the beautiful things


{things i learned} happy halloween

[gourds on sale]


[cute (not-spooky) sign]


[emptied burlap sacks]


[freshly picked peppers]


[my boots (as seen yesterday) on a hay ride]


[opened pumpkin]


[my boyfriend carrying our haul]


As the East Coast cleans up in the aftermath of Sandy, I thought I'd share some of our photos from this weekend when things outdoors were in much better shape. Looking at these pictures, I fall in love with fall–and its characteristic colors–all over again. The yellows, browns, oranges, and greens all seem so warm and familiar and really put me in the mood for the months (and holidays) to come.

What do you think? Do you have any Halloween plans or fun costumes lined up for tonight?



{things i made} pumpkin pie


If someone would have told me at the beginning of the month that my Halloween plans would be interrupted by a historic hurricane I wouldn't have believed them. But here we are somewhat incredulously bracing for Sandy like we were for Irene fourteen months ago (I feel like it should be some heavenly mandate that super-storms be unable to travel this far north since New Yorkers normally deal with enough…like United Nations General Assembly session traffic and cab drivers). I did manage to squeeze in all of the autumnal goodness that I had planned for this weekend despite some requisite last-minute shopping for groceries/flashlights/batteries. This pumpkin pie is a timeless happy distraction. Its warmly-spiced, creamy filling had me thinking about past Octobers and not storm surges, flood zones, and power outages–which by the way may very well occur, so hang in there readers! And if you're anywhere on the East Coast (like me), stay safe!


p.s. Thanks to everyone that entered my Linge Shoes giveaway…stay tuned and I'll announce the winner as soon as I can! x



1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree (or, fresh)

1 can (12 fl. oz.) Evaporated Milk

1 unbaked pie crust (9-inches)

Whipped cream (optional)



1. Mix sugar, salt, and spices in small bowl.

2. In a medium pan over low heat, heat the pumpkin puree and spice mixture until flavors blend. Let cool. 

3. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

4. Pour into pie crust. Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours and then refrigerate. Serve with whipped cream if desired.


{things i covet} knitted cashmere-blend cardi-coat by missoni


[Photos from Net-A-Porter - $3335, available here]


I've had the unshakable urge these past few days to wear the thickest, comfiest knitwear sweater I could find. While I own a few that would do the trick, I can't help but imagine how great it would be to have this Missoni beauty on stand-by in my closet. The Italian label's chunky cardi-coat comes in a multicolored heavyweight cashmere-blend and could be worn open or fastened at the shoulders–the perfect way to stay cozy during chilly autumn days and nights. I love it almost as much as I do the season's changing leaves, bright skies, and crisp temperatures. 




{things i wore} tattered sweater


I love fall fashion for outfits like this one. Lots of layers, cozy sweaters, long scarves–it's all about staying warm the easy way before heavy, bulky, and uninteresting jackets and coats are a necessity. I fell in love with this sweater when I first saw it (I'm such a huge fan of anything Rachel Roy). Slouchy yet detailed, it's a updated take on chunky cable knits that ended up being well-suited for a gray autumn day spent seaside. The "Rocco," structured but edgy with its studs, was a perfect fit too–not that I even needed to find a reason to wear a birthday gift of my dreams.



Shirt: Silk Pocket Tank in Black, Banana Republic [old]

Sweater: Tattered Cardigan in Burlap, Rachel by Rachel Roy [was $119, available here]

Pants: Artist Crop Jean in 'Bright Indigo Destroy,' American Eagle Outfitters [were $49.50, available here]

Shoes: Prince Stretch Flat in Black Python, c/o Ballasox by Corso Como [$60, similar style available here]

Scarf:  Fringed Scarf in Black, H&M

Bag: Rocco Duffel Bag in Black with Pale Gold Hardware, Alexander Wang [$895, available here]

Jewelry: Venetian Link bracelet, Tiffany & Co. [$185, available here]; Silver Expandable Wire Bangles, Alex and Ani; plain silver bangle [old]; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here]; Micropave Diamond Band in White Gold; Channel-Set Diamond Band in Yellow Gold [was $700, available here];Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]
Nails: Essie 'Licorice'

{things i covet} soft stirrup light brown nubuck leather shoulder bag by gucci


[Photo from Gucci - $1950, available here]


For a person like me who's currently feeling very autumnal, this bag by Gucci is a dream. When I look at its sandy brown color, soft nubuck leather, and slouchy silhouette, all I can see are falling leaves, chunky sweaters, and knee-high boots. Gucci's 'sirrup' bag is a classic: the model, with its double handles drawn up from four corners and covered by a thick dropped strap, debuted in 1975 and has been recently brought up-to-date with a few reinventions. The equestrian touches that remain–I can count five spurs on the detailing here–are just as trademark as the luxurious exterior and logo-lined interior. An cold-weather Italian classic? Yes please.





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