Cozy Holiday Home Decor

Our house may be covered in pumpkins right now but I'm gearing up for the holidays and planning out our cozy casa. I'm ready for a pillow refresher and the vibe I'm going for is neutral and pastel. I love burning candles year 'round but there's something extra special about a nice candle during the chilly months. Even still, I'm always drawn to beachy scents -- even if I'm drinking a PSL ;) Here are my picks for a cozy holiday home...



TOP LEFT TURKISH KILIM PILLOW
THE PERFECT WAVE CANDLE
TOP RIGHT TURKISH KILIM PILLOW
BOLD STRIPE CERAMIC TUMBLERS
MIDDLE RIGHT TURKISH KILIM PILLOW
TEAL & PINK PERUVIAN FRAZADA 
TEEPEE INCENSE BURNER

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The Cutest Halloween Trick or Treat Candy Bags

Just found these adorable black cat Baggu bags and thought they'd be perfect for trick or treating! Plus they're reusable for groceries all year long so you can't lose. Oh and they come in a baby size too.





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Styled // Wyeth Eyewear

This summer I worked on a shoot for the Brooklyn-based eyewear brand, Wyeth Eyewear. We drove from the beaches of Malibu, up some windy hills into Topanga to shoot at a rad little handmade house on a canyon, surrounded by Airstream trailers. It was a fun (hot) day and I love how these looks came together when paired with the super fashion-forward frames from Wyeth.

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Photos by Taryn Kent
Styling by Julia Wheeler
Models: Shafia West / Kaitlyn Rightmyer / Angeline SuppigerHair: Tee
Makeup: Jenny Ventura


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Fall and Halloween Cooking // Gluten Free + Vegan Baked Pumpkin Donuts

I know the title of this recipe might make you think that these donuts are no fun. Gluten free, vegan AND baked? I swear to you, these are totally delicious despite the substitutions! They're so easy to make that my 2.5 year old helped me do the entire thing, which meant he was even more stoked to eat them! Since these are much lighter than regular donuts (more like a muffin), they're great for breakfast and you won't feel quite so guilty about giving them to your kids. Bonus: no sugar high! 

Also note before you start this recipe, you'll need a donut pan!



INGREDIENTS:

  • chia seed egg replacement*
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup agave nectar or maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
* There are two ways to do this. If you like the crunch of chia seeds in your baked goods, combine 2 tbsp chia seeds + 6 tbsp water and let them sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes. If you'd prefer to not know you've got chia seeds in your donuts, grind 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in a spice grinder + combine with 3 tablespoons of water. Let sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Both of these methods will give you replacement equal to one egg.

METHOD:
Makes approximately 8 donuts
  • First, select your method of chia seed egg replacement (explained above) and prepare that mixture while you mix the rest of the ingredients. 
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder & salt
  • Pour in agave nectar (or maple syrup), coconut oil and chia seed mixture. Mix together + gently fold in the pumpkin puree. We did all of this by hand - no mixer. I think it's safer to not over-mix this way.
  • Wipe donut pan with coconut oil 
  • Pour mixture into donut forms
  • Bake for 20 minutes - use the toothpick test to make sure they're done 
  • Cool in the pan or enjoy warm!



Recipe adapted from here.

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HALLOWEEN PARTY + TODDLER DIY

Ready to get super excited for Halloween festivities? We're busy planning a little shindig full of crafts + treats in the next few weeks and are using the party we threw last year as our inspiration since I never blogged about it here. We pulled all of this together really easily with a trip to Trader Joes for pumpkins and snacks, Nomad Donuts, some goodies from Seedling and other craft items lying around the house. It was the perfect way to get everyone in the Halloween spirit and to get even the smaller kiddos involved in some fun craft activities!






Since three out of the four kiddos are still under two, we got creative with how to craft their Halloween pumpkins by letting the little guys glue eyeballs on the pumpkins.




Lou, the oldest girl in the crew decked hers out with eyeballs, glitter and feathers!



We decked out our vegan donuts with fake spiders, eyeballs & vampire teeth while the smaller kids snacked on donut holes, orange Suja juice… and maybe a couple handfuls of sand! ;) Mamas got festive with a little mid-day cocktail too.





Styling: Farra Miron of Hostess Haven
Photos: Shelby Clark
Crafts provided by: Seedling
Halloween Party Printables: Tuesday Mourning (Mer Mag)
Festive Halloween Blankets: Gunn & Swain / The WhitecapThe Rockaway & The Thalia

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