Pink October with Vivaia Shoes

boots-12When Vivaia asked me to wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October I was stumped at first. I love wearing pink in spring, but in autumn my color palette really shifts to darker and more earthy tones. I bid goodbye to pink and pastels and reach for everything mustard and rust colored! But as quick look around my wardrobe reassured me that I do have some autumn appropriate pinks perfect to wear into October and beyond—and it's for such a good cause. Wearing pink in October is a way to show your support for those affected by breast cancer and it helps raise awareness as well. Vivaia is going one step further and donating $10 from every pair of pink shows they sell this month to the United Breast Cancer Foundation. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women, but it is also often treatable if caught early enough--so be sure to stay up to date on your health checks.

boots-13I’ve liked the look of over-the-knee boots for ages, but surprisingly I’ve never gone for a pair before now. I think I was a bit worried they wouldn’t be comfortable or wouldn’t fit me right, but since I love the comfort of my Vivaia flats I thought I’d take a chance on their boots—and I’m so glad I did! These are the Vivaia Madeline Round-Toe Over the Knee boots and they made with a stretchy woven fabric. The knit uppers are made with recycled plastic bottles and ethical wool and are as cozy as thigh high socks! They kept my legs nice and warm despite the mini I was wearing and I loved that I can adjust the height a bit as well. Since I am petite it’s always hard to get things to hit at the right height but this fabric is foldable, so I could just fold the top over to customize this to the perfect height for me (I wanted a little bit of a gap between boot and skirt line) and they didn’t move at all once folded so unlike knee socks I didn’t have to worry about these falling down! Plus, I can wear them at their full height with different looks if I want to. And you can get 15% off your order at Vivaia when you use my code "ACH." boots-6 boots-2 boots-17-side
wallThis fuzzy sweater is actually one of my favorites to wear in cooler weather since it is ridiculously soft. I’ve had it since 2018 and usually pair it with jeans or corduroys, but this time I wanted to wear it with another old favorite—this leaf embroidered mini skirt I’ve had since 2014! I mostly wear longer skirts these days, but this mini is such a favorite I haven’t been able to let it go yet. Every time I do a closet clean out I come across this skirt and think “not yet.” I love how it is a simple black skater skirt but the embroidery detailing makes it special. I love clothes with special little details, which is why I guess my wardrobe will always have a touch of whimsy—and I am perfectly okay with that. I don’t spend a lot of time these days writing about choosing my style or bucking trends because as I get older I care less and less about what other people think. I don’t feel a great need to discuss my style choices or what they say about me or what age appropriate means. On the other hand I do want to still encourage others to find their style and be a resource for those interested in cottagecore or different aesthetic communities who also want to find more brands to shop. In many ways you can say I found my style “home” and now I just want to be encouraging to others who want to build a similar home. corset-7ed
wearing old blouse, Michael Michaud necklace, Proizvodstvo corset, Sondeflor skirt, Vivaia Audrey loafers
corset-4edFor my second outfit I went for a more classic ballet inspired look that I probably won’t be able to wear much longer this autumn as the days get more brisk. These are the Audrey loafers in limited edition black cat pattern. I thought the black cats were a nice nod to October and various superstitions that seem to come to fore this time of year. Folklore exists in every season, but come October and so many of us start to pay more attention and indulge in various traditions. These cats are far from bad luck though and I can see them worn more casually with black trousers and cozy knits as the temperatures continue to drop. And this is one of the styles that Vivaia will donate $10 from the sale of! They have other classic styles in their shop as well, from bow ballet flats to slip on sneakers in pastel pink.  
P.S. Don't forget you can get 15% off on your order when you use my code "ACH."
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wearing old blouse, Michael Michaud necklace, Proizvodstvo corset, Sondeflor skirt, Vivaia Audrey loafers
corset-2I love seeing all the old buildings in my region slowly turn shades of crimson with Virginia creeper. This is such a pretty vine this time of year and it seems to be on so many homes and corners in my area—I took some of these pictures beside an old stone wall on the main street of our town and the others with an old stone shed beside an apple orchard. They really turn even the most unassuming wall into a lovely display of autumnal color. boots-15
*pictures edited with my Blackberry Preset from my Dark Cottagecore Pack (on sale)


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