Pumpkins, apples and spices, oh my! This is one of your final chances to get out and explore the fall foliage — before the crispy leaves begin to disappear into a snowy wonderland. For those who live in the city, the world of quintessential autumn shouldn’t be more than an hour’s commute away (and if your one of those city dwelling metro-goers like Julien Garman of It's Julien , try a rent-a-car service like Getaround to help you get out of town and into the magical countryside).

For her, it’s only a 5-10 minute drive to many of Loudoun’s top wineries, pumpkin patches, apple orchards and all you really need to truly get into the fall spirit. It's also the perfect remedy to many of the politically charged conversations being passed around. In fact, if there’s any further dialogue we need more of, it’s positive ones (which Julien gets into more in this post).

She challenges her readers to stand up for what they believe in, regardless of circumstance, and to take this time of thanksgiving to be grateful for what we have — and to honor, and extend love, to those that have tirelessly fought for hope and who have helped make good things in this world a possibility. This is also the time to celebrate diversity and to explore, discuss and learn from our differences, rather than to be combative.

We woke up bright and early to visit Great Country Farms to really get a feel for fall. Let me just say — the apple cider donuts they have here are soo worth the hype.
After picking the perfect pumpkin, we admired some foliage before heading back to DC for brunch.

Though I visited Great Country Farms when I was younger, I had no idea there were so many things to do there at the time. They have the cutest market right inside the barn, full of kettle corn, hot apple cider and plenty of cute, old time-y treats. We also passed a ton of super adorable farm animals before beelining for the donuts.
Washington, D.C. — the epicenter of all things election, especially over the past few months.

I’ll admit — I’m not especially into politics, nor the dramatics that it comes with. In all actuality, I’ve had it up to here with the madness.
I would like to address this one small thing that has stood out to me though — this culture of instilling fear into our society every four years or so.

I will not be swayed my propaganda or pushed into this belief that our confidence is determined by circumstance.
In fact, I was really inspired by the recent Diesel campaign and thrilled when they asked me to be a part of it. They have a series of mottos which exude positively — something that is so, so needed right now in our country.
Sayings like “Love Yourself,” “Stand for Something,” and “Give Back” have prompted people all over to focus on a greater good.
I’d like to challenge each of you, whether you live in DC or not, to live this truth. Regardless of what happens tomorrow, we will never tire. We can never stop fighting for what we believe in, we can never let anyone use scare tactics to force us into submission and we must not let anyone keep us down. We may be worn out and exhausted, but we must never tire.
I’d like to take a moment to thank all the men and women who have fought tirelessly for this country. I never had enough courage to join the military, so I have an endless amount of respect and gratitude for everything you’ve done to keep this country afloat.
I’m grateful for the freedoms we all are able to enjoy — and by “we all,” I mean every Muslim, Christian, black, hispanic, disabled, women and man — that make up this country. Didn’t our forefathers intend for this country to be a great place to live for everyone?

There has been a great divide that we can’t ignore any longer. And today it feels more divided than ever before. This election did a number on me — unlike any other before it. And I’d like to take a few stands and make a few promises to you today.
While we have the freedom of speech, I will stand against anyone who berades, abuses verbally or ignorantly tells another human being to ‘go back to where they came from.’ It will not be allowed in my presence. I am not ok with hate speech in any way, shape or form. I don’t care if it is your right. That does not make it all right. My grandfather, an immigrant from Greece, fought for our country and I will fight too. Not with arms, but with words.
As Thanksgiving and the holidays are just around the corner, I am gearing up for some killer outfit inspiration, some extremely cozy looks, and lots and lots of gift ideas!

But as my body has been adjusting to this change in temps, I’m a bit behind. So I’ll keep it short today with a pretty Jill Jill Stuart dress that I rented from Rent the Runway. This would be perfect, not just for Thanksgiving but for the upcoming holidays.
I felt like such an It Girl when I wore it to Fashion Week (it was, by far, the most photographed outfit I wore). I paired it with my go-to Banana Republic sandals, but when I met up with a few girlfriends for drinks later, I immediately switched into flats. I love when a dress can be perfectly versatile.
Every few seasons, I start to obsess over collecting a particular item. This season, I’m all over the blouse. There are so many varieties I’m currently lusting over — the whimsical off-the-shoulder, the millions and trillions of ruffles blouse, and the peek-a-boo blouse with cut-outs in all the right areas…the options are endless.
This particular one is from one of my favorite local shops, Take 5 Boutique. It’s so fun and fall-ish that I have a hard time not wearing it every single day.

While I’ve worn it here with my favorite black denim of all time, I’ve also styled it with a high-waisted skirt and under a dress (plus, it leaves lots of room for Thanksgiving eating if you get my drift).
And during this time of year, I love using the holidays as an excuse to shop local. This calf hair clutch was made right here in the USA and designed in Middleburg by Two Charmed. They have tons of gorgeous buttery bags that would make great gifts for your bestie (or yourself)!
A few months ago, we had the opportunity to visit Richmond, Virginia for my sister-in-law’s birthday.
I hate to admit this, but I’m a bit picky when it comes to where we stay. I enjoy slow mornings, waking up early after a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed, getting ready in a cute bathroom, and having plenty of space to sprawl out my outfit options for the day.

Starting the day on a positive note is key when I’m traveling. So what if I want it to be an Instagram-worthy dig? The heart wants what the heart wants.
I don't know about you, but I am so excited about Thanksgiving this year! Maybe it's because I get to hang out and spend time with extended family members, or maybe it's about all the amazing home cooked meals everyone brings.
Maybe it’s because I actually get a chance to spend a little more time than usual in the kitchen, whipping up my Nana's favorite Italian Christmas Cookies.
Or heck, maybe I just need a few days off work to really rest.