So if you are like me and love everything pumpkin, then yesterday was your day too! I treated myself to my usual grande pike roast with a pump of pumpkin syrup from Starbucks to start off the holiday and it was absolutely perfect! I don't know what it is but fall makes me want everything cinnamon and pumpkin pie flavored and I have no shame about it! My Pinterest food board has been strongly reflecting my love for those flavors and yesterday I decided to give one of the recipes I'd been eyeing a try! I made Pumpkin Cheesecake balls and dipped them Dark Chocolate *drooling again*.
These little morsels were the perfect sweet fall treat to end my long and stressful day. Not to mention they are *No Bake* which makes them convenient and less messy (perfect). The original recipe called to dip them in white chocolate, but like I said, I had, had quite long day and that called for some Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate instead. All of the other ingredients were so simple to get too! Think "Buckeyes" but for fall. Hope you enjoy this fun little fall treat, and happy belated National Pumpkin Day!
1/2 cup of White Chocolate Chips
1/2 bag of Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
1 cup of crushed vanilla wafers
6 oz of softened cream cheese
1/4 cup of Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice
1. Measure out about 1 1/2 cups of whole vanilla wafers into a bag. Begin crushing them until they are all mostly crumbs.
2. Mix Pumpkin Puree, Cream Cheese, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Vanilla Wafers together with electric beater
3. Melt 1/2 cup of White Chocolate chips ( 30 second in microwave, take out & stir, 15 more seconds then stir again to melt) . When thats melted add it to the mix.
4. Chill mix in the fridge for 30 min.
5. After chilled, put wax paper on a baking sheet. Begin rolling the mix into 1/2 in little balls and place them on the baking sheet
6. Melt 1/2 bag of dark chocolate chips in the microwave ( 30 seconds, stir, 25 seconds, stir again)
7. Use a fork to dip half the balls in the melted chocolate and place them chocolate side up on the sheet.
8. Put in freezer for 30-45 min, then take them out and enjoy!!!
As I've said before, I always love a little adventure! We decided to do some venturing around the outskirts of Lexington and found some beautiful spots! We discovered new horse farms, old houses, and the very cool industrial park all just on the outskirts of Lex. Discovering doesn't have to mean a T-shirt and leggings either. I wore my fave mini skirts of the season and showed the versatility of this fall staple, from chic to boho and in between! (clothing links at the bottom of the page)
(Turtleneck, black booties, corduroy skirt, and hat are links to similar items)
I know neutrals can often make people think of drab boring clothes, so typical of the fall/winter season. Your neutrals for the season don't have to be within the limits of black and gray though. I made some great finds on staple pieces for my wardrobe that add a little something extra to my closet without being caught in the cliche dark color palette of the colder seasons!
Blush can be a perfect neutral to start adding to your wardrobe to show a little color! Personally it is one of my favorites and goes with black, brown, or grey! I got this new cowl neck blush sweater from The Black Market here in Lexington and it has been the perfect piece to throw on with leggings and slides or to pair with jeans and booties. Either style makes it a great outfit for a coffee and shopping date! I rock my Madewell jeans with like everything because I love this denim wash, but unfortunately I got them 3 years ago so I put a link to another pair that are similar that I think would work perfectly too!
These booties are another great way to stray from your normal neutrals and venture into something a little more fun such as this Taupe color! I just picked them up from Urban Outfitters this weekend and I'm obsessed. Good news is they are now ON SALE for only $59.00, and I totally recommend snagging a pair.
This outfit is the perfect example of mix matching neutrals in a fun way that allows you to add color to your fall wardrobe for a daytime outfit!
Switching now from blush to cream to show my next favorite neutral to mix up in my fall wardrobe! I kept the boots and jeans and purse and totally created a new outfit by adding a cream blouse, camel hat, and this long fur vest! I got the vest this weekend from Monkee's of Lexington and I am soooo in love with it. It is definitely going to be a season staple for me from day to night! Unfortunately there is no website so I included a link with a vest (on sale) at Guess that would work so well for the same styled outfit!
The layering neutrals in this look allow my outfit to still have a pop to it without being obnoxious and still allowing it to mesh with the mood of season.
Accessories are just as important as the apparel of your outfit. I set my outfit tone by layering necklaces, adding big earrings and throwing a floppy hat for a finishing touch to my boho chic look. I even kept my accessories in a neutral palette while still letting them make a statement! The camel colored felt hat is one of my favorite accessories to wear to finish a look and I found this one at Altar'd State last year!
The earrings are long, but dainty which allows me to wear other accessories with them without looking too over done. I snagged these this weekend from The Black Market and they were made by a local vendor (total plus)! They have a rose gold tint to them which sets off the cream and camel neutral palette really well.
Finally I took some old necklaces and started putting them on to add length that complements the long vest and long earrings and Voila! I have an all-neautral look with fun accessories that don't over do it.
Neutrals and tonal looks may embody a minimalistic look, but that doesn't mean you have to play it safe and simple. Your wardrobe doesn't have to consist of white, black, and gray. Mix it up with warm tones like cream and blush to make a neutral outfit pop a little more this season!
Taylor D. Camacho