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fall outfit

fall outfit

fall outfit

venus flytrap brooch

fall outfit 2

fall outfit

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”….sorry, not exactly what this post is about. However, this outfit was worn in two very different cities in one week! It’s actually been worn a total of three times in the last week! Once was in Dallas, and the rest were back in Princeton. (Get the title now? Gosh, I’m clever. Haha.) The reason I’ve been wearing this outfit so much in Jersey is because of a fun little project I’m a part of, and I’ll be doing a whole blog post on that next week. But for now, let’s talk about my new favorite, fall outfit!

The photos on top are from Princeton and the ones on the bottom are from Dallas. I was only going to use the ones from Dallas, but I really liked the way this outfit looked with the boots…and the fall colors are simply gorgeous in Princeton right now! (Seriously, New Jersey, you’ve outdone yourself on the fall foliage.) This outfit is perfect for all the fall colors! And I’m not going to lie, I also like how well it sets off my red hair. Which, by the way, did you notice in all of these pictures how many different shades of red my hair turns depending on the lighting? Haha. It looks like I dyed it 3 different times!

But anyways, I’m really excited about all of the accessories in this post. I LOVE my new Venus Flytrap brooch! Jolly Hollieday Designs actually handmade him, and he is just darling! I kind of want to buy every single brooch in her Etsy store. Haha. (I can thank Jen from Dressing With Class for my new found obsession with brooches. Haha. She gave me my first brooch!) My earrings and necklace are also handmade by C&A Leather…they are so unique, and I love that my bracelet actually fits my freakishly small wrists. It’s one of the only bracelets I own that actually fits me, which is because C&A Leather takes your wrists measurements and makes their bracelets according to your wrist size. It’s a fantastic idea!

My dress is from the ModCloth Stylish Surprise, which I am so happy I participated in! For $20, this is the most used dress in my closet, and I never would’ve bought it on my own. Thanks, ModCloth! (If you need more info on what the Stylish Surprise is, click here.) My cardigan and tights are also from ModCloth, and I honestly didn’t think I would wear them that much either, just because they are kind of odd colors. But they go with a ton of my outfits!

fall outfit part 2

fall outfit part 2

c&a leather

c&a leather

Now that the sun sets at about 5:30 pm here, I’m a bit limited on when I can get my husband to take outfit photos for me. I broke out my tripod for the first time in a long time to take the first set of photos by myself with the self-timer, and boy was that a struggle. Haha. I have a really cheap tripod (it came with the camera), which actually literally fell apart after I was done taking photos. Haha. And it takes me hours to do my photos when I do them myself because I get so picky about them and I’m not that fantastic of a photographer yet.

So, this post’s question is for my fellow bloggers out there. What kind of tripod do you like best? (I’m in the market for a new one. Haha.) And do you have any tips for taking your own photos that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments!

Where to find it:

Dress: ModCloth Stylish Surprise (Similar here)
Cardigan: ModCloth
Tights: ModCloth (Similar)
Brooch: Jolly Hollieday Designs
Bracelet: c/o* C&A Leather
Earrings: C&A Leather
Boots: Payless (Old. Similar here.)
Octopus TOMS: KellismCo

*c/o = courtesy of, meaning the company gave me this product to be used on my blog, and I did not pay for it. All opinions are my own, and I am not being compensated for a positive review.


  1. I love that dress, especially with the boots. It really does go with your hair! My mom had red hair, so I’ve always loved it! 🙂

  2. I love this combination! The mix of colours with those fabric textures is perfect 🙂 I also totally feel you with the “sun set” time. Australia is just coming out of winter, meaning the sun is finally setting at a decent hour! The joys of photography yo!

    1. Thank you so much! And hope you enjoy spring! With daylight savings time, it starts to get dark at about 4:30 here now -icky!

  3. Lindsey, those first set of photos you did on your own look amazing!!! You look like a beautiful fairy in these woods. So ethereal! I didn’t know you took your own photos. You are doing a fabulous job:) You look really gorgeous in these photos and these fall tones you chose look terrific on you. Love!


    1. Oh gosh that is so kind of you to say, Joanna! It made my day to hear that! And it took me forever to do those photos because my tripod wouldn’t stay level, haha. I am so purchasing a new one today. Thank you, again! 🙂

  4. This outfit is flawless! All the colours are beautiful – the colours of the leaves during autumn. I love the combination of the mustardy yellow with the green and red. And your hair does look amazing!
    Much love,

  5. This outfit is amazing! I love all of the colours you paired together. The look beautiful!


  6. Oh Lindsey, this is such a beautiful fall outfit! The colors are perfection and go so well with your hair color! I never tried the stylish surprise, but i’m thinking that I should! Camera talk, yay! Haha. I use a Velvo. CX 440 tripod. I got it shch a long time ago, but its a nice medium weight tripod that is easy to use and carry around. Do you have a transmitter and remote to focus when you’re taking your photos on the tripod? I use Phottix and highly recommend it.

    1. Aw thank you so much, Amanda! And yay! I would love to pick your brain on cameras! I will definitely be checking out that tripod! Thank you so much for the tip. I do have a remote, I just haven’t tried it yet because I’ve been so spoiled having my husband take my photos. I honestly don’t know what kind it is, but if it doesn’t work out well I will be giving Phottix a shot! 🙂 Thank you so much for the tips!

  7. I can’t believe you got that dress in the stylish surprise! I’ve always thought about it but never done it for some reason. You lucked out with that one! I love it with the yellow sweater.

    I have a sunpak tripod, which I love. It’s really sturdy and you can get one at almost any price range. I actually take all of my photos myself so I totally understand the struggle! Do you have a remote for your camera? That really helps. I’ll try and think of some more tips as I did my senior thesis photography project on self-portraits so I’ve done my fair share of them 🙂

    Lee – leethrifts.blogspot.com

    1. I have really been lucking out in the Stylish Surprise category! I actually got another gorgeous lace dress in the last one…personally, I feel like you can’t go wrong giving it a try. Unless, you’re very particular in your tastes, then this may not be such a good idea. 🙂 And thank you so much for the tip! I will be checking out sunpak tripods! And I do have a remote for my camera, I just have yet to set it up because I was so spoiled having my husband take photos all summer. I’ll be setting up the remote asap, though. I imagine that makes the task of focusing much easier! And thank you so much! Any photography tips are greatly appreciated, as I have a lot to learn yet! Your photos are always fantastic! 🙂

  8. Such incredibly beautiful photos!!!!! Great outfit too, and that does go well with your hair! I feel the same way about my hair and it’s seemingly changing colors. I get a lot of compliments about my hair color from people who have read my blog for a while, making me wonder if they think I’ve changed my color haha. Red is tricky like that! I think it looks great on you though! I can look at what brand my tripod is. It was a gift that I thought I’d never use in my photog days barring from using crazy exposures, but joke was on me when I began blogging haha. Love that brooch too…I’ve been getting into brooches so I’m checking out that store now!! XO

    1. Awww thank you, Lauren! And I love your hair color! How do you keep it looking so awesome? Mine is fading really quickly! Haha! I never thought I would use my tripod either. Funny how things change! Add yes definitely check out that Etsy store! (And you’ll want to do it soon, before I buy all of her stock, haha!)

  9. The colors give this a very autumnal feeling, especially with the boots. Back in the day I took my own photos, but don’t have any recommendations. Just get one that isn’t so light wind will knock it over. Granted, I lived somewhere with wind that literally ripped off car doors some days, but I lost a camera over it 🙁

    Can’t wait to see what this project is….

    1. Thank you so much, Kristian! And that is very true, I definitely need a more heavy duty one in case of wind! But holy smokes, we don’t get wind that rips off car doors! And sorry to hear about your camera! Where did you used to live??

  10. Your hair does look different in every photo! Lovely in each though 🙂 By the way, I’m really regretting that I didn’t do the Stylish Surprise. I consider it every time, then get really scared that if I do it and don’t like my item that I will be really bummed. But I like almost everything from ModCloth, so it’s not much of a gamble, right? hehe 🙂

    LOVE your brooch – I just checked out that Etsy shop and so many of them are so cute! Hope you enjoy that NJ fall weather, and have a great weekend.


    1. Aw thank you, Jen! You have to do the Stylish Surprise next time! I’m just regretting I didn’t do the apparel too…I see so many people getting super cute coats in the apparel part! And isn’t that Etsy store amazing! It’s taking a lot of self control to not buy the whole thing, haha. Hope you have a fabulous weekend too! 🙂

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