Pumpkin spice latte

Everyone likes to talk about pumpkin spice lattes at this time of year, so when I found a recipe, I knew I had to try making it. A good base recipe to use as a starting point is this one.

Four fall trends

LOFT Side Slit Duster

Vests, dusters, tie-neck blouses, and tweed: here are some options for petites.

Long vests

Vests are back this season. In addition to this draped version, here is another option from Anthropologie (and a third), and one from WHBM. Ann Taylor also has one, but the smallest size is regular XXS. The wool content may make it shrinkable in the dryer, but proceed with caution if you try that!

Sunday no. 3

Photo credit: Adapted from '20101002-DSC_0284.jpg' by john.beil. Any derivative works licensed same as the original. All views expressed in this post are solely my own.

Inexpensive abstract fabric art

When you have a blank wall that needs to be filled with some artwork, but don't want to spend a lot, one thing you can do is make your own artwork. An easy way to do this quickly with few materials is to use fabric scraps to create an abstract pattern.


From ruddy reds to azure blues, the color palette of Morocco has much to offer. This outfit features earthy tones mixed with gold metallics and patterns reminiscent of Moroccan architecture.

Annie Hall

From top left, clockwise: J.Crew Rhodes Blazer in Houndstooth; J.Crew Favorite Shirt; J.Crew [Men's] Italian Silk Tie in Large Dots; WHBM Petite Seasonless Vest; J.Crew Floppy Felt Hat; J.Crew Straw Market Tote.

Inspired by Annie Hall.

J. Crew October 2015 Style Guide collage

Created from the October 2015 J. Crew Style Guide.


(Click on the photos to link to their respective creators.)

ASOS 00/1 right now

Look for less: J. Crew / ASOS

I love the print of the J. Crew Collection Painterly Floral Dress (above left), but if its price point is out of reach, ASOS has a dress (above right) in a similar silhouette (with sleeves!) and similar print style (floral on dark color) for much less.

I also like this faux two-piece dress from J. Crew (left, below). ASOS currently has a very similar style (right, below), but perhaps more fitted and with a gold embellishment at the neckline.

The ASOS pieces are both currently available in sizes 00 and 1, but these sizes tend to go fast.

Machine washable office-friendly tops from Anthropologie

From left: Cowled sweater tunic by Moth, $118; Smocked Swing Tank by Dolan, $68; Embroidered Peasant Tank by Tiny, $78.
Finding something that is whimsical, work appropriate, and machine washable at Anthropologie can be challenging. Here are three options on the work appropriate end of the whimsy boho spectrum that should be able to withstand a tumble dry.

Sunday #2

Photo credit: Adapted from 'Rainbow at Oregon Raceway Park, Grass Valley, OR' by Curt Smith. Any derivative works licensed same as the original. All views expressed in this post are solely my own.

Ice cream banana smoothie

This smoothie is so simple and tastes just like ice cream or frozen yogurt with no added sugar, making it a healthy way to indulge in the last days of summer.

J. Crew September 2015 Style Guide collage

Created from the September 2015 J. Crew Style Guide.

Burma / Myanmar

There is a restaurant in my town that serves Burmese cuisine. Their decor is a beautiful mix of slate, deep burgundy, mustard, and gold. A combination I never would have derived on my own, this collection of items is inspired by the color palette of their decor.

Three petite-friendly totes that come in burgundy or black

Halogen® 'Fremont' Tote

The Halogen® 'Fremont' Tote is a manageable size and features two exterior pockets and a zipper top closure. In the same price range, J. Crew's Uptown Tote has similar dimensions and comes in several color options. For a splurge, check out the Longchamp 'Medium Penelope' Tote. It is similar in size to both the Halogen and J. Crew totes but with a shorter strap drop, and it zips closed.

5 under 5: Five Fall shoes under size 5

From top left, clockwise: Stuart Weitzman 'Nudistsong' Ankle Strap Sandal; Naturalizer Allison; Aquatalia 'Raine' Weatherproof Tall Boot; Via Spiga 'Carola' Pointy Toe Pump; SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker 'Phoebe' Mary Jane Pump.

If you're wondering where all the fall colors are, they're sold out! The Stuart Weitzman and Via Spiga selections come in a myriad of colors that may pop back in the smaller sizes.

The Stuart Weitzman and BP. sandals are good options for an ankle strap style. The Naturalizer bootie looks like a dupe for some past Aquatalia styles. Aquatalia and Via Spiga consistently do a good job of balancing style and comfort, and I like the silhouettes of both picks above. The SJP shoe is a nice pop of color, the mary jane strap a nice touch.

Other styles that have been well reviewed include the BP. 'Trolley' Ankle Boot and BP. 'Luminate' Open Toe Dress Sandal, which both come in several colors (albeit many sold out right now). Hopefully, the selection will be restocked again for these.

What's your favorite Fall shoe right now?

J. Crew new fall arrivals favorites

J. Crew Collection Painterly Floral Dress

J. Crew new fall arrivals and the October Style Guide are out. I just love the painterly floral print. The contrast between the black and pastels makes a statement. If you zoom in on the image on their website, you can see brush strokes in the print. I am also loving the smoked aubergine, leopard cobalt, and neon orchid. Currently, there is a 25% off promo online with code SHOP NOW, plus free shipping today only.

What are your favorites from the new arrivals?

J. Crew September 2014 Style Guide collage

Created from the J. Crew September 2014 Style Guide.

Fitting room: Classic shirts

J. Crew Collection Embellished Shirt in Wide Stripe, limited sizes available.

Whether you are shopping online or getting a garment tailored, there are three measurements that are particularly useful for ensuring proper fit of a classic shirt.

Propagating sansevieria by cutting

Sansevieria (mother in law's tongue, snake plant) may be the easiest plant ever to propagate, making it a good place to start for anyone new to working with plants. I swear I put a piece of it in water once and a root had already grown a few hours later. Basically, you can stick any part of this plant in the ground and it will grow.


Enjoying the rain here after a long heat wave. Hope everyone is having a happy Sunday.

J. Crew 25% off Fall Must-haves sale picks

From left, clockwise: Double-Hem Tank Top; Tippi Sweater; Regent Blazer; Parker Crossbody Bag; Tortoise Hair Clip. All items are J. Crew.

UPDATE: The crossbody bag in the cabernet colorway is not part of the sale, however, select colors are.

J. Crew's 25% off Fall must-haves with code LOVEFALL sale ends Monday; free shipping today only. What are your favorites at J. Crew right now?

New Mexico

Inspired by the landscapes of New Mexico, this collection draws on the colors of the desert sky and juniper savannahs. I also like this poncho paired as in the photo with pink pants; these (in color 'faded thistle', which is not the color the link links to) may work for petites.

September wishlist

From left, clockwise: Anthropologie Brass Lotus Pendant Lamp; A Beautiful Mess 2016 Planner in Lulie Wallace print; Terrain Vintage Zinc Barrel; Precise HeatTM 1.5L electric water kettle (absolutely NO internal plastic); Anthropologie Hand-Stitched Kantha Throw.

What are you coveting this month?


Clockwise from left: Banana Republic Crepe Pleat-Back Top, $79.50; Ray-Ban 'Original Aviator' 58 mm Sunglasses with solid lens and gold frame, $150; J. Crew Wide-brimmed Felt Hat with Leather Brim, $69.50; J. Crew Kids' Oiled-leather Macalister Boots, $95; J. Crew Abingdon Weekender Bag in deep olive, $198; Old Navy Women's Mid-Rise Pleated Soft Pant in Bandolier Brown, $19.50.

See the Ray-Ban aviators on Jean of Extra Petite. A nice option for petite feet, the J. Crew Kids' Oiled-leather Macalister boots in size K3 is roughly equivalent to a women's size 5 while size K4 runs roughly equivalent to a women's size 6 and so forth. The blouse and pants are offered in petite sizing, and the hat comes in two sizes as well.

What are you packing for your next trip and where are you going?

J. Crew ships free today: Size 000 sale picks

From left: Collection silk twill shell in jungle, $159.99; Collection inky floral linen shell, $169.99. Extra 30% off orders of $125+ with code GETSHOPPING, plus free shipping today, 9/7/15.

See the silk twill shell (left) on AudreyBella. According to customer service, J. Crew's 000 is cut to the same measurements as the 00P, only with extra length (not sure if this holds true for pants). Are you shopping J. Crew today?

Anthropologie 30% off sale ends today: Home picks under $10

From left: Soft-Washed Linen Shams, King Size in neutral, $9.95; Stone Forest Coaster, petrified wood, $3.95 each; Iron Rainforest Frame (lower right), 5"x7", $9.95. All items 30% off with code EXTRA30.
Today's the last day Anthropologie is offering an extra 30% off sale items. Here are three items from their Home section under $10 that would add a small touch of interest to your home, make a nice gift, or help meet the threshold for free shipping. Are you shopping this sale?

J. Crew 30% off sale picks

Clockwise from top left, all items 30% off stated prices for orders of $125+ until 9/9/15 with code GETSHOPPING: (1) Silk zip tank in olive moss; only a few left, $79.50. (2) Soft lamé shirtdress in gold lamé; limited sizes left, $99.99. (3) Ribbed boatneck tunic in heather loden, $98. (4) Petite cap sleeve floral lace top in navy black; also in Regular and Tall, $79.99. (5) Vintage cotton t-shirt in deep redwood, $29.50. (6) Soft henley dress in granite, $118.

What are your favorite items at J. Crew right now? Are you partaking in this sale?