September 15, 2014 | by cyd
At this point I think it’s pretty undeniable that fall has arrived. I can give up the game of saying it’s “late summer,” because although technically true it feels nothing like summer here this week. The leaves are starting ever so subtly to stain red and orange. The wind has a crisp edge even on warm days. This morning it was outright chilly when we woke up! So naturally today, after a busy weekend of travel and hanging out with friends, all I really want to do is light a bunch of fall-scented candles and make a big pot of soup for dinner. Is anyone else ready to cozy up for fall? Here are six simple little ways to get your home ready and feeling festive for fall!
ONE I tend to drink way more coffee and tea in the colder months and a nice big ceramic mug is just the ticket for making that morning ritual feel a bit cozier. Don’t forget the warm apple cider, too!
TWO If ever a season were made for soup, it’s definitely fall. Now is the time to stock your pantry full of soup spices! With the right seasonings and spices always at the ready, you can whip up a delicious soup or stew any night of the week. Yum!
THREE Candles, candles, everywhere! Granted, that’s my motto all year long, but right now is when I’m swapping out my fruity, beachy scents in exchange for warmer fragrances. Linnea’s Lights is my go-to candle company and their signature Cashmere candle is perfect for fall!
FOUR I love cozy blankets and throws so this time of year I like to layer them up on every chair and sofa in my path. This cozy teal throw is a great price and I love the texture so I may have to add it to my collection of coziness.
FIVE If I could encourage you to make one investment for your kitchen this season it would be a good French oven. We have a few in different sizes and we use them all the time throughout the fall and winter for soups, casseroles and pot pies.
SIX While on Long Island this past weekend, we had the chance to do a tasting with Sag Harbor Rum at a cute little shop in Port Jefferson. I picked up a bottle to bring home and think it’s going to be the perfect rum for fall cocktails and spiked cider.
September 12, 2014 | by cyd
Happy Friday, friends! I’m coming at you live this morning from Buffalo where B had an early morning appointment today. From here we’re heading off to Long Island to visit our good friends for the weekend so by the time we make it home on Sunday we’ll have quite literally criss-crossed across most of New York State. Our weekend plans are basically just to hang out, but we’re contemplating taking the train into the city on Saturday or maybe going out to the beach to camp out for the night. Either way you can follow along on Instagram if you like! These kinds of loosely planned weekend travels are what we live for, but they don’t happen too often for us so when they do we make sure to pack in as much fun as we can. Before I run off for the weekend I’m sharing five super yummy fall desserts I’ve spied this week. What is it about the start of fall that just makes me want to bake all day long? I just can’t get enough. Be sure to scroll down for your weekly dose of Friday Link Love and I’ll see you here on Monday! xoxo
[Plum cake | Apple pie biscuits | Coconut macaroon peaches | Black plum tarts | Carrot cake donuts.]
September 11, 2014 | by cyd
I know I’m not alone in remembering exactly where I was on this day, September 11th, thirteen years ago. I was eighteen years old. Barely out of high school. I was trying on adulthood for the very first time. And suddenly, every bit of innocence I may have had left was shattered. Every year it continues to be really important to me to take a few moments to remember that day, remember all it meant to those of us here in the United States especially and remember all the ways that life changed after that day. I know we don’t talk a lot here about heavy topics or political matters, and in large part that’s very intentional. I like this space to be the place where we all come to celebrate, to be joyful and to find beauty in each and every day. But today, on the anniversary of the day that changed everything, especially in light of current global tensions, I just wanted to take a quick moment. To pause. To remember. To share my gratitude for the lives lost on both that day and in the many years of war that have followed. To express my appreciation that I’m privileged to live in a world where we can meet here every day in this pretty, happy internet place. To remind myself to love more, hug tighter and to begrudge less. This life we live is precious. This world we live in is complicated. But if we all strive to love and respect one another, if we seek to teach the next generation love and tolerance, I hope we’ll see in our lifetime an era where the world sleeps at night under the umbrella of peace. In the meantime, today I am remembering, and sending my love to each and every one of you.
To all of our fallen heroes and those still fighting for us today, thank you. To everyone lost on that day, to everyone who still feels that loss, my heart is with you.
[Lettering by Carla Paola Torres.]
September 10, 2014 | by cyd
Guys, I love my coffee. Sometimes iced in summer, always nice and strong, never that sickly sweet pumpkin spice stuff. (Sorry! I’m so sorry. I know so many people are obsessed and I mean no harm, but it’s just not my thing.) Come this time of year I seem to especially love my coffee. As the mornings grow cooler and a bit darker, there is something about that first cup that just sets the whole day up for happiness in my world. Lazily sipping in front of CBS Sunday Morning on the weekend? Yes. That’s my kind of bliss. So here are a few recipes, tricks and all around coffee-loving things I’ve been pinning of late. Here’s to the joy of a good coffee break!
[Row 1: Honestly Yum | Kiran Turan | Row 2: A Beautiful Mess | Click and Blossom | Row 3: Kinfolk | Offbeat + Inspired.]
September 9, 2014 | by cyd
I want to start today by thanking those of you who have taken the reader survey so far! I’m always so blown away by the sheer number of you who take time out of your busy lives to provide me with your thoughts and input and I want you to know how much I appreciate that feedback. I’ve been carefully reading through all of your responses and will be using it to guide me in the coming months. Again, I love you all. Thanks for being the best blog friends a lady could ask for! Now, onto this week’s color palette. So many of you said you love the weekly dose of color inspiration so we’ll jump right into it ok? This week’s palette is another one of those that for me feels perfect for late summer as we transition into fall, without being all red and orange and yellow up in your face. I think with clean neutral walls (like a pale gray or crisp white) it’d make a gorgeous color palette in a living room or bedroom, too!
[Photos, from top: Sugar Photography via Julep | Hans Mossel for vtwonen via SF Girl By Bay | Anthropologie.]