Fall Flavors: Cider Spiced Wheatberry Waldorf Salad

If you’ve been following me for the past few years, you’ve noticed that I get super excited for everything Fall: sights, sounds, flavors, fashion, EVERYTHING. It’s my favorite season of the year, and that’s putting it lightly.

Since my *Fall Fever* is hitting me a bit early this year, I thought I’d ease you into the spirit with a deliciously healthy and light recipe for Wheatberry Waldorf Salad. I originally found this bad boy on the Whole Foods Recipe App when I was in college, and with my own little tweaks I’ve been making it seasonally ever since! Yes, it’s that good. *NOTE* plan to make this  recipe for the next day – requires overnight soaking.

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•  2 cups uncooked wheat berries
•  1 cup chopped walnuts
•  2 medium apples, cored and chopped — Use a crunchy, firm, sweet-tart apple (like Granny Smith or Gala)
•  1 cup seedless raisins
•  1 cup finely chopped parsley (optional)
•  1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
•  1/2 cup spiced apple cider
•  1/2 tsp salt
•  1/2 tsp pepper
•  1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
•  1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
•  3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
•  2 tbsp lemon juice

Method

1. Put wheat berries into a large bowl, cover with at least 2 inches of water and set aside to let soak overnight. Drain well.

2. Put 7 cups water into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add wheat berries, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 minutes, or until cooked through. (Wheat berries retain a firm, chewy texture when cooked.) Drain and set aside to let cool.

3. Transfer wheat berries to a large bowl. Add walnuts, apples, raisins, parsley, vinegar, apple cider, salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, olive oil and lemon juice and mix everything together thoroughly. Voila! Enjoy as-is, or refrigerate for a cold salad.

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Show Me Your Tights

Quite a few of my girlfriends have girly-er taste than me…surprise surprise. That being said, they enjoy wearing skirts with cute tights in the cooler months. Their challenge? Staying warm while showing off the cute designs on the tights. In an attempt to help a few girlfriends keep staying cute while out and about town, check my advice to keep those shivers at bay:

1. Layer nude or black tights under patterned ones & wear socks (if wearing with booties/boots), NOTE: nude will obviously work under any tights, but be more strategic with black. For extra warmth, spring for the kind of thicker nude tights worn by figure skaters (yes, I used to figure skate as a child lol it was a glorious realization to have as an adult, years later).

2. Knee socks are your best friends. This will work much prettier with the solid tights (don’t try this with the patterned ones, especially if you’re looking to show off the pattern!). Buy “over-the-knee” socks for optimal warmth & simply layer. Since “over the knee” is pretty popular with higher-cut boots, they now are easy to find in an array of colors! Pick out a few shades that will coordinate well with the solid colored tights. Or if you’re not into the color-blocked look, try n find as similar colors to the tights as possible. This trick even works well with the faux-suspender look on sheer tights, like the pale ones above to the right.

3. Another even WARMER way than knee socks: leg warmers. American Apparel has some amazingly warm ones that are a chunky waffle-knit in an array of colors–the ones I’m thinking of are the “longer length” ones (b/c yes, they also have the dinky ones that only come to mid-calf). The longer length lets you play with it a bit more, especially if you want them to show at the tops of knee-high boots or cover your heel a bit for an ’80s vibe.

I hope this helps a bit ladies!! Rock em loud, rock em proud.

None of these photos are from me—found via 1, 2, 3

F/W 2014 NYFW — Richard Chai

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Now that I’m a full-timer at Andrew Marc, I was able to go to our 2nd-ever runway show this past week because we still have an ongoing collaboration with Richard Chai. Though our outerwear garments were only a fraction of the show, they stole the show yet again. In case you’re a little curious as to what our Spring styles look like under Richard’s creative direction they’re up on our site now…droolworthy, no?

Anywho, the show as a whole was interesting. I preferred the Spring show—it was more focused, concise, and all of the pieces worked well together as a whole collection. Richard’s Fall show seemed a bit more scatter-brained. Always working off of his preference for grunge, he had an interesting combination of florals, plaids, and stripes, all styled in his typical fashion: L  A  Y  E  R  E  D. I had more fun this time because I was able to score a seat, though it was SO much more difficult for photos…because everyone around me was doing the same thing, but the bright side: my feet were saved.
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My favorite part of fashion week is watching the people outside Lincoln Center walking into the shows. There are always the peacocks who dress as obnoxiously as they can, those who dress chicly and try to avoid the photographers, and the bloggers who are dressed in head-to-toe borrowed items to favor the brands who sponsor them. This time I rocked a vintage Giorgio Armani blazer with Earnest Sewn black skinny jeans, my Pelle Moda rocker booties again, a croc-embossed black Furla bag, all topped with an Andrew Marc Fall 2013 style.
F.W 2014 NYFW outisde Lincoln Center

How-To: Cutely Masking Your Thanksgiving Food Baby

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (just one week away!!) what better way to prep than by strategically planning how to mask your food baby while still looking cute and put together. Introducing…the sweatpants’ cuter cousin: boyfriend jeans!! Paired with a fuzzy sweater in a boxy fit and adorable patterned flats, they will be staring at your shoes, not your food bump. Since Thanksgiving is all about family it’s key to keep your look comfortable yet still seeming more put together than sweats. If your holiday is a bit more dressed up…well, I’m sorry, that is unfortunate. Especially with all the food you’re going to stuff your face with and hate that you wore a skirt or fitted dress.

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