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Love From West Magnolia

Hello followers!

I’m very excited to announce the transition of this blog to a new name, a new domain, and a new format. Love from West Magnolia is a lifestyle blog dedicated to great food, fun DIY projects, creative outfits, and the general lovelyness that is life. While the site is still in its beta stage, I already have a ton of fun new posts planned that I can’t wait to share. Feel free to head over to the new site to follow along with the next stage of my life.

I hope you’ll join me in this exciting new adventure!

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All Aboard!

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Colorado Railroad Museum for the first time when my sister came into town to visit my family. I know what you’re thinking… how exciting could a bunch of old trains be? But the museum was unexpectedly scenic, especially on such a crisp, beautiful day. We had a great time running around, climbing into old passenger cars, and of course, taking lots of photographs!



wood pile


walking on railroad tracks



This little guy let me get right up close to him before he scurried away! I felt like I was on National Geographic. 🙂


sitting on train compartment steps

| BCBGeneration Solid Waffle Infinity Loop Scarf | Dollhouse Moto Jacket | H&M Tunic Sweater | Chip Riding Boots: Etienne Aigner |

Saturday at the Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Field

This weekend, after brunch with some friends, we decided to head over to a local farm’s pumpkin patch. It was a gorgeous fall day, so the spontaneous adventure sounded like the perfect way to occupy our time. Unfortunately, I had not gotten dressed with an outdoor adventure in mind, and the moment I stepped out of the car, my boots were coated in mud. Luckily, a very kind worker at the pumpkin patch took pity on me and offered me this solution…

Shoes in plastic bags

Certainly not the most glamorous look, but it definitely spared me from the worst of the mud!

Allison with pumpkin

After wrestling a bit with the vine it was still attached to, I managed to pull this gorgeous pumpkin out of the patch. Ok, so maybe it awkwardly leans towards one side, but I figure it gives it character. And the farm charged a little over 50 cents per pound, so I only had to pay about $2.50 for it!


I want to try something different this year, so I may try painting it instead of carving. If you have a local pumpkin patch, I highly encourage you to make a visit to support local growers and for the experience itself. (Muddy shoes and all!)

Lazy Sunday

Magazines and Coffee

I love Sundays. They are the one day a week I set aside for myself, and I try to spend most of the day relaxing and making time for the things I haven’t has time for in the midst of the week’s craziness. This weekend, I decided to finally read through the stack of magazines that I’ve been neglecting over the past few weeks.

Couch with Good Morning Gorgeous Pillow

I consider myself a fairly active person, but I don’t see anything wrong with spending the day curled up on the couch with a blanket. I’m a little in love the new “Good Morning Gorgeous” pillow I purchased at Ross recently. I’m a sucker for typography and pastels, so this was the best of both worlds.

Steaming Soup on Cuttingboard

As for the rest of the day, my plans consist of devouring a big bowl of homemade Potato Cheese Soup, popping a movie into the DVD player, and possibly enjoying cup of coffee number two. Hope you all are having a relaxing, enjoyable Sunday as well!


Fall Favs

Fall Favorites

The start of a new season is always exciting. With the leaves turning and a chill coming in, I’m fully settling into autumn and breaking out some of my favorite seasonal staples (no pumpkin spice lattes included!):

1. A bulky crew-neck sweater for chilly afternoons.

2. A pair of thick-rimmed glasses (bonus points if they are prescription!).

3. Low-heel riding boots in a neutral color.

4. A beloved book that is so old that the pages have started yellowing.

5. A warm, musky perfume.

6. A chambray button down to add a little bit of edge to your workwear.

7. A plaid scarf to dress up a plain outfit.



So Long Summer

Nautical Shirt Striped Scarf

I’ve lived in Fort Collins for over four years now, but I’ve only recently moved closer to the downtown area. Old Town has always been one of my favorite places to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, but now that I live so close, I spend more time than ever enjoying the area. This Sunday my mom drove up early to join me for brunch at one of my favorite local restaurants.

Nautical Shirt Striped Scarf

I figured I would break out the classic combination of anchors and stripes to celebrate the end of the season. As excited as I am for fall, I’m a little sad to see summer go. So long barbecues, pool days, farmers markets, and cold drinks. You will be missed.

Nautical Shirt Striped Scarf

| Crew-neck T-shirt: Polo Ralph Lauren (similar) | Anchors & Stripes Infinity Scarf | Skinny Jeans (old) | Chip Riding Boots: Etienne Aigner | Tote: Roxy |

Tulle Skirt Envy

Tulle skirt outfits

| 1. Act Like a Lady | 2. BEKLEIDET | 3. La Petite Madame | 4. Estilo Tendances | 5. Lace & Locks | 6. Jazzabelles Diary |

There is something so whimsical about a tulle skirt! From short to midi, black to pink, feminine or edgy, all of these looks add playfulness and excitement to the outfit. I would love a pink midi tulle skirt, but to keep it from looking overly girlish and feminine, I would pair it with a motorcycle jacket or pointed-toe boots. Still, these images make it clear that there are endless styling possibilities.

A Touch of Class


At long last it is sweater weather in Colorado! As much as I love summer, I’ve been itching to break out some of my sweaters and winter wear, and I finally got my wish. I’m lucky to work in an office where the dress code is pretty casual, so my leather-slashed leggings are always acceptable for days like this. But I did dress it up a little by adding sweater that is more prim and proper.

Getting rained on

Although it is hard to tell in the photos, it was actually raining when I ventured outside. But it’s the perfect sort of rain where it is enough to keep the grass and streets wet all day, but not so much that it will ruin your hair and leave you looking like a drowned rat!

Printed collar sweater leather slashed leggings side view

| Printed collar sweater: Forever 21 | Leather-slashed leggings: H&M (similar) | Black riding boots: Franco Sarto | Lipstick: CoverGirl Bistro Burgundy |