10.22.2014

FALL WEDDINGS DONE AND DONE


The other day I was thinking about the holidays. I can't wait for all of the parties and festivities. While some people may lament how busy it gets during December, I can't wait to celebrate the season with my friends. Then I realized, in a panic, what am I going to wear to all of these parties? Thoughts of going store to store looking for the perfect dress flashed before my eyes. Then, I remembered Rent the Runway and signed with relief. They have such a fantastic collection of the latest dresses. People will wonder how you can afford a new dress for every event. Don't worry, this can be our little secret.

For today, I thought I would put together a post of some of my favorite dresses for fall wedding season. I'll be sharing some of my favorite holiday dresses a little closer to my work holiday party (yay!) From talking to friends, it seems like there are more and more fall weddings. Rent the Runway makes it easy with dresses and accessories. Here are a few of my favorite picks to look smokn' at your fall wedding...




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10.21.2014

PRINCESS DREAMS


Perhaps I'm a romantic at heart, but there is something so magical about beautiful old castles. I've always been intrigued by royalty. After visiting the crown jewels at the Tower of London when I was young, (still one of my favorite tourist stops in England) I saved up my money to buy a tiara from the local costume store. Some girls just dream of being princesses.

That is why I fell in love with this story. An Australian couple purchased a decaying Chateau near the Pyranees mountains in France, Chateau de Gudanes. The site is a historical monument but it has fallen into disrepair. Their journey of returning this beautiful 18th century chateau to its former glory is cataloged through their blog. Think Under the Tuscan Sun but bigger, and with even more charming details (like an adorable orange cat) The couple is one year into their renovations but their pictures are just stunning. Enjoy the small handful of images below and follow along their Instagram and Facebook for more beautiful pics.











What a beautiful project. 



10.20.2014

YES YOU CAN MAKE: ROASTED ACORN SQUASH WITH YOGURT AND MINT


I'm so excited to share this fall recipe with you today. I did a post a few weeks back on my favorite recipes with acorn squash. That round up, coupled with an amazing Real Simple recipe in their November issue, inspired this combination. It has sort of a Moroccan feel with the yogurt and the mint. It is really the perfect pairing.

Ingredients

1 Acorn Squash
2 Tsp of cinnamon
2 Tsp of coriander
Olive oil
Salt
1 Cup of Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp of mint, chopped
2 Tbsp of raisins

Turn oven to 425 degrees.

Step No 1

Slice acorn squash across the top. Slice thin 1/4 in pieces. Once you hit the seeds, scoop out and continue slicing.


Step No 2

Cut each slice in half and place on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle the spices over the sliced acorn squash. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt.


Step No 3

Place in oven for about 25 minutes until slices are tender and backs are lightly browned.


Step No 4

Spread yogurt on a plate. Place roasted squash on top of yogurt. Sprinkle chopped mint and raisins over squash.






Tasty-looking isn't it?!


10.16.2014

4 THINGS FOR YOUR WEEKEND - 10.17.14


No 1 & Other Stories US Launch

H&M's fancier brand & Other Stories launched their online site a few days ago and they are opening a their first US store today in NYC. Their selection is on the more expensive (but still attainable side). If nothing else, it will provide some pretty online window shopping for you to check out this weekend. Oh and get 20% off with the code FRIENDS.

No 2 Tory Burch: In Color

I'm thisclose to buying this book. It seems like the perfect accessory for my coffee table. Tory goes color by color, sharing her favorites things in each shade. The other great thing is that Amazon is offering the book at half off.

No 3 Cup of Jo Everyday Make-Up

I am a big fan of this beauty post. Her make-up style seems approachable and attainable. I like how honest she is with what works and what doesn't work for her.

No 4 Caudalie Eau de Beaute 

This mist is such an amazing beauty luxury. It smells like spa and instantly refreshes your face. Keep one at your desk to revitalize make-up throughout the day.

10.15.2014

WINE INSPIRATION


Since we are well into fall, now its time your beauty routine matched the changing leaves. I have been inspired lately by wine-colored beauty products. My nails are usually a deep burgundy throughout most of fall but I've been thinking about adding eye shadows and lipsticks to match. Here are my top picks for wine-inspired fall beauty…



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10.14.2014

ON MY LIST: LEATHER JACKET


I can't stop thinking about finding the perfect leather jacket. It seems like the piece that my wardrobe is missing.  Something to counteract the preppy, classic style that I have going. Everyone who has a leather jacket says they wear it everywhere and with everything. The main issue is the price. There are some amazing faux choices these days if you are looking to save some money. I personally want a real leather jacket for its longevity. I would rather save up for something that I'll wear again and again than something that may just last a few seasons. Here are my top picks...



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10.13.2014

YES YOU CAN MAKE: PICKLED ONIONS


Perhaps you too have seen those pink onions popping up on everything. From burgers to salads to BBQ, pickled onions add the perfect amount of tang.

The best part, other than the flavor of course, is how easy they are to make. Many recipes call for apple cider vinegar mixed with sugar. I like to use seasoned rice wine vinegar because the sugar is already in it. Mix up a batch and serve it all week long.

Step No. 1

Peel a red onion and slice in half. Slice the onion in medium-thin pieces. Place in glass jar.



Step No. 2

Pour rice wine vinegar over onions until covered. Add in peppercorns if you want.


Step No. 3

Shake container to ensure onions are coated.


Step No. 4 

Place in refrigerator. These are best after sitting overnight but they will be ready in about an hour. Look at that pretty pink color that they turn. It's like magic.