espresso education.

19 Oct

this espresso guide is educational, digestible (no pun intended), and beautiful at the same time.

time to try some of these bad boys out!

i believe i’ll start by concocting the cafe con leche.

color block.

19 Oct

spotted on the patio at work, gorgeous yellow-orange leaved trees.

seeing these trees changing on the patio has been a delight.

fall forward, with style.

18 Oct

fall forward? i think i shall.

this colorful interpretation of the New York Times’ icon by their own T Magazine, is wonderfully seasonal. each issue’s cover is thoughtfully curated by artists and designers; this month’s cover is owed to landscape designer judy kameon and photographer erik otsea.

a wonderful showcase of seasonal texture, nature, and autumnal hues.

fall is for brooches and blazers.

18 Oct

you don’t need to know me well to know that i love accessories. this goes decades back to when i was 5 years old playing dress up with the neighbors. even then i knew it all started with the basics.

{wool tailored blazer, uniqlo}

a fitted black blazer which highlights the curves and waistline is the backbone of my fall wardrobe. i have the most difficult time finding jackets (petite with curves), so when i find one that fits, it is a hallelujah moment. this blazer was purchased as part of my uniqlo binge (i’ve a soft spot for japanese basics) while in london this summer. i couldn’t have gotten to the cash wrap sooner.

i love blazers because they are tailored and can dress up any outfit immediately. it’s so simple to go from day-to-night or from office-to-bar, as i so often would like. sleek, sexy, & sophisticated–that’s how i feel when i’m wearing one. they are the high heels of the upper body.

and like any fabulous basic, there are endless ways to personalize. with that, we come to another one of my favorites for fall–brooches.

i’m not sure when this fascination started (perhaps in high-school?), but over the years i’ve slowly been collecting brooches both old and new. in high school i was gifted my first vintage brooch which i still adore. these days my collection has more vintage pieces but i still keep an eye out contemporaries.

for example, this guy purchased via etsy from depapea’s shop. it came to me all the way from spain last week.

put a bird on it!!!

…or these guys, from my vintage brooch collection. i cannot stop wearing the red & orange starbusrt. pairing it with dark green has become an obsession.

currently lusting after this sophisticated gent brooch from depapea’s shop.

anyone else out there as emotionally invested in this style combo as i am?

chicago kids, any great vintage spots you recommend for treasure hunting?

judge a book by the cover?

17 Oct

i most certainly do when it comes to design and typography.

these minimalist covers of classic children’s books by chicago graphic designer Christian Jackson are to die for. i love the dark hues and grim approach to the depiction of childhood whimsical stories. so many classic fairytales have a dark side, jackson’s attention to this in the tone of the cover is unique and compelling.

jan’s homemade apple sauce.

17 Oct

no one makes better apple sauce than my mother.

and nothing says fall like walking into a kitchen full of the sweet smell of spiced apples cooking. it was always my favorite treat growing up and a sure sign that autumn was under way. my mom never told us she was going to whip up a batch, it was always the most wonderful surprise we’d stumble upon.

now that i’m on my own and creating some of my own seasonal traditions, i’m taking my first stab at recreating a classic from the autumns of my youth in our (somewhat) adult household.

delightfully, it turns out that jan’s recipe is super low fuss. (though, i’ll admit i called my mom twice during the preparation.)

ingredients

  • 8-10 apples. (i choose  2-3 varieties)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
method
  1. wash & peel apples.
  2. core apples and slice apples. i quartered each apple and then halved.
  3. combine apples, cinnamon, lemon juice, water, & brown sugar in the crock pot
  4. cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours
et voilà!
feeling indulgent?
sprinkle some brown sugar over the top and dunk with light nilla wafers.

enjoy a cozy weekend.

15 Oct

after what feels like, and very well may be, months of events and travel and rush here-rush there, we are finally planning a weekend IN.

i’m indulging in an unsest alarm clock, healthy home-cooked dinners, movie night, and my fuzzy brown blanket. much as i love them, a weekend free from the curling iron and lipstick is oh so needed. i’m trading in my blazer and glitter flats for leggings and my vintage bears hoodie.

can you tell i’m excited to do nothing? because i am.

here’s some favorite cozy & relaxing finds to peruse, especially while kicking it on your couch (like me!)…

ready to get your fall apron on? soups for the season.

the perfect bed to fall into.

live in chicago? i recommend county line orchard for some apple picking.

i’m dying to try this pumpkin bread pudding.

adorable halloween party invites on etsy.

holy dairy bliss. fancy grilled cheese recipes! do i hear dinner party?

the always stylish beauty department tutorial for CANDY CORN NAILS!