Friday, September 26, 2014

good enough to eat -- raspberry treats.

 
ATTAINABLE: Yellow Bird Skirted Pullover in Ivory (also in Grey)
www.anthropologie.com; $98
We're in the middle of what I expect will be the final "warm snap" before fall really sets in, and I have to say that I'm still not quite ready. There's just something about shivering all the time that really doesn't appeal to me. That said, this piece does have me craving sweater weather. I love the little cutouts, and the underlay is so pretty -- a great way to get the cropped trend without the anxiety of actually rocking a cropped sweater.

Summer may have come to an end, but it's raspberry season until the first frost (so cross your fingers that we have some time!). We have an abundance of them right now, and while I love nothing more than sitting down with a pint of freshly-picked, just-rinsed berries (I can down one in about five minutes flat), I'm always looking for ways to bake with them while they're in their prime. Below are a few recipes I'm dying to try this year.

Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes 
{These Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes from A Pasty Affair have a summery vibe, but the flavor combo sounds too good to resist}

Raspberry Waffle with Raspberry Vanilla Maple Syrup // take a megabite
{Raspberry Waffles with Raspberry Vanilla Syrup a la Take a Megabite? Yes, please.}

raspberry breakfast bars
{These Raspberry Breakfast Bars from Smitten Kitchen aren't a lot to look at, but they're one of my very favorite recipes.}


lemon raspberry pie crust hearts 
{Joy the Baker's Lemon Raspberry Pie Crust Hearts are officially too cute to resist -- I'm envisioning them in leaf shapes.}

How are YOU using raspberries this year?
xo Josie
Thanks to Anthropologie, A Pastry Affair, Take a Megabite, Smitten Kitchen, and Joy the Baker for the photos.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

look the book -- current/elliot fall 2014.

 
COVETING: Banana Republic Leather Sleeve Moto Jacket
www.bananarepublic.com; $390
I've spent the last few years building up my outerwear wardrobe -- picking pieces that I'd like to invest in to last several years. And this Banana Republic number is kind of to die for. It's the perfect transitional coat -- the wool bodice will keep you toasty warm, while the leather sleeves provide fantastic contrast, giving visual interest to spare. Perfect for topping fall dresses and tights or jeans and riding boots. 

As much as I bemoan the end of summer, I have to say that fall is probably my favorite season for fashion. And the Current/Elliot Fall 2014 lookbook absolutely kills it. There's just no other way to say it. I'm obsessed with the rustic-meets-urban edge and the got-out-of-bed-looking-like-this vibe. Though I'd hardly describe myself as "Nature Girl," I have to admit that there's an alluring, outdoorsy quality to these photos that I really can't resist. 





 
What are YOUR favorite fall collections this year?
xo Josie
Thanks to Banana Republic and Shopbop for the photos.
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

life lately.

 
ATTAINABLE: Ann Taylor Collared Linen Top
www.anntaylor.com; $59
As I get older, I find myself drawn more and more to Ann Taylor pieces -- everything is so pulled-together and pretty. This basic top is the epitome of that style: I love that it's essentially a tee, just slightly bumped up with a Peter-Pan collar and in a relaxed linen. And I'm kind of obsessed with the shirttail hem -- so chic, and just dressed up enough to pair with skinny trousers for work.

As fall creeps up, I haven't been able to immerse myself fully in the season yet -- but I'm dying for the days when my Instagram feed with be packed with photos of changing leaves and chunky sweaters. Until then, I'm traipsing around the city checking out pretty new shops, practicing my flower-arranging skills, and celebrating the little things (like a one-month wedding anniversary and the intro to fall-nail-color season). Bring it on, autumn.

{Toasting at my favorite cider taproom}

{Dreamy dresses at the Twin Cities' prettiest new bridal shop}

{Practicing arrangements with my favorite flowers}

{Swapping out brights for more seasonally-appropriate nail shades}

{A second location for one of my favorite Mpls stores}

What have YOU been up to lately?

xo Josie
Thanks to Ann Taylor for the photo.

Friday, September 19, 2014

falling for fall.

 
COVETING: Vince Drape Neck Leather Jacket
www.nordstrom.com; $995
Okay, so it's a major splurge. But seriously. How perfect is this drapey Vince jacket? I love the super-soft leather, the scrunchable sleeves, the draped neck... It would be the perfect fall topper and would make for a great inner layer come winter (meaning that keeping your puff jacket on in chilly restaurants would be a thing of the past), and the perfect staple for years to come. Drool.

autumn books
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Fall officially begins this weekend, and I'm off to make the most of it. That includes spending time with out-of-town friends, cooking a big family dinner (I'm thinking this), maybe finally getting around to seeing this flick (bonus: now at my favorite cheapie theater), and hitting this closeout sale. What are you up to?

xo Josie
Thanks to Nordstrom and Decor & More for the photos.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

obsessed -- c.wonder.

 
COVETING: HD in Paris Lemon Petal Skirt
www.anthropologie.com; $128
When I think about fall hues, lemon yellow doesn't exactly jump to the top of my mind (where mustard, cranberry, chocolate brown, and the like are mainstays for autumn). That said, this HD in Paris skirt is so adorable that I just can't make myself care. I love the contrast leather waistband and the slight sheen on the skirt, and the ruffle is, of course, adorable. Add a navy blazer or a pair of gray tights and boots and introduce a fresh new color to fall.

I have no idea how I went so long without discovering the joy that is C. Wonder, but it's been a gross oversight on my part. Everything that the powerhouse brand puts out, from smoking slippers to skirts to glassware to jewelry, is bright, chic, and just a little bit whimsical, which I love. It's such a well-curated collection of fun pieces, and I'm itching to pack my wardrobe and my home with it all.


www.cwonder.com; $168 
I've fallen head-over-heels for this darling little bootie. I love the tobacco-colored suede and the charming crossover buckles, and the fact that it's a flat is completely perfect -- so practical for everyday. I'd love this with a pair of black tights and a wool skirt, but tuck in a pair of skinny jeans for equally killer effect.
www.cwonder.com; $48 
These charming little tumblers would be the perfect addition to a vintage-inspired bar cart -- the gold harkens back to the heyday of after-work cocktails, but the chevron pattern feels so modern and relevant. I'd pour just about anything into these to serve to guests; I'm completely smitten.
www.cwonder.com; $34
I love bracelets with a bit of pave stone detail, and thin gold cuffs are always winners in my book. This adorable one would remind me of my love for cities every time I glanced at my wrist -- the skyscraper detail is too cute for words and is subtle but still interesting. And at this price, it's a total bargain.
www.cwonder.com; $20
I love trinket trays -- they're perfect for corralling jewelry on a dresser or keys and change on an entry table. This set is so clean -- I love the simple borders -- and the script is super-pretty. And they're totally affordable, meaning not only can you pick up one of each adorable phrase, but they'll make the perfect gifts.
 
What are YOU obsessed with today?
xo Josie
Thanks to Anthropologie and C. Wonder for the photos.

Monday, September 15, 2014

on my mind.

 
COVETING: Alice + Olivia Lizzie Midi Skirt
www.bloomingdales.com; $396
This skirt is EVERYTHING. It's on-trend (mid-length, metallic), it's pleated, it's chic, and it sparkles like nobody's business. I love how it would act as the perfect statement piece, a counterpart to a simple black top and maybe a fitted jacket. There's an on-sale version as well that's slightly shorter (here), with which I'm also totally smitten. Choices, choices.


I'm reeling from the sudden fall-like weather (although this weekend was absolutely beautiful), a busy work schedule, a stack of magazines to catch up on, crossword puzzles that I can't seem to finish, and a crazy-long to-do list before winter hits. As I've been bouncing around online, I'm taking joy in the simple pleasures -- in-season fruit, fall-appropriate accessories -- and that's what's keeping me going these days.

I always struggle to put together weekend looks that are chic enough to be worn out of the house but are still insanely comfortable. Victoria breaks it down here.

I'm desperate to make the most of end-of-season corn, and I think that this dinner from Adrianna is just the ticket -- it combines so many of my very favorite things.

Madison's recent trip to wine country has me wanderlusting hard -- she and her husband are adorable, and northern California never fails to stun me with its beauty.

Rachel is one of my all-time favorite bloggers, and her recent closet cleanout is inspiring -- I'm definitely going to implement her ribbon system to weed out what I actually wear.

This book just came in for me at the library, and I'm desperate to dive in headfirst. I'm always fascinated by food trends.

I wish that I could wear a floppy hat without looking ridiculous. Ashley's got it down, and in a pretty plum hue, to boot.

We just got in the most gorgeous peaches. I'll be making one of these cobblers in a timely manner; Deb does fruit desserts like no one else.

What are YOU reading on the web these days?
xo Josie
Thanks to Bloomingdale's for the photo.

Friday, September 12, 2014

fall for the type-a.

 
ATTAINABLE: Ann Taylor Daxia Zipper Tortoiseshell Patent Leather Flats
www.anntaylor.com; $98 
I never think to look at Ann Taylor for shoes, but I have no idea why -- my two favorite statement-makers are actually from there (flats and heels). These adorable tortoiseshell patent flats are just what I'm craving for fall. They mix neutrals perfectly, they're shiny, and they look incredibly comfortable. Perfect for pairing with skinnies before the weather gets too cold to bear any skin at all (so I've got about a month).

Friday Favorites 
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Speaking of fall, it's hitting me way too early this year. After an unseasonably cool summer, temperatures took a sudden 25-degree downturn this week, and I was totally unprepared. The only good thing about it is that I've been reunited with my favorite Madewell jacket and Sam Edelman booties -- but I wasn't ready for that for another couple of weeks. That said, I guess it's time to bite the bullet and embrace the sudden crispness in the air -- so here's what I'm looking forward to this year (see past lists here and here).

1. Indulge in my preferred Starbucks seasonal drink (don't hate me; I can't stand pumpkin spice).
2. Invest in a cable-knit sweater I love for curling up on chilly nights (this one's a contender).
3. Embrace a rich new nail color (I adore this plum-chocolate hybrid).
4. Enjoy the last walkable days crunching through leaves.
5. Head to an out-of-the-way orchard for apples and fresh-pressed hard cider.
6. Celebrate Halloween with homemade riffs on favorite candies.
7. Find a new favorite restaurant where it's always toasty-warm inside (suggestions welcome).
8. Use apples in savory cooking as well as sweet (this pork tenderloin looks fantastic).
9. Take an impromptu drive just to look at leaves.
10. Perform a massive cleanout of my closet, desk, and dresser -- I'm feeling a need to purge before I essentially go into hibernation for winter.

What's on YOUR fall to-do list?
xo Josie
Thanks to Ann Taylor and Lauren Conrad for the photos.