pumpkin poppy seed crescent rolls

I have been seriously slacking on my “12 Weeks of Pumpkin” this year, but there are six weeks left and I plan to finish with a bang – starting today! Today’s post features not one, but two pumpkin recipes – that’s gotta count for something, right?

Over the weekend, I picked up this pumpkin cookbook from Eataly and was instantly inspired.  The Pumpkin Poppy Crescent Rolls were the first thing that stood out to me, but with only an hour left before the sunset, (ie. the last call for good food photography) I knew that I would have time to make croissants from scratch – so I enlisted the help of my good friend Pillsbury.

Within 12 minutes, I had warm customized pumpkin poppy Pillsbury crescent rolls, (say that five times, fast) that were absolutely delicious.  While I have had Pillsbury crescent rolls, I had never thought to customize them, but now that I have I can’t wait to try other combinations.

 

Keep reading for the recipe + a recipe for Pumpkin Veggie Soup!

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Plaid Pants, Leopard Print Coat, Cloth & Stone, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Zara, Joe Fresh, Mixed Prints

Nothing makes me happier, than a crisp fall day – especially when it’s a sunday and I can spend the day stomping around in leather booties, crunching leaves along the way.  Fall has arrived, and I welcome it with open arms.  Layering + mixing prints, is one of my favorite things to do when it comes to fashion, but I realize it’s not for everyone.

Over the weekend, I got my hair cut + colored which is also nice to do at the start of a season, but that’s when I relived most people are either a summer or fall person… My colorist is a full-blown winter girl and my girl who cuts my hair is already counting down the days till summer.   We all know what category I fall into (no pun intended), but which season is your favorite?  Are you looking forward to the cooler nights and crisp mornings or are you already longing for the heat to return?

I do have to say, that while I will always lean towards fall (specifically, September, October, and November) I do appreciate all seasons.  I could do without the non-stop humidity in the summer and snow storm after snow storm in the winter, but in the end I really do appreciate each season for what it is.

With that said, Fall is here (YAY!) and I couldn’t be happier.

Plaid Pants, Leopard Print Coat, Cloth & Stone, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Zara, Joe Fresh, Mixed Prints

Plaid Pants, Leopard Print Coat, Cloth & Stone, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Zara, Joe Fresh, Mixed Prints

Plaid Pants, Leopard Print Coat, Cloth & Stone, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Zara, Joe Fresh, Mixed Prints

Plaid Pants, Leopard Print Coat, Cloth & Stone, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Zara, Joe Fresh, Mixed Prints

Plaid Pants, Leopard Print Coat, Cloth & Stone, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Zara, Joe Fresh, Mixed Prints

Plaid Pants, Leopard Print Coat, Cloth & Stone, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Zara, Joe Fresh, Mixed Prints

Plaid Pants, Leopard Print Coat, Cloth & Stone, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Zara, Joe Fresh, Mixed Prints

{Top, Cloth & Stone | Pants, Joe Fresh (similar via Sam Edelman) | Coat, Zara (Similar via REVOLVE) | Bag, LIC Flea Market Find | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Hat, Zara (similar via Bebe) | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, Rowe (Columbus, OH) }

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One Skirt Five Ways, Black and White Stripes, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Metallic Pumps, Black Jewelry

Well, that went by fast! Can you believe it’s already Friday?

Today, I’m sharing with you the last look in my week-long “One Skirt, Five Ways” series.  I hope you have enjoyed all of the looks this far.  If you have been following along, I’m curious – which look was your favorite?

For me it’s hard to choice, as I really do love them ALL – each look shows a bit of my personal style, which is what fashion is all about.

Today’s final look, in the series, is classic and simple – who doesn’t love b+w stripes?!?  I added the metallic pumps as opposed to a classic black as I felt it gave the look a little bit of an edge.  I could also totally see this look with a chic pair of ballet flats – so Audrey Hepburn.

One Skirt Five Ways, Black and White Stripes, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Metallic Pumps, Black Jewelry

One Skirt Five Ways, Black and White Stripes, MICHAEL Michael Kors,  Black Jewelry

One Skirt Five Ways, Black and White Stripes, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Metallic Pumps, Black Jewelry

MICHAEL Michael Kors Metallic Pumps

One Skirt Five Ways, Black and White Stripes, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Metallic Pumps, Black Jewelry

{Bodysuit, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from Bloomingdales) | Skirt, Alythea (similar fromSheInside)  | Pumps, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from ASOS) | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, Zara (similar from Banana Republic) | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors

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And just in case this is the first time you are stopping by this week, don’t miss my latest, actually, my first styling video that I posted to YouTube Monday. Check it out HERE + please be sure to subscribe. Thank you!

Have a wonderful weekend… See you on Instagram.

Full Skirt, Shoptherunaway, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Zara, One Skirt Five Ways, How to wear a full skirt

Another day, another skirt pic! Are you sick of this skirt yet?  I sure hope not.  I for one, can not get enough of it – obviously.  Today, is also a favorite though, cause let’s be honest, the scarf and the shoes are absolutely fabulous and totally make the look. I say that and then I have to apologize, because they are both last season (scarf from Nordstrom and shoes from Zara) and no longer available.  I did however find a very similar pair of heels for you, which I linked to down below.

I hope you all are having a fabulous week.  Please scroll all the way to the bottom to ready an important message from Michael Kors and myself.

Full Skirt, Shoptherunaway, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Zara, One Skirt Five Ways, How to wear a full skirt

Full Skirt, Shoptherunaway, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Zara, One Skirt Five Ways, How to wear a full skirt

Full Skirt, Shoptherunaway, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Zara, One Skirt Five Ways, How to wear a full skirt

Full Skirt, Shoptherunaway, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Zara, One Skirt Five Ways, How to wear a full skirt

Full Skirt, Shoptherunaway, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Zara, One Skirt Five Ways, How to wear a full skirt

Full Skirt, Shoptherunaway, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Zara, One Skirt Five Ways, How to wear a full skirt

{Top, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from Zappos) | Skirt, Alythea (similar fromSheInside) | Scarf, Nordstrom | Shoes, Zara (similar from Schutz ) | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors

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Oh, and one last thing… today 10.16.14 is World Food Day and I’m helping Michael Kors stop World Hunger.  There are three ways, you can help too!

  • TEXT MKHUNGER TO 50555 TO DONATE $5**
  • Visit a participating Michael Kors store and get a FREE “Watch Hunger Stop” t-shirt, then post to social media, using #watchhungerstop. For every photo posted, Michael will personally donate 100 meals to the WFP.
  • Buy the limited edition Michael Kors Watch I’m wearing, which also providers 100 Meals to the WFP!

wfp, watch hunger stop, Michael Kors, world food day

Most importantly, please help spread the word today! World hunger is a problem we can solve – let’s all work together to make it happen!

Full Skirt, One Skirt Five Ways, H&M, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Shop the Runaway

Today marks Day 3 of “One Skirt, Five Ways” and it happens to be one of my favorites.  I actually wore this outfit to work last week and received so many compliments on the color combination, that I knew I had to include in this series.  Hunter green and pale pink (see similar color combo here) is such an unexpected color combination that really feels like a classic.  I love how alone each piece is simple, but together this looked is well thought out and lady like.

I also must mention, the mid-flex pumps I’m wearing are a MUST!  In fact, I wear them so much that they are currently with my shoe repair guy, getting fixed up, so I can continue to enjoy their awesomeness. I just over $100, I highly recommend you get yourself a pair – especially if you’re looking for a well structured, neutral pump, that you can wear ALL day!

Full Skirt, One Skirt Five Ways, H&M, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Shop the Runaway

Full Skirt, One Skirt Five Ways, H&M, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Shop the Runaway

Full Skirt, One Skirt Five Ways, H&M, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Shop the Runaway

Full Skirt, One Skirt Five Ways, H&M, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Shop the Runaway

{Top, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from Land’s End) | Skirt, Alythea (similar fromSheInside) | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, H&M (similar from Nordstrom) | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Bracelet, MICHAEL Michael Kors

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And don’t miss my latest, actually, my first styling video that I posted to YouTube Monday. Check it out HERE + please be sure to subscribe. Thank you!

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

When a coworker told me about FEED Supper, I knew I had to participate.  While I had lofty goals of hosting a dinner party, I didn’t have much time so I ended up hosting a dinner for two… i.e. a typically night, but amped up with a purpose.  It was nice to not only put a little more effort into a weeknight meal for just the two of us, but the best part was really the conversations we had focused around hunger and how we can help.  The FEED Supper Toolkit, seen below, comes packed with a lot of powerful information.

FACT:

  • In the U.S., 49 Million Americans (1 in 6 people) are food insecure, which means they don’t know where their next meals will come from.
  • There are more people who are food insecure in the world than the combined populations of the U.S., Canada, + the European Union.
  • If women farmers has the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry people in the world could be reduced by up to 150 Million (source WFP) 

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

We all know (and love) FEED products, specifically the original burlap totes, but did you know that FEED Projects has been operating for 7 years now, offering over 70 products and has provided over 85 million meals?!  Pretty cool, right?!

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

Thursday, October 16th is World Food Day, bringing awareness to a fixable problem – hunger!

FEED has teamed up with the West Elm to create the Supper Collection, where proceeds of products sold provide meals for children. In addition, FEED has started a FEED Supper Movement, September 16th – October 16th, inviting everyone to join them around the table for supper to “embrace the right for all people everywhere to be able to eat”.

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

Sunday night, I joined the movement!

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

While our supper table was small, we still made an impact, raising 1,000 meals in total.

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

I, of course, made pumpkin pasta for the occasion.

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

As for where West Elm comes in, my apron and tea towel are both from the FEED Supper Collection and collectively raise 20 meals, here in America.

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

My serving utensils were handmade in Keyna, which my brother brought back for me after his trip to Africa last year.

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

How the supper works…

Step 1: Become a Host

Step 2: Invite Guest + Fundraise (here is where you can help)

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

Step 3: Add some FEED Flare

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

Step 4: Put your own spin on it

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

Step 5: Supper Time!

FEED Supper, #feedsupper World Food Program, WFP

Even though FEED Supper ends in two days, you can still help! 

1. D O N A T E 

2. Shop The Supper Collection from West Elm

3. Spread the word! #FEEDSupper

BCBG Hat, Luciana Tee Shirt, Ful Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Booties

Well, it’s back to the work week for me today, happily rested after a 3-day weekend.  I crossed a few things off of my weekend agenda… The closet clean out/ seasonal switch is complete, enjoyed Sunday brunch, made one pumpkin dish, (mostly) cleaned the apartment, and attempted to finalize Italy plans (must finish that up tonight).  All in all, it was a great weekend.

We decided to hold off on the pumpkin patch, as we like to drive up state for that and with the leaves just starting to turn, we thought we would optimize our viewing and wait another week.

Last night, we participated in FEED Supper, which I’m super excited to share with you tonight – please make sure to check back for a special night-time post.

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As for today’s outfit, part two in a five-part, week-long series on “One Skirt, Five Ways“.  If you have seen my video, then you got a little sneak peek. Look 2 is playful with my favorite parts being the C’est La Vie Tee and the BCBG Hat.  This look is all about having fun – perfect for a weekend shopping trip, or brunch with the girls.

BCBG Hat, Luciana Tee Shirt, Ful Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Booties

BCBG Baseball Hat with Faux Leather

BCBG Hat, Luciana Tee Shirt, Ful Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Booties

BCBG Hat, Luciana Tee Shirt, Ful Skirt

Luciana C'est La Vie Tee

Full Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Booties

BCBG Baseball Hat with Faux Leather

BCBG Hat, Luciana Tee Shirt, Ful Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Booties

{Jacket, Zara (last season) | Shirt, Luciana from Milk Bar Boutique | Skirt, Alythea (similar from SheInside) | Booties, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, Baublebar | Hat, BCBG

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And don’t miss my latest, actually, my first styling video that I posted to YouTube yesterday. Check it out HERE + please be sure to subscribe.

Olive & Oak Plaid Top, Green Scuba Skirt, Green Gloves, Fur Scarf, MICHAEL Michael Kors Boots, Sage+Sparkle

Today’s look is one of my favorites for fall – ladylike and rugged at the same time.  I picked up this neoprene full scuba skirt, last Sunday at the LIC Flea on the way to hot yoga and seriously, I can’t stop wearing it!

DSC_0020 Olive & Oak Plaid Top, Green Scuba Skirt, Green Gloves, Fur Scarf, MICHAEL Michael Kors Boots, Sage+Sparkle

When paired with my new brown booties from MICHAEL Michael Kors and a plaid top from mimi&mo, this look is seriously perfect for fall.

Olive & Oak Plaid Top, Green Scuba Skirt, Green Gloves, Fur Scarf, MICHAEL Michael Kors Boots, Sage+Sparkle

I particularly love the mix of textures here… Neoprene, fur, leather, and plaid – yes, please.

Olive & Oak Plaid Top, Green Scuba Skirt, Green Gloves, Fur Scarf, MICHAEL Michael Kors Boots, Sage+Sparkle And let’s not forget to talk a little about these booties… so comfortable and so perfect for the season. I love how they toughen up this girly skirt, but would also work well with jeans or leather leggings.

Olive & Oak Plaid Top, Green Scuba Skirt, Green Gloves, Fur Scarf, MICHAEL Michael Kors Boots, Sage+Sparkle

And a full skirt with pockets?!? …need I say more.

Olive & Oak Plaid Top, Green Scuba Skirt, Green Gloves, Fur Scarf, MICHAEL Michael Kors Boots, Sage+Sparkle

The gloves and the dainty jewelry keep this look sweet…

Olive & Oak Plaid Top, Green Scuba Skirt, Green Gloves, Fur Scarf, MICHAEL Michael Kors Boots, Sage+Sparkle

…while the fur and the plaid keep it interesting.

Olive & Oak Plaid Top, Green Scuba Skirt, Green Gloves, Fur Scarf, MICHAEL Michael Kors Boots, Sage+Sparkle

{Top, Olive & Oak (sold out, see below for similar options – love this one from Piperlime) | Skirt, Alythea (similar from SheInside) | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Gloves, TOPSHOP | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Scarf, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar)} 

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Today’s post also has a bit of a bonus! I have been wanting to start creating styling videos for a long time now and this weekend I finally got around to creating my first.  My love and I had so much fun creating this video, showing you how to wear this one skirt, five ways and I can’t wait for you to see it.  Please check it out, and subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more videos like this.

Everyday this week I will be revealing all the outfit details on each look, so be sure to check back daily.  Thank you for reading (and watching) and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

mini-pumpkins

I have been majorly slacking on my pumpkin recipes this year! For some reason, Fall seems to be headed in the same direction of Summer – passing by WAY to fast.  This weekend, I plan to put a stop to it.  Fall is my favorite season and I refuse to let it pass me by.

After receiving a few emails wondering where my pumpkin recipes were for the season and after this weekend, I promise I will be back on track, but until there, here is a little recipe roundup of last years pumpkin recipes and an agenda (to help hold me accountable) for the weekend ahead.

This weekends agenda: 

    • Pumpkin Patch
    • DIY Halloween Costumes
    • Make at least 3 pumpkin dishes
    • Flea Market
    • Sunday Brunch
    • Finalizing November Italy trip
    • Apartment cleaning
    • Closet clean out / seasonal switch
    • Check out Pumpkin

      by Fallon Carmichael at Foodie.com


      See more #twelveweeksofpumpkin on instagram!

      And now I would love to know, what’s on your agenda for the weekend?

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

I finally got around to shifting through the 100′s of photos I took while in Paris and London last Fall – yes, almost a year ago.  In my defense, I took over a thousand photos over the course of the week life has been moving full speed ahead ever since.  It was nice over the last couple of weeks though, to be able to look back and relive the memories – and I can’t wait to share a few of them with you.

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

One of my favorite memories of our trip was afternoon tea at The English Tea Room, located inside the Browns Hotel - which happens to be the oldest hotel in London… talk about history! In fact, Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book in the English Tea Room – way, way back in the day. Pretty cool, huh?!

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

We had the best seat in the house, at a tiny little table with big Queen Anne style chairs, right in front of the fireplace.  If you ever plan to check it out, make sure you plan ahead as reservations are required.

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

The tea menu was incredible – but it’s worth noting that afternoon tea doesn’t come cheap.   It can run you anywhere from $75-100+ per person.  But having experienced it myself, I can say it’s worth it.

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room, Matcha green tea

I tried the traditional Brown’s Blend and a rare Match tea, served in the champagne glass seen above – both were delicious.

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

The whole experience was one I will never forget.

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

From the crumpets (yes, we had crumpets + tea) to the tea sandwiches and treats, everything was delicious. I mean seriously… who knew clotted cream was so tasty!

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

My favorite nibble was by way the cucumber sandwich and the delicious carrot cake.

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

The Brown's Hotel, London, Afternoon Tea, English Tea Room

A trip to London is not complete without experiencing Afternoon Tea.  If you plan on going one day, be sure to check out the Browns Hotel, for an experience I’m sure you will never forget.