Homemade Apple Crumble

On Saturday night I had an impromptu dinner party.  I whipped up some Cocoa Linguini with Marscapone and Lemon Zest (which was just okay…) then served an amazing apple crumble for dessert.  I had a bag full of organic gala apples that were just begging to be used and were on the verge of going bad so I peeled them, chopped them up, coated them in sugar, and served them to my friends.  I mean truly, is there any other way to eat an apple?

Organic Gala Apple Crumble

Homemade Apple Crumble

(adapted from Epicurious)

ingredients:

– 4 1/2 lbs. organic gala apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
-2 1/2 cups rolled oats
-1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
-1 cup all purpose flour
-1 cup unsalted butter cubed
-juice from 1 1/2 lemons
-1 tbsp. cinnamon

Organic Gala Apple Crumble

make the magic happen:

1) Preheat your oven to 375.  Mix oats, 1 cup of sugar, and flour in a bowl.  Add your butter and mix the ingredients together with your fingers (or a pastry cutter) until it comes together in a crumbly/grainy mixture.

2) Coat a 10x14in. (or 9x13in.) baking dish with cooking oil.  Mix your apples with the remaining sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon then pour into the prepared dish.

3) Top your apples with your oatmeal mixture then cook for 45-55 min.  The oatmeal should be a golden-brown color and your apples will be bubbly and fragrant.  Top it with some ice cream if you’d like and enjoy!!

Organic Gala Apple Crumble

It’s starting to feel like Fall, ya’ll!

Mint Green and Bare Shoulders

This is fall in Phoenix.  Bare shoulders, a cool breeze, and temperatures that offer reprieve from the unbearable summer heat.  I’ve been dying to wear a sweater but it’s simply not that cold yet here, so I’ll have to settle for stretching my summer wardrobe late into the month of October.

Mint Green and Bare Shoulders

top: Lush // jeans: Anthropologie // shoes: BP

Mint Green and Bare Shoulders

I start my new job today and I can’t wait to start sharing some of my business casual outfits. Being fashionable and professional is a bit of a challenge but definitely one I’m up to taking on. See you all tomorrow!

Fall Floral: Fashion and Architecture

I have a confession, y’all.  I’m obsessed with my floral pants.  Every morning I wake up and consider wearing them and dream of what I can pair them with next.  Each time I put them on they have such a different look; bad-ass biker, sweet and girly, or proper and put-together.  The muted colors in these pants make them the perfect neutral and it’s a really fun departure from my normal attire.  My photos were taken on a bridge I drive under almost every day.  It has the most beautiful shape and I’m sure I’ll be back again.  I love the lines of the architecture against the femininity of my outfit.

Fall Fashion

I wore this to the taco-festival and paired it with a great blue top and some flats.  I was a bit overdressed for the event but felt perfectly comfortable in my own skin which is really all that matters :).  Hopefully someday soon it will be cold enough for me to wear a sweater and some tall boots with these jeans.  Until then I’ll settle for fall-colors!
Fall Fashion

top: old navy // jeans: anthropologie // shoes: BP

Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion

Babe in Boots

Babe in Boots

Growing up in Arizona I was never really much of a “boot” girl.  I used to think they looked kind of silly and it never realllly gets cold enough here to warrant boot-wearing.  But then I moved to Chicago and discovered that boots are great for SO much more than keeping your toes warm in the snow.  Now that I’m back in the desert, I’ve decided it’s necessary to mix boots into my fall and winter wardrobe.  I love the hardcore look of these boots but couldn’t resist pairing them with these dainty floral jeans.  They’re my new favorite–you’d be surprised at how well they pair just about everything in my closet.  Plus, who can resist a good floral piece??  Not me.

Babe in Boots

Babe in Boots

sunglasses: Free People // top: Zara // jeans: Anthropologie
boots: Vince Camuto // necklace: thrifted

Fall Trends: Leather

This month, I teamed up with Art Effect in Chicago to bring you some of my favorite fall trends.  The ladies there pulled outfits for me and we had a lot of fun accessorizing my looks.  If you’re in Chicago be sure to stop by and tell them I sent you!  You can also shop online if that’s more your style.  Each Tuesday and Thursday of this month I’ll bring you one look and today is all about leather.

Fall Trends: Art Effect Chicago

dress: Velvet ($205) // clutch: Deux Lux ($65) //
necklace: Vanessa Mooney ($87) // bracelet: Leighelena ($125)

Fall Trends: Art Effect Chicago

This dress I’m wearing is the best faux leather I’ve ever had on.  Nothing about it felt like the cheap, plastic leather which always tends to remind me of dance costumes I was forced to wear as a youngster.  It was the most buttery-soft texture and instantly made me feel glamorous.  I love that they paired it with that eggplant clutch (one of my favorite colors this season) and the delicate studded necklace.  This is a truly wearable ensemble and I don’t feel like any part of it is trying too hard.

Fall Trends: Art Effect Chicago
How do you feel about the leather trend this fall?  Is it something you’d like to try?