October is hands down my favorite month of the year. It represents family milestones, a season change, and the magic that is Halloween. I’ve talked before about what this month means to me. But no matter each year that passes and I add a number to my age I will never feel too old to soak up every bit of Halloween. Some people think of Christmas in July, I’m thinking of October.

The air gets the slightest crisp but we are still enjoying late evenings and eighty degree days. I never tire of pulling out decorations and planning our annual Halloween party. It’s more than picking out a costume and wrapping the yard in spider webs, it’s the magic of free spirit and being whatever you want to be. I love seeing so many people join together to be festive. We spent last Saturday running around San Clemente’s Carnival Colossal and the rides, tickets, and games had all of us smiling ear to ear.

For some this time of year means Pumpkin Spice Lattes (which is a hard NO from me), but I enjoy that the Holiday makes things a bit moodier and darker. It is the change in weather and season that we embrace a deeper side. I threw together some images that have called to me. I love the contrast of mixing the dark with the light.

A combination of moody olive & black mixed with the golden orange of fall. I have fallen for those deep emeralds and put together a desktop wallpaper to share with you.

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You might have noticed a small change around here. It seems this space of mine is on a constant ebb and flow. While there is always inspiration and ideas behind this brand, I have often found myself struggling to make my thoughts a reality.


I miss this outlet when I am unable to create. Yet when I am able, the abundance of ideas can be overwhelming. As our family makes some big changes, I am determined to give this space more love. The creating and following that has come with this brand is so very near to my heart and not giving it my all has weighed on me. I don’t want that to hold me back. I want to try to give it a bit more of me.


So it begins with a small change. For a more in depth explanation of EMILY ALDER you can read my about page or send a little hello and we can chat. For now, ALDER is a name that connects my past and inspires my future. One day I hope to share the whole story here. For now, it’s the start of something new.



I’ve begun taking on small projects and look forward to growing my portfolio and helping others with their brand identities, home designs and more. Please feel free to look through my portfolio or contact me with any questions you might have.



As always, thank you for being on this journey with me.


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With Thanksgiving a day away it’s time to pamper the special people in your life. I am putting together a few gift ideas to show them how grateful you are for them.

I’ve curated a collection of items that can be gifted to any gal in your life. Speaking for a lot of ladies, a couple minutes to pamper myself goes a long way. These items help make daily rituals just a bit more luxurious. Gift her some ‘me’ time.


I’ve recently discovered the amazing products Beauty Counter has to offer. Through Instagram I connected with Sherry of OC Holistic Beauty. I’ve since fallen in love with their products and their message of using natural ingredients. Three of my favorite products are the Charcoal Mask, Balancing Oil, and Cleansing Balm. Incorporating these items into my weekly beauty ritual has been easy and amazing. Along with the Beauty Counter products I’ve been using a safer deodorant, straying from toxins. Thanks to my sister for introducing me to Schmidt’s Lavender Deodorant. These products have had such a wonderful impact on my life and I know any lady would love to give them a try.





I threw in a few of my tried and true favorites, Mistral Soaps are hands down the best smelling, most luxurious soaps. I stock up at Anthropologie every year. Along with Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm, a few sweet Rosé gummies from Sugarfina and a Anthropologie magazine. Treating myself to an evening with a bath, charcoal mask, and these goodies is heavenly.

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re interested in learning more about Beauty Counter products, I highly recommend reaching out to Sherry, she’s wonderful!