Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Voluminous Dress For Autumn

I really am so unbelievably happy it's Fall. Yesterday was a bit hectic, and by the end of the afternoon I was practically falling asleep on my laptop. I suddenly remembered that it was nice and cool outside, so I spent some time working from the hammock that I used to fall out of constantly. I even had to put a sweater on! It was amazing. I've got to make that a daily thing. Note to self I guess.

This dress was a gift from a very stylish friend, and I've been hoarding it for the first outfit post of the season. I think it's appropriate, the color palate especially. Though it can easily be dressed up nicely, I've worn it under a sweater and over a pair of leggings for a bit of fun. I always want to wear dresses, but I also always want to wear leggings and sweaters. I add another layer every year, I swear, but I think this is going to be my Fall/Winter winning combination this time around. I'm looking forward to it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Latest From The Copic Notebook

I've only got three pages this time, but it's good enough for me. I'm feeling a little rusty. I think this is a good time to mention that I'm doing an illustration every day in October. It's not quite Inktober, but it's the same general idea. Expect a month of Autumnal illustrations probably, and I start on Saturday!

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Small Space Autumnal Touches

Though I've practically always held an extreme adoration for Autumn, I've never actually gone out of my way to buy more than the annual pumpkin candle. I've decided to add a little bit to my collection this year. It isn't much, but I like the idea of growing it over time. Metallic leaves for my bottle vases, copper tapers for my candlesticks, and a little wooden sign for my work space are good enough for now. I've also got a little haunted house snow (bat) globe to pull out in October.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I spent mine with family, and I actually let myself have a Saturday for once. It was nice. I wish I could teleport to better visit people. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Celebrate Autumn With Walnut Date Bread

It's the first day of Autumn! Finally!

I can't believe it's here. To celebrate, let's bake some walnut date bread. It's a good recipe to do when you've got a spare afternoon alone. It's actually quite enjoyable to make then. 

You need:

8 oz dried, pitted, and coarsely chopped dates
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, diced
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1. Mix the chopped dates, baking soda, and 1/8 tsp of salt. Pour the boiling water over the mixture, and leave it to cool to room temperature.

2. Preheat your over to 350F. Use butter or a nonstick cooking spray to coat the bottom of a loaf pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper. This is a lot, but it doesn't fail.

3. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the walnuts are lightly brown and fragrant. Let them cool, then chop them coarsely. 

4. With a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and cinnamon until everything is mixed together. Add the butter, and process until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. If you don't have a food processor, a fork will give you a good arm workout. You'll probably need to pour the end result in a larger bowl. Stir in the walnuts. 

5. In a smaller separate bowl, whisk the egg and vanilla together.

6. Add the egg mixture and dates (the water too) to the flour mixture, and stir until everything is combined. Pour this into your loaf pan.

7. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and set, and a toothpick (or cake tester, etc) inserted into the middle comes out clean. Place the bread on a wire rack to cool, and then remove the bread from the pan.

Let me know if you try the recipe, and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Fall '16 Runway Partial Edit

Fall begins tomorrow, so I figured there's no time like today to go back and remember my favorite Fall '16 runway looks, some of which have been released sooner than others. You get it. This was ridiculously difficult to narrow down. I always go a bit overboard with my love for Fall/Winter runway, and because of that I feel like I left too much out, and I stopped looking through my vast Pinterest board at one point because I had too many tabs open. I've left out holiday season specific looks, with the exception of that red dress, because come one, but I'll go more into that at a later date anyway. Jumbled thoughts aside, I've got to get my hands on some coats and dresses and faux fur. Soon.

What Fall '16 runway looks were your favorite?

*I do not own the images in this post. Sources: Vogue Runway and Now Fashion

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Some Of The Coziest Things

I swear, Monday had me missing every phone call, missing messages, forgetting to feed the dogs while I showered (they don't share food, I have to keep them separate, one goes in the bathroom with me, etc, and I fed them after, don't worry). I was so scatterbrained. I got through it by blasting Florence + the Machine and wearing a nice dress. Mondays. 

I've already been indulging in a few of my favorite Fall activities, so I thought I'd include them in today's post. Aside from during the recent heatwave, I've been living in my flannel shirts, and I've been consuming (probably too much) tea and coffee. The Fall/Winter time of year is my favorite, and I always tend to reach for comforting things, like the aforementioned tea, coffee, and flannel, and Harry Potter is also one of those things. It's great to read, naturally, but I'm forever trying to get people to watch it with me. I'll do so alone anyway, with a pumpkin candle lit and my favorite blanket and robe around me. I wish I were doing so right now. I'm spending my morning taking photos and my afternoon decorating for Autumn instead. It's a fair trade.

What are your favorite cozy things?