October 27, 2014

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. 

October 24, 2014

Style: Sophia Webster for J.Crew

Last spring J.Crew collaborated with Sophia Webster launching a very splurge-worthy collection. Everything piece was unique and beautiful, but sold out almost immediately. Luckily, J.Crew knew they had a good thing going and launched a new collection. I love the deeper tons in this fall collection which are perfectly paired with a Sophia Webster twist. I'm particularly found of this this calf hair pair. Shop the entire collection here.

October 23, 2014

Style: Plaid Midi Dress

Fall is in full swing in Virginia. The Blue Ridge Mountains are at peak foliage, the mornings are crisp, and I am constantly reaching for my favorite plaid shirt. I love the versatility of a plaid shirt, and this plaid dress from Anthropologie is no different. I wore it with sandals in September, and plan on pairing it with boots and a blazer as things cool down. A simple go-to dress is a must have for every season. 

October 21, 2014

In the Kitchen: Apple Tart

Living in Virginia has dramatically changed my dietary habits. Shortly after moving here last summer I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Her focus on sustainable living made me reconsider my constant grocery store runs and year-round grapefruit addiction. My husband and I vowed to only eat 1 pound of meat a week and buy locally sourced produce as often as possible. Some days following these ideals aren't possible, but Animal, Vegetable, Miracle did make appreciate eating seasonally. I'm lucky to live in a county with it's own apple: The Albemarle Pippin. It is crisp and sweet, used mostly for cider, but also makes a delicious tart. Few things seem more appropriate on a beautiful fall day than a local apple, and maybe a little local cider too. 

Apple Tart 

1 cup flour 
1/2 tablespoon sugar 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold & diced 
1/4 cup ice water 

2 pounds apples, peeled, cored, & thinly sliced 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold & diced 
2 tablespoons sugar 
1/4 cup apricot jam 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees 

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Add the butter, and pulse until butter is the size of a small pea. With food processor running, add ice water and pulse until combined. Work dough on a floured board and kneed into a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes. 

Grease a 9 inch tart pan. Roll out dough until it is wide enough to fit in tart pan. Roll dough over rolling pin, and place on tart pan. Gently press dough into pan, and remove excess from edge. 

Arrange apple slices overlapping in a circle. Sprinkle with butter and sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes. 

Allow tart to cool for 5 minutes, and then brush on apricot jam with a pastry brush. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

October 14, 2014

October Favorites

ONE I'm ready to wear gingham year round, and this wool sweater is making it possible. // TWO This deep conditioner makes coloring your hair and daily blow-drys possible. // THREE Who says wide brimmed hats are just for summer? // FOUR Nars launched a new line of lipsticks- I'm particularly found of 'Anna'. // FIVE This oversized turtleneck is perfect for those crisp fall days. // SIX Make your whole house smell like fall with this pumpkin scented candle. // SEVEN The perfect pair of pale pink pants, and they are  under $100! // EIGHT This light grey bag is worth the splurge. // NINE I'm going to try mulling my own wine this year- hopefully this spice mix won't fail me. // TEN Hello, lovely. // ELEVEN Feminine meets masculine in these monk-strap loafers. // TWELVE Even your clutch can be plush this fall. // THIRTEEN Half coat, half cape, totally awesome. 

October 13, 2014

Style: Apple Picking

Will and I went apple picking at Chiles Peach Orchard a few weeks ago. Although the apples weren't quit ripe yet, we had a great time walking down the apple rows and drinking cider. It was a little crisp that day so I wore my J.Crew Turtleneck. This is my first turtleneck purchase since elementary school. I wore a lot of white turtlenecks with sweaters back in the day, and they weren't pretty (hello 90's). After last winter, I'm ready to invest in any piece that will keep me warm. So, I'm looking to add a few more turtlenecks to my wardrobe this year. Giant knit turtleneck, I'm looking at you... 


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