Nine Favorite Things
Happy Fall! Happy Autumn! It’s finally “spooky” season!
The excitement I’m feeling is so nice following up the slowness of summer. I don’t why it is exactly, but this time of year makes me so happy. Don’t get me wrong, I have my days and moments of really feeling overwhelmed. If I’m being honest with myself, there are too many things I want to tackle over the next 3 months. I know it’s unrealistic, yet I really want to try. I really do love this time of year! I’ll be starting my holiday Cocktail Saturday series next week to kick off the holiday fun.
Is there anything you’re looking forward to? I always like to pick one thing that I’m really excited about each month. For September, I was so excited to be able to be in New York over fashion week. I was excited to go on the Drew Barrymore show, to attend a few shows, and to speak on podcasts. It was such a great trip.
For October, I again have so much to be excited about. I’m looking forward to diving into the spooky season! I’ll be sharing some fun-themed cocktails and possibly even a few Halloween-inspired desserts too. Would anyone like to see that? But most importantly, we have an exciting launch coming in October!
It’s what I’m looking really looking forward to most, I can’t wait to share it! Do you think you know what it is?
On the family front, we had an unexpected week and quite a scare. My brother Malachi had to have emergency surgery on his hip this week. Kai had a snowboarding accident back in middle school and had to have hip replacement. We aren’t sure how he contracted it, but somehow, he got a staph infection around his hip prosthesis. He was in intense pain for over a week so Creighton drove him to a specialist in LA. Once the specialist saw him he knew he needed surgery immediately.
Creighton and Cait, Kai’s girlfriend, have been with him through it all and were so amazing. My parents, Asher, and Oslo flew out to LA to be with him too. It was a scary week, but things are much more manageable and he is now feeling a million times better.
Hopefully, the surgery will work and he will be on the mend. It was honestly a really scary situation and could have ended a lot worse. We are all so thankful that he is out of pain and doing so much better.
In other news, Asher has been acting as my personal assistant these days and helping so much. She unpacked all my clothes from New York, got together some returns, and even shipped them out! She’s such a helper!
Oslo is also well, his second birthday is in 2 weeks! I’ll have to think of something fun to get him. He’s the sweetest little guy.
That’s all for now. Hope you all find a great way to enjoy the last Sunday of September! Oh, and last but not least, if you missed it, I shared my yearly roundup of all the most popular Fall Recipes. There are definitely some great ones to try here!
1. Things I’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…
watching…Hocus Pocus 2 – can’t wait. It premiers on Friday on Disney+.
burning…so many new candles. My favorite for fall is the Snif sweet ash candle. The warming notes and hints of vanilla remind me of fall baking. And then, I’m excited to try burning Nette’s chai milk scented candle. It smell’s just like a warming cup of Chai
everything in my cart (low)…so many good finds this week. From Zara, this double-sided short jacket looks just like the Prada bomber jacket I am obsessed with. Coming in a very close second is the Mango shearling jacket.
More Mango finds, I love this slit denim skirt. If you want something long, the Free People denim maxi skirt is perfect, or try their vegan maxi skirt. Back to Mango, these high wasted wide-leg jeans would be really cute with their black faux leather trench coat.
listening to…How to Constantly Level Up, Motivate Yourself, Maximize Time and Keep Growing. I’m only halfway through, but enjoying the episode.
dreaming of going to…. For whatever reason, I love a haunted house. I used to spend weekends in October watching ABC Family’s, Scariest Places on Earth.
wanting…the Beast Blender. Has anyone purchased this? It has such good reviews and would be perfect for morning smoothies.
loving…Dae hair products. I haven’t switched up my hair products in the longest time. I take such good care of my skin but always forget about my hair. Loving their moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
reordering…Pointe Studio socks. These are worth the extra money. I love the style and the grips on the bottom are a game changer. I ordered the fun yellow color and then reordered the black (for the 3rd time).
thinking of ordering…the UGG classic ultra mini platform boot. These are so cute and great for slipping on in the fall/winter. But do I need them?
wanting…a fiddle leaf fig plant. Honestly, I don’t love plants, but I think this could brighten my house when I don’t have fresh flowers.
loving…. So, so, so stunning. And yes, Aspen really is that pretty in the fall. High on my list is upstate New York. Dying to go apple-picking there.
everything in my cart (high)…oh, I have a lot this week. So many fall finds! Let’s start with Prada, I am obsessed. I love this black cloth jacket. It’s oversized but cinched at the waste. I could live in this cashmere sweater. And then, this large leather handbag in cognac, but also the medium handbag in tobacco.
For fall shoes, these Bottega Veneta knee high boots are perfection. And we can’t forget about these Prada knee high leather boots, super cute. Ok, but I think my favorite is the black calf leather wedge knee high boot from Jimmy Choo. And lastly, these Fendi brown leather slingbacks are the cutest and I want them the most.
Moving on to skirts. This Bottega leather midi skirt is cute, but then I love this denim midi skirt from Khaite too. And then this Ann Demeulemeester wool maxi skirt. I’d wear it with this pretty Brunello Cucinelli knit hoodie for a cozy look.
If you have a black tie event, this Tom Ford velvet and tule maxi dress is stunning. Or actually, I love this Tom Ford one-shoulder velvet mini dress paired with a black velvet hooded cape. The cape really steps up the look.
listening to…the HBH fall playlist. McKenzie made us a fall playlist! It’s cozy Sunday vibes are perfect for chill fall days.
shopping…secretly all things holiday at Anthropologie. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas, but especially Christmas. And definitely the ribbon (it’s already on backorder). Things sell out so fast, so I’m making sure to snatch up everything I want before they’re gone. Anyone else already excited for holiday fun?
watching…Kendall Jenner Revists Her Looks, From 2007 to Now. I love these videos.
2. Apple cider recipes.
3. Some Fall skincare.
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: best hostess gift ideas?
a: You can never go wrong with candles or flowers. But I love to bring a Staub skillet as a gift to housewarming dinners. On the simpler side, a thank you note + candle or bouquet of flowers is always thoughtful. Self-care items can be great too. Or put together a homemade goodie box with all your favorite spices and/or sauces.
q: what is your least favorite part of your job?
a: Maybe email ? no probably not, that’s just what I’m trying to get through right now. Each day is so different. I don’t think I can say there’s anything I really hate, hate. Yeah, I don’t love email, but sometimes they can be exciting emails! This will annoy people, but I think I really do love every part of my business. And the more we grow, the more I love it. It’s so incredible to see growth and honestly, it’s so much fun. I don’t even mind the cleaning. I usually have help and it’s a nice time for my brain to not be “working”.
q: favorite way to travel? Car, train, plane, boat, etc?
a: For efficiency, a plane without a doubt, but I hate airports and the whole day of travel when flying. Just not my favorite. If time is not a factor, I think a train could be fun. Or maybe a boat and make a trip out of it!
q: what is an easy dish to make/bring to someone who just had a baby?
a: There are sooo many good recipes you could bring. With September around the corner, I have to say, I would bring my white chicken chili. It’s always everyone’s favorite and so easy.
q: what do you do for self-care?
a: I’m pretty religious with my skincare. And I hike every morning! Otherwise, I’m not the absolute greatest at self-care. But I always make time for movement in the morning, and skincare morning + night.
q: what do your parents do for work? When did Oslo come into your family?
a: We all work together at HBH. Before HBH, my dad sold bonds and my mom was, and still is, super mom to all 8 of her kids + my 3 cousins (and uncle). Crazy that almost two years have gone by now, but Oslo will be two on October 11th!
q: 30th birthday gift ideas? Something that will last a lifetime?
a: Skip the gift and take a trip together. The memories/experience will outlast anything you could wrap!
q; do a what’s in my bag video!
a: Love when people do this. When I’m home, I have nothing in my bag ? I’m pretty much at the studio working at all hours. But it’s fun when I travel and I’m picky about what goes in!! More to come. I’ll do a video for my next trip.
q: What dry brush do you use? How many times a week do you do it?
a: I use the Dr. Barbara Sturm dry brush. I do it every night before showing. It’s changed my skin and helped so much with circulation and inflammation since I’m on my feet all day long. Melissa Wood Tepperberg has really good information on how to dry brush efficiently.
q: best purchases for the kitchen?
a: Staub cast iron cookware and ceramic dinnerware set. Miyabi cutlery. Subzero fridge and Wolf range (they are costly though). Breville espresso machine. Cuisinart food processor. Vitamix blender. Zara Home silverware set. Crate and Barrel glassware + serving bowls and platters.
q: do you donate your clothes when you clean your closet?
a: Asher always picks through first! It’s one of her fav things to do these days. But yes, everything else is donated.
q: favorite restaurant in Aspen?
a: Try Bear Den on Hopkins. Or just across the street is the White House Tavern for the best fried chicken sandwiches. Or go healthier and get the kale Ceasar salad. And then for sushi, try Jing.
q: do you use any kind of non-stick skillet?
a: I don’t own any nonstick skillets or pots. Everything I use is cast iron or copper.
5. A question for you.
What’s on your list for fall? What’s the one thing you want to do most?
here are some ideas:
– find an apple orchid nearby, then bake these apple doughnuts.
– make the home cozy
– watch all the best Halloween movies
– go to a pumpkin patch and pick out all my favorite odd-looking pumpkins. Then do some carving and roast their seeds.
– make the house smell like fall by simmering up a potpourri of fall scents.
– send out a few fall-themed gifts to friends.
– go for a hike and take in all the fall foliage.
– mixup spooky cocktails.
– splurge on a new pair of fall boots, sweater, coat, or bag.
For me, travel more, especially to the east coast. Excited to see the leaves.
6. Inspiring me – fall leaves
(all photos found on Pinterest)
7. Favorite links I’m loving.
…the bar area, the pink tiles, the outside space. It’s incredible.
…love so many of these.
…so many good restaurants.
…an honest review. I need to try some of these!
…need to try.
…according to a time management coach.
…so pretty. I’d love to visit.
…definitely trying this.
…yum, these all sound delish.
…things to know if you’re a first-time gardener.
…spooky fun, I love Halloween.
8. More Fall Sweaters + Abercrombie Fall.
sweaters under $200
sweaters $200 and up
Abercrombie fall collection
9. This week’s dinners + favorite weekend eats.