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FAREWELL TO SUMMER

It’s always a little sad saying goodbye to summer.  Even though I love the fall most.  Even though I crave the routine, the schedule.  There is still a part of me that misses the spontaneity of summer.  The lazy mornings.  The open-ended days that all run into one another.  The late nights.

This season we had some of our highest highs and our lowest lows.  We ate our weight in strawberries.  Stayed up way too late.  Fell in love with backyard s’mores.  And realized we love each other, a lot.  Here’s hoping this next season is even better than the last.

xo gina 

THE BEST APPLE PIE RECIPE FOR FALL

The best apple pie recipe for fall (or any time of year, really) is one that my mom had tucked away in her floral printed recipe box on the kitchen counter while growing up.  It was torn out of a magazine when I was little and I can still recall helping to make that very pie at so many different ages along side my whole family.  Through the years, we all kept baking that same pie, never altering it even the littlest bit.  It is that good.  That tiny square of paper, now shredded at the sides, was laid out on the cutting block countless times, covered with sugars and flour and now you can barely make out the text, the measurements faded.  Luckily, I hand-wrote the ingredients and directions and kept it in a binder that traveled with me from my childhood home, to my apartment in college, to the home I now share with my own little family.  And since the leaves seemed to change overnight (like they always do), and the air felt like fall, we went apple picking this weekend and grabbed all of the best apples needed for this pie.

DUTCH APPLE PIE

CRUST AND FILLING
– 1 keebler ready crust graham cracker
– 1 large egg yolk, slightly beaten
– 5 1/2 cups slice cored peeled cooking apples
– 1 T lemon juice
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/4 light brown sugar
– 3 T flour
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

CRUMBS
– 3/4 cup flour
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1/4 cup light brown sugar
– 1/3 cup butter at room temperature

DIRECTIONS
– Preheat oven to 375
– Brush bottom and sides of crust evenly with egg yolk
– Bake on baking sheet until light brown – approx 5 minutes
– Remove crust from oven
– Combine sliced apples, lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 T flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
– Mix well and spoon into crust

– Mix remaining flour, sugar, brown sugar and butter with fork or pastry blender until crumbly
– Sprinkle topping mixture evenly over apples
– Bake on baking sheet until topping is golden and filling is bubbling –  about 50 minutes
– Cool on wire rack
– Serve at room temp

*My favorites are the honeycrisp apples.  They are the apples that I eat every morning or have as a mid-day snack, and they are also my go-to pick for my apple pies.

Enjoy!

xo gina 

OUTSIDE WITH SEA & GRASS

My kids and I are always outside, whether it’s a day at the beach or a picnic in the park, we try to optimize our time spent outdoors.  That’s why I was so excited to partner with Sea & Grass for this post.  First of all, this is such a great company, one that chooses to collaborate with local artisans in creating their products and gives a portion of proceeds directly to those in need of education.  It’s a great feeling to know that when you purchase a product from a company that does so much good for the community that you are not only getting a carefully hand-crafted item, but you are also supporting people who care.  I was thrilled to receive their Together Mat because this was and is a product that me and my family will use for years to come.  This mat comes in a variety of great color options, is durable and can easily shake off sand or dirt, and be wiped clean.  It folds up quickly and neatly and has two fabric handles for easy carry.  And it’s slim design is perfect for the trunk of a car, like mine, that’s already packed with baby and kid-gear since it takes up minimal room.  Needless to say, we are already huge fans and can’t wait to purchase one for someone else, as it would make such a great and unique hostess gift.

I also love their super cute and affordable Ella Pom Pom Clutch and their Cara Tote, and can’t wait to see what other products they offer next.

*thanks to Sea & Grass for sponsoring this post.  as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

xo gina

BACK TO SCHOOL STYLE

It’s true, each end of summer, I would secretly get giddy about the upcoming school-year.  The set-schedule, the routine, getting back into a familiar groove.  And the outfits.  Even as an adult, I still love ‘back-to-school shopping’ with my kids and giving my own closet a little refresh for the new season ahead.  This outfit not only channels some serious back-to-school vibes, but it’s also a perfect way to recycle all those beloved skirts from summer.  This tiered, white one with crochet detail is from Abercrombie & Fitch and has been a closet staple of mine for almost a decade!  A crisp white skirt is so easy to wear for all seasons by the simple swap of a tank for a crewneck sweatshirt, like this one, or by slipping out of your favorite sandals and into new tennis shoes.

{ABERCROMBIE & FITCH skirt, super old, but similar HERE, HERE and HERE / J.CREW crewneck new york sweatshirt / ADIDAS superstar sneakers / OVERSTOCK unisex white plastic fashion sunglasses / LOUIS VUITTON pallas bb monogram canvas}

Happy back-to-school!

xo gina

HOW TO STYLE CLASSIC BLACK AND WHITE FOR SUMMER

There is something so timeless about the combination of black and white.  It always looks crisp and polished.  And it is a go-to in colder months, but lately I found myself reaching for black and white in my closet during the summer, too.  These shorts have become a favorite of mine this season.  I have worn them into the ground and they still keep giving.  And although I have paired them with so many different tops, flowy blouses, floral off-the-shoulders, I love adding a plain white tied tee or this (exact one sold out, but same version in pink here and another similar style here and here) perfect crop top for an easy classic look.

{ASOS ruched bardot top (exact one sold out, but same version in pink here and another similar style here and here) / LEVIS high-waisted distressed denim shorts / SOLUDOS leather braided slide sandal}

How do you style classic black and white for summer?  Drop me a note and let me know!

xo gina

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