Each season, there will surely be something that I’m obsessing over. This year, it’s outerwear, and the accessories to match. I keep finding myself drawn towards the classic and polished silhouettes of trenches and pea coats. When you have a statement jacket and coordinating accessories, most of the time you only need a slim fitting black pant on the bottom, and a basic white shirt on the top to look pulled together and ready to go. Here is a round up of my favorite styles, and the fall accessories to match.
This past weekend, Ryan and I took a trip out to a small country town just a couple hours away to check the first thing off of my fall to-do list: go apple picking. It’s the second year it has been on our list, and after failing to find a place last year to pick apples, we were determined to actually accomplish it this year. It was a fairly significant drive that led us out to the middle of country town, U.S.A, but it was one of the most fun Sundays I’ve had in a while.
We spent hours wandering up and down the rows of apples, treasure hunting for just the most perfectly ripe picks. I swore I could have gotten lost in the trees (Ryan of course swears he couldn’t), but it was so relaxing and magical to escape from reality and spend some time in the countryside. I’ve always grown up appreciating the small things, and this qualifies as something that I’ll enjoy doing year to year.
I’ll admit, we were probably a bit ambitious with the amount of apples we picked (a half bushel as the farmers call it), but at least now we have apples to last us, some friends, and some family a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to baking them into an apple cobbler, apple pie, and cooking them down into sweet baked apples to have with dinner. Stay tuned for an overload of apple recipes to come (apologies in advance).
(A perfect little white picket fence on a morning walk)
After a busy first half of the week, I’m taking the back half of this week to unwind and enjoy the cooler weather. Between packing, moving, unpacking, redecorating, working, and making time for everything else, I was in a complete whirlwind. I’m looking forward to quiet breakfasts and a road trip with Ryan to go apple picking this weekend. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
P.S. As always, you can follow along on my weekend adventures through Instagram here.
(Cotton candy skies)
(Discovering a new cafe to add to my list of favorites)
I have openly admitted to my serious obsession over many things – sweets, throw pillows, fall, and most of all, candles. I’m a sucker for buying the candles with the pretty jar, and then at the end of the week (because that’s how quickly I burn through them), I’m left with nothing but a pretty, empty glass container.
After committing to filling my new house with greenery that I hopefully can’t kill (you can see the post about my plans here), I decided it was time to put those empty candle jars to good use. I picked out some cacti and succulents at my local greenhouse to start my cacti garden – part one of my green home. The process is easy, and doesn’t necessarily require a tutorial, but I love the idea of recycling something I once loved, and letting it continue to be a part of my home. Here’s my final results!
P.S. You can find tips about cleaning out your old candle jars here, and tips on cacti care here.
For the first day of fall yesterday, I wanted to make something warm, quick, and tasty, but also healthy. I decided upon an easy vegetable stir fry, and without planning out a recipe and making a list (my norm for making a meal), I walked into the grocery store, and simply picked up some fresh veggies that I thought would go well together. What I ended up with was a great combination of peppers, onion, and other veggies, and the whole meal only took about twenty minutes to pull together. I enjoyed a warm bowl of stir-fry out on my balcony to welcome in the first day of fall.
Ingredients (serves 4)
4 servings of rice cooked according to box directions
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 vidalia onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c low sodium teriyaki sauce
sesame seeds (to taste)
1/2 c snow peas
Cook rice according to package directions. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan or wok until smoking.
Add in peppers and onion and stir continuously for five minutes. Add in zucchini and squash, and stir for another five minutes.
Add in teriyaki, salt and pepper, and stir. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes, until vegetables are well cooked.
Remove from heat, stir in snow peas, sesame seeds, and sesame oil. Place on top of bed of rice, and serve immediately.
We took a morning off packing and unpacking this past weekend to head downtown to grab a cup of coffee and shoot. Instead of staying inside the city like we usually do, we ventured to the outskirts, and landed upon this bridge that overlooks the Raleigh skyline. Though its no NYC, the view was beautiful. I loved seeing my city from a completely different perspective, and admiring its buildings from a far.
The early afternoon sun was rising high in the sky just as we were wrapping up shooting, and the way it sparkled onto the train tracks below leading into the city, made me completely get lost in the moment and forget about all of the unpacking that lied ahead of me at home.
Since the first day of fall is tomorrow (my most anticipated day of the year), I started compiling my list of must-do’s this season. While it is sure to include my annual pumpkin picking, carving, drinking apple cider, and corn mazes, I’m also adding a few extra things that I’m looking forward to doing this season. Here’s what made the list for Fall 2014!
1. Visit a haunted house (and try not to get too terrified).
2. Add a statement wall to my new apartment.
3. Go camping in the mountains – my first time ever!
4. Start mapping out my trip to NYC in December.
5. Ride the ferris wheel and eat maple cotton candy at the N.C. State Fair.
6. Make lots of soul warming foods, including a London Broil and a spinach quiche.
7. Get my desk officially set up (which includes ordering my business and note cards for The M.A. Times).
8. Take a weekend road trip to sightsee the changing colors of the season.
9. Expand my outerwear collection with pieces like this, this, and this.
10. Go apple picking and make an apple cobbler from scratch.