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Halloween/Fall Garden Tour + OOTD x7

With Halloween weekend upon us, I am sharing some seasonally-appropriate photos from the great Zoo Tour of October 2017.

Indianapolis Zoo - October 2017

The Indy Zoo leaned into the macabre for their Halloween decorating. A skeletal pirate captain and his busted up ship attempt to sail the green, plant-ridden dirt with little success, but it doesn't keep him from smiling (creepily).

Chambray floral dress + sandstone coral cardigan-Plus size summer outfit idea for women over 40

A skeletal pirate with a peg leg and questionable fashion sense still wears that one eyepatch even though he's lost both eyes. But the human skull on the ground has lost his entire body, so I guess Eyepatch Pirate is doing well, comparatively. I really like the skeletal parrot he has on his shoulder!

Halloween just isn't Halloween without giant spiders (sorry, Mom)! The one at the lower left is staring right at us with his beady red eyes...ugh!

Missouri Botanical Gardens - October 2017

Outside the Center for Home Gardening at the Missouri Botanical Gardens was a gorgeous display of autumn gourds and ground cover. What a delightful array of colors and textures! Ivory, green, yellow, orange, rust, burgundy, plum...some nice color inspiration here.

The rest of the display had flowers and grasses surrounding a giant metal pumpkin structure filled with actual pumpkins. "But what's that over there?" some visitors looking at the scene next to us asked.

"Groot," my husband said to them. "Yeah, that's Groot." I'm not sure what Groot was doing sleeping in this flower bed...although at some level, the question answers itself. Sleeping is the most obvious thing for him to be doing there.

Late October Outfits of the Day

Here is a quick round-up of OOTD from on or around this date over the last seven years for some outfit inspiration in terms of color schemes, outfit formulas, and accessorizing options.


Dark green + black with white

Blouse + straight/wide leg pants + moto vest

Scarf + necklace combo, bracelet stack



Burgundy + navy/dark denim with pink + light green

Blouse + straight leg jeans + scarf

Dark floral print, suede loafers



Brown + green + cream (colorblocked)

T + ankle pants + sweater knit moto jacket

Faux tortoiseshell, brown leather



Black + blue-violet (purple) with light green + white

Peplum top + ankle pants + blazer

Stripe + stripe print mix, metallic loafers



Brown (outer column of color) + teal with rust

T + straight leg jeans + jacket

Dark paisley print, brown leather



Black + red

Blouse + pencil skirt + moto vest

Slightly edgy styling - necklace, vest, ankle boots



Red leopard + medium wash denim

Ruffled blouse + jeans

70s style owl pendant, leather ballet flats


Do you decorate in your home/garden for Halloween? Or for the fall season generally?

Blogs I link up with are listed here.

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