Fall Fascination

Despite the fact that September, not only ushers in the lusciousness of Fall but also the manic ditzy nightmare siren of hurricane season, I am still all about it. Move over brutal heat waves! Slide to the left torrid humidity! Piss off mosquitoes! The grown folks are talking now and Madame Autumn is holding court.

Fall 2017 is all about new beginnings for me, personally.  This fall, I am entering into a new phase in my life. I have a sharper focus on what I want to do career wise; I have a great apartment that is big enough to host dinner parties and small shindigs; and the nineties are back and I am about to get all up in the latest takes on velour, corduroy, and floral dresses.

All of my favorite stores and designers are pushing the 90s grunge meets glam rocker agenda and I am onboard. Here are just a spattering of items on my wishlist.

Wrap-front mini dress in Seattle floral, Madewell, $148

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Cord button-front skirt, Gap $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floral Burnout Slip Dress, Anthropologie $168

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black High Waisted Button Fly Stretch+ Slim Flare Jeans, Express $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Somerset Jumper Skirt, Anthropologie $118

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lace Layering Tee, Anthropologie $58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plunging V-Neck Velvet Thong Bodysuit, Express $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criss Cross V Back Sweater, SheIn $18

Pinstripe Tie Waist Jumpsuit, TOPSHOP $110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print Velvet Shift Dress, Eliza J $178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plaid Boyfriend Shirt, Sanctuary $79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t decide which one of these brocade heels I like best…it’ll probably be a last minute decision, based entirely on which one is in my size and on sale when I get around to purchasing them.

Chio Brocade Block Heel Sandals, Anthropologie $158

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Edelman Brocade Susie Heels, Anthropologie $118

 

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In a Mauve Mood

Currently, it is 66 degrees F and raining in Baltimore. I have never been so ready for fall and all of its crisp glory. Bring on the oversized sweaters, dark denim, boots, and early nights. I. Am. Ready.

For me, part of ushering in a season involves changing my bed linens. I typically use a duvet and thicker sheets in the fall/winter and stick to a thin blanket and cotton sheets during the spring and fall. Last winter, I was in an all white everything mood and purchased a white duvet cover and matching pillow shams. This fall, I’m feeling moody and romantic.

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I want my bedroom to become a boudoir. I want it to seem luscious and sensual. For inspiration, I have pinned multiple bedrooms, featuring beds in many different variations of disarray.

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I have finally settled on a bedding set from West Elm. It is slightly pricey, but I live alone with two cats, so I should be able to keep this looking so fresh and so clean for a few season rotations.

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Isn’t it divine? It checks all my boxes for a soft, sensual, moody, romantic bedroom. To complete the look and keep it from veering into frilly or girly, I plan to anchor it with some heavier textiles.

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Faux Fur Pillows

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Let’s see if this type of bedroom makeover leads to any new “acquaintances”.

Night Baking

When the temperatures reach over 90 degrees  by noon, spending 2-3 hours in the kitchen baking doesn’t really sound like the best way to relax. However, when you’re a baking fiend and just have to get your fix, night baking is the best way to go. Continue reading “Night Baking”

Let Them Eat Cake

For Easter, I was craving something fresh and spring-like. Also, chocolate. Dark chocolate to be precise. I usually make a lemon pound cake around Easter, but this year I wanted to switch it up. Feast your eyes on this fluffy cloud of deliciousness.

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After scouring the interwebs, I came across this recipe for chocolate cake and this recipe for coconut buttercream. I modified both recipes a bit. For the chocolate cake, I used strong black coffee, instead of the espresso powder and dark chocolate cocoa powder, instead of regular. For the buttercream, I used the remaining of my coconut extract, instead of canned coconut milk. I just couldn’t justify opening an entire can of coconut milk for a few  tablespoons. Both the cake and buttercream turned out great and I used some organic coconut flakes to finish off the cake.

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There’s something so relaxing about baking. It helps me destress when the world has got me down. And lately, I need a lot of activities to help me destress. Plus, unlike, say yoga or walking around your neighborhood, when you bake, you get to eat it when it’s done.

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Trend Alert: Bohemian Lux

I recently decided to start creating moodboards. It’s a relaxing project for me to do in my down time and I am able to satisfy my desire to decorate and redecorate without having to spend any money. That’s always a plus!  Continue reading “Trend Alert: Bohemian Lux”

Good Eats: Sausage and Cheese Quiche

After eating a breakfast of sticky icky bacon and chocolate chip banana bread, I decided to whip up a quick quiche so that I’d have something to munch on while downing mimosas. What’s a snow day without mimosas? It’s boring. That’s what it is – boring.  Continue reading “Good Eats: Sausage and Cheese Quiche”

How to have a Stella-r Snow Day

At long last, we have been blessed with the possibility of an actual snowstorm- Snowstorm Stella.  Winter 2016/2017 has been one of the mildest winters on record, but alas! March 2017 is proving to be the most fickle month ever. I have become accustomed to not putting too much faith into previous winter’s behavior. Every year we get hotter and hotter and the seasons become less and less. Continue reading “How to have a Stella-r Snow Day”

Scheming and Pipe-Dreaming

Mondays are truly the worst! After a relaxing weekend of mimosa sipping and t.v. watching, having to get up, get dressed, and put on a bra is just too much to ask sometimes. Yesterday was no exception.

As a communications professional, I spend 90% of my time staring off into the nether webs of information and cat videos. Despite managing multiple department websites and social media platforms, I all too often find myself bored beyond belief. It may be shocking to find out, but updating a website and posting to Facebook and Twitter does not, in fact, take up 8 hours of the day.

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Oh hell, here’s one.

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So, what do I do on these days where my mind never ceases to wander, and I am left daydreaming of what I should be doing had I become the independently wealthy philanthropist I thought I would be by now?

I make fictitious wine bottle labels for my fictitious vineyard. I would sell these bottles in my fictitious wine bar that is located in my very real neighborhood. The wine bar would also be located next to my fictitious vintage clothing and home decor store. When I daydream, I go full lifestyle brand.

New Digs, Who Dis?

Don’t ever let someone tell you that moving is easy. People who say things like that are called liars. This is not an alternative fact. Moving is tough and every little thing involved with moving is annoying and frustrating. There is not one redeemable moment in the entire process.  After months of scouring Zillow, Trulia, and Craigslist (*shudder*), we finally found a place that was perfect. Unbeknownst to us, that was the easy part. After settling on the two bedroom/two bathroom apartment, a mere 5 minutes from my previous apartment, we patted ourselves on the back and then realized we’d be moving in January.  Continue reading “New Digs, Who Dis?”

Perpetual WCW, Rihanna, Takes a Solo Flight in Harper’s Bazaar

Looks like I have to pick up a copy of the March Harper’s Bazaar next time I go to Target. Which, honestly, will probably be today despite the fact that I went there last night. Continue reading “Perpetual WCW, Rihanna, Takes a Solo Flight in Harper’s Bazaar”