Even though I’m never all that into Halloween themed stuff, I do love the idea of Halloween and I enjoy finding subtle ways to get into the spirit. It’s been a few years since I’ve gone as far as wearing a costume, but nowadays I’m more than happy to have a fun night at home watching scary movies or catching up on American Horror Story, and sipping a sinister cocktail. This one really fits the bill. In the 19th century, cocktails like this were “prescribed” as hangover cures. I don’t know in what world people are drinking gin and absinthe out of a stemmed glass in the AM, but hey no judgements. In this century though, I’m going to go ahead and say that it might be a little better for nighttime. Despite the intense alcohol content, it’s actually a very easy cocktail to drink. So be careful with this one.
3/4 oz dry gin
3/4 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
3/4 oz Lillet Blanc (or a sweet white wine like Riesling)
3/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
8 drops Absinthe (I highly recommend St. George - I sought it out after seeing this video)
Brandied cherry for garnish
Chill a stemmed glass with a few ice cubes. Combine the ingredients in a shaker and mix. Discard the ice from the glass and strain the drink into the glass. Add the cherry.
As someone who loves no season more than layering season, I really start to feel like myself again in the fall. I’ve talked about how I felt confused/upset by Los Angeles fall weather when I first moved here six years ago, but over the years I’ve started to navigate how to balance the warmer temps with a fall feeling. Pieces that once felt kind of pointless – leather shorts or a long jacket with no sleeves (too heavy for summer but too skin-baring for fall) now start to make sense. On these warmer fall days they’re exactly what we rely on to experience fall fashion and layering without overdressing for the temp. I love this look because it really feels like a fall outfit but I don’t feel like that girl who just insisted on wearing something way warmer than what’s appropriate for the sake of the fall feeling. Adding some sneakers and the carry-all tote (which I may or may not have stolen from my friend Jessica, along with a few others from her collection) keep it laid back for day, but trading in some heels and a clutch would make it chic for evening as well… I had so much fun shooting this one with my friend Heather Kincaid who I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with a few times before and whose work I’m always obsessed with. Check out her blog – you’ll see what I mean when I say I want to get married again just so she can shoot it. I’m excited to share more of the posts we shot together in the coming weeks!
1. Madewell plaid estate coat / 2. Avelon coat / 3. Topshop trench coat / 4. BCBG Max Azria double-face coat / 5. Helmut Lang fur collar coat / 6. Acne bomber jacket / 7. Charles Henry cocoon coat / 8. Madewell city grid coat / 9. Diane Von Furstenberg printed coat / 10. The Fifth Label coat / 11. H&M coat / 12. Acne Studios coat
Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to invest in one of the best pieces the season has to offer. Think about it: this is what you’re going be reaching for on a daily basis simply to stay warm (practicality at its finest), so why not invest in a great coat that you get excited to wear every time you head out? Lucky for you, I’ve already gone ahead and found a dozen show stopping options in a range of prices, so look no further. I know, you can thank me later when you’re rocking your favorite and looking cozy and cute on the daily.
There were few things one could do to get me to decorate pumpkins again after a glitter extravaganza a few years ago left me feeling exhausted by the idea. While they were so lovely to have on my table through Thanksgiving, the remnants of glitter and glue I kept finding around the apartemnt weren’t as cute. Last year I just rounded up some white pumpkins and kept them as is which was nice, but felt a little lackluster after awhile. I love fall, especially the time surrounding Halloween, and this year it was time to resurface my pumpkin decorating side.
The 2014 pumpkin decorating Catherine is no longer into glitter, so this time they needed to be a little bit sleeker and edgier. A color palette of black, white, and gold seemed perfectly appropriate to match my home decor and it kept the costs from getting too out of control (I guess I keep a can of gold spray paint around at all times now). All it took for these guys was the spray paint (I went with a matte finish for the white and black), acrylic paint to use with a brush for any of the touch-ups or designs, and painters tape to section off areas for the color blocking. Studs and push pins make the easiest embellishments on pumpkins because they just slide right in and stay put. I already have a craft drawer full of studs and just got these push pins (and everything else) at Blick. Any art supply store would probably have you covered for this stuff. The studs are a little harder to find but try JoAnn Fabrics or ordering them online. I got mine in the garment district downtown LA at a store called Bead Factory Inc. This was a fun DIY and much easier to clean up than the glitter. The best part is that they will last well beyond Halloween – no carving, no spiderweb designs. How are you decorating for fall this year?
Am I the only fashion girl who kinda dreads getting dressed up to go out at night for events and whatnot? Gasp, I know. It should be my favorite past time. And it is sometimes – but that’s usually when I’ve got the perfect outfit waiting in the wings to be revealed at the perfect moment, and whatever event I have to go to just happens to be that perfect moment. How often does that really happen? When I shop, I most enjoy buying everyday staples – pieces I can wear time and time again a million different ways. It’s not quite as fun to buy things that are so specific and special because you can’t wear them right away and you get sick of those things faster. I also enjoy creating looks that feel simple and effortless because it’s how I think fashion should be. Every now and then though, when I come across the right fancy piece – the kind that’s not only easy and versatile but can also make a big statement when you need it, that’s when I get excited. These pants, for example. I love that their jogger style makes them serve as the base of the simplest kind of outfit, yet they really crank up the wow factor at the same time. They’re perfect for a range of fashion parties, with everything from my favorite football tee (on sale right now!) to their matchy tank counterpart, which I also have and pair with them for a major faux jumpsuit moment. Needless to say, dressing up is always a good time in these fancy pants.
Mark your calendars! Next Wednesday I’m co-hosting a super fun event at the Splendid store on Robertson with two of my friends and favorite style bloggers Jen of The Effortless Chic and Mara of M Loves M. Aside from shopping with 20% off everything in the store (hello new favorite comfy casual staples!), we will be crafting with Cristina Prusz and of course my favorite part – sipping yummy libations with Cocktail Academy. What’s not to love? I can’t wait to meet some of you and shop the night away! Be sure to RSVP to RSVP_Robertson@vfc.com. In the meantime, here’s the Splendid wish list I’ve been compiling. What will you be shopping for?
Tuscany is one of those places that feels like you’ve stepped into another world, or at least another era in this world. Not only is it obviously beautiful but there is a certain rustic traditionalism mixed with unwavered elegance and quality that’s hard to come by. We’re finishing our third day in the tiniest village in the Province of Siena. We’re talking windy dirt roads for miles – the kind you’re not really sure are meant for driving cars on, and then up to the very tip top of a mountain. Other than our hotel Monteverdi (a MUST visit if you come to Tuscany), there’s nothing but more picturesque scenery than your eyes can take and wineries in every direction. It’s much chillier here than the other places on our trip, giving it a Fall-y feeling I was oh so excited for. While I normally opt for black and white, here I’m inspired by the warm tones of the scenery, especially during sunset. I’d love to throw on Borsalino wool fedora (something I’m seriously considering for a end-of-trip treat before we catch our flight out of Rome), a drapey Missoni cape, and of course the look needs some Ferragamo boots for touring the nearby towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. Truly a dream of a place.
If you haven’t been caught by the sneaker bug yet, prepare yourself, cause you’re about to. These Nike high tops (black and leather, of course) are the coolest of cool. These ooze street style cred while keeping you comfortable on days you’re constantly on the go. They seamlessly tie into your fall wardrobe too, as an added bonus. Not sure what to wear with you favorite cropped skinnies as temperatures drop and bare ankles aren’t an option anymore? Voila. High tops were made for days like that. They come in a variety of cool colors that you’ll probably end up convincing yourself you need a pair in each color, if i haven’t convinced you enough already. So, go get ‘em!