Whether it's swapping out my home decor, updating my wardrobe or switching up my coffee order, I find such joy in all the little changes that come with a new time of year. What are you doing to get fall-ready this September?
What To Eat
If you're a pumpkin spice person, I have a few healthier recommendations worth trying: For one, Chobani has a new pumpkin spice-flavored Greek yogurt. It's creamy smooth with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, and I add some mini chocolate chips to mine. It's only 120 calories but packs 11 grams of protein, so it's a great midday snack to keep you full until dinnertime.
The pumpkin bread from Starbucks has always been a favorite, but it's a caloric nightmare. 410 for one slice? Not worth it- and most of those calories are just fat and carbs, which is not going to leave you feeling your best. So last year I did some experimenting in the kitchen until I successfully created a healthier, equally delicious copycat. This is incredibly easy to make (I do mine in a nutribullet and it's just as simple as a smoothie).
Blend 2 cups of rolled oats, a can of pumpkin, 2 large eggs, a teaspoon of baking soda, 1/4 cup of sugar and whatever spices you prefer (I use nutmeg and salt) in your nutribullet until you've got a batter. Pour it into your loaf pan and bake on 350 degrees for about 30 mins. I top mine with chocolate chips with a few minutes left, then pop it back in the oven so they melt a bit.
What To Wear
It's #nyfw and I'm super excited at how unexpected and unconventional this year's fall color trends are. While I'll always be a fan of mustard yellows, earthy plaids and maroon for fall, the hot colors this year? Fuchsia and silver. I recently treated myself to a fushia statement coat from NYC-based designer Julie Brown (look out for a full post on her work in the future- she's based on 38th street in the heart of the garment district, and she's known for her use of vibrant colors and lush fabrics). I can't wait to share some fun photos of how I style that coat- but it just hasn't been chilly enough to warrant wearing it yet. In the meantime, here's what I put together in the spirit of the fushia fad- a bold tank with simple lines, a pair of high-waisted black jeans, Lanvin gold chain sandals, a matching mani and some hoops. I wore this look for an event at Penthouse 808, a swanky rooftop club in Long Island City (check it out for cocktails, hookah and great views of the Queensboro Bridge and skyline).
Where To Go
Tons of New Yorkers head out of the city every summer Friday to hit the beach. To be honest, the tri-state area shore towns are packed with tourists and super congested most weekends from July- September. Personally, I enjoy how deserted and quiet the city can be on these warm weekends, and I can get my fix of the beach via subway to Coney Island if I'm really craving the sand. For me, the first few weekends in September are your better bet for a more relaxing, secluded weekend escape to the shore.
Depending on your hobbies, there are plenty of super-accessible small towns worth visiting before the weather really cools off. For about $70 round trip, we headed to South Jersey for a quiet weekend of kayaking, cocktails and late night mini-golf on the Ocean City boardwalk. The mobs of summer family vacation crowds had completely died down, but the weather was still fantastic- the perfect way to get a taste of the summertime shore minus the traffic and chaos.