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FALL PICNIC ESSENTIALS

The Steele Maiden: Fall Picnic and Road Trip Essentials

As much as I love Summer, some things – like picnics – are just infinitely better in the Fall. You don’t have to battle hot temps melting your food/drink, you can happily sit out all afternoon without breaking a sweat and (most importantly) apple cider donuts can be a main course. Below, everything I’d want in my basket.

P.S. These photos were taken on our trip upstate New York last week and I can’t wait to share a full travel guide with you all. Coming soon!

The Steele Maiden: Fall Picnic and Road Trip Essentials

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: TALBOTS FALL LOOK + NBCF SCARF

The Steele Maiden Fall Style - Talbots Silk Scarf Plaid Blazer

October! One of my favorite months of the whole year. New York almost always hands us pitch perfect weather, the leaves turn, it still feels like there is time left before the craze of the holidays sets in and winter is still distant enough for me to go on pretending it will never come. To celebrate, I tossed on alllll the Fall colors and Adam and I took a stroll through Soho one crisp morning before work.

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3 NEW WAYS TO WEAR A HAIR SCARF THIS FALL

The Steele Maiden: 3 New Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf this Fall

If you’ve been following me for awhile you know that my hair magician here in New York is Sarah Rappolt and beyond giving me the perfect haircut every time – she also indulges me from time to time in some of her killer hair styling (see what we did last Fall here). This time around we wanted to update the basic ‘hair scarf in ponytail’ look that everyone (including myself) sported all Summer. I’m absolutely thrilled with the results – all taking no more than 5 minutes each and honestly, easy enough that even an amateur like myself can do it. Below – 3 new ways to wear a hair scarf this Fall. Hope you try!


And if you’re in the NYC area and are in need of a hair cut/style yourself – Sarah is generously offering my readers 15% off. Just mention ‘The Steele Maiden.’

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The Steele Maiden: 3 New Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf this Fall

“THAT 70’S BRAID” – Start with a low ponytail, being careful to leave some volume at the sides and crown of your head. Fold/roll your scarf diagonally to form a long, thin rectangle shape. Tie around your ponytail securing underneath in a single knot. Then divide your hair into three sections and add the ends of the scarf into two sections. Braid the strands and secure at bottom with a clear elastic, leaving several inches of hair and the scarf ends out.

The Steele Maiden: 3 New Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf this Fall

“THE BRUNCH BUN” – Sarah and I kept calling this the new ‘messy bun’ because it feels just as simple but somehow way more chic. Perfect for a low-key weekend brunch with friends. Start with textured hair (Sarah used this spray and added a few waves with a 1″ curling wand) and secure in a mid-height ponytail. Fold/roll the scarf horizontally into a long, rectangle shape and secure the end around your ponytail – leave one small ‘tail’ and one very long side. Using the long side, twist your ponytail and the scarf together then loop around into a bun shape. Pin in place and adjust the scarf, pinning where needed to further secure. Leave both small scarf ends out at the bottom as a finishing touch.

The Steele Maiden: 3 New Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf this Fall

“RIVIERA ROMANCE” – this simple updo feels very ‘I’m going to a moonlit dinner on the Italian coast’ to me. Although I like to think it will work just as well for a date night here in New York. Start with a low ponytail, divide in half and braid each section tightly. Then wrap the braids into a bun and pin in place. Fold the scarf diagonally to form a long, skinny shape and wrap around the crown of your head, tying firmly in place at the nape of your neck. Pin in place if it feels like it might slip.

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FALL ACCESSORIES UNDER $100

The Steele Maiden: On Trend Fall Accessories and Shoes Under $100

Western. Animal Print. 1980s. If these trends sound a little bit intimidating to you – you’re certainly not alone. The trends are BIG this Fall and it takes more than a little bit of fashion confidence to pull those off. My best advice? Dip your toes into the trendy waters with accessories instead. They can freshen up even the simplest sweater and jeans combo and make it look completely Fall 2018 without looking like you tried to nail every trend at once.

Want to try the Western trend? How about a wide brim wool hat or a pair of suede booties. Thinking of taking on animal print? How about a sleek pair of leopard print mules instead of a head to toe look. Want to throw it back to the 80s without looking like you’re going to a costume party? A plaid newsboy cap, white booties or multi-colored statement earrings would all do the trick.

The best part? All of the suggestions below are under $100. Small investment, big impact. Win, win.

BOOTIES:

MULES:

HATS:

STATEMENT EARRINGS:

STRUCTURED BAGS:

The Steele Maiden: On Trend Fall Accessories and Shoes Under $100

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FALL TREND: WESTERN-INSPIRED

The Steele Maiden: Western Inspired Fall Trend - Suede Skirt and White Booties

Yeehaw! In my efforts to bring you the best of Fall Fashion this entire week on the blog – I present to you the first of the most major trends of the season: All things Western-Inspired. Think: ‘Annie Oakley meets Carrie Bradshaw’.

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