Fall for Prairie Style
Hey Modern Farmhouse Girl!
I’m sorry I wasn’t around last Saturday—I was off on an idyllic work trip for my day job! I probably could have made time to come up with a post (or I could have written something ahead of time and scheduled the post to post on Saturday)…but, I’m out of excuses. Flat out.
And I want to make a commitment to you here and now: no more excuses! I WILL write a blog post every Saturday, from here on out! You have my written (typed out) word.
Yes, I have a #real day job (is that a hashtaggable word?). So, that means I’m typically busy from 9-5 Mondays through Fridays. I’m also a freelance writer on the side, so I may be typing up a storm late into the evening for the occasional project on a weeknight. And on Sundays, I aim to spend the day resting/relaxing, after going to church in the a.m.! Add on to this making as much time as possible for family and friends, regular exercise (spin classes are my new fav, thanks to you, Jolee!) and developing my cooking skills…and you can see why #thestruggleisreal. But, I’m honestly embarrassed that I’ve been irregularly blogging up until now. And, staying honest, there really is no good excuse. I was being lazy. I wasn’t making time. As the saying goes, you can always make time for what is important to you, right?
So, Saturdays will be blog days for me from now on. And Modern Farmhouse Girl, I hope you come back and visit post-Saturdays because I have SO MANY fun blog ideas in store for you! Ideally, I’ll aim to blog on Saturday mornings. I love to write with a steaming mug of coffee in reach and a yummy baked good on a nearby cake stand to keep me motivated. (I’m baking my way through Joanna’s cookbook right now! Anybody else doing that?! I just made her banana bread for a brunch I went to this morning. In my dreams it’s like a #JulieJuliaThing. Though #LucyJoanna doesn’t sound as good…).
OK, I digress! Commitment to you #made, let’s jump in to a super fun post for this Saturday! Fall fashion! Specifically, fall fashion’s trending “prairie style” which is right up a #modernfarmhousegirl’s alley. And of course, my advice it to thrift for these pieces, since we’re both on a budget here.
Wait, you haven’t heard of prairie style? Well, I hadn’t either…until last weekend when I read a trend watch piece in the Boston Globe Style section. I can’t remember their full description of “prairie style,” and I can’t find the original article via Google…but I swear I didn’t make it up and I’m patching together my own definition here, because it feels like something I just want to have a #modernfarmhousegirl #takeover with!
#PRAIRIESTYLE - a Modern Farmhouse Girl’s (loose) definition: Frilly tops, flowy and flowery jumpsuits, distressed jeans and the best fall colors like mustard and blush pink. (My boss was wearing a sweet jean Wrangler shirt the other day and that is definitely prairie style too.) Think cowgirl. Think Joanna Gaines. Think fringe. Think Little House on the Prairie (yes, I just went there. Because gingham is STILL IN!) Plus gold hoop earrings (which I’ve been wearing since 9th grade, but hey, they go with everything!) Don’t forget embroidered jeans. And leather wedges. Or Frye boots. And leather accessories like a Ma & Pembum wrap bracelet. (My fav!) Add a floppy hat. Plaid shirts. I’m also personally into a little bit of sparkle, which I’m just going to tack onto this definition of #prairiestyle. And girl, this is my OWN definition of prairie style…I think you should always feel confident taking a trend and running with it in your own direction! (So, lose the sparkle if that’s not you and add mustard colored heels or whatever you like!)
So, if you think this new style seems cool, but you don’t have a ton of cash to shell out #prairie-ing up your wardrobe, don’t worry: I’ve got you. Not with the cash (sorry, I can’t help there!) but with some inspiration. I hit up two of my favorite local thrift stores the other weekend and scored one dress, two jumpsuits, one pair of jeans plus a new pairs of shoes — all in that prairie style and all for just $65! A.K.A. why thrift shopping is totally worth it!
Here’s what I got… I hope it inspires your prairie style thrift trip! (Say that 10 times fast?)
ITEM 1: Distressed Warm Leather Shoes
I got these warm-colored leather Banana Republic wedges for $11.20 (that’s with tax!) The light leather is totally #prairiestyle. And I’m sure they were over $100 originally (at least!) so this was a major score. They looked pretty new, other than the fact that the soles were torn, but I just used some Gorilla Glue (which I have on hand for random house fixes) to glue them (YES! I GLUED THESE SHOES!), let them cure for 24 hours and then used a sanding block (from when I redid my kitchen table) to sand off the residue. Not a perfect solution, but hey, for $10 shoes, I figured why not? And it worked!
ITEM 2: The SweetHeart Jean Dress
ITEM 3: A Flowy & Flowery Jumpsuit
ITEM 4: A Fall Party Jumpsuit
ITEM 5: That Frilly White Top
ITEM 6: Ripped Up Jeans
I hope a glimpse into my fall wardrobe was inspirational for you! And I’d love to know what you think of “prairie style” for fall (Hate it? Love it?) Or, what trend you’re all about this fall! (I heard plaid is back and that is just a whole other blog post…)