ON MY RADAR NO. 60

Happy Friday from freezing Charleston! Well, at least freezing for down here lol. I’m spending the day cozy inside filming 2 upcoming videos and preparing for Thanksgiving next week! The excitement of the holidays is definitely here and I couldn’t be happier about it. This weekend I’ll be filming another video or 2 (I like to film far in advance of my scheduled posting day because I like to plan and prepare my videos and give myself plenty of time to refilm anything if necessary. Other than that, I’m excited to play around with the new goodies I received from the Sephora VIB Sale - nothing crazy, just a few things I know I love and use and a few I’ve been wanting to try. Also, I can’t wait to get outside and enjoy this gorgeous weather after almost a week of rain and clouds. I know Maddie can’t wait to go back to the dog park either. In the meantime, here are a few of the things that have caught my attention this week.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS | First and foremost I want to thank you for leaving such encouraging and wonderful comments on my videos and here on my posts. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to reply in a timely manner since most of my days are fully occupied filming and teaching myself how to do more sophisticated video editing, but I want you to know that I read almost every comment and am hoping to catch up next week when I have some downtime over Thanksgiving. Until then though, I want you to know how much I love hearing from you and that every time I receive a thoughtful, encouraging comment it keeps me motivated and inspired.

HOLIDAY TABLES 2 WAYS | You know how much I love Jennifer of the Daily Connoisseur and her recent video about repurposing the same plates, cutlery and floral arrangements for Thanksgiving and Christmas is wonderful and so useful!

GRANA LAUNCHES COATS | This week Grana launched coats and they’re so cute! They feature a cocoon shade and are double-breasted for some visual interest and comes in black and camel.

EVERLANE COCOON COAT | Speaking of coats, Everlane re-released their cocoon coats this week and they’re also so cute! I’ve heard great things about them and love that they come in a variety of colors - including some vibrant shades to liven up your fall/winter wardrobe.

MILLENNIALS TREATING PETS LIKE FIRST BORN | As an animal lover, millennial and pet owner, this article came as no surprise. Jason and I go out of our way to buy the best quality, most natural, holistic food we can find for our cats and Maddie - even if that comes with a high price tag. Hearing that we’re not alone and this has caused a hit to other well-known brands isn’t too surprising.

A BEAUTIFUL, COLORFUL MONOCHROMATIC LOOK | On the heels of Wednesday’s video all about creating a capsule without black, the last outfit in this YouTube video is a wonderful example of a colorful look worn head-to-toe that not only looks incredible, but also has the same effect as wearing all black from head-to-toe without the dark color.

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Easy & Festive Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas

I love Thanksgiving! It’s easily one of my favorite holidays and even though I’ve yet to host it myself, I love gathering table decor ideas and menu options each year. Not only do these festive tables with warm lighting and tasty treats get me excited for spending time with family, but they also help kick my holiday spirit into overdrive. To spread some of that cheer, and maybe even give you some table decor ideas that you can use yourself, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites below.

1. NEW ENGLAND CHIC

I just love this table setting for a Maine couple’s first Thanksgiving. The Vibrant plates, the festive but relaxed napkins and the perfect fall foliage centerpieces are what dreams are made of.

2. CLASSIC & UNDERSTATED

I have a soft spot for holiday themed dishes and platters and the minimalist in me constantly resists the urge to collect every Thanksgiving and Christmas themed platter I find. This traditional table setting is making me second guess my year-round plates though and has me dreaming of Spode china in a rich brown pattern.

3. RICH & INVITING

How gorgeous is this high contrast setting?? I love the deep shades offset by the white and vibrant purple. The gold touches in the cutlery, vase and pears completes the whole thing in such a beautiful way.

4. RUSTIC CHARM

5. TIMELESS & VIBRANT

You know how much I adore House Of Brinson and their Thanksgiving table decor doesn’t disappoint. Full of the same cozy, classic and inviting quality that I love about their overall home decor, this table setting has me dreaming of crisp apple pie and toasted green beans.

6. CLASSIC BLUE & WHITE

7. BRING IN THE PUMPKINS

I love the idea of using edibles and lush foliage for a table setting and this collection of pumpkins set against an otherwise simple setting is perfect.

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How To Make A Colorful Fall Capsule | 23 Pieces, Over 40 Looks (VIDEO)

Today I'm sharing a colorful fall capsule wardrobe that doesn't have the color black. This is a request that I've received countless times and I think it's a great way to show that a capsule or minimized wardrobe doesn't need to be only black, white and grey. Instead, you can choose as many or as few colors as you like! I've listed everything below along with the video and a quick breakdown of what I discuss. I’ve linked exact items when available, but since I've had many of my pieces for a few years, I've linked similar ones if I've found some. Thanks so much for watching xx Audrey

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COLOR PALETTE

For my color palette, I selected a base of navy and brown/camel. For accent colors I went with white, green and red.

I chose these colors because they’re the colors I have enough of to create a capsule without black, but also because they’re beautiful colors for fall and I think navy is one of the best alternatives to black.

Like always though, this is just an example and I encourage you to find a color palette that works for you and your personal style, coloring and tastes. If you’d like to see my video all about selecting a color palette, you can view it here.

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CAPSULE ITEMS

Given that I was working with the items I already have and just excluding black from the mix, most of these items will look familiar and they’re some definite overlap from my own fall capsule. That said though, I’ve also pulled out a beautiful green sweater that I haven’t worn in a few seasons and a pair of navy pants that I can’t wait to wear this winter. Below, I’ve included a quick snapshot of a few outfits that I put together from this capsule, but you can see the full range in the video at the bottom of this post. Also, I’ve started a Pinterest board full of outfits that don’t include the color black. You can see it here.

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TOPS

SWEATERS

BOTTOMS

JACKETS

  • Faux Fur Coat: Tavik https://bit.ly/2R25Uk3 *I have size small

  • Maroon/Brown Leather Jacket: Zara (a few years old)

  • Camel Coat: Brooks Brothers

ACCESSORIES

  • Medium Silk Scarf: Vintage from etsy

  • Sabina Savage "Hare's Gift" wool & silk 135x135 https://bit.ly/2yvV3H8

  • Faux Fur Stole: Zara (old)

  • Brown Belt: Massimo Dutti (old)

  • Purse: vintage Louis Vuitton

SHOES

  • Cap Toe Flats: Vaneli "Aliz" https://bit.ly/2QieRF0

  • Brown Ankle Boots: Cole Haan (a few years old)

  • White Sneakers: Lacoste (old)

JEWELRY *not included in the 23 items, but worn throughout

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The Classic Black Pant | Some Great Picks For Your Wardrobe & Outfit Ideas

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Black pants are a staple in my wardrobe and something that I turn to all year long. A classic clean front, ankle or just below ankle crop, pockets and belt loops are a must for a pair that can stand the test of time and be worn endless different ways. Those features coupled with wool or a wool blend make for the perfect investment pair that I know I’ll continue to wear for years to come.

Now, if your budget isn’t quite high enough to include a new pair of pants with these features, some synthetic blends offer the same look for a lot less and with proper care can last years. I have a pair of synthetic based pants from H&M that I’ve had for YEARS and they still look fantastic despite constant wear. Also, like always, don’t hesitate to check gently preowned sites and vintage shops for pairs with beautiful construction and high quality materials at a fraction of the price.

To help your search along, I’ve rounded up some of the best black pants that hit all of these points below - plus a few in a synthetic blend to suit a variety of budgets. The pair I’m wearing in the pic above are an older style by J.Crew but these by Everlane are almost identical. Also, I can personally vouch for the quality of this $30 pair from H&M. I saw them in-store recently and was very impressed. They’re weighty, evenly stitched and lined.

SOME EASY & CHIC OUTFIT IDEAS

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe OOTW No 1 | VIDEO

Today I'm sharing a few of the outfits I've worn recently from my fall capsule wardrobe! I've listed everything in the description bar of the below video, and linked exact items when available. Since I've had many of my pieces for a few years, I've linked similar ones if I've found some. Thanks so much for watching xx Audrey

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On My Radar No 59

Happy Friday from a misty morning here in Charleston where I’m preparing for a day of filming, editing and working on our living room while Chet Baker plays in the background. There’s something so inspiring about these early fall mornings that keeps me so motivated to be productive, and the excitement of the upcoming holiday season just makes it even better.

In addition to my first fall capsule OOTW video coming this Sunday, I’m excited to share a mock capsule that doesn’t have any black (per your request!), a quick guide to watches and a few of my faves, my sweater guide including where I buy my faves, the materials and cuts I love and a few of my favorite ways to style them and so much more. I’m trying to get better at editing and expedite the process as much as possible so that I can (hopefully) post 3 videos a week a few times this month and next. Right now, since I do all of the editing myself and I’m self taught, it takes me quite a while to get a video ready but I’m slowly but surely getting faster so fingers crossed I can make that happen soon. In the meantime, here are a few of the things that have been on my radar this week.

SESAME KALE PASTA | I am so excited to make this tasty dish this weekend. It takes less than 30 minutes and looks soooo good!

SEPHORA VIB SALE | You know I love beauty products - skincare, makeup and haircare - and this weekend is one of my favorite times to stock up on the essentials that I wear and love and shop for holiday gifts. The Sephora VIB Sale started today for VIB members and offers 20% off your purchases online and in-store until November 12th with the code VIBBONUS. If you aren’t a VIB member though, you can still participate by signing up for Sephora’s Beauty Insider program and you’ll receive 15% off your purchases from November 16-19 with the code BIBONUS.

ANTOINETTE POISSON X GUCCI | Recently, printed and paper and fabric house Antoinette Poisson collaborated with Gucci for a collection of stunning pieces. Unsurprisingly, my favorite is this silk scarf but everything is beautiful.

ORIBE ARTIST PARTNERSHIP |For their holiday gift set packaging, Oribe partnered with Japanese calligraphy artist Aoi Yamaguchi and the results are beautiful.

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