It seems crazy to already be thinking about the holidays when we just wrapped Halloween this past weekend. However, how many times have you felt like you had nothing but time to buy gifts and within a second, it’s December 22nd? Every time? We can avoid that this year by getting a head start on gifts well before Thanksgiving. I’m starting this year’s holiday gift guide series with one for the hosts in our lives. We all have holiday dinners and events that we don’t want to show up empty handed for, and I’m sure we all have a friend or family member who love throwing soirees and would appreciate little luxuries to amp up their party game. These gifts are ones that keep the hosts duties in mind, like a treat for their bar or a new touch of home decor. Just a little something sweet to show appreciation for being invited and will certainly ensure that you’ll be invited back.
About once a year I find myself at Zara buying a blazer that’s not black, white, or gray (what???). It’s always a moment where I question whether it’s something I’ll wear but for some reason I like it and I go for it. I’m serious, you can see other examples of this exact yearly habit from here, here, and here. Every single one of those times, I’ve doubted, and every single time I’ve been proven wrong after I find myself wearing it constantly. This one is no exception. I’ve been wearing it whenever I feel that the usual black isn’t the right choice (like a child’s birthday party for example) or when I’m in a more playful mood. Yes, this is as playful as I get when it comes to “color”. Let’s just accept it and move on. Do you have pieces that you doubted but end up being surprise hits in your wardrobe?
Are you ready for a delightfully cozy month? November is a gem. We’re fully adjusted to autumn after October got us used to falling leaves and temperatures. This month is all about comfort and charging our bodies before the craziness of the holiday season. We have a few weeks to prepare for Thanksgiving, which is just about the coziest holidays of all in my opinion and then it’s around the clock “tis the season” madness. In terms of style, our sandals are distant memories until late April and coats are moving their way in. We’re dusting off our 5050 boots, keeping warm with wool scarves, and praising beanies for saving bad hair days. Every purchase of a chunky sweater is justified with the weather and it almost might be an acceptable time to get some Christmas lights if you just can’t contain yourself. Take this month to relish in every moment and before December leaves you no time to breathe. Thanksgiving reminds us to reflect on all the things we have to be grateful for: our health, our loved ones, and our homes (okay yeah and the best food of the year). Hello November!
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.