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You probably know this by now but one of my favorite places to score great deals is The Outnet. I check their new arrivals on the reg. This week’s delivery? Oh, so good. I’m talking 3.1 Phillip Lim, Roksanda Ilincic (this!) and more! At 60% off.

If you all follow my Instagram then you already know that Sundays are cookie days in my house. This week, I’m thinking about giving a classic a little twist with these dark chocolate-pistachio-sea salt cookies.

A five-step digital cleanse to streamline your tech life. I so need this. This sounds more like a 2015 resolution – but why not do it now?

I’ve never been able to start my morning without first making my bed. It’s become part of my morning ritual. According to this article,  making your bed not only keeps your room looking tidy but it can actually lead to a happier, more fulfilled life.

Who doesn’t need a holiday zebra in their house this time of year? Yes, please.

I’m absolutely smitten with this colorful, seaside abode designed by Amanda Lindroth. Beachy-glamour!

 

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I recently got this bar cart from Furbish. I’m obsessed with the thing. Not only is it lucite – which you already know I love – but it’s also on wheels. A mobile bar! What I don’t have just yet are the accessories for it. I need some fun, colorful bits – glassware, swizzle sticks, you get the idea – to accompany it. This is where One Kings Lane comes in. They’re having a Happy Hour sale right now that includes everything from classic champagne coups to trays to gourmet sugar sets for rimming. It’s everything you need to make your bar looks its best! (Speaking of OKL… do not miss the Whitney Port office sale happening right now. It’s so fab.)

As someone who truly enjoys spending endless hours wandering the grocery store aisles, this article unveiling the Psychology of the Supermarket was quite interesting. Always take the exact same route around the supermarket? There’s a reason for that.

It’s about that time. This will be my first holiday in our house and I have no idea how to decorate for it. The fun, holiday goodies (hanging moss letters, for one) at Mark & Graham might be a good place to start. What do you think?

After reading yesterday’s article by Vanessa Friedman on how powerful women use fashion I’m even more inclined to make a trip across the pond to see the “Women, Fashion, Power” exhibit that opened yesterday at London’s Design Museum.

I’ve been in the market for a new trench coat but hadn’t found one I loved – until now. It’s a crisp, classic, and I love the wrap-look at the waist. And the fact that it’s on sale is a sign it’s meant to be.

I’m not even a cake person. (Ice cream and cookies are more my thing.) But this raspberry rose layer cake is just so pretty that I’m dying to bake it for someone.

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I’m really not what you might describe as “crafty.” My D.I.Y. projects seem to never quite turn out like they should. However, since I’m feeling extra festive, I’m thinking about embarking on this sequin pumpkin project this weekend. Who doesn’t want to add a little sparkle to their pumpkins?

J.Crew. I love their warm-weather wear, but it’s fall-winter where they really excel. Things like this kelly green coat and a chunky cashmere knit are just two of the brand’s latest arrivals. Guess what? They’re all 25% off this weekend. Enter the code TGIFALL at checkout.

As someone that relies on her iPhone as much as I do, you’d think I’be be better aware of its capabilities. Here, 20 things you probably didn’t know your iPhone could do.

Leave it to West Elm to give us a super chic and super affordable brass side table. That’s just one of the goodies in their latest shipment of new arrivals. Another favorite? Their most-loved Martini side table (I own one in white) is now available in three new hues – including copper!

Color me (and my coffee table) happy. If you haven’t already, you should take some time to  peruse Tory Burch’s new bookWith each chapter dedicated to a different hue (the pink chapter is so, so good), the glossy tome explores what living in color truly means

It’s World Pasta Day, you say? We should definitely celebrate, and I think we should do it over a big bowl of pappardelle. If you’re in need of some noodle inspiration, check out my “Pasta” board on Pinterest.

10 PUMPKIN RECIPES TO MAKE RIGHT NOW

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Pumpkin Bread

It’s pumpkin time! Everywhere I look: pumpkin this, pumpkin that. The spice synonymous with fall has officially taken over. And there’s a reason for that: it’s delicious. Here’s a fun fact: I only started liking pumpkin a couple of years ago. I used to strongly dislike the flavor and would do everything I could to stay away from it (i.e. no pumpkin bread or pumpkin-spice lattes for me). I’m not even sure when that changed (probably around the same time I all of the sudden started loving beets) but I’m so glad it did because I feel like I was really missing out on one of fall’s greatest pleasures.

This past weekend, my husband went out of town and I decided to spend part of my Sunday baking. (Perhaps baking is my new SSB?) With so many pumpkin recipes flooding my Pinterest (I’m tempted to dedicate an entire board to it), it wasn’t difficult to find some good pumpkin inspiration. The only hard part was deciding which one to make first. Since Sundays are my usual cookie-baking day, I used this recipe to make pumpkin snickerdoodles.  Yes. They tasted just as good as they sound. The mix of cinnamon + sugar + pumpkin-y goodness made for a perfect cookie. Of course, I had so much leftover pumpkin puree that I simply couldn’t stop there. So I made something else: pumpkin-banana bread. As someone who loves banana bread, I wasn’t sure about mixing up the classic flavor I’ve come to love – but it totally worked. The pumpkin isn’t overwhelming and only complements the banana flavor. It’s a new fall favorite and one I’ll certainly be making again.

My list of to-make pumpkin recipes this season is getting longer and longer (one quick trip to Pinterest just adds five more). Here, the top 10 on my list. From breakfast treats to Mexican fare, there’s so many ways to use pumpkin – and I plan to try them all. If you have some great pumpkin recipes of your own, please share in the comment section!

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 Pumpkin Spice Tacos

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups

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Pumpkin Hummus

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Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pumpkin Quesadillas

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Pumpkin Curry Soup

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Pumpkin Gnocchi

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Pan-Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Cilantro Pesto

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Roasted Pumpkin, Feta and Quinoa Salad

SALE ALERT: KATE SPADE NEW YORK

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Here’s one more sale you might want to add to your radar: Kate Spade New York is offering 30% off any purchase. Just enter the code F14FFUS at checkout. This came at a perfect time for me. I’ve been wanting to purchase some of their adorable tabletop things (a set of these in black and a pair of polka-dot tumblers, mainly) I’m also pretty much in love with this chartreuse coat. Have you seen a more perfect color? Keep in mind this promo is only for one more day! It ends Sunday night. So you better start your lookin’ now.

Here’s what you can’t miss:

  • First things first: this bejeweled coat. I’m obsessed. It’s certainly pricey and even with the 30% off promo, it’s still a stretch but it’s oh-so-lovely.
  • Under $100: these adorable turquoise studs. It might be worth it to get them in a couple of colors.
  • This clutch is so un-Kate Spade to me. Is it the neon? The python? Whatever it is, it’s a nice surprise and I love it.
  • I love a good sweater dress. I love it even more when it’s in navy blue and there’s a little leather involved.
  • If you’re thinking holiday gifts, now would be a good time to scoop up a few. I love this jewelry box. It’s perfect for traveling – and it’s under $100.
  • Maybe you want something to put in that jewelry box? These earrings will work.
  • On the hunt for a classic but cozy coat? This coat is the ticket.
  • A sparkly pair of sunnies? Don’t mind if I do.
  • Kate Spade has got all the jewels in all the right places this season. This light pink turtleneck just got a major upgrade thanks to some sparkle.
  • I’ve been wanting one of these turquoise rose bowls forever. I’m finally adding one to my cart.
  • Who doesn’t love a little leopard dress?

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Here come the brides! My wedding day might be behind me but that hasn’t stopped me from perusing the Fall 2015 bridal collections. The gowns from designers like Oscar de la Renta (including Amal Alamuddin’s dress!), Vera Wang, and Lela Rose are seriously dreamy. One of my personal favorites was Monique Lhullier. The designer only included five ivory dresses, the rest were all color: lavenders, mints, pale pinks.  The entire collection felt modern and elegant.

There’s nothing new about my love (and probably yours, too) for avocado toast. But it’s always a good idea to spice things up a bit. I love this simple recipe for incorporating fall ingredients (pears!) to give a classic breakfast a bit of a seasonal twist. It would be even more amazing on sourdough bread, don’t you think?

When it comes to managing that hustle-and-bustle of everyday life, my iPhone has certainly become one of my greatest allies. Among many (!) other things, it keeps me organized, on time, and entertained. I’m always up for learning about new tricks to put it to even better use. This list of the 25 apps to make your life easier is quite helpful.

Calling all fellow bookworms! The latest Goop newsletter gives us insider tips on the best books to buy, give as gifts, and have in your own personal library. My book wish list just got even longer.

SSB. Otherwise known as, “Secret Single Behavior.” Carrie Bradshaw was on to something when she coined the term. It’s all of those things that you used to do when you were single, when no one else was at home and you had your weekends free. I know we can all relate. I love spending time with my husband but I have to admit that I occasionally look forward to those rare nights where he isn’t home and I can fully indulge in my favorite SSBs: watching 90210 reruns (Dylan. McKay.), reading a big stack of magazines that I continuously tear pages out of stack them all over the floor, eating weird snacks (popcorn + peanut butter)…among plenty others. Go ahead. Tell me yours.

It’s a sale-sale-sale weekend. Here are the five sales you can’t miss:

SALE ALERT: SAKS FRIENDS & FAMILY

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What can I say? It’s a good week for sales. The latest one to shop is Saks. They’re offering 25% off any purchase (with exception of jewelry, which is 20% off). Just enter the code FRNFAM at checkout and you’re all set. It’s not just apparel and shoes either. You can score some on their home and decor section, too. (That includes books, thank you.) One thing to keep in mind: the 25% off also applies to their sale. The promo only runs through Sunday which means you have plenty of time to score some good deals on your favorites.

Sale selections…:

  • I just purchased a pair of over-the-knee gray boots. I love the idea of keeping the look really tonal and pairing it with this pair of jeans. And maybe really go for the gray look it with this sweater, too?
  • You can’t go wrong with a pretty pair of ballet flats. (These are some of my favorites.)
  • Now would be a good time to stock up on some quality basics. Look no further than Theory. (I need this poncho.)
  • My favorite pair of white jeans? Now on sale for under $100.
  • For my bar: I’m obsessed with this Rablabs tumbler set.
  • When it comes to costume jewelry, Kenneth Jay Lane knows how to do it. These clip-on sparklers are a holiday must-have.
  • The last thing I need is another pouch. However, this polka-dot pouch one is really hard to resist.
  • Adrienne Landau. Nobody does a good fur quite like her. I bought this vest last year and it was an instant favorite. I have a good feeling this coat would be no exception.
  • Speaking of spots, this pair of strappy sandals would work with everything from jeans to cocktail dresses.
  • I’m obsessed with these Oscar de la Renta earrings. Pink or white? Either one!
  • Remember my malachite plates? You, too, can score a set now.
  • I’ve been eyeing some things by Diane Kordas lately. I love her whimsical take on jewelry. This lips necklace, for example. Christmas wish list, perhaps?
  • The holidays really are right around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about the upcoming festivities. This little metallic mini is cocktail-ready.
  • On sale: denim. What’s better than finding your favorite pair of denim already on sale and then getting an additional 25% off? The sale selection has some really perfect pairs (these and these for me).
  • I’ve told you all how much I adore my black Reina kitten heels. So much so that I need them in another color, too. They’re the perfect party shoes because they’re oh-so-comfortable on the dance floor.

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SALE ALERT: SHOPBOP’S FRIENDS & FAMILY

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Hip. Hip. Hip. Hooray. It’s about time! Shopbop is hosting a little Friends & Fam sale and offering 25% off any purchase with the code FAMILY25. That means that for the next three days you can score a deal on all of those things you’ve had on your fall wish list but have yet to add to your closet. (For me, that’s things like this, this, and these.) Three days only. Go for it.

Here, a few things you can’t miss…:

  • Temperatures are dropping and you’re probably starting to focus on fall coats. Now is the time to scoop one (or two) up. For something tailored, opt for this or this (love the red!). f you like a classic toggle-coat then look no further then right here. For something equally as functional that you’ll wear forever and ever (I know this because I own it in camel), this hooded one from Vince is the ticket.
  • Extra cold weather where you live? This Mackage coat will you keep you warm – and chic.
  • If you’ve already got your brown and black boots covered, then why not a pair of blue ones? I love the sapphire-blue hue of this pair.
  • It’s officially sweater season. I’m in the mood to pile on the chunky knits. I’m pretty sure that Vince (this one and this one!) has the best sweater selection out there.
  • When it comes to flats, I’m usually all about sneakers or ballet flats. However, there’s something about these shiny oxfords that have me smitten.
  • These are a little trendy, I know. But I love them.
  • Winter white is always a good idea. Get your fix with this cozy sweater or this coat.
  • I love Anine Bing’s new line of sunnies. This pair is my favorite.
  • Leather pants are a must-have this time of year. If you already have black, then opt for a second pair in a moody, fall hue like this one.
  • I could love in this poncho all season long.
  • Nothing like a heavy dose of pink to brighten up the grayest winter day.
  • Feelin’ extra cozy about this Milly sweater dress.
  • The holidays are around the corner. I usually add my touches of red through my accessories. This pair of adorable ankle-strap flats would be perfect.
  • Speaking of the holidays…how about a feathered party skirt? Yes, please.
  • I’ve become a little obsessed with the idea of a pastel coat. I’m eyeing this one and this one.

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HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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As I mentioned this in yesterday’s post, “salted carmel” are magic words for me.Lucky for me: ’tis the season for caramel flavoring.  I crave salted caramel popcorn all the time, and I’ve been harassing my local ice cream shop to find out when their delivery of Blue Bell’s Sea Salt Caramel flavor will arrive. Combined with another one of my favorite fall flavors, these salted caramel-apple muffins are pretty much my dream breakfast right now.

Blame it on the change in weather or maybe it’s all the travel (to and from weddings, no doubt) but my skin is in need of some major TLC. Dehydration, I’m assuming. My face looks like it needs to drink one tall glass of water. Ever heard of Eve Lom? I keep seeing the name pop up in magazines and on beauty blogs and then a friend of mine recommended the line’s Rescue Mask (sounds like exactly what my skin needs) to me. I’m interested to give the entire line a try. Good news: Sephora offers an Eve Lom “Essentials” kit that’s perfect for traveling or, in my case, a trial run. If you’ve tried any of their products, I would love to hear about it.

Another reason to love One Kings Lane: they introduce me to interesting and creative people like Donald Robertson. The artist, who also serves as Creative Development for Bobbi Brown, is known for his whimsical and and lighthearted illustrations which have graced the homes of New York’s chicest, including Lisa Perry. Another fun fact I learned: he was one of three original founders of MAC Cosmetics. Check out this fun Q & A to learn more about “Drawbertson.”

I have such a crush on Palmer Weiss. The interior designer creates some of the most beautiful and rich spaces. She really knows how to put color to good use. If you need proof, just take a look at this recent Presidio Heights 3 project published to her portfolio.

I watch a lot of TV. I’m one of those people that gets completely engrossed in whatever show(s) I’m watching (currently, I am obsessed with The Good Wife. In the middle of season 3 now) and I’ve definitely been known to binge on more than one show. (I’m not even going to tell you how quickly I went through the first three seasons of Scandal.) What is it about certain shows that make us love them so much? What gives certain shows a cult following? There seems to be a formula. Read through this interesting article to understand the anatomy of a hit TV show.

Sale shopping! Charm & Chain is offering 25% off all purchases. Just enter the code CHARMPARTY at check out. The timing couldn’t be better either. They have so, so many good things right now. My personal favorites? This statement necklace, these funky earrings, and anything from Lele Sadoughi. I’ve also had these chandelier earrings on my wish list since they arrived. Is now the time to bite the bullet?

Just one more thing… to celebrate the long weekend, J.Crew is offering 30% off any purchase. Enter the code WEEKENDPLANS at checkout. It’s good through Monday. Guess this is a good time for me to pick up this foxy lithe sweater I’ve been eyeing.

SALE ALERT: LES NOUVELLES

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If you’re planning on doing some weekend shopping then Les Nouvelles is definitely where you need to head. They’re having a special Friends & Fam sale through Tuesday where you can get 25% off any purchase. Anything!  And that includes the sale. Just enter the code FAVE25 at checkout.

Sale selects:

  • I’m a huge MOP fan. Their shift dress fits me to a T (I own a pink one from spring). I’m glad to see they’ve reissued the silhouette in a beautiful blue. Although, it’s this longer, red version that’s really tempting me.
  • Speaking of dresses, you can really never have too many LBDs – which is why I’m thinking of adding this one to my closet.
  • This Clare V. polka-dot clutch is officially my new favorite. I’ve been carrying it non-stop for the last few weeks.
  • A little faux-fur, perhaps? Warm and toasty all winter long.
  • Remember your days of Mary Janes? How about these for a new pair…!
  • Calling all pink ladies: this coat (and this sweater!) is for you.
  • …and for those looking for something a little more subtle, this IRO coat is the jam.
  • You all know those Rag & Bone booties I’m always singing praises about? This pair and this pair are on sale. Add in the 25% off discount and they’re a steal.
  • I would wear this dress with tights all winter long. Navy blue! Classic.
  • Another navy blue beauty: this Tibi coat.
  • The jewelry: this, this, and these.
  • How about adding some rose gold to your life?
  • I’ve been eyeing this one-piece for the last few months. The fact that it’s now on sale (plus I can get an extra 25% off) is extremely tempting. It’s a good thing I don’t actually basque in the sun because otherwise I might get weird tan lines.

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