Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday's Five 9/11

Happy, happy Friday!

We had a good week - it went by super fast (yay), and all of my pumpkin soaps and candles have made their appearances around the house (double yay).  Definitely looking forward to the weekend though, we'll be heading to Detroit for a wedding!  Let's get right into the randomness...

ONE | Cooking & Baking
I was on a roll in the kitchen this week - I made risotto and apple cobbler for the first time and they both turned out so, so, so good.  The risotto recipe came from an awesome book I'm reading called Bread & Wine.  I'm only about halfway through so I'll share a full review when I'm finished, but spoiler alert: I love it.

TWO | Fall Dresses from Nordstrom
Since we have two more weddings this fall, I was searching online for dresses this week because we all know we can't wear repeats in the same year (girl code).  I tend to stick with Nordstrom thanks to their free, speedy shipping and the fact that I had a Nordstrom note to spend didn't hurt!  

Anyway, there are SO MANY cute options for not only the wedding festivities, but also every day wear.  These all would look adorable with anything from gladiator sandals to chunky heels to booties.  And then throw on a floppy hat or a poncho and you're good to go!  I want them all!

BB Dakota Plaid Shirt Dress // Free People Emma's Embroidered Swing Dress // Lush Karly Shift Dress
 Free People ZigZag Shift Dress (on sale!) // ASTR Cutout Back Dress // Wayf Button Front Shirt Dress

THREE | Pumpkin at Starbucks!
I'm not a huge coffee drinker - I don't handle caffeine well, haha - so I rarely indulge in a PSL... my solution is adding pumpkin to my chai tea lattes!  Delish.  
PS: I'm actually at Starbucks right now and have been here for 3 hours and this guy has been passed out/snoring next to me the.entire.time. 

FOUR | After School Boy Blazer
... is my faveeee fall nail polish.  It's the perfect dark, navy color.  I actually found mine at TJ Maxx last year, so keep your eye out for Essie polishes there!  They're only like $4.

FIVE | 14 Years Later
It's just insane to me that September 11, 2001 was 14 years ago already.  I still remember sitting in 7th grade math class, watching the news.  I didn't know what the big deal was - I thought the first plane crash was just a terrible accident - but after seeing the second plane hit, made me really worried and scared.  Our school made us turn off the TV's after that, but I remember going home and watching the news coverage all night with my parents.  Such a tragic, horrible day and I'm definitely saying a prayer for everyone that was involved, lost loved ones and for our country.

We also lost my grandma two years later on September 11th, 2003 so I always think about her today.  She was such a special lady - probably my favorite person when I was little :) - and I so wish we had  had more time together.

But on a happier note.. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  See you back here on Monday!



  1. I love all of those Nordies dresses! Such pretty Fall options. Go you making risotto! That's still something I haven't attempted to make myself because it seems daunting.
    I can't believe it's been 14 years already either....crazy how quickly time flies.

  2. For some reason I am really dragging my feet one the whole fall thing this year! Usually I'd be all in by now and I not even close lol! All of those dresses are pretty but I can totally see you rocking that upper right one.

  3. So many good dress options! I have the Lush one in a wine color and I can't wait to wear it with booties. Hope you have a good weekend!

  4. I’ve been eyeing that WAYF shirtdress too! It’s perfect for fall and I love the color!

  5. Loving that first plaid dress option. So cute! Definitely want to try out that Essie navy polish - I think it would be great on toes!

    And girl, I remember sitting in homeroom on 9/11 and thinking the SAME thing - that the first crash was an accident. But then the second one happened. Our teachers left the tvs on that day until school was excused, and we saw the buildings burning. I kept wondering how they were going to get water up there that high to stop the burning. And then the towers fell. Seems like yesterday.

  6. I love all those dresses, so fab for fall. I can't believe it's been 14 years either. It seems like it was just the other day. Time goes by so fast. I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort today and always with the memories of your beloved Grandmother.

  7. I am seriously obsessed with every single one of those dresses! So gorgeous! And loving that nail polish color, so pretty! I can't believe it's been 14 years either. So crazy. I remember thinking the same thing about the first plane. Hope you have a great weekend girl!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  8. Mm I love risotto! You have to share! And thats so funny about the guy at Starbucks lol. I could never fall asleep in public. Well, an airport maybe lol.

    Happy weekend!! xo.

  9. I have recently discovered the beauty of Nordstrom's free shipping and free returns! We have several weddings this fall and of course nothing fits me right now. Love the casual dresses you picked! Love me some chai tea lattes, but I've never thought about putting pumpkin in it!

  10. Those dresses are all SO cute. We have that BB Daktoa dress where I work too. Funny that you mention the pumpkin chai lattes, I saw them being advertised yesterday at Starbucks and I thought ooh that sounds good!! I will have to try it some time. Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. I'm going to need an apple cobbler recipe STAT... because that sounds AMAZING.

  12. I've heard such good things about Bread & Wine and want to read it! Love that plaid BB Dakota dress, it's on my wish list. Have a good weekend!

  13. Love that back cut out dress! And a pumpkin chai sounds perfect; I may try that today!

  14. I love those dresses! I'm slowly but surely getting excited for fall!

    Her Heartland Soul

  15. Enjoy the wedding weekend! Everything you made this week sounds so delicious. I love all those Nordstrom dresses - I'm really into the long sleeve dress trend this season.

  16. Apple cobbler sounds delicious! And those fall dresses are making me want to go shopping! - Svetlana @Life with a Side of Wine

  17. mmm i hope you share the risotto recipe! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  18. *Hugs* gurlie for your sweet grams. And yay for pumpkin candles and soaps! I'm trying to hold out until the first day of fall, but I may not make it lol. And adding pumpkin to my chai tea latte? Genius! I'm not a fan of the PSL, but I think your way sounds delish!

    Loving all of those dresses, especially the three in the bottom row - so pretty! Happy Friday and enjoy the wedding <3

    Green Fashionista

  19. I still give you credit anytime I suggest the pumpkin in chai tea :) ... do you know someone showed me that they now make chai tea with pumpkin flavoring for sale in stores!! I haven't found it yet but I bet its coming to all stores soon with fall close by

  20. Pumpkin in a chai latte is genius, chai latte is my go-to drink anyhow so I'm totally trying this!

  21. Well you officially made me realize I'm old - you were in 7th grade when this happened, I was a sophomore in college.

    I'm not a fan of pumpkin unless its bread, to be honest so I'll let everyone else indulge :)

  22. Loving those dresses & that black jacket is adorable!! I was also in the 7th grade in my Language Arts class when the teachers were instructed to turn on the TV's where we watched the tragedy. I remember all the parents had to pick up the kids nobody was allowed to walk home and we were all just scared and confused. So crazy how even 14 years ago, everyone vividly remembers where and what they were doing.

  23. I'm sorry that 9/11 is an extra hard day. Lots of hugs for you <3

  24. Good for you for your kitchen kick! I've been terrible with cooking lately,but now that it's cooling down I'm sure that will change. Love all the dresses that you picked out!

  25. Love your fall dress picks! And September 11th is still such a strange day -- so sorry it's even harder for you! Love to you!

    Southern Style

  26. I'd love for you to share the recipes you've been making! They sound delicious :)
    Great fall dress picks! It was super cool here this weekend and I LOVED it!
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    xx Em
    beauty blether

  27. Love those dresses! Great picks. And also, love After School Boy Blazer! xo

  28. I've heard such good things about Bread & Wine! I look forward to hearing your full review. :)

    Thanks for the Essie recommendation! I like their polishes and that color sounds perfect for this time of year. I hadn't thought about checking TJ Maxx for their polishes!

  29. Haha your Starbucks story is too funny. I don't handle caffeine well either so I stick to decaf if I ever do drink coffee. Love those dresses!


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