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Fall Etsy Picks and Thrifty Tips

The Autumn wave has breached as the landscape transforms, tumbling into a metamorphosis  of renewal.

Fall is such a special and cozy time of year. Full of gorgeous colors, fresh after rain air, tea, apple cider, pumpkin everything, comfy clothes, soups, boots and time for rainy day projects. I always feel like I’m hunkering down after a wild summer to revisit progressive endeavors.

It’s also time to recover your cold weather clothes and prepare for the months ahead. I love dressing for fall weather because you can incorporate summer pieces with winter pieces and get creative with layering.  Here are some of my tips, tricks and picks for Autumn wear.

Photos I took in New Hampshire last fall

Tip #1: Clutter Cleansing

I was elated when I finally purged my closet of clothes that hadn’t been worn in a year or more. I took two large and over-stuffed boxes to our local Buffalo Exchange to sell. When sorting through my closet I made two piles: One to go straight to Goodwill (clothes that are out of season or not of current trend standards but still clean and in good wearable condition) and another pile to try to sell to Buffalo. The pieces I picked out for Buffalo had to meet certain standards of the store. These standards, as I understand them, are: current trends, in-season, unique vintage, classic staples and costume wear.  If you live in a climate that has inclement fall and winter months, you have an opportunity to create more space in your closet for bulky coats and warm clothes by packing away your warm weather clothes. This is something that I began doing as soon as I moved to Oregon from Southern California where 80 degree days are not uncommon in December.  The clearing and re-organizing of your closet is good practice with the change of seasons and change of times as it makes picking out your clothes each day less time consuming because all your seasonal wear is front and center. It is liberating to down-size, organize and simplify. I have found that my taste and style has changed considerably over the past two years. It was great to finally get my wardrobe up to speed with my evolving life.

Tip #2: Hit The Thrift Stores for Next Season’s Staples

Early to mid fall is a great time to visit your local thrift stores for winter essentials before they get picked over. Thrift stores can be absolute gold mines for gently used, sometimes high-end and fantastic quality finds. Now’s the time to look for boots, sweaters, coats, wool skirts, dresses and belts.

Some of my favorite boots are vintage from stores like Goodwill and St. Vincent De Paul. I usually look for genuine leather that has aged well and have a great broken in look but still have some miles left in them. I’m a fan of knee high boots and have had good luck in the past finding nice heeled dress boots that are great for work, especially when you can hide knee socks underneath for those chilly days in the office.

When I’m sifting through the sweater racks, I first scan for quality and condition of the fabric. This season I’m looking for classic cream cable knits, chunky over-sized sweaters and silk, cashmere blends. Next, I inspect the cut and fit. Sweaters can sometime feel unflattering and boxy, especially when the fabric is stretched or shrunken which can be typical when buying 2nd-hand. It’s always a good idea to try on the garment and check for any stains or smells.

Over at the coat rack is where you may find a real diamond in the rough. There’s nothing quite like finding a unique and quality vintage coat that fits you just right and that will keep you warm but still chic. Look for brand names and condition of the exterior, interior and closures. Keep in mind that a cute old wool coat could easily be revamped with a new set of buttons.

My go-to staples to wear in the fall and winter are wool skirts and dresses. I am most comfortable and feel best prepared for rain and snow on my way to and from work when I’m wearing a wool skirt or dress, thick tights, knee high waterproof boots and a coat. Wool naturally repels water and moisture and feels like your wearing a blanket as you sit on the job or at school. The tights and boots combo is always in-style but you also don’t have to worry about the cuffs of your pant legs getting soaked or the look and the wrinkly aftermath of stuffing your pants into your boots. My favorite wool skirts are from Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic and were all found at thrift stores.

Belts are always a cohesive accessory to tie an outfit together during any season but I’m always on the hunt for good quality leather belts during the fall and winter. They can look great at waist level over a sweater, a dress or a coat for more of a figure flattering look and you can also up-cycle them into boot accents, adding them as straps to a favorite found bag, cuff bracelets, headbands and more.

Tip #3: Search Etsy for that must have fall trend piece

Here are just three great fall trends that you can find on Etsy and second hand stores. I will post more of my Etsy picks in the weeks to come. Click the image to see larger and click the numbers below for links to the listing on Etsy. All items are below $35.00.

One ~ Two ~ Three ~ Four ~ Five ~ Six ~ Seven ~ Eight ~ NineTen ~ Eleven ~ Twelve ~ Thirteen 

One ~ Two ~ Three ~ Four ~ Five ~ Six ~ Seven ~ Eight

One ~ Two ~ Three ~ Four ~ Five ~ Six ~ Seven

What are your favorite Fall styles and trends? Would love to hear from you!




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SASQUATCH! Festival Camping: Packing List

SASQUATCH is next weekend and festival season is upon us! I am bubbling over with excitement.

A. The line-up is AMAZING

B. The Gorge is an incredible venue with beautiful views

C. This will be my first time camping at a festival!

I can’t wait to see:

• The Cave Singers
• Honey Honey
• Alabama Shakes
• Gary Clark Jr.
• The Civil Wars
• Of Monsters and Men
• Silversun Pickups
• Dear Tick
• Vintage Trouble
• Metric
• Trampled by Turtles
• Santigold
• Pretty Lights
• Tenacious D
• The Roots
• Beats Antique
• Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
• Unknown Mortal Orchestra
• Pickwick
I wanted to share my packing list for the weekend with you. This is definitely not a minimalist approach. This is more then I ever bring camping with me and I usually prefer to just bring what I can fit in a backpack. BUT I’m thinking it’ll be fun to have a nice set up, be comfortable and the right tools to be well fed, rested and hydrated to have a great experience without being burnt out.  Hopefully it is useful!


  • Tent and Rain Fly–  I’m looking at large two room tents for some privacy and ease. Something like this. Any tent works!
  • STEAKS! It gets super windy out there making steaks for the tent essential. Don’t forget the hammer!
  • Tarp – for under the tent *Make sure the sides don’t stick out past the tent or fold it under to not allow water or condensation to slide under the tent.
  • Bedding – pillows/sleeping bags/sleeping pads – *Tip* If your planning on sleeping with  a special someone, most sleeping bags can zip together! I think we’ll just bring sheets and blankets though beacause our sleeping bags are rated for much colder temps
  • Lantern or LED Battery Lights for camp at night (no campfires!)
  • Garbage/recycling bags
  • Flag – <CRUCIAL> to identify our camp. Connect a glow stick to the top
  • 2 plastic crates  (i.e. milk crates) for storage and tables -These are great for packing and camp. Pack dry food, cooking stuff and other supples in them to organize the car and they double as night stands, camp tables and chairs.
  • Towel
  • Cards, Dice, pingpong balls, a Frisbee and any other games and activites
  • Headlamp  <CRUCIAL>, especially for night trips to the port-o-potties. My friend also has a small light on a necklace so she is never without it.
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Wash basin (i.e. large stainless steel bowl) – For washing dishes and myself
  • Sponge
  • 5 Gallon water dispenser cooler BRING LOTS OF WATER

Extras (The nice to have stuff if you have room to bring them):

  • Air Mattress – Not crucial, but it is 5 nights and I thought it would be awesome to make the tent like home with a bed, night stands, lights, sheets, pillows and all. Sleeping pad does the trick though and is probably better for your back.
  • Shade Structure and Tapestry, scarves and clips/clamps to hang – This again, is not essential but is wonderful for those long sunny mornings at the camp. Be sure to either steak it down soundly or lower it when you leave for the festival so it doesn’t blow away with the wind!
  • Camp Chairs are nice but coolers and crates work too!
  • A foldable/portable table. Not essentail but great for beer pong.


  • Camp Cookware – I have a set for backpacking that is small light and includes everything you need – You can find it here
  • Utensils
  • Stove – The boy has a backpacking stove that will work great. It is essentially this – a single burner with fuel.
  • Pocket Knife
  • Can opener
  • Cutting Knife
  • Cutting board
  • 2 bowls
  • 2 small coolers – one for food, one for drinks *Also double as benches! *Tip – it’s a good idea to seperate some ice in a zip lock from the rest of the ice in the cooler to keep it clean for drinks.
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Small grill – I’d like to get what I call a “scoop-a-grill” like this one
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid
  • Coffee maker/filters – We use something like this.


  • 4 Festival outfits, 2 travel
  • Sleeping clothes – I’m anticipating getting dirty and if it does rain it’s best to not track a day of filth into the sheets.
  • Warm non-bulky layering clothes
  • Camera and extra batteries – I’m bringing disposable cameras and my digital point and shoot
  • Sunglasses  <Crucial>
  • Water Bottle <Crucial>
  • Ear plugs – super necessary for that dub step tent that blares all night!
  • Rain jacket or poncho- Just in case, this IS in Washington
  • Boots and Sandals – broken in, and very comfortable for walking
  • Hat and Jewelry
  • Emergen-C – I never travel without it and great for hangovers, re-hydreation and an extra boost!
  • TP – *Tip: Carefully pull out the cardboard roll and tug the first sheet out a bit. Squeeze the roll to close the gap and put in a zip lock bag with the first sheet sticking out of the top. This makes a great TP dispenser so you don’t need to worry about unrolling it.
  • Dry shampoo – I think I’ll try it. Something like TIGI’s Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo and Conditioner. Baby powder works great as well.
  • Dr. Bronners soap – The does-it-all biodegradable soap!
  • Deodorant/toothbrush/tooth paste/chapstick and any other personal items
  • Phone car charger – A solar charger is even better!
  • Ground cloth/blanket – For sitting on in the festival grounds
  • Watch – My watch face is on a necklace so I’m not late for the shows I want to see
  • Bubbles
  • Cleansing wipes – A LOT – to freshen up or to be your shower. I like these and the Berts Bees ones for my face
  • Small gift boxes with earrings and business cards – I’m going to make some gifts for awesome people I see and spread the AquarEye word!
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun Screen!
  • First aid kit including: Ibuprofen, band-aids, Aloe Vera, wrap, bandages and disinfectant

I’m still working on the food list. I’d like to prepare our own food as much as possible. In the past couple years I’ve really gotten into gourmet, healthy camping and backpacking food. I’ll share some of my recipes and what we are bringing in the next post. Recipes will include: Super Charged Acai Bowls, Pantry Salmon Pesto Tortellini, and Camp Fajitas!

Am I missing anything? Was this helpful? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

Looking for festival outfit inspiration? Checkout this post!


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