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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No, It Ain’t $50 for T-shirt!

​​​Have you noticed how over the past few seasons fashion trends have taken on a major casual vibe? Sweatshirt worn to the office? Done. Boyfriend jeans now appropriate anywhere? Cool. Wearing a t-shirt as formal wear? All about it! I, for one, am thoroughly on this casual-is-cool bandwagon!! I love the idea of looking “dressed up” in a super comfy ensemble for a date night – which is exactly what I did for a recent trip to San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum followed by a dinner out on the town.

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I simply threw on a cheeky tee and jazzed it up with a print skirt and cage sandals. I call the result “all cute, zero discomfort.” Perfect for an old married lady such as myself.

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That being said, we know “trends” won’t last forever. They’ll inevitably go out just as quickly as they came in. That’s why I’m also totally in support of opting for something cute and on point, but on par with what any trendy item warrants price-wise… How’s $10 sound?? That’s what my Old Navy Holy Chic tee set me back! And I’ve already got plans to rock it around the office under a blazer {this one is 50% off!}. Boom – two looks for the incredibly crazy affordable price of one!

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So don’t think you have to relegate your tees to lazy days shuffling around the house. Get a little creative and suddenly you’ve got a ton of good-lookin’ outfit options with one of your favorite staples. I certainly think we’ve got a little more time before the statement tee trend is on the what’s out list, so go ahead and stock up! Your fall wardrobe will thank you.

WHAT I’M WEARING // GET YOUR SHOP ON

> Old Navy Graphic Tee

> Nicole Miller Skirt

> Zara Sandals {similar}

> Brahmin clutch

> BaubleBar rings

> Aerin lipstick

photography by Ashley Batz

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Feelin’ BAD (in a Good Way!) in Black

I really hope someone gets the meaning of this post title or I just really revealed my age with my nod to the king of pop {anyone, anyone??}. But anywho, it seems no matter when I decide to make a few additions to my wardrobe, I always gravitate towards similar things – namely anything in black! But I firmly believe there’s a difference between a fashion comfort zone and a rut, so like I’ve advised here, when you’ve found something that works, why not just go with it!

That’s why I was pretty thrilled to make some serious scores when I popped into Nordstrom Rack during my recent trip to back to my home hood, Seattle. I mean, I couldn’t be in Nordstrom mecca and not go! The Rack’s Designer Section is my kryptonite.

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Thankfully, it didn’t take long before I stumbled upon this hot little motorcycle jacket by Soia & Kyo that I snatched right up! Thank goodness, as it came in mighty handy when rain arrived unexpectedly and put a damper {pun intended!} on what had been an epically lovely Pacific Northwest summer. Typical.

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I also nipped a beautiful black Dries Van Noten tank. I’m a big fan of going high end for basics so you don’t have to replace them every two seconds. High quality fabrics and a great fit are well worth a little splurge. And a lovely black tank – this one has a little shimmer though sadly you can’t really see it in these pics – is the perfect piece to slip under a suit jacket or dress up a pair of jeans for a girls night on the town {at one of my fave Seattle restaurants, Radici, owned by Cassandra’s dad no less}!

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You know, sometimes shopping can feel like a chore these days, but enjoying the thrill factor of a really good score makes the whole thing dramatically more fun. Especially now that you can shop Nordstrom Rack online. I just do not have the stomach for dressing rooms anymore!! I definitely cannot stop wearing my moto-jacket and feeling pretty BAD when I do!

What’s on your current wishlist??

WHAT I’M WEARING // GET YOUR SHOP ON

> Soia & Kyo Moto-Jacket

> Dries Van Noten Tank

> 7 for All Mankind Jeans

> Dries Van Noten Sandals

> Ray-Ban Sunnies {similar}

> Vintage Ring

> Aerin Lipstick in Perfect Nude

original photography for Apartment 34 by belathee photography

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