This week in my newsletter, which I send out every Tuesday, I shared some of my favorite things (fall edition). For those of you who didn’t see the message, I’m going to copy and paste it below. For everyone: I’d love for you to share some of your favorites (seasonal or not) in the comments. Thanks!
We are in the sweetest of the sweet spots here in New York, as far as seasons go. It’s cool and crisp enough to wear scarves and cozy sweaters, but it’s not yet so cold that we have to cover up our fashion with big, bulky coats. Gone is the humidity that assaulted our — at least, my — hair in the summer months, and yet some of us may be lucky enough to still hang on to a hint of color on our cheeks. The leaves are changing, but haven’t completely fallen from the trees yet, and our neighborhood ice cream shop that makes its own ice cream just introduced a new flavor called “Gather ‘Round the Campfire,” which basically tastes like childhood in a cone (or bowl if you prefer … or, headfirst into the pint, if you’re like me).
Anyhow, since there are so many things making me happy right now and I just can’t keep it to myself, I’m going to get all Oprah-y on you and share some of my favorite things, Fall Edition. These are either things I discovered (or re-discovered) recently, or stuff that is simply making the season even sweeter. I want to find more cool stuff and love hearing what other people’s favorite things are, so in this coming weekend’s open thread I’ll invite you to share your own. In the mean time, here are a few things currently making me happy:
DV by Dolce Vita Women’s Rodge Ankle Boot: I’d been wearing the same pair of black ankle boots the last two or three years and finally had to ditch them this year and find a replacement pair. I looked high and low, buying and returning several other pairs (aw, the joy of online shopping), before I finally settled on these Dolce Vita ankle boots (in black). These are a departure from the heeled boots I’ve worn in seasons past, but I love, love, love the style, comfort and quality of these. They look especially great with skinny jeans, but also work well with bootcut jeans, skirts, and a baby on your hip.
“Homeland”: I just got into this show last month, watching the whole first season right before the second season began a couple weeks ago. I wasn’t sure what to think and it took me a few episodes to really get into it but, holy shit, this show is awesome. If you haven’t watched it yet, you’re in for a treat. I’d wait until the second season winds down, and then gorge on all the episodes over the course of one or two weekends, which is my favorite way to watch an TV show.
Pumpkin latte recipe: I love me a pumpkin latte, but the best one I’ve found is at Starbucks, which is a mile from my apartment, costs something like six bucks with a tip, and packs about 350 calories. But I found this recipe for a DIY pumpkin latte that’s practically as good — and much cheaper and less fattening — than the real thing. Oh, and you can enjoy your pumpkin latte in a lovely DW mug (tastes even better that way).
Elysian Great Pumpkin Ale: Speaking of pumpkin-flavored beverages, Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Ale is hands-down my favorite pumpkin beer (and I’ve tried a lot of them). Cheers!
Fab.com: I love, love, LOVE Fab.com, a site that features cool and unique items from small, independent businesses and artists at a discounted price. I want to buy basically everything that is featured on the site, but seeing as I am not rich I have managed to limit myself to a pink super hero cape (with matching wrist bands and a mask) for our niece’s fifth birthday, three amazing city posters, some fancy hose that Drew already told me he wants me to wear to our friends’ Christmas party, and some socks (they are very cool socks). Things I really, really wanted to buy but didn’t include salted beer caramels, a jigsaw puzzle of a vintage New Yorker cover, and feather earrings.
Farm fresh scrambled eggs with almond milk: We’ve been giving Jackson almond milk since he seems to be allergic to cow’s milk, and a couple weeks back I made scrambled eggs with some eggs we got from the CSA which, by the way, are so much better than what you’d get at the grocery store it’s kind of unbelieavable, and the almond milk was all I had in the fridge so that’s what I used, and oh my God. Best scrambled eggs EVER. Ever.
Lip gloss: I feel naked when my lips have nothing on them, and always have at least two different lip glosses and one lipstick on me at all times. Jackson has started mimicking the way I rub my lips together after applying lip gloss, and loves that “blot!” sound that punctuates the ritual. All I have to do now is hold up a tube of lip gloss and he rubs his lips together and then cracks up.
Anyhoo, I digress. I have to tell you about my favorite lip stuff. The first is a must-have. It’s a little on the sticky side, so if that’s not your thing you may not appreciate it as much as I do. But the shine is the best I’ve found and I love to wear it alone or over my favorite lipstick. It’s the Elizabeth Arden Crystal Clear Lipgloss and it’s awesome. I also LOVE the Clinique lip glosses and find every single shade universally flattering on a variety of skin tones (My favorite is probably Fireberry, but I really love them all). Finally, my favorite lipstick and the only one I’ve worn in months is Laura Mercier “Truly Red.” It’s what Joan Holloway would be wearing if she were kicking it in 2012.
Commercial-free Pandora: Confession: I hate playing DJ when I have friends over. I always get anxiety that my play lists will suck or I’ll run out of tunes or some song from the Godspell soundtrack that I never got around to erasing from my library will start randomly playing when I least expect it. Enter Pandora. More specifically, the commercial-free Pandora. It costs like $36 for the year and ever since I got it last year, my life is so much easier. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true.
I like listening to good music; I just can’t be bothered to read music blogs and like keep up with what’s new. But with Pandora, I can stick with a couple of bands I know I like, create a station around them — which is literally as easy as typing in the band’s name — and Voila! I suddenly have a cool playlist to entertain me and guests for as long as I want and I never have to worry about random Godspell songs or loud commercials or anything else annoying. Plus, when good songs come on that I haven’t heard before, all I have to do is look at my iPhone and I can find out the name of the song, the band and the album.
Clarisonic: My parents got me a Clarisonic face cleanser for my birthday last month and I’ve been using it every day since and let’s just say it works so well I got carded when I bought pumpkin ale at the liquor store the other day. That’s not exactly true, but let’s just say it anyway. But seriously, this thing is the bomb and totally worth the hundred bucks.
[Disclaimer: I am an Amazon affiliate and receive a commission on any purchases made through my affiliate link. I’ve also used a referral link to Fab.com and will receive site credit for any new members or purchases made through that link. That said, I am a big fan of everything I’ve mentioned here and wouldn’t pass along a recommendation for anything I didn’t love.]