10.24.2014

A Delicious Caramel Apple Party

Last weekend, a few of my favorite Chicago bloggers and I gathered at Kit's house for a little caramel apple party. The occasion? Simply to embrace fall and all the delicious tastes that go with it.

We had toppings galore including gingersnaps, sprinkles, crushed Oreos, nuts, chocolate chips, pretzels, and many more. The result? The most mouth-watering apple slices I think I've ever had.
Kit made two types of caramel for our apples - one a standard, sweet version and one that was made from whiskey. Both were absolutely amazing, but I have to say, the whiskey caramel was just...wow. I think the best way to describe the flavor is that it was a little deeper than normal caramel. 

If you want to make your own, here's the recipe!

:: INGREDIENTS ::
1/4 cup whiskey
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla

:: DIRECTIONS ::
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and whisk until melted. 
2. Add the whiskey. Let simmer steady for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Add the cream and let the sauce slowly simmer and reduce for 20 - 25 minutes, until it has thickened.


While the apples were delicious, what's making my mouth water in hindsight are the apple cider mimosas that we drank. I'd never tried one before, which surprises me considering I've never said "No" to a mimosa before, but they quickly became one of my favorite drinks with just a few sips. If I could pick something that tastes like fall, this would be it.

The ingredients? Just fresh cider & champagne!


And there you have it! A caramel apple party, complete with sips of fall to go with. It's definitely something you should try this weekend, so my vote is that you gather some friends, get out the sprinkles, and drool over all the sweets that go with this fabulous rendezvous.

Be sure to swing by Maya, Kit, Jess, Nicole, and Jennie's blogs to see more pictures! {PS - A big thanks to Sprinkles for providing the cupcakes!}

10.23.2014

A Lesson From Ralph

When I spotted these Ralph Lauren Couture pants at T.J. Maxx I audibly said, "Yeeees" and claimed them as my own. They were a bit more expensive than my normal pant purchases, but I loved them enough to bite the bullet.

Here's the thing: That was 5 years ago. I can't tell you how many pieces in my closet I've worn a few times and they've never seen the light of day again, but these pants have been worn year after year, season after season, and they never get old. That's the benefit of a classic investment piece, which good 'ol Ralph has taught me through these wide-legged beauts. He's a wise one, that Ralph.

Another classic? A t-shirt, which I paired with these trousers & heels, and loved how the combination created a cool yet collected vibe. The second lesson here, my friends, is that you most certainly don't need jeans to rock a T. Not one bit. And even though Ralph didn't teach me that one, I'm sure he would agree.
Photos via Maya McDonald of Charmingly Styled

:: Shop The Post :: Ralph Lauren Ivory Pants - T.J. Maxx | Heels - T.J Maxx | Made In Detroit T-Shirt | Champagne Baubles Bracelet 

10.22.2014

Apartment Therapy

Here are my true, deep feelings about our apartment bedroom. I love it, but I hate it. I love it because it's our first room that we've lived in together, and that's just dandy. But I hate it because of, well, everything else.

Let me paint the scene for you. Walking in, our queen-sized bed immediately welcomes you to the left. The base is up against the door frame - so close that we weren't sure if the door would close at first. The left side of the bed is up against the wall, and the right is almost touching the window sill. Between the bed and the other wall, there's just enough space to walk. On the opposite end of the room there's a closet that's shaped like a "V", in which Doug's clothes hang, and he literally has body-dive himself in there to reach the clothes toward the end of the closet. {It makes a humorous morning, let me tell you.}

In it's entirety, our room is a Hobbit's dream. But, as it's harbored by two people above 2 feet tall, it's definitely not ideal. Which is why, after a year of closet dives & stubbing toes, we've made the decision that we're lofting our bed.

I know what you're thinking. "But that's what college freshmen do!" Yes. Indeed it is. Desperate times call for desperate measures, people, and we simply need more space. 

So, we're drawing up plans, exploring where to buy wood, and are going to do this thing. It'll be hysterical, perhaps a bit awkward, and most definitely something that a college student would approve of, but if we're lucky, it'll look like any of the pictures above.

Wish us luck upon our journey! I'll be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, do you have any space-saving tips for apartments? Do tell! 

10.21.2014

Tweed + Leather

Tweed and leather are one of those combos that are great apart. But, together? Power couple. 

Photos via Maya McDonald

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{Psst - This jacket is everything!}

10.17.2014

3x The Charm

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This week I sat down, turned off my phone and computer, and read. No t.v., no music, just me and my book. It seems so simple, but honestly, it's something I haven't done in forever, which is sad considering I used to be "that girl" growing up who was constantly reading.  {I even once pretended to be sick in lieu of a date night with Doug so that I could read. Confession: It was Twilight. I'm not ashamed.} Somewhere along the way I've forgotten to make time for those little moments that I truly treasure, which I'm trying to be better at lately, especially since life has felt so chaotic. There's just something about a book and no distractions that helps me get back to a peaceful mind frame. I hope to make a little more time for those moments this weekend.

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How adorable is the above apartment? I love when functionality meets design - it makes a living space so much more...livable. The bike on the wall, the wooden crates, the mismatched stools...a space like this is so creative and exactly what I'd love to turn our apartment into. On that note, I've got a somewhat funny and odd announcement regarding our bedroom coming next week. Hint: It involves our bed in a not-so conventional place. Doug's been drawing up floor plans & sharpening up his carpentry skills for our new project. Any guesses as to what it is?

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:: For your browsing pleasure :: On learning by doing :: This Wild Idea is everything that is right in the Instagram world. :: Disposable diapers & good ideas have a lot in common. :: Can I be Giselle? Please? :: Go home, J. Crew. You're drunk. :: If you have a museum visit on the horizon, be sure to slow down a little. :: Alison from Heart of Gold launched a new quarterly journal called Rose & Ivy, and it's amazing. :: House of Harper looks so chic and classic! :: Hearts on elbows are the cutest. :: I can't wait for my latest purchase from ShopBop to arrive. :: This week I blogged about an adorable stamp of approval + Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats.

Here's to a weekend full of reading! 

10.16.2014

Stamp Of Approval

As Doug and I make our way through our {seemingly endless} pile of thank you notes from our wedding, we've been having a little fun along the way. Our Emiloug stamp has made an appearance on almost every note, each with a personalized message or saying, making it one of the most useful gifts we've received yet.
Ever since I posted this Instagram a while back, I've had multiple emails from readers asking about where I got it from. It was actually a shower gift from my bestie Jess, who obviously knows me so well, given that she got me a gift that I could craft with. The shop she ordered it from is on Etsy and it's called Lilliam and Drill. The artist hand carves the stamp, and obviously does an amazing job!

If you're looking for a gift for someone, this is definitely a great way to go!

10.15.2014

Straight Off The Pumpkin Vine

I've discovered the most perfect, adorable treat for fall: Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats. They're picked straight off the pumpkin vine {Er..well, sorta}, are melt-in-your-mouth gooey, and even contain sweet gum drops to top it all off. I'd definitely recommend this recipe for anyone who's like me and, 1. Doesn't cook often, 2. Gets impatient when baking, and 3. Needs something to bring to a fall-themed party.

Voila!

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