A deep red lipstick for fall

How to Escape the City this Fall

A casual fall outfit to wear on the weekends

:: Vince Blouse | 7 For All Mankind Jeans | Joie Bootie| Ett:twa Sunglasses
| J.Crew Bracelet (old) | NARS “Cruella” Lip Pencil ::

Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, I knew at a relatively young age that suburban life just wasn’t for me. I was born to be a city girl and after being in the city of Chicago for over 4 years now, it’s safe to say that the rough and tumble of the city suits me well. I love all of it, the good, the bad, and even the ugly winters.

With that being said, it’s during this time of the year that I tend to miss a few things that suburban life offers. Having a yard filled with colorful fall leaves to frolic in and being close by to an apple orchard where I can pick up apple cider donuts are on the top of that list. If anyone knows where I can get some in the city, please, please, please let me know!

Thankfully, Chicago is filled with the most parks of any other city and living near the Chicago Nature Museum allows me to at least temporarily experience a picture perfect fall day.

While I rarely wear jeans these days, I’m more of a dresses kind of gal, the sudden decrease in temperatures had me busting out my jeans a bit earlier this year. I recently picked up a new pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans that I’m basically in love with. I usually have a hard time finding jeans that fit correctly and this pair has been a holy grail find for me. Paired with a flowy graphic print blouse, which I’m quickly realizing is such a versatile wardrobe piece; it made for a great weekend outfit.

Anyone else have a favorite spot in the city that they love to escape to? Let me know!

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:: Photography by Cassie Guba ::

Lulus Purple Dress

Pretty in Purple

Lulus Purple Dress

:: Lulus Dress | Sam Edelman Heels | Ett:twa Sunglasses | Furla Handbag ::

It’s during this time of the year that I tend to become more of a homebody. After spending most of the summer running around the city meeting up with friends, I start to go into hibernation mode when the weather gets cooler. Take this past weekend, after waking up early Saturday to take a acrobatic silks class, followed by running a ton of errands, I decided to forgo the Cub’s celebration in favor of a Molly Ringwald marathon of 80’s teenage movies.

I stayed up way past my bedtime Saturday night re-watching classic movies like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and my personal favorite teen angst movie, Pretty in Pink. I’m amazed at how many of my friends haven’t yet seen these movies, so if there is one piece of advice I can give on what to add to your Fall To-Do list, it would be to watch these movies.

 So while I may not be “pretty in pink” in today’s outfit post, I am pretty in purple to say the least. My style tends to gravitate from one extreme to another, either I’m either wearing a brightly colored outfit from head to toe or I’m wearing all black. It really just depends on my mood for the day. As of late, life has been pretty great and I’m not ready to shake off the colorful outfits just yet. That’s why when I saw this dress on Lulus, I knew it was going to become my new fall staple.

I have a sweet spot for 3/4 sleeve dresses, especially during winter months. This dress is actually almost identical to a black dress I picked up years ago and still wear on a weekly basis. The scuba fabric makes the dress extra comfortable and the color is just the right shade that it blends well with the season. I’m hoping that the weather stays as perfect as it has been the last few days for just a few weeks longer, I’m just not ready for full jacket season! eek!

So tell me, any favorite 80’s movies you like to watch over and over again?

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:: Photography by Cassie Guba ::

easy fall cocktail making persimmon margaritas

Happy Hour: Persimmon Margaritas

Persimmon Margaritas

As much I as I love Fall, a part of me misses all the fresh fruit that Summer brings. Summer berries and watermelon are out of season and in come a crop of new heartier fruits and vegetables. Recently, I’ve been making it a mission of mine to explore the produce isle a little more as of late, and it’s there that I discovered a new favorite fruit of mine: persimmon.

Has anyone else tried persimmon before? This Chinese winter fruit has before more widely available all over the United States and I’m all on board the persimmon train. While my go-to way of munching on this fruit is to throw a few slices into my greek yogurt for breakfast, tonight I’m switching things up!

Pass the sugar rimmed glass because persimmon margaritas will easily become your cocktail of the Fall season. This delicious margarita recipe is pretty simple to make and a great way to ensure that you are getting your full daily dose of fruit. Trust me when I say that the mix of sweet heat with this fruit based margarita will help you forget all about the work week and relax you into the weekend.

Cheers to the weekend, my friends!

ICYMI: If the chilly air gets to you this weekend, why not try this Alps Coffee or a Bourbon Johnny Collins. Live in a warmer climate? Step up your brunch game with a Blood Orange Champagne Cocktail!


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easy fall cocktail making persimmon margaritas
Persimmon Margaritas
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4 cocktails 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cocktails 10 minutes
easy fall cocktail making persimmon margaritas
Persimmon Margaritas
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 cocktails 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cocktails 10 minutes
Servings: cocktails
Persimmon Puree
  1. In a blender, puree peeled persimmon until you have a thin almost liquid consistency. Once blended, set aside and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Persimmon Margarita
  1. In a cocktail shaker, mix together the persimmon puree, tequila, lime juice, and mint simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Sugar the rim of your margarita glasses with a mix of chili power & sugar. Pour your margarita mix into the glasses and top off with a few seasonable edible flowers. Enjoy!
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dunkin donuts salted caramel mocha coffee

A Fall Coffee Bar with Dunkin Donuts®

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Nothing says Fall like sweater weather, colorful leaves, and a delicious cup of coffee in your hand. I always feel a cup of coffee seems extra delicious once the weather cools down, especially once I turn away from iced coffees and start enjoy a hot cup of coffee.

While I know that it’s technically PSL season, I’m going to be honest with you guys and let you in on a secret. Pumpkin spice anything is disgusting, however I’m a huge fan of pumpkin pie – go figure. While I may not like my coffee spiced, I do love a sweeter coffee beverage during the cooler months of the year. That’s why this year I was delighted to discover Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® Caramel Coffee Cake coffee. It’s a mouthful I realize, but let me tell you guys it’s basically my go-to coffee every single day of the week in October.

This past weekend, I invited a few friends to my apartment over before we headed out to an outdoor football viewing party. The weather was the picture perfect essence of Fall and I decided to treat my friends to a deluxe coffee bar with all the fixings to make their own cup of coffee on the go. I made sure to include a few of my favorite coffee mixers like, homemade whipped cream, caramel and chocolate sauce, as well as my favorite International Delight® Salted Caramel Mocha Coffee Creamer.

The hit of the morning? My Salted Caramel Coffee Cake coffee with whipped cream and caramel sauce. It was the perfect sweet treat that got everyone revved up that morning and the best part – it’s easy to recreate at home! Grab a to-go cup and fill it up with the Dunkin Donuts® coffee, add just the right amount of salted caramel creamer, top it off with a few dollops of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel & chocolate sauce, top it off with a lid and you are good to go!

Looking for more coffee inspiration? Check out Dunkin Donuts® social hub for more great recipes and ideas. Go ahead, enjoy your morning cup of joe.

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maggy london floral lady like dress

Lady Like Dresses for Fall

maggy london lady like dress

:: Maggy London Floral Dress | Ett:twa Sunglasses | Steve Madden Pumps |
COACH Sequin Handbag (love this version) | NARS “Dragon Gil” Lipstick ::

Fall decided to take a backseat to Summer this weekend with temperatures hovering near 70 degrees and it’s not expected to go away for at least a few month days. Yay for keeping the cold temperatures away for at least a few more days.

I will be honest though, I’m 100% over my summer wardrobe staples. It just feels right to transition into cozy and comfortable pieces for the change in season. I went a little crazy at the Shopbop Main Event Sale (I would love to know what you guys picked up at the sale!), and I’m eagerly awaiting for my purchases to arrive because I’m 100% committed to the autumn state of mind.

It all started with this lady like dark floral dress from Maggy London. I’m really into floral for fall this season, like this dress that I wore last week. This dress was a huge score on Amazon; I love Amazon but rarely think it as a great place to shop for fashion. Boy was I wrong, Amazon per usual has every designer under the sun.  At under $100 ,I’m deeply in love with this fit flared dress. The floral print is vibrant and the lady like style make it a beautiful dress for the office place as well as a dress that could easily transition to a lovely date night dress.

I’m stocking up on a few more lady like fall dresses for this season and I can’t wait to bust them out over the next few weeks, paired with all the adorable jackets I can find.

So what’s on your fall wardrobe wish list? Gravitating toward any style in particular?

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:: Photography by Cassie Guba ::