The 5 Pieces I Have My Eye on for Fall

Hello Lovely,

I can't believe Fall is already here! In The Bahamas, the weather never actually changes. It's summer all year round. The lowest we get is about 70 degrees. So it's hard to get excited about Fall fashion. That doesn't mean we can't still find ways to enjoy some of the hottest trends of the season. Fall usually means dark colours, which is a stark contrast to my recent love for all things bright and beautiful. I swear I just joined the unicorn bandwagon only to be saddled with muted tones.

New seasons are the perfect excuse to switch up your wardrobe. I'm not looking to go overboard with new pieces, but there are a few pieces I would love to add to my collection. Some of these items are way too costly so I'll be on the look out for knock offs and cheaper brands!

Wine Coloured Trousers

It's official. The colour of fall is Red. I'd love to get my hands on a pair of wine-coloured trousers like these. I have a wine-coloured skater skirt that I purchased last year and I think a pair of pants would be the perfect addition to my Fall collection.

Faux Fur Heels

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I'll admit, the feathered slippers I see women wearing absolutely disgusts me! It looks like someone hot glued faux fur on the slippers my brother would wear. There is nothing cute, stylish or sophisticated about it. However, put it on a pair on heels and NOW we're talking! I recently ordered these shoes and they're just as gorgeous in person. Haven't worn 'em yet though. I kind of just want to wear them with a long luxurious bathrobe and pretend to be rich.

Floral Print Boots

Do I think these boots are ugly? Yes. Yes I do. Does that stop me from wanting them? No. No it does not. For years I've wanted floral print combat boots, but never knew where I'd wear them so I never bought it. Now the desire has returned stronger than ever. I just have to keep reminding myself that I recently purchases four new pairs of heels....

Couch Florals

I really can't resist floral print. No matter what form it comes in, florals are here to stay in my books. I already own one floral print maxi dress and recently bought a tiered floral print maxi skirt. I've got floral print pencil skirts and a few floral print shift dresses for work. But one more couldn't hurt? Right?

Duster Coats

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Chanel blouse
vestiairecollective.com

Max Moi cardigan jacket
$920 - harrods.com

Scarve
$225 - toteme-nyc.com

Fulton clear umbrella
$27 - johnlewis.com

Givenchy perfume
bloomingdales.com

Flynn King hydrating face mask
$28 - wolfandbadger.com

Eye mask
$110 - net-a-porter.com

Travel kit
etsy.com

It's usually way too hot to wear coats but that doesn't stop me from visualising myself in the nicest coats trimmed with faux fur. I've been eyeing different types of coats from linen to chiffon. I'll keep you guys update on that quest.

As I add to my wardrobe, I'll update you guys through posts on my Instagram and Weekday Wardrobe posts on my blog. What are you craving this Fall? Share your wishlist in the comment section below, and don't forget to follow me on Pinterest to see what's inspiring me and Instagram to see how I bring these inspirations to life!

Pumpkin and Carrot Soup with Crispy Bacon and Rosemary

Pumpkin and Carrot Soup with Crispy Bacon and Rosemary

Pumpkin soup. Perhaps the quintessential fall/winter food. That and casseroles. But soup warms you from the inside out, like only tea does. Especially on days where the winter wind chills you to the bone. 
Not that we have experienced particularly low temperatures at my latitude so far. To the contrary, it has been a fairly mild fall/winter (sometimes even mostly summer). Truth is, you don’t need to be under the blankets to enjoy pumpkin soup. This pumpkin soup is yummy, creamy, and so velvety-smooth. There’s nothing quite like pumpkin soup to warm up wet or cold days.

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Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Baby its cold outside!

Just kidding! It's only about 73 degrees here in the Bahamas, but it feels a lot cooler and that's good enough for me! I wish it could stay like this for the rest of the year. I love this kind of weather! It's the perfect opportunity to wear sweaters, wrap up in a blanket, drink cocoa and fall asleep to Netflix!

It’s even better when you have healthy foods to satisfy the comfort-food cravings that always strike this time of year. (Anyone else caves in as soon as they see that Thanksgiving spread)? You could bring this soup to any Thanksgiving dinner and I promise no one would even know its vegan! This seasonal, vegan soup satisfies your need for creamy, warming soup—and is full of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in the body, thanks to a plethora of pumpkin.

I love that I didn’t have to add any kind of dairy to make this creamy. Simply pureeing it made it soft and creamy! This autumnal dish is already comforting and warming, but you can make it even more so by adding in a little fresh ginger, or sprinkling your bowl with nutmeg or extra black pepper. Just add bread or crackers and you have your new fave fall soup.

CREAMY VEGAN PUMPKIN SOUP

This delicious fall favourite is so good, you won't believe it's vegan, low calorie and low fat!

This delicious fall favourite is so good, you won't believe it's vegan, low calorie and low fat!

Ingredients

·      3 cups vegetable broth (organic and yeast-free) OR water

·      1 bay leaf

·      2 cups chopped pumpkin

·      ½ stalk celery, chopped

·      ¼ large onion, chopped

·      2 thyme leaves or sage

·      1 tablespoon black pepper

Instructions

1.    Add vegetable broth (or water), bay leaf, pumpkin, celery, and onion to a large soup pot. Place on medium high heat and cook for about 30 minutes (or until the squash is soft). Add thyme or sage, and pepper. Simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes.

2.    You can serve this soup as is, or make it smooth by blending it in batches with a blender or using an immersion blender (I took the leaves out before blending).

3.    Serve and enjoy!



Summer-to-Fall Essentials That Look Good on Everyone

Hi friends!

It's Wednesday, which means it's Hump Day and I'm feeling particularly humpalicious! I'm not entirely sure what that means, but let's just roll with it shall we?

Last night was the season finale of Pretty Little Liars, and I couldn't be more satisfied! Well at least until about the last 15-30 seconds when they said 5 Years Later. Seriously, my life was finally complete. I've been watching this show from the beginning (however many years that is) and I FINALLY got the answer to who A was, with an ENTIRE backstory that explained EVERYTHING (won't spoil anything) and then they had to hint that the whole thing is pretty much starting up again. I just may have to take up residence in Radley myself after that plot twist.

 

But the show is over until Winter, which means my weekly fix for all things dramatic and fashionable, or fashionably dramatic or dramatically fashionable (however you want to put it) is on hold. Although summer fashion shows are now coming to an end, signaling the impending chill of fall, don't rush to ditch your summer duds just yet. I'm gonna show you how to transition some of your Summer Essentials into Fall Classics, while avoiding the seasonal mall rush!

(Click on photos for links to items and cost)

(Click on photos for links to items and cost)

1. The Slip Dress

For high-octane glamour with a nonchalant edge, the slip dress is the perfect pick. It's great by itself on a summer day with sandals, but when the weather starts to get a little chilly, adding a cardigan, trench coat, parka or military jacket is the perfect way to transition this traditional summer look into a fall beauty.

2. The Maxi Skirt

For a forever chic look, go all out for the leg lengthening virtues of the maxi skirt. Whether you opt for a sleek column fit or a wafting voluminous shape; rework your maxi with bold prints, sheer mesh finishes and dipped and asymmetric hemlines.

3. Infinity Scarves

Scarves are timeless accessories used throughout the year’s seasons and fall is no exception! Layer up and give your outfit that extra pop with a cute scarf.

4. Kimono Cardigans

It almost never gets cold in the Bahamas. And if it does, it only drops to the 60's. Christmas day is usually a sweltering 80 degrees. Which means some afternoons can still get pretty warm! But if you want the illusion of a fall cardigan while still staying cool, cover up with a light kimono cardigan draped over!

5. Skater Skirts:

Always have a few pretty skater skirts lying around! The thing I love most about skater skirts is how versatile they are. You could dress 'em up with heels and a blazer, or take a more casual (or practical depending on how cold it gets) approach with tights, boots, and a knit cardigan or parka. And the best part about skater skirts? They're stylish all year round!


Which Summer-to-Fall look is your favourite? Sound off on either this page, my Facebook page, or on the Polyvore page. And if you haven't followed me on Polyvore yet, you totally should! It's like cool and stuff. And totally filled with pretty, shiny things. Have I convinced you? Good! See you in next post!


XoX,

Olivia


Crab Salad Tostados

The second part of this post is going to be quick. The good thing about these two recipes I've shared with you is that you can make them simultaneously! Now I know you like that! So while you're waiting for the custard to bake, you can make these simple open-faced sandwiches. Bear in mind, that the servings on these are meant for a small group of four people. So if you're entertaining more, adjust the recipes accordingly for your crowd.

Today I give crab salad a new twist that I think you'll love!

Crab Salad Tostados

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 Hoagie Slice of bread (cut in half diagonally and then separated top and bottom)

1 cup of imitation crab meat (completely thawed)

2 tablespoons aged cheese Alfredo sauce

1/3 cup shallots

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon garlic and pepper seasoning

1/3 cup diced tomatoes

1/4 cup ricotta cheese

Directions:

Combine the crab meat with the Alfredo sauce, shallots, tomatoes and seasoning. Stir until completely combined.

Lightly spray a pan with non stick spray. Toast the bread slices on both sides until desired consistency. Top bread slices with crab salad mix. Then top each tostado with a dollop of ricotta and serve.

Enjoy!

 

 

Pumpkin Frappucino

Happy Monday!

It has finally occurred to me and my wardrobe that we are officially in Fall!

I am so  sorry that I have not been keeping you all up to date with my Outfits of the Day via Instagram.

Besides having spotty WiFi at work (totally fixed now I hope) , I have been seriously spazzing out lately!

My weekends are just so packed I barely have time to actually relax.

One of my closest friends is getting married in two weeks and just had a bridal shower this past, weekend. OMG, don't I feel old! I am now at the appropriate societal age where you're expected to get married or at least have married friends.

Childhood where are you?!

I also went fabric shopping and spent all of yesterday cutting out patterns.

Fash l Art is less than a month away and I still have so much to do!

Speaking of which, I promised I would share the official cast photo with you, so here it is:

 

That's me, bottom left, green dress, sitting down!

(Now before you ask, no I did not make that, and it's actually a lighter green in person. My friendRia Georgina Additionally, my eyebrows aren't that thick at all)

 

I'm learning so much already in this experience and will try my best to document my journey for you all without giving away too much!

So far, it's been pretty stressful (but not in a bad way).

 

So to de-stress, I concocted this delightful little smoothie!

 

Here's how I got to make this.

Every Sunday morning, I make myself a bowl of cereal.

It's a tradition I had with my dad and I still continue it on my own.

I walked into the kitchen and what did I see?

A pot filled with cubed pumpkin, already boiled!

I knew it was meant for Sunday dinner, but I instantly started plotting.

 

I was originally going to make pancakes, but when the laziness kicked in, I decided on a beverage instead. And let me just say, this drink powered me throughout the day!

So much so, I didn't really leave much for my family.

It's just THAT GOOD!!!!!

PUMPKIN FRAPPUCINO

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ice cubes

  • 11/2 cups soy milk 

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 

  • 3/4 tsp instant coffee granules 

  • 3 tbsp whipped topping

  • 3 tbsp white sugar

  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix!

 

I sincerely recommend everyone to try this.

The flavours of fall bursts on your taste buds in just a single sip!

However, I would not recommend licking the blender. 

 

That might be dangerous.......