Cable Knit Coziness

sweater c/o | bag | shades | leggings | sandals (similar)

The weather is really starting to cool down in Chicago which means it's time to get out the chunky knits! I recently picked this one up from Sheinside - it's seriously so comfortable! I'm thinking about ordering this and this one as well...can't beat the prices and you can never have too many sweaters, right?! A lot of you always ask me how I do my top knots and messy buns. I really have no secret but I'm hoping to get a tutorial for you ladies soon. It helps that my hair is super thick but I've been reading up on ways to make it work with thin hair as well! I've also been getting a lot of compliments on my lip gloss in my #selfies - it's by Laura Mercier and it's seriously my new fav (coming from a Nars enthusiast). I mix Bare Baby (best nude!) and Pink Pop to make my favorite shade but both look great worn alone!

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Super Simple (and Impressive) Apple Crisp

Hope you ladies are having a great week! A few weeks ago we took a trip to the apple orchard/pumpkin patch in the New York countryside. It was so much fun, and Sophia loved picking out pumpkins and apples to bring home with us. 
We payed a whopping $30 to pick apples that didn't even look that impressive yet (it was early in the season). I thought it was a complete waste of money, but we had fun, so I forgot about it and threw our bag of apples in the fridge. Later that day, my mom had mentioned she only makes apple pies/crisp with McIntosh apples, which happened to be what we picked. I decided I would give it a shot - the worst that could happen was I spend the afternoon baking, and throw the results in the garbage (which I was planning to do with the apples, anyway). Woah. I was wrong - these apples were perfect to bake with. This recipe is super simple (I was a bit intimidated b/c I had never baked an apple crisp, or any crisp for that matter), and very impressive! To make peeling the 10 cups of apples easier, I used my favorite kitchen gadget - seriously this thing is amazing. It peels AND cores the apples for you. If you are going somewhere and need to bring a dessert, I highly recommend this - major crowd pleaser! My hubby and I ate the entire dish in one weekend...oops. I can't wait to make it again for Thanksgiving. 
Ingredients:
8-10 cups of apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (this is where my favorite tool comes in SUPER handy!) 
1 cup white sugar 
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/2 cup water 

1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar 
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Place the sliced apples in a baking dish or 9x13 pan
3. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, and cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples
4. Pour water evenly over all
5. Combine oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and butter together (mix well with a spatula). Crumble evenly over top of apple mixture. 
6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes (ovens may vary, but I baked mine for exactly 45 minutes)

Please try this recipe, and let me know what you think! You will not be disappointed!



Weekend Style

pants | tee | scarf c/o | boots | bag | shades

I wore this neutral outfit to the farmers market and lunch on Saturday. My boyfriend and I have gotten in the routine of going to the farmers market on Division every Saturday a.m to stock up on cheese curds (they're seriously amaze), flowers and produce for the week! I am seriously loving this scarf from Krista Norris - perfect for layering! I also picked up these dolce vita booties this week and already know they will be getting a lot of use! Perfect heel height and I love the khaki suede. Have a great Monday ladies!

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Too Good To Miss

Happy Saturday, loves! I know we don't usually post on the weekends, but I was browsing a few of my favorite sites, and there are some great sales and promotions going on that I couldn't help but share with you! Madewell is offering 30% off all sale items (even includes fall items), use code: PINCHME at checkout. 


VEST 

MOTO DENIM (I tried these on and fell in love, definitely ordering with the sale!) 

Lord & Taylor is offering 20% off EVERYTHING! Helloooo...new fall wardrobe, please! Use code: SAVEMORE


GRAY PONCHO (obsessed) 


J. Crew is offering 30% off sale items. 




I'm thinking I need that gray poncho in a major way - it's sooo good! Hope you ladies have a great weekend! xx


My Weekend In NYC (photo overload)

Finnnnnally it's Friday! I'm so ready for the weekend, who's with me? I wanted to share my camera roll from our mini getaway to NYC last weekend for my hubby's birthday. We had a lot of fun in the city packed into a few days. I love that we still live so close to the city, we have decided we are definite going to start going there more often on the weekends. We stayed at the Mondrian Soho, and since we brought our babe decided to upgrade to a one bedroom suite so there would be two rooms (basically, so we'd have room for a crib). If you've stayed in NYC, you know the hotel space is almost comical, especially if you need a place to set up a crib. But, I have to say the Mondrian has it figured out. I love the decor - the carpet is cobalt blue, and everything else is white - so fresh! 
My little enjoying the Soho views from "her" room. 
The view from the shower was pretty incredible - it would be amazing to shower there every day. 
I love the architecture in Soho, it's so beautiful. We spent the entire day on Saturday just walking around. 
Of course, we had to make a pit stop at Georgetown Cupcake - never disappoints. 
More views from our hotel - waking up with amazing views is one of the things I miss most about living in the city. 
My little thought the city was so loud, HA! We thought this was so funny - she never did this when we lived there, but every time a siren would go off (or anything really), she would cover her ears. 
We went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the city (Isola Trattoria, which happens to be at the Mondrian) for my hubby's bday dinner. It's definitely a great date night spot, the decor is amazing, and the mood is very romantic. We had our favorite babysitter come to our hotel and stay with Sophia while we had a night out - it was so nice, we hadn't done that since we moved. 

Of course, we were up early the next morning with a toddler in tow, so we took full advantage and headed to one of the best breakfast/brunch spots in the city - Bubby's in Tribeca. This is such a fun (and kid friendly!) brunch spot, you definitely need to go there if you visit NYC. The food is amazing. I had the huevos rancheros (SO good), and my hubby had one of the specials (can't remember what it was, but he said it was one of the best breakfasts he'd ever had). 
After brunch, we walked around Tribeca - my ultimate dream neighborhood in NYC. I think I'd move back to the city for the perfect Tribeca pad, too bad they're so expensive. We humored ourselves and took a look at real estate postings as we walked by the real estate offices, and found our favorite for a cool $33 million - no biggie. 
boots | Vince sweater (sold out, similar here) | jeans | bag (LOVE this more affordable option) 
Of course, pizza is always necessary - my favorite is Sicilian, not New York style. 
Intermix in Soho is one of my favorite stores - so good! I wanted one of everything, but only left with a pair of shoes. That place could empty your wallet for sure! 
Have a great weekend, babes! xx 


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