The scenery in Central Park during the Fall is an absolute dream. I ended up walking through the park multiple times during my most recent trip simply because I could not get enough of the leaves. These leaves will stop you dead in your track. They are everything.
Having spent pretty much every Fall in my existence in Southern California makes for warm season without a whole lot of change in scenery. Which is why for me, there’s something so magical about walking through rows and rows of trees in Central Park. Your mind can’t help but wander, and you become lost amongst the cool air, quiet, trees and ponds. It’s inevitable to not feel as if you’re a child, wandering through some foreign magical place like Wonderland. And, quite frankly, you start to dream up and believe the most impossible things. That’s exactly what happened while I made my way through the park. So many dreams appeared while I took the time to wander and photograph, and I found so much clarity while the real and fantasy danced around in my mind.
If you didn’t know, daydreaming is one of my favorite activities. It clears your brain, opens up the creativity and makes you smile like a child. My best ideas come to me in daydreams. Some are far fetched and insane, and others are perfectly reasonable. I like to take away something from all my day dreams. I believe if you open your mind up to complete clarity, whatever ends up appearing/happening provides some sort of insight into your soul. Your true dreams, desires and emotions come through crystal clear.
I’d like to think all of us take some time each day to daydream. If you aren’t – do it!
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If you’re a Sex and the City fan you’ll recognize this gazebo from the movie. It’s where Miranda and Kerry meet up to discuss Miranda and Steve’s possible Brooklyn Bridge reconciliation.
I’m a huge lover of an all black ensemble, but there are times where I do enjoy mixing in a bit of patterns. My favorite mix at the moment is this tribal inspired sweater with some black and white stripes. Both pieces are oversized, so pairing them with some sleek faux leather leggings balances out the entire look.
I’ll probably be wearing this exact outfit on Thanksgiving. The only difference will be a swap out of these booties for some sneakers. Hope you all are looking forward to this excellent short week! xoxo
If I could make purchases with a currency called “what makes my heart skip a beat,” these would be the pieces I’d purchase. One of my favorite things to do at night is to scour the internet for things that blow my mind. It’s part of the reason why I started blogging. I wanted to share these pieces that made my heart stop with all of you. Sometimes the pieces that draw me in are the simplest things (lot’s of neutrals) and sometimes they’re extravagant (bauble earrings + cobalt blue), but any time I let my mind wander to out of my budget sites I always thinking about what I have in my closet that could be used to emulate the piece. Try it, it makes cyber window shopping oh so much fun!
You guys, my friend Crystalin just launched her new review site! You must check it out! She’s had a bunch of really cool bloggers contribute in depth reviews of their favorite items. You can find ours HERE!
Since I’m still embracing the grunge elements of the 90s, I decided to put together a look the combines some of my favorite grunge and moto elements. A leather jacket over plaid, paired with sleek black pants and boots are in my mind simple perfection!
Everyone loves to sift through their closet and get rid of pieces they aren’t wearing any more – it’s an excuse for more right! Well, something I’ve learned as of late is that we shouldn’t be getting rid of everything and anything.
Grunge. This is the first trend that’s come back that I vividly remember living through. The doc martens, plaid, dickies, sun in, overalls, floral print, hats, etc – I HAD IT ALL at some point during 96 – 2000. And, what do I have to show for it – well nothing!
I so so so wish I had held onto my dickies, my Bulldog overalls, floral print swing dresses and tanks, so I wouldn’t be buying new pieces. The fit has definitely changed, but I could’ve altered all of those pieces to fit me now. I’ve read a few pieces of commentary that state you shouldn’t be wearing the trend again if you’ve lived through it, but I would like to ignore that piece of advice. If anything I’ve learned that fashion truly is cyclical and I will be holding on to my most treasured and worn pieces, even if I feel like I won’t wear them because you just don’t know when you’ll want to again. I never thought I’d wear overalls again, but man do I love the heck out of my overall dress now!
Lesson Learned. Trends come and go, so hold on to your favorite pieces because THEY WILL come back in style and you’ll want to wear them again.
I’m a huge fan of adding a Fedora with a bit of flop to your Fall outfit. They keep your head warm and add a chic touch to any look. While they can be a little pricier, I prefer getting a hat that is made of wool. This way you’re keeping that head warm and picking up a piece that’ll last you many seasons to come. I’ve included some fabulous finds below, take a look!
This past weekend it was 80 degrees. I know. It’s Fall, why is it 80 degrees? Well, Southern CA hasn’t gotten the dang memo. I decided to embrace Fall with open arms (despite the weather) and broke out my crock pot to make this dish I’ve been eyeing on my Pinterest board. For me, I get great joy when I bring something on one of my Pinterest boards to life – #PinterestProductivity!
It was super easy and super delish! Here’s he recipe. I made a few changes to the original version which I found on JustATaste.com.
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
3 large bone-in, skinless chicken breasts (2 1/2 to 3 pounds total)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rasberry jam
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
Sliced scallions, for garnish
Equipment: slow cooker
Arrange the chicken breasts in the slow cooker so that they are not overlapping.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, blackberry jam, hoisin, olive oil, garlic, onion and crushed red pepper flakes, and then pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and cook the chicken on LOW for 4 to 5 hours until the chicken is fully cooked.
Using tongs, remove the chicken from the slow cooker (reserving the liquids) and place it on a cutting board. Remove the bones then use two forks to shred the chicken into smaller pieces. Place the shredded chicken in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of cold water to make a slurry.
Transfer the liquids from the slow cooker into a small saucepan set over medium-high heat and whisk in the slurry. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook it until it reduces and has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the chicken, tossing to combine. Serve the chicken topped with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.
Well tailored pants paired with a button up and/or blazer is simple perfection. You stand out in a crowd in the best way possible. These basic pieces are absolute musts as we head into Fall and Winter. Much like my new mantra of quality over quantity, I’m on the hunt for a good pair of tailored dress pants. I’ve acquired some skinny jeans, a blazer and button up, so I’m on to my last piece of the puzzle.