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fall fashion must-haves.. RETRO SILHOUETTES CRISP CLASSICS LADY-LIKE HEELS

HEALTHFUL LIVING FROM THE INSIDE OUT

pumpkins

treats

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happiness

- - the beginning of everything

WHY YOUR PERSONAL BRAND MATTERS

warm up

your space SEASONAL DECOR TIPS

FRIENDSGIVING

friends, gratitude & yummy food


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#WHATSTRENDING Designer and fashion stylist, Alyssa Wasko breaks down the fall essentials.

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MAKE ME UP Beauty bar, Blushington, shares five makeup trends to try this season.

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ON THE ONE Intuitive healer and teacher Alessandro Giannetti answers a reader’s question on finding (and attracting) “the one”.

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THE MODERN WAY TO FALL IN LOVE Founder of The League, Amanda Bradford gives insight on dating via app.

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7 WAYS TO INCORPORATE FALL INSPIRED DETAILS INTO YOUR WEDDING DAY Love Detailed co-founders, Brooke Kleinman and Dana Gereboff offer their top tips for all those saying ‘I do’ this season.

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RISE & BE WELL 68 Celebrity nutritionist, Kelly LeVeque shares a look into her typical morning routine -including fridge tips and more!

HAPPINESS -72 THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING... The Bay Club EVP of Marketing, Annie Appel talks personal brand, and why happiness is key.

LET IT BREW What’s better than a warm cup of coffee on a fall afternoon? We’ve jot down some of our favorite coffee shops in San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles.


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PAGE TURNERS Our top 5 reads to accompany any downtime or holiday travel -- page turners you won’t want to put down!

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NFL-INSPIRED Core Fusion instructor, Kelli Yapp tailors a fitness routine inspired by the pros.

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A RIPE COLLECTION Founder and tablescape extraordinaire, Laura Clausen shares how to curate your very own vintage china collection.

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WHAT WOOD YOU DO? Modern interior design service, Homepolish makes it easier than ever to warm up your space. WHAT’S IN BLOOM Founder of Crowns by Christy, Christy Meisner Doramus lists what’s in bloom during the crisp, cool months. A BRUNCH OF FUN The School of Styling founder, Kaitlin Holland crafts up a festive pancake bar -- perfectly tailored to the season, and any space!

130 THE WHIRLWIND LIFE OF APP ENTREPRENEUR, NADINE LEVITT A look at how determination and a need in the tech space turned into a thriving business venture.

132 FROM INVITES TO THANK YOUS: PARTY ETIQUETTE TIPS Owner of Urbanic Paper Boutique, Audrey Woollen knows a thing or two about a notable first and last impression -the dos of party invite and thank you etiquette.

134 MY FRIENDSGIVING Molly My hosts a Friendsgiving dinner party -- using her simplest, go-to recipes!

192 SWEETS FOR YOUR FEAST Our very own recipe features editor, Elizabeth Palmer Starnes shares favorite sweets to whip up for any fall feast.

206 EXIT INTERVIEW Lauren Scruggs Kennedy gives a look into her new charitable foundation, and how you too can make a difference.

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106 PUMPKIN, TREATS & DIYS -- OH MY! Lifestyle guru and photographer Gillian Ellis, shares festive DIYs that will stick around awhile. 110

IN FOR A TREAT Fatty Sundays co-founders dish the deets on how to create their signature treats, just in time for the spookiest day of the year!

118 NIFTY THRIFTY Last minute Halloween costumes-- all found amongst the thirty racks of Buffalo Exchange.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

a letter of thanks

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ell, here we are. The launch issue is now a summer memory, and we’re onto the second issue of Magazine -- looking at fall 2015, and all that lies ahead for an unforgettable season!

While the first issue focused heavily on entertaining, and there is surely no fast insight, this issue encompasses lifestyle as a whole, from recipes and entertaining, to health, beauty, fashion, love and overall well-being. Every single feature you’ll find in the pages that follow mean so much to me. Each contributor sharing their passion and knowledge is what fuels me to extend this community with readers. I say this a lot, but who you surround yourself with matters -- I am thankful to have those around who support me, are positive, hardworking, and talented -- it makes this endeavor possible. People can either lift you higher or drag you down -- pay attention, I bet you can pin point those who don’t better you as a person. Not only has this journey been a tremendous blessing, it’s been a huge learning experience; chasing a passion is no small task and though I continue to tell myself that each issue will get easier to produce in time, I find that hard to believe now, more than ever before. As you set goals for yourself and gradually reach them, you begin to realize just how capable you really are, which in-turn challenges you to only reach higher (it’s inevitable!). The challenge will always be there, and I welcome it openly. That said, you can count on me to continue to evolve each issue to the best of my ability -- passion changes everything. I urge you this season to share your passions with others, thank those who have inspired you, and help those who need it most; we all could use a little extra support from one another, no matter how big or small. readers for continuing to inspire me and for pushing me to reach beyond my Thank you to own goals and expectations; you are my inspiration to pursue my passion, which is to connect with each of you. There is so much to be thankful for, this note is only the beginning of my efforts to thank all those who have impacted my life, and this journey. May the fall season be an extra special one, enjoy!

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behind THE SCENES It’s true that some things never change, in this case -- a day of dress up was just what we had in mind when we shot the Friendsgiving feature for this issue. With a rockstar glam team from Blushington, and a rack of clothing from Club Monaco, the whole ‘I have nothing to wear’ bit had a rest, for once. The truth is, no matter the reason you come together, there is something really special about turning up your favorite playlist, plugging in the curling iron and attempting to share one mirror with a bunch of your nearest and dearest ladies.

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To capture the fun, we called in photographer and partner in crime, Jodee Debes; minus the large turkey, it hardly felt like anything out of the ordinary! Laughing until it hurt, saying cheese (quite literally, who doesn’t love cheese -- wait until you see the cheeseboard) one too many times, we wrapped with delicious leftovers, and plenty to take into work the next day! That night, we stayed up until the wee hours, sharing cobbler by the spoonful, and reminiscing over Sncapchat stories. Truly a time to be thankful for! But, per usual, the hardest part of our day still remained the same -- figuring out what to caption our Instagram photos...

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Visit the site to keep up with recipes, DIYs, tips and more, plus stay connected Friends, they’re always up to something new! with

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On Instagram @molly_my

Using a cake stand for florals is a great alternative to your average centerpiece -don’t miss the one I crafted for Friendsgiving dinner party, check it out on page 178!

Fun way to give thanks this season; a little DIY caramel apple kit for friends and family.

There’s nothing better than a fall day, and warm caramel for dipping. The recipe is so simple (and vegan)!

Bar carts aren’t just for liquid pleasure -- using a bar cart in the bathroom not only keeps things organized, but looks cute too!

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Editor-In-Chief Chief Creative Officer Managing Editor Kimberly Constantino Recipe Features Editor Elizabeth Palmer Starnes Senior Designer Jean-Luc Quevauvilliers Managing Designer Elizabeth Feeney Production Assistant Camille Miller Photographer Jodee Debes Photographer Vanessa Tierney Photographer Jessica Lynne Photographer Zara Walsh

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Greenhorn Club™ is a private women’s social club, established in New York City.

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LOOK | trend

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#NOWTRENDING

Effortlessly cool, Alyssa Wasko is someone we envy not only for her A+ style, but confidence, charm and kindness -- she just wears it (all) well. As a stylist, designer and New Yorker, we trust her judgement from head to toe. With so many trends to love this season, we knew we had to call in an expert -- happy shopping!

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Frame Denim

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#NOWTREND

favorite fall trends

By Alyssa Wasko, Fashion Stylist, Designer & Founder of Donni Charm I think it’s time we admit fall’s superiority -- particularly when it comes to fashion. Layering, plus knits, and endless arrays of outwear make fall the easiest season to look great during (though, as a scarf designer, I may be biased). This particular fall, footwear and accessories are very trend heavy (lucky us!), meaning, there’s no need to heavily invest in too much -- grab a new pair of boots, a scarf or two, a cape, and you’ll be on trend immediately. I’m all about juxtaposition and mixing things together that don’t necessarily fall into the same category. For example, something ultra feminine like lady heels, I’d pair with baggy, cropped, more masculine jeans -- the combo of the two make for a balance that’s dressed up, and dressed down. Come the first chill (65 degrees will cut it), you’ll undoubtably find me skipping through Washington Square Park en route to work with suede boots on my feet and a cape draped over my shoulders -- even though everyone else might still be in short sleeves! Without further ado, here’s what’s #nowtrending...

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lady heels

Comfort and fashion don’t always pair nicely, but this season, lady heels are all the rage. This short and chunky style is a secret weapon by making you look dressed up, and the best part – they couldn’t be more comfortable.

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cropped These above-the-ankle jeans pair well with any footwear, boots, sneakers, flats, sandals, and of course, lady heels!

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Earn your stripes this season. The Breton stripe is a classic, but this fall is making a stronger presence – it’s an essential that gives that effortless French Girl style we all strive to accomplish.

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There is something so elegant about a cape – it’s the perfect fall staple in lieu of a coat. Belt it, or leave it.

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Hello legs! From day to night, look sexy among the layers – and stay warm too.

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Dress it up, or dress it down. My favorite way to wear this for fall is paired with a jean jacket.

high-waisted flares This is the easiest way to lengthen your legs, even paired with flats! This 70’s style is back, and us short legged girls are very grateful.

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LOOK | polish

5 makeup trends to try this fall

We Blushington – it’s that simple. Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge has lately been our goto for affordable, professional makeup application as well as brow, lash, and waxing services. Founded by Stephi Maron (who oh by the way, is merely 25 years old -- talk about an inspiration), this business savvy gal, sought out to fill a void she saw in the beauty world and has since changed the industry. Currently, Blushington has locations in West Hollywood, Newport Beach, and Woodland Hills, as well as Dallas and most recently, New York City. Over a glass of champagne with the girls at our local Blushington beauty bar, we got to thinking about writing this feature and, here you’ll find some easy-to-follow trends we’re loving this season!

By Jessica Scantlin, Director of Artistry at Blushington

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Okay, so you’ve seen it before – and maybe it doesn’t sound avantgarde, but this season, red is having a major moment – and we’re welcoming it in unexpected variations, from moody to bright. While keeping eyes simple, add a pop of red and fix brows more feathered.

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Your everyday black liner just got a little more interesting with this seasons ‘double-winged’ trend. Line your lids by extending your top liner, and bottom liner past your eye without connecting the two ends – chic, simple execution.

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There’s undoubtedly some art influence in fall trends this year; everything looks like a painting. Perfect your lids with metallic hues, from gold to silver, keeping the space directly below your brows perfectly neat with a matte neutral.

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This is one of those trends that makes life a little easier (and we love that)! Take your pick of peach, or rose blush and use it everywhere – eyes, cheeks (slightly heavier for contouring), lips – apply a little black mascara, and that’s it.

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Though goth-like lips may be slightly intimidating, we assure you that pulling them off is easier than it seems (we’re currently obsessed with this look); it’s clean, classy and edgy all at the same time. Complete the look with dewy skin, and simple, natural eyes.

For more on Blushington, or to make an appointment for a beauty funday of your own, visit blushington.com. Also, follow on Instagram @blushington or download the Blushington app for iOS. mollymy.com

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SELF | know

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For the past fifteen years, Alessandro has been working professionally as an intuitive healer, and teacher. With some of his clients being those most recognizable in the entertainment industry, he has devoted his life to empowering people to be the best versions of themselves. Alessandro has helped us to find clarity on some of our most burning questions from relationships, to career and finances, wellness, and everything in between. We wanted to open up the floor for some of your questions too. Here, Alessandro is giving his insight on finding our greatest match whether trying a new dating app, or switching up your daily routine -- yep, we’re talking “the one.”

Alessandro Giannetti, Creator of Guided Light Healing

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I’ve been in a few long term relationships that have since ended. I’m okay being on my own and I enjoy dating and meeting new people, but I think I’m ready to meet the one. What is your advice? How do I meet him?

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You are among so many that I get this question from. First, I want to preface that the ideal solution is going to be different for every person. Each person has their own set of things they need to learn in this lifetime -- we’ll save this idea for another time. For now, there are a few things that universally will always lead to a better relationship. The answer is complex, so I’ve broken it down into 5 steps to help guide you.

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SELF LOVE

Being okay on your own and being happy on your own are two completely different things. The latter is what we should all strive for. Being okay on your own always translates to a piece of your happiness being dependent on another person making you happy. As long as we depend on another for our happiness, they will always, at some point, let us down. It doesn’t matter how amazing and attentive the person is; the system we live in will never allow us to find happiness on the outside to replace a sadness or any other negative emotion on the inside. So, again I’ll say, nothing on the outside in life can ever bring us true happiness at our core. Really lock this in. Happiness is an inside out job. When you truly feel good about yourself at your core, it feels as though there is nothing that anyone could say that can rock you; it just rolls off your back no matter the situation and there is zero feeling that you need the approval and praise from others. But, when you lack happiness at your core, the world can’t give you enough of what you want or perceive that you need. So what am I getting at here? Self love, self love, self love. It is the most important thing you need in order to be ready for an amazing relationship. This is one of the most important if not the most important thing you need to have. My students spend months learning and trying to attain this. How you see yourself is how you will be treated by your partner. If you feel like you aren’t fully cooked yet, so will a man. If you don’t make time for you, neither will he. The more you love you, the more he will love you when you meet and thereafter.


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The second thing I find that people are missing in finding their love is being specific on what they want. I always ask, “what are the qualities you want in a partner?” Most people will list off five or ten things. That leaves a lot of unfilled details for these wonderful energies around to have to make a terrible guess at. Even more interesting, people forget to request that their person should be single and available. You wouldn’t believe how many times I have heard people say, “I found the perfect person but, they are married.” Complete clarity on your person is a non-negotiable. Have you ever tried to buy a gift for someone you really didn’t know or haven’t spoken to in forever? It’s kind of a terrible process. We end up wracking our brains trying to think of a gift that would be great. None of us want to waste our money on something that is going to go in the trash. So, we go to multiple stores and spend multiple hours trying to find the right gift only to end up with something that when we give it, ends up evoking a fake smile and a forced emotion of loving what we got them. The second we are out of sight the person is trying to decide on where they are going to be able to hide this thing or how long they have to keep it to be polite before they get rid of it. Now, had we known more about what the person liked and what they were interested in, we could have bought them a gift that they would have loved, and we would have found it in so much less time. This is what the universe goes through on a daily basis in trying to fulfill our needs. If you don’t know what your ideal person looks like, how are you going to know when he is right in front of you? Save yourself and the universe a bunch of time and get clear now. *To be clear, I don’t just mean putting a few things down on a list and you have your person. It’s not that simple. You are going to get stuck with someone who you are gonna wish that you spent more time on creating. I see it all the time, so be sure to be thorough on your list of attributes you want in a partner.

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Another important thing to look at is getting rid of all the placeholders in your life. Placeholders are the things occupying the space that your dream person is to fill. Do you have that person who is ok for now until you meet the right person? Is there that person who is your backup plan? When we get a new place to live, we don’t move in until the old occupant is fully moved out -- too many complications otherwise. The universe operates the same exact way. Can you imagine two men in your life having to cross paths? Awkward. The universe needs the empty space to fill. Otherwise, there is no room for the new to fill.

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Hopefully at this point you have a very clear image of what your person looks like. Now get on his schedule! Chances are the man you want probably isn’t hanging out in a nightclub or destructive environment. Look at his qualities. Is he spiritual? Does he take care of his body? Does he eat healthy? Is he employed? If you answered yes to to any of these, start frequenting the type of places he himself is very likely to be going to. I’m willing to bet that if this person has his life together he is probably on a great routine and very balanced. He is going to have to do certain things at a certain time of day. Be there when he does. Start hanging out at juice bars. Is he religious? What places might he be at to worship?

And finally, don’t settle because you think time is running out. And be honest with yourself here. Is this person a physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional match? Everyone has a four out of four out there. So many times I see someone settle for a three out of four because they feel like time is running out and that they have no other choice. Jump off the cliff and expect to be caught. No big rewards ever come in life without risking big. This is a process of earning the right to have what you want.

“The best thing you can do for yourself right now is realize the universe never gives us anything that we aren’t ready for. If he isn’t here yet then there is still something that needs to be dealt with before he can come into the picture. If this weren’t true then he would be here already. Figure out what you need to do to be fully ready for him.” Have a question for Alessandro? Skies the limit, ask for guidance on any subject you’d like! Email molly@greenhornclub.com -- we’ll select one of your questions to be answered by Alessandro, and featured in our upcoming issue. Learn more about Alessandro’s practice, and sign up for his newsletter via guidedlighthealing.com. mollymy.com

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MODERN WAY TO FALL in love

We think smart, dress smart, eat smart, and exercise smart, so isn’t it true that we should also be dating smart? With all the dating apps out there nowadays, it’s hard to know which one to use! Well, if you ask us, so far, The League tops them all (go ahead, download and try for yourself). The League offers an exclusive platform to connect with professionals, and taps into your LinkedIn profile, along with Facebook; so far, we’re thinking our matches might just be the cream of the crop! We asked Amanda Bradford, Founder & CEO of The League for some insight on modern day romance, and how to date intelligently. Here’s what she had to say...

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Millennials are busy building their empires… dating can sometimes take the backburner! In large metropolitan cities with a high concentration of young professionals (like SF and NYC), I would say dating apps are now the primary way to meet new people to date. This trend is only going to grow, so if you’re not on board yet, you should be! It’s a so much more efficient and practical way to take control of your dating life. No more complaining that you ‘don’t have single friends’ to go out with. Start scouting on The League! Meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, especially if you’re looking for sparks to fly! Any advice on how to step into a first date feeling confident? Go into each date with lower expectations, and I mean this in the best way possible. Don’t think of these dates as marriage interviews! Think of them as simply an opportunity to meet someone who you wouldn’t have necessarily met otherwise. I also always try to learn something new on each date. Whether it’s about a topic that is super important to your date, or an experience they have had that is unique, learn your date’s story -- it’s a great way to connect with him/her even if the sparks aren’t flying. And, you’ll get so intrigued, you’ll forget about feeling nervous. There is so much to learn about someone new -- family, career, intentions, past relationships. When it comes to personal questions, how much is appropriate to ask on the first date? Conversely, how much is appropriate to share? Well I can’t imagine a more boring first date than one only discussing hobbies, the weather and last seasons GOT’s, however there are definitely some topics to steer clear of.

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Sharing personal details about yourself is important, but try to avoid talking about your finances, your crazy ex, or any quarter life/identity crisis’. It’s important not to over-share, leaving an air of mystery is a good thing, however you do not want to come off cold. A good rule of thumb is to not talk about online/app dating. Your date most likely does not want to hear about all the other apps you are on or the fact that both you and your roommate matched with them. Dating apps tend to have this persona that everyone on them just wants to have fun. How do you know if he wants something real? This is when mobile dating can get a bit ambiguous; you can never be 100% sure if someone is just looking for a casual one night thing. That is why we built a curated community in which each user is personally vetted. We also have no qualms with kicking users out. We are not for one night stands, that’s for sure. But other than that, we are not going to tell people how to use The League. We like to think of it as casual dating with the possibility for more if things go well. We’ve had users date for 6 days, 6 weeks, and 6 months from The League, and a few engagements! It’s going to be dependent on each user’s specific situation and I’m not going to be ‘big brother’ (big momma? lol?) enough to tell singles how they can interact once they meet. As long as they stay respectful, I’m happy. Sometimes a first date seems to go well, but then he never follows up. Is there anything that should be done on the first date the might better set up a second date? There is so much unknown in the online dating space (will they respond? will they ask for a date?); that said, when you finally meet up with someone who you would be interested in seeing again, make sure they know that you’ve had a good time. But don’t sweat it if they don’t -- there’s plenty of fish in the sea! I always tell people not to get too attached on the first date, just have fun!


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7 fall inspired

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INTO YOUR WEDDING DAY The natural beauty autumn offers makes for gorgeous fall weddings, and often allows you to create a space that is both comforting, and elegant. Our favorite ladies over at Love Detailed have taught us that one way of bring the season into your special day is by playing up the colors of the turning leaves; we love deep wine reds, warm ambers and natural greens -- they make for a rustic, yet luxurious feel. And of course, never forget to pull inspiration from your surroundings! From a charming dessert display to a countrified cocktail bar, here are 7 ways to incorporate fall details into your wedding day.

By Brooke Kleinman & Dana Gereboff, Co-founders of Love Detailed Photography by Jessica Lynne

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Make a statement and opt for a bold bouquet. Fall’s landscape is generally not as lush and green, so make sure you contrast your backdrop with a colorful bouquet. We recommend using seasonal florals and sticking to your wedding color palette.

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LOOSE FLORALS There is something about this style that is just so right for fall. We love how the casual look of loose florals plays up what is naturally happening around us during this time of the year -- leaves are changing colors and falling, and there is something so special about incorporating the change in season into a fall tablescape.

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INCORPORATE FRUITS & VEGGIES Fall is a time for harvesting and appreciating nature. Fruit and/or veggies look so beautiful on any tablescape -- try using them on your place setting in lieu of a napkin ring.

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FALL-ESQUE DESSERTS Play up your color scheme and incorporate treats that are seasonal too. Use natural elements as risers, like the wood slabs to play up your fall inspired theme.

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Desserts: Bottega Louie Cake: Sweet Laurel Bakery Flowers: Chloe and Mint Rentals: Archive Rentals

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JEWELED TONES Amber pressed glass, bronze flatware, and gold accents help create a cozy and inviting feel. We picked marsala to add a wow-factor to this palette; use these jeweled tones in unexpected places such as the bride’s floral crown.

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Long sleeve dresses are classy and gorgeous. We love sleeves as a beautiful alternative to wearing a pashmina or shawl when the weather is chilly.

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Skirt: Monique Lhuillier Top: Diane Von Furstenberg Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

...because Happily Ever After is a lifestyle -- follow Love Detailed on Instagram @lovedetailed or take a look at their blog at lovedetailed.com.

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WHOLE | nourish

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Be Well by Kelly promotes a blood sugar stabilizing and anti-inflammatory lifestyle. It’s not a diet, program or fad. Guided by a practical approach, Kelly helps clients improve their health, achieve their goals and develop sustainable habits to live a balanced life. As one of our favorite nutritionists, we asked Kelly to share her morning routine -- you’ll want to grab a pen a paper for this one, there’s lots to note that you’ll surely benefit from!

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By Kelly Leveque of Be Well By Kelly No matter the season, it’s all about balance and maintaining a lifestyle you’re happy with and proud of; a lifestyle that inspires you to jump out of bed with an optimistic approach to those every day (and sometimes tedious) tasks. Meal planning, and morning meditation/yoga are a couple things that help make staying on track a bit easier for me; here you’ll find a few of my other favorite morning habits that might just inspire you a bit too!

first things first, hydrate! Drinking water slowly throughout the entire day will allow your body to use nature’s elixir effectively, it’s best to drink it between meals. The recommended intake from the mayo clinic is 9 cups for women (72 oz) and 11 cups for men (88 oz), however, many factors affect hydration so if you workout, drink lots of caffeine or plan to spend your day in the sun, up your intake. The benefits include; detoxification, weight balance, less fatigue, headache prevention, and improved skin health and digestion. Adding herbs, citrus or vegetables can easily flavor water and help encourage you to drink more too! I always start my morning with a big glass of water.

speaking of water - what’s the green stuff you ask? chlorophyll water. A chlorophyll dropper is easy to have on hand, so whether at home starting the day or running around town (stash a dropper in your purse), this is one of my go-to necessities. Just adding a few drops of green pigment (responsible for photosynthesis) can help control hunger, cravings and body odor (even that one girly odor we don’t talk about). It is a super potent antioxidant that promotes healing and cleansing, including binding to heavy metals and helping kill off candida.

still a little iffy? let’s start simple. How about lemon water? Go ahead and ask for a side of lemons. Lemons, although acidic in nature, are alkaline in your body. Warm lemon water first thing the morning, hydrates your body naturally and lemons purify the liver.

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now, let’s jump out of bed and get this day started. Kelly is sharing one of her festive, fall inspired smoothies! We all know breakfast is important, but not just any type of breakfast; you want to start your day with a healthy serving of protein, in addition to good fats. This #bewellsmoothie will help maintain blood sugar levels and keep you full much longer than grabbing a carb-heavy, sugar packed alternative.

PUMPKIN #BEWELLSMOOTHIE Ingredients • • • • • • •

1 Serving of Vanilla Protein Powder 2 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk 1 Tbsp Flax Meal 1 Tbsp MCT Oil 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree 1 Tbsp Cinnamon 1 Tsp Nutmeg

The #bewellsmoothie is a formula to help you develop a blood sugar balancing meal replacement shake in any flavor with enough protein, fat and fiber to keep you full. Many juice shops, grocery smoothie bars and smoothie recipes are loaded with sugar, specifically fructose sugar from excess fruit. Fructose sugar stores as fat 2030% faster than glucose. The #bewellsmoothie limits fructose (1/4-1/2 cups) depending on your goals.

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Combine all ingredients into a blender with a handful of ice and blend on high speed until smooth.

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while we’re in here making breakfast, check out what else you’ll typically find in kelly’s kitchen... FRIDGE TIPS 1

Keep carrots, celery and lemons in water; they last longer, stay crisp and are easy to grab when they are prepped and ready.

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Prepping produce and keeping it in a produce saver can help keep produce longer, especially when we throw away on average 25% of what we buy.

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Berries don’t last too long but a quick rinse and kept in the colander is the way to go.

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Asparagus and herbs keep well if kept in a few inches of water like flowers; swap the water and trim the bottoms and they will continue to keep.

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Make a homemade dressing for salad, quick marinade and dipping vegetables once a week and throw a blender ball into your dressing container to whisk it up with a little shake.

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Nuts keep really well in the cold, keep bulk nuts in the freezer and few you can grab for a snack in the fridge.

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Easy grab and go will always keep you from grabbing processed foods. Here are my all time favorites: - Chia pudding - Nut butter & milk - Rotisserie chicken - Tuna or salmon salad with Primal Mayo - Premade #bewellsmoothie - Hard boiled eggs

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Canned goods over frozen meals, so simple when you’re in a time crunch! Salmon, tuna, oysters, sardines and beans make for easy pairings.

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now, one of kelly’s favorite ways to start the day -meditation and yoga. Reflecting on your previous day and centering yourself for the day ahead is one great way to find a healthy balance. However you like to recharge, celebrate that, even if it’s just for a few minutes; take some time to yourself to set new goals, and reflect on all your accomplishments. Follow Kelly on Instagram @bewellbykelly for more healthful tips, and visit her website bewellbykelly.com to learn about the various nutrition programs offered.

MEDITATION It’s no longer just for the yogis, meditation has been proven to increase grey matter in the brain, cortical thickness and brain volume in the areas of emotion regulation, positive emotion and self-control. It lowers high blood pressure and blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks. It increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior and improves the immune system.

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YOGA Yoga has been shown to reduce training induced stress and weight. It increases flexibility, muscle strength and muscle tone all while improving respiration, energy and vitality. It’s a great way to distress and take a mini break from your computer during a workday without getting super sweaty too. Overall, my advice is just get moving; no workout is a bad workout.

Thanks for spending the morning with me! Be well. be beautiful. be you. mollymy.com

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WHOLE | up & up

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HAPPINESS

-- the beginning of everything

By Annie Appel, EVP of Marketing,The Bay Club Company

t all starts with a spark, a spark that’s fueled by passion. And that passion becomes a vision, which in turn becomes a brand, even before you realize it. Because a brand doesn’t only need to be the commercial you see on TV, the store you drive by everyday, the ad that pops up on your computer screen—the best brands are actually just people following their passions.

As you build a brand, you might get caught up in goals and checkmarks on your to-do list, but you should really be focused on your vision and where it’s going to lead you. Don’t be so driven by an analytical barometer as much as you are driven by your passion for the place you’re headed. This is the key to personal happiness. So, you might ask, how do you discover your passion? It’s a question that I have not only been asked, but have asked myself many times, and I would answer this question differently now than I did 15 years ago. And I’ll probably answer it differently in another 15 years from now. But for right now, my answer is twofold. One, you have to be willing to experience new things, then take a moment to reflect on what makes you laugh, what makes you happy. Be willing to fail or have a bad experience—this is just as important as all of the motivational experiences you’ll have in life as well. Two, be completely open to the possibilities in front of you and use them to find your own version of success. This might be staying and growing at one job, as I did for the first 13 years of my career, trying different jobs with different companies, or starting your own business.

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While there is no formula for success, in my perspective, it is directly related to how approachable and vulnerable you can be. Sometimes you’ll find that the moment you show a side of yourself that is less than polished, will be the moment that someone really connects with you. A business suit and a perfect pair of high heels are much more intimidating and hard to crack, even for me, than someone who is willing to talk about their business and social life over tea or glass of wine. When you allow for a personal connection, you create an emotional tie to your brand that can only lead to success.

“Reflect on what makes you laugh, what makes you happy” Once you’ve established your brand, be open to the fact that your brand will—and should—evolve. And always keep building upon what you’ve become. I started at the front desk of the Claremont Club in the Berkeley Hills, moved into event planning, but found that I didn’t want to work in the food and beverage industry. So I took the skill set I learned from planning events and turned it into a marketing position. And I’ve since turned that marketing position in the hospitality industry into a branding position for luxury brands. I’m a big proponent of saying yes and then figuring it out. It’s not about knowing everything—because you’ll never know everything—but about having that confidence that you’re smart enough to get there. So always take that opportunity. I think I have said yes more times when I probably should have said no, but I wasn’t willing to let an opportunity pass me up. And in the same vein, don’t be afraid to answer the question, “What do I want to do with my life?” If you say that you don’t know, I actually think you do and I’d start back at your passion. Even if it doesn’t easily translate to a job or career, I challenge you to follow that passion. Because it’s what you secretly want to do with your life. It’s what excites you, what motivates you, what makes you geek out, so above all else, just follow that.


“When you allow for a personal connection, you create an emotional tie to your brand that can only lead to success”

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5 THINGS TO MAKE YOU l THIS SEASON

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At The Bay Club, we’re all about happiness—finding it, creating it, spreading it—and experiences that bring together what matters most. With the change of each new season, you get a chance to renew and reconnect with the simple pleasures in life—and fall is no exception. Below are a few ideas to inspire you to laugh more and love more, and take some time for yourself this autumn.

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Brew a cup of hot spiced cider. And open up a good book. Science tells us that just by sleeping more each night, we’ll increase positive thoughts the next day. And the best way to ensure a good night of sleep? Turn off the TV and unplug from your phone—you’ll find just as many good stories in the pages of a book.

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Volunteer at a food bank. Or make a special trip to the grocery store. The holidays place a greater strain on families in need, and by distributing or donating food, you’ll bring a smile to the face of someone who needs it most. And research says donating 100 hours a year is the magic number to enrich your life. It’s the perfect season to make a difference.

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trying something new is good for the soul! The happiness continues... follow Bay Club on Instagram @bayclubs and take a visit to their blog, onelombard.com. mollymy.com

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let it BREW There’s nothing we love more than a cup of coffee on a crisp fall day. Ducking into a local cafe to find some warmth is always comforting, so we’ve scouted some of the coziest locations in three of our favorite cities to sip on some brew and enjoy the season.

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Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters Jane on Fillmore Sightglass Coffee Front Cafe

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Espresso Steamed breve (half and half, or alternative milk of choice) Maple syrup Twist of orange peel Cinnamon

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To start, drizzle a dash of maple syrup into a small demitasse cup, then add 1 ristretto espresso shot. Steam 1 pitcher of half and half and pour into the cup. Garnish with an orange twist/peel and sprinkle with cinnamon.


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top 5

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a greenhorn girls’ favorite

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On crisp mornings and rainy days, sometimes, there is no better place to fall than right into a comfy chair with a good read and a cup of coffee or tea. Here are 5 page turners we cannot wait to cozy up with this season!

THE CIRCLE By Dave Eggers A Greenhorn girl favorite, this story follows a young women adjusting to life working at the world’s most powerful internet company -- and it’s not all she’s imagined it to be… it’s more.

a comedic exploration of love MODERN ROMANCE

#1 new york times best seller WHY NOT ME?

By Asiz Ansari

By Mindy Kahling

With an always hilarious tone, Ansari unpacks the stories and struggles of those looking for love in today’s culture. The search for a soulmate has never been so hilarious.

A relatable and hysterical collection of essays by an author who needs no introduction! But, by the way, her last book is a New York Times bestseller and she did create and star in her own TV show.

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named a hot fall read BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR By Elizabeth Gilbert Calling all Eat, Pray, Love fans out there, Gilbert’s new book is inspiring and profound. This is a must-read for anyone looking to live their most creative life with mindfulness and passion.

ALWAYS PACK A PARTY DRESS: AND OTHER LESSONS LEARNED FROM A (HALF) LIFE IN FASHION By Amanda Brooks Brooks has worked her way up to become the fashion director at Barneys, and she has some insights for you on finding your own personal style and exploring your identity through the clothes you wear.

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WHOLE | fit

NFL

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a fitness routine to get you ready for the big game. Photography by Zara Walsh You know those fitness instructors that seem so un-intimidating at a glance? You walk into class and they’re relatable, bubbly, and within seconds are your best friend? Class starts, and the instructor proceeds to make you feel more accountable for everything you did the night before, like, “hey maybe, I shouldn’t have had that third glass of wine” as you struggle to catch your breath between sets of plyometrics and mountain climbers -- “wait I thought we were friends?!” It’s a necessary tough love relationship to have. That motivator we all need at times to push us to progress and grow. Meet our motivator Kelli Yapp, our beloved Core Fusion instructor. With a background in ballet, she knows a woman’s body and how to get results. Kelli’s approach to fitness brings a whole new meaning to utilizing bodyweight; her classes are killer, but some of the best we’ve ever taken in New York City.

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Needless to say, when we decided to create a fitness feature in this issue, there was really no one else more fitting for the job. Whether you are traveling without access to a gym, or waking up late for work with only minutes to spare, this workout will challenge you in all sorts of ways. Oh and by the way, be sure to cheer on our new favorite defensive lineman, Jake Ryan.

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“some of the best warm-ups and drills that the Packers fit into their daily practice” By Kelli Yapp, Core Fusion Instructor at Exhale Spa There’s something about the fall season in New York City that inspires a fresh start, a change-up in routine, or sparks motivation to just try something new. As an instructor, I’m constantly looking for ways to revamp my classes and one of the great qualities about fall recently inspired me. Fall is my favorite season, it’s sweater weather and time for pumpkin flavored everything, but the return of football season is by far what fuels my love for fall. Whether you’re an avid football fan like myself or are just looking for a way to jumpstart your fall fitness, I figured there’s no better way to inspire and up your routine this season than by looking to our heroes on the field. In order to craft the perfect, most effective workout I knew I needed to quite literally source some inspiration from the pros. I reached out to NFL linebacker and Green Bay Packer, Jake Ryan. Jake was able to clue me in on some of the best warm-ups and drills that the Packers fit into their daily practice. Why are your favorite players the best to turn to for some fitness motivation? Professional coaches and staff develop routines for the players that are highly efficient, by focusing on multiple aspects of physical fitness at once, such as strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. Not only do the workouts accomplish improvements in all these aspects, they are also highly functional and easy to incorporate into your current routine. This quick, 30 minute workout includes a 10 minute warm-up, 18 minutes worth of Tabata interval, strength exercises and approximately a 2 minute cool down and stretch.

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5 Tabata Strength Training (18 mins) Each of the below 4 exercises is to be completed in Tabata intervals (each interval lasts 20 seconds of maximum exertion followed by a 10 second recovery. Complete 4 intervals of each, equaling 2 minutes per exercise.) Burpees (4 intervals = 2 mins) Curtsey Lunges (2 intervals on each leg, total of 4 = 2 mins) Plank Mountain Climbers (4 intervals = 2 mins) Side Lunges (2 intervals on each leg, total of 4 = 2 mins)

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6 Cool Down KELLI’S

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SPACE | how

Photography: Amber Gress Coordinators & Stylists: Going Steady Studios Rentals: Dish Wish Ojai Fresh Veggie Farm: Rio Gozo Farm

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ADVICE ON HOW TO CHINA

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Simply put, Laura Clausen has an eye for beautiful things. You know those tablescapes you can’t help but swoon over -- repining on Pinterest, double tapping on Instagram, admiring each and every piece? Well, it’s a high probability that those are probably Laura’s doing! The ‘it’ girl of memorable moments is giving a little advice how to collect like a pro; with the holidays ahead and dinner tables to prep, this couldn’t be more useful -- cheers to a one-of-a-kind feast!

Photography: Gregory Ross Calligraphy & Stationery: Haven Stationary Ribbon: Silk and Willow

By Laura Clausen, Founder of Dish Wish

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I love vintage china, but know nothing about collecting these sorts of things! Any advice on what to look for when starting a personal collection?

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For curating your personal collection keep in mind a certain color palette and thickness. Vintage dish dye lots can greatly vary. Those that have a more ivory-yellow tone are more common and sticking with those will help you to seamlessly mix various patterns and styles as though they were intended to do so. You can stick with similar colors, themes or patterns. As you collect you may find that a specific company or year really speaks to you; I am loving all sorts of dark stoneware lately which is so different than the pieces I first collected. I find that the unique thrift stores and flea markets have better pieces than the chain thrift stores. Craigslist can be a resource for you, but I mainly recommend that for those that are looking for larger quantities. I look for unique style and color; it’s really going to be personal to each collector though. Just like with style, don’t do it my way just because -- do what is authentic to you and you will have a collection that brings you joy!

To take a look at the various collections Laura has curated as rentals, visit dishwishevents.com or follow along on Instagram @dishwishgirl. mollymy.com

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SPACE | style

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how to incorporate wood and warmth into your space Whether living in an apartment, starter home or your dream home, we’re pretty sure we all can agree -- a beautiful, comfortable space that we can be proud of and enjoy is important to us! Another common ground always seems to be regarding space -- there just never seems to be enough of it (especially if you live in a big city)! Oftentimes we’re challenged to make the most of tiny spaces, and some of the ways we’ve learned to do this is by keeping things simple and light -- but when the season changes and autumn begins, we crave natural elements, warm colors and depth in our nests. So, in effort to break free from our comfort zone and strategically add natural wood into our spaces, we consulted Homepolish, an affordable interior design service that needless to say, just gets it. Here are some subtle ways to incorporate the change in season into your space.

By Allison Petty, Interior Designer

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An upholstered piece with a woodframe give some structure and also makes it feel less bulky.

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sing wooden frames lets you display your art much less like a gallery, and in a warmer and more inviting way.

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In an almost completely white space, bring in a wood element and emphasize a particularly interesting piece.

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Incorporating an organic element helps to create a space that feels less cold, and more cozy.

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The high-gloss white finish against the organic texture of the wood creates a juxtaposition with this piece that works effortlessly together.

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There are all different types of wood finishes, rustic reclaimed wood like this is a great way to incorporate something special into your space.

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Small details like these plates are great to bring in wood without investing in larger pieces.

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This piece becomes the focal point in your space by making it the only element that’s wood. It creates a strong impression that allows it to be the focus.

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extra TIPS FOR FALL

here are some simple tips to keep in mind when bringing in the season Blankets and throws are a great way to bring the autumn feel into your space -- think heaver wool knits and cashmere pieces, similar to sweaters you’ll be wearing during the season. Texture is an important part of layering and will give you that cozy feeling.

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Fresh flowers or plants are always a great way to reflect the season outside; for variation, you can bring in branch displays which last a little longer as well. Avoid too many apple or pumpkin scented candles -- instead, opt for warmer scents with deep wood, leather and musk for a richer scent throughout your space.

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Bringing in accessories in fall colors is a great way to incorporate the tones without purchasing larger pieces; pillows, trays and small items easily work right into your space but don’t need to stick around all year long. Don’t get sucked into buying too much seasonal decor; one or two pumpkins are fine, but don’t over do it, or your space might feel too themed.

For more home inspo, follow Homepolish on instagram at @homepolish or visit their website to check out their services.

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Paring smaller elements in details (like this tray) allows you to incorporate wood into a space without bringing in bulky furniture -- each piece does not have to match exactly, mix to your liking for an eclectic feel.

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Using textured materials emphases interesting shapes that might otherwise feel insignificant if they were the same material; opt for white, or woodsy details to home natural elements (like plants) in your space -- we love how all the surrounding white here makes the legs of this table pop, like artwork.

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WHAT’S

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Christy Meisner Doramus is a New York City based floral stylist that specializes in fresh and faux flower crowns -- plus, recently published a book titled, Flower Crowns: 30 DIY Floral Creations. We love a city girl who knows her blooms, so tapping into Christy for this floral feature was a no brainer; here’s a look at what’s in season during the fall months. P.S. keep your eyes peeled -- in our upcoming winter issue, christy will be sharing a beautiful holiday-esque DIY that you’ll adore!

By Christy Meisner Doramus, Founder of Crowns by Christy

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ANEMONE With their dark centers, these blooms have so much personality and can easily dominate an arrangement or flower crown. If you are looking for an amazing statement flower in the late fall, this is it.

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DAFFODIL There is something so cheerful about a bright yellow daffodil in the midst of the late fall and winter temperatures. These are always an instant pick-me-up!

DAHLIA When peony season is over, the dahlia is a great go-to for fuller flower arrangements. Smaller dahlias also look amazing when used as statement flowers in a crown -- but they do tend to wilt easily, so handle with care.

DELPHINIUM There aren’t too many blue flowers out there, so delphiniums are great if you’re looking to incorporate blues and purples; they can range from light powdery blue to vibrant purple.

GLOBE AMARANTH I love to use these vivid pink and purple pom pom flowers in my crowns and arrangements. They don’t wilt easily, so if you are looking to make a flower crown that lasts a few days, these are a great option.

MUMS This fall staple comes in so many pretty colors; I love to shop for the local mums at the New York flower market. Whole Foods also carries a great variety of mum plants for my terrace at home.

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ROSEMARY Think twice when you’re in the produce section! You might not think to add rosemary to your seasonal arrangements, but I challenge you to try. Rosemary smells incredible and I not only love cooking with it, but also enjoy weaving it into fall and holiday flower crowns. It dries out nicely so, you can even make crowns of Rosemary as decorative pieces for your kitchen by hanging them upside down during the holiday season.

QUEEN ANNE’S LACE This wildflower is a great alternative to baby’s breath and can serve as a great filler flower in a boho-esque flower crown or arrangement.

SEEDED EUCALYPTUS This may be my favorite greenery to use in general; I absolutely love how the pieces of seeded eucalyptus fall freely and look so whimsical.

TULIP Tulips come in so many beautiful colors and in late fall, it’s so exciting to see these blooms pop up in the New York flower market. With a bundle of tulips, you have an instant flower arrangement -- they look amazing simply placed in a vase alone. Learn more about Christy and her love for all things floral on Instagram @crownsbychirsty or on her website crownsbychristy.com. mollymy.com

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E N T E RTA I N CIRCLE | eats

A BRUNCH OF FUN

(any excuse for a pancake bar)

One of our favorite follows on Instagram is @theschoolofstyling -- each photo is picturesque, and their courses are some of the best for styling and entertaining (there’s online courses available too)! Leading lady, Kaitlin Holland launched The School of Styling with the intention of providing women with the tools and inspiration they need to create beautiful work, events and spaces.

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By Kaitlin Holland, Founder of The School of Styling With pumpkin spice lattes sold at every corner and the scent of pumpkin candles in the air, we can’t help but go all out for this season. We love spending the day with friends, whether it be at a pumpkin patch or enjoying a festive breakfast. One of our go-to recipes this season is homemade cinnamon pecan pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, honey, and brown sugar, paired with a tart grapefruit juice -- and one of our favorite ways to serve our dish of choice is by creating a breakfast vignette. Whether you have a lot of space to spare, or limited, creating a station with all the goodies in one place is a great way to get guests engaged and chatting in no time!

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When planning and designing a fall breakfast vignette, here are a few things to keep in mind:

CONTRAST Think about the way both the colors, flavors, and textures will play off one another. While our design is fairly neutral, we played off the coloring and flavor of the pancakes when choosing our toppings, drink, and backdrop. You don't want a bland looking or tasting breakfast!

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l l i t s d n a os simple, esque fal lLAYERS One of the best parts about fall is layering clothing. Layered textiles creates a rich, warm, cozy feeling, so why not incorporate it into your breakfast too! Think about your table in planes; be sure to add a variety of heights, sizes, and colors into each plane, so when you look at the table from the front or overhead it feels dynamic and layered.

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SEASONAL Fall is one of the greatest times of the year, so let's celebrate it! We created this simple custom backdrop by collecting leaves from outside, spray painting them, and hanging them using tape. Easy as that! It's the perfect ode to fall and this seasonal pancake, breakfast gathering!

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gluten-free

VEGAN PANCAKES

Makes about 10 pancakes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • •

2 tablespoons maple syrup, agave, or coconut sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce 1 cup almond, coconut, or hemp seed milk 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (flax meal) 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon salt Coconut oil or vegan butter substitute (Earth Balance) to cook, and serve Fresh fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, real maple syrup, etc. to serve (optional)

How To In a small bowl, whisk together your wet ingredients. In a larger bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients. Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, whisking until you have a smooth, lump free batter. Heat a heavy pan or griddle over medium heat. Add a bit of coconut oil or vegan butter to your pan, and heat until melted. Using a ¼ cup to scoop, portion out two to three pancakes at a time in your pan, making sure they have enough room to spread and cook. Cook for 1-2 minutes on the first side, until small bubbles form in the batter. Flip to the other side and cook 1-2 minutes more until golden brown and cooked through (add a minute or two more per side if needed). To serve, top with vegan butter and a drizzle of real maple syrup, and any other toppings you like.

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TREATS & DIYS

-- oh my!

As a contributor for The Everygirl and lifestyle guru, Gillian Ellis always inspires us. We asked her to share some seasonal DIYs and this southern belle brought the goods!

By Gillian Ellis, Contributor at The Everygirl and Photographer Fall decor has a way of always looking the same; there’s usually a lot of burlap, brown and plaid involved. With gold so popular this season (and really, every season), why not create a twist on traditional fall decor by crafting gold leaf pumpkins? These are are a great alternative to carving, or simply painting pumpkins -- and bonus, this DIY is super easy! Use these pumpkins as Halloween decor or incorporate them into seasonal place settings.

1 Begin by cleaning your pumpkins with a damp washcloth. Let them fully dry before applying the adhesive or it will not stick. While you’re waiting for your pumpkins to dry, create a workspace by laying down newspaper. Gold leaf can get a bit messy!

3 Once the glue feels sticky to the touch you can start applying the gold leaf. Take a sheet of gold leaf and gently place over the glue. It is much easier to apply the entire sheet of gold leaf at once rather than in small pieces. If you try to apply in small pieces the gold leaf tends to crumple in on itself and you end up with a messy looking glob.

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Gold leaf sheets Adhesive Small bristle brush Small sponge brush Sealer

2 Apply adhesive to your pumpkins by using a sponge brush and painting the areas you would like covered. Let this dry for 1-2 minutes. The adhesive used for gold leaf is very watery. By letting it dry for a few minutes it gets a bit tacky, which helps the gold foil stick.

4 Once you are happy with your gold application use the bristle brush to gently apply sealer. Some of the gold leaf will come off at this point… but don’t freak out! That’s part of the charm and “look” of gold leaf. While your sealer is drying the gold will dull in color but this comes back once everything is completely dry.

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Begin by painting the plastic dinosaurs. Keeping with fall colors copper, orange and jewel tones will look nice. Depending on how dark the dinosaurs are you may need to apply 2-3 coats of paint. While your dinosaurs are drying, remove the lids of the canning jars and paint. If you are using multiple paint colors make sure you have enough lids to match the painted dinosaurs in your chosen colors. Once everything has dried you can apply the dinosaurs to the lids. Using a glue gun, place a drop of glue on the feet of the plastic dinosaurs (don’t apply too much as it will seep out onto the lid). Firmly press the dinosaur to the lid. At this stage your dinosaur jars are finished and you can start filling them with candy!

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Don’t just give out candy this holiday season, surprise trick-or-treaters with these dinosaur treat jars! Using small canning jars, dollar store plastic dinosaurs and a bit of paint, this craft is budget friendly and will charm every scary monster and witch that comes to your door this Halloween!

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Small canning jars Paint in 1-2 colors Glue gun Plastic dinosaurs (make sure they fit the width of your jars)

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Begin by painting the plastic dinosaurs. Keeping with fall colors copper, orange and jewel tones will look nice. Depending on how dark the dinosaurs are you may need to apply 2-3 coats of paint.

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4 At this stage your dinosaur jars are finished and you can start filling them with candy!

Once everything has dried you can apply the dinosaurs to the lids. Using a glue gun, place a drop of glue on the feet of the plastic dinosaurs (don’t apply too much as it will seep out onto the lid). Firmly press the dinosaur to the lid.

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Take a look at Gillian’s beautiful photography on Instagram @coastalbride or on her website gillianellis.com.

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TREAT In for a

Meet Fatty Sundays, a Brooklyn-based company that makes gourmet, fun-flavored chocolate covered pretzels. Together two sisters, Ali and Lauren, set out to reinvent and modernize their all time favorite sweet and salty treat -- chocolate covered pretzels. Inspired by their Mom’s sprinkle pretzels growing up, Ali and Lauren launched their product line about three years ago (the packaging is so adorable, they make for great gifts and party favors), which also includes gluten-free options. With Halloween being one of our favorite holidays, and entertaining being one of our favorite past-times, we knew we had to get our hands on the DIY for these charming treats!

By Ali Borowick Zmishlany & Lauren Borowick, Co-Founders of Fatty Sundays Photography by Vanessa Tierney As kids, we loved trick-or-treating on Halloween more than actually dressing up. We used to walk around our neighborhood, going door to door, collecting as much candy as we could carry in our orange plastic pumpkins. Then, we’d get home, sit around the kitchen table with our candy laid out, and organize a trade. Fast forward many years, and we still love this sugar-filled holiday! But, these days, we’re more likely found entreating with friends, and of course, whipping up our signature treats to share.

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20 pretzel rods 1 pouch of dark chocolate chips 1 jar of black, orange and purple sprinkles 1 box of Fatty Sundays pretzels (Flavor: Cookies and Cream)


MELT: Melt chips in microwave (in microwave safe bowl) on medium (50% power) for 30 seconds. Microwave at additional 10-15 second intervals, as needed, stirring until chips melt. Don’t add water or overcook.

DIP: Holding a pretzel securely by one end, dip the pretzel into the chocolate.

Use a spoon or spatula to spread the chocolate evenly over the pretzel. Let any excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.

DECORATE: Use a spoon to evenly coat the pretzel with sprinkles and

carefully lay each pretzel on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Repeat with the remaining pretzels, chocolate and sprinkles.

COOL: Place the cookie sheet full of chocolate covered pretzels in the

refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Remove the tray when the pretzels are completely chilled.

ENJOY: Eat, enjoy and share your Fatty Sundays chocolate covered pretzels!

Remaining pretzels may be stored in an airtight container or in a plastic bag at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Share your chocolate covered pretzels on Instagram and tag us! @fattysundays #diyfattysundays.

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sweet discount

Use code FSXGREENHORN10 for 10% off your purchase on fattysundays.com. Get more treat-spo on Instagram @fattysundays or via their website for purchases and more fattysundays.com. *Offer valid through 10/31/15 on online orders only. Not valid on any custom orders. Certain restrictions apply.

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NIFTY THRIFTY

last minute halloween costume (you might already own)

Photography by Jessica Lynne

Whether selling clothing, or picking up new/used or vintage finds, Buffalo Exchange has been one of our go-to shops for a while now. With locations in various locations across the country, it’s hard not to pop in time and time again. Halloween costumes, no matter your age, always seem to find their place -- from office work parties to entertaining at home, you’re bound to have a frightful gathering to prep for this season. Though we love getting all dolled up for the occasion, we can’t bare to overspend on items we can’t utilize often, which why thrifting is one of our favorite alternatives to store bought costumes. To help us create some effortless looks for Halloween this year, we checked in with Buffalo Exchange to see what they had on hand -- here’s what we came up with...

By Buffalo Exchange, N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles Halloween is undoubtably one of our favorite holidays! But, costumes can break the bank, especially when you commit to a detailed costume. Fortunately, at Buffalo Exchange, putting together a creative costume on a budget is as easy as 1, 2, 3! First, decide who or what you want to be. You can even go in with a vague idea and let the inspiration come to you. Second, go through your closet to see what you already have and assess how you can mix and match pieces for a costume before deciding on what you need to purchase in order to complete the costume (if needed). Third, have fun! Creating a costume should be entertaining, so try not to make it a serious task. And, remember, don’t get too fixated on an idea or costume just because of what you’ve seen done before, it’s always great to add a little flare of your own.

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Pick up thrifty finds of your own! Buffalo Exchange is in so many cities -- take a look at their website buffaloexchange.com for locations near you!

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PATH | savvy

The Whirlwind Life of App Entrepreneur,

Nadine Levitt

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efore setting her sights on the world of mobile app entrepreneurship, Nadine Levitt was a successful lawyer, model, actress, proprietor of her own record label, and mom of two to boot! But although Nadine had accomplished many great things early in her career, when she had the idea for the revolutionary music app, Wurrly, she knew she had to do it. Part social network and part mobile recording studio, Wurrly gives up-and-coming singers both an outlet and an audience at the same time. The free app allows singers to choose their favorite song from a vast in-app catalog, adjust the key and tempo to fit any style and vocal range, and then share the unique new track both in the app, on social media, or via email or text message. Wurrly actually started out of a personal need Levitt encountered while performing. “I got the chance to open for Steven Tyler, Roger Daltry and Christina Perri for a vocal health gala, and was asked to sing a Bon Jovi song as my opening act. As a classically trained opera singer, I was obviously not going to sing Bon Jovi in quite the same way, so I went online to play around with it and see how I would make it my own. I was shocked that I couldn’t find any service that allowed me to take the basic backing track and push it up four or five steps to where I needed it to be.

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I ended up having to hire my amazing (but expensive) pianist and I said to him ‘wouldn’t it be nice if there was an app that allowed me to customize a song to suit me, even just in key and tempo, and maybe then I could record and share it from there’ -- that’s where it all started.” As she began working on the app, she came to realize it filled what she saw as an important gap in the digital marketplace. “It quickly grew into a much bigger product because I realized this was not just a toolkit for singers, it was really about enabling self-expression through music (the idea being that self-expression through video was captured by YouTube, self-expression through photos was captured by Instagram but true self-expression through music had never been tapped into -- and that’s what Wurrly is all about).” When it comes to other music apps on the market, Levitt says that what truly sets Wurrly apart is this strong emphasis on self-expression. “We want our users to truly express themselves. That’s why we offer the customization of songs (by key, tempo and instrumentation), so that men can sing women’s songs and vice versa, and songs can live beyond a given genre (for instance when you take a hip hop song and turn it into an acoustic guitar track it changes it dramatically).”

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“We want our users to truly express themselves.” It’s an ambitious project to say the least, especially for someone with no experience in the world of mobile application design. “I wish I had been a coder” she said, “I knew nothing about app development -- I wouldn’t even call myself particularly tech savvy!” But with Levitt, it seems that no challenge is too daunting and if her background is any indication, she’s no stranger to keeping busy. A self-described type-A personality, she’s gotten used to juggling multiple careers and taking on new challenges ever since she was waiting tables, modeling and performing at age 13. She’s still at it today. While building her app and growing her company into a formidable artist discovery platform, Nadine still manages to remain a dedicated mother to her two adorable children, Lucas and Ariella. “Balancing work and family is tough -I have two kids (2 and 3-year-old), and if I want to be the person to put them to bed most nights it tends to mean that I have to work until 1am to still get the work done. Thank god for coffee!” You can follow Nadine on Twitter @mrswurrly-- find out more and download the app at wurrly.com.

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FROM INVITES TO THANK YOUS

party etiquette tips

We all know that a first and a last impression leave two of the greatest impacts -- and the same goes for party etiquette! The right invitation sets the tone, while a thoughtful thank you card affirms gratitude. Whether popping in for adorable desk accessories or seeking inspiration for a gathering, Urbanic Paper Boutique is a go-to stop on Abbot Kinney Blvd. With the Holidays upon us, there is no better time than now to brush up on the basics; snail mail or paperless, here’s what you need to know.

By Audrey Woollen, Owner of Urbanic Paper Boutique

THE INVITATION You’ve decided on the guest list and now all those Who’s need to know the What, Where, When and How of your get-together!

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When it comes to naming your party, it’s always important to keep the title true to what the details and mood of your event will be -- for example, if you’re hosting a casual dinner party where being sprawled out around the house in a food coma is highly encouraged, the invitation language should communicate a fun, casual vibe. However, if the dinner is going to be more of a formal sit down affair, the invitation should communicate this as well -- for example, you might want to include a tagline on the bottom of the card saying “dress up!” or “formal attire” that way, guests are clued in from the start.

the when Invitation (or ‘Save the Date’) should be sent out 4-6 weeks prior to the event. Follow up details can be sent out 2-4 weeks ahead of time. It’s important to remember during this time of the year how quickly people’s schedules get filled up -- not to mention, the mailbox influx -- so the earlier the better! Also, it’s important to keep in mind that if you are choosing to go the paper route, custom invitations can sometimes take a few weeks to design and print, so as soon as you’ve set a date for your party, start looking to get your invites made!

Eat, drink and give thanks with friends “lets gather ‘round for a Thanksgiving potluck”

Warm cocktails & Homemade pies “join us for a Friendsgiving dinner”

Good food, Good friends, Good times “let’s celebrate Thanksgiving together!”

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Turkey and Touchdowns “join us for a Thanksgiving dinner… and, of course, the game”.


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Paper is ALWAYS better. It makes the event stand out, and lets your guests know that this will indeed be a special occasion. We all know that finding a piece of thoughtful mail in the midst of a pile of junk and bills is like discovering a buried treasure. Sending an invitation via post is a wonderful way to make someone feel special, and the bonus is when it comes to replies, you will most-likely have a stellar attendance! If time is not on your side and paper invitations are not an option, customize your electronic version with consideration of details in the design and text (instead of using the stock options available) to make it reflect the personality of your party. *Note, font choices are a hugely important to communicating the mood of a particular event as well. Once assembled with great wording you’ll be sure to get everyone excited and in the holiday spirit. Here at Urbanic we like to keep the text simple and entice guests with a glimpse into highlights of the party. It’s an easy way to set the mood for the festivities.

THE THANK YOU NOTE

THE RSVP CARD Timeliness and detailing proper information in your reply are important etiquette considerations. If you’re a guest, it’s always best to RSVP to a party as soon as possible in consideration for your hosts. Set an alert on your calendar to remind yourself to RSVP or keep the invitation in a visible place as a reminder. If you are invited to two dinner parties conflicting on the same date, plan to be at one for dinner and the other for dessert and be sure to communicate this to both hosts. If you’re anticipating a scheduling conflict, it’s thoughtful to notify your host in advance rather than postponing your response. Regretful replies don’t require any explanation; in fact, the proper etiquette is to keep them short and sweet.

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Writing a quick thank you note to your host/hostess after the event is the BEST way to show your appreciation. It will speak volumes about your social skills and will most-likely make their day! The timeliness of communicating this is key here to keep it meaningful. We always suggest that you send out your thank you notes right away, or within a week of the party while the excitement and highlights of the gathering are still fresh in your mind. If the anticipation of writing a long, emotional note delays getting it done, keep in mind that a short and sweet “thanks” with a blurb about the great time, is all that’s needed to express gratitude.

Check out Urbanic’s adorable shop located at 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA. 90291 or get inspired on their website at urbanicpaper.com and Instagram @urbanic. mollymy.com

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MIXED PEAR SANGRIA CIDER

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1 bottle of pinot grigio 2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider 1 cup club soda 1/2 cup ginger brandy 4 pears, various colors

Note You can substitute ginger liqueur and brandy, if you cannot find ginger brandy.

How To First, chop pears into bite size pieces and place them into a pitcher of choice. Then, combine all other ingredients together, and stir well. Refrigerate until chilled.

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PLENTIFUL CHEESEBOARD

The yummiest (and some of the most beautiful) cheeseboards are those that overflow with variety -- a seasonal cheeseboard is no different, so don’t be afraid to mix things up and experiment with various goodies! To present the most eye pleasing display, consider the cheeseboard like a work of art (much like you would a centerpiece). In general, wood or slate are good options for a base; anything that’s easy to cut on is practical. Once you’ve picked your board, get started with the basics.

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Brie Gouda Crotonese Parmigiano reggiano Gorgonzola

The best bet for presentation, and entertaining, is to consider cheese in the form of a wedge. Keep in mind, you’ll want to use a different knife for each cheese to keep flavors from mixing too much. If you opt to add meats to your spread, try an array from cured (like salami), to cooked (like pancetta); using a small fork or toothpicks as serving utensils work well for meats.

When using a cheeseboard as an appetizer, typically, you’ll want to buy slightly less than you would if it were the main attraction (i.e. like at a cocktail party); a good rule of thumb is two ounces of cheese and three to four slices of meat per person. When it comes to breads and crackers, think about the cheeses you’ve selected and use that to help guide you; overall, you’ll just want a good variation of texture, you really can’t go wrong! If you’re still unsure (or just indecisive!) simply opt for crusty bread and plain crackers -- always a crowd pleaser! Once you have your base (cheese, bread/crackers, necessary utensils and the proper board), start adding the extras! In this case, figs, mixed nuts (salted, candied, etc.), various dried fruit, olives, marmalade, honey and seasonal texture (i.e. seeded eucalyptus -- not for eating, just for looks!) to make it extra special and festive. You’ll want to give each extra it’s own little section; you’ll want to make it easy for guests to pick what they prefer to nibble on, and you don’t want the cheeseboard looking too overwhelming, or messy! When preparing your plentiful cheeseboard, plan to give yourself good amount of time to construct it; cheese should be at room temperature before serving.

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diy my GRATITUDE TREE Gratitude is the theme of the season! It is important to remind guests what it is that has brought you all together for a specific event, and this DIY gratitude tree will do just that. Not to mention, it will leave you all with warm fuzzies as you reflect on what it is you have to be most grateful for this season.

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Tree branch Paper tags Marker String Vase Rocks or marbles to use as weight

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Serves: 4

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1/4 cup roasted pepita seeds 2 tbs. olive oil (more, or less if desired) 2 tbs. apple cider vinegar 1/2 pound radishes, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons finely chopped mixed herbs, such as parsley, snipped chives, dill fronds, basil, and chervil leaves 2 cups mixed micro-greens, such as pea tendrils or arugula Sea salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper Pumpkin seed oil (optional)

How To In a medium bowl, whisk together oil and vinegar with a pinch of salt; set aside -- in a separate large bowl, combined sliced radishes; pour vinaigrette into the large bowl, tossing until radishes are evenly coated with dressing. Plate the coated radishes, and top with a small handful of micro-greens, pepita seeds and drizzle with pumpkin seed oil.

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How To To prep, chop cabbage and cauliflower; in a large sauce pan bring broth to boil, add chopped cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, sprigs of rosemary and let simmer on medium heat until veggies are tender (about 45 minutes). Remove from heat, and let cool. Remove sprigs of rosemary; then, gradually transfer all remaining ingridents inro a high speed blender -- add oil and salt. Blend until smooth (texture should be soup-like, slightly thick). To serve, top individual bowls off with extra fresh sprigs of rosemary, additional sea salt and pepper, and pepita seeds and/or hemp seeds.


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2 medium acorn squash 2 tbs. olive oil 2 cups cooked millet 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1/2 pound button, or shiitake mushrooms 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 2 ounces grated pecorino cheese Pinch of sea salt, or more to taste

How To To start, slice the squash in half lengthwise and discard seeds. Place both halves cut side down and roast in the oven at 375 degrees F. until tender, about 35 minutes. In a skillet, sauté diced onions in olive oil until translucent. Add the mushrooms, herbs and salt; continue to cook, stirring often until the mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes. Once the squash is fully cooked (should be tender), remove from the oven and let cool; scrape out some of the inside of the squash, leaving a half-inch boarder all around. In a large bowl combine the cooked millet, reserved squash, and mushroom mixture. Set aside. Re-stuff the squash halves with the mixture. Top with pecorino and bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and the filling is heated through, about 10 minutes; garnish with additional cheese if desired.

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ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Serves: about 6 Ingredients • • • • •

1 1/2 pounds fresh brussels sprouts (washed well), ends trimmed and cut into halves 3 tbs. olive oil (or mild coconut oil) 1 tsp. sea salt (more or less, based on preference) 4 cloves of crushed fresh garlic (more or less, based on preference) 2 sprigs of minced fresh rosemary

Note You can play around with the seasonings/herbs, this recipe is super adaptable, which is why I love it so much!

How To Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.; place trimmed brussels sprouts, oil, salt, garlic and rosemary in a large bowl and mix to coat thoroughly. Then, spread coated brussels sprouts on a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat, and place on the top rack. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes, shaking the baking sheet every so often for even browning; remove from the oven once brussels sprouts are tender, and golden brown-- if desired, for extra crisp sprouts, place oven on broil for a few short minutes until excess browning occurs (watch with the oven light on to avoid burning!). Top with extra sprigs of fresh rosemary for garnish, add additional seasoning to taste, if necessary.

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ROASTED RED POTATOES

Serves: about 6 Ingredients

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2 pounds Red Bliss potatoes washed well, cut into halves • 1 tbs. olive oil (or mild coconut oil) • 1 tsp. sea salt (more or less, based on preference) • 4 cloves of crushed fresh garlic (more or less, E Nbased T E RonT preference) AIN • 2 sprigs of minced fresh rosemary

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Like my brussels sprouts recipe, this recipes is really adaptable, so feel free to add whichever seasonings/herbs you prefer -- it's one of those dishes you really can't mess up!

How To Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.; place halved potatoes, oil, salt, garlic and rosemary in a large bowl and mix to coat thoroughly. Then, spread coated potatoes on a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat, and place on the top rack. Roast in the oven for about 50 minutes, mixing every few minutes to insure even browning; remove from the oven once potatoes are golden brown -- you can also broil these for a few short minutes for extra crispness (but, as noted for my brussels sprouts recipe, be sure to keep your eye on them so they don't burn!). Top with extra sprigs of fresh rosemary for garnish, add additional seasoning to taste, if necessary.

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HOW-TO ROAST A THANKSGIVING TURKEY

step 1:

Prep! 30 minutes prior to roasting, take the turkey out of the ridge; remove any packaging and the bag of giblets (check body and next cavity). Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.; rinse turkey well and pat dry with clean paper towels.

step 2: Sit turkey breast side up in a roasting pan, about

2 inches deep; brush with oil of choice, and add light seasonings (salt, pepper, etc.).

step 5: check the turkey's temperature about half way

through the roasting process, and baste every 45 minutes or so (baster the pan liquids and drizzle on top of the turkey) -- check the temp in three different places, breast, outer thigh, and inner thigh; in all areas, the meat should be no less than 165 degrees F. to be completely cooked. Fun fact: basting cools the surface of the turkey, which helps keep the breast meat cooking around the same rate as the legs and thighs.

step 6: in the last 45-30 minutes of roasting, you can

baste the turkey with oil of your choice, or butter -- this will crisp up the skin for that golden brown, flawless look!

step 7: once the turkey is finished roasting, and

step 3: pour 2 cups of chicken, vegetable broth or water into the roasting pan.

temperatures are optimal (see step 5); remove the turkey from the oven and let cool -- carefully place on to a cutting board and/or serving platter (for presentation, garnish as desiered).

step 4: place turkey in the oven, and turn down heat to

step 8: Get carving (same as you would a chicken).

350 degrees F.; get roasting (the rule of thumb for roasting a turkey if 13 minutes per pound)!

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CAKE STAND

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Cake stands are a wonderful go-to piece for entertaining. Elevating your gathering in more ways than one, these hostess-helpers add to the look of a dessert table, tea party, floral arrangement, and more. Local flea markets are brimming with everything you need to create your own vintage cake stand! What’s better than an incredible vintage find or a fun DIY shared with friends? All you need is a plate, a candlestick, some glue -- and voilà!

What you’ll need • • •

Vintage cake plate Vintage candlestick Epoxy glue (slow-drying recommended)

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Head over to your local flea market and select your favorite plates and candlesticks. Depending on your size preference, you can go with a dessert plate or dinner plate -- both work just fine.

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Apply a coat of epoxy glue to the tip of the candlestick and wait 30 seconds to let it get tacky.

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Stack the candlestick onto the back of the plate; make sure it is center. And follow with another coat of epoxy glue to the outer edge of the tip of the candlestick, where it meets the plate. Let dry.


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PEAR COBBLER CRUMBLE Serves: 8 Ingredients Topping:

Filling: • • • • • •

1/2 cup fresh apple juice 1 tbs. fresh lemon juice 1 tbs. arrowroot powder 1 tsp. ground nutmeg 1 tsp. ground cardamom 5 large pears of various colors, peeled, cored and chopped

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2 cups blanched almond flour 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground cardamom 1/4 cup grapeseed oil 1/4 cup honey 1 tbs. pure vanilla extract

How To Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.; set aside 8 ramekin dishes. To make the filling, whisk the apple juice, lemon juice, cardamom, arrowroot powder and nutmeg in a medium size bowl -- add chopped pears into the mixture and coat well, then transfer into individual ramekin dishes. To make the topping, combine almond flour, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg in a large bowl; in a separate bowl, mix together grapeseed oil, coconut nectar and vanilla extract -- stir wet ingredients into the dry until crumbly. Sprinkle the topping mixture over the filling mixture. Cover each bowl dish with foil and bake for about 30 minutes, remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes, until top is golden brown and slightly crisp. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes, serve warm.

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SWEETS

for your feast By Elizabeth Palmer Starnes, Recipe Features Editor Photography by Vanessa Tierney Autumn brings with it shorter days, cozier nights, apple picking, tailgating, festive holidays, and countless reasons to celebrate and enjoy the season. When autumn settles in, there’s a crisp edge to the air that begs for rich flavors and comforting dishes. The recipes that follow lend themselves perfectly to autumn entertaining; consider them your reward for shorter days and chillier nights. Take advantage of extra time spent in the kitchen and make up some of these sweet treats. They’re decadent enough to feel like an indulgence, but healthy enough to keep you feeling your best. We suggest keeping something delicious and sweet on standby in your kitchen for impromptu get-togethers and celebrations. Gather your friends and family around the table--these recipes are meant to be shared!

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APPLE PIE COOKIES Makes about 10-12 mini pies Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (or gluten free baking flour) ½ cup whole wheat flour (or gluten free baking flour) 2 tablespoons coconut sugar ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1/3 cup cold vegan butter (try organic Earth Balance), cubed 6 tablespoons vegan shortening (try organic Earth Balance), cubed ½ cup + 3 tablespoons ice water ½ cup coconut sugar 3 granny smith or gala apples, peeled and minced ¼ cup plus one tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

How To Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bow, combine the flour, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or two butter knives, work the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients until the butter is the size of peas. Drizzle over the ice water slowly, and continue working the dough until it sticks together when you press it with your fingers. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. While your dough is chilling, prepare the filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut sugar, apples, cornstarch, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Set aside. Place your chilled dough between two large sheets of parchment paper. Roll the dough between the parchment into a roughly 12 inch round circle, with about ¼ inch thickness. Remove the top sheet of parchment, and then spread the filling in an even layer over the dough. Then use the remaining dough to create a lattice top over the filling. Use a ring mold or small glass to cut the circles out of the dough, being careful to keep the layers even. Dip your cutter into flower if needed to help this process along. If desired, brush each lattice top with a bit of melted vegan butter (try Earth Balance), and sprinkle with a bit of coconut sugar. Bake your pies for 25-35 minutes, until bubbling and golden brown. Enjoy warm with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream if desired.

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mini vegan chocolate MARSHMALLOW TARTS Makes about 12 tarts Total Time: 45 minutes Ingredients •

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1¼ cups graham cracker crumbs, finely ground in a food processor (about 1 sleeve- use gluten free and or/low sugar as needed) ¼ cup vegan butter (try Earth Balance), melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 pinch sea salt 12 vegan (or regular) marshmallows 12 oz. dark chocolate

How To In a bowl, combine the crumbs, butter, vanilla, and salt, and mix until well combined. Divide the crust between 12 mini cupcake tins greased with a bit of butter. Use the bottom of a narrow glass to press the crust and pack it tightly. Put the crusts in the freezer, and allow to set for 15-20 minutes until firm. In a double boiler (or the microwave), slowly melt the chocolate until smooth. Working one at a time, spoon a teaspoon of melted chocolate into one crust, then quickly dip the top of one marshmallow into the chocolate, and set it chocolate side up in the crust. Continue until all your crusts are filled, then return them all to the freeze to set for 10 minutes. If not using immediately, store the tarts in the fridge. When ready to enjoy, carefully remove each tart from the pan.

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CHERRY APPLE PIES Pie Crust Ingredients • • • • • •

½ cup all-purpose flour (or gluten free baking flour) ½ cup whole wheat flour (or gluten free baking flour) ½ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon organic vegetable oil 2 ½ tablespoons ice water ½ cup coconut sugar

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1 cup pitted cherries (defrost and drain if frozen) 3 granny smith or gala apples, peeled and diced ¼ cup cornstarch 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

How To Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bow, combine the flour and salt. In a small mixing bowl, combine the vegetable oil and ice water, and whisk together until combined. Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a fork, forming the dough into a ball (dough will be moist). Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. While your dough is chilling, prepare the filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut sugar, cherries, apples, cornstarch, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Set aside. Place your chilled dough between two large sheets of parchment paper. Roll the dough between the parchment into a roughly 12 inch round circle, with about ¼ inch thickness. Remove the top sheet of parchment, and cut rounds into the dough to fit your mini pie pans. Fill each pie pan with filling, and then use the remaining dough to create a lattice top on each pie pan over the filling. If desired, brush each lattice top with a bit of melted vegan butter (try Earth Balance), and sprinkle with a bit of coconut sugar. Bake your pies for 35-45 minutes, until bubbling and golden brown.

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CIDER (BOURBON OPTIONAL) Serves: 4-6 Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients • • • • • • •

2 quarts apple cider 2-3 tablespoons packed brown sugar, to taste (can substitute maple syrup or honey if desired) 1/8 tsp. ground ginger, or a 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, diced 1 orange (unpeeled), quartered 1 tsp. whole cloves 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, or ½ vanilla bean, split Brandy or bourbon (optional)

How To Combine cider, sugar, ginger, orange, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla in a large pot with a lid. Bring everything to a boil, and then lower to a simmer for 30 minutes to an hour. When you’re ready to serve, add a shot of brandy or bourbon to each mug, then fill to the brim with the hot cider (avoiding the oranges and spices). Stir to combine, and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Enjoy hot or cold.

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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES Ingredients •

8 tablespoons Earth Balance

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 flax egg: (1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons cold water)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup oats, finely processed in a Vitamix or food processor until the consistency of flour

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour

1/2 vegan cup dark chocolate chips

Flake sea salt (like Maldon) for sprinkling (optional)

How To Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a standing or handheld mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the Earth Balance, sugar, and maple syrup for 1-2 minutes, then add the flax egg and vanilla, and beat for another 1-2 minutes until thick and creamy. Add the remaining dry ingredients, and beat until well combined, but don’t over mix! Fold in the chocolate chips, and use wet hands form the dough into rough balls. Don’t flatten them or make them too smooth - the texture makes the cookies better. Space the cookies about 1 inch apart on your baking sheets, and sprinkle with a bit of Maldon salt if using. Bake for 8-11 minutes, depending on the texture you want. Bake less for a chewier cookie, and more for a crisper one. Keep in mind the cookies will firm up as they cool, so you can stop cooking them when they’re just set. The cookies will also crisp up more overnight (if they last that long!). Serves 2

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Find more of Elizabeth’s recipes on her blog, elizabethpalmerkitchen.com or follow along on Instagram @eliabethpalmerkitchen.

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EXIT INTERVIEW

lauren scruggs kennedy Q: A:

Founder of LOLO Magazine and author of Still LOLO and Your Beautiful Heart, Lauren Scruggs Kennedy is a fashion journalist, blogger and an inspiration, to say the least. This California girl (originally from Dallas) goes above and beyond to give back to those who need it most, and looks amazingly styled along the way! She started the Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation, with the mission to provide beautiful prostheses, and to empower women to always feel confident in their skin. We asked Lauren about her new foundation and motivation to to create it; read below for our interview with the leading lady herself, and how you too can get involved.

Tell us about your motivation to start The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation?

After my accident, I was in the rare situation of my insurance covering the entire cost of my prosthetic arms. I thought this was typical until I started meeting precious girls who either heavily disliked their fake looking prosthesis, could not get one because of the high cost, or was unaware of where to go to receive a beautiful customized prosthesis. I developed a huge burden after hearing so many stories, especially after knowing the wholeness and healing my arms brought me. Soon after, I partnered up with a wonderful mentor of mine who has a similar story and an identical vision! What are your plans / goals for the foundation? We want to bring hope, restore dignity, and ignite faith in young women with limb loss by providing beautiful prostheses. I am so excited to build relationships with these women and stand alongside them in their journey. What did it take for you to make your vision a reality? A clear vision, prayer, people who donated their guidance and knowledge in the specific field, research, help and support from my amazing prosthetist, and the NCF Foundation taking us under their wing.

What has been the most rewarding aspect so far? We are not yet fully launched as we are currently in the process of organizing the specific content for our website, but we did start a little early and provided an arm to Reyna, a precious girl who attended the retreat Bethany Hamilton and I host every year for girls with limb loss. Seeing how immediately whole she felt was so humbling, and her gratefulness was life changing to see! It’s amazing how something so “small” can be an integral part of feeling beautifully complete again. How has your support network of friends and family played a role in the development of the foundation? They have been so wonderful in encouraging me to move forward in something that seemed too big to undertake. How can we get involved? Telling people about the foundation would mean so much to us, and donations are major! Every bit makes a huge difference. The money someone gives contributes to such life-giving restoration in a woman’s life. You can donate, here, and our website will be launched in the next few months! For more on Lauren, visit her lifestyle website lolomag.com and find her on Instagram, @laurenscruggs.

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#THATFLOWTHO...

6 instagram accounts to follow right now

Inspiration pops up in all forms and those that inspire us the most happen to be ‘grammers in our very own social community. Creative types, yogis, hard-working 20-somethings -- here are some real-life influencers who’ve got our attention...

ready, set, scroll!

@meersand yogi, always on an adventure

@kj12 urban girly girl, foodie & font fanatic

@candacegoodman media insider, wine, dine & good view enthusiast

@funky5 co-host/reporter, dishing punny captions

@maijkah free spirit, designer & abstract artist

@starky_shark pet friendly, creative seeker -with a side of sporty

Share a friend’s flow, or your own! Tag photos with #mollymymag or email molly@greenhornclub.com for a chance to be featured in our next issue.

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credits Feature Contributors Alyssa Wasko, Donni Charm Pages 12-17 Jessica Scantlin, Blushington Pages 22-23 Alessandro Giannetti, Guided Light Healing Pages 24-25 Amanda Bradford, The League Pages 26-27 Brooke Polson, Love Detailed Dana Gereboff, Love Detailed Pages 30-41 Kelly LeVeque, Be Well by Kelly Page 44-65 Kelsey Evans, The Bay Club Annie Appel, The Bay Club Pages 68-69 Gary Chau, Caffe Luxxe Pages 72-73 Kelli Yapp, Exhale Spa Page 74 Sarah Hollins, model Pages 78-81 Jake Ryan, Green Bay Packers Pages 78- 81 Laura Clausen, Dish Wish Pages 82-93 Allison Petty, Homepolish Pages 84-89 Christy Doramus, Christy’s Flowers Pages 92-93 Kaitlin Holland, The School of Styling Pages 96-101 Gillian Ellis, Gillian Ellis Photography / The Everyday Girl Pages 106-109 Ali Borowick Zmishlany, Fatty Sundays Lauren Borowick, Fatty Sundays Pages 110-17 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, Buffalo Exchange Pages 118-127 Nade Levitt, Wurrly Pages 130-131 Audrey Woollen, Urbanic Paper Boutique Page 150 Katelyn Laspisa, Playlist Editor Pages 182-183 Lauren Scruggs, LOLO Magazine / The Lauren Scruggs-Kennedy Foundation Pages 206-207

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