Leather Jacket + Felt Hats

asheville-biltmore-north-carolina-0193asheville-biltmore-north-carolina-0192Black Rivet Stitch Shoulder Leather Jacket, Wilsons Leather (c/o) – on super sale! Code: DIANA for $10 off and free shipping for orders over $100
Hat: H&M / Skirt: Banana Republic / Bodysuit: Forever21

It was wonderful to be in North Carolina enjoying the beautiful scenic drives and crisp morning air. North Carolina is one of those states that makes my heart pitter patter at the mention, it’s always been one of my most favorite spots in the country since I explored years ago with my best friend from college on a road trip through the south in the early fall – I do recommend if you’ve never explored the south to hop in a car with a buddy and hit a few states! The drive is so enjoyable you’ll want to pop out and take photos along the way.

To prepare for the weather for the 10 days I’d be gone, I packed brought this wine colored nipped waist leather jacket from Wilsons Leather. I’m in size small. While I usually gravitate towards neutrals I decided a pop of color would be best to compliment my abundantly neutral wardrobe.


As I laid outfits together I realized how it could even go with my pastel pleated skirt – and I could swing it over my shoulders if it was warmer than usual.

We spent a day at Biltmore, I was so glad Benjamin liked it.


After we spent time with family celebrating a wedding, Benjamin went home on a plane and hopped on a train (wish we had Amtrak in Arizona) and I went to visit my girlfriend Geni in Durham.

She knew I’d love Duke Gardens, a garden sized at 55 acres of specialized gardens. We picked up some delicious breakfast – donuts and coffee and headed over to sit down and chit chat in the space. It’s one of those memories I’ll never forget, just time to sit down in a lovely garden and have heart to heart conversations. Geni is expecting her first baby in December!


Geni is also an incredible photographer based in North Carolina, so she was sweet enough to snap a few casual pics of me as we explored.

The leather jacket blended into fall colors! Geni keeps felt hats in the backseat of her car for her shoots so I just grabbed one for the day (I think I need to do this). This jacket is so soft and has zippered cuffs, I love the mandarin collar detail too. It’s the perfect compliment to a fall wardrobe – and these gardens!


Check out out the other coats, and leather jackets from Wilsons Leather, right now they are having a sale and also an additional 50% off! Use Wilsons Leather promo code DIANA for $10 Off $100 and Free Shipping $100 +. Perfect time to add a great piece to your wardrobe or a special gift for the holidays. Happy fall y’all!

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Into the woods

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We woke up to a crisp morning in Asheville, North Carolina – the destination for my little brother-in-law’s wedding. The next morning I skipped around outside because it was so refreshing to see the trees changing colors and feel the crisp air on my skin.

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Isn’t it fun how excited we get over the fall sights? I think we all get so excited for a change of scenery. I realize I never noticed or embraced the transition of fall growing up in Northern California. It wasn’t until I’ve lived in Phoenix and from the inside everything outside pretty much looks the same year-round 90% of the time. Sometimes it just takes removing yourself from everyday element to appreciate the small things.

^^ This shot was all Benjamin. I had casually mentioned the log that spanned across the stream. He then proceeded to cut back the overgrown brush that took over the log and helped me get on. I’m not afraid of heights but I am terrified of them when it an unstable narrow platform 10 plus feet above running water. I scooted my booty across like crab walk style. I even went back the same way, I wouldn’t turn around.

Did Benjamin nail that shot or what? I’m telling you, I can teach anyone how to be a great photographer, and I’m not really good at teaching much but I’m so proud of my students over the years making a name for themselves in the industry!


^^ I have to mention these high tops by FlitFlop (c/o). They are so comfortable and I wore them on the long plane ride, and for the days we did a lot of walking. I haven’t worn high tops since 6th grade – white Reeboks to be exact. The FitFlop brand features footwear made for those who believe in comfort. I’m usually a size 8.5 in boots and sneakers but I’m wearing a size 8 which is my true size for pumps and sandals. They have so much toe and foot room to spread your feet. So if you need comfortable shoes, check them out.

Really tho, fall is my favorite season, they weather especially and the clothing. We left our cabin in Asheville to head to Hendersonville to another cabin which was adorable! It looks like it’s straight out of the movie The Hobbit or Twilight Saga. I prefer to pretend I was in Bella and Edward’s newlyweds cottage.

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We stayed in the room at the top. Super cozy, we didn’t mind it one bit and there was a main house as well, the rest of the family stayed there while Benjamin and I stayed with his mom and dad.

The acorns were so pretty too – looks like a rich wood. I snuck one back and I planted it in a small pot in my kitchen, I want to see if it’ll grow.

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Mossy paths! Oh the light was just dreamy in the woods and the texture and smells. Benjamin had a blast exploring the grounds as did I. It would house many in our family and the new family, we were staying a few nights for the wedding which took place in the clouds!

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