halloween white

Not a color we typically associate with Halloween, I know.  But hey, you’re over here in a fantasy land called Wednesday White and this is how we roll.  The one way I like to see orange and black is surrounded by gobs of white.  Like this adorable white Connecticut cottage owned by Country House Magazine founder, Nora Murphy.

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I love this playful hanging of bats and round up of witch brooms and pumpkins in all shapes, via Martha.  It’s welcoming of the Halloween spirit without being too freakish or gory.

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This Boozy Pumpkin White hot chocolate recipe looks fun and DELISH.  Feel free to bring some to our home on Halloween…we can watch the kids blast through the halls on a candy high and make wagers on who will sugar crash first.  Sounds tempting, I’m sure.  : )

boozy white hot chocolate

And if you’re planning to make a treat for your kiddos this weekend, these lady caramel apples are lovely.  They look so festive with the natural branches and perched on a white pedestal.

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Yes to pops of white on Halloween night!

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autumn vegetarian dinner

Wanted to follow up with you on the spaghetti squash dinner I made Friday night.  First of all, I didn’t take pics of the table (or our big group) because I was too caught up in enjoying it all.  I guess that’s a good thing!  But the food was soooo tasty and I highly recommend making the spaghetti squash recipe I posted about.  Working with spaghetti squash is super easy, which was quite a relief because I was so nervous to cook this vegetable for the first time.

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A little round up from some of our dinner components.  I used our Nate Berkus placecard holders (which I’ve been hoarding forever) for the table setting and loved.

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I like to incorporate any form of nature into a table setting.  I think it makes it much more inviting and interesting.  Of course the lions are oldies but goodies, so they’re no longer avail.  You can find similar figurines on Etsy and other sites.

Back to our casual soiree.  My friend and her husband surprised us with a bottle of wine she brought back from her trip to France (she’s a ballerina and had a performance there last spring).  The wine was actually from her friend’s parent’s vineyard.  Apparently it’s common to have a vineyard if you live in France?  It’s a cool story because she met him in college while he was here in the exchange program, and they became good friends.  When she went France last spring, she was able to visit him at his home and tour their family vineyard.

I’m not a big wine drinker and find most wines to be either too dry, too bitter, or too something.  I’ve never really understood it when people say “oh, I just need a glass of wine.”  But this wine was absolutely DELICIOUS.  Total game changer.  I told her I could never drink American wine again.

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We enjoyed the spaghetti squash.  I ended up baking two large squashes (doubled the recipe) at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, then scraped the insides into a spaghetti texture before adding the spinach and artichoke mixture into the squash.  After adding in the spinach/artichoke mixture, I baked them for another 8-10  minutes at 400 degrees.  I served our main course with french brie and crackers, arugula and radish salad, and a penne pasta with red marina.  For dessert we enjoyed homemade blueberry cobbler – I always use this recipe because it’s so easy and delish.  Mmmm mmm.  I was so happy to successfully cook a vegetarian friendly dinner ; )

Cheers to a tasty autumn dinner with friends!

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enjoying now + spaghetti squash recipe

I know I’ve gone more philosophical in my posts lately, but after thinking about my content, I decided to include more authentic topics that inspire me in daily life.  There are so many blogs out there that are  design, design, design.  Buy this, buy that.  Wear this, wear that.  I thought it would be nice to weave in a little personal reflection amidst our weekly style topics.  Like my thought on IG today about enjoying the present.

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It’s so easy to say “I’ll be happy when….” or “I’ll be able to enjoy life when…”  Have many times have you found yourself saying that?  I have many times.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for setting goals, but it’s wonderful to embrace the present and enjoy it to its fullest.  I love the expression, “today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.”  So true.  And it takes effort to shift into that mindset.

That being said, we’re inviting some good friends of ours over for dinner tonight.  Normally I would lean against it because our home isn’t as tidy as I’d like it to be, but you know what?  I’m going to enjoy now.  I can put up a “beware of tripping on legos” sign in the family room.  Or just set up the kids’ tee pee and shove all the tiny pieces under it ; )  Ya, that’s my plan.

Our friends are vegetarians (we’re omnivores, ha) so for dinner I’m attempting to cook this yummy spaghetti squash for all!  Oddly enough, spaghetti squash seems to be that one universal vegetable kids accept and like.  Ours love it.  Recipe over hereThis recipe calls for microwave prep…I have literally never cooked any meal in a microwave, so I’m planning to veer off course and bake this one.  There are many more delicious spaghetti squash recipes featured on Country Living’s site here.

spaghetti squash recipe

Oh – remember how I mentioned the Anthro sale?  I found a few goodies to enjoy for upcoming cold days and our last season of Downton Abbey.  Hint: think hot tea.  Will try to style them for a pic and show you when they come in!

Happy Friday!

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yes to the vest

This chic print, by New York Fashion illustrator Lilian Jang, inspires me to incorporate vests into more of my fall outfits.

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I love a good light-weight vest, and have been debating this herringbone number.  I think it would go with so many things!

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Simple, classic, neutral but still bold.  Always a good choice.

A great style compliment to this vest is the kitchen (and probably the whole house) in the movie, The Intern.  I always love the set designs in Nancy Meyers movies.  Simple, classic, neutral but still bold.  Image via

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