Isn’t October just the best month? Perhaps it’s because I’m a true and true Fall girl who also has a birthday the first week of November, but autumn just speaks to my soul. It always feels like a fresh new start and also marks the beginning of a slower work time for me when I’m able to slightly hibernate and recharge my batteries before spring in the store.
This fall and winter I’m channeling my inner ‘sponge’ to soak up any and all inspiration for ALU’s re-design. Obviously a fantastic resource for design and construction ideas is Pinterest! Whether I’m working on projects for the store or within my own home, Pinterest always leads the way (although Instagram is reeeeally up there on the list too) as the go-to spot for eye candy.
Here are just a few of my favorite October pins. Enjoy!
- Simple + chic black trousers with grey accent accessories
- Cute Halloween decor inspiration for inside your home!
- Can this fall centerpiece / tablescape get any more gorgeous?
- Love this messy yet classic up-do look
- Adorable giant jack-o-lantern balloons from oh happy day!
- This is such a great go-to look.
- Who doesn’t love a ruffle detail on a cozy black sweater?
- Beautiful laid back beachy space
pictured above: a little ‘before’ photo of our new home at 414 n bay avenue!
As you already know by now, A Lovely Universe is expanding to a larger storefront in 2018. This weekend after a large moving sale, we closed up and started to organize inventory and clear up the store for the off season. Even though this move is a positive one, it was a bit emotional to see the ‘for lease’ sign go up on the window. Sort of silly since we’re just moving three doors down and barely have to change our address. Still, this little space has been so good to me and I’ve grown leaps and bounds just over the three years spent there.
The new corner space is still empty for now but so many things are going on behind the scenes to get everything sorted out for the new build out. There’s just so much to do! But I’m super grateful for the schedule which grants me the time to really get everything done in an organized and somewhat laid back (knock on wood) schedule. In addition to a very packed google calendar over the next 6 months, I also have a notebook of my specific goals all listed one by one for this new chapter. When I opened up A Lovely Universe in 2013 at age 24, I had a dream in my head and the energy to go after it. However, I had so much to learn and still do. To be able to keep the business alive but give the whole store an upgrade and have it grow up alongside me is so thrilling but also scary! 🙂
Anyway – be sure to follow our progress on here and on instagram! I plan on posting a lot of the in between moments to give a little glimpse behind the scenes. It’s not all fun and games and cute clothes – it’s a real job so there are ups and downs. But I do pinch myself every day that I’m able to do this. So thank you for your support and please keep checking back for more!
As we enter into fall, it’s easy to look at the calendar and see that nearly every weekend is scheduled up. Whether it’s fall weddings, long weekend trips upstate to cozy towns to watch the leaves change, a night or two on LBI (autumn is the best there too!) OR the impending holiday season that is full of travel – you need a solid weekender bag option.
We’ve had a few cute weekender bags in the shop over the past few years and they usually move fast. At the moment, any bags we had in stock are sold out and as the store grows, we’re concentrating mostly on apparel and jewelry. Maybe in the future we’ll bring on more bags BUT that still doesn’t mean we can’t source our favs for you.
Take a look at a few of our top choices below:
Mi-Pac Canvas & Tumbled Faux Leather Contrast Weekender – Black
Ban. Do Available For Weekends Travel Bag – Multi
Moore & Giles Fine Leather Zip Tote Bag
Waxed Canvas Garment WeekenderGray – Waxed Canvas
Clare V. Weekender
Oliver Cabell Kennedy Weekender – Jet Black
Herschel Supply Co Bamfield Mid Volume Weekender Bag in Woodland Camo