RECIPE: 10 Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Even though some of us are going through a heat wave, fall is definitely in the air. We’re all itching to get out our fall wardrobes, put away the patio furniture and test out some new recipes with the season’s new crop.

10 pumpkin recipes

Fall is not my favorite season, but definitely has some things to love. I love the crisper air, the stunning fall colors, wearing brown leather boots and then there’s the holidays, Halloween followed by Thanksgiving. I’m already thinking about a) my halloween costume and b) what new recipe am I going to bring to Thanksgiving. Something they both have in common? Pumpkins! Here’s a roundup of 10 delicious sweet and savoury recipes that will let you take advantage of the pumpkins you bring home from your afternoon at the pumpkin farm.


1. Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting


2. Pumpkin Turkey Chile


3. Pumpkin Donuts


4. Pumpkin Latte


5. Pumpkin Pancakes


6. Pumpkin Soup


7. Pumpkin Salad

Pumpkin Quesadillas 500

8. Pumpkin Quesadillas


9. Pumpkin Ravioli


10. Pumpkin Cocktail

RECIPES : 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

That should keep you busy. Happy cooking!

with love,



HOW TO: iphone photography & favorite apps

picture perfect.

It has been said that the best camera is the one you have with you, and with all the running around these days, and always so many lovely things to capture while traipsing about, often the only camera on hand is my iphone, which have come to rely on more and more for so many things, but especially the camera; and since joining instagram some time ago, have been having the loveliest time sharing little glimpses here and there, of everyday life and so, thought it might be fun to share a few favorite apps along the way . . .



. . . normally only use two or three apps other than instagram, but sometimes I prefers to play around with a broader range, and so, a few of my favorites:

  1. accu camera : to steady shots
  2. over : for adding texts over images
  3. ps express : for cropping & rotating images
  4. snapspeed : a powerful app for selective photo edits & filters
  5. instagram : for filters & sharing
  6. pro hdr : for combining two of the same images to extend the dynamic range
  7. picfx : for filters & bokeh effects
  8. afterlight : for a large collection of amazing filters and effects
  9. pic frame : to split images into separate frames & create colleges
  10. toy slr : for creating focus & blur

rise filter

smores at Gyu-Kaku // apps used : instagram with rise filter

little black dress-picframe app

little black dress // apps used : instagram for filter & picframe for mirror effect

outfit-photography post

outfit of the day // apps used : picframe for triple effect & over for text

Photo Aug 25, 2 13 31 PM

ice cream cones // apps used : snapseed for filter & beautiful mess for text

Photo Sep 28, 10 19 03 PM

nude Steve Madden heels // apps used : picfx for heart effect & afterlight for filter

Photo Sep 28, 10 18 35 PM

iced latte from Urth Cafe // apps used: instagram for filter & picfx for heart effect

iOS new & updated features

  1. press the up volume button to take a photo
  2. access the camera from the lock screen by sliding up for control center and touching the camera icon
  3. when taking a picture, touch on the screen where you want the exposure and focus to be measured from
  4. turn on the grid from the options tab, which can help with composition and to keep your image straight
  5. use two fingers to pinch the screen to access the zoom feature
  6. when taking a photo, touch the three circles on the bottom right to display a range of filters

{images: all iphone photography by coveted allure on instagram}

COCKTAIL HOUR: stocking a home bar

bar cart.

If there’s one thing every good party needs, it’s a well-stocked bar. Having the right liquors, mixers and fresh ingredients can make the difference between a great cocktail party and a total bust, so it’s best to have the essentials handy before you even think about inviting guests over for drinks.

stock the necessities.

The first thing you need to consider is the liquor. Stock your favorites, but have some premium quality liquors on hand, including vodka, dark and light rum, bourbon, tequila, gin and orange liqueur. With these staples, you’ll be able to field almost any cocktail request.

And, when it comes time to purchase your liquors, remember that quality always trumps quantity.

wine and beer.

On average, you should have a white wine and a red wine, with champagne only for special occasions. Stick with a crisp chardonnay, and a Cabernet or Pinot Noir.

Keep two different types of beer in your bar. For parties, stocking a light and a regular beer is your best bet. Pick popular or common beers, such as Budweiser, Coors, Miller, Heineken, etc.

the mixers.

Before any party, you’ll want to stock up on basic mixers and any garnishes required for the cocktails you are planning to make. To keep things simple, you may want to offer your guests a few limited specialty cocktails as well as an assortment of basic drinks. Basic essentials include:

  • Club soda
  • Juice (orange, cranberry and pineapple)
  • Soft drinks (cola, lemon-lime and ginger ale)
  • Tonic water

To expand your repertoire of available cocktails, add:

  • More juices (tomato, grapefruit and lime)
  • Sour mix
  • Bitters
  • Grenadine
  • Simple syrup
  • Vermouth
  • Tabasco Sauce

Finally, consider including some spices and garnishes for any specific cocktails you want to make. These can include:

  • Fruit wedges (lemon, lime, orange)
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Olives
  • Whipped cream
  • Nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and super-fine sugar (for coating glass rims)

the barware.

Having a well stocked bar with alcohol and mixers really means nothing if you aren’t equipped with the right gear. The equipment needed to mix a cocktail is simple to master, and you don’t need a lot of it. These are the tools that are going to help you impress your guests:

  • Corkscrew
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Bottle opener
  • Jigger
  • Citus zester
  • Muddler
  • Bar spoon
  • Napkins
  • Straws
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Ice bucket and ice

Mr. Boston’s official bartenders guide it the ultimate recipe book. Keep this on hand so you’re never caught feeling like a rookie.

the glassware.

Since the shape and volume of the glass can affect the taste of a beverage, every type of drink deserves its own glass. Keep in mind you only need the basics:

  • Old Fashioned
  • Highball
  • Coupe
  • Martini
  • Wine

Stocking these tools, liquors and mixers for your bar will guarantee that you can cover almost any drink someone requests, as well as your own favorites. Set up your bar area in a corner of your kitchen or in a large cupboard so you can access it easily.


with love,


LIFE: fire starter.

I found myself captivated by your flame, doing your dance in the wind driving me insane. My rose by any other name and when the time came for me to sin you were a wildfire, too large for me to tame, but you knew I’d try and I knew you’d pretend. But as we all know, all good things must come to an end and eventually we’d extinguish the same way we weren’t supposed to begin. Smoldering slowly, fighting our way through the smoke and mirrors in the hopes that somehow the rubble would help us see everything clearer. But as I found out, this wouldn’t be the case because whether we realize it or not every move we make is kerosene laced. We’re all so flammable by nature, who knew, yet we go around lighting matches and igniting shit as if we’re all fireproof.

with love,

LIFE: new beginning.

I like change. I like being scared, it makes me feel alive. I need some kind of emotion to overtake my senses. I like parties where you only know a few people so you can meet more. I like dressing up. I like genuine smiles that make you smile in return. I like shameless flirting with random strangers you’ll never seen again. I like big hugs that give you butterflies. I like feeling beautiful in every sense of the world, inside and out. I am a 20 something year old here to share my frivolous escapade with the world, whether it be fashion, beauty, or stories of my own life and love. I have an obsession with the glamourous life, beautiful people, and all things pretty. Welcome to my blog. Enjoy the journey!

with love,