I'm sitting here after just finishing baking pumpkin muffins, drinking an Octoberfest beer, and enjoying the scent of our new "Apple Cider" candle. I'd say someone is pretty ready and excited for fall, huh? I seriously love everything this season is about: cool crisp weather, the changing colors of the leaves and the way they crunch when you step on them, scents like pumpkin, apple, & spices, Halloween followed by Thanksgiving (and my birthday!), cozy sweaters and flannels, eating lots of comfort foods, soups, stews, & root vegetables, pumpkin spice coffee, apple picking, pumpkin picking, hayrides, etc. . It's been rainy and muggy the last few days so I'm anxiously waiting for that cool crisp fall weather...but it'll come. And then so will winter, I think that's why I always try to get the most out of this season. Today I went to a local farm and picked up some goodies. We were going to go apple picking but I want to wait until it's a nicer day. I did pick up a bag of apples so that I can make some applesauce tomorrow though. :)
I decided the other day that I want to treat myself to fresh flowers every other week. I always stop myself from buying them because they can be a little expensive. When I saw these at the farm for .25 cents each I was so excited!
Buying local produce makes me so happy, especially when it's priced cheaper than at the grocery store. The root vegetables (beets, carrots, parsnips, and turnips) were in a big bin and only .79 cents/pound. The potatoes were 1.99 for the whole bag full and the apples were .99 cents/pound. I'm roasting up the beets now to have with dinner.
How are you celebrating the fall season??
My fall go-to outfit is typically this: tights, dress, cardigan, boots. I really wanted to wear the dress I picked from the Modswap event and it was just chilly enough Sunday morning to have to wear tights. I've had these purple-y pink tights since last year and decided to pair them with this dress just because I felt like I needed a little pop of color in my life.
The dress used to belong to Tieka of Selective Potential. I've been an avid reader and fan of hers since stumbling on her blog a little more than a year ago. She is just as sweet in person as she is on paper...or screen, I guess. I picked it because I have an obsession with stripes. I'm just drawn to them for some reason! So thanks for the cute dress, Tieka!
I have a bunch of exciting things coming up. This Saturday I start working at a healing arts center. I'll be there with some free samples, recipes, and available to answer questions about what I do as a health counselor. I'm super excited. I have a bunch of new programs like pantry makeovers, meal planning sessions, & grocery shopping assistance, but what I'm most excited about is this cleanse that I'm working on. It's a fall/winter 5 day cleanse and I hope to have it ready by November. It's going to be super easy, no crazy ingredients or foods you never heard of (hopefully!), you won't be starving yourself or hating me for it. The point is to learn to use whole foods to feel lighter, more energized, and less sluggish and tired...as we tend to do in the winter months. It's going to include all the recipes for any meals included and a grocery shopping list so that it's easy to follow and doesn't require a lot of work for the person doing it. The best part is that anyone can do it anywhere in the world...it'll be all written up and available by e-mail, as will support and guidance from me throughout the whole thing. SO exciting. I can't wait to test it out myself, I could definitely use it by the time December rolls around. It will also include some things I didn't mention, didn't want to give everything away. ;)
I had my first failure in the kitchen last night. It was so disappointing. I was making a spicy vegetarian gumbo and it called for a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I thought I had picked up the right ones but Frank kept saying to me "if you add those, it's going to be way too hot...those aren't the right ones!" but I ignored him and did it anyway and then set my mouth on fire after tasting it. Maybe what I'm more upset about is that he was right rather than messing up dinner. haha. I'm going to try it again without the peppers because other than the spice, it would have been really really good. It happens to the best of us, right?? :(
Jacket: Gap, Dress: H&M, Tights: F21, Boots: Gojane.com
This weekend two more of my favorite people came to visit, my aunt and uncle! We had such a great fun-filled day on Saturday. We woke up early and walked over the Walkway, a bridge that connects Poughkeepsie to Highland. It took us a while to walk the whole length of it and back because my aunt and I were snapping away at the beautiful scenery and Frank had to get a gyro before walking back from the Highland side. It was a beautiful chilly morning though and I think we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Clockwise: 1. The muddy water of the Hudson River, thanks to Irene. Not that it's usually all that clear but not normally that gross looking either. 2. A view of a street in Poughkeepsie from the Walkway. 3. The Mid-Hudson bridge. 4. The railroad on the Highland side.
Afterwards, we met up with the rest of my family and headed out to Benmarl Winery...yes, with my 2 year old niece in tow. She had a blast running around the grounds and taking pictures with us. Benmarl is America's oldest winery and it has some pretty amazing views!
My sister practically had to rip this dress off of me to get it back after letting me borrow it. It's quite possibly my most favorite thing I've ever worn. If I could wear a floaty, lightweight, maxi dress every day, I would. *ahem shaina, I know you read this...my birthday is coming up, I'm not opposed to hand me downs as gifts.*
Some pictures from the wine cellar.
Clockwise: 1. The view, imagine it once the leaves start to change! 2. Elliette and I in our pretty dresses. Her collection of vintage dresses is quite impressive. She takes after her aunts! 3. A Catawba wine, so simple and delicious. Even Frank liked it, but then he was nursing his first wine headache and feeling tired so he decided he once again hates wine. 4. A pretty doorway.
One day I'll have a pet owl. And yes, her name will be Hedwig.
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Back to NYFW re-cap! Even though Ashley and I enjoyed every single minute of our trip-running back and forth between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and barely having a minute to relax...having coffee on the roof Friday morning was probably my favorite moments. It had rained Tuesday and Wednesday but we were lucky to have beautiful weather Thursday and Friday.
It was nice to take a minute to just stay in our pajamas a little longer than usual, enjoy a nice cup of coffee, chat, and take pictures. The view from my sisters roof is amazing, I could stay up there all day!
I was so sad that this was our last day and that Ashley was leaving Saturday. We really had such a great week, I honestly enjoyed just spending time with her, going to all the fashion events was a bonus! I seriously can't wait to go visit her in Calgary and for the next time she comes back to NY!
A huge thank you to my sister and Eddie for letting us crash at their place and come and go as we pleased!!
Last week when I was away, I made sure to leave Frank plenty of easy to prepare foods because he went into full blown panic mode when I told him I was going out of town. Translation: Who is going to cook for him?? Yes, I have created a monster. He used to make dinner for us ALL the time before I started health counseling. Needless to say, I returned home to everything I bought him still in the fridge and freezer. Instead, he had Chinese food, pizza three times, and went to his parent's house for dinner. The tradeoff is that he cleans. I cook, he cleans. It works for me because I really really hate cleaning. I come home to a spotless house on his days off. So clean I'm not even allowed to walk on the carpet for a few hours just so he can enjoy the lines from the vacuum. Oh Frank. ;)
Anyway, I was fully prepared to make a big meal tonight: Pork, Sweet Potato, and Apple Casserole with a Kale and White Bean Soup on the side, but he asked for a simple quiche. I've been in a weird mood lately where I haven't had much of an appetite and nothing sounds good but as soon as I started making this., I couldn't wait to eat. It took just 5-10 minutes to prep and bakes for 45 minutes.
4 cups of spinach
1 tbs olive oil
2/3 cup of milk
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup of crumbled feta
1 frozen 9 inch pie crust
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 tsp dried basil
Preheat oven to 350.
Heat olive oil in a pan or pot and cook spinach until wilted.
Mix eggs, milk, and garlic in a bowl.
Layer feta in bottom of the pie crust, top with spinach, egg mixture, and tomato. Sprinkle with basil and ground pepper. Add some extra cheese if you'd like
There is nothing I love more than new clothes...seriously, I get giddy after I go shopping (usually followed by a case of shoppers remorse but that's neither here nor there.) so an event where you get clothes without having to spend any money is even better. We all have stuff in our closet that we haven't worn in months or just don't like the way it looks on us, so swaps are pretty much ideal. Especially when there are so many amazing things to choose from. It's hard to go home unhappy or emptyhanded!
My Outfit: Vintage polka dot shorts from Blackbird Attic, H&M light pink blouse, Urban Outfitters lace up cut out flats. I changed into my H&M boots before the event though.
This particular event was hosted by The Swapaholics, a group of fantastic ladies who teamed up with Modcloth and created an amazing night for us-Modswap!
I scored a cuuuute pink long sleeve dress from Modcloth with tiny little hearts on it. It was the first thing I picked up off the rack and I had a hard time putting it back so I knew it was the one.. (When I showed Frank he said "Really? That's what you picked? ha, men. What do they know?) For my two swap dresses I picked another dress from Modcloth swapped by Jess, one of the modstylists, and a black and white striped dress from H&M swapped by Tieka of Selective Potential. Thanks ladies!
See? Cute right?!
There was a cute little photobooth set up with fun props like mustaches & glasses, snacks, and a bar (we all got a free drink ticket). CNN was even there!
Another highlight of the night was getting to meet so many bloggers whose blogs I read religiously, as well as meeting many new people.
I left happy with my new dresses, and Ashley and I returned to Brooklyn to grab the rest of our stuff then hightailed it back to Grand Central to get back to my place. Our week was officially over. Boo, hiss. But don't worry, I skipped a few days because I was so excited to write about this so I have plenty more to share. ;)
On Thursday of our NYC adventure, Ashley and I went to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We went to Beacon's Closet and surprisingly, neither one of us bought anything! I think the idea of having to bring anything extra home at all was just daunting to us both. :P
Outfit: shoes-urban outfitters, navy pants-H&M, safety pin shirt-H&M borrowed from my sister, necklace-borrowed from my sister, bag-vintage, sweater-I don't know but I love it!
We had lunch at Caracas Arepa Bar, the food was cheap and amazing. I had a pork arepa with tomatoes and a spicy mango sauce. Ashley had a plantain, avocado, and cheese one.
We met my sister at the South Street Seaport where her office is located, walked around, took some pictures and headed back to her house to get ready for dinner (Japanese) and Fashion Night Out. We were seriously out and about all day, hoping on and off trains and walking til our feet hurt but having a blast the entire time!
FNO was crazy. SoHo was packed with drunk crowds of people. I think we might have headed there a little too late because a lot of the stores were either closed or closing. But we did see Heidi Klum so that was cool. We only lasted about 20 minutes before heading back to Brooklyn. I'm not really into large crowds of people but I'm glad we went and experienced it.
(I am a subway navigating pro after this week! haha)
Outfit: Dress- vintage borrowed from my sister, Shoes-H&M
Whew. What a week! I just dropped off Ashley at the airport (hopefully she has a less stressful flight than on the way here!) and I'm feeling sad but excited at the same time. We had an amazing week filled with fashion outings and events, meeting new people, and walking around and navigating the subway. (Well, thanks to the Hop Stop app!) I have to say how happy I am to have met her and had the opportunity to spend time with her. We met through blogging. A weird concept for most of you, I know, but I think it's fair to say that I consider her to be one of my closest friends. Not only do we know each other well just from our blogs and constant e-mailing back and forth but we are so similar. Like scary similar. I think she is the Canadian version of me. I am already planning my trip to Calgary for next summer!
We attended the IFB conference on Wednesday at Mac & Milk studios in Chelsea. I had no idea what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. It was a long day but full of good information, a chance to connect with fellow bloggers, and we were given pretty amazing swag bags!
Afterwards we hopped on a pretty fancy party bus and went to a party hosted by KMS California at the Rivington Hotel. We ate some yummy appetizers, had champagne, chatted with Annie from The Style Shift, got our hair done, and finally walked our tired butts home in a monsoon. That part was fun.
And finally, what I wore to the conference...
Denim shirt and vintage midi skirt from Blackbird Attic.
Aldo shoes borrowed from Ashley.
We took these at the end of the day on the High Line (in the rain) so if I appear to look exhausted...I was!
I'm off to go enjoy the rest of this beautiful day! However I don't plan on doing anything that involves any kind of walking! I think we probably burned millions of calories from all the walking we did this week. My legs are still achingggg.
Thank you to Ashley for all the pictures!
Happy September. I guess. :/
As much as I Iove fall, I'm really not ready for summer to end this year. Typically, the minute labor day weekend is over I've already switched over my summer and fall wardrobe, planned out apple picking and pumpkin picking trips, made big batches of butternut squash soup, and started burning apple and pumpkin scented candles. Typically, I'm still sweating my butt off. I'm just usually over the heat by now and ready for all of the gorgeous fall scents & colors and cozy sweaters & boots. But fall leads to winter...and last winter was a rough one for me. It just seemed to drag. I love it through the holidays but January, February and most of the time, March, are just dreadful.
I'm trying to soak up as much of what's left of summer as I can. Doesn't help that next week I'll be in NYC for fall fashion week. (However, I'm ridiculously excited about it!) I'm happy that I had such an amazing summer though. I went to VA to visit my brother, his wife, and my nephew in June. I went to N.H for my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. In July I went to Michigan with my family for the first time in about 13 years and celebrated one of my closest friend's wedding in Long Beach Island. I made some new friends and rekindled old friendships, had lots of Margarita Mondays, graduated school and became a certified health counselor, enjoyed plenty of sunshine, walks, trips to the park, cooked lots of delicious foods etc. I really wanted to enjoy every moment so that I wouldn't feel like it was gone in the blink of an eye when it was over. So I will thoroughly enjoy fall, and try my hardest to appreciate winter for all of it's beauty also.
shoes: urban outfitters, shorts: F21, belt: vintage, shirt: h&m