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Pumpkin Latte

When fall comes around there is nothing more that I want than a deliciously warm pumpkin spice latte in my hand! Something about a spicy, hot drink just makes my day in the simplest way! (Plus it keeps you warm in chilly weather!) Usually the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is a staple of my fall diet, so you can imagine my delight when I came across this recipe for homemade pumpkin lattes courtesy of Perfectly Imperfect.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients for 2 servings

  • 2 cups milk (whole, reduced fat or skim) or half and half
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons sugar, Stevia or Splenda
  • 2 tablespoons (yes, tablespoons) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or your choice of nutmeg, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and allspice)
  • 1-4 shots espresso or very strong coffee


  1. Brew your espresso or strong coffee. If brewing strong coffee, use double the amount of ground coffee you would in your regular coffee.
  2. Combine milk (or half and half), pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spices in a small saucepan. Heat until very hot, but do not boil.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  4. Transfer to a blender (or a milk frother) and blend until frothy.
  5. Pour 1 cup warm pumpkin milk mixture into coffee mug and add 1-4 coffee shots.

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The Best Part About Fall…

Is pumpkin pie!!


Delicious, spicy goodness. Pumpkin pie is like a slice of home. Combine it with a tall glass of milk, some coffee, or even tea and you’re all set for dessert (or, if you’re me, breakfast too!) This recipe from the fabulous Paula Deen looks incredible. I cannot wait to make it when I have the time! Making pumpkin pie always makes your house smell so good. This is one dessert I could eat all day, every day.

Do you have a favorite fall dessert?!

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5 Fall Reading Suggestions

With fall fast approaching, it’s hard not to look forward to curling up inside with a cup of tea and a good book to read. These are my top five book suggestions for you this fall:

1) The Help – There is a reason that everyone is talking about this book… the reason is because it’s excellent. The Help is the story of a group of African American women working as housekeepers in Mississippi during the climax of the civil rights movement. If you haven’t read it yet, you must. Author Kathryn Stockett will move you to tears with this new and compelling perspective on a subject most of us have  only read about in textbooks.

2) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – This book, by the extremely talented and easy-to-read Jonathan Safran Foer, details the story of a young boy, Oskar, who lost his father in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th. In his father’s closet, Oskar finds a key and sets out on a journey through all of New York City’s five boroughs to discover what the key unlocks. With the 10 year anniversary of September 11th only one week away, this book provides a unique perspective on an event that has touched us all.

3) The Great Gatsby – The Great Gatsby is my favorite book of all time. It’s plot begins in the warm, early summer months and stretches to the beginning of autumn (which, like everything in The Great Gatsby, is steeped in symbolism). The change of seasons provides the backdrop for the sordid tale of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s characters, and his critical view on the American Dream.

4) Interview with the Vampire – Before Vampire Bill and Edward there was Louis. In this 1976 novel, Anne Rice creates what we have come to know now as the “modern vampire” through the tale of the tormented vampire Louis. This richly written story is the perfect read for October when everyone’s sights are set on Halloween.

5) Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim – I am such a sucker for a good memoir, and author David Sedaris never, ever disappoints.  This collection of short stories is one of my favorites of his works, and will make you burst out in tears of emotion as well as tears of laughter (his chapter, “Let It Snow” is by far one of the funniest things I’ve ever read). Save this book for the end of fall when the weather gets colder and his winter/Christmas stories are more timely.

What are your favorite fall books? I’m always looking for titles to add to my reading list!

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Put a Ring on It

I am obsessed with everything about this ring from Elizabeth and James. From the moment I saw this fine accessory I knew I had to post it on this blog. The Olsen twins have done it again.

First, I love the geometric qualities of this ring. I’m a really big fan of clear lines and hard angles, and this ring has both. Second, fashion exists to make the person wearing it feel confident and comfortable with themselves, I think this accessory is a great example of that. Something about this ring says “I’m in charge” and I love that about it. I would wear this ring on a job interview for a little added strength.

There are some other truly stunning pieces the Elizabeth and James fall 2011 collection. I suggest you check them out!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

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Back to School

I’m a total nerd when it comes to office and school supplies. Show me an aisle full of pretty pens and Post-it Notes and I’m in heaven.

For today, in honor of my last first day of school ever, I present you with some of the most interesting office supplies that I’ve come across to date:

This Nendo DATA Clip functions as both a paper clip and a flash drive so you’ll be sure to use it often and never misplace it! 

I’m in love with the geometric prints on these Dabney Lee  office folders. They make me want to organize everything!

If you’re anywhere near as obsessed with Post-it Notes as I am then the Pebble Collection for 3M is for you! This is by far the chicest way to keep Post-its and tape on your desk. Also, Karim Rashid, the designer of the Pebble Collection, is absolutely incredible. I literally got lost in his website for a solid 20 minutes.

This DCI “I am not a paper cup…” speaks for itself. It’s an eco-friendly alternative to a paper coffee cup; you can be green and get your caffeine fix at the same time.

What fun office supplies will you be picking up for school?

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So Zoe

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with watch The Rachel Zoe Project and am an enormous fan of Rachel Zoe herself. (For those of you not in the know: 1) Shame on you and 2) Rachel Zoe is a celebrity stylist slash fashion know all (literally all) for celebs such as Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, etc. etc.)               ie. She is fabulous.

And this fall we common folk can be fabulous too, because Rachel Zoe has come out with her first ready-to-wear line for the upcoming season. Get your credit cards out because I’m going to show you a few of my favorite pieces!

(Above) The double-breasted jacket in the middle is my absolute favorite piece in the collection. It’s edgy and streamlined, but still feminine. As for the two looks on the left, I would wear both of them to a New Year’s party in a heartbeat.

(Below) I love the preppy/retro cardigan right-center, and all of the layering in the flirty red party dress… and of course, all of the shoes.

Overall, I can’t find a single piece in this tailored, 1970s-inspired collection that I wouldn’t wear. With the pieces already selling in numerous places across the country, I imagine the collection will be an extraordinary success for her.  I can’t wait to tune in to the newest season of The Rachel Zoe Project (starting September 6th – expect a post, of course) and see if there are any mentions of the collection’s production in the first episode.

Until then, I think we’d all agree, this collection…is…bananas.


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Pumpkin Spice

With fall right around the corner, I can’t help but start to have food fantasies about pumpkin flavored everything. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, and delicious pumpkin bread. So let’s all take a moment to thank the food gods for this tasty treat I’m about to share with you:

A pumpkin bread with chocolate chips in it!

This recipe is an easy way to welcome back the cooler seasons. It’s a spicy/sweet bread that can be eaten for a snack, for dessert, or even for breakfast. If you bring this pumpkin bread with you to work for lunch, you will be the envy of everyone with a boring bag of chips.


(Photos courtesy of The Kitchen Shoot)

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