Haute Halloween

{Jeweled Kate Moss}
The past few years I've skipped out on most Halloween antics and opted for a quite night in with the husband, passing out candy to... {does any child trick or treat these days?} with a good quality scary movie {not horror} like, What Lies Beneath and Sixth Sense, to name a few.  This year will most likely be the same, considering Halloween falls on a Wednesday.  But, we have invited some friends over and I'm excited to enjoy the night with good friends, good wine, good festive food {will show you snippets on Thursday} and most of all, I'm thrilled to pretend like I am not in a 6 week boot camp program, just for one night!  Dressing up is encouraged, of course! Here are some haute ideas that are inspiring me to get all dolled up for the night!  What did you or will you dress up as this year?
{Anna Wintour}
{Audrey Hepburn}
{A Ballerina}
{Vamp Vixen makeup}
All Pictures via Pinterest


{ favorite things }

{ Our masterpieces }
Last weekend was an absolute blast. Our dear friend hosted our Annual Pumpkin Carving Party filled with the most creative little details.  From candy corn cookies, spider-webbed 7-layer dip, mini lolli-brooms with adorable orange chevron printed Halloween wishes, and bowls of candy corn stashed in various areas of the Pumpkin scented home...Halloween couldn't have seemed any closer! Unfortunately it's still 2 weeks away, but that's enough time for the weather to cooperate and get colder {fingers crossed}! What will you dress up as this year?
{ Lolli-brooms; Spider-webbed 7-layer dip; my Pumpkin Spice Cake pops; Candy corn cookies}
{ Our matching spooky skeleton blouses...;) }
{ A must have for the season }
{ How adorable are these mini-lolli-brooms? How-to here }
{ My all-time fave Persimmon, Cilantro and Pomegranate Salad }


Oh, Happy Day!

What else could be worthy of two posts in one day other than telling you the oh-so-exciting news that Zara home is now available ONLINE!  Oh, happy day indeed. Enjoy! :)

When Fashion & Wine

It's October, {hooray for pumpkin season!!} and we couldn't be any more excited for Fall attire...as soon as this heat wave passes, of course. But something is extra special about this season. Maybe a little wine terminology review may do you good. Seen on runways from New York to Paris and even Tokyo are rich wine hues. Bordeaux, Cabernet, Burgundy, plum, and even a color called Oxblood, the list is endless describing this refined, modern and sleek color. From lips to shoes, leather skirts and pants, this is the Fall trend to watch out for. Oh, and don't forget to pair it with a jewel tone accent to crank up your style. Think emeralds, amethyst, topaz, sapphire, and tourmaline. x.

 {Burgundy : Bordeaux : Cabernet}
From left to right
6. Essie nailpolish in Velvet Voyeur
9. Various wine colored makeup


Everything Cookie

It became a tradition with my sister that whenever we'd go shopping together, we would have to make a pit stop to satisfy our ever-craving sweet tooth's with a cookie. Be it the sugar cookie from Vie de France at South Coast, or the everything cookie from Pain Du Monde at Fashion Island, somehow, we had to satisfy those cravings with one of these decadently scrumptious cookies, {and black coffee, of course}.  Now that OC is no longer home and I am tucked away two hours north, {and without my shopping buddy}, my cookie craving still exists but without Pain du Monde or Vie de France, I'm stuck to fend for myself.  So, I decided to bake it. To be exact these are double chocolate chip, oatmeal, coconut, walnut cookies with a gooey center and a perfect antidote to any bad day.

What you'll need:
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconuts
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar-free or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 335 degrees
  • In a mixer bowl, whip together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, add in vanilla. 
  • In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda and salt and slowly stir into wet mixture until blended.
  • Mix in quick oats, walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips.
  • with heaping tablespoons, or an ice cream scooper, place on baking sheet.
  • Reason they're so good: FREEZE for 15 minutes before baking!
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Center will be perfectly moist and delish!