Brooding Brunch: Heirloom Tomato Tart Recipe

We love holidays as much as the next blogger. It’s always fun to dream up the ultimate way to gear up for the most festive time of year. That said, last week we admitted to being less than Halloween enthusiasts. While costume parties may not be our thing, we did share our ideal spin on the celebration: a beautiful, haunting brunch with friends!

A tabletop overflowing with dark and moody seasonal goodies and a menu to boot, is going to make you forget all about all hollow’s eve and have you nightmarishly obsessed with hosting a spookily easy meal with friends! First up on the menu, a “bloody red” Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart.

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Heirloom tomatoes are some of the prettiest produce available in the fall and with their varying colors, from deep purple to bright blood red and squash yellow, they are the perfect fruit to experiment with {yes, fruit. We triple checked}. This tart is your light and bright dish of the meal- it’s fresh, bold and beautiful. And no need to be a professional food garnisher {is there even such a thing?!} – the tomatoes totally do all the work!

“Bloody Red” Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Ingredients:

2 large Heirloom Tomatos
1 package Goat Cheese
1 sheet Puff pastry
Oregano, salt and pepper for garnish

First, bake puff pastry according to box instructions and let cool to room temperature. Then spread goat cheese on pastry – as much or as little as your heart desires. Then slice tomatoes thinly and arrange in a circle- starting with a base and then alternating tomato variety for a gorgeous finished tart. Season with oregano and salt and pepper to your heart’s desire. You can also bake the tomatoes on a partially baked puff pastry sheet, but their flavor is so meaty and delicious that we prefer them fresh!

And there you have the easiest dish you’ve ever made. It’s sure to impress- no one has to know it only took you 15 minutes to put together!

Just thinking about it makes us hungry. Stop by here if you need tabletop ideas and stay tuned for the rest of the recipes to this perfectly delicious, brooding brunch as we continue to share them all month!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // original recipe + styling by Apartment 34 

How to Rock the Jogger Pant Trend

You’ve probably heard the saying you must suffer for fashion. And it’s true, there are some fashion trends that force women to contort, squeeze and afflict self-torture {4-inch heels, I’m sorry but you’re no longer my friend!}. But I’m here to attest that you do not have to sacrifice comfort for style all the time. Thankfully, there are some fabulous ways to create a cool look that are also as comfortable as you can get! This season, I’m all about the jogger pant!

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Sure, we all have sweats in our closet, but I must make this clear – the jogger is far from the pair you break out on a lazy Sunday {and I’m a firm believer that you don’t take those babies out in public, ok!}. In contrast, the jogger is meant to be seen! You see, they cut a little slimmer through the hips and leg, with a nice large cuff at the ankle. Aka very flattering! You get all the comfort of your old cozy sweats while avoiding looking frumpy.

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The jogger is also a deceptively versatile little pant. Sure, you could wear ‘em to the gym {or at least wear a gym-inspired outfit, even if you never actually hit the treadmill- ha!} But I really prefer elevating my fave joggers a bit.

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Thankfully, achieving a face-the-world-worthy outfit is as simple as can be. Throwing a textured oversized sweater over my joggers and adding a hot shoe {like some awesome wedge booties!} make the look ready for just about anything.

jogger-pant-close-up-apartment-34old-navy-october-apartment-34-2 what I’m wearing: Old Navy Fleece Joggers // Zara quilted sweater {similar} // Maison Martin Margiela wedge booties {similar} // Illvesteva Sunnies // Margaret Elizabeth bangles 

While I might feel like I’m still in my PJs {woohoo!}, I’d wear this outfit to enjoy a cappuccino and the Sunday Times at my favorite local coffee shop, or when I’m heading out to dinner and a movie! Go one step further and swap in a strappy sandal and suddenly you’re really ready to hit the town. In sweats.

But that can be our little secret!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick

 

 

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Check out Old Navy‘s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com. Thanks for supporting partnerships that we’re excited about!

The New Neutral: Fall’s Major Pastel Moment

Don’t you think Fall fashion trends can feel a tad predictable? It’s the time of year for neutrals, loads of black and if you want to make a foray into color; jewel tones. Emerald, cobalt, ruby and deep fuchsia – they all hit the street running just as the weather begins to change. But pastels? No. They get their heyday around the same time the Easter bunny does and only in very small, yet sweet, doses. That’s why we’re excited to see the light and airy palette smack dab in the middle of fall’s typical color story. We give you: the new neutral.

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From pale pink coats to light blue clutches and soft peach blazers, pastels are having their moment errr, out of the sun? Grey skies create the ideal calming backdrop for this new neutral. While everyone else is doused in black, dare to go on the more bare side, colorfully speaking. This pink coat, this buff colored bag and these sneakers are the perfect place to start!

GET YOUR SHOP ON

 

image 1 via // 2 via Make Life Easier // 3 via Jelanie Shop // 4 via The Haute Pursuit // 5 via