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I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far! Here are some things online I am currently loving-
If you are in the DC area all of these weekend getaways look amazing. You can even stay in a treehouse!
I love how classic Carly’s preppy outfit for fall is 
All of Meghan Markle’s looks on tour have been stunning
Grace has you covered with great Amazon finds
I love how the Damsel in Dior styled this dress  
Pumpkin inspiration for carving 
The Barefoot Blonde in Vermont has me executed to go leaf peeping 
This apple bread recipe is delicious 
The Into The Gloss makeup closet is just stunning. 
Anthropologie is having a 25% off sale right now! I love this candle in particular

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Happy Friday

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I hope everyone had a wonderful week! Here in D.C. it was great, the temperatures have dropped and I love weather in the 50s and 60s so this is heaven for me. Our home is fully decorated, including the above wreath that I finished making. This weekend we are excited to sit around our fire pit and enjoy the weather and entertain a friend in town. What about you?

I finished Something In the Water and it was a really good thriller. I had guesses about the ending, but wasn’t sure until the end which is always fun. If you are looking for a quick read for October I highly recommend it!

I got these earrings with the multi-colored stones and I feel like they add instant glamor to any outfit. They aren’t too heavy either; I wear them all the time and get asked if they are vintage.

Sephora holiday kits are here. The Fresh Sugar ones are my favorite, and they are perfect for gifts. (especially because you can break them up). They always sell out, so this year I’m pulling the trigger early!

Boots are my favorite shoes. This year booties are so popular, and I really like the lace up ones. here are some of my favorites-

What are you up to this weekend?

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

Last weekend I made the best apple pie I’ve ever had. It was so quick and easy, and I am so excited to share the recipe! I am definitely a pie person, and I made it so I might be a little biased, but it was so delicious. My husband couldn’t stop nibbling at it all night, and normally if it isn’t Oreos he doesn’t go back for seconds with dessert so I felt pretty good about it!

The Best Apple Pie Recipe
The Best Apple Pie Recipe

To make the pie:

Preheat oven to 425.

Peel, slice, core, and quarter 6-7 applies, depending on the size of the apples. You want the slices to make a mound that rises a few inches above the edge of the pie plate. I used this slicer/peeler and it speeds up the process considerably!

Then, in a sauce pan on the stove melt one stick of butter and mix with 3 tablespoons butter until combined. Next, add in 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, and a couple shakes of salt. Simmer on the stove until everything is melted, and constantly stir so that everything is evenly combined.

Line a pie plate with one crust. I’ll admit, I use store bought ones. I prefer the Pilsbury, but the Trader Joe’s ones are good too (just make sure you defrost them for 45 minutes at least). Fill the pie crust with the apples, and then pour the sauce on top. Place the other pie crust over the filling and seal the edges together. Finally, cut a few slits on the top.

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, and then reduce oven to 350 and bake 35-45 minutes until pie crust is golden brown.

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite pie recipe?

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Apple Picking at Mackintosh Fruit Farm

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Apple Picking at Macintosh Fruit Farm

One of the things I was most excited to do when we moved to D.C. was go apple picking! There weren’t any apple orchards near us in Boca, and I really missed spending a crisp fall day amongst the trees. Thus, I was so excited to go out into the country when the weather cooled down last week. We went to Mackintosh Fruit Farm and had the best time!

Apple Picking at Macintosh Fruit Farm

The farm had a variety of apples, so we picked a few different kinds. They also had pumpkins, and in the summer they have berries.

Apple Picking at Macintosh Fruit Farm
Apple Picking at Macintosh Fruit Farm

They also had a restaurant with delicious sandwiches and barbecue, and homemade apple cider. It was delicious and so refreshing. We also took home fruit of the forest pie, which is my favorite and you can never find! I actually clapped when I saw it, haha. That and some apple cider doughnuts which are so yummy when you warm them up for 20 seconds in the microwave.

Apple Picking at Macintosh Fruit Farm

Aren’t apples beautiful?

Apple Picking at Macintosh Fruit Farm

Henley / Sunglasses

Have you gotten to go apple picking this year?

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Cozy Sweaters for Fall

Isn’t a cozy sweater simply the best? There’s a reason sweater weather is my favorites - they are so warm and cozy and look so flattering on everyone I think. I also love that a nice sweater is perfect for weekends and the office, and can be dressed up with a scarf or jewelry for an evening out. This season there are so many of them in such beautiful colors, here are all my favorites -

The leopard sweater is from Target and it’s under $20!

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Hello, World!

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Happy Friday

Life Happens Coffee Mug

I don’t know about you, but this week has required lots of coffee. We made it to the weekend though! Here’s to a couple relaxing days in the crisp fall air.

1. I’ve been looking for some new sunglasses, the big glamorous sized kind, and saw these Kate Spade sunglasses for almost a third what they are at department stores on Amazon. I love these and these.

2. I’m going to the LikeyoKNOW.it book tour in DC next week. You can sign up here for the tour here, it’s in a bunch of different cities and admission includes a book.  

3. Dyson released a new hair styler - a curling iron and blowout brush. It looks really cool and REALLY expensive. Check it out here.

4. I’ve been reading old school magazines lately and it’s so nice to flip through. I just received InStyle and the subscription is so cheap now! Around a dollar an issue.

5. Does anyone have any new TV show suggestions? I haven’t found any new programs that I like but there’s got to be some! 

6. Let’s go Red Sox! I think a World Series Championship is in our future, and you can’t convince me otherwise. 

Have a wonderful weekend!  

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Gal Meets Glam Dress Blanche for Fall

Gal Meets Glam Blanche Dress
Gal Meets Glam Blanche Dress

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite new fall dresses, the Gal Meets Glam Blanche dress. Aren’t the plaid and the bow just darling? I love all the details, from the cuffs at the end of the sleeves to the pockets to the thick plaid fabric. And did I mention the bow?

Gal Meets Glam Blanche Dress

The dress fits true to size. It is fitted around the waist, and the skirt doesn’t flair out as much as some of the other Gal Meets Glam dresses. The buttons on the front are faux, so you don’t have to worry about any gaping either. The fabric is quite thick, so even though it’s a dress I think you would be warm during a fall night, especially if you wore it with tights.

Gal Meets Glam Blanche Dress

I couldn’t resist pairing the bow on the Gal Meets Glam dress with the bow on my Lisi Lerch Charlotte Black Snaffle bag. I love this bag so much. I’ve had my eye on it ever since Carly wore it a few seasons ago, and it’s always been sold out. Lisi Lerch recently re-released it and I pounced. No buyer’s remorse here! It fits everything I need it to, goes with everything, and is so darn cute. I really love that the black bow makes it appropriate for winter pairings, and the basket weave make it perfect for summer.

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What’s your favorite new outfit for fall?

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The 9 Best Not Scary Halloween Movies

I love Halloween! It’s not quite the same as being a kid and deciding what costume to wear for months on end, and I don’t get a bucket of free candy any more (such a bummer right?!) but it is still so fun to carve a pumpkin and a watch a themed movie. The only snag is that I can’t handle scary movies, so over the years I have become quite the connoisseur of movies that are Halloween-y but never scary.

Here are all the best non-scary Halloween movies:

What’s your favorite? Can you handle scary?

The 9 Best Not Scary Halloween Movies

1. it’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown - such a classic 

2.  Jurassic Park - the original or the Chris Pratt films 

3.  Hocus Pocus - I adore this movie, as probably all 90s children do

4.  The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - I can’t wait for this to drop on Netflix 

5. Practical Magic - Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kid,an, magic, what’s not to love? 

6.  Sabrina The Teenaged Witch - Sakem is my favorite 

7.  Halloweentown - A Disney channel classic 

8.  Ghostbusters (original) - a must see.

9. Ghistbusters (female cast remake) - I thought it was so funny, I love Kate McKinnon

What are your favorite Halloween movies? 

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10 Nail Polish Colors for Fall

I love the dark nail polish hues of fall. A dark blue or deep burgundy adds so much depth to an outfit, and instantly brightens my mood. Plus, it’s a relatively cheap and easy way to transition your wardrobe into Autumn. Here are my favorite 10 nail polish colors for fall-

10 Best Nail Polish Colors For Fall

1.  Essie in Say it Ain’t Soho

2.  Jin Soon in Fable

3.  Essie in Stop, Drop & Shop

4.  Deborah Lippmann in Waking Up in Vegas

5.  Smith & Cult in Tang Bang

6.  Opi in Black to Reality

7.  Opi in Ginger’s Revenge

8.  Essie in Booties on Broadway

9.  Essie in Cashmere Bathrobe 

10.  Sunday’s in 25, Dusty Rose

What colors do you like to wear?  And favorite brads? Essie is my favorite since it has such a great color payoff and doesn’t chip, and the names are so fun. 

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How to Wear Balloon Sleeves

Balloon Sleeve Dress

One of fall’s biggest trends is balloon sleeves. I have seen them on dresses, sweaters, t-shirts, even sweatshirts. I love the drama they add to the otherwise basic jeans and a sweater. They are also a lot easier to pull off then other dramatic sleeves, like tulip sleeves, and they don’t get in the way as much. I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I wear a ruffle sleeve I start to feel like a duster…

Balloon Sleeve Dress

I found this gorgeous green balloon sleeve dress at Anthropologie. It’s part of their Velvet by Graham & Spencer collaboration and I love it. It’s a thick cotton material, so it’s heavy enough for the fall but not too hot. The seam in the front adds shape to the dress so it feels rather fitted, and the v-neck is the perfect combination of low but not too low. I think the dress is relatively true to size - I sized down but didn’t feel like there was any significant difference between the S and the M. Finally, I like that the balloon sleeves add drama to the outfit without being at all over the top.

Balloon Sleeve Dress

I paired it with a scarf around my neck. These Anthropologie diamond scarves are so nice! They are under $20 and the prints on all of them are gorgeous. I also wore these rose gold pansy earrings (currently on sale). I’ve been really drawn to a vintage ascetic lately, and I think both the scarf and the earrings have a vintage charm while still being modern.

Balloon Sleeve Dress

Dress / Scarf / Earrings (on sale) / Bracelet / Similar Flats / Similar Bag

Are you currently embracing any fall trends? What’s your favorite?

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