Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of co-hosting the most fun fall soirée with Splendid at their Robertson store. We had an all-star lineup making it a creative and delicious evening. Cocktails were served by the guys at Cocktail Academy (they were SO good, I want to recreate them all), yummy bites by Thyme Café, macarons from Scootabaker, and a super fun cocktail napkin DIY by Cristina Prusz of La Partie Sugar which was a big hit. I had so much fun chatting and shopping with everyone, and co-hosting with my girls Jen and Mara. Thanks to everyone who came out for the evening, and if you missed it, don’t worry. More events to come very soon!
Fall is a time for getting cozy, drinking cider, and layering your favorite pieces for effortless style. This particular look caught my attention because I love how well the everyday staples layer together to create such a tailored yet laid back look. A menswear-inspired blazer paired with waxed leggings and combat boots to give more of an edge, and topped with a double breasted overcoat, this look really hits the tomboy-cool mark. The fringe bag is an unexpected touch and makes the outfit more approachable than a structured satchel would. This is one outfit I’m looking forward to recreating in my own way as soon as the temps drop a little.
Being the Moscow Mule lover I am, I’m always trying to think of other ways to spin that cocktail. The ginger beer is the key ingredient, and while it goes so well with vodka and lime, I’m craving something a little smokier for fall. This fancied up version of the Dark & Stormy is my new jam. It’s made with dark spiced rum (not a bad staple liquor to keep around for this season), fresh lemon juice instead of lime, some grated ginger for extra zing, thyme for some added complexity, and crystalized ginger for a garnish treat. Dark & Stormies are typically served in Tom Collins glasses, but I’m a fan of a shorter, stronger, more sip-able version. It’s so easy to make yet special enough to serve as a signature cocktail on Thanksgiving or at a fall soiree.
2 oz dark spiced rum like Kraken
3 oz ginger beer (I love Maine Root’s version because it’s the spiciest I have found, and not too sweet)
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Small sprig of fresh thyme to mix in
A dash of grated ginger
Crystalized ginger and fresh thyme for garnish
Chill a lowball glass with a few ice cubes. Combine the rum, lemon juice, thyme and ginger in a shaker with ice and mix. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer into your glass. Top the drink off with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger on a toothpick and a sprig of thyme.
One of the first things I did when I graduated college was go shopping for a black suit to wear to interviews and a few collared shirts to wear under it. It was just what you did, even though the positions I was going for were TV jobs where you would never see a suit unless it was in the ad sales department on an interviewee. Over the years, suits have become way less of a thing in creative fields, even for interviews or fancy meetings. Even though I don’t work in an office, I’m happy that it’s become more acceptable to showcase your style in the workplace and the idea of a suit has evolved into something a bit more fun. Here I combined two of my favorite staples, black joggers and my leather sleeve blazer, to get a suit-ish look. It’s less formal, more unique, and an easy way to amp up everyday pieces. Especially when paired with a few more statement-y fashion forward accessories, it’s a great go-t when you want your look to be polished yet personal.
Toning it down for the fall season, we all are settling into deeper hues as the days continue to get darker. A color I’ve always felt strongly embodies autumn is army green. Maybe it makes us a little tougher as we bear the dropping temperatures (and if you live in LA, the 5 degree drop that we justify as cold). This color is somewhat of a neutral for the fall too, easily pairing with dark reds, plums, and navy hues. If you want to invest in new pieces but feel somewhat guilty buying more black, this is the next color to look towards. You’ll feel like you’re making a statement without being too loud or trend focused. For the color anxious, this will be your go to neutral for the season. You heard it here first.
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.