Thursday, September 26, 2013

Five Fall Leather Jacket Possibilities

My twin sister just bought an adorable leather jacket for this fall and I want, well need one so bad! I had one a few years ago but it was way to hard core biker chick for me and I grew out of it, so I passed it on to a friend. So here's my list of possible purchases for this fall. 

1.Imitation Leather Biker Jacket from H&M: $49.95 It's a bit close to that biker jacket I was speaking of, but there's something I just love, maybe it's the buckle at the bottom.
2.Quilted Jacket from H&M: $59.95 I love this jacket. It's edgy with the silver hardware but has a feminine feel from the quilted pattern and would go great with a patterned scarf and solid over sized sweater!
3.Leather Jacket From Zara: $296  This is obviously a stretch in budget, it should really be on my wish list, but hey, it's something to save up for and can go with almost anything--worth the investment, wouldn'tya say?
4.GUESS Jacket, Asymmetrical Quilted Faux-Leather Biker in Jade: On Sale $124.99 This too is a bit pricy, but dark green is one of my favorite colors and is extremely popular this season.
5.INC International Concepts Jacket: $89.50 Oddly enough, I strongly dislike, well hate the color blue and unfortunately this jacket only comes in blue, but it's the perfect cut and shape!

What's your go to leather jacket....  Share some suggestions in the comments below or on twitter at @_caitkane

Friday, September 20, 2013

"I Wanna Go"

While clicking through Lorde's Youtube channel last night I came across this little gem of a song. It's called "I Wanna Go"  by Yuna.  I'm usually never up to date with the latest jams, and most likely will hear about them weeks later from my sisters-oh well! Anyway, I'm not sure if this is new or old, but its new to me and I'm in love. So, I figured I'd share it and brighten up your day like it did mine!

Not to mention I'm totally digging all the fun patterns she's rocking in this video!
What are some songs that instantly put a smile on your face? 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Packed Perfection in Pine Plains

This past Tuesday was beautiful with a capital B. The weather had a slight chill but was kept away with a light layer and the sun was out to play!  It was a perfect day for a picnic. After taking a bit too long getting all of our snacks prepared, Nolan and I headed a few minutes up the road where we've gone hiking many times before.
It was an absolute perfect choice, and an adorable picnic with amazing company.
 We decided to bring the Ellie Bell! She was in desperate need of some fresh air and was eager to run and sniff around!
 After walking to get a closer view of the pond, we settled in the sun and spread out the blanket from my picnic backpack, one of the best and unfortunately least used gifts I've ever gotten from Nolan.  This thing is so handy!
 I couldn't find the exact picnic pack, but here is a similar one. It may seem a bit pricy, but this pack is so convenient and is perfect for a day of hiking and picnicking!
 On to the goodies... I packed some soporsetta, figs, blue cheese, carrots, and apples.
 I also threw in a few of my new favorite flax seed corn chips, along with some fresh Italian bread and a mason jar full of apple cider. The perfect spread for a Fall afternoon.
This sandwich here was a thrown together masterpiece. Nolan wanted some sort of heartiness to our picnic adventure, so I threw some left over London Broil on toasted Italian bread with a garlic mayo and arugula--perfection.

While relaxing in the sun, we made a new little friend. I think Ellie was a bit concerned this guy might hog her portion of the scraps! 
 She didn't waste any time getting in there for her fair share.
To end our 'very cheesy picnic', as Nolan put it, I forced him to snap a photo with me! ♥
We then packed up and headed home!
Until next time!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Berry Tasty Winesicles

There's only four days left of summer, so in my last efforts to soak up every bit of sunshine this summer has to offer, I've decided to go out with a bang and make some home made berry winesicles.

What you'll need:
-1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
-1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
-1/2 cup water
- 1/2 white wine, like a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio
-2 teaspoon honey
-Popsicle tray

*If you prefer the taste of wine, skip the water all together and add 1 cup of wine. 

I chose one of my new favorite's, Millbrook Tocai Friulano which was just recently awarded Best Wine in the Hudson Valley at the Hudson Valley Wine Festival. 

Start by putting your berries in a blender or food processor until there's a smooth consistency.

Taste to see if you like the sweetness, if not add a dollop of honey and blend again.

Once your fruit is chopped up a bit, add the water and wine a little at a time to thin out the berries. 
 Once you have the desired consistency, carefully pour your mixture into your popsicle tray and freeze for at least 4 hours.
After your four hours are up, hold the popscicle tray under some running water to loosen up a bit and enjoy.

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy the last days of summer?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hummingbird Ranch's Tired Skin Face Masque

Just popping in to tell you about this incredibly delicious and refreshing face mask I recently picked up at the Dutchess County Fair a few weeks ago.

It's the Tired Skin Face Masque from Hummingbird Ranch in Staatsburg, NY. The mask is made with local honey, peppermint, and cinnamon, which is supposed to help improve circulation and rejuvenate your skin. After using it only a few times--I'm in love!
First reason being, it smells heavenly! The combination of honey, peppermint and cinnamon had me sitting back, eyes closed and feet up in seconds, with just one small sniff!

The second reason, it only cost me a whopping five dollars! Hummingbird Ranch also has a line of beeswax skin care products and lip balms, which are 100% natural and free of any artificial materials.

I'll admit, this mask will get a little sticky and messy. I highly suggest sweeping any and all hair away from your face before applying, but it's well worth it. After washing away the mask with warm water, my face is left feeling soft and smelling good for quite some time!

I've also noticed that this is a great spot treatment for all those pesky zits! Dab a bit on the little bugger and just forget about it. 
  If you're interested in picking up some for yourself, Hummingbird Ranch participates in many local farmers markets and also has their products at some local stores, so check 'em out!

Until next time.