27 November 2013

Easy Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Okay, okay I said this morning's post was my last for the week...but this one is I promise! Seeing as tomorrow is the biggest eating day of the year I figured it might be nice to compile the recipes I've been sharing for the past few weeks that are great for any Thanksgiving (or holiday) celebration. They are all fairly easy, don't take too much time, and use a lot of easy to get a hold of ingredients.
[1] Spiked Apple Cider : Link HERE
[2] Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream : Link HERE
[3] Simple Mulled Wine : Link HERE
[4] Pumpkin Dip : Link HERE
Happy Holidays & happy eating :)


Happy [almost] Thanksgiving readers! Today is going to be the last post of the week, I've decided to take a little time off for the holiday & will be back to posting regularly on Monday morning. 
For today though, I thought it would be nice to reflect a little on all the things I am thankful for.

[1] Of course the most important; family and friends who love and support me always.
[2] Not one, but two wonderful jobs that allow me to support myself.
[3] This little spot on the internet that allows me to be creative and meet so many other wonderful creative people.

What are you all thankful for?

ps : I'm totally guilty of this myself; but we so often forget to be thankful for things everyday and only remember to make a point of saying it on holidays and week's like this. One little goal of mine is to be more appreciative of the large and small things I take advantage of in life. 

26 November 2013

Mulled Wine

I have been wanting to make a mulled wine for a long time now and decide this was the perfect time of year to whip up a batch! It is surprisingly simple (thanks to the Whole Foods loose spices section!) and took little to no time to make. So if you are looking for a seasonal drink for Thanksgiving festivities, this one is perfect!
I used this Ina Garten recipe I found while searching online. 

Have any of you made mulled wine? I know there are many ways to make it! I'd love to hear your versions!

25 November 2013

A Little Weekend Recap

It's been a while since I've posted an "about town" post! This past weekend was one of the few weekends where I didn't have major plans and was actually in DC itself. It was nice to relax a little bit and be able to meet up with Abby and her sister Taylor for brunch on Sunday. We tried Duplex Diner in Adams Morgan for the first time and we definitely weren't disappointed. With three dollar mimosas and true (just greasy enough) brunch food; we all ate well!

22 November 2013

Happy Weekend // Thanksgiving Decor

Keeping up with yesterday's Thanksgiving themed post I thought it might be nice to share what is currently on my coffee table. (This time it's not flowers!) As I'm sure most of you have figured out I'm rather minimal in my design aesthetic for the most part so my Thanksgiving decor is simple. A few white pumpkins linger from Halloween and the solitary item on my coffee table is a simple white bowl of pinecones. I could not resist these little guys sitting so nicely at Whole Foods. They are so inexpensive and they smell like Christmas!

I have plans to change them up for Christmas after next week. I'm very excited and will most definitely be sharing with all of you!

21 November 2013

Pumpkin Dip With Ginger Snaps

Since Thanksgiving is a mere week away I thought it would be fun to share something everyone can easily whip together to bring to any Thanksgiving [or "Friendsgiving"] event. Pumpkin dip is like an appetizer version a pumpkin pie. Its ingredient list is simple and it takes so little time to pull together. Check out the recipe I followed here!

ps : Don't have orange extract? I just used a little orange zest instead!

20 November 2013

Currently Loving

How is it Wednesday already? The week has been absolutely flying by. This week's currently loving includes quite a bit of bling, the most perfect pair of flats, and a relaxing brunch at home. See below for links :)

(1) & (2) J.Crew necklace, not shown online but available in store - I also love the all crystal version!
(3) New favorite flats from Ann Taylor
(4) Perfect for holiday : blingy earrings c/o Ann Taylor 

ps : This is first time I've mentioned earrings on here, I'll be posting about that shortly :) Get ready for lots more earring bling soon hopefully! 

19 November 2013

Spot On

Ann Taylor Dot Sweater // J.Crew necklace

So basically since starting back with Ann Taylor part time I haven't shopped any place else. This holiday collection we just got in has been the definition of "Faith" outfits. The color scheme is mostly black and white (and it also includes pops of red). My wardrobe is incredibly neutral to begin with so I'm loving so many pieces. I also suppose I've subconsciously picked up on the store's theme because I've been constantly adding a pop of red (my way of course) through bold lipstick and accessories. [Tis the season to wear a red lip though!]

Along with this dot top I've also picked up/been loving these pieces as well :
(1) Fringe Blouse from THIS post last week

ps : The best part of this sweater? The black dots have a slight shimmer, perfect for holiday!

What pieces (from anywhere) have you been loving for holiday?

18 November 2013

Hello Monday

This past weekend was such a good one. On Sunday especially, the girls and I ventured up into Adams Morgan/Kalorama for the afternoon. I find that each "neighborhood" of DC is so incredibly different. Downtown is all buildings, little to no trees, and lots going on; whereas uptown in Kalorama the streets are filled with beautiful row homes and historic buildings all lined with stunning trees. Fall was abundant up there and the colors were amazing. We popped into old favorite Tryst, for an early lunch/brunch and some coffee. Sadly we didn't get an outdoor/window table and it was just dark enough the photos didn't really turn out too well. I can however say that if you are in the neighborhood, you absolutely have to stop in and order the Pumpkin Waffles. [I was about ready to lick clean the bowl of whipped & flavored butter they serve them with!]

Hope all of you had fantastic weekends! 

15 November 2013

Happy Weekend // Flower Friday

Happy Friday readers! I'm so excited to finally get to the weekend. One of my nearest and dearest is coming in [along with her wonderful sister] to spend the weekend with me! Lots of brunching, wine drinking, and catching up is one the agenda for this weekend. It should be a great & relaxing weekend.

Hope you all have something exciting going on!

ps : I got to take these flowers home from an event we threw at work last week. How gorgeous and perfect for fall are they!? I love how they are such a variation from my usual selection of floral arrangements. 

14 November 2013

Apple Crisp

I found this Apple Crisp recipe by chance and had almost all the ingredients at home already so I decided to whip it up the other night. It was so simple to toss together and about an hour later I had a kitchen that smelled like fall heaven and a warm dessert. I read a lot of the reviews to this recipe before making it and decided to follow the advice of many and only use half the amount of water it called for. I'm glad I did because the recipe worked out perfectly that way. 

ps : Quick cooking oats can be found at Whole Foods and they are in that fabulous selection that allows you to purchase as little or as much as you'd like!

13 November 2013

100th // Favorite Posts

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Today marks my 100th post on this little blog! Its quite a small number in comparison to so many other blogs out there but I'm pretty excited. I made a promise to myself that I would challenge myself to post daily (Monday through Friday) and I have kept to that promise! [With the exception of those few days I was internet-less unexpectedly at the beach.] I absolutely love every minute of creating, finding, and photographing things for this blog and today's post is dedicated to re-sharing some of my favorite postings. I find it interesting that even though fashion is my bigger passion my recipes and photographs of food are some of my all-time favorites. 

Thanks to each and every one of you that follows along and comments, you all make this little corner of the internet so much more fun. Here's to hundreds of more postings!

12 November 2013

At Home Manicure

Seche Vite Top Coat // Chanel Base Coat // OPI Bubble Bath - the greatest nude // Butter London, Union Jack Black SEEN HERE

For those of you who know me well you know that I almost never leave the house without my nails done. I started doing them all the time when I was in my freshman year of college. I found it to be such a relaxing way to to disengage and de-stress. I began sitting down and really carefully painting my nails until they were perfect. Over the years I've become fairly good at giving myself an at-home manicure. While of course practice is really the only way to become good at a smooth, clean manicure I have picked up a few tips I thought I would share!

(1) First off I always file down and buff my nails; along with pushing back and cutting my cuticles. A clean, smooth nail is the best canvas to paint on. I like to take off old polish, file, and buff my nails before I get in the shower. It helps to get the little particles from the filing and buffing off and make sure there isn't any residue from the remover. Also trimming cuticles is easiest after being in the warm water.
(2) I recently began using a base coat, and I can tell it makes a huge difference. This Chanel base coat has become a favorite.
(3) I let the base coat dry for about two minutes; then paint my first layer on my left hand and once each finger gets a coat I immediately I begin on the second layer. I then move onto my right hand. I learned from a nail tech that letting the nails completely dry between coats isn't the best way to go about painting them. (I also like to try and clean up any stray polish immediately with my other nails or a q-tip dipped in acetone.)
(4) After both hands have two coats I then finish off with a quick dry top coat. I swear by Seche Vite's. It is the absolutely best top coat I have ever used-it is the only one that has kept me from getting "sheet print". Fifteen minutes and nails are dry to the touch. Remember though, while they are dry to touch they are still tacky and can get messed up!

Do any of you have any nail rituals or love obsessively painting your nails?

11 November 2013

A Little Fringe Fun

Last week at Ann Taylor we got a huge amount of the holiday collection in. I couldn't resist grabbing a few items and this top was one of my favorite pieces. It's one of those tops that is completely transformed when actually on the body & I'm super excited to style it with a really sleek cigarette pant, patent leather stilettos, and a red lip. Now I just need to find a holiday party to attend in the near future.

ps: It isn't online yet, unfortunately because it is so new but it is definitely in store!

08 November 2013

Happy Weekend // Flower Friday

Happy Friday readers! So normally I don't purchases roses for myself but when I saw these bright pink ones at Whole Foods earlier in the week I just couldn't resist. Their color is so amazing and reminded me of the peonies I bought earlier in the year. They are a nice punch of color on my coffee table post my Halloween decor and pre Thanksgiving/Christmas arrangements. 

I hope you all have fantastic weekends and have something fun planned :)

07 November 2013

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

I made this recipe the other weekend but I figured I should at least wait until after Halloween to post it ;) Now that the weather is getting chillier I am definitely in hot chocolate/coffee/hot cider mode. My absolute favorite is Starbuck's Peppermint Mocha (which they released this week!) so I figured it might be fun to take a twist on that and whip up a peppermint hot chocolate. I used this recipe to make both the homemade whipped cream & hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is nice and decedant in comparision to the packaged kind. It tastes great with the peppermint or without [I didn't add the peppermint to the whole batch, I simply added a few drops to my individual cup so I could enjoy regular and peppermint hot chocolate]! Plus making the homemade whipped cream was so fun.

Even though this is a little holiday themed I figured I would save the crushed candy canes for a recipe I have for a little closer to Christmas.

ps: Since this makes four servings I kept the rest in my fridge to heat up and decided to throw a cup into my blender with ice cubes one night...and got instant frozen hot chocolate.