Cozy Sweater and Cute Beanie | Colors of Fall

This outfit is a little different for me, on the blog, but as I've probably shared before, this is the type of thing I actually wear a lot, especially this time of year. Flats are pretty essential for chasing kids, and these days, I've definitely become a fan of my outfits being functional. There's no reason a functional outfit can't also be cute! That's why in the Fall and Winter, I have several pairs of over-the-knee flat boots that I often wear. And, by often, I mean like every day. I was in the dentist's chair this afternoon, wearing my black pair. haha (Don't worry, just a cleaning! All is good.) I seriously love how over-the-knee boots can be dressed up or down, and go with almost everything I want to wear in the cooler months. I was a little concerned that I might look silly in OTK boots, before getting my first pair, but I've since gotten over those fears (I wrote a whole blog post on that!), and I'm super glad I tried them. I have way too many pairs now, and I have another on my wish-list! 

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How gorgeous is this fall foliage!? I couldn't wait to take these pictures last weekend with this gorgeous background. This is right in front of our house, and our whole yard, and really the whole neighborhood, looks so gorgeous with yellow and red hues. So Autumnal, so perfect! I love drinking my tea in the morning, and staring out our kitchen windows at all the lovely trees in our back yard. Just another one of those things I'm grateful for, this season! Speaking of... I cannot believe Thanksgiving is one week away! Holy cow! This year has flown by entirely too fast, and I'm in disbelief that we're nearing its end. It's been a really good one, friends. A challenging one. One that's seen a lot of growth, by me, and by our entire family. But a year full of wonderful memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. I can't wait to make more of those memories throughout the holidays, and spend extra time with these three treasures I get to call my family. 
I hope you have a wonderful Thursday, and do something today that makes you smile!
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Fall Family Photos 2018 + The Season of Thankfulness

We've been taking our family photos in November for a few years now. Maybe one day I'll do a "watch our family grow" post; that would be fun! I love seeing how our family has grown in numbers, but also in love, each year. When we were newly weds, we had the world at our feet... everything to look forward to, and endless possibilities (and sleep!). We had big hopes and dreams for our family, and I'm so happy to say that where we are today has surpassed anything I could have ever imagined. A beautiful home with my handsome husband (who grew his hair out for me, which was honestly one of my biggest dreams! haha) A sweet and caring daughter and the cutest chubby-cheeked son. I get to blog, which is one of my biggest passions. I'm eternally grateful and thankful for these blessings in my life. As we approach Thanksgiving, I can't fail to mention my appreciation for all that we have. 

I've been fashion blogging again for a little over a year now, and the sentiment I often come across on social media is one of entitlement and self-service. It saddens me that this is where a lot of bloggers are, because I honestly do wish everyone could be just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. I see these beautiful instagram feeds with the perfect colors, flowers, shoes, and jewelry, only to discover that the person behind that feed is greedy, manipulative, and entitled. It really takes away from the magic of what this can be. I don't know where those feelings come from, but I have a feeling it's not from a place of gratitude. I would encourage everyone, not only during this season, but always, to really take a look around at what you have. Be thankful. Be grateful. Tell the people in your life you love them, and you value their love and company. Spread kindness and positivity and watch your life change for the better. 
Happy Holidays, my loves! I'm also so very thankful for you, this holiday season! 

The Pink Show + My New Favorite Shop for Jewelry: Happiness Boutique

I took a tiny break from all-pink, but don't worry! We're back to our originally scheduled programming, over here! haha I've just really been in the mood to feel feminine and pretty, lately, and so what better way to do that than with all-pink outfits, lace and bows? Plus, have you seen these earrings?! I'm obsessed. They're so unique,  with the pink resin that looks like it's been dipped in gold glitter. Swoon. They're from one of my new favorite shops for jewelry, Happiness Boutique. Guys, they have the cutest things for the best prices! I'm totally smitten. You can shop these exact earrings here: Pink Resin Tassel Statement Earrings. And, for a limited time, Happiness Boutique is giving my readers a 10% discount! Just use the code jessicabroyles at checkout! Happiness Boutique also offers free shipping, which is a super cool bonus, especially if you love to online shop, like me. Plus, they have a really awesome reward program, where you can accumulate points and earn cool stuff like a surprise jewelry gift. Be sure to check them out! 

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I hope you guys have had a great week, so far! We're recovering from a cold, and I finally feel a little more like myself again, so I'm super excited about that. Plus, Thanksgiving is just right around the corner, so we're starting to prepare for all the upcoming holiday festivities! Everyone seems to already have their Christmas decor up, so I might jump right in on that soon. I hope you have fun plans for the weekend, and thank you so much for reading! 
P.S. We did get our family pictures back, and they turned out pretty good, given the circumstances (of children acting crazy). haha  I'll share them soon!

Faux Fur Cape + Pink Beret | Gossip Girl Vibes

If you asked me to dream up the perfect cold-weather outfit for myself, this is what I'd come up with. I just love how classic and timeless this look is, yet on-trend with the pinks and over-the-knee boots. I know some people shy away from berets because they can be hard to position just right on your head, but I'd encourage you to try! I just looked up " different ways to wear a beret" on pinterest, and chose the style that best suited my face and hair. Berets are so cute, and a great way to elevate an outfit in such a sophisticated way, plus they can be really inexpensive. I've been so smitten with hats lately, and I'm really looking forward to pulling more of my wool hats out, now that it's colder. Guys, it's like REALLY cold, here, right now! It makes me so happy... mainly, because I get to look so cute! hahaha I feel like I almost skipped the Fall looks, but don't worry, I'll pull in a few more before I completely flip to Winter outfits for good. 

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Well, guys... Our family photo session was absolute chaos, mostly how I expected it to go! haha I'm actually sore from tossing the kids around and bouncing them, doing whatever I could to get a smile.  But I'm hopeful that our photographer still got some cute photos - at least some with us tickling the kids and running around with them, stuff like that. If you don't have kids yet, just know that family photos really are just as hard as everyone says they are. You feel like you've got this under control, but you so don't! If kids are good for anything, it's teaching you that you are not in control. haha! Still, the truth is, I know there will come a time when family photos aren't so chaotic; My kids will stand and smile, and act like the young adults they've become, and I'll miss these sweet memories of chasing them around in heels and kissing their chubby cheeks. So, even though things can get stressful, and a lot of the things we do seem chaotic and make me crazy, I'll try to enjoy these sweet  times with the two of them. They're only little once. 
I hope you had a fun weekend, and have a wonderful and productive Monday! Thanks so much for reading!

An Updated Version of My Very First Look

My first look on the blog was also an off-the-shoulder black top with a pink suede-look skirt. And, I still absolutely love it, as well as this updated, slightly different version of the outfit. I can't help myself, when I find a look that I love, I just really get into it (for example, OTK boots, mini skirts, bows, pink, ruffles, and off-the-shoulder tops)! I'm so excited to have more of these things in the mix, now that it's cold outside, and I really can't wait to include some of the fun coats and capes in my closet! You guys, I have this outfit on deck that's giving me "Jenny Humphrey/Blair Waldorf" vibes in the biggest way, and I LOVE it! Like new levels of obsession with this outfit! Seriously can't wait to share that and a few others I've been planning. Is it normal to get this excited about an outfit?! I'm not sure, but I let myself get excited anyway! hahaha

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You guys!! We're doing our family photos this weekend with my favorite photographer, and I can't wait! She took our family photos last year, and those have been my absolute favorite photos all year. I'm beyond excited to see what we can come away with this year. Isn't it funny how we put so much emphasis on getting a good family photo, especially when we have young children, and we know it's just going to be a big stressful experience. Someone was sharing on their instagram the other day, how they usually hate the whole experience of family pictures, but love the outcome. Ours is usually stressful, but if I can let myself enjoy it, and actually just interact with the kids and have a good time with them, we come out with much better, genuine looking pictures. So that's our plan this year. Ross is on board with helping me play with and distract the kids, and it doesn't actually take long, so hopefully they'll comply and I'll get that perfect family photo I'm so hopeful for. Fingers crossed!
Thank you so much for reading, today, guys, and I hope you have a wonderful Thursday and a lovely weekend! 

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