Cocktails for Two: Applejack Rabbit

Next week kicks off the holiday season so there will soon be a lot to celebrate. So, take some time this weekend to kickback and relax with an adult beverage before the madness begins. We made this cocktail for the first time a few weeks ago. With a hint of apple from the apple brandy, and slight sweetness from the maple syrup it makes the perfect fall cocktail. Serve it before your Thanksgiving meal to really wow your guests. Plus, if you live on the east coast there should be a variety of local apple brandy's at your liqueur store. Cheers, it's Friday. 

Applejack Rabbit 

4 oz. Apple Brandy 
1 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice 
1 1/2 oz. Orange Juice 
1 oz. Maple Syrup 

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cocktail shaker ices over. Strain into a chilled coupe glasses. 


Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving used to be my least favorite holiday. I hated the cold weather, overcooked turkey, and constant football watching. I still hate the cold, but a lot of my feelings towards Thanksgiving have changed. My husband and I will be spending our second Thanksgiving together this year, but our first time hosting. Last year, we battled a 25 pound turkey (we restored to dry-brining in a garbage bag) so I feel that we are prepared for any food related catastrophe. I'm thankful that it will be an intimate affair with just my parents and brother. We definitely could not host more than a few people in our tiny apartment. Ultimately, I'm hoping everything goes smoothly, and am looking forward to spending some time with my family. Because, that is what really matters.   


November Favorites

ONE I've been coveting these booties for months and they are finally one sale, but still pretty damn expensive. Sigh. // TWO We're hosting our first Thanksgiving this year, and I think a new set of napkins are in order for the special occasion. // THREE This thick moisturizer has become my new go-to in this cold weather. // FOUR Cocktail mixers in cute packaging? Sold. Plus, they are made in Charleston S.C. // FIVE I'm stocking up on cozy knits this season, and this Theory sweater is at the top of the list. // SIX A classic camel coat is high on my wish list. // SEVEN Stay warm in an infinity scarf. // EIGHT A girl can dream... // NINE Make your sweatpants appropriate outside of the house. // TEN Be prepared for the holidays with this charming ice bucket. // ELEVEN Traveling for the holidays? Make packing easy with this leather travel case set. 


Style: Cozy Cape

November made itself present this past week. We've been lucky this fall (in my book) with a slurry of warm days, but winter is quickly sneaking in. I can no longer leave the house without a coat, and by the time I leave work it is already dark. Sigh. But winter, I'm coming prepared this year. Last year, I splurged on a down coat, and this year I'm investing in cozy knits and boots. I could sleep in this J.Crew Turtleneck it is so soft. And sure, this cape isn't going to be the most practical piece come February but it is perfect for Sunday afternoons spent cider tasting.

 Anthropologie Cape // J.Crew Turtleneck // Zara Boots (similar) // Gap Jeans // Kate Spade Bag (similar)


Style: Olive Blouse

I've been coveting this Madewell Blouse for quite a while. I love an oversized blouse: they are a great juxtaposition to skinny jeans. So, when this one went on sale last week I immediately placed it my online shopping cart. The olive color is perfect for fall, and is light enough for my fair skin (this color tends to wash me out). I'll be wearing booties with this look as the temperature gets cooler, but for now I am cherishing this little Indian summer we've had the last few days.