the beautiful things

{things i covet} try, buy, spy

 

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{try}

a fall twist on a summer staple: spiced cider margarita [mix]

just in time for cold season, homemade honey cough lollipops [make]

i'm whipping this up a.s.a.p.: a pumpkin mug cake [microwave]

 

{buy}

Elixir des Merveilles, Eau de parfum natural spray, Hermes [$111]

Riva Diamond Hoop Ring, Monica Vivander [$250]

So Real Metal and Plastic Sunglasses, Dior [$505]

 

{spy}

super impressive halloween-themed eye-makeup [see]

jaw-dropping pop culture jack-o'-lanterns [look]

(all male) hockey players dressed as (not all male) frozen characters for a visit to a children's hopsital [smile]

 

{things i made} baking with pumpkin

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I love baking and cooking with pumpkin, mostly because the average person (me included until a few years ago) normally doesn't think past a traditional pumpkin pie when presented with the ingredient. I haven't touched the canned puree in ages (I use this site's step-by-step to make it fresh–it seems more complicated than it looks the results are like comparing night and day it's that good). Check out the links below to find the perfect recipe for this Halloween–and keep another in mind for Thanksgiving! 

 

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white chocolate chunk pumpkin cookies – recipe here

traditional pumpkin pie - here

cream cheese frosting filled pumpkin muffins - here

pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies – here

pumpkin crumb muffins – here

 

{things i wore} white sneakers

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There are moments when I look back at my life and think about how far I've come sartorially. For instance, I had the hugest aversion to wearing sneakers when I was in my teens (how I survived the 90's I still don't know) and now wearing these gorgeous and comfortable Supergas seems perfectly natural. My newest handbag keeps sporty-style in mind–a Rockie in gray mesh! Alexander Wang and Prada vie for my designer-driven affection, but AW is winning the battle for space in my closet (I somehow have come to own 5 handbags, 2 shirts, 1 pair of shoes and one wallet from the label). This little guy seemingly holds as much as his big brother (I'm aware this is starting to sound nutty, but they're bags with such character) and is even more unique. The piece is timely too: if you've checked out the Alexander Wang x H&M look-book, you'll know that he's all about athletic-inspiration as of late.

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Orchid Print Sweatshirt, Altuzarra for Target [$30]; Cotu Classic Sneakers, Superga [$65]; Boy Jean, American Eagle [$45 $20]; Rockie Mesh Small Crossbody Satchel in Exhaust, Alexander Wang [$695]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; 14k Yellow Mini White Diamond Evil Eye Ring, Sydney Evan [$465]​; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44]; X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [$1400]; 'Dressed to Kilt' nails, Essie [here] 

{things i did} apple & pumpkin picking

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There is nothing better than a clear, cool (but still warmish!) fall day spent outdoors. I love everything about them–the quality of the light, the colors of the earth, the constant changes to the heavy sky. If you've been following along on my Instagram then you've already had a sneak-peek into last weekend's excursion, but here are a few more snaps from the trip to an absolutely gorgeous farm, orchard and pumpkin patch in rural Pennsylvania. Hope your upcoming weekend is just as autumnal and festive! 

 

on me: Outfit Details hereOriginal Hunter Wellington Rain Boot, Hunter Boots in Aubergine [$148]

on him: Pima Cotton Jersey V-Neck T-Shirt in Tornado Blue, Lacoste [$49.50]; ​Classic Full Zip Cotton Fleece Hooded Sweatshirt in Navy​, Lacoste [$115]; Slimmy Slim Straight-Leg Jeans, 7 For All Mankind [$178]; Ledge Hill Buckle Boot, Rockport [$165, similar]

 
 

{things i shopped} red nail polish cheat sheet

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Essie has been my go-to brand (big three free!) for about four years now, with red polishes my color of choice for most of that time (why? I wear a lot of black and it matches well, plus I find it's the easiest formula to apply, which is important since I do all of my own mani/pedis). There have been many hits and misses along the way, but below I've run through my favorites only, in categories based on their subtle differences in shading. 

 

clambake 

[buy here - see my manicures]

what essie says: "a creamy red-orange" // what i see: a neon red with lots of orange perfect for spring or summer

lollipop

[buy here - see my manicures]

what essie says: "a candy cane red" // what i see: a very bright red with a gel-like finish, great for the holiday season
 

really red

[buy here - see my manicures]

what essie says: "an award-winning truly rich red" // what i see: a classic but somewhat flat deep red that dulls slightly over time

russian roulette

[buy here - see my manicures]

what essie says: "a classic bright red cream with subtle orange undertones" // what i see: my favorite of all essie's reds, a bright red with a rich, shiny finish that's ideal for everyday wear
 

fishnet stockings

[buy here - see my manicures]

what essie says: "a spicy dark creme red" // what i see: a deep red with slightly purplish undertones that's prone to pooling

dressed to kilt

[buy here - see my manicures]

what essie says: "a seductive red" // what i see: a subtle, magenta-like burgundy that's great for fall
 

skirting the issue 

[buy here - see my manicures]

what essie says: "an exquisite, fashionable burgundy wine" // what i see: an elegant velvety oxblood with lots of rich purple tones

wicked

[buy here - see my manicures]

what essie says: "a deep and dark creamy sinister red" // what i see: a burgundy so dark that it's almost black, especially when layered in many coats

 

{things i covet} felt hats

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Felt hats are to fall what straw hats are to summer–effortlessly stylish, fun and functional.  I recently picked up a wide-brimmed version in black and am itching for a chance to wear it now that temperatures have dipped and it would serve as more than just a fashion statement. Above I've rounded up some of my favorites–from fedoras to floppy versions, I wish I had enough closet space for all of them!

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Felt Hat in Olive Mix, Bailey for J.Crew [$98]; Jimmy Wool Felt Hat, Janessa Leone [$248]; Rabbit Hair Felt Hat, Eric Javits​ [$390]; Chanteuse Felt Wide Brim Hat, Superduper [$485]; Kate Boho Felt Hat, Swell [$34.50]; Floppy Felt Fedora, Biltmore & Madewell​ [$75]; Tiffany Dramatic Fedora Rabbit Felt Hat in Camel, Eric Javits [$390]; Packable Felt Hat, Orvis [$69]; Julia Wool Felt Hat in Natural Blend, Janessa Leone [$170]

 

{things i made} pain-perdu

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I love French toast–it always was one of my mom's favorites so we had it quite often as children. It's of course most worth making when a good, thick bread is involved, which is why "pain perdu" (literally, "lost bread," but referencing stale bread) always held so much appeal to me. After a good soaking in milk, vanilla, and egg (this recipe uses orange–zest and liquor–instead of any cinnamon for flavoring) and a quick fry on a griddle, the end product is a soft, custard-y center enrobed in a crispy, sweet shell. It's dessert-for-breakfast at its most hearty and indulgent, and it's phenomenally good.

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1 large brioche or challah loaf
3 tablespoons orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
​1 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
3/4 teaspoons salt
Oil, for pan
Confectioners' sugar, hulled strawberries, and/or syrup, to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Slice the bread in 3/4-inch slices.  
2. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, honey, sugar, orange liqueur, vanilla, orange zest, and salt. Pour the egg mixture into a large shallow plate and soak a few slices of bread for about 5 minutes, turning once.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Take each slice of bread from the egg mixture, and place in pan. Add more bread to the egg mixture to soak. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until browned. Place the cooked bread on a baking sheet to keep warm in the oven. Wipe out the pan with a dry paper towel, add more oil, and continue to cook the remaining bread. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve hot with syrup and/or fruit.

 

 

{things i wore} open-knit sweater

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It's hard to believe that this sweater was warm enough for a day spent outdoors this weekend considering how chilly it is today–winter I remember you well and we are not friends–but the weather was mild enough to make it work. It was truly a gorgeous fall day, and I love pumpkin and apple picking when autumn skies are their most blustery and beautiful. It seemed as good a moment as ever to break in my newest handbag, this gorgeous luggage-colored leather and gray felt Boxer Tote from Reed Krakoff. I buy most of my investment bags in black–it's the safest color for me because I wear it the most often–but I really think this style looks best in a variety of colors and materials. 

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Open Mesh Crew in White, c/o Margaret O'Leary [$330 similar]; Roxane Cropped Skinny Jeans, 7 For All Mankind [$178 $81]; 'Boxer' leather and felt tote, Reed Krakoff [$1190 similar]; Emmie Flats in Bourbon​, Lucky Brand [$59]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; 14k Yellow Mini White Diamond Evil Eye Ring, Sydney Evan [$465]​; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44]; X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [$1400]; 'Dressed to Kilt' nails, Essie [here] 

 

{things i learned} from the bottom to the top

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[feta & watermelon salad with a fall twist: grapes, honey and walnuts]

 

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[couldn't agree more with this sign]

 

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[sparklers make surprise desserts even better]

 

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[technicolor installation + sky in lincoln center]

 

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[macarons in fall hues]

 

I couldn't be more excited to be going pumpkin picking tomorrow. Every year I worry we won't be able to fit it in before Halloween. There have been as a result some rushed, last minute trips (this one, the day before Sandy struck New York City comes to mind) so I'm looking forward to being outdoors and selecting fall treats relatively stress-free. I also can't wait to cook and bake with the haul–I've been spending less creative time in the kitchen, which always gets me down. Any good recipes I should give a whirl?

 

 

{things i shopped} moisturizer guide

 

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I've always had dry skin–it pretty much soaks up whatever I slather on and then asks for more. It's nearly impossible for me to get a dewy makeup application and by the end of the day, my skin often feels tight and rough. I've tried more products than I can count, and to alleviate the stress on my wallet, I love to swap out pricey formulas for more affordable ones. Here's what's currently on rotation for me–I always use two products, one for an all-over application and another stronger one on any problem spots to keep the bottles full longer. I love each one that I've included (no hating here!) but wonder, do you have any secret weapons in your cosmetic case? 

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GOOD: Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Aveeno [$12] + Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, Clinique [$47]

BETTER: Hydrating Boost Skin, Seventh Generation [$10] + Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, Clinique [$26]

BEST: Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator, Clinique [$38.50] + Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum Fragrance Free Moisturizer, Olay [$20




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