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As the weather gets a little cooler for the fall season, but not quite cool enough for thicker sweaters, I’ve decided to find a happy medium by pairing this romper with a maxi cardigan, booties, and a hat.  It still stays pretty warm here in Florida during this time of year and you can never tell what the weather will be like in a week or two…

fall romper

We have had a few small cold fronts come through which allow the temps to get into the 70’s and cut out the humidity, it’s especially nice in the evenings!  I like to call this “The Big Tease” because it usually doesn’t last very long and we are back up to the 80’s almost 90’s again with the humidity in full swing and my hair getting frizzier by the second! Usually, by the end of October, it starts to calm down so it’s enjoyable to frolic outside again.

a cute fall look


I’m absolutely obsessed with the maxi cardigans a.k.a. dusters that are out right now, I’ve loved this look for years!  I am especially partial to this super thin one I’m sporting in the photos.  Unfortunately, they have sold out online but I’ve linked a similar version for you here for under $20 dollars.  The best part of this trend is that it allows me to look fall-ish without sweating to death during the mid-day heat.

fall romper

If you’re wondering about the romper I’m wearing, you can find it here in taupe.  I purchased the black version over the summer and wore it with some lace-up sandals.  My initial thought process when purchasing it was how easy it would be to transition it into my fall wardrobe based on the colors it came in.  I also like the way the front is a little drapey in the chest and it has adjustable straps.  I personally find it harder to find rompers that fit due to this.  The fabric is 100% viscose gauze crepe so beware it will shrink even if you hand wash it with cold water and do not put in the dryer, I repeat DO NOT PUT IN THE DRYER!  I usually go a size up knowing this or sometimes I cross my fingers and hope I can stretch it out a little while it’s still wet and lay it flat to dry.  Also, if you’re wondering what my lip color is it’s Iconic and I’ve posted it here.

The hat pictured has become a new favorite of mine and I’m sure you will see me sporting it quite a bit over the next few month on my Instagram (@thecottageboundblog).  You can find it at Gigi Pip a new store I found online and the owner, Ginger Parrish is super cute!  She is a hat lover as well and let me tell you the quality of her hats are amazing!  

I’m wearing a black pair of vintage Jeffrey Campbell booties in the photo but I think you could get away with any black bootie, lace-up or even peep-toe.  I’ve listed some of the similar products to my outfit below for your style inspiration.


I hope you enjoyed today’s post and it inspired a few outfits while you’re transitioning your wardrobe for the change in weather!  Have you tried the maxi cardigan look yet?  Please feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments and as always thanks for reading!

Cheers- Ashley Nicole


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  • Cold days like these make me want to cozy up with a warm blanket and look through sunny photos of past vacations while day dreaming up our next adventure together. 
Last year, my husband and I visited St. John and The British Virgin Islands and we had such an amazing time that I decided  to surprise him by capturing our favorite vacation moments with a custom photo book. 
Luckily, @google photos just launched a new photo book feature so I decided to try it out and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to create. It literally took minutes to put it together! 
If you have an anniversary, birthday, or “just because” dates coming up I would definitely recommend adding your own personal touch with one of these keepsakes! 
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  • Really looking forward to the weekend and a little sunshine because it’s been raining here non-stop! ☔️ I’ve def gotten my money’s worth out of my @hunterboots this week, but now I’m ready for a change 👢
  • Does anyone feel weird when the new year starts mid week? It’s kind of like when you’re at the crossing between 2 states with one foot on both sides.... I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m working on moving forward but I’m also having to look back on things in order to get there. Does this make sense? #newyearnewbeginnings #makeitcount #wrapitup
  • Welcoming 2019 with open arms! Last night Jamie (my husband) and I spent a nice quiet evening at home. I made Hoppin John, Collard Greens, Corn Bread, and Pork Chops. We ended the night watching the ball drop from bed and slept in for the first time since I can’t remember when. It was perfect! Just exactly what we needed to rejuvenate ourselves for the 1st day of the year. Today we took down all the Christmas decor and talked about some things we’d like to do/change in our home this year with a fresh new perspective. Lots of ideas sparking over here! Looking forward to new beginnings and new projects! Hope y’all had an amazing New Year’s! 
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