Can you believe Halloween is less than two weeks away?! Chad and I are not big into Halloween parties, but this year we are planning a small dinner party October 31. Chad works with many different fabric quilting companies including my favorite, Dear Stella. Despite not being able to sew, he brought me this beautiful navy fabric with metallic gold skull and crossbones. Instantly I knew it would be perfect for my Halloween dinner party.

A Spooky Halloween Spread in Navy and Gold // Twin Stripe

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Happy Friday! I’m back with a new color trend post for October featuring everyone’s fall favorite, pumpkin. As a child, orange was my favorite color for a hot second (until I discovered pink). As I searched for different pumpkin orange items this week, I realized what a happy color it was, which explains my draw to it as a child. With the temperatures finally starting to feel fall like, I pulled together a few cozy pieces in pumpkin orange.

Color Trend: Pumpkin // Twin Stripe

Clockwise from top left: Crystal Starship Collar, Bauble Bar  |  Black Cat Halloween, Rifle Paper Co.  |  Minnekota Pillow, Lulu and Georgia  |  Color Chroma Thrown, Leif  |  Orange Enamel Mug, West Elm  |  Pumpkin Chai Latte, Design Love Fest  |  Quilted Zip-Front Vest, Old Navy  |  Heirloom Pumpkin Candle, Illume

I just ordered that vest from Old Navy in gray and I can’t wait for it to arrive – it’s the perfect layering weight. I also couldn’t resist throwing in that pumpkin chai latte! It looks rather amazing and I’ve been on a huge tea kick lately, with one of my favorite’s being Tazo’s chai pumpkin spice tea. What have you been loving this fall? Any favorite beverages other than the PSL?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with pumpkins and apple cider! I’m looking forward to a homecoming tailgate and putting together some Halloween DIYs. Be sure to fill out the Twin Stripe Reader Survey if you haven’t yet and check out my most recent post on The Blog Guide, Making the Most of Your Social Media Profile – Twitter. Cheers!


Everistta Breast Cancer Bracelet // Twin Stripe

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While most are aware of breast cancer, many do not take the proper actions to detect the disease early on. Early detection is so important when one in eight women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer. I make sure to take all necessary early detection precautions because both my mom and my mother-in-law are breast cancer survivors.

A few weeks ago, Lindsay of Everistta Jewelry shared her Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet with me. I was excited to share the design, but then found out Lindsay attended Elon University for undergraduate, where I currently work and went to graduate school. I also found out the organization, Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test, that benefits from the sale of her bracelets is located in Greensboro, NC where I live. I knew it was fate Lindsay found me.

She was kind enough to share a bit about her jewelry business and her decision to create the beautiful breast cancer bracelets. (more…)

Reader Survey 2014 // Twin Stripe

Hi friends and happy Monday! Today I’m taking another mini-blog retreat. I’ll be doing a bit of relaxing, but also getting some work in on the blog. I hope I can finish up my business plan and get holiday planning underway.

Even though Twin Stripe has been around for over two years, I haven’t done an official reader survey and I decided that now was the time. As 2015 nears, I want to make this the best blog possible by asking for your input. Please be honest and share any feedback you have. Your idea might spur a new column or a blog redesign. Thanks for all of your feedback!

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Thanks again for taking the 2014 reader survey! I hope you have a wonderful week!


Podcasts are not a new concept, but so many inspiring shows have been emerging that I couldn’t help but take a listen. I’ve always wanted to listen to podcasts but I just couldn’t find the time for them in my daily routine. After I was diagnosed with narcolepsy my sleep was very fragmented and it was difficult to sleep for more than a few hours at a time. Early on I made the decision to get up early and take my dog for a long walk. Durning that time I also listen to podcasts. I’ve enjoyed moving and spending think times outside. Today I’m going to share my top three favorite podcasts with all of you.

Jess Lively, The Lively Show // Twin Stripe

I’ve been writing a lot about The Lively Show lately, so it should come as no surprise that its my favorite podcast! Jess Lively typically interviews creatives – bloggers, designers, entrepreneurs and more, and the content is personal and thought provoking – which helps wake me in the morning. I just started listening to the show mid-April and I’ve managed to listen to each and every episode. There are so many great shows that I highly recommend you listen to all of them, starting with a few of my favorites:


Grace Bonney After the Jump // Twin Stripe

I’d been wanting to listen to the After the Jump podcast since it was first release, but I didn’t truly listen until after I heard Grace Bonney on The Lively Show. Grace does many interviews on her show, but she also shares what she has learned after 10 years of blogging, which is invaluable. Check out these fab episodes of After the Jump podcast:

BONUS! I just listed to Grace’s podcast, How to Create Content for the (New) Online World, this morning and I can’t wait to listen again with a notebook. It’s a great post for those looking for content ideas.

Jennifer Snyder, Creating Your Own Path // Twin Stripe

Last but not least, I have been enjoying Jennifer Snyder’s Creating Your Own Path series. Every other week Jennifer interviews inspiring individuals working in different creative fields to share about their life, struggles and how they found a job they love. Jennifer also pulls the best quote from each episode and shares it as “quoteable“. Below are a few of my favorite episodes:"The only antidote to overwhelm is to say no." -- Hilary Rushford

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites? I’ll be sure to check out all of your suggestions and maybe share more favorites.

I hope your weekend is filled with relaxation and sleep.