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Friday, September 22, 2017

Saturdays At Shop This

Wondering why I am kicking up my heels today? It's the first ever National Legwear Day. Who thinks up these things? Tights are a great Fall accessory and can really change up your look. My favorite brand is Wolford. They can't be beat for style, quality, and comfort. For most of us, it is too darn hot to even think about tights today. Here are some cool links for some hot deals and fab finds for Fall.

Shop a chic collection of Vintage Books including a rare 1st printing of Eloise at One Kings Lane. Perfect for the collector or gifting.
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Do you have a Fall trip planned? If so, Goop has fabulous online City Guides. You'll find the best places to eat, stay, shop, and explore. 
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As you know, I love to save money on cosmetics. Nordstrom is making it easy with 15% savings on over 1500 Beauty, Skincare, and Fragrance products from BareMinerals, MAC, Clinique, Bobbie Brown, Laura Mercier, Lancome, Cartier Fragrance and more. Click HERE for some beautiful buys.
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You may remember my Virtual Birthday Card to Mollie. My birthday prezzie to her was the Charlotte Tilbury Valentine Pink Lip Color. She is raving about the texture of Charlotte's lip product. I agree. They are well worth the price. See all of the shades & formulas  HERE. You'll love her Lipstick Finder!
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Get ready for Fall entertaining at Wine.com New Customers Save $30 off $100+ Code: SEPTNEW30 and there is also 1 cent shipping on at least 12 bottles until the end of 9/23. Code: SEPT12.  get started with this great listing of Wines Rated 94+ Under $50.
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Have you ordered a new Fall bag yet? See what Barneys New York Buyers Are Buying—For Themselves. What's your favorite? Mine is the Dries Van Noten, Jacquard Mini-Bag.
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Surely the nights will be getting cooler any time now. Get cozy at home and save 25% with Free Shipping on comforters, feather beds, pillows, throws and more at The Company Store's Friends & Family event. CODE: PL25FS17
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I love a good red bag. It will take you everywhere with confidence. And since red is so powerful for Fall, why not pick one up? Loving the Rockwell Mini Bag  and the VereVerto Dita Bag.
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Another really good Friends & Family Sale is happening now at West Elm. Save 20% on your order with Code: FFSALE. Their decorative throws are a great value.
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Don't be afraid to strut your stuff this weekend. 

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Foodie Friday: Sweet & Savory Apple Recipes & Cooks' Tools

I'm announcing Autumn with sweet and savory apples, the star of the season. For me, the excitement began last evening when my neighbor, sweet Caroline, (and her Daddy) delivered a gallon of freshly made Apple Cider from Michigan. Lucky me! Let the pie baking begin.  If you aren't quite ready for Fall yet, this post will put you in the mood. Think baked brie, cheddar crusts, chic cider cocktails, and peanut butter caramel apples. 

Sip. Savor. Repeat. Shop the NEW Wine & Cheese Collection from Le Creuset!

HERE: 24 Ways To Enjoy Fall's Favorite Fruit

Caramel Apple Moscow Mule
Let's celebrate Fall and say Cheers with a fabulous craft cocktail. Created with just four ingredients and some apple slices.

Pasta with Apples, Bacon and Chantrelle Mushrooms 
{ Gluten & Dairy Free }
What a magical Fall dish! I know that the flavors work as I put it all into my Turkey stuffing. Oh and that sage!! 

Chocolate Apple Treats
I looked and looked for what I felt was the best looking Candy Apple. I think this is a winner, though I may add another one down the line. This one features dark chocolate, white chocolate, dried cherries and more. 

By the way, I make candy apples every year, and I can never find the apple sticks in downtown Chicago. Amazon has them HERE

Honey, Apple, Cheddar, and Bacon Panini
This recipe is dedicated to "Mr. Shop This." The man loves his grilled cheese sandwiches. I'll just say that is made with Sourdough bread. YUM!

Apple Toffee Crunch Cake
What a beautiful cake! Do you think that you and I can recreate this fabulous looking cake? Sure we can. I might just stop after that terrific toffee sauce!!
The Cake Blog  

Savory Apple Thyme Tart 
Apples, caramelized onions, gruyere and thyme are a winning flavor combination in this delicious tart.
Le Petit Eats 

Honeycrisp Apple Pandowdy
If you are wondering, what Pandowdy is.."it’s an apple pie, baked in a skillet with cut up pieces of dough over top of the apples, instead of one whole pie crust. The idea is that the dough sinks into the apples while baking, and in turn becomes very “doughy”. Ummm. I can't be mad at that! Get the ooey gooey recipe at
Half Baked Harvest

Maple Apples, Blue Cheese and Bacon Pizza
I think that this sounds not only interesting but divine! You can save yourself some trouble buy purchasing store bought dough, or not. Whole Foods sells their own unbaked dough, and it is always perfect.
Foodie Crush

Apple Fries With Cheesecake Dip
This looks like scooping heaven to me. Surely double dipping will be necessary!
Brit + Co.  

Sur La Table 3-in-1 Apple Tool
If you plan to buy a bushel and a peck of apples, I am pretty sure you will need one of these handy dandy tools!
Sur La Table 

Baked Brie en CroĆ»te With Apple and Pear Compote 
You have to love a dish that gives you maximum impact with minimum effort. This is company comfort food.
Serious Eats

Apple-Cinnamon Butter
I grew up on homemade apple butter. Bless my Mom's heart. Why would you use store bought with all of those chemicals and preservatives? This will be much better.

Apple And Calvados Trifle
Talk about a crowd pleaser! I happen to love making trifle. Mistakes can happen and no one will be the wiser. It's made with two different kinds of apples, heavy cream. sponge cake and of course, plenty of Calvados!
Gourmet Traveller

Pork Chops With Apples And Sage
An easy Fall recipe that makes an elegant weeknight meal.
Williams Sonoma  

Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust
The perfect appetizer. It's sweet, savory, and sensational. Just add company.
Martha Stewart 

Butternut Squash Apple Soup with Sage Parmesan Croutons
The savory Autumn flavors in this soup promise to bring all of the comforts of the season.
Well Plated

Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apples
Oh my!  Top it off with caramel sauce, graham cracker crumbs, and pecans for the ultimate no-fuss Autumn dessert! 
Le Creme De La Crumb

Cornelius Applejack
I have always heard of Applejack, but have not actually tried it. What about you? It takes over 60 pounds of fresh apples to produce one of these bottles of Applejack! This spirited bottle is made in Valatie, New York. 

Kerber's Farm Apple Pie Kit
A beautiful taste of Fall to send across the miles. Exclusive to 
Neiman Marcus

Salmon Gravlax Apple And Crispy Kale Smorrebrod
What a beautiful bite and open face sandwich! This is brunch on a platter.

Peanut Butter Caramel Apples
Okay, so I found another one, maybe better than the recipe above. To me chocolate and peanut butter is the perfect pairing. 
The Spruce

P.S. You can find those stylish sticks at Amazon

Orange Spice Apple Cider Cocktails
All you’ll need to make this drink are a few bags of Private Selection orange spice black tea, a few cinnamon sticks, a fresh orange and some spiced rum if you want to make it boozy. And of course you do. With my fresh Wisconsin Apple Cider, these will be happening.
The Plant Philosophy

P.S. That fabulous glass is from World Market

Caramel Apple Blondie Pie
This recipe is killer. Buttery sweet layers of cake and caramelized apples add up to the perfect Fall dessert. The secret to the flaky crust is baking it in a cast iron skillet. Watch the video at
Southern Living

DIY Goat's Milk Caramel Apple Kit
Here's a big bite of Fall. This set would make even a bushel of grocery-bought apples feel fancy. Why not send a set to a college student? They will love it.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bring The Outside In: The Scents Of Fall

Embrace the scents of the season with a light of a match or a spritz of a spray. We can't always have cookies baking, or mulled wine on the stove, but our homes can smell fresh as Fall with the right ingredients. Think chai, cardamom, ginger, pine, vanilla, cinnamon and rum! It may still be warm outside, but before you know it, there will be a chill in the air. Bring the outside in, and infuse your home with these warm Autumn aromas.


HERE: 12 Scents For Fall

Nest Fragrances
Exclusive Ken Downing Scented Candle
Made exclusively for Neiman Marcus, this candle is highly refined. Fill your home with smoky layers of incense blended with sandalwood, oak moss, wild fig and ginger to create an exotic aroma. It's great!
Neiman Marcus

Rustic Pumpkin Lidded Ceramic Candle
What a pretty pumpkin! This charming ceramic jar by Illume, is filled with a soy-wax candle infused with the warm, spicy scents of pumpkin, nutmeg and sandalwood. Perfectly priced for gifting. 

Scimmie Otto-Scented Candle
I am smitten with this little drunken monkey! Made in Milan, the fragrance was created by Olivier Polge, the master perfumer for Chanel. It's a blend of Thyme, Incense, Cedarwood and Lavender for a warm and spicy aroma. A fabulous gift for a collector. P.S. It's $50 less at 

Room Spray For Inspired Interiors
I like the sound of these products. With names like Colette, Dickens, Epicure and more, these scents evoke humor, attitude, intimacy and names from literature. I love them as a host gift. Click to read the fabulous back story at.

Henri Bendel Candles
If I had to pick just one candle, it would be any candle from Henri Bendel. At just $25 for 60 hours of burn time, it is a bargain. The scents are true. This one features Top Notes: Cinnamon, Coconut Heart: Cedarwood, Tonka Bean
Base: Sandalwood, Oak Moss, and Vanilla! The frosted glass container is elegant and goes with any decor. A great price point and idea for yourself or your host.

Fireside Sweets 3 Wick Candle
Here's a pretty piece that's less than $20. It's a blend of "light, airy marshmallow fluff sitting atop rich vanilla and musky, blond woods and spiced with a touch of cloves." Sounds like dessert!

Dark Rum Candle
For chic cocktail hours. This scent has cult status. It's a modern interpretation of traditional bay rum. Top notes of bergamot and plum mingle with middle notes of leather and rum, and base notes of amber-patchouli and vanilla to create a rich, powerful, lasting scent.

Pumpkin Chai
For tea time and beyond! It's a blend of wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger, & cinnamon. Shop the collection at

Maison Louis Marie
L’Etang Noir
This scent is an oriental fragrance with a tobacco flower top note enhanced by a rich spice blend of vanilla, anise, nutmeg, ginger & clove.  Sounds like Fall. Perfect for minimalists with the simple presentation.

True Grace Natural Sage
The perfect gift for the cook or your own kitchen. This candle releases sage, thyme and rosemary fragrance notes with a fresh hint of lemon and rich juniper. Yum!

Campfire Candle
A woodsy amber scent with Tobacco Smoke Birch, Tar Dried Vetiver, Cedar, and Log Fiery Amber. Who doesn't enjoy the aroma of a blazing campfire? Bring on the marshmallows.

 TasselAire by by Agraria
These are one of my favorite things, and I don't even own one! I have purchased plenty as hostess gifts. They are a stylish way to fragrance your home, ideal for hanging on a doorknob, closet hook or an amoire key.  Lovely!

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