Fall Notes

28 Oct

I always try to appreciate each season before it comes and goes so quickly I am already on to the next. I mostly try embrace all things Nature provides for every season and Fall is definitely a breathtaking one.  While the season’s newest boots and coats make my heart swoon, nature’s beauty is equally as astounding. The super dramatic skies, flavors supplied by seasonal fruit and veggies and of course the Fall foliage never ceases to amaze.  These are just a few things that I have found notable this Autumn.

Homemade Apple Cinnamon donuts and Pumpkin brownies.

Homemade Apple Cinnamon donuts and Pumpkin brownies.

One of Josie's favorite past times in the Fall, is to find warm and toasty sun spots around the house.

One of Josie's favorite past times in the Fall, is to find warm and toasty sun spots around the house.


Harvest Time

26 Oct

Every weekend since the end of the Summer has been super hectic. This past weekend I  finally took the time to partake in a Fall Festival. My husband and I went to Laurita Winery where they had their annual Harvest Festival, complete with a pumpkin eating dinosaur (who didn’t exactly live up to the name.) It was nice to just be outside, sit down for a few hours and appreciate the Fall weather.

Outfit Details:

Leather Jacket: BCBG

Sweater: Forever 21

Necklace: Anthropologie

Tank: Mossimo

Jeans: Gap

Boots: Franco Sarto

Bag and Sunglasses: Chloe

Blood Orange Cocktails

24 Oct

I hosted a brunch over the weekend and I wanted to incorporate something small that was Halloween inspired. We were having mimosas and I thought Blood looking shooters would be a perfect way to jazz them up.  I first saw the recipe here, so I took the concept and made it fitting for the mimosas. I put pomegranate juice in the test tube instead of a mini cocktail, and thought the name still applied considering the pomegranate and orange juice fit the description.

Template is available at Martha Stewart.

Template is available at Martha Stewart.

It's handy to have a husband that is great with an exacto knife for projects like this.

It's handy to have a husband that is great with an exacto knife for projects like this.

*Test tube and cork stoppers are sold separately. This may be obvious, but I wanted to make you aware of this because I was not aware and had to place two separate orders.

Fall Beauty

21 Oct

I like changing my beauty regimen for each season, allowing me to try out new products and experiment with new colors. Currently these are my favorites for Fall make-up and hair products. I did a similar edition of this post for Summer, so thought it was only fitting to do one for Fall.

Bare Essentials Faux Tan All-Over Face Color

Bare Essentials Faux Tan All-Over Face Color

This lovely Bronzer will either enhance a tan, if you still have one, or create one for you. It is pretty remarkable how this Bronzer can truly make you look sun-kissed. This helps the transition into Fall, and paler skin, much easier.

Davines Nounou Nourishing Illuminating Shampoo

Davines Nounou Nourishing Illuminating Shampoo

I have a hard time finding a shampoo that works with my hair type: fine, wavy, normal, color treated. Some shampoos make my hair dry, others make it flat or frizzy, but this one works great. It cleanses well and does make my hair shiny without being heavy. I only bought the travel size in this shampoo, being cautious in case it didn’t work out well, but I will be purchasing the full size as soon as this one runs out.

Lancome- Color Design Lipstick in LOVE IT!

Lancome- Color Design Lipstick in LOVE IT!

For Fall I wanted to find a shade that was a pop of color, but neutral enough that I won’t feel uncomfortable wearing it. I love strong lip color on other people, but for myself I always felt a little female gremlin– like when wearing a bright shade. My friends have said that I wear “negative” color because I normally go for super neutrals, void of color. This season I was determined to find the best shade for me, it is not the Red for I hoped for, but it is a fantastic shade of pink. A great perk when wearing a bright shade of lipstick is that you don’t have to wear a lot of other makeup. Just some mascara, eyeliner and a little blush will do because the lipstick does the rest of the magic.  (I wore this lipstick in this post.)

Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil

I adore these Eye Pencils! I have them in a couple other shades, so I added to the collection by purchasing them in Stormy Grey and Black Violet. They are nice alternative to black or brown, but aren’t too vibrant that you feel like you are wearing super bright eye makeup. The subtle colors help to enhance your eye color which is always a bonus.

Moroccan Oil Light

Moroccan Oil Light

The smell is what first allured me to this hair serum. Then I tried it on my hair and I was sold. The oil nourishes the hair adding shine, but not weighing it down.  You only need a small amount for your whole head. So I am thinking that this bottle will definitely last me awhile.

Allhollows Eve

19 Oct

In year’s past I have gone the pumpkin, gourd, nature inspired route as far as Fall decorations go. This year I wanted my house to have a somber, creepy, almost eery feel.  It all started when I found the black flower wreath, it inspired me to create a house that had been cast by the dark side. I found some great pieces that allowed for great play on spooky, yet charming. My personal favorites are the glittered skull and crow. I can’t help but love the obvious yet subliminal nod to Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven.”

Butternut Squash Soup

17 Oct

Hmm, what’s not to love about this soup? It’s easy, flavorful, satisfying and the orange color only adds to the Fall feel of the soup. I basically followed this recipe and made just a few modifications. I used shallots instead of onions and used diced tomatoes instead of canned plum tomatoes . Shallots have a more mild onion taste, making the onion flavor apparent, but not so overpowering as onions can sometimes do. I particularly love the use of sage in this dish. The recipe only calls for a few leaves, but they make a big impact.

Recent Work: Jewelry Photo Shoot

14 Oct

A few weeks back, I styled a photo shoot for a Jewelry Store, National Estate Jewelry Buyers. They have an outstanding collection of estate jewelry, collectables, coins, engagements rings/wedding bands, plus so much more. This is small collection of photos that I styled, they will be on their soon to be re-vamped website along with ads in various publications.

Neutral Materials

12 Oct

When I bought this skirt my intentions were to wear it in the Summer and then wear various ways in other seasons. It may be viewed as a Summer skirt only to be worn in warm temperatures, but I see it as great year round piece. It sat in my closet awhile because I was searching for the perfect long slip to go underneath it, I found this one and the length is perfect. I love the combination of pink and gray together so classic, feminine and light. The mixed materials add detail and a bit of edge to this otherwise girly outfit. Swapping out booties for sandals and the addition of a leather jacket make this so suitable for Fall. As it gets colder, you will find me pairing this lovely maxi with chunky knits. (This skirt is super fun to twirl in, as well!)



Outfit Details:

Tank: Madewell

Necklace: Banana Republic

Belt: Anthropologie

Booties: Rosegold

Slip: Shadowline

In the Details

10 Oct

I am pretty obsessive about details. I feel that these “small” elements of an outfit are what make an outfit really stand out. And nothing makes a statement quite like glitter, glitz or shimmer. These shiny details can transform even the most basic of outfits and make them into something special. Take something as simple as the gold hardware on the brown booties. If the heel was wood than it wouldn’t be as exceptional and couldn’t transform an outfit making it appropriate for a dressy occasion. As with all trends that may be new to you, I always recommend starting with something small, like a ring, then increase it to a larger statement piece the more comfortable you feel.

Clockwise from Tote Bag:

Juicy Couture Tote Bag  $198

Sandy Hyun Ring $90

Givenchy Metal Toe Flat $495

Alexander Wang Liu Contrast Material Sandal $518

Diane Von Furstenberg Belt $180

Topshop Booties $150

Stud Cuff Bracelet $27

Asos Clutch $61.11

Fall Flowers

7 Oct

It has often been asked where the name of my company comes from. So, I thought I would take this chance to explain it a little. I partially wanted to use my name, hence the Volk, and the other part something I find inspiring. I purchase flowers just about every week, their innate beauty totally captivates me. I decided on the Dahlia flower because it is a little different, not as common and I truly love the flower and name. When I was telling someone all the names I was thinking of for the company, they thought I said “Adahlia” instead of “Dahlia” and I decided that I liked that better, a twist on a beautiful name. I know this may sound like it has nothing to do with clothes, fashion or style, but to me it does. In each person there is an individual identity, something special and a style all their own – just like the uniqueness of each flower.

When I was away a few weekends ago, I visited a farm where they grow Dahlias. Here is a collection of the most breathtaking ones that I saw.