Splurge or Save: Fall Handbag Trends

I am definitely an accessories lover. Most of my clothes are fairly classic, and I have fun mixing up my look with shoes, jewelry, and bags.

Come spring or fall, I like to change out my bags for the season. Of course, it always fun to pick out a new handbag or two, as well!

There are some really great styles out this season. These are my favorite fall handbag trends:

  • Satchel: carry everything for work or elevate a casual look.
  • Crossbody: keep your hands free when shopping.
  • Retro-Inspired: wear with a shift dress for a sixties vibe.
  • Foldover: dress up jeans and a tee or carry it on a night out.
  • Backpack: sling this nineties throwback over one shoulder and go.

I’ve rounded up a favorite for each of these trends: one affordable and one a little pricier. Choose whether you want to splurge or save!

Splurge or Save: Fall Handbag Trends | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #Fall2014Satchel

Splurge on the Dooney & Bourke Pebble Grain Zip Zip Satchel (1) or save on the Sole Society ‘Marlowe’ Structured Dome Bag (2).


Splurge on the Frye ‘Anna’ Crossbody Bag (3) or save on the Big Buddha Temple Bag (4).


Splurge on the Rebecca Minkoff Mini ‘Paris’ Crossbody (5) or save on the Dorothy Perkins Oxblood Mini Trapeze (6).


Splurge on the Claire Vivier Foldover (7) or save on the Ruche ‘An Evening with You’ Clutch (8).


Splurge on the Tory Burch ‘Thea’ Backpack (9) or save on the Sole Society ‘Ellie’ Backpack (10).

Which is your favorite bag? Do you switch your bag with the seasons, too?

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Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Garam Masala Ketchup

Did you catch my Indian-Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Burgers last week? They’re really delicious on their own, but to me, no burger is complete without fries!

French fries are one of my weaknesses. If you put a plate in front of me, I definitely won’t be able to stop at just one. But then again, why would I want to?

At home, I always oven roast my fries. It’s a little healthier, and I don’t feel guilty for indulging. I especially love sweet potato fries, and these Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Garam Masala Ketchup are the perfect accompaniment to my Indian-Spiced Veggie Burgers!

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Garam Masala Ketchup | Hello Little Home #SideDish #Snack #Indian #PotatoesSweet potatoes contain lots of water, and without deep frying it can be difficult to get crispy fries. I did a little internet research, and many people suggested coating the potatoes with cornstarch before tossing the fries with olive oil.

In the name of the perfect fry, I made a few batches, some with cornstarch and some without. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it, right? My husband helped me taste test, and it was close, but we both preferred the cornstarch-coated sweet potato fries. The cornstarch crisped up the edges a bit, and who doesn’t like a little crunch?

The fries are seasoned with garam masala – an Indian spice blend that’s available in most grocery stores – which adds a wonderful flavor. I love a dipping sauce for my fries, so created a special garam masala ketchup, too. It’s so easy to make and tastes a bit like I imagine an Indian barbeque sauce would … yum!

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with Garam Masala Ketchup

Yield: 4 - 6 side dish servings

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with Garam Masala Ketchup


    For Fries:
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • For Ketchup:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Prepare fries:
  4. Wash sweet potatoes and use a paper to towel to them pat dry (no need to peel).
  5. Slice potatoes in half horizontally, and then cut each half into slices about 1/2-inch thick.
  6. Cut the slices into fries about 1/2-inch wide.
  7. Place the fries in a large Ziplock bag.
  8. Sprinkle the fries with the cornstarch.
  9. Seal the bag and shake until the fries are evenly coated with cornstarch.
  10. Open bag. Drizzle fries with olive oil and sprinkle with garam masala and salt.
  11. Close the bag again and shake until fries are evenly coated.
  12. Place fries in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  13. Put the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until fries are browned on one side.
  14. Remove fries from oven and flip with a spatula, so the browned side is facing up.
  15. Return fries to the oven and bake for another 15-20 or until browned on the second side.
  16. Make ketchup:
  17. While the fries are cooking, place ketchup, garam masala, and cayenne in a small bowl.
  18. Mix well and set aside until fries are finished.
  19. To serve:
  20. Remove fries from oven and season to taste with additional salt, if desired.
  21. Serve with ketchup. Enjoy!


  • - When shaking the fries in the Ziplock bag, make sure to hold your hand over the zip seal. That way, if the bag opens you won't have a huge mess to clean up. (Ask me how I learned that tip!)
  • - It's very important that the fries cook in a single layer. Use more than one baking sheet, if necessary, and rotate the pans' positions in oven after flipping halfway through.
  • - Get creative with the spices! These fries would also taste amazing seasoned with chili powder and cumin or even curry powder.

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P.S. If you like these roasted sweet potato fries, I think you’ll like my Old Bay Roasted Potato Wedges, too!

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Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Happy Friday! Are you ready to usher in the weekend? I sure am!

This was an event-filled week, especially since my 10th wedding anniversary was yesterday. My husband Joel took the day off today so we could spend it together celebrating. I’m looking forward to spending a relaxing, fun-filled day together!

Earlier this week, I attended an event hosted by Febreze. I’ve been using Febreze since high school (maybe before?). My best friend and I went dancing every weekend, and when we left our clothes and coats would reek of cigarette smoke. This was back in the day when smoking was still allowed everywhere.

So rather than pay for dry cleaning every week, I would Febreze my coat (ha ha)! It worked, and I’ve been using it ever since. Anyway, Febreze has come out with a line of air purifiers that not only clean your air but make it smell good, too (win win!).

The event was super fun, too! I got to cuddle up with Manny the Frenchie (a pet celebrity!), as well as meet Julie Edelman, The Accidental Housewife, who had some awesome cleaning tips.

Mannie the Frenchie | Hello Little HomeMe and Manny!

Last night, Joel and I attended Perrier’s Street Art Launch Party. They commissioned three street artists (JonOne, Sasu, and Kobra) to design a limited edition collection of bottles and Colossal Media to hand paint 10 outdoor murals around the U.S. The party was held at the Colossal Paint Warehouse, a working studio space which was awesome. We had a great time and enjoyed a few cocktails, too!

After a busy week, this weekend will definitely be more low key! I’m thinking movie night, every night.

Here are my fave links from the week:

Perrier Streat Art Event | Hello Little Home Not the most flattering picture, but how cute are these ladies?

Need wardrobe help? One of my favorite style bloggers, Get Your Pretty On, just announced her Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge. Sign up and you’ll receive a fall basics shopping list (you probably own many/most already!), 21 days of daily outfits, and access to a private Facebook Group. It’s super affordable, and the outfits are so cute and work for all ages/shapes!

Treat yourself to these delicious-looking Old Fashioned Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes from Pinch of Yum.

These DIY Copper Peg Shelves from Vintage Revivals are simple and stylish.

Midtown View | Hello Little HomeA view of Midtown from the Febreze event.

Have you been overindulging lately? This Macro Bowl with Turmeric-Tahini Dressing from Keepin’ It Kind is just the thing to get you back on track.

Hello Natural has a roundup of 50 Healthy Slow Cooker Meals that includes everything from chili to Indian. BTW … I’m curious: do you say “slow cooker,” or “crock pot” (my choice)?

This Cheese and Onion Stuffed Flatbread from Amuse Your Bouche would be a delicious accompaniment to bowl of hot soup.

I love this gorgeous Blue & Gray Living Room from 6th Street Design School. It looks so relaxing!

Sunset from My Apartment | Hello Little HomeA gorgeous, treetop sunset seen from my apartment.

Apples and fall just go together, so this homemade Apple Cider from A House in the Hills is a must try.

Need a little interior inspiration? A Beautiful Mess has 25 Ideas to Decorate Your Walls.

Pull out your crackle nail polish for this super easy Shattered Waves Nail Art from Vampy Varnish.

How good does this Fig & Arugula Salad with Pistachio Pesto from Love & Lemons sound?!?

Zoya Godiva Pixie Dust | Hello Little HomeI feel in love with Zoya Godiva Pixie Dust polish this week! It’s a pale champagne (looks darker in the photo) with a sand texture and a little sparkle. So pretty and perfect for everyday!

Ladies, there is a subscription service for that time of the month. Genius, I tell you! Le Parcel is filled with tampons (or whatever you use), plus fun stuff like chocolates and hand-curated gifts.

If you love a salty snack as much as I do, you’re sure to love these Soy Sauce Roasted Cashews from Chocolate & Zucchini.

This Salted Caramel Oreo Icebox Cake from Inside BruCrew Life looks truly decadent.

Midtown Skyline View | Hello Little HomePlanning a little weekend shopping? Don’t miss these deals:

Fall Leaves Outside My Apartment | Hello Little HomeThe leaves are starting to fall off the Japanese Maple outside my apartment building. I’m hoping they change colors, because the red they turn is so bright and pretty!

Need an excuse to celebrate fall? This Pumpkin Spice Martini from Veganosity is it. Cheers to the weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? Any fun, fall activities planned?

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DIY Vintage Number Sign + 10th Wedding Anniversary

I’m having a hard time believing it, but today is my tenth wedding anniversary!

Just saying that makes me feel old! I met my husband Joel in college, and we were together for quite a few years before getting married. We’ve been through lots of ups and downs together, and he is the most important person in my life.

I don’t want to get too sappy, but I thought I’d share a few pictures from our wedding day. After doing a little research and planning, we decided to have a small wedding and got married in New Orleans, one of our favorite cities. Our immediate family was there, and the day was perfect!

10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #CityPark #NOLABefore I share additional pictures though (scroll to the end for more), I have a fun craft project! I love old, junky, vintage things, so I made a DIY Vintage Number Sign with our anniversary date.

DIY Vintage Number Sign | Hello Little Home #craft #distressed #woodI wanted to make something to commemorate the date (9/25/04), but I didn’t want anything overly sentimental or too obvious. Anyone who sees it will probably think it’s just a vintage house sign, but I’ll know what it means!

This sign is the perfect gift for any special occasion, whether it’s a birthday, memorable event, or anniversary. Of course, you can pick your favorite numbers for the sign, too … no special date required.

Want to make your own vintage number sign?

Want to Make This?

  • 1 wood board (mine measures 13 x 7-inches, but any size is fine)
  • medium grit sandpaper
  • hammer, pliers, clamp, and other tools for distressing
  • 4 thumbtacks
  • white paint
  • black paint
  • foam paint brush
  • flat tip paint brush
  • angle tip paint brush
  • paint palette
  • printer
  • cardstock
  • scissors
  • tape

First, a tip about the board: I found mine in the scrap bin at Home Depot, and it was free. I didn’t even know the scrap bin existed, but a friendly employee helped me. So check there before buying a board!

Start by sanding any rough edges. This will help you avoid slivers.

DIY Vintage Number Sign: Sanding Board | Hello Little Home #craft #distressed #woodAfter you’ve sanded the board, you are going to distress it. Do as much or as little distressing as you want – it’s up to you.

This can be done a number of ways. Here’s what worked for me:

  • Hit the board with the head of the hammer, both straight on and at an angle.
  • Turn the hammer over, whack the board with the claw.
  • Stab the board with a Phillips head pliers. This will give the appearance of wormwood.
  • Use a flat head pliers to gouge the edge of the board.
  • Hit the board with a clamp or other heavy object.
  • Sand the edges and corners of the board so they look rounded and worn.

I had so much fun with this part! All that whacking and pounding was a great stress reliever.

DIY Vintage Number Sign: Distressing Board | Hello Little Home #craft #distressed #woodWhen you’re done, lightly sand the surface of the board. You don’t want to get rid of the marks you just made, you just want to smooth out anything that might give you a sliver.

Then flip the board over and add four thumbtacks to the back of the board (one in each corner). This will elevate the board slightly, making painting easier.

DIY Vintage Number Sign: Adding Thumb Tacks | Hello Little home

Pour some white paint in your palette and use the foam brush to cover the top and sides with paint. Add as many coats as you’d like, letting the paint dry in between coats.

Because I didn’t want to cover my distressing, I only added two thin coats.

DIY Vintage Number Sign: Painting Board | Hello Little Home #craft #distressed #woodLet the paint dry completely.

While the paint is drying, open a blank Microsoft Word document. Type in your numbers, then choose a font. Increase the size of the numbers until they are as large as you desire.

For my sign, I used the Britannic Bold font in 500 point size. Depending on the size of your board, you may want to go larger or smaller.

Print out the numbers on cardstock and then trim any excess paper close to the numbers.

Place your numbers on the board, and when you are happy with the layout, tape them in place (I used packing tape).

DIY Vintage Number Sign: Laying Out Numbers | Hello Little Home #craft #distressed #woodGrab a pen and trace over the letters, pressing hard. This will create an indented outline on your board.

DIY Vintage Number Sign: Tracing Numbers | Hello Little Home #craft #distressed #woodRemove the letters carefully, making sure they are fully traced, and the outline is visible.

Pour a little black paint into the paint palette. Use the flat and slant tip brushes to fill in the numbers. The flat tip brush works best for larger areas and the slant tip brush works best around curves.

Take your time and don’t worry if it’s not perfect.

DIY Vintage Number Sign: Painted Numbers | Hello Little Home #craft #distressed #woodWhen the board is completely dry, use the sandpaper to distress the paint. Focus on areas where natural wear and tear would take place, like the corners.

DIY Vintage Number Sign: Distressing Paint | Hello Little Home #craft #distressed #woodThat’s it! Your sign is complete.

I’m so happy with how mine turned out. It’s such a fun memento of an important day.

DIY Vintage Number Sign | Hello Little Home #craft #distressed #woodDIY Vintage Number Sign | Hello Little Home #craft #distressed #woodOkay, are you ready for more wedding photos?

Our wedding was super casual. The only things we arranged before heading to New Orleans were the reverend, a general wedding location, and brunch and rehearsal dinner reservations. Everything else we figured out when we got there, which was a little stressful, I’ll admit!

Since it was only immediate family attending the wedding, we had lots of fun, too. Our rehearsal dinner was held at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl.

10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #NOLAWe got married in City Park under a huge old oak tree, which we had scouted out a few days earlier.

Our wedding took place just about a year before Katrina hit. There was a ton of damage to City Park and the surrounding areas, but amazingly, our tree survived. We tracked it down when we visited New Orleans in 2011!  10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #NOLA #CityPark10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #NOLA10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #NOLACity Park is a beautiful place for photos.

10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #NOLA

10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #CityPark #NOLAAfter the wedding and photos, we had a jazz brunch at the Palace Cafe. Like the wedding, it was relaxed and casual.

10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #NOLAWhen the brunch was over, Joel and I spent the day alone together exploring New Orleans and enjoying a decadent meal at Bayona.

Everyone met back at our room after dinner for cake. Joel and I surprised them with our crazy Mardi Gras masks!

10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #NOLAWe had a reception later for friends and extended family, but I’m so happy we had a small wedding. It was definitely a day I’ll never forget!

Here’s to another 10 years!

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Autumn Picnic in Central Park

How excited are you for the first day of fall?!? It’s my favorite season, and there’s definitely (finally!) an autumn vibe in the air. I’ve noticed a few colorful leaves this week, and it’s been getting dark earlier and earlier.

The weather is cooling off, too. It’s been in the seventies, which I love. My husband often teases me that I’m only happy when it’s 72 and sunny, so I’m in heaven right now!

Of course, this perfect weather won’t last much longer. So I decided to take advantage of it and planned an autumn picnic in Central Park last weekend.

Autumn Picnic in Central Park | Hello Little Home #style #vegetarian #fallI’m hoping we still have a few picnics left this fall (cross your fingers), but you never know.

We packed up and headed to Central Park, which is just a couple blocks away. Joel likes to refer to this as pack-muling-it. Poor guy ;)

Autumn Picnic in Central Park | Hello Little Home Of course, once we got there, I forced him to take a few pictures, too. Between the two of us, we had all sorts of camera issues. I’m not sure what was going on, but we got a few good ones eventually.

I’ve been trying to work a few fall items into my wardrobe, so I wore my favorite vest. Paired with jeans and a striped tee, it’s the perfect transitional piece for these cooler days.

Autumn Picnic in Central Park | Hello Little Home #style #vegetarian #fallvest (similar, similar), top (similar, similar), sunglasses (similar), jeans (same), sandals (similar)

The sun was just starting to set as we found the perfect spot.

Autumn Picnic in Central Park | Hello Little Home #style #vegetarian #fallMy nail polish matched the quilt. I swear that I didn’t plan that!

Autumn Picnic in Central Park | Hello Little Home #style #vegetarian #fallThe best part of any picnic is the food, of course!

Autumn Picnic in Central Park | Hello Little Home #style #vegetarian #fallI put together a simple, yet delicious meal:

  • Brie and Apple Baguettes. These are so good and so easy to make. Split a small baguette in two. Spread both sides generously with brie and top with thinly sliced apples (pears would be good, too).
  • Carrot-Cabbage Slaw. This is an old favorite, adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe. Combine 1/4 thinly sliced cabbage with one shredded carrot. Toss with lime juice, olive oil, and a little cumin.
  • Dessert. I made these Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake Bars, and they were to die for.

In my eyes, a picnic is not complete without a little wine!

Autumn Picnic in Central Park | Hello Little Home #style #vegetarian #fallI was sent a bottle of this Notorious Pink Grenache to sample last week. It’s an award-winning French rosé made from 100% grenache grapes.

Rosé is the perfect picnic wine, and I loved this bottle. It was light, yet flavorful and aromatic, and worked perfectly with our food. I will definitely be tracking it down locally.

Joel liked it, too!

Autumn Picnic in Central Park | Hello Little Home #style #vegetarian #fallAutumn Picnic in Central Park | Hello Little Home #style #vegetarian #fallAfter we finished a couple of glasses of wine, it started to get dark. We had a close encounter with some wildlife (scary!), grabbed the wine, and headed home. Hopefully, we’re able to repeat this autumn picnic next weekend!

How are you spending these fall days?

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Indian-Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Burgers

Just the other day, my husband and I were lamenting how little Indian food we’ve eaten since moving to New York. We had a favorite takeout place in San Francisco, which we ordered from a few times a month.

Of course, there are many Indian restaurants here. I’ve even cooked some Indian dishes. We still haven’t found a favorite place though, and I suppose that’s part of the problem. I think we just need to keep trying, right?

Last week, I was working on a veggie burger recipe. As I was mashing up the chickpeas, it occurred to me that the burgers would be delicious with some Indian seasoning. These Indian-Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Burgers were the result!

Indian-Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Burgers | Hello Little Home #VeggieBurger #vegetarianVeggie burgers and fries are a favorite meal of mine, but I’m very picky about them. I’ve found that a lot of homemade varieties are mushy and tend to squish out of the bun as you eat them.

Not these burgers. They have a very firm texture, thanks to a few tricks. First, mashed chickpeas form a paste that holds everything together. A little flour and egg help, too. The result is a firm veggie burger that keeps its shape while it cooks, and as you eat it.

Of course, they taste good, too! The chickpeas and quinoa are seasoned with garam masala, a blend of spices often used in Indian cuisine. It adds a complex, mildly spicy flavor to the burgers. You can find it in the spice section at your grocery store or make your own.

Cilantro and green onions add additional kick to these burgers. I had samosas on my mind as I made these, so I threw in some green peas, too. If you’re not a pea fan, diced zucchini or carrots would make a good substitute.

Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce is the perfect topper for these Indian-Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Burgers. Inspired by raita, an Indian yogurt condiment, this sauce adds the perfect finishing touch!

Indian-Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Burgers

Yield: 4 servings

Indian-Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Burgers


  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, pressed or minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 green onion, minced (green part only)
  • 1/4 cup peas, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • A few lettuce leaves, for serving
  • 4 burger buns
  • Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce:
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Fill a medium saucepan with salted water. Cover and place over high heat.
  2. When water boils, add quinoa.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until quinoa is tender, about 10 - 15 minutes.
  4. Drain quinoa in a strainer and set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a small skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  6. When hot, add onion and cook until browned, stirring often.
  7. Add garlic, garam masala, cayenne, and salt to pan.
  8. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  9. Place chickpeas in a large bowl and mash until smooth.
  10. Add quinoa, sauteed onions, egg, and flour to chickpeas.
  11. Stir until well blended.
  12. Carefully fold in green onions, peas, and cilantro.
  13. Taste and add additional salt, if desired.
  14. Use your hands to shape mixture (it will be sticky) into 4 equal-sized burgers.
  15. Heat 2 tsp. olive in a large skillet over medium heat.
  16. Add burgers and cook until browned on one side.
  17. Flip and cook until browned on the other side.
  18. While burgers are cooking, combine cucumber, yogurt, garlic, and cumin in a bowl for the Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  19. When burgers are done, serve topped with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce on buns with tomato slices and lettuce. Enjoy!
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Indian-Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Burgers | Hello Little Home #VeggieBurger #vegetarianIndian-Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Burgers | Hello Little Home #VeggieBurger #vegetarianThese burgers are quick and easy enough for a busy weeknight. In fact, I think they are on repeat for me again this week!

Are you a burger (veggie or not) and fries person, too?

P.S. Come back next Monday for a sweet potato fries recipe!

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Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Hello, hello! Aren’t Fridays the best? I think so!

What have you been up to this week … anything fun or unusual? My week was pretty run of the mill. I did manage to mess my apartment up big time (#CrafterProblems), so I’ll probably spend a big chunk of the weekend getting it back in order. I’m not really looking forward to that!

I am looking forward to spending some time outside, and maybe even having an autumn picnic. It’s still warm enough here for that, thankfully. I’ll take plenty of pictures to share next week!

My iPhone is full of pictures, so many that I haven’t been able to take more without deleting some first. Has that ever happened to you? I went through my camera roll and picked out some favorites to share today. I hope you like them!

Here are my favorite links from the week:

Giant Flowers on Governors Island | Hello Little HomeGiant flowers on Governors Island.

I’m an Influenster! Check out my review of my Vitality Vox Box on YouTube. Don’t worry, I’ll explain exactly what an Influenster is, too!

Are you feeling the Halloween spirit? It’s still a little early for me, but nevertheless, these Happy Owl-oween Printables from Tatertots & Jello are too cute not to share.

Hello Natural has 15 Healthy Comfort Food Makeovers … please let me I’m not the only one starting to crave heavier foods as the temp drops!

Bring a little old-fashioned sweetness into your home with this DIY Adorned Screen Door from Going Home to Roost.

Rusty Railing Governors Island | Hello Little HomeA rusty railing and falling leaves on Governors Island.

Get dinner on the table fast! Kitchen Treaty shared 5 Meatless Dinners in 10 Minutes or Less.

Dress up your couch with this cute DIY Pom Pom Pillow from Hi Sugarplum!

Mmm … The First Mess shared a recipe for Really Good Tomato Soup.

Brit + Co. has 20 Autumn-Inspired Manis that you’ll fall in love with!

Giraffe on Governors Island | Hello Little HomeLooking up a huge giraffe sculpture.

Do you struggle with the cat eye? Then don’t miss these Pro Tips for Creating the Perfect Cat Eye from A Beautiful Mess.

Take your hair from Flat to Full with these awesome tricks from Camille Styles.

Any dessert with cream cheese (cheesecake, frosting, etc.) makes me super happy, including these Carrots-Zucchini Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.

I need a pair of these adorable DIY Sketchy Penny Loafers from Flamingo Toes stat!

Lower Manhattan Skyline | Hello Little HomeA shot of the Manhattan Skyline.

Here’s a salad that’s perfect for fall: Kale and Asian Pear (via A House in the Hills).

These Tiny Neon Pots from I Spy DIY are the perfect thing to hold a mini succulent.

I love these 15 Career Tips from Smart Women that Cup of Jo rounded up.

Hostess with the Mostess has some great Tips for Throwing a Party in a Pinch.

Satisfy your carb cravings with the Apple Cinnamon Pretzel Twists from Running to the Kitchen.

Blue Sky Waiting for Subway | Hello Little Home Check out that amazing blue sky!

Here are a few sales for your shopping pleasure!

  • Target: buy 1, get 1 50% off Women’s Shoes with code PREVIEW (through 9/20) + shop the exclusive Altuzarra Collection!
  • Kohl’s: take 15% off Costumes with code SPOOKY15 (through 9/25!
  • Nordstrom: earn Beauty Triple Points and get a free Gift with Beauty Purchase! Choose from 75+ gifts, valued up to $170 (through 9/24). Plus, get free shipping and returns on every order.
  • Starbucks: hey, PSL lovers! Enjoy 10% off Pumpkin Spice products with code 10OFFPSLA (through 9/21)!
  • Amazon: shop the Fall Outlet Event and save on hundreds of products across Amazon.com!
  • Walmart: shop Trends and Inspirations for Home Decor, including the exclusive 9 by NOVOGRATZ and Better Homes and Gardens collections!
  • Best Buy: save up to 50% on Open Box TVs and more!
  • AHAlife: take 15% off + get free U.S. shipping on all orders with code ENJOY15 + receive a $20 merchandise credit for every friend you refer to AHAlife.com if their first purchase exceeds $100!
  • Cost Plus World Market: save 10% with code SAVEBIG10 (valid until 9/30).
  • Design Within Reach: it’s The Knoll Annual Sale! Save 15% + get free shipping (ends 10/10!
  • The Perfect Rug: save 10% on all Rugs and Accessories with code FALLSAVINGS.
  • The Limited: ends today (9/19)! Take 40% off EVERYTHING (excluding select styles) with code BIG40!
  • Alternative Apparel: take $20 off $125+ with code 20OFF125 (ends 9/22).
  • lucy Activewear: save up to 50% off sale items during lucy’s fall sale!
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics: take 50% off top fall products! Valid on order of $25+ with code FALL50 (through 9/22).
  • Ruche: ends today (9/19)! Take $50 off your $150+ order with code FALL50!
  • ModCloth: ends today (9/19)! Get up to 70% off during ModCloth’s huge sale!
  • Dooney & Bourke: get Free Shipping when you order $100+! My pick is the Florentine Satchel (love those tassels!).
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar: shop for Spooky Sweets! I love their sugar skull candy!
  • Craftsty: shop the Big Fall Course Sale (ends 9/22)! All classes are up to 50% off!
  • Michael’s: take 50% off any 1 regular price item (through 9/21).
  • Groupon: 3 days only! During the September Savetacular save up to an EXTRA 30% on select local deals!
  • Hancock Fabrics: shop the Autumn Sale for savings on Fabrics, Irons, Pillow Forms, and much more (through 9/22).
  • Living Social: save 15% sitewide with code SEP15 (through  9/21).

White Picket Fence | Hello Little HomeI loved this white picket fence that I saw in the Rockaways.

How about a fall cocktail? This Spiced Pumpkin After Dinner Coffee from Will Cook for Smiles will warm you up as the temperature dips. Cheer to the weekend!

What are you up to this weekend?

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DIY Stripes & Dots Nesting Boxes

I have a short attention span. As much as I love a good DIY project, I have a bad habit of starting something and never finishing it, or picking up supplies for a project and never even beginning it. Do you ever do that?

Quite a while ago, I found a set of nesting boxes that I thought would be perfect for holding odds and ends. Well, those boxes sat around my living room/craft room for a few months, but I couldn’t decide how to paint them. Then they moved into my hall closet, never to be seen again … until now!

DIY Stipes & Dots Nesting Boxes | Hello Little Home #DIY #craft #goldI finally found a little inspiration in the form of my favorite gold paint, and I turned those plain boxes into a set of DIY Stripes and Dots Nesting Boxes!

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Fun Fall Tassels: Jewelry and Accessories

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you probably know how much I love tassels. There have been suede tassels, tassel cocktail napkins, tassel necklaces, and more!

I love how tassels can skew classic, preppy, or bohemian depending on materials or color. You can find them in fashion and interior design, and on clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids. There is a tassel for everyone. I’m sure of it!

Last week, I was flipping through a local magazine, and I noticed that first bracelet below. I just loved the bright colors and the beads. Well, that one bracelet led me down a rabbit hole, and I found myself searching for other gorgeous tassels pieces, too.

So here’s a roundup of fun fall tassels: jewelry and accessories. As far as tassels go, this is just the tip of the iceberg (I haven’t even touched on clothes), but a girls has to sleep sometime!

Fun Fall Tassels: Jewelry and Accessories | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #FallFashionAlmost everything here comes in multiple colors or metals … so many tassel options!


  1. Sole Society Boho Wrap Bracelet. This is the piece that got me thinking about tassels. I love the fun boho vibe.
  2. Sam Edelman Waterfall Chain Tassel Cuff Bracelet. Start an arm party with this bold bangle.
  3. Alex and Ani Tangerine Artist’s Palette Beaded Bangle. Love that long tassel and the rich tones.
  4. Missing Piece Gold Coin Bracelet. Turquoise and gold are so pretty together.
  5. Target 4-Piece Woven/Stretch Friendship Bracelets.  This is actually a set of bracelets that’s on clearance for under $5, so snap it up if you like it!
  6. Feed ‘5’ Tassel Bracelets. These colorful bracelets are only $10, and for each one you purchase, 5 meals are provided to hungry school children.


  1. Big Buddha Jerome. The cool quilted (vegan) leather texture and classic color make this bag perfect year round.
  2. Sole Society Pilar Vegan Braided Messenger. This gorgeous bag has braids and tassels.
  3. Volcom Harmony Tassel Trim Pouch. You’ll only pay $25 for this fun, boho pouch!
  4. Dooney & Bourke Florentine Satchel.  I’m truly in love with this beautiful handbag. It’s been on my wish list for a while now!


  1. Sam Edelman Waterfall Double Tassel Drop Earrings. Two tassels (actually, make that four!) are better than one.
  2. Jessica Simpson The Social Club Drama Tassel Earrings. Add a little edge to your outfit with these spiky tassels.
  3. House of Harlow Sunburst Tassel Earrings. These bold earrings will brighten up your day!


  1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Rhea Knee High Boot. How amazing are these boots!
  2. Eric Michael Yuma Booties.  Two of my favorites – studs and tassels – in one boot.
  3. Footzyfolds ‘Stephania’ Foldable Ballet Flat. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but these flats are made with cork!
  4. Sole Society Ceara Tassel Loafer. These colorful suede loafers look so rich.


  1. Bauble Bar Gold Tassel Necklace.  It almost looks like fringe, but this pretty necklace is made of many mini tassels.
  2. Bauble Bar Chrysanthemum Layered Necklace. Dress up a plain t-shirt with this blingy necklace.
  3. Capsule by Cära Necklace with Topaz Pear Shaped Jewels and Tassels. This inexpensive necklace from Target has a great lariat shape.
  4. Juicy Couture Bead, Key, Heart Lock & Tassel Charm Toggle Necklace. A super colorful find from Kohl’s new Juicy Couture collection.
  5. Missing Piece Tassel Rope Necklace.  So boho and so fun!
  6. Forever 21 Chain Tassel Drop Necklace. This might just be the ultimate tassel necklace, and it’s under $10!

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  1. Jolita Jewelry Paris Luxe Necklace. Super pricey, but super gorgeous!


  1. Forever 21 On the Range Tassel Scarf. Add a little Western edge to your fall outfits with this cute scarf.
  2. San Diego Hat Company Aztec Fabric Scarf with Tassels. I love the rich, elegant color of this scarf.


  1. Henri Bendel iPhone 5 Case on a String.  An iPhone case with tassels … sold!
  2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Belt. Finally, even belts come with tassels!

P.S. Have you checked out the new Altuzarra Collection at Target? I LOVE the 70’s vibe!

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Pineapple Fried Brown Rice

NYC grocery shopping is a major pain. Like many New Yorkers, I don’t have a car. Although even if I did, most of the stores around me don’t have a parking lot. So the days of full carts and stocking up are gone (unless I order online; which has its own challenges).

The nearest grocery store is a few blocks away from my apartment, which is convenient, but I still can’t handle more than two bags at one time. This means that I generally make multiple trips to the store every week. Did I mention that I never liked grocery shopping to begin with?

All this also means that sometimes I get super lazy. That’s exactly what happened to me last week. I’d been avoiding the store for a few days, and my cupboards were pretty bare. I had a few scraps of this and that, and I was trying to come up with something to make.

That’s how I came up with this Pineapple Fried Brown Rice!

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Fried rice is one of the best way to use up the odds and ends in your refrigerator. This pineapple version just so happens to be one of my favorite meals, too!

Let’s start by talking about the rice. To make good fried rice, you need to start with leftover (cold) rice. If you’re in a pinch, you can use freshly cooked rice, but the texture will be a soft and mushy. So use up those takeout leftovers, or simply make a batch of rice the night before and refrigerate it overnight (that’s what I usually do).

The rice is important, but it’s everything else that goes in the dish that makes it taste so good! My Pineapple Fried Brown Rice is full of vegetables, tofu (sub your favorite protein), crunchy cashews, and sweet pineapple. It’s a little sweet, a touch spicy, a bit salty, and oh so good!

Clean out your fridge and make this fried rice tonight!

Pineapple Fried Brown Rice

Yield: 4 main dish servings, 6-8 side dish servings

Pineapple Fried Brown Rice


  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2 tsp. + 1 tbsp. olive oil, separated
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice, cold (see note)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups chopped cabbage (about 1/4 of a small head)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 1 large green onion, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (8 oz.) package baked tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil


  1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add cashews and cook, stirring occasionally, until toasted. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Return pan to stove, add 2 tsp. olive oil, and set burner to medium-high.
  4. Add onion and carrots to pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until edges start to brown.
  5. Stir cabbage into onions and carrots. Cook, stirring, until cabbage begins to wilt.
  6. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil, garlic, white part of green onions, and crushed red pepper flakes to pan.
  7. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (about 30 seconds to 1 minutes).
  8. Run a fork through the brown rice to separate the grains. Add to vegetables.
  9. Cook until rice is hot and then reduce to medium.
  10. Add tofu and pineapple to pan. Cook until heated through.
  11. Push rice mixture to one side of pan.
  12. Pour eggs into pan and scramble.
  13. When eggs are almost cooked through, mix them in with the rice. Use a spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan, making sure to get all the eggs.
  14. Stir in the green onions and cashews.
  15. Drizzle rice with soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir well.
  16. Season with additional soy sauce, if desired, and remove from heat.
  17. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • - To prepare 3 cups cooked rice, combine 1 cup rice, 2 cups water, and 1 tsp. salt in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until tender and water is absorbed (about 35-45 minutes). Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • - When cooking over high temperatures, make sure to stir the ingredients frequently. This will help avoid burning.
  • - If you like spicy food, add additional crushed red pepper flakes or serve with sriracha or rooster sauce.

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P.S. If you like this recipe, make sure to check out my Spicy Tomato Basil Fried Rice, too!

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