Friday, October 31

chocolate hazelnut martini

I'm not usually much of a vodka girl but on occasion I can be swayed. The promise of my favorite gelato combination in liquid (non-melted) form was good enough for me. I spent a lot of time looking up spooky drink recipes in honor of Halloween yesterday when I came across one for a chocolate malted martini. Having only some of the ingredients on hand I decided to consult the liquor cabinet. I'm always a fan of frangelico come the holidays. My mom always serves it as a cordial with those little chocolate cups. A hazelnut liqueur that I sometimes add to my truffles. This could be good. And it was. This drink is dangerous, scary good! 
Chocolate Hazelnut Martini
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz hazelnut liqueur
1 oz almond milk
1 tsbp chocolate syrup

Shake with ice, strain, and enjoy!
BOO! Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30

camel + plaid

camel + plaid
camel + plaid
camel + plaid
camel + plaid
h&m open cardigan {seen here + here} . hollister plaid shirt {very old / similar} . american eagle jeans . joie flats {old / similar} . cuyana handbag . dogeared necklace . nars lip gloss in 'tasmania'

Earlier this week I came across this photo on pinterest and knew I had to recreate my own version of the look. There's something so warm and comforting about both camel and plaid so combining them is like a two for one special on fall trends. I've had this plaid shirt since.... college? maybe high school? A really long time. Last year I pulled it out from the depths of my closet and decided I should start wearing it again. It's surprisingly warm and as temperatures have been hovering pleasantly in the low sixties, it was perfect with an open cardigan thrown on top. I paired it with dark wash denim, a classic handbag, and black suede flats for a casual daytime look. 

Wednesday, October 29

cognac ankle boots

currently loving | cognac ankle boots, navy skirt, off duty sweater
hat . sweater . necklace . clutch . skirt . nail polish . boots

I noticed while trying to figure out what to wear the other day that I'm lacking a good pair of cognac colored ankle boots. I have light tan/beige and black pairs but nothing in between. This is a problem, not the most pressing, but a problem none the less. Every girl could use a nice neutral, go anywhere, wear with anything boot. While my natural reaction seems to be to scoop up another pair of pettys, I just can't bring myself to do that. Owning three pairs of the same shoe isn't cool, right?

Needless to say I have now spent a good chunk of time searching the internets for the perfect pair. I found quite a few but as of right now, these Splendid booties are the frontrunners. One of the things I like most about them is the more pointed toe and small heel, perfect long term wear as well as a little extra height. There a very few things I wouldn't dream of pairing them with but today I'm thinking a lovely navy blue midi skirt with an oversized off duty sweater, a calf hair clutch, sparkly jewels and nails, and a classic wool hat. 

On another note, I may need to drop by Madewell and pick this skirt up tomorrow... Happy Wednesday and thank you so much for reading!

Tuesday, October 28

lbd + blanket scarf

I read an article last week that I now cannot find anywhere that offered up tips on how to style yourself in that effortlessly elegant way that Parisian women have mastered. From memory it talked about simple black blazers and jeans and classic handbags without bold identifying labels, but the one thing that has been stuck on my mind since has been scarves. I love scarves. I probably have too many of them taking up space in my closet, but they're a good thing to have too many of in my book. They are easy, you can throw one on over a plain shirt or dress and create an entirely new look. The article was more focused on their warmth. I agree, especially when it comes to this cozy blanket scarf trend I'm loving so much. They are perfect for wrapping around yourself on those in-between days where you don't quite need a jacket. 

For a more casual day to night look I knotted this pretty cream and wine colored blanket scarf from Zara over a simple little black dress (last seen here) and paired them with heeled ankle boots, and a classic black handbag.

Monday, October 27

autumn in central park

Every now and then the stars align and JD and I will get the same weekend schedule. This weekend was one of them. Saturday morning we woke up early (for us), picked up coffee and almond croissants, and went up to Central Park for a breakfast picnic. We found a cozy spot on top of a hill by the falconer statue and snuggled up against a cool rock to eat. The little sparrows were big fans of all of our flakey crumbs. I was convinced they were going to sit on our blanket with us.

It was chilly when we left the apartment so I bundled up in a blanket scarf, my newest obsession, that I have been very excited to finally wear. I am probably going to live in them this winter now that wearing a blanket outside of the comfort of your home is socially acceptable. I really love this one is from Urban Outfitters. JD picked it up for me in Brooklyn a few weeks ago and I have been itching to wear it ever since. For our morning in the park I paired it with a black long sleeve shirt, bordeaux pants, a leather jacket, and suede ankle boots that are perfect for long walks.

What did you do this weekend?

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!