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First Day Of Fall – Some Of Our Favorite Things Roundup

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It is OFFICIALLY the first day of fall, the beginning of autumn with the Autumnal Equinox. This is a welcome change, as it is almost every year as an escape from the heat of summer, but before the cold of winter swoops in.

To help celebrate the start of fall, I brought together some of my favorite fall themed posts from the last 7 years. Don’t worry, they have all stood the test of time, unlike this leaves that will start turning color soon.

Fall Recipes And More

MAKE AT HOME DIY- REAL Pumpkin Spice Latte Do you love your seasonal pumpkin spice latte but got a little shock by what is REALLY in your drink? This PSL is full of REAL PUMPKIN, and nothing fake. You can make this at home and feel better knowing just what is in your favorite fall treat.

Eat Seasonally Corn Carrot Soup – Recipe Bring in the flavors of fall and warm up with this easy to make Corn and Carrot soup. This soup can be served warm or cold, and will be a delight for any dinner party, even a party of one.

How To Decorate Your Pumpkin Cookie Like A Pro What is cuter than pumpkin cookies. You can have the kids join you in this fun, or learn how to make your own cookies look like they were decorated by a professional. Easy step by step instructions for you to have the best looking deserts this fall.

Sleeping In Luxury Is A Mouse Click Away As the temperatures drop it is time to start bundling up, even in bed. Treat yourself to luxury with my favorite comforter.

International Coffee Day! September 29th Celebrate your morning with international coffee day on September 29th! Recipes just for you and your morning cup.

Fall Inspired Cocktails

Fall and Halloween inspired spirits for you and your guests this fall.

Apple Of My Pie – Celebrate Fall Cocktail

Autumn Apple Punch – National Punch Day September 20th

The Livin’s Easy Punch – National Punch Day September 20th

September 20th Is National Punch Day! – Elements of Nature Punch

Cocktail of the Day – Bottled Spirits Potion (Raspberry and Dark Chocolate)

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What’s The Hottest Trend In Jewelry? Just Ask Beyoncé

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It looks like flash tattoos, what I thought was going to be a flash in the pan (unintentional but I’m keeping the pun) of accessories, is now THE accessory to have. Even Beyoncé was wearing them in her now infamous “thigh gap” photo (above) while on her birthday vacation. She is decked out head to toe in these gold and silver stick on Metallic Jewelry Temporary Tattoos.

I do really like this trend, but I was not sure it was going to take off when I first saw it early in the summer. One of my favorite things about it is that I like to wear bracelets stacked up, but they make a lot of noise. With the flash tattoos, I can have what looks like a pile of bracelets, but they stay quiet, especially when I am typing at the computer in my very small office.

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The Revival Of Colony Palms Hotel & Purple Palm Restaurant Palm Springs

The Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs

One of the endearing things about Palm Springs to this vintage Southern California girl is that it has a rich history while also being completely modern. Once again claiming its place in the Palm Springs scene is the Colony Palms Hotel, one of the old guard hidden gems, and it has gone through a complete revival.

Originally built in 1936 by reputed Purple Gang Mobster, Al Wertheimer, the Colony Palms Hotel was once a saloon, speakeasy and gambling house that later became a playground for Hollywood ICONS including Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Rita Hayworth. In 2007, the Colony Palms Hotel went through a complete renewal, getting the royal treatment in a collaboration with Los Angeles based Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. The Colony Palms has regained its nobility as a stunning four-star boutique hotel.

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Not only did the hotel go through a renewal, but their restaurant, The Purple Palm Restaurant which was named after the original founder’s gang, has taken on a whole new life, thanks to a complete remodel and new head chef Greg Stillman. Inside of the beautiful courtyard of the Colony Palms Hotel, the restaurant design is full of the glamour of the 1930’s and 40’s when the Colony Palms was “the” place to be seen in Palm Springs. Amazing food, stunning decor, mountain views, and gracious service, it is absolutely wonderful.

Chef Greg Stillman in the Purple Palm restaurnt at the Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs
Chef Greg Stillman was charged with overhauling the menu for the Purple Palm restaurant, working with California producers and foragers to incorporate the fragrant fruits and fresh vegetables of each season into his dining experiences. In his new position as Executive Chef, Stillman will continue to work closely with the boutique property to craft and evolve the California cuisine for guests and locals alike.

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Look at his food! It looks almost too good to eat. Chef Stillman’s experience mixing international cuisines really shines through while still respecting the regional ingredients.

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The Purple Palm Restaurant is an unexpected, but welcome added selection to the restaurant scene in Palm Springs. Everything seemed to be going more modern, flashy, midcentury (which I also love) but the surroundings and amazing food offered by the Purple Palm really sets itself apart as something unique and much needed.

To find out more about the Colony Palms Hotel, or to dine at the Purple Palm Restaurant visit

Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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I Love A Clean San Diego Beach Cleanup Tomorrow San Diego

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Get out the gloves and sunscreen, the 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day is TOMORROW September 30th. This is supposed to be the largest countywide cleanup at more than 100 sites with 8000 volunteers expected to participate. That is a lot of people, cleaning up a lot of leftover trash at the beach.

Each year, hundreds of tons of garbage end up on the beaches and in our waterways after travelling through San Diego’s vast watershed system. Best known for its beach cleanup sites, Coastal Cleanup Day reaches far beyond the beach with more than 65 percent of sites located along the rivers, creeks, canyons and urban areas throughout San Diego County. Cleaning up these inland sites prevents trash from ever reaching the coast, stopping pollution at the source.

In 2013, 9,714 volunteers (7,714 in San Diego County and 2,000 in Tijuana) removed nearly 171,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from San Diego County’s 11 watersheds. Trash removal is just one component of the annual event. Volunteers will also conduct storm drain stenciling, invasive plant removal, native planting and graffiti removal. Another unique component of the event is the ‘on the water’ cleanups that will take place at San Dieguito Lagoon and Shelter Island/San Diego Bay.

ILACSD encourages all San Diegans to come together on Sept. 20 for this important event to improve the health of our environment and preserve the San Diego way of life for future generations. For a complete list of cleanup sites and to register to volunteer visit

Coastal Cleanup Day is one of a handful of community engagement projects coordinated by ILACSD each year. The organization has been mobilizing volunteers around beautification and pollution prevention projects since 1954. In fact, with all ILACSD events combined, volunteers remove an astounding one million pounds of debris every two years.

So sign up, and help to clean up San Diego!

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Summer Doesn’t Have To End – Colorful Linens Set The Table



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I know that people in Southern California try to tell the rest of the country that we do indeed have seasons, but truth is it’s usually a mix of sprint and summer around here. This even lends itself to our home and kitchens. Bright beautiful colors are common, especially on our tables.

I am absolutely IN LOVE with these linens I just got from Hen House Linens. Summer does not have to end with these on your table. These would be DARLING for a weekend girls’ night get together, a shower (bridal or baby), or just a casual lunch with friends.  Who would not want to have a meal with these beautiful place settings?

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