Fall Wine Pairing Tips

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While I love a cold glass of white wine pretty much year round, as a hostess it is important to have seasonal beverages available for guests. So come Fall as it cools down and we rotate our menus to include heartier foods like meats and heavy sauces, the appropriate fall wine pairing option should be a room temperature red wine to compliment. Personally I find Merlots to be very heavy, so I like serving Santa Margherita Chianti Classico as a happy middle ground.

If you are hosting guests but not planning to serve a full sit down dinner, a recommended fall wine pairing for this wine is with a sharp cheddar, dark chocolate {the Cherry Roibos Bar by Vosges is a fab choice!}, and a bowl of blackberries. To merchandise, a cool wooden cheese board is the perfect finishing touch! Happy Fall!

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Fall Mod Gold Table Setting

Fall Gold Mod Table with Chilewich PlacematsGold Table Accents on a Fall Mod Gold TableHomemade Menu Cards DIY idea Riedel Glassware and Wheatgrass Centerpieces compliment the Fall Gold Mod Table designFashionable Hostess Gold Table setting for a Fall Gold Mod Table lookWheat Grass Centerpieces create a nice low look for a bright Fall Mod Gold Table setting lookLapinu Tribal Necklace by Dakorum.com is the pefect focal point for a Fall Mod Gold TableAt each place setting I put a Chilewich Mod Placemat, Kim Seybert Napkin, and L'Objet Napkin Ring

Fall fashion is all about rich golds, so what better way to transition into the season than to create a table that is just that. I absolutely love how these gold Chilewich placemats set the tone and give a retro-feel to this fall mod gold table setting. To keep the look cool not tacky, it was important to keep the number of colors to a minimum {ie. stick with primarily gold and neutrals}. I paired back to simple white dinner plates and napkins and used my L’Objet Gold Triple Napkin Rings. As for my ‘flowers’, how great are these rectangular vases filled with wheatgrass? Minimal and sleek, not to mention, idiot-proof when it comes to arranging.

Since the wheatgrass centerpiece arrangements were so low, I wanted to bring in one more element to be the focal point when guests arrived. I decided on my Lapinu Tribal Necklace from Dakorum.com and placed it at the head of the table on the back end so it would catch everyone’s eye but wouldn’t obstruct eye contact across the table when eating. Lastly, I added two more details worth noting that I love for Fall. 1. Cute bread plates with mini butter knives at each place setting which are perfect for hot dinner rolls. And, 2. DIY menu cards which I printed at home on card stock so guests felt like dinner was a real treat! Loving these bold hues? Stay tuned for Friday’s post where I share the perfect wine compliment for your Fall meal!


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NYFW Outfit Recap Part I


While I consider myself to be a lifestyle blogger, my background is all based in Fashion {see my full bio here}, so come New York Fashion Week I love getting dolled up for the shows and parties. This past week I had the privilege of being invited to SO many amazing ones - from Dannijo’s Jewelry Presentation, to Shop Buru’s Blogger Lunch, to Jay Godfrey’s Presentation, to Old Navy’s Joe Zee Launch Event, to Trina Turk’s Backstage Beauty and Hair Prep, to Mara Hoffman’s Runway Show, while this coming week I will be seeing Lela Rose’s Runway Show, Milly’s Backstage Beauty and Hair Prep, Tommy Hilfiger’s Presentation, partying with Lucky Magazine and Movado Watches, and more more more… make sure to catch ALL the fashion week details and fun pics on my Instagram and Twitter!

So as I was running from show to show, then back home to feed the baby and play with Reese, then a quick costume change and back to the shows, I had some fun snapping selfies in my bathroom mirror with each new ‘look’. I decided to Instagram them which is not in my usual form — in all seriousness my followers never like pics of me, but prefer ones of my apartment and dinner parties, but shockingly they got a reasonable number of likes!  So… I decided to be completely out of FH ‘professional camera’ norm today and share some very ‘amateur hour’ photos from my iPhone for this NYFW outfit recap. While I hate posting anything that isn’t gorgeously pristine, at least it’s a way to share my shopping list for Fall, as well as some styling ideas as to how to put it all together! If you are liking this Fashion Intermission, make sure to stay tuned on my social bc I am having a blast seeing all of the shows and sharing the trends!

NYFW Outfit Recap Look 1: Rag and Bone, Yigal Azrouel, Schutz, Asos, Pura Lopez and Prada (accessories, fall clothes and more)


NYFW Outfit Recap Look 2: Equipment, Shades of Grey, Valentino (outfit looks and styling))


NYFW Outfit Recap Look 3: Topshop, Eberjey and Balenciaga

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