September 2012

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  • Passionate for Pumpkin


    You know its fall when pumpkin/pumpkin spice-flavored everything hits stores and restaurants. Pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice latte for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do. Pumpkin soup for dinner with pumpkin cheesecake topped with pumpkin ice cream for dessert? Yes, please!! Ready for a couple new ideas on what to do with the ol’ orange gourds? Read on!

    Get glowing! One of the reasons pumpkin is so good for you? It’s loaded with healthy antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals! Raid the pantry and give yourself a pumpkin facial, buff your bod with pumpkin body scrub, and finish it off with an exfoliating, tightening papaya pumpkin enzyme mask. And no, none of these will turn your skin orange. (PS - Anyone up for an at-home pumpkin-themed spa party? We’ll bring the wine!)

    Gardening, anyone? After Halloween, chop your Jack-o-Lantern into big pieces and add it to your compost pile. The nutrient-rich flesh makes great fertilizer and could really make a difference in your veggie, fruit, and flower gardens next year.

    Smoothie time, baby! If you’re one of the many who swear by daily fruit-and-veggie smoothies to get your nutrition in, have we got a treat for you! Pumpkin puree freezes beautifully in ice cube trays, after which you can quickly toss them in freezer bags to have ready for a healthy vegan treat, a new twist on a banana-yogurt smoothie, or go all out and treat yourself to the Pioneer Woman’s decadent pumpkin pie in a glass.

    Oh, and one more thing: We’ve all had pumpkin bars, pumpkin-and-chocolate brownies, pumpkin soup, and even pumpkin pizza (trust me, it’s divine - roasted pumpkin wedges, sage leaves and fontina cheese on crust, no tomato sauce), but this Armenian pumpkin stew recipe takes the cake (ha) for the most unique, tasty pumpkin-based recipe I’ve ever found. It’s easy to make vegetarian by omitting the lamb meat and swapping the chicken broth for vegetable broth, and a great way to clear out your spice cupboard to boot.

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    $0 at smartwater | Buy

    | Posted 27 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Janet
  • Purple Suede Peeptoe


    Mix up your standard LBD look with a lush pair of sexy peeptoes in an unexpected color. Deep, dark purple suede looks luxe and a memory foam lining will keep your (peep) toes happy all night long.

    $128 at White House Black Market | Buy

    | Posted 25 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Fluffy Bow Cardigan


    Fluffy and warm is exactly what you want a sweater to be, and this grey cardigan from Dorothy Perkins seals the deal with beyond adorable bows. Bows! How cute are you?

    $55 at Dorothy Perkins | Buy

    | Posted 25 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • The Big Snipture


    Every month, I get a pile of fashion magazines that love to tell me I should have long hair! Short hair! Red hair! Pink hair! Bangs! Curls! Straight! Waves! You get the picture - it’s never the same two months in a row, or even from magazine to magazine. Most of the women I know (myself included), however, have been rocking pretty much the same style for years.

    Sparkly teal eye shadow can be wiped off at the end of the day. Killer five-inch studded heels kicked off. Acid-washed jeans shudder burned in a heap. Hair is another story. It takes time to grow tresses out from a disastrous cut, and hair is a huge part of our identities as women.

    I’d always wanted a cute pixie cut a la Ginnifer Goodwin or Michelle Williams, but the thought of it not looking like ME and then having to grow it out (with the inevitable mullet/Robin Hood pageboy stage) for a year or more was just painful.

    Finally, something snapped one morning as I was painstakingly blow drying and flat ironing my shoulder length hair, a process that took the better part of an hour. I was sick of being a slave to hair that never did what I wanted it to anyways. I wanted freedom. I wanted to sleep in an extra hour in the morning. I wanted SHORT HAIR.

    I made an appointment. I canceled the appointment. I made it again, and I canceled it again. I made it a third time, and had a friend come with me to the salon for moral support.

    Not gonna lie, that first SNIP made my knees week and my mouth go dry. Watching those long brown waves tumble to my feet felt like losing my security blanket. Eventually, I squeezed my eyes shut and told the stylist to wake me when it was over. And then…

    Oh, YES. This was it. This. Was. ME. I felt lighter, freer, and happier than I had in a long time.

    I’ve yet to have a week go by where I don’t get stopped by a random woman telling me how much they love my hair cut, and how they wish they had the guts to do it. “Go for it!”I tell them, “It’s one of the best decisions I ever made!

    I doubt many of them listen, but if even one gal shears off her ringlets and loves the cropped pixie staring back at her in the mirror, then I’ll be a happy woman for the rest of my life.

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    $0 at smartwater | Buy

    | Posted 20 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Janet
  • Yellow Beaded Bracelet


    A bracelet that serves as a cheery hello for you is the best kind of accessory. Bold yellow beads- teeny, tiny, hand-stitched beads- pack a punch of sunshine and add a bit of neon to keep you right on trend.

    $40 at Jeannie Richard | Buy

    | Posted 14 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Cluster Ring


    When life becomes a clustef**k, breath deeply and focus on this tough but sophisticated ring from By Boe. Recycled wood gets glammed up with golden rings, and the spike definitely means business. Let this rings be your badass motivation.

    $65 at by boe | Buy

    | Posted 14 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Large Coral Earrings


    Keep tropical beaches and blue ocean waters close to your mind as winter slowly shivers in. These coral shaped earrings will remind you of warmer times while adding some serious oomph to your face, thanks to their large size and intricate design.

    $250 at Jessica Hicks | Buy

    | Posted 14 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Parenthood: Getting Social


    I had a baby ten months ago, and parenthood has been one long, strange, unexpected journey. Of course, I expected things like sleepless nights, diaper blowouts, crying (the baby and myself), and the hopefully temporary loss of my waistline. What I didn’t expect was how much I’d enjoy it, and how much motherhood would connect me to the world around me, a world I’d stringently tried to avoid.

    See, I live in Los Angeles, where on the surface, it’s all about what’s on the outside. Do you have the latest designer clothes and expensive car, or know celebrities? No? Then you’re just a part of the background, which never meshed well with jeans-and-tee-shirt me. That is, until you’ve got an adorable kiddo with you, and then you see a side of LA many others don’t: Humans going genuinely ga-ga over goo-goos.

    My daughter is a tiny social ambassador for us, grinning and giggling her way through grocery store runs, cooing and drooling during trips to the park. I’m not saying she doesn’t have temper tantrums (hoo, boy, don’t get me started), but she has forced me to show her and myself that there are so many good things to see and amazing people to meet here in LA. In short, she made me let down my guard and see things here for what they really are.

    Through her, I’ve made more friends in ten months than I had in the previous six years of SoCal living. We walk up to fellow moms at the store and introduce ourselves, hoping we’ll get a play date out of it. We attend play group and baby music classes. We enjoy all the parks and museums and aquariums and farmer’s markets and street festivals - and people think my husband I are awesome parents because of it. In reality, though, Little Miss M is the one who’s making us better people. And that’s been one of the most unexpected, amazing benefits of pregnancy and parenthood.

    This content series is in partnership with smartwater. Unexpected is delicious: smartwater. click here to learn more.

    $0 at smartwater | Buy

    | Posted 13 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Janet
  • Heirloom Recipe Box


    Give a gift that is as sentimental as it is beautiful and unique. Rifle Paper Co.’s recipe box is handmade from salvaged wood and screenprinted in a process that takes two months. The end result is a lovely gift any new couple or home cook would love to receive- one that is surely destined to become a beloved family heirloom.

    $135 at Rifle Paper Co. | Buy

    | Posted 12 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Umbra Hiwire Jewelry Tree


    Untangle all of those necklaces and keep errant earrings paired up in one brilliant jewelry organizer. Twee little birds guard over the baubles that the tiered metal frame so deftly sorts. Hinged panels make this jewelry tree easy to suit any space, too.

    $25 at Great Useful Stuff | Buy

    | Posted 12 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Tortoise And Hammered Gold Link Necklace


    Tortoise and gold are a match made in warm, honey-toned heaven. Toss on these chunky links for an instantly polished and rich look.

    $68 at C. Wonder | Buy

    | Posted 12 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Teardrop Earrings


    Vintage-inspired teardrop earrings will add old world flair and richness to your wardrobe, and the bright orange hued crystal stones will fit in with autumn tones perfectly.

    $145 at Lulu Frost | Buy

    | Posted 12 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Sculpted Feather Leather Bracelet


    Fly away- at least in your mind- with this charming and sweet feather bracelet. Layer with other leather bands from Chloe + Isabel’s line for added inspiration.

    $38 at Chloe + Isabel | Buy

    | Posted 11 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Desert Wedge


    Add some height with hip wedged boots. Soft suede with tonal accents is perfect for fall and the wedged heel is secretly comfortable. Plus, you can feel as good as you look thanks to TOMS one-for-one shoe program.

    $89 at TOMS Shoes | Buy

    | Posted 11 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Lee Necklace


    Go big or go home. This expression has never been more true when it comes to the Lee necklace. A vibrant mix of stones, like quartz and agate, are jam-packed into a ghost setting for a strikingly beautiful effect.

    $155 at Kendra Scott | Buy

    | Posted 11 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Jane Cuff


    Dashing horses circle this fanciful metal cuff, with a white enamel background makes the motif truly stand out. Pick one up before they all gallop off.

    $38 at Shop Suey Boutique | Buy

    | Posted 10 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Bel Air Rhodium Bowl Ring


    Life is like a bowl full of…off-beat cocktail rings? Isn’t that how the saying goes? Fall into this lovely, sparkly bowl ring, both simple and stunning. A little dazzle-y and a lot interesting, this ring is like the cherry on top of the sundae of your outfit- the sweetest, best part.

    $175 at Alexis Bittar | Buy

    | Posted 10 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Edison Portable Lamp


    What a bright idea- a portable lamp. Light up any space you need with this compact and clever lamp from Fatboy. Edison himself would be impressed.

    $79 at Horne | Buy

    | Posted 10 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Mila Flat


    These flats, besides being adorable, are also saving the world: They are completely recyclable and made of special anti-funk rubber, meaning the worlds population is spared from stinky toes. Do your part for mankind and your feet.

    $48 at OKA b. | Buy

    | Posted 07 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Note To Self


    Note to self: Never go back to post-its again.

    $7 at Greer Chicago | Buy

    | Posted 07 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Cold Shoulder Top


    Show a hint of skin without catching a cold in this cute pee-a-boo cut top. Sequins add just enough sparkle to keep things feisty for a night on the town.

    $45 at Buckle | Buy

    | Posted 07 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Matiko Tassel Loafers


    Wedges are where it is at this fall, and when you add tassles to already adorable loafers you’re teetering towards shoe nirvana. Matiko makes notoriously comfortable shoes, too, so your feet will be feeling fine while you strut towards fashion enlightenment.

    $177 at Pixie Market | Buy

    | Posted 06 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Audrey Calendar


    Yes, you have a phone and a computer to tell you the date, but do they look anywhere near as chic as this letterpress calendar? Black ink and a fancy silver easel make the Audrey calendar a sophisticated way to keep track of the days.

    $52 at Sugar Paper | Buy

    | Posted 06 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Revision For The Future Pants


    Sassy pants are just what you need to feel like a hip college professor correcting essays over a latte. A subtle plaid pair in a flattering straight cut is just what your wardrobe needs to serve as an offbeat but useful staple piece. Snatch this pair up before the bell rings.

    $65 at ModCloth | Buy

    | Posted 06 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene
  • Prosperity Satchel


    Toting books around can be a real drag, but if you’re carrying your load in a stylish and functional satchel that load will somehow feel lighter. Add some metallic accents, and bam! You are queen of returning library books. Take off the shoulder strap and use the handles for lighter trips out and about.

    $98 at Olivia & Joy | Buy

    | Posted 05 Sep, 2012 in September 2012 by Rene

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