How To Have A Cozy Night In

How To Have A Cozy Night In Thomas and I have been nesting like crazy this month, and it’s been SO fun staying home, relaxing, cooking, and listening to music in our living room. We recently upgraded our music game with this fun record player and I have to say, it makes all the difference. There’s just something about listening to vinyl records on an old school record player, curled up on the couch, that that can’t be beat. This record player comes in a ton of different colors and patterns, but I went with this classic tan linen one. It’s the perfect addition to any home, apartment, or office because it’s compact, light, and easy to travel with (when it’s closed it looks like a vintage briefcase!) It’s also really cute as a decorative addition to a bar cart, coffee table, console, or dresser. With the holidays coming up, a vinyl record player is THE perfect “gift for him” – your significant other, dad, brother, will love it! And of course it would make a fab “gift for her” – especially if you have a music junkie mom or girlfriend! It looks WAY more expensive than $50 doesn’t it? Yep it’s $50 and arrived in 2 days from Walmart!!! Walmart carries a ton of vinyl records – both old and new to go along with the record player. They have everyone from Lana del Rey to Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. I LOVE Al Green so I couldn’t resist getting this vinyl record too! Shop more of my favorite vinyl records + record players below – and enjoy your weekend!
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Apple Cider Donuts for Fall

I want my apartment to permanently smell like these apple cider donuts that I made last week. I wish there was a scratch and sniff for this post because you would D-I-E! Cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and butter wafting through the air…heaven, truly. This was the easiesttttt recipe, and believe it or not – I am not even a donut person! Yeah, seriously! But these bad boys, are nothing like the store-bought donuts you’re used to. They’re moist, flavorful, and light – almost like an apple cinnamon muffin, but more fun. When I moved back to NYC, I left most of my cooking supplies and cute holiday decor behind. It was too much of a pain to bring every little thing, and I just figured I wouldn’t have enough space in my city kitchen for it all. Thankfully, I was able to replace a ton of items I left by ordering them at Walmart (their 2 day shipping option is THE BEST) and everything was soooo reasonably priced and sized. You really do have to think about the size of things in NYC, and this petite 6 donut pan is PERFECT for any kitchen. So is this baking rack! Affordable Items From Walmart It’s so fun to get in the fall/holiday spirit and I wanted to share a few easy, affordable things from Walmart that have made my place feel more cozy and fall-like this season! For fall/Halloween/October themed decor, I love these white pumpkins which can also be used on a Thanksgiving table. These black and white linen napkins are so classic and honestly great to use year round. These black and white straws make any drink more festive. And how fab is this big plaid blanket for picnics or snuggles on the couch? For baking, I love these Halloween sprinkles, this donut pan, baking rack, simple black spatula, hand mixer, and black “cauldrons” to put toppings in. Walmart literally has everything from decor, to baking items, and ingredients – like flour, sugar, vanilla, and candy corn or frosting! These are my favorite mixing bowls – I use them for everything from apps to baking, candy and more. Apple Cider Donuts Recipe Get the apple cider donut recipe here – and let me know how you like them! I can’t wait to make another batch this weekend (I already ate all of these in 2 days – after sharing a few of course ;0) Oh my goodness, I almost forgot – can we talk about Charlie’s costume?! It’s a Where’s Waldo? Halloween costume for dogs – and was under $20. He surprisingly likes it too (minus the glasses which he tore off in 5 seconds haha!) Do you have a pup? There are so many perfect dog costumes here!!! PS Walmart also has some really great adult costumes too! PPS you can shop this black henley here!
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The Perfect Silk Blouse

Hi! It’s me! I’m alive! I have never taken such a long break from blogging and let me tell you, I really, really missed it! Things have been nonstop for me, with trips every few days for the past month (I’ve legit been living out of my suitcase!) and a zillion projects on Instagram that have been pulling me away from blogging. Can I let you in on a little secret? I prefer blogging verse posting on IG. I really do. I’m so grateful for all of the projects I get on BOTH platforms, but I really love the art of storytelling through a blog post. The thing with IG is that it’s fleeting content. People will look at your photo for a few seconds and then scroll onto the next photo and the next photo… On a blog, you can really take time to pour through posts, read through the copy, and bookmark things to come back to again and again. Sure you can save things on IG, but with a website – content lives on, and is relevant for YEARS. I mean, some of my most popular outfit posts are from 5 years ago! You can search for specific content on a website/blog, whereas Instagram doesn’t have a search tab within each person’s page. Instagram feels trendy to me, more click bait-y, and it’s brimming with “look at me!” staged captures, whereas blogs feel more genuine and personal. You can subtly tell a story and make your point… and really build up to something. But, that’s just me – call me old fashioned, or traditional I guess!!! The Perfect Silk BlouseAnyways, let’s talk about my outfit shall we?! Ok so this blouse is a dream, and I picked it up when I was in LA a few months ago. It’s from an up and coming brand; Nanushka, who makes gorgeous, quality pieces. It’s a pricier blouse, but it’s made of the thickest, most incredible silk, and the tailoring is perfection. It’s one of those pieces you slip on and feel like a million bucks in. We ALL need a blouse like this – trust me. It also comes in black (SWOON!) I wore this blouse with my favorite Re/Done jeans which make your butt look AMAZE, and leopard pumps. You could easily wear this top with a leather pencil skirt, white jeans, blue jeans, or black trousers. The black version of the blouse would look stunning with tan trousers wouldn’t it? If you’re in the market for a leopard pump, there are some great ones online right now under $150. Some that stood out to me are…these ones, these ones, these ones (under $100), and these!
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Fall Game Day Entertaining

It’s football season which means it’s the perfect time to throw a little fall game day shindig at your place! Everyone is back from summer travels, so it’s always a great month to have people over. I personally love any excuse to throw a party, and wanted to share some of my tips + tricks for putting together an easy fall game day entertaining spread! Game Day SnacksFirst things first, let’s talk about the food! My personal fave part of entertaining is getting to snack on all of the yummy treats! You can’t throw a game day party without something salty and something sweet to nosh on. I picked up all of the essential snacks like; chips, salsa, pretzels, popcorn, M&Ms (peanut butter are the bestttt right?!), cheese cubes, and mixed nuts. I made the popcorn in 2 minutes without any butter or oil using this AMAZING hot air popper. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know popcorn is one of my go-to healthy snacks, so this small air popper is a GAMECHANGER for me!!! The popcorn turns out perfect – it doesn’t burn, AND you can easily season it with whatever your heart desires after it’s done. PLUS it’s only $31 and available for Next Day delivery at Walmart! Trust me, you’re going to want one. Game Day DrinksBesides the obvious game day drinks; water, club soda, and beer, I thought it would be fun to add a spiked lemonade to the roundup. Everyone loves lemonade, and it’s a refreshing beverage to go along with all of the snacks and food that you’ll be consuming throughout the day! I ordered this lemonade and added a few shots of vodka and lemon slices to this big glass pitcher. I love that the pitcher came with 5 glasses and holds plenty of liquid for everyone to help themselves to. The entire set just went on sale for under $13! Add a fun straw to the glass and you’ve got a super easy cocktail for your guests. Serving PlattersI picked up all of these simple, affordable platters and bowls at Walmart. This clear, break resistant chip + dip bowl was one of my favorite purchases because it’s so versatile and goes with any style of decor. It’s a great piece to have when you’re doing outdoor entertaining! This wood tray is so rustic and perfect for any fall sort of spread – and would even look gorgeous year round on a coffee or entry table. These classic white bowls and these clear bowls are ideal for using year round as well. Other Game Time Essentials Besides snacks, drinks, and serving platters, a game day party wouldn’t be complete without a few other quintessential items like a TV, grill, table + chairs, and games (I love this corn hole set!) And if you really want to go all out, then Walmart has a ton of cute football themed decor as well! Shop everything I bought below. Happy game day planning!
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