Friday Things

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Phew, happy Friday! This week was off to a high note until the cold that’s been looming in my system for the past couple of weeks caught up with me, making the past 36 hours a complete drag. Runny nose, scratchy throat, random sneezing… not a whole lot of fun. I’m hoping a night of taking it easy kicks it to the curb, since a friend’s housewarming party + apple picking are on deck for the weekend. A little short on links this week, but there are some goodies! Any eventful plans this weekend? I’m missing my alma mater’s homecoming and am going to be stalking photos/filling up with jealousy…. have a great one, whatever you’re up to!

Of note…

- Work long hours? You may wish your office did this

- I’m hoping to make more soups this year and this one sounds easy and delicious.

- Fruit or veggie? This list may surprise you!

- The Brooks Brothers Friends & Family Sale starts today – I especially love this sweater and this dress (one of my favorite patterns of the season!)

- ICYMI: Lots of riding boots at lots of prices.

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Things I Love Thursday

Fall Essentials

ONE// L.L. Bean Cotton/Cashmere Waffle Pullover: This will likely be my next treat to myself. I went to an L.L. Bean store in Virginia last weekend and per usual, my friend and I had to talk each other out of buying 5 things each. I still can’t believe I resisted this top though – I’m obsessed with waffle + it’s great with jeans, leggings, skirts, shorts, and can easily be dressed up for work if you’re in a biz casual setting.
TWO// Loren Hope Cuff: Loren Hope (and the Sarra Cuff) strike again! My favorite bracelet is out in new colors including this gorgeous blue. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s perfect alone, stacked, for you, or for a friend!
THREE// Old Navy Booties: Major budget-friendly booties for fall + winter. Old Navy made a great pair last year but I like these even more… they were rumored to be quite comfy last time, so I’m optimistic for this pair (that’s $37)!
FOUR// Danielle Nicole Clutch via Nordstrom: Simple yet sophisticated clutches are surprisingly hard to come by. The Nordstorm junior’s section always has gems at great prices in the handbags department and this time is no different.
FIVE// Essie ‘Take It Outside’: The neutral nail polish lover that I am, this one’s a no-brainer.
SIX// L.L. Bean Quilted Vest: Sorry not sorry for more L.L. Bean…I’ll do a post on vests in the near future, but felt the need to share this one now since I tried it on in person last week and it exceeded all expectations.
SEVEN// Boden Dress: The British brand has been on my radar for quite some time now, but it wasn’t until I randomly received a catalogue in the mail that I took a good look at their offerings. Classic, fun colors, comfy silhouettes…like this tunic/dress.
EIGHT// Kate Spade Notebooks: I love all things “school supply”-related… notebooks, pens, colored pens, pencils, etc. I’ve been on an extra notebook kick lately thanks to a few new projects and love that Kate Spade makes some relatively inexpensive, light ones that are perfect for brainstorms, notes, or lists. This combination may be my favorite one yet!

Apple Recipes To Try

AppleCinnamonBread

(Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread via Half Baked)

Apple-Fritter(Apple Fritters via Seemingly Greek)

Stewed Apples

(Stewed Apples via Cake & Lilies)

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

(Salted Carmel Apple Pie Bars via Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings

(Cinnamon Apple Rings via Fortune Goodies)

Okay, so not all of these are baking. But hungry yet? Apple picking season is upon us and while it lasts until about November, many people are starting to plan their trip (or trips) to the orchard. I’m going on Sunday and can’t wait… having grown up in Dallas, apple picking (or fruit picking, for that matter) isn’t something we ever did. I’m sure some families found a way, but my first apple picking adventure was sophomore year of college and I’ve been hooked since – one of the many perks of going to school in central NY! If you live in a city, apple picking can definitely turn into a day trip, but often a welcome one. Sometimes all you need is a little fresh air, lots of land, and some good fruit + friends/family to re-energize.

The planner that I am, I’ve started pulling potential recipes to try with my forthcoming stock of apples. Pie is a given, but there are so many other treats vying for my attention. Here are some of them… maybe they’ll inspire you, too! But if you have any good apple-based recipes that you recommend, please share them! And don’t be surprised if you spot a few apple recipes popping up around here. Trying to resist the pumpkin as long as I can for variety’s sake!