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October Bucket List

It’s officially October. We’re excited about this month for a few reasons – from fall leaves to our No Spend Challenge, to our JCR Girls reunion (starting October 26 in NYC!). What gets you excited about October?


To make the most of this month, we’ve put together a list of favorite fall activities to do over the next 31 days. Here’s a glimpse at our list:

  • Visit an apple orchard
  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Carve said pumpkin
  • Go on an outdoor wine tasting tour (or, if that fails we’ll just sip our Winc on the deck!)
  • Mull wine and/or cider
  • Take a fall foliage walk and/or scenic drive
  • Run and/or bike outside; breathe in the crisp autumn air
  • Bake apple crisp and/or pumpkin pie
  • Make chili
  • Have a bonfire
  • Go on a ghost tour

What’s on yours? I’m not super into haunted houses or corn mazes, but we’ll see how this ghost tour goes!

P.S. anxiously awaiting peak leaf season over here…


Follow our fall adventures on Insta Stories @thejcrgirls!

Week in Review: Fall is in Full Swing

Fall is in full swing, and that means miniature pumpkins and decorative Indian corn will magically make their way into your shopping cart. You’ll suddenly have an irresistible urge to visit an apple orchard and a pumpkin farm. Perhaps a vineyard, too – while you’re at it! A strange sensation pulls you in the direction of all things plaid and flannel and it becomes abundantly clear that you do not have enough cozy socks and blankets (and never will).

That said, cider season is officially upon us! If you’re like me, you skip the PSL and go straight for the good stuff.

If we were ‘real’ lifestyle bloggers, we’d whip up our own clever cider concoction and share just how rewarding it is to make your own from scratch. I must say, this Trader Joe’s version isn’t half bad! Apple-Cider-Season Disclaimer: These apples aren’t freshly picked from the orchard. They’re Trader Joe’s, too.

Fall-Foliage-OnlyInMN And with the crisp autumnal breezes comes a myriad of gorgeous natural colors. A unique mix of reds, greens, yellows, oranges and maroons. A striking blend of colors that are just too Instagrammable to resist. It’s peak fall foliage season in Minnesota right now (meaning, we have ALL of the colors), and I have plenty of ‘grams to prove it!

Including this one, featuring my recent encounter with a real-life emoji! Real-Life-Leaf-Emoji

Wayzata-Yacht-Club And this snap, that’s really just a tease because that body of water is about to FREEZE soon.

Fall-Foliage-MN-2 And this tunnel of trees at a scenic outdoor wedding venue. Ok, I lied. This is actually outside of the public library. Looks like a lavishly decorated aisle though, doesn’t it?

Taylors-Falls-MN-Fall This recent hike was an eyeopener, featuring trees with only a few fall leaves left : (

Wood-Watch-1When it comes to fall clothing and accessories, I gotta admit, I don’t overdose on plaid and flannel and oversized capes. They’re not for everyone. I do love a cozy cable knit sweater, a fleece-lined quarter-zip (like this Heathered Green Patagonia “Better Sweater” that’s become a weekend staple), and leather riding boots (like these Frye faves I’ve been wearing on the daily).

JORD-Watch Accessory-wise, stylish wood watches are seasonally appropriate and make quite the fashion statement. This Zebrawood and Dark Sandalwood combination caught my attention, and the best news is, the husband likes it, too! Check out woodwatches.com to explore the full collection of men’s and women’s watches. (Shown: Dover Series Zebrawood & Dark Sandalwood. c/o).

Wood-Watch-2 Doesn’t it make you wanna go all analog and take a hike? Reaching for your iPhone is not required to tell time. It was, however, required for this photo, HA! 

Like what you see? Enter to win a wood watch.

Until next time!

My Weekend in Instagrams

Running on (almost) perfect fall days.


Roommate brunches to start off Sunday shopping.


Strolls in the park. Equip with the proper accessories for the chillier temps thanks to Pendleton.


Taking advantage of J. Crew sales.



I treated myself to this sweater from J. Crew during their 25% off $100 sale.

What did you do this weekend?



*All photos are from both the JCR Girls and my personal Instagram accounts.

Friday Favorites

I hope everyone had a great week. I have been easing back into my routine after a busy end to October full of visitors in NYC. Here are a few things we are loving right now to take you through the final stretch before the weekend:

This “Cups Song” cover. I never really got tired of the song, but I know it’s probably passing its prime. I’ve been watching this video non-stop and even if you were over the song, this will make you un-over it. If that’s even a thing. You get what I mean, just watch it!

theSkimmI don’t know how I didn’t know about this before…my roommate just introduced it to me a few days ago. I really do have the best of intentions with keeping up with current events, but I usually get distracted by a thought mid-first paragraph and give up. theSkimm is great because they take all the big stories and summarize them for you in one short and sweet daily newsletter to start off your morning with. Sorry if this is old news to everyone else, but I’m pretty excited about it.

Sales at J. Crew. J. Crew is offering 25% off your purchase of $100 or more. This sweater and these boots have already made their way into my shopping cart! And, as to not be overshadowed, J. Crew Factory is one-upping their older sibling and offering 30% off of everything. So yeah, I had to tell my paycheck to not get to comfortable in my bank account because it won’t be there long.

Fall is in full swing. I’m honestly pretty excited that the crisp fall temps are finally here. I am happy (for now) to break out tights and boots and all of my outerwear. Plus, I mean, look at these colors. Even if you hate the cold, doesn’t this just make you love it a little more for a second?

Fall in NYC via The JCR Girls

Check out our Fall Style and For Fall boards on Pinterest for some outfit inspiration for the new season!

Have a wonderful weekend!