I love fall weekends in New York! The temperature has finally dropped a few degrees making the air crisp, and the sun is shining. This weekend I plan on making some of these, seeing these guys in concert, celebrating a friends big 4-0, and taking a monologue class. All in a weekends work!
What are you up to this weekend?
When I first tried aerial silks a few years ago, I found it fun and challenging, but I was a runner and weight lifter through and through, and that was my preferred method of working out. Flash forward nearly four years, and my motivation to get to the gym has diminished and I find myself constantly looking for new and fun ways to work up a sweat.
So, this led me back to aerial silks. I took my first class last week, and needless to say, I’ve been signing myself up for two classes a week since. Currently, I’m taking classes with the amazing Cody Schreger, and I feel like I’m learning so much in every class that it’s hard to keep my head on straight. I love how climbing a silk makes me feel so strong, and learning a new trick lends itself to a type of accomplishment I usually only feel after a long run. I love that being high above the floor, tied up by my feet, spinning around and trusting the silk absolutely terrifies me, and challenges my fear of heights. But mostly I love how sore I am for days afterward. My forearms are screaming in pain, my ribcage needs constant stretching, and my feet need more attention than ever.
If you’re interested in silks and in the New York area, I suggest you check out the No Holds Barred Variety Show this Monday, September 24, at Dixon Place. Cody is hosting, and it will showcase a variety of amazing talents, and will be inspiring to all us wannabe aerialists.
Fall is by far my favorite season for dressing. I absolutely love the deep, rich colors, layering jackets over sweaters over tops, and gold and brown hued accessories. But, let’s be honest, shopping for every season can get awfully expensive. I think if we all had it our way, we’d have a new wardrobe on point with every trend per season, but since that isn’t possible, I always love to pick up a few key pieces that I can work into the clothes I already own. I’m absolutely swooning over this oxblood peplum top from Topshop and these heels from LC Lauren Conrad (wouldn’t they be great with a pair of tweed socks?).
Everything on this list is less than $50, and let’s be honest, you can’t really beat that.
When Jason and I got back from the market with our CSA box and pulled out yet another bunch of onions, we got a bit stressed. We already had a fridge full of onions, and we couldn’t use them fast enough, so now what were we going to do with an additional bunch?
I decided to go with caramelized onion jam, it would use up plenty of our onions, and I could use it on everything from sandwiches, to pizza, to pastas. The one problem I had was that nearly every recipe used chicken stock of some sort, and I was out. I used this recipe, but modified water instead of chicken stock. So far I’ve used the caramelized onions on smoked salmon sandwiches, toast, pizza, and vegan mac n’ cheese. They pack a ton of flavor without the calories, an awesome condiment option to add to anything!
Fall in the Northeast is my absolute favorite. The air gets crisp, the colors start to change, and everywhere you go there is an electricity in the air anticipating the holiday season. I’ve been impatiently counting down the days until my favorite season, and here are a few of the things I can’t wait to do this fall:
- Play hooky with Jason and go to happy hour at Maison Premiere
- Put together fun and original Halloween costumes
- Raise the $5,000 we are asking for on Kickstarter to make the MWTW Documentary Shorts
- Bundle up and read a book outside in the park
- Go apple picking, or to a pumpkin patch
- Rock the dark red lipstick trend with no fear
- Watch as many scary movies as I can in October
- Bake pumpkin everything
- Knit wristwarmers, earwarmers, scarves, and anything else I need for cold winter months
- Get through some of the books patiently waiting in my room
What are some of your goals this fall? Anything special that you can’t wait to do?
We all remember exactly where we were when we heard the news that would shape the future of our lives. I remember my mom coming in to tell me what had happened, and truthfully, I had no comprehension of what it really meant.
I remember getting to school for class and every single teacher I have saying I couldn’t watch the news when I asked because “you were seeing it in every other class,” and I remember sneaking out of 5th period English to go to the library so I could watch the news and fully understand what was going on.
I remember going to New York the next year for a Fashion Merchandising field trip and visiting the site. I remember it was raining, and I remember how cold and scary it all felt. I remember thinking I’d never live in New York after that trip.
I remember working in the Financial District last year during the 10th anniversary, and the cops searching every vehicle and how truly terrified I actually was to go to work.
I remember listening to the stories of my boyfriends experiences living in the East Village at that time, and the stories of my coworkers who had lived through it the first time, and then worked on the 9/11 movie, and how devastating it was to even pretend to relive that experience.
Every year on this day, I get very quiet, very pensive, and very thankful. Suddenly, everything else seems so trivial, and I remember how thankful I am that we have people who care enough about this great city to fight for it, to fight for our freedom, and to remember those who were not so lucky on that fateful day. I’ll always remember them, and I am so truly thankful to be where I am today and know I would not be here if it weren’t for the truly brave people that were here during that time.
Oxblood is the color of the season, and why shouldn’t it be? The rich, dark tones make it feel wealthy and luxurious, and it’s relation to brown allows it to be a near neutral that can be worn with both light and dark colors alike. I love this color in rich fabrics like leathers, velvets, and chiffons, and think it would be perfect paired with a chunky knit sweater and a dash of leopard print. What about you? How do you feel about the oxblood trend?