Spotted at NYFW: 5 Hot Trends for Fall

As fashion month starts to wind down {New York, London, Milan, Paris, oh my!}, our eyes have been peeled for the hottest trends and fashion forward styles. We’ve been officially more obsessed than usual after sending our Editorial Director into the heat of it all, as New York kicked off the season’s best fashion show. We’re not talking about the happenings on the runway inside Milk Studios, we’re talking about the show outside on the streets! Here are five totally approachable street style trends we spotted, loved and desperately want to try.

The belt knot is SO on our list of trends to try this fall. Love it with this sheer blouse and long denim skirt. It would look great tied over a coat or sweater too for cooler days!


Suspenders holding up your favorite burnt sienna colored culottes or high waisted denim is so hot for fall. We love the sexy nerdy style. Move over, Urkel. This trend is uber chic!


Scrunched up socks showing past your ankle boots cut off those skinny ankles and make that leg look good, girl. We love the idea of pairing this street grungy look with a feminine sequined skirt or flirty dress. The 90’s are back. Embrace it people.


Summer’s most loved frayed denim look is moving into fall. Denim jackets suddenly feel fresh and new again with that frayed element of surprise!


Now this is a fun look! Pair an off the shoulder top under your fave overalls or sleeveless jumper for a sassy, fashion forward feel! We promise, you’ll be ahead of the en vogue curve with this trend!


Don’t you love? We’re obsessed with the fact that despite it being a million degrees in New York at the time, you can still apply these seemingly hot-weather trends to your fall style – just layer up!

Like what you see?! We captured so much good street style while in NYC, we’ll be sharing some outtakes on Facebook later today!

original photography for apartment 34 by joanne pio 

Tasty Tuesday: {Gluten Free Fig Tart}

A few weeks ago we introduced our newest contributor to the team, Zoe. She’s an amazing food stylist and recipe creator who is passionate about cooking food that features quality ingredients and is as healthy as it is delicious. We’ll add beautiful to the list too! With just days of fig season left, we’re right there with her on baking this Gluten Free Fig and Crème Fraîche tart! You’ve got to cherish everyone one of those sweet little jewels while you can. Thankfully, today, Zoe is teaching us how…

I’m in love with figs and have recently been obsessing over the hundreds of different kinds of tart combinations – from sweet to savory. So one afternoon I decided to make these delicious gluten-free mini tarts with fresh figs and crème fraîche. They were enjoyed over a magical moment catching up with a girlfriend whom I hadn’t seen in years. The tarts are so light and fresh that we managed to save two for after dinner and enjoyed a second round, post-meal. Shhh, don’t tell!


This recipe features a gluten-free crust alternative that has a lovely nutty finish which pairs deliciously with the figs. This is also a particularly healthy dessert – perfect for enjoying these last days of indian summer and officially welcome fall. You may want to try it with bee pollen sprinkled on top, a superfood that is delicious with tarts, yogurt or granola!

Gluten Free Crème Fraîche Fig Tart


Shortcut Pastry:
3/4 ground almonds
2/3 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup millet flour
1/2 cup apple sauce
4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of sea salt

3/4 cup crème fraîche
3/4 cup cream cheese
2 Tbsp sugar
Grated zest of 1large lemon (or two small ones)
Juice of 1 lemon
15 to 20 fresh figs, rinsed and quartered


1. Mix the dry ingredients with the butter, apple sauce and honey and knead the dough until it becomes a smooth pastry. Wrap it in cling film and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

2. Roll out the pastry (the easiest way is to roll it out directly on baking paper) and place it carefully in a greased tart pan and prick it with a fork (I used several small pans). Bake in the oven for 20min at 375°F.

3. In a bowl, stir together the crème fraîche, cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice.

4. Fill the cooled tart shell with the cream filling and arrange the figs in circles. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle bee pollen on top right before serving (optional).

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original photography and recipe by food contributor, Zoe Armbruster 

House Update: The Hunt for Perfect Light

We’re kicking off the week with another update on the house. Things with the renovation are continuing to progress quite nicely. The walls are actually primed and ready for the finishes to start coming in. That means I’ve got some serious decision making to do. Right now, lighting is on the top of my mind. Light fixtures are the jewels you add to every room. They are often what give a space its personality. And so I won’t lie; selecting lighting is stressing me out!  You don’t want your choices to be like a bad pair of boots – something you regret for seasons to come. And with no less than eight – yes I just said 8 – chandeliers to select, I’ve got my work cut out for me.

My goal is to strike the delicate balance between a statement-making fixture and something that’ll feel timeless for years {and years!} to come. I’ve turned to a lot of Parisian apartments and remodels of NYC brownstones as my inspiration. They always feature amazing Victorian details like crown molding, ceiling medallions and ornate fireplaces with modern fixtures. This is exactly the type of look I’m gong for.

The key? Finding pieces that fit together – kind of like a family does. Sure everyone looks a little different, but like siblings, you just want them all to get along nicely.


From the dining room to the kitchen, entryway and bedrooms {master, guest and nursery}, I’ve got the opportunity to really mix and match styles, genres and looks as you move throughout the house. Thankfully, YLighting has a litany of choices all in one place. I’ve slowly but surely been whittling down options to create my short list of fixtures that might make the final cute. Here are my current top contenders.


> 1. Mini Mikado Chandelier
> 2. Brass Diamond Pendant
> 3. Orb Pendant Light
> 4. Brass FLOS Pendant
> 5. Tom Dixon Beat Light
> 6. Glass Globe Pendant Light
> 7. Black Pendant Light
> 8. Menu Franklin Chandelier

I see the large black pendant setting a striking scene in the dining room. The Orb Pendant light could be fantastic as a major statement in the kitchen. The brass Flos pendant might be exatly what I need over my free standing tub in the master bathroom. And how crazy cool would the Mini Mikado Chandelier look in our entry? I’m still doing some hemming and hahing so I would love your thoughts! Have you ever picked lighting for an entire home? How did you go about it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. And of course I’ll be sure to share what makes the final cut.