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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fall Snack: Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

Summer has come to an end, and as much as I miss the consistent sun and heat, I absolutely love fall in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves have already started changing colors in Seattle, and there is that familiar crisp freshness in the air signaling the beginning of autumn.

The end of summer season also marks the last of three posts I'm writing in collaboration with Adams Peanut Butter. I love that Adams is a local brand and was started by a football coach from Tacoma, WA in 1916 - happy 100 years of success and pure peanut butter goodness! I've had so much fun being their summer ambassador, as they encouraged me to enjoy the beautiful PNW outdoors. I started off with a post about my summer picnic (that feels so long ago!) and then my summer hike.

I wanted to create this post and add a little touch of fall to one of my favorite childhood snacks: muddy buddies with, of course, pumpkin spice! As a plus, the recipe is super easy - see below!


Recipe:
  1. 9 cups of chex mix
  2. 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  3. 1/2 cup Adams Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
  4. 1/4 cup butter
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  7. Pumpkin spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves, and a pinch of powdered ginger)

Directions: Pour the cereal in a large bowl. Melt the butter, chocolate, and peanut butter. Add vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal. Stir. Scoop into plastic bag. Add powdered sugar and pumpkin spice. Shake shake shake!

That's it! I just made muddy buddies a couple days ago and the entire bag is almost gone. I hope you enjoy and happy fall!

Thank you to The J.M. Smucker Company for sponsoring this post.

Monday, September 26, 2016

High Tea @ Fairmont Empress - Victoria, BC

Shein lace dress (worn as top)
Zara d'orsay flats (similar)
Chanel medium Boy bag (similar)

A couple months ago, Husband and I traveled to Victoria, BC for a weekend getaway. Of course, I wanted to do the quintessential Sunday activity in Victoria: high tea. Being from Hong Kong, I'm accustomed to having afternoon tea with my mom and sister. Even in the US, I'll get afternoon tea with girlfriends once in a while, but I miss the tradition.

We went to the classic Fairmont Empress for high tea in Victoria. The space was so elegant, and there was an incredible selection of teas. I especially loved the scones with clotted cream (definitely could have eaten a dozen). Though I would say, I enjoy going to high tea with my girls because we can catch up for hours over tea and little treats. I went with my Husband and he ate his whole platter in like three bites and was basically ready to eat more substantially after haha.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Culottes and Mule Slides - Los Angeles, CA

navy culottes
Isabel Marant Melrose Place LA
Celine medium Box bag
culottes mules
Her Velvet Vase vest (similar)
Wilfred camisole (similar)
Esprit culottes (similar)
ASOS mule slides (on sale!)

I really didn't think I'd be into the culottes or mule slides trends, and yet here I am, sporting both and loving them. Flowy culottes are so chic and breezy, so I wore these out shopping on a warm day in LA. After grabbing a coffee from Alfred and stocking up on chocolates at Compartés, I checked out the newish Isabel Marant boutique on Melrose Place and totally had decor-lust! Can I just move in...?

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Seeing Red - Los Angeles, CA

Line Hotel LA
Chanel wallet on chain
red date night dress
red off the shoulder dress
Chicwish dress (c/o)
Dolce Vita gold sandals
Gorjana "V" necklace
Chanel wallet on chain

We flew down to LA last weekend for a quick getaway to celebrate our anniversary. LA is always a good time: gorgeous weather, great shopping, and amazing food - what's not to love?! We stayed at the Line Hotel, which has a fun vibe if you want to be in the mix. We had our anniversary dinner at Republique (order the uni scrambled eggs toast - trust me!), and I wore this little red dress. I love flirty red dresses for date nights because they require little else and yet feel instantly special.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Outwear: Leather Jacket

Acne Studios leather jacket
Forever 21 maxi dress
Madewell leather booties
JES Design Studio jewelry

I got this Acne Studios leather jacket from its motherland on my Sweden trip last summer. Now that the weather is cooling down, the leather jacket has definitely become my fall outwear of choice (here are more affordable versions from Topshop and BLANKNYC.)

The lighting in these photos are so cool, and all props go to Cassie Marino Photography. She creates magical photos, and you can see more of our work together here. We shot these to feature JES Design Studio's fall jewelry line, which I'm wearing in the pictures. My favorite piece is the brass and black onyx necklace that I've been layering over all of my maxi dresses.

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