeks. So peruse our fashion tips below and get to planning your Winter style.

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A TRIP TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH

It wouldn’t be Fall without a trip to a  pumpkin patch to pick out your favorite size, shape, and color. Today’s pumpkin patches have expanded to include carnival attractions, pony rides, and fair food to keep you and the family entertained for an entire day’s outing. If you are really feeling festive, plan a trip to visit one of Fodor’s Top Pumpkin Festivals across the US or check your local listings for pumpkin patches in your area. Since weather can be uncertain at this time of the year, be sure to include a snug scarf or oversized poncho trending for Fall 2015. We love Hale Bob’s olive lace trimmed satin shift dress paired with a purple printed scarf or a cozy gray fringe poncho from Zara and your favorite low heeled ankle booties for all day comfort and style.

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APPLE PICKING

After you’ve picked out your favorite pumpkins for the Season, head to an apple orchard to harvest Fall’s sweetest and most versatile snack. Check out Huffington Post’s 10 best places to go apple picking or take a look at the Old Farmer’s Almanac for tips on planting your own apple tree. Look hip while harvesting in a flowy floral print skirt and cozy knit sweater paired with suede ankle boots perfect for all day picking. We like Bergdorf Goodman’s “Haute Hippie” floral skirt topped with Liberty Garden’s oversized gray knit sweatshirt and matching gray suede booties from Sam Edelman.

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If skirts aren’t really your style, go with a pair of skinny jeans tucked into knee high boots and a simple Tee topped with a leather jacket and scarf. We like the slightly faded wash “Chelsea” skinny jeans from Joe’s Jeans combined with your favorite loose Tee, a cool camel colored leather jacket from YOOX, accessorized with waterproof red knee high boots from Hunter and a warm cashmere red plaid scarf from Nordstrom. Whichever look you choose, show off your chic Autumn style picking apples in the orchard this Season.

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WINE TASTING

Looking for adventure this Fall? Consider making a trip to California, known for some of the best wineries across the US. From the Navarro Vineyards in Mendocino to Beckman Vineyards near Santa Barbara, California’s wine makers hope you will stay awhile with updated tasting rooms, tours to the vineyards, wine and dinner pairings, and personal tastings with the owners themselves. If travel isn’t ideal this Season, make your own little “tour” to your city’s top restaurant wine offerings. Either way, you’ll look chic without trying too hard in a midi length plaid skirt, soft blush pink sweater, and classy ankle strap heels. We like the A line plaid midi skirt from Anthropologie paired with Liberty Garden’s soft powder pink pleated sweater and Sam Edelman’s round toed suede ankle strap heels. You are sure to shine with comfort, confidence, and class as you sip your way through your own wine taste outing.

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HALLOWEEN PARTY

Not all Halloween parties call for outlandish costumes or hours of preparation. Say “yes” to your next Halloween event with confidence knowing we have you covered if “costumes are required.” Our simple solution is the go-to “Little Black Dress” paired with your favorite party shoes, elegant jewelry, and classic masquerade mask. We love Hale Bob’s beautiful black beaded silk velvet cocktail dress or the beaded stretch lace dress, both flattering and suitable for the occasion. If you like a little more “bling,” choose Hale Bob’s black sleeveless sequined cocktail dress accessorized with Betsey Johnson’s rhinestone enhanced black lace pumps, handmade vintage pumpkin necklace, and a Gothic crystal studded masquerade mask from the Victoria Trading Company. A fourth option is to go a la “Morticia” from The Addams Family with Hale Bob’s floor length solid black jersey halter knit dress. Don’t be “scared” away by your next party invite. Take our simple dress up tips and you’ll be the “Queen of the night.”

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FALL WEDDING

While Summer weddings are easy to dress for with strapless sundresses and sheer fabrics, Fall can be a little tricky due to the chillier weather. For the cooler months, look for heavier skirt fabrics and long sleeve dress sweaters to keep you warm yet fabulous. We like Hale Bob’s floral print maxi skirt paired with the black chiffon and faux leather long sleeve blouse or go with Hale Bob’s black novelty floral lace crochet sweater, accessorized with Louise et Cie classic black pumps and elegant envelope clutch from Rebecca Minkoff.

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For a simple Fall and Winter wedding style, sweep your hair into a low classic ballerina bun and pair you favorite Summer sundress with a black leather jacket or fur stole, black chunky heels,and black clutch. Get a similar look as picture above with Hale Bob’s mint floral maxi dress, black leather jacket from Halogen, Opening Ceremony’s black suede chunky heels, and classic Saint Laurent “Monogram” clutch. However you choose to style your next wedding outfit, don’t shy away from florals for Fall.

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AUTUMN PICNIC

No need to stay indoors just because the weather gets chilly. Browse the web for your city’s favorite hiking and picnic areas, pack a blanket and lunch, and spend the day with Nature. The most essential fashion necessities when outdoors include comfortable hiking boots and warm layers when the temperatures drop. Start your style with Hudson’s snug “Collin” skinny jeans, ivory mixed media flyaway top from Liberty Garden, red long sleeve plaid shirt from Rails, and complete with UGG’s water resistant black ankle boots. Change up your denim style with Citizen’s of Humanity’s variety of different Autumn colors from Lunchbag to Astro turf to Poison, appropriate for the Season.

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Another fun Fall picnic idea is to rent a boat and spend the day on the sea. Visit your local lake or beach front for boat options and daily rates. We love celebrity Lauren Conrad’s chic sailing style with a warm sweater paired with skinny pants and comfy knee high boots topped with a sailor’s cap. Shop her look here with black “jeggings” from Joe’s Jeans, Liberty Garden’s cozy ultra suede sweatshirt, black knee highs from Barney’s New York, and wool sailor’s cap from Gucci, borrowed from the guys.

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Take a little time off this Season, and plan to do something you love to refresh your soul and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Whether it’s romping around in a pumpkin patch, wine tasting through the hillside, or picnicking in Nature, these are the moments we most cherish and remember. No need to forgo style and class at each one of your holiday events. Take our simple tips and remember to… be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.