November 2017 Mood Board

It’s hard to believe how rapidly we are approaching the Holidays. Our plans for this season have changed a bit and we will be traveling for Thanksgiving. In years past my mother and I host together with a beautiful group of family and friends. This year will be a bit different but I look forward to being in Ohio and experiencing some real Fall weather. Along with some quality time with my husband’s side of the family.

Although I won’t be hosting this year, you can see some ideas from the previous year here. I am hoping to put together another inspiration to share with you.

This mood is inspired by slow mornings and the crisp of fall.

A November Mood Board inspired by slow mornings and a crisp Fall. Squeezing every little bit out of 2017.

It’s not often the kids allow us slow mornings in bed but the time change has given us a few extra moments. It may be at 6:00 but we will take what we can get.

This weekend was our first this month without much planned, so we had a family baseball game Friday evening and early Saturday morning pancakes. A slow Sunday afforded us the time to put together our weekly meals, chore charts, and some family board games. I am hoping to squeeze every little bit out of the end of 2017.

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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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