Simmering Fall Potpourri

Make your home smell like fall with this simmering fall potpourri recipe

I have few complaints when it comes to living in Southern California, with our beautiful beaches and great weather year-round. But one thing that we do miss out on is seasons. It’s this time of year where I find myself longing to live somewhere on the east coast – you know, somewhere where fall actually feels like fall. As much as I enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte (thank you, Starbucks), we lack those obvious signs that fall has arrived, like the colorful foliage and plunging temperatures. I can’t control the weather or the changing of the leaves, so I did my best to capture the smell of it. Buying scented candles is always an option, but their artificial nature usually disappoints. Baking fall recipes is another promising method for achieving that fall aroma, but that can require lots of hours in the kitchen. An easier alternative, and possibly my favorite, is to brew up some homemade stovetop potpourri. It gives the illusion that your kitchen is filled with delicious baked goods, leaving a cozy scent behind that carries on for hours. I made a holiday stovetop potpourri last December that I loved, so adapting one for fall was a no brainer.

Ingredients 

1 orange, sliced
2 cups apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsp Cloves
2 Tbsp Allspice
1 apple, sliced (optional)

Instructions

Slice the orange and place in pot with all other ingredients. Add apple cider and simmer over low heat. Add more liquid as needed.

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Fitting For Fall

Black Leather Mini Skirt  I Adorned With Love

Sweater: Express, Bralet: EberjeySkirt: H&M (similar herehere  and here), Boots: Express (similar here), Purse: Old Navy, Bracelets: Madewell, Nail Polish: Essie in “Mink Muffs”

You might associate a black mini skirt with something to be worn during warmer months, but I’m using mine even though the days have started to cool down. The leather-like material helps make this one perfect for fall, and it would work just as well in the winter simply by adding a pair of tights. I used to worry that black leather would come off too edgy for day wear, but a neutral sweater instantly softens the look. Top it off with ankle boots, and you’ve got a look that’s a good fit for the season.

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A New Take On An Old Favorite

Soft Trench Coat I Adorned With Love

Trench Coat: ASOS, Tank: BLK DNM , Bralet: Eberjey, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Boots: Express (similar here), Purse: Old Navy, Nail Polish: Essie in “Mink Muffs”

A trench coat is one of those wardrobe staples that every girl should invest in. I used to believe that wasn’t true for those of us who live in warmer climates, but I’m now realizing how very wrong I was. After seeing the variety of ways these coats can be styled, I’ve changed my mind. They look just as good paired with a skirt or dress for lighter use as they do layered over jeans for cooler days. They’re popping up everywhere this season, and I’m a huge fan of the slouchy, draped styles (like this one) that feel like a mix between a robe and a coat. I’d love to add a few different styles and colors to my wardrobe this season and thought this one from Asos was the perfect place to start. It’s slightly different from the traditional tan trench coat you might wear in the rain, and it’s also much softer. I’m still on the hunt for one more suited for rainy weather, but this one was the perfect shield against the chilly air during my visit to San Francisco last week.

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Falling For Fall

Fall fashion l Adorned With Love

Sweater: Old Navy (25% off with code: TREAT), Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Socks: Similar here, Booties: Steve Madden, Purse: Old Navy (25% off with code: TREAT) Nail Polish: Essie in “Mink Muffs”

As someone who prefers summer to any other season, I’m shocked to admit that I’m actually excited for fall – really excited, in fact. Exchanging long, warm days for shorter, cooler ones is not something I usually welcome with open arms, but for some reason I feel differently this time around. Maybe it’s due to the fact that California’s summer was exceptionally long this year, extending well into October, but in between the warm temperatures, autumn is slowly but surely creeping in. The leaves are beginning to fall, pumpkin patches are sprouting up everywhere, and the air just feels crisper. I’m spending the week up in San Francisco where the climate is generally cooler than it is in LA, so I’ve welcomed the change in season by loading my suitcase with boots and sweaters. As much as I love an easy summer dress, there’s something nice about retiring those lighter pieces for cozier options like this.

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Then & Now

Slouchy pants | Adorned With Love

Blazer: H&M, Top: Enza Costa, Pants: Bella Luxx c/o, Shoes: Express, Clutch: Similar here and here

My friends and I recently dug up some old photo albums and couldn’t help but laugh over the outfit choices we made back in high school. Not only were we wearing things that were just flat out unflattering, but our desperate attempts to follow whatever was trending at the time had us looking awkward and uncomfortable. I may look back years from now and cringe over some of the things I’m currently wearing, but I like to think I’m past the point of any major fashion faux pas. Part of that is due to picking pieces that not only look comfortable but feel comfortable, which in turn result in a more relaxed outcome. These slouchy pants are a favorite for this very reason. Their loose fit makes them extra forgiving, and they’re as soft as a favorite pair of pajamas, so I love that you can get away with wearing them in public. I added a pair of heels with these for a dressier dinner, but I’ll definitely be wearing them with cozy sweaters for a more casual look as soon as things start to cool down.

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The Classics

Black and white striped t-shirt dress

Dress: SheInside c/o, Military Jacket: similar here and here, Purse: similar here, Sneakers: Keds Sunglasses: CRAP, Bracelet: Gorjana c/o, Nail Polish: OPI in “Got the Blues for Red”

I’m all for following trends when they happen to mesh with my personal style, but since many of them come and go so quickly, I generally gravitate towards classic pieces that I know I’ll wear time and time again. This t-shirt dress is just that. Black and white stripes never go out of style, so when mixed together with a classic pair of Keds, you’ve got a look you can wear for years to come. And the best part? This one’s under $20.

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Bella Luxx Giveaway

Bella Luxx I Adorned With Love

Jacket: Trouve (similar here and here), Top: Bella Luxx c/o, Skirt: Bella Luxx c/o, Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden, Purse: similar here, Necklace: Gorjana, Bracelets: Madewell and Gorjana

I’ve professed my love for Bella Luxx before, and after getting my hands on some more of their pieces, I can only say that I’ve fallen in love all over again. I’m thoroughly convinced they can do no wrong in delivering basics that are both comfortable and fashionable. To give you a chance to see for yourself, I’ve teamed up with the lovely Chelsea of Zipped, to offer TWO lucky readers the chance to win any Bella Luxx piece of their choice! To enter, you must leave a comment on both of our blogs with the piece you’d like to win (browse here), along with a way for us to contact you.

Additional entries (make sure to note in your comment):

Two winners will be selected at random and will be contacted on Wednesday, 10/1/14. Good luck!

P.S. – In addition to the giveaway, you can receive 20% off your order with the code: ADORNED (valid through 09/28/14)

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Falling for Jewel Tones

Transition To Fall - Jewel Toned Shorts + Leather Mules

Cami: Madewell (similar here), Shorts: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden, Purse: Brandy Melville (similar here), Bangles: Madewell Tracecraft Bangles

Fall in Southern California can be a tricky one. Come September it feels like we should be dressing the part for the change in season, but LA’s warm temperatures don’t usually permit for that. In fact, September is often the hottest month of the year. Since it can be a challenge to find the middle-ground, I try to opt for colors and textures that look more like fall, but still feel practical. These jewel-toned shorts are a perfect example. The darker colors elicit a feeling of fall, and pairing them with leather mules instead of sandals offers a bit more coverage. To complete the jewel-toned look, I added these Madewell bangles for a delicate pop of gold.

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Muscle Tee Dress

Bella Luxx Muscle Tee Dress

Bella Luxx Muscle Tee Dress c/o, Seychelles Sandals, Brandy Melville Crossbody Bag (similar here), CRAP SunglassesGorjana Cuff c/o

One of my favorite pieces of clothing back in college was a purple muscle tee dress. It was so soft and comfy, and always looked great, even if the rest of me wasn’t so polished (which lets be honest, is quite often the reality for college students). It was the thing I’d reach for again and again, because it was also so versatile. It could be worn with flat sandals or tennis shoes in the daytime, but could easily transition to night by adding a pair of wedges or heeled sandals. I lost track of the dress somewhere along the way and have always been on the lookout for one that was similar, so I was excited to discover this one by Bella Luxx. I actually like this version even more, and, apart from loving the style and fit, it could not be softer. I packed it along for my trip to Hawaii, and found it to be just as versatile as I did back in college. Even though I’m back from sunny Hawaii, our indian summer is in full effect here in LA, so I’ll have plenty of opportunity to wear this cute and comfy dress before things start to cool down.

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The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Gold Buddha at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

There are certain things in life that can be hard to put into words; a moment, an emotion, a connection. And, recently, I’ve found this to be just as true when it comes to a place. There’s one in particular that’s home to a very big piece of my heart; my favorite place in the world, to be exact. If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably caught a glimpse (or 13) of my infatuation with Hawaii during my recent trip. But more specifically than that, my love for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. I’ve been visiting the Mauna Kea since before I could walk, and my parents for years before that, so each visit brings an acute nostalgia, along with the fondest memories. So, although it feels impossible to find words or images that do justice to the beauty of the hotel and the paradise that surrounds it, I did my best to document some of my favorite pieces. It’s never easy saying goodbye, but I’ve left with some fond memories to hold me over (for now, anyway).

Plumeria Trees

{Fragrant plumeria trees with the sweetest scent}

Colorful Parrots

{Colorful parrots that greet you on the way to breakfast}

Guava smoothie from the Hau Tree Bar at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Beachside guava smoothies from the Hau Tree Bar}

Breakfast at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Breakfasts that exceed any recommended caloric intake; my favorite indulgence being the bread pudding (recipe here)}

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Turquoise water that could be mistaken for glass}

7th century buddha at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Understated decor with Asian influences, including this 7th century Buddha}

Sunset over the pool at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Sunset reflections over the pool}

Fallen plumeria flowers

{Fallen plumeria flowers that I recycled into hair accessories}

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Pool

{A bright blue pool by day with an even prettier background}

Mauna Kea Beach

{And of course, lazy days spent on the beach - ranked among the world’s best by Conde Nast}