A "Basic" Fall Day in the City

Fall Outfit with Red Hunter Boots

Do you live in the city, but still want to have a basic Fall day?  (I’m laughing as I write this by the way!)  Just because you live in an urban environment, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the Fall fun! It’s just slightly different in the city and makes for a comical basic Fall day!

Fall Outfit with Red Hunter Boots

Once that temperature drops and the leaves start changing, I love to bundle up and walk (or skip, your choice depending on how festive you want to get) to my nearest Starbuck’s and order a steamed apple juice - like cider, but hipper - or the notoriously basic pumpkin spice latte, or my go-to chai!  Anything warm and let’s be honest…the cup looks cute in Fall pictures!  

city pumpkin patch

Chicago has so kindly provided a pop-up pumpkin patch for us city-dwellers!  My friends and I visited the urban patch to pick out the perfect pumpkins to carve for Halloween!  Of course with our PSL and cider in hand - is there any other way? I almost felt like I was back home in Wisconsin at one of the pumpkin farms, but with a stunning city backdrop!  

pumpkin patch

If I really want to get in the fall spirit, I go to my favorite place to pick apples in the city…the produce aisle at Whole Foods!  They have the best selection, and I don’t need to get my cute red Hunter Play boots dirty! (Can’t stop laughing)

The best part of Fall is the outfits though! Ya’ll know I’m a sucker for Fall fits… I’m talking comfy sweaters, cozy hats, teddy coats and of course you need the perfect shoes for visiting the patch, whether it’s a dusty or muddy field or an asphalt parking lot (or a grocery aisle)!  I thought my adorable red Hunter boots would look perfect for the occasion! They are practical, yet make a statement! I put together my whole Fall look around this pair of comfy red boots! I also couldn’t help but see Obi in them…too cute! Figured I’d go neutral and top off the look with the red pop on head and foot!  Perfect look to be basic AND stand out!  I found my perfect color on Zappos, which has exclusive Hunter colors, and these are obviously being added to the Fall rotation!

If that’s not the most basic, but most perfect, way to spend a Fall day in the city, then I don’t know what is.

Red Hunter Boots

xx Ali

A huge thank you to Zappos and Hunter for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

14 Day Challenge to More Great Hair Days + Answering my FA hair Q's!

Over the last year and a half I’ve struggled a lot with my hair. It’s a journey I’ve taken you guys along on and have tried a LOT of different products to help restore, protect and last but not least, volumize my flat, dry, breaking hair. A few days ago, I got a hair cut with the girl I’ve gone to since I was 14. She’s helped me a lot this last year and a half and has given me tons of advice on how to repair my damaged hair. I was SO excited when she looked at my hair and said, WOW. It’s a world of difference since you were in here last time. So much healthier with more volume! I’ve been using Pantene’s shampoos and conditioners for about 9 months now and have seen an immense difference in the look, feel and overall health of my hair.

pantene 14 day challenge

Two weeks ago I started the Pantene 14 Day Challenge to help get more great hair days. I’ve been using Pantene’s Sheer Volume Shampoo and Conditioner 5 times a week for this period. In that short amount of time I was able to see a noticeable difference! By day 7, along with falling in love with the delicious smell, I was delighted to see my hair wasn’t as flat! Hallelujah! I noticed my hair had volume past lunchtime at the one week mark, which is something my hair texture has never experienced before the Sheer Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. Now, at two weeks my hair has more shine without looking greasy and the weigh down is gone! Hello voluminous bouncy hair! Happy to have you here! It’s amazing how much more confident you can feel with a great hair day. Honestly, Pantene’s Sheer Volume Shampoo and Conditioner has made that so much more of a real possibility!

pantene sheer volume shampoo and conditioner

Since I started sharing my journey to healthy, voluminous hair I’ve had TONS of reader questions. So far, I’ve been answering them individually but I figured it was time to put the answers my most frequently asked hair Q’s all in one place! If you have more questions please send them my way! I’d be happy to add them here!

pantene 14 day great hair day challenge

FA hair Q’s!

Who dyes your hair?

I actually have never dyed my hair! My mom and I used to fight because I wanted to be brunette so badly! She said one day I’d thank her for not letting me and now I do! I definitely milk my hair for all the blonde I can get with lemon in the sun and lightening sprays!

What tricks do you use to create the illusion of more volume?

I’m a big fan of the hair flip. Pretty much whenever I have a moment alone when I’m out and about you’ll find my flipping and shaking my head! Also, recently I’ve loved doing a half pony (like above). I think it really gives the illusion of even more volume!

How do you curl you hair?

My fine waves are created with a flat iron and my super curly look (photo above) is created with a .5” curling iron. My number one tip is to leave the last inch or so of each strand straight for a more undone, fun, messy look!

What steps do you take to make your hair feel healthier?

Pantene, specifically Pantene’s Sheer Volume Shampoo and Conditioner has honestly been a game changer. I also take hair vitamins daily. I’ve also been trying to get better about getting frequent trims.

What is a low-maintenance way to style your hair?

My favorite trick to quick styling in the AM is sleeping with damp, braided hair. Then, in the AM you only need to add a couple uniformed curled on the top layer, brush it out and you’re good to go!!!

xx Ali

A huge thank you to Pantene for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.