Fall Favorites: Apple Cider Donuts (and the war against pumpkin everything)

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As soon as October hits, the internet blows up with a very, very diverse variety of autumn recipes. Pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin chocolate, pumpkin spice quinoa, pumpkin wontons (yes, really), ham with–you guessed it–pumpkin spice glaze. Pumpkin ice cream. Pumpkin muffins. If aliens visited our planet right about now, they would assume the only plant that thrives in the autumn is pumpkin. I mean, really. I don’t even like pumpkin that much, and any craving for it has been squashed by the pumpkin-spice frenzy that has consumed our world.

So let’s talk about some fabulous fall treats that are not pumpkin-related. Can I just write an ode to the apple cider donut? Apple cider is good, donuts are good, cinnamon sugar is good, but when they’re all combined into this one delicious treat, the heavens sing their praise. Luckily, there are plenty of places around here to enjoy these wonderful, homemade donuts, including our local apple orchard which I visited this morning. YUM.

My favorite way to add some fall flavor to my favorite foods is by adding spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are what make apple pies and pumpkin spice lattes so delicious, so why not add them to other things, too? I often add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to my hot chocolate or stir it into my oatmeal. You can also get creative with brown sugar and maple syrup in your everyday dishes. Trust me, it’s these things that make all those pumpkin recipes so delicious, not the actual pumpkin. Pumpkin is a squash. It’s really not that tasty, I promise you.

What are your favorite fall recipes?

Fall Favorites: Shopping Haul Edition

One of the best parts of fall is, of course, the clothing. Oversized sweaters, cozy knits, burnt oranges and mustard yellows and fiery reds and forest greens. Yesterday I went on a shopping trip to stock my closet with a few such essentials.

From H&M, I picked up this darling patterned cardigan. I purposely got it a few sizes too big so I could wrap myself in coziness. Additionally, I stumbled upon this wool infinity scarf in a gorgeous mustard yellow.

At the Macy’s shoe department, the odds were in my favor; there was only one pair left of these incredible moccasins, and they were in my size! Talk about luck. I’ve been looking for moccasins like these for ages to no avail, and when I finally found them, it’s as if they were waiting just for me.

At Forever 21, I got this gorgeous knit sweater and a cozy, colorful hat. I love the sweater’s rusty red color, and the pockets are always a plus. I also got this one in a bigger size, because almost all sweaters are better when they’re overlarge.

What are your favorite fall essentials and outfit pairings? Leave a comment and let me know!

(And, as always, I apologize for my lack of scheduled posting. I’ve been up to my ears in work, not to mention balancing my watercolor class at the local art center and the fall theatre production. I’ll try my best to write posts in advance from now on!)

Fall Favorites: Urban Decay’s NAKED Palette

Ahoy, a new feature off the port bow! Okay lol I know nothing about sailing and I have no idea why I felt inclined to make a pirate reference, but anyway, I have a new feature! It’s called Fall Favorites, and it will be a collection of all sorts of autumn essentials, from makeup to recipes to clothes to activities! This will be an excellent way to catalogue all my favorite bits of fall.

My first pick is Urban Decay’s NAKED Palette. (I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on this blog before, but I’m a bit of a makeup junkie. It’s another form of art to me.) I know they have the NAKED 2 out as well, but I don’t think you can beat the warm, basic hues of the original.

The palette begins with several light, shimmery shades perfect for highlighting and progresses to gorgeous bronzes, finishing up with darker bluish-greys. From off-white to pale pink to silver-gold to matte brown to greyish-olive to a pinkish-bronze and everything in between, it’s pretty much the essential color kit. You can create extremely subtle to very bold and bright looks within one palette.

Another notable feature of the NAKED palette is the high pigmentation of all the shadows. I just swiped my fingertip quickly across the light bronze shadow (“half-baked”), and the color is absolutely rich and stunning.

This adorable little bottle of primer also comes with the palette, which is a huge plus for me. With this on your lids, you can go the entire day without a single crease or smudge, from six in the morning to eleven at night. It’s honestly amazing. I have noticed, however, that when liquid eyeliner was applied on top of this primer, it became a bit difficult to get off even with makeup remover, almost leaving a shadow on my lid the next day. So, if you happen to wear a lot of dark eyeliner, you may want to apply this primer only to the part of your lid that will have shadow on it, because this stuff really does its job.

In summary, this is my absolute favorite cosmetic purchase; I believe it’s well worth the $50 for the quality. The colors are perfect for any variety of autumn looks, which is why Urban Decay’s NAKED palette is my first Fall Favorite!