Sunday Best: v.12: A Glimpse of Fall

Gooooooood morning! Hello, everyone! Long time no see. I've been back from my Dallas trip for about a week and a half now, but I decided that my little vacation from the blog could and should last a bit longer. For too long, I've been treating this space as an obligation. Maybe that's not exactly the right word. I constantly felt like I was inadequate--not measuring up to my own (and to others') standards of what a posting schedule should look like and that I needed to be posting quality content on a regular basis. It's exhausting and, frankly, it's not reality. Besides, I didn't start this blogging gig to feel anything beyond inspired and motivated. SO I waited until I felt inspired and motivated again. And here I am :) It feels good. I know that the next few weeks will be wildly busy so if I'm "out of the office" again, so be it. I'm living life and I am no longer feeling anything but happy about it. I hope some of you are still tuning in and going to be joining me for this week's Sunday Best! I know it can be frustrating to create a weekly post and then when you go to link up...the link party hostess is nowhere to be found! So I hope you can forgive me. Even typing this post feels good--I missed you guys!

Since I've been back from sweltering Dallas (expect a post on that sometime in the near future--hopefully), it sure has felt like fall. Most of you are probably feeling it, too. Those crisp mornings with just a tinge of frost. The walks outside that feel chilly in the shade and slightly warm in the sunshine. The daily struggle to figure out what to wear because the temperatures change so drastically throughout the day. Coming home from work trying to pretend that it isn't much darker much earlier. Getting prematurely excited about pumpkins, boots, and Halloween. You all know what I'm talking about! Fall is awesome and I am loving this little glimpse into what's to come. I can't, however, stop thinking that this is all arriving so soon and so fast that the dreaded chill of winter will be upon us in no time. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though...

Try incorporating bright summer elements to a fall ensemble for a smooth transition between seasons

Pattern mix with bold stripes and tiny floral for a nice contrast

Tee: Gap Factory (similar) Scarf: Francesca's c/o Ashlie Earrings: NY & Co. Jeans: LOFT Shoes: Keds via Kohl's (similar)

Today's Sunday Best features one of my first long-sleeved outfits of the season. It was a cool Saturday afternoon and I headed to the mall to do some returns and to swing by LOFT for their 40% off sale (it's cash card time, too!). I paired this casual striped tee from Gap Factory with a bright patterned scarf, jeans, and comfortable Keds. It felt like a nice mix between summer and fall. The last time I wore this top on the blog, it was snowing and I paired it with a bright yellow scarf. Oh how things have changed! (I mean that in a less dramatic way, since I'm referring to more than just scarves and weather :P)

How are you transitioning into fall so far? Have you taken down your winter and fall box from the attic yet? Are you sporting boots? Or are you sticking with sandals and bare legs and arms as long as possible?

And most importantly, how are YOU doing?

Meghan's look from Sunday Best two weeks ago was the most clicked-on outfit! Go over and tell her how awesome she looks!

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And now it's your turn! Let's see YOUR Sunday Best:

The Modern Austen

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Sunday Best is a weekly link up where you can share your favorite look from the previous week or the week to come. Join me and my stylish friends, share your outfits, gain inspiration, and discover new blogs! To join, simply add your link at the bottom of this post, link back to The Modern Austen (or add a button), and visit the other participants! Link party opens on Sunday mornings around 8:00 AM EST--please, only one style/outfit-related post per week.

Linking up to: Funday Monday, Monday Bloom, Mix-It Mondays, Style to Inspire, Watch What I Am Wearing, Fashionably Employed