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Fall Bucket List Recap

When Fall arrived, I put together a list of things I wanted to accomplish before winter set in. While I’ve actually crossed a ton of things off the list, I’ve totally failed as a blogger and have kept forgetting to actually blog about each of them. I thought I’d post a recap of the list here and catch up on all of the things I’ve crossed off the list so far.

  1. Visit a haunted house. 
  2. Carve pumpkins with John and decorate our house for Halloween.
  3. Try a pumpkin spice latte.
  4. Read 5 new books. On my list: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner and The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan.
  5. Make a pumpkin pie. 
  6. Dress up for Halloween with John.
  7. Drink warm apple cider.  Done! Read about it and get the recipe for spiked cider here.
  8. Have a scary movie marathon.
  9. Make our own Thanksgiving turkey. 
  10. Go to a pumpkin patch. 

#1: Visit a haunted house
Before this year, I had never been to a haunted house in my life, so I had NO idea what to expect. I’m one of those people who loves scary movies but actually hates being scared, if that makes any sense at all. But this year, I decided to face my fears and visit a haunted house for the first time. John and I settled on A Petrified Forest, an outdoor haunted house. As a result of deciding to go so close to Halloween, we ended up getting tickets to their glowstick night aka walk through the whole thing in complete darkness with only a glowstick to guide your way. The haunted house was complete with clowns, psych ward patients, creepy kids and of course a man with a chainsaw chasing you to the end. It was a perfect first haunted house experience and I wish I had photos to share!

#2: Carve pumpkins with John and decorate our house for Halloween
halloween01 halloween02I also made some great painted pumpkins for inside, which you can see and read about here.

#5: Make a pumpkin pie, and #9: Make our own Thanksgiving Turkey
thanksgivingI would have taken a picture of the pie, but it got eaten so fast that I could only take a picture of the last slice. And while we opted not to make an entire turkey, we did tackle making a full Thanksgiving dinner together and it was a blast! Here are links to everything I made:

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary
Rachael Ray’s Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Sauteed Garlic Asparagus

The stuffing was from a box so it doesn’t count, and the pumpkin pie is a slight variation of the recipe from the Libby’s canned pumpkin.

#10: Visit a pumpkin patch
pumpkins03 pumpkins02 pumpkins01John and I definitely had our challenges finding a pumpkin patch, but we eventually settled for one near our house. Unfortunately for us only GIANT pumpkins were left. We could barely carry them to the car!

What fun things have you been doing this fall?

Fall Bucket List #7: Drink Warm Apple Cider

When I created my Fall Bucket List back in October, this was one of my favorite items on it. The lovely Maria of kitchen/closet/heart hooked me up with an amazing spiked apple cider recipe and this weekend I finally had a chance to make it. The recipe is simple and combines Goldschlager, Dark Rum and a variety of spices (orange and cinnamon to name a few). You can view the original recipe here, but I’m reposting ingredients and directions here for convenience. Instead of serving this in mugs, I chose to follow Jen’s instructions for apple cups from her blog, Pearls and Lace. It doesn’t get more fall than spiked apple cider served in apple cups!

1/2 bottle dark rum (I used Cruzan)
1/2 bottle Goldschlager
1 qt apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
6 whole allspice
10 whole cloves
1 orange, cut into slices

1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and heat for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

The recipe says to leave this on the stove for 1-2 hours and then transfer to an insulated punch bowl, but the first batch I made a lot of the liquid evaporated as a result of being on the stove this long. For the second batch, I only let it “cook” for 30 minutes which resulted in a slightly stronger and much yummier cider.

What’s your go to drink for fall?

Feelin’ Fall

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and judging by all the buzz on the blogosphere I’m guessing I share my love of fall with a lot of you reading this. While Fall in Florida may mean the temperature dropping from 80 to 79, I’m not letting that prevent me from writing about it.

Fall Lust List

  • First up is a good homemade pumpkin pie because let’s be honest, pumpkin pie (or pumpkin anything for that matter) is the best part about fall. At least for me.
  • It’s no secret that I love peplum (see outfit post here) and I’m also loving leather so why not find a piece that combines these two trends into one?
  • You can never have too much pumpkin-whether it’s a scented bodywash, a pumpkin spice latte, a candle, or a real pumpkin.
  • Beat the cold weather (or the heat for me) by curling up with a good book. Add blankets, PJs and a glass of wine and you have a recipe for a fantastic lazy Sunday afternoon. I’m super excited to pick up Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
  • Red lipstick can take any ordinary outfit to the next level, and even though John may have said I resemble a clown when I tried some on this is still a must have fall beauty item for me.
  • I’m always down to add more animal print to my wardrobe so this season I’m in search of the perfect pair of leopard loafers. They’re perfect for any occasion and can easily be dressed up or down all while remaining incredibly comfortable.
  • Oxblood/burgundy/whatever color it is is obviously a huge fall trend. I can’t wait to snag the perfect pair of (insert correct color name here) skinny jeans.
  • Since there isn’t any evidence of fall approaching Florida anytime soon, I have to resort to constantly burning scented candles to bring about the feeling of fall. Candles are the perfect way to add fall into your home decor this season.
  • Obviously a brown leather Michael Kors bag is totally out of my price range, but a girl can dream right? I’m in desperate need of a new bag and this one is too pretty to pass up.

What’s on your wish list for fall? How are you incorporating the season into your own life and wardrobe?

Fall bucket list


Can you believe it’s already October? This year has flown by and it’s hard to believe that in a mere two weeks John and I will be on our cruise in the Bahamas. Since Fall is one of my favorite seasons, I want to make the most of it this year by creating a fall bucket list. I was inspired by Champagne Dreams, Boxed Wine Budget and pretty little things to put this list together, so thanks ladies!

  1. Visit a haunted house. To this day, I have never been to a haunted house for Halloween but have always wanted to go. I want to make it happen this year!
  2. Carve pumpkins with John and decorate our house for Halloween. We carved pumpkins together last year and had a blast but I still have never decorated my own place for Halloween. We already bought a light up spider to hang outside so I’m excited to find some more fun festive decorations!
  3. Try a pumpkin spice latte. I love pumpkin flavored or scented anything, so it’s pretty shocking that I’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte.
  4. Read 5 new books. On my list: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner and The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan.
  5. Make a pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite desserts, but I’ve never made it for myself. I’m a little baking challenged…so this could be interesting.
  6. Dress up for Halloween with John. We went with a bunch of friends last year as characters from the Wizard of Oz, so we have to think of something equally as good this year!
  7. Drink warm apple cider. We bought apple cider from Target the other day and it really got me in the fall mindset. John mentioned that he loves drinking it warm so I’ll have to try that this year (spiked, of course).
  8. Have a scary movie marathon. As scared as I get during horror movies, I love watching them. Now that I have a man to keep me safe at night I’m definitely going to have an all day scary movie marathon!
  9. Make our own Thanksgiving turkey. This is a huge goal, but since John and I won’t be able to get home for Thanksgiving this year I want to try to make a turkey on our own.
  10. Go to a pumpkin patch. Last year we picked our pumpkins from a local church parking lot (city living) so this year I’d love to visit a pumpkin patch.

What are you excited to do this fall?

Rock it for Fall Fridays: Neon

Shirt: F21 (last seen here) | Blazer: Thrifted | Pants: F21 (17.80!) | Belt: Aerie (similar) | Shoes: Nine West | Necklace: F21 | Shades: RayBan

Last time I wore this shirt, you all scolded me for letting it hang in my closet unloved for so long. I’m proud to report I’ve worn it manytimes since then and this top is certainly not going to be shunned once summer’s over. Neon was huge for summer, but it definitely doesn’t have to get the boot for fall.

The trick to introducing neon into your fall ensembles is moderation. While it was great to pair brights with brights during summer, toning down your look will make it suitable for fall. Limit yourself to choosing one neon piece per outfit (or 2-3 if using accessories), and then layer with neutral colors. For this outfit, I chose a black ankle pant to provide contrast and threw on a grey blazer to add polish for work. Add pops of color with your accessories, like the multi-color beaded chain necklace and green belt I chose for this outfit. The addition of colored accessories will add some interest to your neutral layering pieces.

For a more casual weekend look, ditch the blazer and layer with a denim chambray shirt instead. Trade the heels for flats and you’re ready to run errands or catch a movie in style. Here are some other fun ideas for outfitting your favorite neon pieces:

What neon pieces are you bringing with you into the fall season? What are some ideas you have for adding neon to your fall wardrobe?