Five Things to Try This Fall!


Even though we’ve all been lamenting the end the summer, I’m actually really excited to be seeing my favorite signs of fall begin to appear. Crisper mornings, falling leaves and the arrival of that beautiful golden hour where the late-afternoon light just does ah-mazing things. Le sigh. It’s all getting me in the mood to pull out the cozier pieces in my wardrobe and do some serious nesting! Since everyone’s so big on making bucket lists these days, I decided to make a list of a few things I’d love to try this season. Of course the first place I started was with another of my favorite things: food!

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I’m a BIG brunch fan – it’s pretty much the best meal of the week. You can combine any and everything you love – sweet, savory, coffee, even cocktails – really anything goes with bunch. But I don’t love the hour+ brunch lines that seem to plague every decent brunch place in San Francisco. I’m just not patient enough anymore people! So I thought, why not try to replicate some of the best brunch treats at home. It’s really not so hard – plus you can stay in your super cozy lounge-around wear all day! ​

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So I’ve decided I’m going to dedicate my Fall Saturday mornings to kitchen experiments until I discover…the ultimate pancake recipe! It is pretty much the best brunch food after all. You can make ‘em super sweet, you can make ‘em savory {bacon & a fried egg on top anyone??}. You can go really indulgent or super healthy. The options with a pancake might actually be endless!

This would also be a super fun alternative to a night out with your girls. Rather than hit the bars, why not invite your besties over, no makeup {or shoes!} required, to spend a leisurely morning just playing around in the kitchen – mimosas included, of course. Taste-testing the fruits of your labor would be oh so fun!

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Of course, you may not want to rock your cozy flannel with your PJ-pants the entire season. If you’d rather bundle up and head into the great outdoors, I’ve put together a few more things for a fab Fall Must-Try list!

FIVE FUN FALL ACTIVITIES

1. Find the perfect pancake recipe. This option, this option and tweaking this option are tippy top on my taste-test list.

2. Go apple picking. A fun way to get out in the fresh fall air, and rock your favorite puffer vest, apple picking is one of the best ways to enjoy the spoils of fall produce!

3. Have a classic movie marathon. It’s starting to get dark earlier. Why not enjoy an evening in snuggled up with a classic movie {or two or three!} Casablanca, Roman Holiday and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner are on my list.

4. See the fall colors in wine country. This one is a little specific to those of us lucky enough to live near a winery, but there’s no better place to enjoy the firestorm of beautiful fall hues than driving through miles and miles of vineyards!

5. Take a class that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. It could be something like a new workout {I’ve been considering trying SoulCycle!} or maybe something that really tests your artistic side like flower arranging or even improv!

Now is the time to really indulge in some just-because-you-can activities because the craziness of the holiday season will be here before you know it! 
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original photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick // kitchen location kindly lent by my trick pony

 

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The Color that Will Spring You Right Into Fall

We’re all too familar with the standard Fall uniform: black, tan, navy and maybe even a touch of cream for excitement {sarcasm fully intended}. But even if you’re a total color-phobe, we’re here to assure you, you can add color to your fall wardrobe – especially if it’s this lush moody mossy emerald green!

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Sure, a closet full of neutrals is a very wise investment. When you stick with a uniform you’re suddenly able to mix and match with ease, you’re likely to wear pieces more often and can keep your closet edited down {my current fashion life-goal!}. But every once in awhile it’s fun to throw in a curve ball and this season I’m all about this crazy cool green hue! More sultry than your standard emerald, but more luscious than the old-school forrest green, it’s actually rather difficult to put your finger on what makes it so perfect. One line called it Woodland Green – I think that gets close. It’s like the deepest, richest green of a pine tree. Regardless, I love how perfectly it would pair with black, with brown – even navy!

If you’re still not totally convinced, why not test it out with a little nail polish {they call the color Shutter.}? Or if you want to keep things understated {and hidden!} how about switching up your lingere!?

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I think my favorite option is that super cute handbag. It’s nice to give your standard black bag a break every now and then! What do you think? Would you add a new hue to your fall look?

GET YOUR SHOP ON:

> Phillip Lim for Nars Nail Polish
> Topshop Satin Bra
> Ojai Garden Pot
> Marlowe Dome Satchel

image 1 via Nordstrom // 2 + 7 via Emma’s Design Blogg // 3 via Once Wed photography by Ali Harper // 4 via Artek // 5 via // 6 via Blog Milk Blog 

The American Jean: {It’s in Our Genes}

Before we fully embrace fall in all its glory, we wanted to bring you one more post tinged with summer sunshine. It’s a well established fact that we all love our denim. It’s truly become one of life’s staples. Our Editorial Intern Victor, who has style for days, had a bit of a denim epiphany this summer. I’m excited to share his story – and gorgeous styling – with you today! — Erin

Before the summer I easily had only two pairs of jeans. They were in constant rotation — being lived in, gathering dirt, cycling through the washing machine {no anti-washing-denim-enthusiast here!}, and getting folded back into my closet. They weren’t anything special — just basics I needed to support my daily outfits. But this summer changed everything. And though I can’t quite pinpoint where or when the pivotal moment happened, as summer came to an end, I noticed that my closet was RAIDED by denim.

Apt34-Victor-3shop these items: J.Crew Denim Jacket // Anthropologie Envelope Journal // A Denim Story

They came slowly, one by one, without any obvious warning. I should have realized I had a “problem” when I found myself buying the same pair of jeans in two different sizes {in case I wanted a slouchier fit come Friday}. But no. Where did this obsession come from? At such an unlikely time of year at that — when men are ditching jeans for khaki shorts and girls are skirting around in flirty little dresses. And then it hit me, no matter how high the temperatures reached this summer, I always felt cooler in my denim {in more ways than one!}. And now the only thing I think of when a pair of Levi’s crosses my path are the different shades of the ocean. If you stare long enough, even the rips and tears on that distressed pair of jeans begin to look like waves crashing on the shore.

There is no doubt that denim jeans are the most iconic piece in American fashion. Evolving over the years from the reliant work pant of California’s Gold Rush and the perfect place to rest a gun holster in the wild west, denim has successfully maintained its relevancy. It’s become the symbol of so many prevalent subcultures — the unforgettable bellbottom, the rockstar ripped and teared and hip-hop brought the urban baggy jean — they’re all moments in fashion that we’ll never forget, even if we wanted to!

Apt34-Victor-1shop these items: Gap Indigo Henley // Madewell Hepcat Shades // EOS Lip Balm in Sweet Mint // L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream // Make Up For Ever Eye Cleanser // Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny

America’s love of denim doesn’t stop with the jean. The denim shirt is the new can’t-live-without piece for any closet. Whether it’s layered or worn on its own, chambray is easily going to give your favorite pair of jeans a run for their money. Like any piece of denim, really, the chambray shirt went from being a day off classic to an all day, e’ryday day office staple. You can even leave the blazer at home and layer a denim jacket {like this one!} over a crisp button up and it gets more than the job done!

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That’s the thing about jeans, or denim in general, it’s practical and adaptable to virtually every occasion or lifestyle. Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, recently spoke highly of denim in this when asked what’s been the most significant innovation in fashion. “Jeans are an American invention but a global uniform, worn every day by young and old, rich and poor, man and woman, cool and … not. Unlike most fashion, they suit everyone and get better with age.”

Whether you opt for the neo-classic skinny, a soft chambray, or the boyfriend jean this fall {this Nasty Gal pair was my summer love affair!}, you’ll never look more iconic than you do rocking denim. Here are some pieces and brands we couldn’t live without:

Get Your Shop On:

> Current Elliott Stiletto
> J. Crew Denim Jacket
Nasty Gal All Torn Up Boyfriend Jeans
> Madewell Perfect Chambray Shirt

What are your favorite pair of jeans? Could you ever see yourself living without denim? We wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves!  – Victor

art direction + styling by Victor Verdugo // original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick