Take Note 10•31•14

Take-Note-Ina-Garten-The-Barfoot-Contessa-new-book-Make-it-ahead-Pumpking-Decorating-Henna-Wood-Burning-Oversized-Fall-Plaid-Scarves-Vegetable-Spiraler-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHappy Halloween everyone! Any festive plans for the weekend? Our neighborhood is full of young families, so we get a ton of super cute trick or treaters – which is always fun!

  • I’m usually very much on-th-go during the weekends. But lately, the chiller weather has me wanting to stay home, invite over a bunch of friends, cook a big pot of something delicious and open a nice bottle of wine. I just picked up this cookbook, and am salivating over the make-ahead recipes that are perfect for such occasions!
  • Speaking of cooking, this is my new favorite kitchen gadget (and a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies – just peel the zucchini first and it looks just like spaghetti!).
  • Looking to get crafty with your pumpkin decorating? Loving these malachite pumpkins, and these henna & wood burned pumpkins are just gorgeous!
  • For me, Fall weekends are all about dressing cozy, which is probably why I have a serious obsession with oversized scarves – this one, this one and this one are high on my list right now! Which is your favorite?
  • I’m not typically a fan of reality TV, but this reality TV star’s office has me swooning!

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Game Day

In our house from early September through late December, Sundays {and the occasional Monday & Thursday} are considered “holy”. And not because we’re particularly religious people, but because it’s “football day” according to my husband, and the Giant’s are just about as holy as he gets. Oddly enough, I actually really enjoy watching the game! I was an athlete in high school, workout pretty regularly now, and overall really enjoy the sportsmanship of it all -and well-built men in tight football pants isn’t the worst thing to look at! The crisp Fall air, our traditional tailgate {which includes a multiple-course Italian Sunday lunch that would make my Nonna proud}, and the rush from the game, makes for a perfect day!

And while I may not know every play in the book, I like to consider myself somewhat of an expert on what to wear to a game. The weather can be a bit unpredictable, with warm afternoon tailgates and brisk end of game temps, so layers – in the form of my favorite t-shirt, plaid button down & quilted vest  {love these more affordable alternatives here & here too!} – are an absolute must! Like many other stadiums, there is a very restrictive bag policy, and this little guy just makes the size requirement. I’ve also learned my lesson to wear comfy boots that can easily be hosed down – we are cooking in a parking lot after all!

Do you have any Fall traditions? I fell in love with football a few years ago and am totally hooked!

Check out some of my other favorite game day outfits here and here.

Fall Inspiration & Updates

Decorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{garden tuteur}

Fall-front-door-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{wreath}

Fall-outdoor-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{tablecloths – similar here, here, here & here}

Fire-pit-cozy-fall-night--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{fire pit}

Roasting-marshmellows-Fire-pit-cozy-fall-night--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{marshmallow roaster}

Fall-picnic-Decorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{throws – similar here, here & here}

Fall-mantle-decorated-with-pumpkins-and-twinkle-lights--via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pumpkins, gourds & foliage // twinkle lights}

Fall-Halloween-Thanksgiving-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDecorating-with-Pumpkins-Outside-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFall-outdoor-table-setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{flower arrangements – similar}

When Fall arrives with its crisp cool air, I like to transition out our light-weight accessories, in favor of velvethandknit pillows, warm heavy throws, gorgeous dried flowers & bunches of wheat and a few other trimmings. I don’t go overboard – I still want our house to look like our house! – but find adding a few tasteful accessories sets a nice cozy tone for the season!

Do you like to add a few nice cozy touches to your home around this time of year?

Weekday Uniform

Working in a creative industry, my client meetings for the most part are pretty causal. During the warmer months I typically turn to a dress (that’s now on major sale!) or my favorite pencil skirt for an easy look. But when the weather starts starts to dip down, a beautiful silk top (size up – it runs small!), waxed denim (or slim wool pants) and a blazer that fits like a glove (in a gorgeous color) is perfect for chillier mornings and warmer afternoons. Top is off with a chic pair of glasses, pumps that mean business, a little bit of sparkle and a workhorse bag to house my laptop & daily essentials – and I’m good to go!

I always perform better when I feel confident in the way I look! Are you the same way? It seems so silly, but really works wonders!

Fall Staples, Day to Night + {Shopbop’s Friends & Family}

The sale that happens but twice a year finally here – 25% off Shopbop’s entire site {w/ code FAMILY25}! While my “imaginary cart” is quite full, I’ve been narrowing it down, and so far this sweater and these leather leggings will definitely make it to checkout! We’ve been traveling quite a bit the past couple weeks, so I really need pieces that can easily transition from day to night. I love how the pairing looks casual with this great pair of snakeskin high tops, baseball hat and perfect everyday bag (in my favorite pop of color for Fall – red!); while a sexy pair of heels, bold lip and fur vest make chilly nights out super sexy!

Take Note 10•10•14

Take-Note-Pok-Pok-Michelin-Star-Fall-Throws-MOMA-Brown-Sisters-Serena-&-Lily-Friends-and-Family-Sale-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Hamptons-NY-NYJust popping in to say Happy Friday and share a few things I was inspired by this week!

  • Exceptional food, low prices and a no-reservation policy already made getting a table at one of my favorite Brooklyn restaurants, Pok Pok, challenging. This month they earned their first {and very well deserved} Michelin star. My trick to getting a table – go for lunch on Saturday or Sunday, they recently started opening at noon on the weekends.
  • Loving these Fall throws.
  • Excited to check out this exhibit at MOMA next month – would be a great concept to draw inspiration from for your annual Christmas cards!
  • One of my favorite home retailers, Serena & Lily’s Friends & Family sale is currently underway. Shop my favorites below.
  • Other sales of note – 50% off at J.Crew Factory {no code needed – and my favorite sweatshirt’s finally back in stock!}, 30% off select styles at Madewell {OHFALL}, 20% at Piperlime {FALL20}, and save up to 40% at Gap {NEWOUTFIT}!

Serena & Lily Friends and Family favorites:

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Lemon Lavender Yogurt

Lemon-Lavender-Honey-Greek-Yogurt-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMy abundance of lavender has generously perfumed the backyard air all summer long, and with our first frost not too far off, I brought big bunches of it inside to dry the weekend before last. I love the way it looks hanging on a little hook, and once it starts to get too brittle to hang, I pack it up in little mason jars so I can enjoy its perfumed aroma until the new batches pop up in my garden next year. I love adding a pinch of it to my tea leaves, stuffing sachets with it for little gifts to friends, and my most new favorite way to enjoy it is in my morning yogurt (but if you don’t have lavender on hand, you can always buy it here)!

Bunches-of-Lavender-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJLemon-Lavender-Honey-Greek-Yogurt-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 1Billy and I were at Toro a a few weeks back and we had a lemon-honey gelato infused with lavender sitting on top of chucks of chewy granola. I was in heaven – I could literally eat that dessert every day! Seeing daily scoops of gelato {unfortunately} aren’t part of my regular diet, I put together this little Lemon Lavender yogurt recipe which is, and mimics all of the flavors I loved. I’ve been eating it every morning for the past week and a half – a definite must try, and it’s SO incredibly easy to make!

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LEMON LAVENDER YOGURT
Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 lemon zested
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh lemon juice {depending on how acidic you like it}
  • 1/2 tsp. dried lavender, petals removed from stems
  • serve over granola, garnished with a sprig of lavender, slice of lemon & mint {optional}

Preparation

  • Combine first 5 ingredients and let sit for at least 15 minutes so lavender petals can rehydrate {if you have time, let it sit overnight}.
  • Place granola in a bowl, top with yogurt mixture.
  • Garnish with a sprig of lavender, slice of lemon & mint

Servings: 1 • Size: 1 bowl Calories: 170 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 18 g • Carb: 27 g  Sugar: 25 g
Sodium: 67 mg {not including granola & garnish}

The recipe above serves one, but I like to make multiple servings of the yogurt mixture and store them back in the yogurt container – then I have breakfast for the entire week!

Packing List • Bordeaux

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After a year and a half of planning, my family and I are heading to Bordeaux this week for harvest and to celebrate my parents 35 wedding anniversary. I’ve never been to that region of France, so I’m beyond excited for the great adventure ahead of us, and for all of the wine tastings and culinary delights we’ll be sampling!

Of course what to pack has been anxiously nagging me, although I did much better on our last two trips by way of a little preparation and sticking to a strict color combo – mostly neutrals with a splash of bordeaux (of course!) for this trip. I’m also taking a tip from a good friend, and selecting my shoes first, then selecting which garments to pair with them.

Bordeaux’s weather can be a little temperamental this time of year, with an average of 13 days of rain in September, and temps ranging from 55°-85°. A great rain jacket with a hood (why don’t they all have one?!) and pair of rain boots is an absolute must; and these Loeffler Randal booties with their chic gold buckles can be worn casual or dressy, rain or shine (my beloved Hunter’s would likely take up 1/2 the weight limit in my suitcase!). Theses ballet flats are so incredibly comfortable (I took my friend Hanna’s advise and snipped off the charm to make them look a little more “grown up”), while these sexy heels are perfect for dinners and drinks.

As for the clothes, light layers are my go-to this time of year in general to combat the constantly changing temps, and sticking with a strict color combo allows me to seamlessly transition pieces from casual to formal!

Have any of you been to Bordeaux? Any recommendations on places not to be missed?

Transitioning Summer to Fall

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Game Day

Football-Game-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAfter a week of unseasonably cold temps, this weekend is supposed to warm up and I’m really looking forward to spending some time outside! We have a game on Sunday, and I’m thinking about giving last weeks ensemble a slight twist.

I picked up this funnelneck sweatshirt a few weeks ago and am so obsessed with it, my sister, mother, grandmother and aunt all now own one! It has the comfort of a sweatshirt and structure of a sweater, pulling together the simplest of outfits for a chic, effortless look! Oh, and how cute are those velvet F21 loafers with the gold chain tassels?! They add the perfect amount of preppy polish for only $30!

J. Crew Factory Funnelneck Sweatshirt // NY Giants Hat // Ray-Ban Aviators // J.Crew Excursion Vest // Rag & Bone Jeans // Tory Burch Robinson Drawstring Bucket Bag // Forever 21 Favorite Tassel Loafers