Hello Friday! Link Roundup: Early Fall Favorites

Call me crazy, but I am so ready for fall. It has been such a hot, humid, and genuinely uncomfortable summer. Plus, fall is my favorite season, and I haven’t been able to enjoy it since I moved to San Francisco (there are no real seasons there).

New York City is full of trees, so I think fall here will be pretty amazing. I’m picturing myself strolling through Central Park and sipping hot chocolate while admiring the colorful leaves … okay, I may be getting a little carried away here, but you get the picture: I love fall!

Link Roundup: Early Fall FavoritiesMost of my fall obsessions revolve around food and fashion, so I thought it would be fun to do an early fall roundup:

One of my favorite San Francisco restaurants, Park Chow, serves a delicious ginger cake dessert that is perfect for fall weather. This Black Sticky Gingerbread from Gizzi Erskine should be a good approximation. Serve it warm with pumpkin ice cream.

Fall is apple picking time, and The Gunny Sack’s Caramel Pecan Apple Bars look like the perfect dessert to make with your harvest. Yum!

When I think fall, I think pumpkin. I’m looking forward to trying a couple new recipes. First up: Pumpkin Cappuccino Chip Muffins – how can you go wrong with pumpkin, coffee, and chocolate? And these Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes look just like mini pumpkin pies.

Sign of fall?I’ve been searching for signs of fall!

There is nothing better in fall than a bowl of steaming, hot chili. I can’t wait until it’s cool enough to cook up a batch of my favorite Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili. It’s so good and easy to make, too.

You’ll love these Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes. I’ve made this recipe multiple times, and it’s always a crowd-pleaser.

As far as fashion goes, I’m hunting for the perfect fall jacket. I love this Apt. 9 Slubbed Utility Jacket with leather accents at the shoulders. I think it might be the one!

I love to go wine tasting on crisp, cool fall days, but without a car, I won’t be planning any spur of the moment wine country trips any time soon. Instead, I think I’ll get this Let’s Go Wine Tasting on the Couch t-shirt and plan a night in with my husband!

Flat Top RestaurantI predict that Flat Top restaurant will be a fall favorite with my husband and I.

Fall is the perfect time to switch from a bright summer mani/pedi to a deep, dark one, and I’m in love with OPI’s new San Francisco Collection. I’ve already picked up Peace & Love & OPI (a multi-chrome shimmer), Incognito in Sausalito (a super dark blue creme), and Muir Muir on the Wall (a blackened shimmery plum), but I predict that I will go back for more! You can see all of the colors swatched at Vampy Varnish.

For more fashion inspiration, check out my fall fashion Pinterest board – I’ve been pinning like crazy for the past couple of months (told you I was over summer).

What are you looking forward to doing this fall?

Continue Reading

Peek into My Home: Living Room

When we moved to New York, my husband and I downsized from a two bedroom apartment to a one bedroom apartment. As you can imagine, I had to get rid of a lot of stuff. I love our new place though and don’t miss the extra space.

Our living room is still a work in progress (check out my original plan). Although it’s not complete, I thought it would be fun to give a you a peek into our space.

Peek into my living room: bookcaseWe had visitors this past weekend, and I really hate having people over when my apartment is a mess. The little details make a big difference, so one of the things I worked on was organizing our bookcase.

Peek into my home: booksI like to arrange books vertically and horizontally, interspersed with personal objects, like pictures or collections.

Peek into my living room: bell collectionWe purchased a new couch when we moved. It’s actually a love seat, since a full-sized sofa would take up the whole room. I did pack my favorite lamps and accessories though.

Peek into my home: bamboo lampsCan you tell that I love blue?

Peek into my Living Room: CouchOne of my favorite features of the room is the exposed brick wall. I love the contract between this ornate frame and the somewhat crumbling brick.

Peek into my home: painting and brick wallThere’s still a lot to accomplish in this room. I was inspired by Anne at Wit Wisdom and Food to create a to do list. She has a list for her whole house, but I’m starting small! Hopefully, this will keep me on track.

  1. Install additional shelves. What you don’t see above is a picture of the wall/corner full of boxes. Our plan to buy another bookcase or two for our living room was foiled by an oversized radiator. This mounted shelving unit is the inspiration for my new plan.
  2. Purchase a small cabinet for files and office supplies. Our desk is tiny, which works well for the space, but we need more storage (picture more unpacked boxes ).
  3. Find a new fireplace screen. We lucked out: our apartment has a working fireplace! The fireplace screen is huge and ugly though, and it has to go.
  4. Organize and hide electrical cords (enough said).
  5. Hang pictures. I’ve hung a grand total of three pictures in our whole apartment. Most of our art and accessories is in those boxes mentioned in #1 above.
  6. Buy a rug for the “office area.” I’m picturing something natural (sisal or jute).

If I can get these items checked off my list by the end of the year, I’ll be very happy!

Are you a list maker, or do you prefer to wing it?

Continue Reading

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!I lucked out with the best in-laws that anyone could ask for, so I’m excited that they are going to be in town this weekend.  I’m looking forward to showing them the sights of NYC. There are actually quite a few that I haven’t seen for myself yet, so I will be enjoying every minute along with them!

I’m taking today and Monday off from my blog, but I’ll be back with a new post next Wednesday.

Have wonderful weekend!

Continue Reading

Find the Perfect Fall Bootie

Shopping at this time of year can be a little tricky. Personally, I’m ready to pack away my summer clothes and bring out my favorite sweaters (although winter coats can wait). It’s not quite time for merino and cashmere just yet though.

If you are looking for the perfect transitional item that you can wear now and into the fall, pick up a pair of booties. Here are nine of my favorite pairs:

Find the Perfect Fall Bootie

  1. I love the Ryan Bootie from Banana Republic. Check out that sleek and shapely vamp! Wear them with a little black dress or your favorite skinny jeans.
  2. My favorite part of these Sam & Libby Ankle Booties is the unique gathered detail.
  3. How cute is the little bow on the back of these Kate Spade Netta Boots? The gold detail on the inside of the heel is pretty swanky, too.
  4. These Cole Haan Cassidy Booties have a simple, classic shape. What makes them unique is the amazing bronze color that is still neutral enough to go with anything.
  5. I’m a sucker for details, and the wraparound straps on these DV by Dolce Vita Java Booties make this otherwise plain boot unique.
  6. The Nine West Hollyday Bootie is a true classic that you will wear for years. This boot will take you from work to the weekend.
  7. Another bootie with a great detail: the Nine West Rockitude. Don’t you love that name? These boots could go dressy or casual.
  8. The straps on these Naya Virtue Boots add a little edge. Pair them with a floaty dress, and your outfit will be the perfect balance of sweet and tough.
  9. Last but not least, I love these Sam Edelman Petty Booties. With all of the walking I do, this pair is on the top of my list . Wear them with a pair of boyfriend jeans or a cute dress.

What about you? Are you ready for fall or do you hope summer holds on for a while yet?

I’m joining Style Elixir’s Fab Favorites Link Up!

Style Elixir's Fab Favorites Link Up

Continue Reading

From Flat to Fresh! Update a Boring Beige Living Room (Part 3)

Do you have a boring beige living room? This is the final part of my three part series, where I show you how to take your living room from from flat to fresh in four simple steps.

Boring Beige Living RoomLamp / Table / Sofa / Pillow / Rug / Throw

You can update a boring room easily and inexpensively simply by changing the accessories. In the third part of this series, I’m showing you how to create a modern living room with a bold twist.

Update a Boring Beige Living Room: Graphic ModernUsing bold patterns and touch of color, you can create a modern room with plenty of visual interest.

  1. Swap out the plain white shade for this dark wood print lampshade. Dark Print Shade
  2. This dip dye silk pillow is so much more interesting that the plain one that came with your sofa.
  3. I love this diamond print rug. It adds a ton of impact to the room.
  4. An ombre throw brings a much-needed pop of color to the space, and it’s super cozy to boot.

That’s it. Four easy steps and your living room has a graphic modern look!

Check out part 1 of this series, “neutral details,” and part 2, “updated traditional.” Which is your favorite? 

I’m linking up with the Home Stories A to Z Tutorials & Tips Link Party.

Continue Reading