I love fall. I love pumpkin flavored treats, scarves, cardigans, my fall coat and watching the leaves change. Every year, I’m amazed by how beautiful the foliage is.
Living in Philadelphia, I don’t get to see much of the beauty of fall in the city. Some of the leaves change a bit, but mostly just go from green to brown to bare trees.
But the other day, my boyfriend and I went to a huge, 9,000+ acre park in Philadelphia called Fairmount Park and took some autumnal photos to edit using Instagram, one of my favorite apps on my iPhone. Instagram can honestly make anything look cool.
Filter: Amaro, with a slight blur (sorry about the midriff)
Filter: Lo-fi, with a slight blur
My favorite filter for fall photos is definitely lo-fi, it brings out the reds, greens and yellows of the leaves and makes them pop against the clear sky. The trees and leaves at Fairmount Park were already beautiful, but it’s amazing how much a little filter and blur call add.
On my way home from work, I noticed a new cafe a few blocks from my apartment. I went in and was blown away by how cute it is and wondered how I hadn’t noticed it before. Turns out, they opened on September 1st which is why I am only noticing it now.
It’s called Magpie and is an artisan pie boutique in Philadelphia. I then realized that there are hardly any dessert shops that only sell pie. Cupcakes and fro yo are all the rage, but pie is often left out of the loop. Magpie sells slices, but also takes orders for entire pies. I guess I know where I’m getting my next birthday…pie. I had a slice of the Chocolate Cinnamon Coffee Pecan pie and was blown away. I now have to try each pie on their menu.
Not only do they have sweet pies, but they have savory pies too. What’s better than pie in the colder months? Nothing!
I’m so excited to have this pie boutique mere blocks from my apartment.
This weekend I went on a bit of a spending spree. I bought new clothes, pumpkin beer, lunch and lastly, Cupcakes and Cashmere by blogger, Emily Schuman. Here’s her blog — cakesandcashmere.com, it’s awesome.
The book is broken down into seasons, starting with Spring, with recipes, style advice, party planning tips, home decorating and beauty tips for each season. I started with the Fall chapter since Saturday marked the beginning of the season.
I’m only one chapter in so far, but I’m loving every page of it. It’s tempting and inspiring me to throw a Halloween party and make my apartment a little homier for the colder months (and the future).
I 100% recommend this book. Even once I finish it, I’m excited to look back for party tips and delicious and classic recipes, like Bloody Mary’s and chocolate chip cookies.
Sweater weather means the beginning of one of my favorite trends; shorts, tights and boots. For the longest time, I was afraid to try to this trend, but as I liked it more and more, I figured it was time to give it a try.
My go to combination is a pair of denim shorts, black textured tights and black riding boots. I then throw on one of my casual sweaters or long sleeve shirts.
One of the best things about this trend is that you can wear a pair of denim shorts for a more casual look or a pair of tweed shorts for a dressier look. Depending on what you pair your shorts with, your outfit can be appropriate for anything from brunch to a night out to a day at the office (well, if you work in a casual environment).
The shorts and tights look doesn’t end at boots either, try it with a pair of leather oxfords or a pair of plain flats.
Pants are still worn in the summer, so why can’t shorts still be worn in the winter?