Holidays with Karina Dresses

Karina Dresses sent me the Tara for review. All opinions are my own! Affiliate links are used in this post. If you click to purchase through my links, I earn a small commission which goes to help support this blog. Thank you!Holidays with Karina Dresses | eyreeffect.com Holidays with Karina Dresses | eyreeffect.com

Now that Halloween is past, I know many, many people have already gotten deep into the spirit of Christmas. Personally, I don’t decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving is past — this year, my whole family is going Christmas-tree-hunting the day after Thanksgiving — but when Karina Dresses asked if I’d review a dress from their Holiday Collection, I had to say yes! You already heard me gush about the Ruby in this post, which is my go-to lazy day dress, but now let’s talk about the Tara!

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Reminiscing on Autumn (with The Body Shop)

The Body Shop asked me to join their #fallthrowback campaign, and sent some lovely items for my use. All thoughts are my own!Reminiscing on Autumn | eyreeffect.comReminiscing on Autumn | eyreeffect.com

As many of you know, Fall is my absolute favorite season. So when Erica of Talented Talkers reached out to ask if I might join in their campaign for The Body Shop’s new Vanilla Pumpkin line and talk about just what it is in this season that brings up thoughts of pumpkins and spice, my answer was an immediate yes. I was kindly sent the full line of body wash, body butter, and hand cream for personal use, and while I was not expected to put them in my post… I had to. Because what is more “fall” than vanilla pumpkin? Unless, of course, we’re talking about pumpkin spice.

The Vanilla Pumpkin line is delightfully more on the vanilla side, with a subtle spice of pumpkin pie about it. I have been using it since it arrived about a week ago, and am delighted by the way the scent clings and changes throughout the day. In the morning, I find myself smelling like a heady vanilla-pumpkin dessert, and by the end of the day there remains a wonderful scent of sugar cookies.  Reminiscing on Autumn | eyreeffect.com

Fall, to me, has always meant the warm scent of baking permeating the house as the rain falls outside. It brings the memory of crisp leaves that give off a grassy aroma as they crunch beneath my feet. Fall is the heady scent of woodsmoke floating through the air, and the piney flavor of the trees that always surround us. It’s the earthiness of rotting bark that gives way easily as you clamber over fallen trees, so lush you can nearly taste it.

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The Retro Baker feat. Lindy Bop

Lindy Bop sent me a dress of my choice for review. All opinions are my own.

Lindy Bop has long been one of my favorite brands. With their quirky prints, classic cuts, and affordable prices — not to mention fantastic sales — I most often find myself turning to their website when I want to spice up my wardrobe with a new piece. I bought the Dorothy dress as my official “photography” dress for weddings when I need to look a little more professional, the Saphy Retro TV dress because… well, my husband is an aspiring filmmaker and I love old films, and this beautiful floral number that I don’t know the name of which is one of my go-to house dresses for its comfort and stretch. And I can’t forget the darling Boutique skirt, or my most recent purchase, this gorgeous plaid skirt with pockets which has yet to make it to the blog.

So a collaboration, to me, is a completely natural and fitting decision. And given my housewife tendencies, which have of late included retro recipes, choosing this darling vintage baking bookshelf themed dress was a no-brainer. With its shirtwaist style (with working buttons!), pockets, and retro bookshelf full of mixers, treats, cookbooks, and teacups, it immediately stood out to me as something that would fit well in my life and represent something I love: vintage books, and baking!

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Autumn Leaves and Butterflies feat Lady V London

Lady V London sent me a dress of my choice for review. All opinions are my own. Autumn Leaves and Butterflies | eyreeffect.comAutumn Leaves and Butterflies | eyreeffect.com

My lovely friend Sara Lily of In a Nutshell Blog has worn Lady V London several times before, and I am always absolutely smitten by their dresses. So when they offered to send me a dress of my choice for review, I was so excited! This beautiful Hepburn dress in a teal butterfly print appealed to me for its gorgeous colors and the ability I will have to wear it year-round. It is sleeveless, but has so many colors in its print — most unexpectedly, a mustard-brown — that with a change of cardigan or addition of tights, it is easily made appropriate for fall and winter.

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The Hunt for Red November

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I know I am not the only one who feels like this year is drawing to an end all too fast, but looking back at these photos emphasizes it even more to me. I took these the day we found out we were pregnant again. I was certain my excitement would burst out of me to anyone passing by, but then again I always choose less-traveled areas to take photos so I only had an interaction with about four people, who were all together in a group. Red November | eyreeffect.comRed November | eyreeffect.comRed November | eyreeffect.com

As I was shooting, the group of elderly people walked past where I planned to stand. The first spoke up, “I hope we’re not ruining your picture!” and the second quickly quipped, “we’ll model for you” while chortling with amusement and striking a silly pose.

The third stopped and struck up a short conversation.

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