Friday, October 24

no. 4

the number four | gin cocktail recipe

the number four | gin cocktail recipe
the number four | gin cocktail recipe
the number four | gin cocktail recipe
Yesterday we had grand plans of heading up to Central Park to take several hundred pictures of the leaves changing. It happened once, where we arrived at just the right time, where everything was perfect, and not again since. The weather had other plans, rain and cold air settled over the village. I feel like it's always like that, a constant rain cloud strung like a balloon directly above the apartment. We stayed inside all day, our one day off together, and pretended it was winter. For some reason whenever the weather gets like this I flash back to the day we walked home from Eataly in the snow, which is always an odd memory because it was December and I ruined a Christmas party later that evening. But for some reason, sipping wine standing in that crowded cafe area that felt more like a live lobster tank and finally finding a liquor store that stocked Highland Park 15 makes me feel happy, and reminds me of Amy Poehler for completely unrelated reasons.

Anyway, keeping with the gin theme.. I never thought of gin as a warm drink. It's always with ice and tonic water or something like that. Last week The Bee's Knees changed that for me and I thought it would be worth further exploring. I came across this recipe while looking for ideas on pinterest. It's simple and quick to make and has a bit of a bite to it thanks to the black pepper. It's also extremely easy to drink. You could spend hours sipping this one before you'd even notice what you were doing.

The Number Four
2 1/2 oz gin
1 oz honey
1 cardamom pod, crushed
black pepper

In a shaker or larger glass crush a cardamom pod. Add gin, honey, and black pepper and shake with ice. Strain, serve, and enjoy. Garnish with more black pepper if you please.
the number four | gin cocktail recipe
Happy Friday, thank you for reading, and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 23

date night

I wore this for JD's birthday dinner the week before last. We made the trek over to the East Village for casablanca tagine, mint tea, and puff pastries at Cafe Mogador, an old favorite that we don't get to nearly enough. The place has become somewhat of a scene since our last visit, crowded and trendy with a lengthy line outside. I can understand why though, the food is consistently delicious, even on Cinco de Mayo, my victory dinner the year I picked the Derby winner, when the place was completely ridiculous. 

The East Village has a distinct feel. Much like the salon I got my hair cut at on Tuesday, I'm just not cool enough to be there. You know what I mean. Inspired by that tough, cool girl look, I decided to go with all black everything; a loose top, faded denim, and leather accessories. I topped it off with my leather jacket (not shown) and kept my hair and jewelry simple. 

On another note, I can't believe it's Thursday already. 

Wednesday, October 22


currently loving: weddington way october style challenge

Obviously I'm in no position to be giving out wedding advice, but I have, on occasion, spent several hours lost on pinterest looking at pretty pictures of lights strung over garden dining tables, diy oyster bars, and bouquets of pale pink peonies. I mean, who hasn't? It's only when you get to the Edwardian style engagement rings that you realize that you have absolutely no business doing this and should probably just close your laptop and go outside. Ah, but they're so pretty. So, when Weddington Way asked me to participate in their October Style Challenge, I was excited to put those lost hours to use.

I was drawn to this dress because it reminded me of Grace Kelly. A mix of her 1955 Academy Awards gown and the white one from To Catch a Thief. It's classic and pretty and could easily be reworn to a formal occasion. And best of all, the muted blue green shade is seasonless. I would style it with neutral accessories; pearls, sheer pink nails and lips, and slightly sparkly sandals.

You can check out more of Weddington Way's lovely bridesmaid dresses here.

Happy Wednesday and thank you for reading!

Tuesday, October 21

black + beige

I thought of this outfit while falling asleep one night, because that's totally normal right? To go over the contents of your closet as you're falling asleep, plan out new combinations, think through your options. Despite the alarming rate at which this linen sweater wrinkles, I love it.  It's that perfect weight for those days where the weather can't quite agree on what season to be. It's been so up and down lately, I have been struggling to get dressed in the morning. Do I need a full on winter coat, a blanket scarf, or just a light sweater? In my sleepy state I thought it would be a good idea to pair it with this skirt, which I bought last year but haven't gotten much use out of. I thought the loose shape of the sweater would fit nicely over this flouncy black skirt. I liked the result a lot more than I thought I would. You can never tell with these on the brink of sleep ideas. When has putting a giraffe in moon boots ever worked? But now I kind of want to wear this combination at least once a week. It's casual and relaxed, but still a little girly. 

So tell me, is this outfit planning while falling asleep thing normal?

Monday, October 20

pumpkin picking

burgundy sweater + suede over the knee boots
burgundy sweater
pumpkin picking
pumpkin picking
michael kors regina over the knee boots
burgundy sweater
burgundy sweater + suede over the knee boots
burgundy sweater + suede over the knee boots

On Friday JD and I hopped in the car and drove East towards the North Fork to the pies, pumpkins, and wine. Year in and year out, going pumpkin picking is always my favorite thing. I remember each of our trips so fondly, even the time it was really cold and gloomy and we got stuck going in circles in the corn maze. I still have that treasure map tucked away somewhere.

This year the patch we usually go to, the perfect, quiet one hidden down a dirt road off the main strip that lets you cut your own pumpkin off the vine, was closed. If I had to guess why, I'd say it was because it was a Friday afternoon. So we continued on down the road to another patch where the pumpkins had already been picked and the best ones were brought towards the front of the lot so you didn't have to walk very far to find one. We skipped the corn maze, picked up a couple of pies from Briermere, and went off to our favorite winery, One Woman, followed by a trip to Greenport for a tasting and a growler of their oyster stout. 

I kept things simple and comfortable in a loose burgundy sweater, jeans, and suede over the knee boots. Obviously, I changed into sneakers for our venture into the pumpkin patch. With all the rain that had come through the day before I wasn't taking any chances. 

Fun fact, JD and I ended up wearing pretty much the same outfit. 

Happy Monday, I hope you had a great weekend!
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