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As we say our goodbyes to the Summer and wait for a consistent Fall, here is a round up of what’s been happening and what I’ve been loving. These are some things that have made the transition from lazy summer days into early mornings a little more enjoyable.

blade runner – I wasn’t sure what to expect when we went to see this movie, but it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t feel like a movie. It was so well done that it felt like we were in every scene. The acting is superb and for someone who doesn’t usually enjoy futuristic sci fi movies, this was one of the best I’ve seen. I highly recommend watching this one in the movie theatre.

nest indigo- This is my favorite new scent. I realized how much I love it the other day when I found myself sniffing the clothes I had worn with this lingering scent on them.

spinach and artichoke lasagna- This is my all time favorite lasagna. I’ve been hooked ever since the first time I made it. If you are a lover of all things spinach and artichoke, give this one a try.

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darjeeling tea- A dear friend of mine recently brought back this amazingly delicious tea from India. Nothing can compare to the flavor of this darjeeling tea, no matter how many different kinds I’ve had here in the States. They are just not as good. I often look forward to having a cup of this when I get home from work.

FRESH Soy Face Cleansing Milk- This is my new go to facial cleanser for both the mornings and evenings. The texture is so soothing and milky. It never leaves my skin feeling tight, but incredibly supple and soft. I highly recommend this for anyone who has sensitive skin and enjoys a non foaming facial cleanser.

naked smoky eye pallete– I recently purchased this eye shadow palette, even though I wasnt in the market for one because Sephora was offering it a discounted price and I’ve heard so many good things about the Naked palettes. I’ve been using it every day since this arrived in the mail- and have been loving it so much. No wonder Naked palettes are so popular- the quality speaks for itself!

zara cardigan  There isn’t much that I needed to add to my fall wardrobe, but an oversized chunky cardigan was on my list. As soon as I saw this, I knew I would want to live in it. It is so soft and cozy. I don’t have anything in this shade of green. It feels like walking around with a warm blanket wrapped around me. Fall I am ready for you- I have my cardigan!

Elena Ferrante Neapolitan novels–  This is a series of four novels that is about two friends.  It follows their lives from the time they were little girls playing with their dolls, into adulthood. Their friendship is complicated, as most relationships with those we love tend to be. What struck me the most about these novels, was not so much the story line but the author’s skill in telling the story. I felt like I knew these two characters like they were a part of my life and truly missed them once I finished the series. I cannot wait for the HBO series to come out.

essential oils- I recently started using essential oils and have really been enjoying them. I like to add a few drops of either peppermint or eucalyptus oil to the floor of the shower. When the warm water hits the oil, it creates a wonderfully fragrant experience. The peppermint oil is especially helpful in alleviating my migraines.

laal ishq– I have been struggling to get this song out of my head. It’s no surprise that it’s been sung by Arijit Singh.

What has been going on with you lately? What have you been loving?

Sincerely,

Surleen

 

 

 

 

 

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nest indigo

I’ve been on the lookout for a Fall fragrance and I was so excited to get a sample from Sephora when my sister recently recommended this one. We have similar taste in fragrances so I thought I would try this one. I can’t describe how it smells except that it’s amazing! I wore it for a few days to make sure it didn’t trigger any migraines, which perfume sometimes does to me. I loved it so much that I had to order the full size right away. Here are the notes:

Notes:
Moroccan Tea, Kashmir Wood, Cardamom, Wild Fig.
Style:
Warm. Aromatic. Mysterious.

I don’t have anything like this- the scent is just so unique and lingers in the best way possible. I can definitely smell tea and spice. It’s perfect for the cooler months.

I highly recommend this if you’re on the hunt for a new fall fragrance. This is going to give my beloved CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE some serious competition!

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What are your favorite fall fragrances?

Sincerely, 

Surleen 

salted peanut butter cookies

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Being married to a peanut butter lover has given me the opportunity to discover lots of different recipes in pb is the star.  Growing up the only time I had peanut butter was once in a while at school for lunch in the form of the class peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it. Peanut butter was just not something I craved or wanted in some form every day (like my husband does). He loves these peanut butter bars that I make, these peanut butter cookies, and now loves these super easy to make cookies! The only thing he says they’re missing of course is….chocolate. Next time I make him a batch, I might have to add some dark chocolate chips–yummm.

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These are so good that I already have my eye on one (or four) post dinner… They require very few ingredients- five to be exact, and four if you want to omit the salt on top. Make the full recipe though- you will regret making half because I assure you these will be gone before your cookie sheets have even cooled.

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Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups (335 grams) packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups (450 grams) smooth peanut butter
Coarse-grained sea salt, to finish

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. I used a silicone mat- my new best friend.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the light brown sugar and eggs until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then the peanut butter until smooth and completely incorporated; you shouldn’t be able to see any ribbons of peanut butter.

You can freeze the dough before baking these but I did not and they came out great. Scoop out the dough- I used a small ice cream scoop. Sprinkle the dough balls lightly with coarse-grained sea salt just before baking. Mine baked perfectly when in the oven for 16 minutes. When finished, cookies should be golden at edges.

Let them cook completely, if you can, before serving. There was none of that around our kitchen though. Warm cookies were eaten and peanut butter lovers were very happy.

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Sincerely,

Surleen 

fall zara and topshop haul

After doing the biggest closet detox ever, I was able to make room for some new pieces. Fall is my favorite time of the year and I love shopping for fall clothes mid to late summer, mostly because it makes me more excited to go back to work/school! I picked up some basic pieces while also including some of the big trends for the coming season- mom style high waisted jeans and sleeves with details details details!!!

Zara:

mom jeans

I am so excited to own my very first pair of mom jeans!! I love how these are loose but not too baggy so you can still show some shape and the ankle length is perfect to wear with booties.

pearl sweater :

This sweater will be great for the fall since it’s not too heavy or bulky. The pearl details on the sleeves make it more interesting. I am planning on wearing it tucked into my new mom jeans.

crossover front sweatshirt: 

I recently wore this on the plane with joggers and it was comfy, warm and because it’s cropped it’s just the right amount of fabric. This is my new favorite while traveling or just lounging.

sweatshirt with metallic details: 

This is a sweatshirt that I have been reaching for so much- I’ve been wearing it with high waisted denim shorts, black yoga pants and high waisted jeans. I think it would also look really cute with black high waisted jeans. It is super soft and the metallic details give it that something extra. The fabric is very unique as well- I don’t own anything quite like it.

astronaut tee: 

This is a fun graphic tee that says “I need more space”. It’s on the shorter side but I can still tuck it into high waisted jeans or shorts. It is a great layering piece and I enjoy the play on words.

eggceptional tee 

This is another great layering piece which I’ve worn tucked into high waisted shorts. It washes well and the size medium is just right on me. Also there is a glittered sunny side up egg on it and says “eggceptional”- how cute is that?!

tee with shoulder detail 

I knew I had to have this tee as soon as I saw the sleeve details- the pink makes it soft and feminine while the sleeves give this top some edgy vibes.

topshop lattice back sweater 

This is my first sweater purchase of the season. I don’t own anything in this color and the bell sleeves, v neck and lattice back just make it so cozy and on point with the trends for this fall. It’s also incredibly soft!

top shop high waisted jeans 

These are my first pair of topshop jeans and I am in love! They hug all the right places and are extremely comfortable. I can tuck in my tops easily- the wash is very versatile as well. Very happy with this pair of denim to add to the jean family!

 

Stay tuned for my closet detox post and thanks for visiting!

Sincerely, 

Surleen

overnight oats

As I start mentally preparing myself for back to school, which means back to work for me, I’ve been thinking about breakfast and lunch options. These overnight oats, lovingly made by my husband many times during the past school year, are one of my favorite school year breakfasts.

Since I’m not a breakfast person, I find these overnight oats are perfect to take with me to work. I like to have them as I settle into my work day and it keeps me going until lunch! (Also that second cup of coffee helps). The crunch from the apples and nuts along with the soft and creamy oats give this dish lots of different textures and flavors. I haven’t tried it but I’m sure you could enjoy this warm as well. I like it nice and cold. Trust me this is not that mushy oatmeal we all know and some of us (myself) hate!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup milk, plus more if needed ( I like to use soy)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup nuts of choice ( slivered almonds and/ or walnuts are great here)

Method

In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight. You can also add some fresh berries in the morning when you’re ready to eat!

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recipe adapted from the pioneer woman

 

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