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Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Welcome to My Five Favorites today! A chill is in the air, pumpkins are out in full force, and Pam from Simple Details, Kris from Driven by Decor and I are all so excited to share our favorite Fall essentials with you today (our friend Lisa from Shine Your Light is unable to join us this month)!

We are so excited to welcome Laura from Duke Manor Farm as our guest host this month.   Laura and her family have worked for years building their dream home and property, and it's the most idyllic setting!  That big porch is just perfect for cozy mornings and leisurely evenings, and loading up with amazing seasonal decor.  In the past few years they've been working on the pool and surrounding landscaping and all of their hard work has paid off with their own little live-in retreat to enjoy!

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Whether it's a pair flanking a fireplace mantel, a set on your porch, or a collection on a dining room table to enhance the centerpiece, lanterns are a great staple decor piece.  This is my exact set that I've had for years and I use them all over, inside and out.

A few lanterns are a great investment for seasonal decor, they easily transition to Christmas and are actually great to have year round.  (click left or right arrows to toggle for more choices)


I love, love, love this hat.  It's soft and has a cute shape.  I actually have a couple (one without a pom too) and wear them almost daily through the colder weather.  When super cold temps hit I wear it around the house, even if I'm not going anywhere.  It's amazing how keeping your head warm keeps your whole body warmer!


I've talked about them on here before, but now that I've had my leopard mules for a few months I can't tell you how much I wear them!  They're the perfect shoes for right now when I want to have my toes covered but the temperature is still mild.  And, you know as far as I'm concerned, leopard is a neutral so I truly wear them with almost anything.  Mine are no longer available, but these and these are very close.

Black Raw Edge Distressed Jeans  ||  Necklace no longer available- similar turquoise necklace (it's a bargain!)  ||  Black tunic- not current

White Distressed Jeans  ||  Gingham Blouse  ||  Sweater no longer available- similar one here

 Here are some other similar options as well-

And since they're in both pictures too, these are my absolute favorite jeans!  They're affordable and come in tons of sizes, colors, and finishes.  They stretch just a bit as you wear them so it's ok if they're a little snug when you first put them on.  I like the mid-rise best for a little extra support.   ;)


I bought this Crock-Pot with Stovetop Insert last year, and it's so handy!  To me, the whole point of cooking with a crock-pot is dumping all of the ingredients in and having dinner ready some hours later.  However, there are so many recipes that call for browning meat first that getting more pans dirty totally defeats the purpose for me.  This crock-pot has a metal, non stick insert that you can use on the stove to brown your meat, then drop it right into the base and set it to cook the rest of the day.  The only thing I've had to get used to is the insert gets much hotter than a regular stoneware crock since it's metal- don't touch it unprotected!


I use several coordinated throws around the house draped on furniture... handy as an accessory and a blanket especially as the days become cooler.

However, whenever we really want to snuggle up, soft fleece blankets are our favorites.  We particularly like the super soft, fun patterned micro-fleece throws from Vera Bradley (we have an outlet nearby).

Here are a few favorite throws from our home:

What are your favorite things for Fall? Be sure to stop by and see these wonderful ladies' Fall favorites, too!

Driven by Decor

rockstar jeans, leopard mules, cc beanie, rustic lanterns

Missed any previous My 5 Favorites posts? Catch up here!

My 5 Favorite Paint Colors
My 5 Favorite Home Decor Accessories
My 5 Favorite Pillows
My 5 Favorite Fabrics
My 5 Favorite DIY Projects
My 5 Favorite Ways to Use Mixed Metals
My 5 Favorite DIY Artwork Projects
My 5 Favorite Tabletop Accessories
My 5 Favorite Recipes for the Holidays
My 15 Favorite- Holiday Wish List
My 5 Favorite Organizing Tools
My 5 Favorite Thrifted Finds
My 5 Favorite Ikea Products
My 5 Favorite Paint Projects
My 5 Favorite Home Gadgets
My 5 Favorite Summer Accessories
My 5 Favorite Beauty and Hair Products
My 15 Favorites- Holiday Gift Guide

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  1. I am obsessed with your home and style and life in general I swear lol. anyways. I love your pom pom hat and I agree with you on lanterns. I love them as d├ęcor this time of year!

  2. Those cute leopard mules are calling my name ~ I don't know what is wrong with me, I don't have any!!

  3. We are definitely united in our love for lanterns, mules, and throws - some of the best things about fall! And your beanie hat is way too cute!


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