Thursday, October 31, 2013

Autumn living room update

When seasons change, so do my decoration inspirations and preferences.  Perhaps this late arrival of autumn in California is the reason it has taken me so long to get the fall decorations set out around the 3P space!  But now that the last day of October is here, autumn decorations are finally here. The recent cooler nights recently definitely inspired me to create a more cozy living room for relaxing and enjoying candlelight, hot cider, and the occasional fire in the fireplace.  Thanks to the ever-fabulous Target, with cute little details I already had on hand, this autumn makeover came together in a cinch!  So without further ado, here is  this newly decorated space I am totally enjoying for fall.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, and enjoy all kinds of sweet treats!

Couches: JC Penney
Orange pillows: Target Threshold
Bronze sequined pillow: Pier 1 (options here and here)
Checkered throw: Target Threshold
Tan blanket: Pottery Barn (similar)
Lamp shades: Target Threshold (on sale!)
Pillar candle holders: unknown but similar
3-tier wood stand: Target Threshold
Fox candle: Target Threshold (in stores but cute matching canisters here)
Glitter pumpkin: unknown but similar on sale
Bottle brush fox: Pier 1 (similar cuties here, here, and here)
Wood squirrel: Target Threshold
Sheepskin throws: Ikea (also eying this blanket and pillow)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Four dresses for fall

A little more wardrobe re-working is up on this 3P blog again!  I love to reuse items from my closets to keep them up-to-date, and today I am sharing four summer dresses I have reworked for fall.  All of these dresses are short-sleeved or sleeveless, and I have said it before but will say it again: layering is key, lovelies!  This goes for any day you expect to be in different climates (outside versus a warm indoors), and is also an excellent concept to use when traveling anywhere (anyone else ever wrapped themselves up in a scarf while on a flight?).  When autumn days are not very chilly, I think open-toed shoes are still wearable- however, on a chilly gray stormy day, covered toes are a must!  Also, know that lightweight to medium-weight jackets are a great fall investment, as they will be ideal for layering and carrying that summer wardrobe of yours into fall.

< Outfit one: not too soon for maroon >
Concept: layer a lightweight cargo jacket over a fancy silk dress to make a perfect fall outfit
Dress: Banana Republic (old but love this one and this one)
Jacket: Forever 21 (similar)
Heels: old, unknown (similar here and love these)
Purse: TJ Maxx
Jewelry: Lauren Ralph Lauren (earrings);  Banana RepublicTargetLauren Ralph Lauren (necklaces); unknown (earrings; similar); gifted, Banana Republic (bracelets)

 < Outfit 2: aqua lace >
Concept: A lacy summer dress works for fall when paired with a knit moto jacket in a contrasting hue
Dress: Ross (similar here and here)
Jacket: Anthropologie (old but love this current one)
Purse: Olivia + Joy (love this one)
Sunnies: Jessica Simpson
Jewelry: gifted (necklace); Kohl's (ring); Target (bangles)

< Outfit 3: plaid + floral >
Concept: Pair a menswear coat with a feminine floral dress for a look thats seriously fall
Coat: thrifted Liz Claiborne (desire or acquire)
Heels: Target (similar)
Bag: Target
Belt: came with another dress
Jewelry: vintage (necklace; similar); Tiffany, Target (rings); Tiffany, Stella & Dot (bracelets); gifted Paul Frank (watch; fun one here)

< Outfit 4: red, tan and gray for day >
Concept: On a very grey and chilly day, reach for a chunky-knit scarf and a heavier jacket to make your somewhat thick summer dress useful
Dress: TJ Maxx (great deals here and here)
Scarf: H&M (similar)
Coat: Tulle
Bots: TJ Maxx 
Purse: The Limited
Jewelry: Stella & Dot (earringsnecklace, and bracelet)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Three must-do fall trends

New seasons always bring new trends and I love to mix up what I have in my closet to reinterpret current trends, with perhaps a shopping trip or two (or three) on the side.  Today I am dishing on three major fall trends that are easy to emulate- all three of these fit very naturally with the fall season and autumn days, so use today's post as inspiration to grab something from your closet, or add to your fall shopping list.  Style on, 3P pretties!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Wonders from the weekend

< Fall leaves by the Carnegie library in my little town >

Well hello there Monday- I hope you fly by as fast as this past weekend did!  As I write this, the first fall storm is headed into my little neck of the woods and I can't wait.  The 80-degree sunshine that we enjoyed all weekend has been great and made for an enjoyable few days of fall activities, but I am so happy for autumn to officially arrive.  October has been such a busy month with many projects and places to travel to, so it is no surprise that it has flown by- now, bring on the trick-or-treaters this week!

Make this week a great week, 3P style!

< love this organized cabinet in my lovely kitchen >

< beauty supplies for a night of costume fun >

< the cutest little October treat, created by a talented family friend >

< snuggles with this cute kitty girl on a cozy Sunday evening >

Friday, October 25, 2013

Obsessed: around the web this week

Happy Friday, y'all!  After a long week, I could not be more excited that the weekend is here!  This will be the only non-busy weekend in the 3P household for, well, pretty much the rest of this crazy year!  Life is busy and life is good, so I cannot complain at all.  Here are a few of the things I am crushing on/obsessed with this week.  Enjoy, and have an amazing weekend!

1. Totally loving Caitlin's fun, sparkly DIY stirrers for Halloween. (

2. Went to a delicious dinner event where 1040i shared some amazing stories from their service work- incredible people! (

3. When I grow up, I want a little paradise by the sea like this small space. (

4. I adore Nanette Lepore- her designs, ambition, and leadership are so admirable. (

5. I am never one to pass up a good deal, and the fantastic Stella & Dot has a few adorable jewelry pieces on sale now! (

6. Any education in life is valuable, and I respect Mike Rowe's inspiring organization.  (

7. How fun are the Disney villain makeup sets from E.L.F, just in time for costumes? (

8. This artistic mother got super crafty during her baby's naptime. (

9. Another great sale opportunity- LOFT sale styles are 50% off! sale. (

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Desire or Acquire

Today marks the beginning of a new series here on the 3P blog- Desire or Acquire! While I am inspired by runway designs and high-end labels, my goal is to stay within a reasonable budget anytime I am making a purchase for myself.  Here I am sharing three fall items I am looking to add to my closet- a blue animal print dress, some amazing black wedge boots, and a great cobalt bag.  While the designer items pictured below would definitely be in my dream closet, I am happy to share the similar items I have found with budget-friendly ticket prices.  So go ahead, desire all those designer pieces, and acquire inspired items at great prices!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blue dress, three ways

Reworking my closet again, this time with one of my favorite dresses.  With a silky feel and a flowy fit, I always feel like a lady in this lovely little frock.  Lately I have taken this dress from the office, to date night, and to the farmer's market.  Although it is made of a thin material, it still works perfectly for any cool fall weather with a few little layers on top.  See below for details on how I reworked this dress for three different occasions, and also see how I wore this dress here.

< Blue dress for work day >
Ideal for: professional meetings, presentations, or networking events
Dress: Target
Blazer: Cynthia Vincent
Purse: Coach
Heels: Target
Sunnies: Target
Jewelry: WHBM (necklace); Breil (watch); Stella & Dot (bracelet); Target (earrings)

Shop the work day look:

 < Blue dress for the weekend >
Ideal for: easy coffee runs, trips to the farmer's market, running errands
Dress: Target
Chambray: Guess
Jacket: Old Navy
Purse: TJ Maxx
Shoes: gifted Sperry Top Sider
Jewelry: Target (necklace); vintage, Stella & Dot (bracelets); Target (earrings)

Shop the weekend look:

< Blue dress for evening >
Ideal for: dinner dates, evening soiree, gallery opening
Dress: Target
Sequined blazer: Express
Belt: Target
Heels: Nina
Clutch: thrifted
Headband: The Limited
Jewelry: Kohl's (necklace); Target (earrings); gifted bangle

Shop the evening look:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kim Kardashian's engagement ring

Thought this might be nice as a little afternoon pickup today... Now that many of us have heard about Kim and Kanye's engagement, the time for focusing on bling is here.  My only hope is that this couple will stay madly in love and continue to develop their relationship, no matter the size of the ice skating rink on her left hand!  Only time will tell on this one (I am sure that E News will keep us updated,) but in the meantime here are some fairly affordable ice skating rinks for your own hands.  Any cocktail paired with a killer cocktail ring is just that much better, right?

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

My October Birchbox

I always do a little jump of joy when my Birchbox arrives in my mailbox each month.  As an adult, anything in your mailbox that is not a bill is rather exciting, right? The samples Birchbox has been sending my way have gotten better and better, and are always appropriate for the season.  The cooler fall mornings and evenings around here have dried out my skin, and lo and behold moisturizers galore arrived in this Birchbox shipment just in time!  Looking for your own chance at this beauty shipment for yourself?  You can click here and sign up today- as a 3P follower, I'm sure you'll love this beauty delivery just as much as I do!

< Each month the Birchbox team lets you in on their latest obsessions in their Beauty Buzz >

 < A little like Christmas morning for my beauty drawer >

 < I'm looking forward to using this two-step cleanser to purify and exfoliate after a long week- the muslin cloth will help provide a nice polish, too >

< This newly developed Chap Stick Hydration Lock will be in my purse all fall and winter, and the Aqua Lacquer Pop will color my lips without stickiness, which will be perfect for a windy day >

PS- I am crazy with joy over the delightful scent of Folle de Joie in this box!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Wonders from the weekend

Escapes, getaways, road trips, and wanderings were what this past weekend were all about.  We saw much of our beloved Northern California scenes and reveled in the warm glory of this non-autumn weather we are still experiencing.  I also had my fair share of desserts, which I will blame on the sugar-crazed month that this is due to all the Halloween candy that is out there!  So now, it's back to the grindstone.  Have a great Monday, and make this an amazing week, 3P style!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Obsessed: around the web this week

TGIF!  I know this is pretty much everyone's favorite day of the work week, and there is never a Friday that I don't absolutely love.  Speaking of happy things that I love, check out my favorite things from around the web this week!  And that cute little candle?  Obsessed!

1. How cute is this jack-o-lantern towel for Halloween? (

2. I have been wanting to add an aztec coat and this one has a nice price tag. (

3. A gold leaf DIY that warms my heart. (

4. This white chicken chili sounds perfect for an easy fall dinner. (

5. I don't usually travel too far around the Christmas holiday, but these enticing destinations are beckoning. (

6. An amazing studio apartment design with total function fashioned in. (

7. The cutest little candle in a tin that's perfect for the fall season. (

8. Great ideas for organized makeup storage. (

9. The glittery girl in me loves this grown up sparkly eye for night. (

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cobalt Crush

As a girl who loves blue, I couldn't be more pleased that cobalt is one of fall's hottest hues.  This vibrant  color can be seen on everything from coats to clutches, and even an evening's smokey eye.  When styling an outfit, try pairing this blue with cranberry, grey, marigold, and even animal print.  Click below for some great buys in this hot peacock color, and let me know if you have any great cobalt finds for your fall wardrobe!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Weekly wardrobe

Happy hump day, 3P wonderfuls!  Another week is flying by, but so far I have felt quite productive (and I am thankful for that!).  I am still, along with all of my local friends, waiting for the fall weather to arrive for good.  While I am trying to be very thankful for all of the sunshine we get to enjoy in this state, I am really looking forward to cool autumn days.  In the meantime, I am glad that the mornings require a little extra layer, like a light jacket or sweater.  So here you have it, some more California "fall" outfits.  Enjoy!

< Outfit 1: spotted and bronze >
Occasion: work
Sweater: ON
Dress: Kohl's (similar here and here)
Scarf: ON
Purse: TJ Maxx
Heels: Rock 'N' Republic
Jewelry: ON (ring); Target (watch); Stella & Dot (bracelets)

< Outfit 2: like a lamb >
Occassion: happy hour
Vest: Jack by BB Dakota via Ross (love this one too)
Shirt: BR
Tank: ON
Jeans: AE
Purse: Olivia + Joy
Heels: Jessica Simpson
Jewelry: Stella & Dot

< Outfit 3: quilted >
Occasion: lunch date
Jacket: thrifted Express (love this one on sale!)
Dress (worn as skirt): F21
Sweater: LOFT
Purse: BR
Heels: Calvin Klein
Jewelry: Stella & Dot

< Outfit 4: spots + leather >
Occasion: work
Dress: W118 by Walter Baker via Ross (similar)
Jacket: Target
Purse: Olivia + Joy
Heels: Simply Vera Wang
Jewelry: Stella & Dot

< Outfit 5: foxy lady >
Occasion: work
Sweater: ON (on sale!)
Dress: Ross (similar)
Purse: Kate Spade (another pink option)
Heels: Target
Sunnies: Liz Claiborne
Jewelry: Stella & Dot

 < Outfit 6: vest for the best >
Occasion: casual Friday
Vest: JC Penney
Shirt: Calvin Klein
Jeans: Joe's Jeans (here)
Purse: Olivia + Joy (eying this one)
Heels: Simply Vera Wang
Sunnies: Jessica Simpson
Jewelry: Stella & Dot; BR (bangle)

< Outfit 7: tried and tribal >
Occasion: errands
Jacket: Gap (old; similar)
Shirt: Target
Skirt: local boutique
Purse: TJ Maxx
Shoes: old; unknown
Sunnies: Steve Madden
Jewelry: gifted, Lucky Brand (necklaces); gifted bangle from Carrie

< Outfit 8: fall florals >
Occasion: church
Dress: Anthropologie (love this one)
Tank: ON
Sweater: BR
Purse: Nine West
Sunnies and heels: Jessica Simpson
Jewelry: Stella & Dot (bracelets); vintage necklace