Pumpkin Spice And Everything Nice

Now that it’s November {can you believe it?!}, and with the weather feeling decidedly fall-like, I can’t seem to stop thinking about all things pumpkin. I dabbled in a bit of baking last week thanks to Trader Joes’ Pumpkin Bread & Muffin mix {easy and delicious!} and now I’m craving more! This recipe for Pumpkin Buttermilk Scones on Etsy’s blog sounds and looks so delicious – I can’t wait to put my baking skills to the test. The perfect treat for a crisp, fall morning!

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Salted Chocolate Caramel Lollipops

A sweet and salty combo is one of my favorites. I found the recipe for these lollipops in my Sweet Confections cookbook, so I suppose could whip up some of these on my own… or should anyone want to make a batch of these and hand deliver them to me, I guess I wouldn’t be opposed to that idea either. Yum!


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Hey Mr. Louboutin

Have you heard about Christian Louboutin’s new book? I love a great fashion read, so when I learned from Fashionista that Louboutin’s eponymous book will come out in October, I was immediately curious. As a biography, memoir, and photography book in one, it sounds interesting enough, even if just for the sure-to-be stunning pictures. But if that’s not enough to pique your interest, wait until you hear who else collaborated on the project- John Malkovich and David Lynch!  Such an awesomely eccentric trio of characters will definitely make for an exciting {and maybe just a tad strange} read. Another coffee table book to add to my wish list.

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Manhattan Trade School for Girls

One of my favorite hobbies is to look through my grandmother’s albums of old photos and to imagine what life was like for her growing up way back when. Needless to say, I was totally charmed by this story on Slate about a trove of long-forgotten report cards from the Manhattan Trade School for Girls for students in the 1920s. The hand-written records include photos of the students {in one photo a girl is playing a mandolin, another is feeding chickens!} notes about the pupil’s family, nationality, height and weight {um, pardon?} and grades for assignments including Dressmaking, Laundry, Cooking, Deportment, and Hygiene. In the letter below, a career counselor advises a student on how to care for her skin troubles now that she’s landed a job – too funny! And while I don’t know that I would much appreciate receiving grades for my hygiene, I do think this story is such a sweet glimpse into what it was like to grow up and go to school as a girl back in the day.

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Paris vs. New York

I’m in love with these illustrations by Parisian graphic designer Vahram Muratyan for his iconic Paris vs. New York series. You may have seen his Amélie vs. Carrie print before as it’s been pretty popular (which kind of girl are you?), but you can also visit his blog to see all the charming illustrations. And now I hear that a book of the pictures will be released next spring! As someone who has not yet had the pleasure of visiting New York or Paris (I know, I know. I’m working on it), I am having so much fun living vicariously through Muratyan’s artwork. So, I’ve got to ask you: Paris or New York?

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Elevator Confessions

If you are in need of something hilariously entertaining and maybe just a tad gossipy to get you through the day, then I strongly recommend that you click here. It seems that everyone is buzzing about the new Twitter account @CondeElevator, created by some mysterious insider {whose identity, for her/his sake, I sincerely hope remains a secret} in the Conde Nast Building who has been tweeting all the Devil-Wears-Prada-esque exchanges that occur between floors in the building’s elevators. I was under the impression that no one made eye contact in the Conde Nast elevators, much less spoke to each other, but apparently people are all sorts of chatty and catty in the elevators, including banter about cankles, disdainful hair-flipping, and snide remarks about some poor woman’s omelet breakfast. I do hope that these tweets are exaggerated for our entertainment (can you imagine saying some of these things with a straight face?), but regardless I’ll definitely be following along with aghast amusement. Enjoy!

Note from Melissa: I have a sneaking suspicion that you’re right Amelia, and that the tweets are exaggerated at the very least, but I don’t care either way- totally snarky fun!  My 5 years spent riding those 4 Times Square elevators were, sadly, fairly silent.

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Watercolor Notes

I’m swooning over these Save the Date and Thank You cards. The messy hand-painted watercolor next to the perfectly stamped calligraphy? Stop it. I love it so much and we haven’t even talked about the color yet. Somebody please send me a card like this. Or, better yet, the next time I write a letter or thank you note I’m going to break out the watercolors and try this beautiful DIY embellishment for myself!

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Iris Apfel, fashion muse

When I read the news this week that Iris Apfel will be collaborating with jewelry designer Alexis Bittar on a new collection, I couldn’t help but do a little dance in my chair. I’ve been eyeing Bittar’s fun, modern collections for awhile but add Iris Apfel to the mix and I’m sold. The 88-year-old interior designer turned style icon has me, and much of the fashion industry, totally smitten. I mean who else can rock a trademark pair of oversized black-rim glasses, layers (and I mean LOTS of layers) of costume jewelry, and thigh-high boots at her age, or at any other age for that matter? I love that Apfel is a free spirit with a style that is all about having fun with fashion; she’s creative, eclectic, and quirky and doesn’t give a hoot! I can’t wait to see how this collaboration turns out!

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Kinfolk Magazine

Have you heard about Kinfolk Magazine?  Its first issue launched last Friday and I am so excited about it! If Martha Stewart had a younger bohemian sister – one who hikes in the woods, travels the world, and who disregards crumbs on the table or proper silverware etiquette in favor of sincere conversation with friends – this is totally the magazine she would read. Watch the gorgeous manifesto video on their website and then check out some of the familiar faces from the blogging community that make up the magazine’s creative editorial team. Makes me want to call up some friends and head out on a picnic!

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