Smelling the roses at Julia Davis Park

Burgundy velvet sneakers outfit with rust floppy hat — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Rust floppy wool hat fall outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Rose garden at Julia Davis Park, Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Earth 'Zag' sneakers outfit with rust floppy hat and cream cardigan — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Rose Garden at Julia Davis Park, Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit with long cardigan, high-rise denim shorts, floppy hat — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Rose Garden at Julia Davis Park, Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Rose garden at Julia Davis Park, Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Earth Shoes 'Zag' sneakers in burgundy velvet — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The second place I wanted to show you on my mini tour of downtown Boise is the beautiful and lush Rose Garden at Julia Davis Park. Nestled in the northern part of the park right by the Boise Art Museum, you'll find roses galore, bees in their happy place, and tranquil places to relax and enjoy the scent. It's especially enjoyable on an early fall day when the weather is crisp but not cold. The park itself is situated just north of the Boise River (Boise State University is directly across the river), and the greenbelt (pedestrian/bike path) runs right along the river. The park also features Zoo Boise, the soon-to-be-newly renovated Idaho History Museum, the Idaho Black History Museum, and a pond with paddle boats available for rent.

It was warm enough to bare my legs for perhaps one more time before the chilly temperatures stuck around for good! That said, since it is fall (or at least fall-like...for now), I added a cozy cardigan and floppy hat to my simple white-tee-and-shorts combination. I actually think this outfit would have looked really cute with my denim skirt instead of the denim shorts, but I do like how the cardigan is long enough to cover the shorts.

This outfit highlights the Earth 'Zag' sneakers in burgundy velvet. I mentioned in my previous post that I originally asked for the boots in burgundy velvet, but after they sold out I opted instead for a pair of velvet sneakers. Two new velvet pairs of shoes may seem like overkill, but I'm excited to work them into my fall/winter outfits! Plus, as much as I love velvet and would love a velvet jacket, I need to be practical because cat hair also loves velvet, haha. I already need to have a lint roller on hand at all times! #worthit


OUTFIT DETAILS

American Eagle Outfitters cardigan / old; similar by Lanston
Grana tee / crew style or similar by Everlane (review here)
ModCloth shorts / exact
Earth sneakers c/o / exact
Phase 3 hat / old; similar by Topshop (last seen here)

Freak Alley

Black leather jacket outfit in Freak Alley, Boise — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black leather jacket outfit at Freak Alley, Boise — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Freak Alley, downtown Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blank NYC Life Changer moto jacket fall outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Freak Alley, downtown Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blank NYC faux leather jacket outfit with Madewell flannel shirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Freak Alley, downtown Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Earthies 'Apollo' black velvet boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Fall is here, and with that comes another outfit collaboration with Earth Brands! This year marks the third year I've worked with the brand and the second fall I've had the opportunity to pick and style (and wear constantly) a couple of pairs from their latest fall/winter collection. I've loved every pair of shoes I've received from them and these are no exception. Also, they're still doing their #WhereOnEarthRU campaign, so I used it as an excuse to get out and show you some fun locations around Boise that you should check out if you ever decide to visit. ;) 

First up is a stop at the Freak Alley art gallery in downtown Boise. Located in—you guessed it—an alley in the middle of the block comprising 8th Street, 9th Street, Idaho Street, and Bannock in the heart of downtown is an always-changing mural of wall art. If you find yourself downtown, it's fun to take a stroll through the alley and ponder the various quotes and images that line the walls. It's also a popular place for photos; my brother had some of his senior photos taken here, and there were groups of kids all dressed up for their homecoming dances down when we were there! I'm sure it also gets quite rowdy with the bar crowd at night...

I actually wore this outfit to work but felt like it was "edgy" enough to be photographed in Freak Alley. ;) Here, I'm featuring the Earthies 'Apollo' boots in black velvet. I had originally asked for these in the burgundy velvet, but they were sadly sold out! I picked a different pair of shoes instead and to my surprise, these boots showed up in the mail along with the other pair. I needed another pair of black boots like I need a hole in my head, but I figure these will be a great option during the holiday season. Velvet and the holidays go together like stockings and chimneys, amirite?

The (faux) leather jacket adds the "cool" vibe to the outfit, and of course, I couldn't help but pull out a favorite flannel shirt. The best part of cooler weather means wearing ALL of the cozy layers!


OUTFIT DETAILS

BlankNYC jacket / exact
Madewell shirt / old; similar by Abercrombie & Fitch
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Earthies boots c/o / exact
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact

Outfit outtakes, S/S '17 edition

A couple of days ago, I shared my favorite looks from this past spring and summer...but the outtakes are what really take the cake. ;) Here's your twice-yearly reminder that not every photo taken of me is "perfect", haha! It's always so tough to narrow every outtake photo down to only 10 photos for this post. I hope some of them made you smile, laugh, or nod your head in commiseration (picking off pet hair, anyone?!). Happy Sunday! xo

P.S. Click here to see all of my past outfit outtakes posts!