October is soclose and that means gorgeous fall colors, apple picking, pumpkin spice everything and fall festivals almost every weekend. It is our favorite month to head outdoors and see how creative Mother Nature can be. And with cooling temperatures, we get to pull out our favorite jackets and boots … or better yet, head out to our favorite Atlanta boutiques to get all new pieces to layer and create the cutest fall looks. We’re especially stoked for Fall Fest in Candler Park, ELEVATE and of course, Taste of Atlanta. Here are some ensemble ideas to help you look and feel your best at these and other upcoming October events!

The Event: Fall Fest in Candler Park

  • October 1 – 2, 2016; noon – 10 p.m.
  • Tour of homes, artist market, 5K and Fun Run and hot air balloon rides
  • Free admission

Fall Fest in Candler Park is a must-do for anyone ready to bring in the new season with a bang. Seriously, it’ll be a bang alright with some amazing festival music, including a huge lineup of wonderfully talented tribute bands (we’re psyched for Nirvana cover band, Nameless, Nameless) on Saturday and bands playing original work on Sunday. Besides the killer music, attendees can view and purchase art by talented local artists, fill up on tasty treats from delicious food trucks, attend the tour of homes, squeeze in some cardio at the various races and just let loose at this neighborhood fiesta. And of course, free admission only sweetens the deal!

What to wear: Rock an ITP event with an OTP perspective! We headed to Alpharetta’s own Honey & Hazel Boutique to dress for one of the best events of the year. The shop, owned and operated by mother-and-daughter duo Grace and Julie Gordy, offers a great mix of trendy, contemporary styles that are totally friendly on your wallet. Besides all the lovely clothing and accessories, Honey & Hazel has wonderful customer service and everyone who stops by gets one-on-one attention.

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From Honey & Hazel Boutique: Cinnamon romper, $42; floppy hat, $38; olive cage booties, $42; leather and stone necklace, $18

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From Honey & Hazel Boutique: Bull print kimono, $48; black V-neck bodysuit, $30; high-rise skinny jeans, $49; fringe booties, $42; Moroccan bar necklace, $22

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From Honey & Hazel Boutique: Waffle-knit cream tunic dress, $42; plaid green flannel, $49; brown zipper booties, $39; gray stone necklace, $24

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The Event: ELEVATE: MICROCOSM

  • October 13 – 21, 2016
  • Located throughout Downtown Atlanta
  • Events include panel discussion, gallery openings, workshops and a bike ride and walk
  • Hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

ELEVATE is a temporary public art program held in Downtown Atlanta that enhances our outlook on life and our city through visual art, performances and cultural events. And now, ELEVATE has grown to offer year-round offerings, as October features MICROCOSM — a curated vision of how Atlanta grapples and celebrates identities that address race, gender, class, ability, nationality, sexuality and other identities. For more than a week, Atlantans can be a part of ELEVATE in various ways — participating galleries offer a curatorial perspective, as well as workshops, a block party, live performances, panel discussions and more. Check out the full schedule by visiting the website.

What to wear: Clothing is wearable art and thus, there are no boundaries when dressing for a program that features and celebrates public art. We went to Lila Boutique in Brookhaven (there’s another location in Inman Park) to come up with three colorful looks worthy of a citywide arts event. Lila has fun, vivid pieces that just make you happy as you walk through the front doors. From cool jumpsuits to chic wide-leg pants to sweet day dresses, Lila has an amazing inventory perfect to fill your closet this fall.

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From Lila Boutique: Black, seamless bodysuit, $15; pleated, speckled skirt, $36; yellow knit scarf, $10; geometric clutch, $128; pink beaded bracelet, $22; black ankle booties, $40 (on sale)

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A closeup of our favorite accessories from this look.

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From Lila Boutique: Black, ruffled jumpsuit, $42; cranberry pendant, $16; beaded lanyard, $16; beaded bracelets, $20; red, quilted purse, $65

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From Lila Boutique: Canary yellow halter dress with keyhole back, $36; navy blazer, $39; gold stone pendant necklace, $24; fringe heels, $39; white rimmed sunglasses, $15; jeweled wooden cuff, $14

The Event: Taste of Atlanta

  • October 21 – 23, 2016
  • Food festival featuring more than 90 restaurants and four live cooking stages
  • General admission tickets are $25 for Saturday OR Sunday; three-day weekend package tickets cost $105 (price increases start on October 7); VIP tickets are available, as well as ones for Friday’s kick-off party
  • Visit the website for a full schedule of the weekend’s events

If you want a literal taste of Atlanta, you need to attend Taste of Atlanta! This year commemorates its 15th year showcasing the tastiest foods, wines, beers and cocktails this city has to offer. Over the course of three days, more than 90 restaurants feed, wow and just flat-out impress festival-goers ready to try the best of Atlanta cuisine. This year, besides all the delicious sampling, highlights include hands-on cooking classes, live cooking demos and conversations and something really cool: interactive demonstrations in the Family Food Zone for even the youngest of chefs.

What to wear: I can’t tell you how much I love when someone looks at my outfit and says, “Wow, where did you get that? It’s so unique!” Really, it’s my favorite compliment because I love when my look stands out from the crowd and gets someone talking. That’s exactly the type of clothing you will find at Jilli Boutique (formerly known as Tryst Boutique) — artfully designed, cool fashion that looks great on everybody. The boutique has two North Atlanta shops (Dunwoody and Alpharetta/Milton) and they have the best looks for Taste of Atlanta. Jilli Boutique has especially adorable jackets and outerwear that are perfect as you peruse the tables and tables of delicious bites and drinks at the event.

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From Jilli Boutique (formerly Tryst): Reversible faux fur/plaid vest, $120; embroidered plaid tunic, $158; embroidered skinny jeans, $128; open-toe booties, $185; lapis and leather necklace, $72

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From Jilli Boutique (formerly Tryst): Geometric shift dress, $146; long-sleeve black shirt, $55; Off the Beaten Track black wedge sandals, $124.99; druzy necklace, $68

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From Jilli Boutique (formerly Tryst): Embroidered floral kimono, $224; hi-lo tunic with ruffled hemline, $76; charcoal stretch leggings, $72; handmade cowboy boots, $224; druzy beaded pendant necklace, $68

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If you couldn’t get enough of these boots, here’s a closeup. I’m officially in love!

Remember, have fun at whatever event you attend by looking and feeling your best. And make sure to support local businesses by shopping at these and other wonderful Atlanta boutiques! Happy shopping!

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