5 Fall Cocktails to Try For Your Next Savvy Soiree



Certain things have just become synonymous with fall—like hot apple cider and Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  Why not warm up your bar cart and your palette with these autumnal inspired cocktails? From a planned holiday gathering to a relaxed girls' night by the fire, whether you’re a fan of the chocolaty or the sweet—I’ve rounded up a little something that every libation lover can enjoy.
  



With ingredients like pumpkin spice syrup, cinnamon, and whipped cream this spicy delight is reminiscent of your favorite morning coffee. Why not sub your weekend brunch mimosa with this midday pick me up?
via sauzatequila.com




Get the childhood nostalgia of sipping hot chocolate by the fire—but with a very grown up twist. Cozy up to this mocha delight on a chilly evening indoors.
via PatrĂ³n Spirits




If you love a good fall dessert, but would rather drink your cheat day calories than eat them, this decadent cheesecake-inspired vodka martini is perfect for you.
via HappyFoodHealthyLife.com 




What feels more like fall than a day that’s spent apple picking in the crisp air? Get a fresh taste of the orchard when you try this bourbon and apple cider cocktail.
via creative-culinary.com





Combining delicious dessert wine with the rich flavors of cinnamon, apple and caramel, this sangria is perfect for sharing. Make a large pitcher for your next cocktail party or girls’ gathering for a sweet addition to dinner.
via FoodFamilyFinds.com

What's your favorite fall inspired cocktail?



Posh Kitchen // Cranberry Chocolate Nutty Granola (GF)



My teen is not really a breakfast person during the week. He has a light or no appetite when he rises very early, like at his 6am alarm for school, and he hates to have to sit at the table for a full meal. It's so important for him to have breakfast though, so I have to find things that he can grab and scarf down on his way out the door. Not my preference, but at least he's eating something. In an effort to have a healthier, less processed option, I decided to make him homemade granola bars. They were not only easy to make, the one pan of granola lasted for 2 weeks worth of breakfasts. Mom-1, store-bought bars-0. 



Ingredients:
-4 cups old fashioned rolled oats. I used Bob's Red Mill extra thick since they're gluten free
-1 cup unsweetened organic coconut flakes
-1 cup almond butter
-1/3 cup honey
-2/3 cup agave nectar (Amber)
-1/2 cup organic light brown sugar (packed)
-1 cup of your favorite trail mix. I used Tierra Farm Chocolate Cranberry Cashew Mix from Mom's Organic Market




Instructions:
-Preheat oven to 350F. Spread the oats and coconut on a baking sheet. Place in oven and toast for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until brown. (I have an electric oven which heats up fast, so I stirred every 3 minutes.)
-Combine the almond butter, honey, agave and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar and almond butter have completely dissolved/melted and come to a creamy consistency. Stir continuously to avoid burning.
-Remove toasted oats & coconut from the oven and transfer to a large mixing bowl, and then add trail mix. Pour almond butter mixture on top and stir to combine.
-Transfer to a greased glass baking pan (I used Earth Balance organic whipped spread), spread and flatten mixture into pan.
-Bake at 300F for another 8 minutes. Then set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
-Refrigerate uncovered for 45 mins - 1 hour
-Cut into squares and serve.
*yields approximately 16 squares



My Style // Stripes & Stilettos



top // American Eagle (sold out)
jeans // American Eagle
sandals // Mix No 6 via DSW (similar metallic gold pair)
necklaces // Francesca's  (similar) + Target (gifted)
watch // Francesca's (similar)
bracelets // Alex & Ani + braided bracelet from my trip to Cancun
rings // (old) 
sunnies // Aldo (also seen here)
clutch // Marc Jacobs for Neiman Marcus x Target (sold out)




A midday coffee date with the bestie GG called for something casual but chic. As you can tell from my photos overall, I don't wear jeans often; but I'm kind of obsessed with American Eagle's distressed jeggings--they look and feel like regular jeans to the touch (as opposed to some other brands that look like denim "colored" leggings), but they are easy to get on if you've got hips, and they fit curves like a glove! With the addition of a comfortable striped tank in my favorite color, and these sexy sandals with a pop of pink, this girl felt absolutely fab!



Thanks to the passing stranger who was nice enough to capture a pic of me and this gorgeous girl together. With work, family and other responsibilities, we don't get one-on-one time often, but when we do it looks like this :-)



Fall Transitional Piece // the Midi Skirt



As the weather transitions from summer to fall, so must our wardrobes, and there are lots of really easy ways to do so. Finding staple transitional pieces is a great start and the modern, on-trend midi skirt is one such item.

It's got length, so you don't have to worry about having too much skin exposed to the autumn chill. It can be dressed down with a tank, denim jacket and flats; or dressed up with a classic, crisp white button down shirt--or a chambray top--and pumps, which would look polished for the office. You could rock a midi skirt with a light leather jacket and suede booties for a night out. And you can even still wear one with your short sleeved crop tops and open toed shoes--just carry a light sweater.

I love the looks of the options above: from super sleek to jacquard to florals. The styling possibilities are endless, but all of them will leave you looking feminine and put together.

You can shop the skirts above in my Transitional Pieces for Fall lookbook at Keaton Row, which I'll be continually updating over the next couple of weeks.

Style your favorite midi skirt:









Savvy Stylist // Ivori Nicole Events Styled Photo Shoot



A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to style a mock wedding shoot with wedding and events planner, Ivori, of Ivori Nicole Events (INE). INE is in the process of rebranding, and the photo shoot was set to produce beautiful, high quality photos that will be used for the company's new website, as well as for marketing and promotional purposes. 

I helped Ivori to bring her vision to life in a few ways: helping to style her personal outfits for the day, helping with set up and styling of decor and wedding scene vignettes, as well as taking behind-the-scenes photos for social sharing throughout the day. The latter part was a fun test run for some marketing and digital branding projects that I'll be working with INE on in the future! 


The venue was so absolutely gorgeous, and the vignettes came out so well, that I wanted to share a sneak peek through a few of my personal behind-the-scenes photos with you here. And it was such a fun day that I would definitely love to do more of this kind of work--it was the perfect marriage of both my events and my fashion styling experience. 


 


See the full set of photos at the rebranded Ivori Nicole Events site! You can sign up now to be notified when the fresh new site has launched. 

Kudos to all the fabulous vendors I got to work with for the day:

Ivori Nicole Events Vintage Country Chic Styled Photo Shoot Team

Creative Director // Ivori Lipscomb-Warren of Ivori Nicole Events

Stylist // Kim Jackson of Pish Posh Perfect

MAC Make-up Artist // Tiffany Johnson 

Florist // Janet Flowers of Nature of Design

Photographer // Natarsha Wright of Natarsha Wright Photography

Videographer // Sabrena Robinson of Sabrena Robinson + Co.

Ivori Nicole Events Custom Tee // GG Renee of All the Many Layers



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