Hellllo everyone! I’ve missed you so! I’ve been bouncing around traveling and doing some very fun things! After Nashville, I went to SF and spent the week traveling down the CA coast for a charity bike ride. Then, I went to NYC for a loved ones birthday and the National Arts Awards where Lady Gaga and Sophia Loren were among the recipients! I also had the incredible honor of spending a day at Jeff Koons’ studio!! Now I am in Cabo to celebrate my birthday and soak up some last beachy days before settling into fall!
I got so many compliments and questions from you guys on social media about this dress and it might be the most inexpensive and comfortable black tie dress I’ve ever worn!! It is such a classic, flattering, basic staple and such a fabulous item to have in your closet. It’s very easy to spend $2k plus on an evening gown, but this one was $152 bucks… found here. You’re welcome. // Shoes: Louboutin // Clutch: Gucci (similar)Dress: Lovers + Friends // Shoes: Christian Louboutin PJ set: Maison Du Soir
Speaking of fall, my favorite time of year is finally here!!! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a summer lover and could live in a bikini by the pool forever and ever, but there’s something extra festive and special about fall that summer doesn’t quite evoke for me in the same way. I think this fall favorite thing happened when I was a child because I always associated fall with my birthday. I would wait and wait for the leaves to turn orange and the Arizona heat to die down because I knew that meant my birthday was coming before I understood calendars, days, weeks, and months. To me, fall means so many things…
…cozy sweaters and Uggs, with my jean shorts that remain miniscule, for after dinner beach walks and morning coffee runs since I secretly love Uggs and I feel that even if it’s not ok to wear them in public on the daily, it’s totally acceptable to break them out for fall beach walks + coffee
…the burning smell of beach bonfires outside of our housey
…holiday candles from Anthropologie in every single room
…the smell of cinnamon everything at the grocery store
…staying in pjs all day to bake cookies because that’s a legit reason to hibernate at home this time of year
…Christmas music…it’s never too early for Christmas music…
…being in bed by 9 because it’s been dark since 5:30…this one I don’t particularly like, but it does result in lots of extra snuggle and cuddle time and I’m never mad about that
…hot tea!!! Oh tea, how I love theeee!
…my favorite pumpkinny drink of all time, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, done my way. More on that now:
I absolutely LOOOOOOVE holiday themed flavors! If it’s pumpkin, cinnamon apple, candy cane, or ginger bread, sign me up! There’s something so festive and fun about the return of fall and holiday themed flavors that get’s me so excited to snuggle up by the fire and watch my favorite holiday movies (ahem…Home Alone anyone?)
The problem with indulging in the classic holiday favorites is that they’re often loaded with sugar, chemicals, gluten, and dairy. I created my own version of my favorite holiday sipper, the “Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte”, so I could enjoy it guilt free and still feel great through the most wonderful time of the year!
CHEMICAL & DAIRY FREE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
½ cup hot black coffee (for best flavor, brew this on the strong side!)
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond or coconut milk
1Tbsp full fat coconut milk (this is optional, but it makes it extra velvety and luxurious so I always add it!)
¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsp organic canned pumpkin
1 Tbsp maple syrup
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients in a blender until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into your favorite mug and garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and drizzle of maple syrup.
For those who wish to add a special touch, here’s an added bonus dairy-free whipped cream recipe!
DAIRY FREE WHIPPED CREAM
1 14oz can full fat coconut milk (Use a brand without guar gum! Guar gum is an emulsifier that prevents separation, but we want the cream and the water to separate for this. I like Native Forest brand the best.)
1 T maple syrup
1tsp vanilla extract
Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Also place a mixing bowl and your beaters in the freezer overnight. The next day when you’re ready to make your whipped cream, remove the chilled coconut milk from the fridge and flip it upside down. Open the can and see that the liquid has floated to the top. Pour off the liquid and save for something else later, like smoothies. You will be left with the solid coconut cream at the bottom of the can. Scoop this into your mixing bowl that has been chilling in the freezer overnight. Whip the cream with a hand mixer until super fluffy and light. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Add a dollop to your pumpkin spice lattes and enjoy! The remaining cream will last in the fridge for 1-2 weeks in a sealed container. If it becomes harder than you’d like, just re-whip it to soften it back up.