Mind Ready [Tuesday]: Cozy Up for Fall

Today’s Mind Ready Monday is coming to you late. I didn’t want to make you read on a holiday.

Good news: it’s already Tuesday. Bad news: summer’s over. I even got a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. That means it’s officially fall.

I’m already nostalgic for summer. Work doesn’t seem bad when you’re never more than five days out from a bikini and a BBQ. Enough about summertime, though. Here’s how to get excited for my favorite season, from cozy sweaters to caramel apples…

COZY UP: Sometimes, all it takes is a new sweater to get excited about fall. I’m loving this one from J.Crew. It’s light enough to wear while it’s still warm, yet perfect for layering when it gets cooler. The scarf is an old buy, but you can achieve a similar look from Nordstrom hereor here.

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GET ORGANIZED: This is a productive time of year. I think all of us feed off the back-to-school effect. There’s a new sense of drive to finalize pending projects or to start a few new ones. Organize your space with a small desk calendar and notebook. Leave the scented candle at home if you work with others. Your coworkers may not appreciate it as much as your roommate does. 

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CREATE CARAMEL APPLES: I’ve been dreaming up this caramel apple idea all summer. I’m not exactly Martha Stewart, but I love playing hostess, so I get creative with easy treats and cocktails. For this sweet snack, slice up a variety of apples, drizzle caramel over top and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. It’s quick to prepare and presents well. If you’ve got a nut allergy, try granola instead.

Tips and Tricks for Tasty Sips

In the spirit of Labor Day weekend, I wanted to share my quick tricks to serving up tasty drinks. I’m all about ease when it comes to entertaining. Often times, making a guest feel special is as simple as adding garnishes to traditional drinks. Trust me, it works wonders. Below are five of my personal favorites, from flavorful water to a fun spin on serving a glass of bubbly.

ORANGE & MINT WATER: Fill a glass jug with water. Add a handful of oranges and mint sprigs. To best achieve flavor, allow water to sit refrigerated for 20 minutes before serving. Pour over ice. Add orange/mint garnish.

LEMON & MINT GREEN TEA: Brew green tea. Allow tea to cool (you can let it set in the refrigerator). Once cooled, pour the tea over ice. Serve in a mason jar with lemon/mint garnish.

THYME CHAMPAGNE: This one is so easy! Simply add a sprig of thyme to each glass of champagne. It adds a burst of beauty and flavor to a traditional glass of bubbly.

ORANGE-INFUSED VODKA SODA: In a shaker, combine ice, one ounce of vodka and one fresh squeezed orange. Shake. Pour in a martini glass, adding a splash of soda water to the top. Garnish with an orange slice.

GRAPEFRUIT TEQUILA SODA: This is a healthier spin on a poloma. In a shaker, combine ice, one ounce of silver tequila and one half fresh squeezed grapefruit. Shake. Pour over ice and top with soda water. Finish by squeezing a lime wedge over top. Garnish with a lemon or grapefruit peel.

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Wishing you lots of sipping and swooning over your holiday weekend…

Rustic Chic Vibes

Celebrations that combine simple yet breathtaking details are my favorite. Hence, why I wanted to share some photos with you today…

The rustic chic décor at a family birthday celebration last week felt warm and welcoming— perfect a wedding (or any special party).To recreate the look, use both succulents and flowers in your centerpieces, and keep the arrangements low so guests can easily chat. If you’re using wood tables, try opting for a runner rather than a tablecloth. Plus, you’ll notice hints of gold can dress up any celebration.

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Photos: Brian Kramer//Furnishings: Revelry//Flowers: The Hidden Garden//Design: Geller Events