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November 2018

Fashion, Pretty Things, Random Things

Hello, Sweater Weather

Fall has officially arrived here in Southern California – just in time for the holidays! Living in Santa Monica, I love summertime with new people and warm sea breezes in our neighborhood, but there is something about having a hot pumpkin spice latte in my hands and cozy fall sweaters that makes me look forward to this darker, cooler time of year.

Every fashion season brings a new twist on some old favorites, and this fall is no exception. All of us have stacks of classic sweaters, yet this season has knitted up several cute new styles. I’ve rounded up a variety of cozy-chic sweaters at every price point that would be great additions to your chilly weather wardrobe. Cozy up to some of my favorites below:

Tularosa Jungle Sweater

https://www.revolve.com/Tularosa Jungle Sweater

Veronica Beard Gemma Sweater
https://www.veronicabeard.com/Veronica Beard Gemma Sweater

Equipment Sid Sweater

https://www.bloomingdales.com/Equipment Sid Sweater

RtA Langley Sweater

https://www.revolve.com/RtA Langley Sweater

Madewell Starry Night Pullover Sweater

https://www.madewell.com/Madewell Starry Night Pullover Sweater

Rag & Bone Leopard Sweater

https://www.shopbop.com/Rag & Bone Leopard Sweater

Barefoot Dreams Longline Hooded Sweater
https://shop.nordstrom.com/Barefoot Dreams Longline Hooded Sweater

Lovers + Friends Moon Crop Sweater
https://www.revolve.com/Lovers + Friends Moon Crop Sweater

Crew Neck Sweater $198 (Black with silver stars)
https://www.revolve.com/Crew Neck Sweater $198

Treasure & Bond Turtleneck Sweater

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Treasure and Bond Turtleneck Sweater

360 Cashmere Nichola Half Zip Sweater

https://www.revolve.com/360 Cashmere Nichola Half Zip Sweater

John & Jenn by Line Erik Sweater

https://www.revolve.com/John & Jenn by Line Erik Sweater

C By Bloomingdale’s Cashmere Sweater

https://www.bloomingdales.com/C By Bloomingdale’s Cashmere Sweater

Generation Love Olly Eyelets Pullover

https://www.shopbop.com/Generation Love Olly Eyelets Pullover

So, to my Lemonade To Lace babes…. stay cozy and snuggle up in a roomy, comfy sweater made for that long-awaited post-Thanksgiving nap.
Smooch!
xx Barbara

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Random Things, Yummy Things

BEST PUMPKIN RECIPES AND MORE……

It’s fall, and you know what that means! So many sights and flavors of autumn come out to play…The most iconic of the bunch? Pumpkin spice, of course! It seems like we wait all year long for the arrival of Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes and other festive pumpkin flavored foods – so I figured I’d write a post on how to create these spiced scents in your own kitchen.

Pumpkin pie is a MUST throughout the fall season, so what could be better than making your own homemade pumpkin pie spice, especially during the holiday season. This seasoning can be used in your everyday cooking as well as your favorite seasonal recipes. Although there is no actual pumpkin in this spice, it has the same flavor of pumpkin pie that makes everything this time of year feel cozy and comforting, just like a new pair of Uggs.

PUMPKIN PIE SPICE

One thing I love to do is sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice in a small pot of boiling water to make our home smell like a freshly baked treat. You can also sprinkle it in your morning smoothie or cup of coffee for that ‘pumpkin and spice and everything nice’ kind of feeling

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ – ½ teaspoon ground cloves

Method:
Whisk together the cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cloves in a small bowl. Transfer it to a small glass jar.

PUMPKIN MAPLE PECAN GRANOLA

This nutty, crunchy, pumpkin-y and not too sweet 9 ingredient granola recipe is like sheer bliss on a spoon. It’s perfect for fall and is filled with fiber, protein and healthy fats, making the perfect breakfast or snack. It also makes a lovely little gift for fall birthdays and holidays. “Give a friend granola, you’ll have a friend for life.”

Yield: 4-½ cups granola
Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats (gluten-free for GF eaters)
1-¼ cups raw pecans
⅓ cup raw pepitas
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice + extra dash of cinnamon
¼ cup coconut or olive oil
⅓ cup maple syrup
⅓ cup pumpkin puree

Method:
Preheat oven to 340 degrees. Mix the oats, nuts, seeds, spices, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, war the coconut oil, maple syrup, and pumpkin puree and whisk. Pour over the dry ingredients and quickly mix with a wooden spoon. Spread the mixture evenly onto two baking sheets and bake for 23 – 33 minutes, stirring a bit near the halfway point. If you prefer chunkier granola, don’t stir as it breaks up the clusters. Instead, just rotate the pans at the halfway point to ensure even cooking. Once the granola is golden brown (usually about 25 minutes) remove from oven and let cool completely. It will crisp up as it cools. Transfer to an airtight container. Should keep for a couple of weeks. Enjoy with almond milk, yogurt or on top of oatmeal. Yum!

Recipe from: The Minimalist Baker

SWEET CHILI PUMPKIN SEED CLUSTERS

Pumpkin seeds require a long time in the oven, unlike other nuts and seeds. But it is so worth it! They are loaded with fiber, zinc, copper and plant protein so you can feel great about eating them by the handful. Pumpkin seeds are perfect to use as a garnish on top of a salad to add that simple touch of flavor or to simply snack on throughout the day.

Yield: 1 cup
Ingredients:
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon sea salt.

Method:
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and toss to coat evenly. Add pumpkin seeds to a baking sheet in an even layer, but try to keep as many touching as possible – this is what will allow them to form clusters.

Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, or until seeds are puffed and crunchy with a slightly darker green color. Allow to cool completely, at least 20 minutes, before gently breaking into small clusters.

Recipe from : Balanced Cookbook by Laura Lea

PUMPKIN SPICE PECAN BREAD

A healthier take on traditional pumpkin bread, this recipe uses almond and coconut flour instead of bleached white flour.

Yield: 10 slices
Ingredients:
¾ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup canned full-fat coconut milk
½ cup maple syrup
4 large eggs
1-½ cups blanched almond flour
½ cup coconut flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg½ teaspoon sea salt
⅔ cup pecans

Method:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a standard (8-1/2 x 4-½ x 2-¾ inch) loaf pan with parchment paper, allowing 1 inch of parchment to hang over the sides.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, coconut milk, maple syrup and eggs.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt.

Add wet ingredients into dry and stir until blended. Stir in pecans. Empty batter into loaf pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes before slicing. Bread will keep in a sealed container on the counter for 24 hours, or refrigerated for 5 days.

Recipe from: Balanced Cookbook by Laura Lea

CRUSTED PUMPKIN WEDGES WITH SOUR CREAM

You can use most varieties of pumpkin for these delicious pumpkin wedges. They will also make a perfect veggie main course for the holidays since the crust is a bit like stuffing.

Yield: Serves 4
Ingredients:
1-½ lbs. Pumpkin (skin on)
½ cup grated Parmesan
3 tablespoons dried white breadcrumbs
6 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
2-½ teaspoons finely chopped thyme
Grated zest of 2 large lemons
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Salt and white pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
½ cup sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped dill

Method:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the pumpkin into ⅜-inch-thick slices and lay them flat, cut-side down, on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.

Mix together in a small bowl the Parmesan, breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme, half the lemon zest, the garlic, a tiny amount of salt (remember, the Parmesan is salty) and some pepper.

Brush the pumpkin generously with olive oil and sprinkle with the crust mix, making sure the slices are covered with a nice, thick coating. Gently pat the mix down a little.

Place the pan in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender: stick a little knife in one wedge to make sure it has softened and is cooked through. If the topping starts to darken too much during cooking, cover loosely with foil.

Mix the sour cream with the dill and some salt and pepper. Serve the wedges warm, sprinkled with the remaining lemon zest, with the sour cream on the side.

Recipe from: Yotam Ottolenghi

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If you’re a Trader Joe’s fan like me, one thing I look forward to every fall is the variety of pumpkin goodies lining their grocery shelves. It seems like every week there’s another new product or two that I didn’t see the week before, and if you’re someone who doesn’t really enjoy cooking, here are some of their more popular pumpkin items that are so perfect for the sweater weather time of year.

Pumpkin Ginger Ice Cream Cones
Trader Joe’s pumpkin ice cream is added to this pumpkin ginger ice cream cone for an amazing seasonal dessert.

Pumpkin-Flavored Greek Yogurt
This yogurt is so flavorful and creamy, it’s basically like eating pumpkin pie – but healthier.

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin and cheesecake are a win-win combination. This cake is made with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, so every bite tastes like fall.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee
This coffee is what pumpkin spice latte dreams are made of. The beans are actually soaked in pumpkin spice oil.

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark
A mix of granola and pumpkin season spices pressed flat and covered with dark chocolate. Yum!

Pumpkin Spice Bagels
What could be better than starting your day off with a toasted pumpkin bagel, especially this time of year. Festive and so tasty, they’re great to have on hand for out of town guests.

There’s no doubt that all of the items and recipes in this post will have you “falling” in love. If you enjoy cooking, you now have some new ‘must try’  pumpkin recipes, and if you’d rather have it all done, you have a great list of pumpkin treats to buy at your neighborhood Trader Joe’s. What more can I say about pumpkins other than…..enjoy every delicious bite of these perfectly spiced fall favorites. Happy Fall Y’all!!

Smooch!

xx Barbara

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Beauty, Fashion, Pretty Things, Random Things

MY FAVORITE FALL NAIL COLORS

Fall is here, and you can feel it all the way from your fingers to your toes. Speaking of fingers, this may mean it’s time to switch up your salon choices – just another fun reminder of the sweater weather ahead. Whether you’re sticking to tried and true neutrals or interested in a moodier statement polish, consider this your guide to holiday season manicures.

To be honest, I’m that girl who picks the same polish, week after week and year after year. I have a ‘thing’ with my nails and just feel better when they’re always put together. It’s been a comfort to me ever since college. I’m consistent with my choices almost every time I get a manicure and pedicure. It might sound boring, but for me, it’s nice to know I can count on this little detail of my life remaining constant! I will say, even though I love neutral shades, I think it’s fabulous that there’s such a wide variety of colors offered at my nail salon. Like I always say, a girl’s gotta have choices!

In case you’re in search of the perfect neutral, my favorite ‘go to’ colors are Marshmallow and Ballet Slippers by Essie. I absolutely love these shades. I can thank Carrie Bradshaw and “Sex And The City” for that, because they were Carrie’s favorite colors, too. These are truly the ultimate neutrals – they go with everything, all year long. It’s great to know that if an unexpected meeting or event comes up, my nails are sure to be set. I also love the OPI gel polish called ‘Mod About You’ (pastel) for my gel manicures. If I dare switch to a deep fall color, my favorite shade is OPI’s Malaga Wine. It’s a beautiful deep red, and works well with every skin tone.

There are so many different brands out there to choose from that it becomes mind-boggling. My nail salon, like many, only carries OPI and Essie polishes. After checking out the wide variety of colors, here are my nail polish picks for fall.

OPI Malaga Wine

https://www.opi.com/OPI Malaga Wine

 

OPI Somewhere Over The Rainbow Mountains

https://www.opi.com/OPI Somewhere Over The Rainbow Mountains

 

OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

https://www.opi.com/OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

 

Essie Booties On Broadway

https://www.essie.com/Essie Booties On Broadway

 

Essie Wild Nude

https://www.essie.com/Essie Wild Nude

 

OPI I Love You Just Be-Cusco

https://www.opi.com/OPI I Love You Just Be-Cusco

 

Essie Chinchilly

https://www.ulta.com/Essie Chinchilly

 

 

OPI Reykjavik Has All The Hot Spots

https://www.opi.com/OPI Reykjavik Has All The Hot Spots

 

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

https://www.opi.com/OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

 

Essie Sand Tropez

https://www.ulta.com/Essie Sand Tropez

 

There are some beautiful shades in here that remind me how much I love fall fashion – bring on the cooler weather, LA!

Smooch!

xx Barbara

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