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I’m a summer baby at heart, but I do love the coziness that fall brings with it. The fresh, crisp air and all of the wonderful smells the season brings. During weekends around the house, I love to mix up a quick simmer to make our home smell delish. This year, I whipped up my usual fall scent with a touch of summer coconut, and you guys, it’s amazing. If you’re a fan of coconut it’s a must try! Get the recipe below.

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Cinnamon Coconut Simmer

4-5 cinnamon sticks
1 heaping tablespoon of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Dash of ground cloves
Fresh orange slices (optional)

Fill medium sauce pan 1/3rd of the way with water. Add your ingredients and bring to a boil. Once it hits boiling point, bring it back down to simmering level. If you want to keep it going long, just add water as it evaporates. For a citrusy twist, add some fresh orange slices too. Really, you can add whatever you have in your spice cupboard, experiment! 

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Fall is bag season, hands down. I’m not sure if it’s the ‘back to school’ vibe or the fact that there are usually more items to tote around once the cold weather hits, but I always seem to stock up this time of year. When it comes to brand, you won’t find too many high end designer bags in my closet, but more practical and affordable styles that I won’t feel terrible about if they get worn down a bit (which they will). This happened to one of my Michael Kors totes last year while traveling in the airport and a strap broke—huge bummer. But if I’m paying under $100? It doesn’t sting so bad. Below are some that I’ve hand-picked for the season from Sole Society and Street Level, brands I love both for their faux leather offerings, affordability and style. See one of them in action here on my Instagram!

 

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I love a fabulously, overflowing and colorful arrangement, I do. But sometimes you just need simplicity. A few pretty blooms in a small vase, unfussy and still completely satisfying. Being so full and lush, blooms like peonies (or roses) can stand on their own and look oh-so-good doing it. I’ve been enjoying these pretties for the last few days and wanted to share some tips for how to make fresh cut flowers last longer.

1. If you’re buying them from a flower market or grocery store, make sure to pick ones that have not yet bloomed and are completely closed up. It won’t take long for them to bloom!

2. Give them a fresh, 45 degree angle cut. During summer months, if you have them in your flower garden, cut them in the early morning while it’s still cool and immediately submerge the stem in cold water. Re-cut again inside before arranging in your vase.

3. Cut all leaves that will sit below the water line to avoid bacteria contaminating the water.

4. Make your own flower food. Per quart of water, add 2 tablespoons each of sugar and lemon juice. Changing the water and solution every day or two will help the flowers last longer.

5. Try to keep your blooms in a cool spot. Heat will make them bloom more quickly. You can also keep them in the fridge at night (if you have room!) to keep them fresher.

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Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms. Even beyond Pinterest, I’ve discovered some seriously amazing designers, entrepreneurs, blogs, fashion finds, art and more with Instagram. One of those incredibly inspiring accounts I recently started following this year is that of interior designer, Jennifer Wagner Schmidt of JWS Interiors.

Shortly after, Jennifer reached out to me and introduced herself and her gorgeous new venture, Box of Chic—otherwise known as my new favorite subscription box! This sweet little box is packed with stylish goodies to pretty up your home, with each new box having it’s own theme. The first box for September/October is designed to fancy up your desk with a fun modern glam feel that will make you smile every time you walk into your office, from the spotted pillow to the hot pink ‘girl boss’ pencils to the ‘Zou Bisou Bisou’ tray, which I of course adore. 

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The Sept/Oct box is $49 and includes all these items:

  • 17″x17″ Black and White Pillow Cover for your desk chair (use with 18″x18″ insert)
  • Zou Bisou Bisou gold polka dot ceramic tray 
  • Harvest Paper Co. Girl Boss Pencils, set of 3
  • White Gardenia Candle Tin
  • Sunglasses match box
  • Fashion Illustration “For You” card
  • You’ll also receive a beautiful flat photo card with a styled desk using Box of Chic contents and styling tips so you can re-create a similar look in your home

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Isn’t it so chic and darling? After opening up my first box, I’m already excited to gift future boxes to my girlfriends for birthdays and holidays. And speaking of holidays—Box of Chic will be launching a holiday box geared toward entertaining for November/December! She gave me a little sneak peek and it’s sooo good. Think hostess gifts, holiday party swaps, seasonal goodies for your girls or what I’ll be doing—scooping one up for myself! Head over here to grab your first box while it’s still available!

*Photography by Bisou Style

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