Wednesday, September 28, 2016

10 Mouth Watering Recipes to Make This Fall

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A lot of you loved the chili soup recipe I posted in my fall post last week. Because of that, I decided to make a fall food post for recipes that have caught my eye that I think would be absolutely perfect to enjoy during the fall season.

If you know my blog and you know me personally then you know how much I love food, cooking and better yet entertaining. These recipes are perfect for large gatherings during the cooler fall months and even into winter.

A few of them I've made myself and a few are on my to do list. Let's get started.


1111 Chrissy Teigen's better than Ina's Roasted Chicken
I actually made this last night and it was mouthwatering delicious. Roasted chicken can actually be made any time of year really, but there's something special about a meal as comforting as roasted chicken during the fall months. Serve this with mashed potatoes and roasted veggies to enjoy a true feast.


2. Slow Cooker Blissful Butternut Squash Soup
My grandmother swears by butternut squash soup. She absolutely loves it. It's a delicious, creamy and very easy to make. Best of all this recipe puts it all in the slow cooker. You can simply add all the ingredients and forget about it! The aroma alone will have you coming back for more.

3. Pumpkin Alfredo
Now this recipe sounds interesting! I was scrolling on the everygirl.com and spied this one. It looks insanely creamy and decadent, perfect to indulge in on a chilly fall night. I love Carnal dish's fettucine alfredo, so I can imagine tweaking it to be a pumpkin alfredo and making magic. Definitely on my radar to try.


4. Crab, spinach and artichoke dip
Because with fall comes football and what's football without a yummy dip to go with it? I've made this dip once before and let me tell you, I have friends still requesting it. The flavor profile of this dip is insane you guys! So much going on and everything comes together perfectly with the crab still being the hero. Dip is something again you can eat year round but there's something special about it when it comes to fall and football season.


5. Jamaican Beef Stew
What's fall without stew? This one is a no brainer. A hearty bowl of beef stew will undoubtedly keep you warm during the chilly months. It's also an amazing meal to have friends over for! Always enough to go around.



6. Gooey Brown butter blondies with pecans
I have a new found obsession with blondies, shoutout to my neighbor/friend/blog mentor Christina who baked a batch for me last week during our How to Get Away With Murder viewing party. This recipe is basically what I had times a thousand. What say's fall better than brown butter blondies?


7. Stuffing Hash
Can't forget to include a breakfast option when talking about fall meals.I love country breakfast hashes, it's one of my favorite breakfast items next to a crab benedict! Stuffing just screams thanksgiving and home cooked meal. Imagine adding a poached egg on top? Yeah, that's pretty much what this meal is.



8. Harvest Cobb Salad
Let's be honest, salad's aren't the most exciting of the fall menu items but this cobb salad looks incredible! I love the fact that it calls for more harvest type ingredients, adds to the festiveness of the season.


9. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (the real deal)
It wouldn't be fall without a pumkin spice latte. This one looks good, really good!


10. Autumn Lasagna
I love the way the author of this recipe describes the dish, "familiar yet different."  Lasagna is a common Italian dish that can be found being prepared in almost every home. However, this recipe adds an autumn flare to the sauce by adding butternut squash. It sounds amazing and I definitely want to try it.

What are some of your favorite fall recipes? Share with me below!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Must Try Fall Beauty Trends













Bottom line: bold brows, bright blush, epic liner, nude nails and dark lips are totally in. Even if they weren't I would still be rocking these looks! Excited to try some of these trends throughout the season! All in all, keep it light, keep is simple and most importantly keep it cute. Easy enough right?

Slay on, beauties!

What look do you like the best?

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Monday, September 19, 2016

10 Reasons to Be Excited For Fall

With the start of a new season comes the feeling of a fresh beginning. Fall is a very special season for that reason. With the first day creeping around the corner (September 22nd) I decided to share with you 10 reasons why you should be just as excited for the change in season. 


1. Soups
I don't know about you but I can have soup year round! However, it feels different when you have a hearty bowl of soup, chili or stews in the fall season. It almost feels more festive! I have a slow cooker full of Turkey Chili Soup simmering right now and the smell along warms my home.



2. Cozy Sweaters & Scarfs
This list is all over the place right? Fall is the perfect weather for a heavy knit sweater without the need for a coat. This to me is the perfect feeling. Not having to be weighed down with a coat just yet, but still needing to layer up to stay warm.


3. Suede 
Thankfully the suede trend hasn't left us just yet. I love suede skirts, boots and even pants! Obviously you couldn't really wear this look in the summer, but hello fall and hello new suede boots.


4. Fall Themed Gatherings
You'll remember that last year I hosted my first ever Fall Themed Brunch. It was an amazing time to say the least. In the fall, I think people look to do more things indoors vs. going out all the time. There's nothing like a friend who's willing to be the hostess with the mostest. That's usually me! Fall allows for the perfect opportunity to put your hosting skills to the test. Invite a few friends over for a themed game night, host a Halloween party or even a girls night slumber party, trust me, you won't regret it.



5. Turtle Necks
If I could, I would most likely wear turtle necks year round. There's something so classic about them and given the right one you can instantly make any outfit look more polished and put together. I'm a minimalistic chick when it comes to my dressing. I love comfort over anything and tight, fitted turtle necks give me that. Thank you, fall! 


6. High Boots
Who doesn't love good high boots? They give outfits a more edgy, interesting look. Last year, I went a little crazy on the bootie trend and didn't really find the right pair of high boots. That's my goal this season. I want to find the perfect pair of high boots, early! 


7. Pumpkin Spice
I'm not a crazy fan of the pumpkin spice trend, but my suggestion is if you want said beverage, make it yourself! All you need is the actual pumpkin spice :) I love the seasonal spices that go along with fall! They of course add to the festive appeal of the season.


8. Fall Candles
Nothing says welcome to a warm home like fall themed candles. I use candles year round and usually go for a lighter, every day scent but for fall I love going for something a little more seasonal. Cinnamon, pumpkin, autumn leaves etc. 


9. Fall Themed Cocktails
For my fall themed brunch last year we made delicious apple cider mimosa's and they were a hit! Take the opportunity in the fall to make your cocktails bit more festive. Whether you are enjoying it yourself or it's being served to friends, the seasonal touch will be appreciated!


10. Apple Cider Donuts
I first fell in love with apple cider donuts when my boyfriend and I went to a farm in Connecticut in the fall 3 years ago. While on the farm we went to the market and they were selling these fresh apple cider donuts covered in cinnamon sugar. This was life. The donuts were warm and soft on the inside and had the perfect level of sweetness. I usually don't go crazy over sweet treats, but this right here is why fall was created. They were so good! Not to worry, you can find these sweet donuts at practically every grocery store or farmers market during the fall season.

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What else gets you excited about the change in season? Lets me know below! 
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How to Get Voluminous Straightened Natural Hair in One Step




I recently straightened my hair after vacation and didn't love the way it turned out as the humidity in NYC absolutely ruined it. I decided instead of forfeiting the style immediately that I would try something new. I used the orange sized perm rods on my straight hair. I simply parted about 15-20 medium sections of my hair and rolled them onto the rods.

I allowed the rods to set over night and voila! The next day I had huge voluminous natural straight hair. The next day had about the same amount of humidity if not more, but this style allowed for my hair to frizz a bit but still look pretty decent. 

To maintain the style, I used a large comb to wrap my hair and secure with a scarf. I loved this look so much that I'm thinking about re-creating it in a more polished way next time but using the rollers right after I straighten my hair instead of waiting until that night. 

If you want to achieve this look here's what you'll need: Orange Perm Rods. I purchased mine on Amazon and have had them for years. Feel free to check out your local beauty supply store they will have it as well. 

That's all you need to achieve this look!! Isn't that amazing? It took me about 20 minutes to install. If you're in a rush and need to give your straight hair a little TLC this is the perfect style to try.

Would you try this look? Let me know below in the comments section. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Diner en Blanc Prep


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The countdown is officially on for this year's Diner en Blanc, NYC. If you didn't know, I've been on the waiting list for this iconic pop up dinner for the past 2 years!! Why you ask?

Here's a little bit about the concept of the event and why it's a pretty, pretty big deal:
At the last minute, the secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where “Dîner en Blanc” will take place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.

Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty and value of their city's public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by good taste and a love of beauty. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamor of high French society, and guests engage one another, knowing that they are taking part in a truly magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic—only amazed and astonished looks from passersby observing the scene before them. And participants, like spectators, wonder whether it's all not a dream…
In preparation for this event you need to do A LOT! And when I say A LOT, I seriously mean it. From getting the right attire, the right food and also the correct equipment for the event it can be quite daunting. However, Amazon has been a life saver and I've been going to work getting things like a pop up table, chairs, table cloth etc.

Since Thursday is around the corner, I want to share with you a few inspirational bits for this epic event. I absolutely cannot wait!

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One of my dress options. It arrives on Tuesday, pray it fits!
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Have you heard of Diner en Blanc? Have you been? Tell me all about it in the comment section below.

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