Fun Spot to visit in NYC

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This week Mr. GQ and I decided to spend a few days in New York City. For our adventure we headed to the Chelsea Market. This was originally the home of the Nabisco company that invented the Oreo cookie.

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Inside the market there are multiple cute murals which present fun photo opportunities.

The Market is one block wide as well as one block long. It’s an indoor shopping mall, collection of delightful shops and many food establishments. In fact last fall we went on our first food tour at this very locale!

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There are places to purchase gift baskets, books, cheeses, meats, spices, seasonal items such as pumpkins and much much more.

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Sarabeth’s is a restaurant and bakery that makes delicious jams and preserves that you can purchase. There are several Sarabeth’s restaurants around town and they’re especially known for their weekend brunch.

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For the trip I wore a cute black window pane pant, a white cotton shirt with a cranberry V-neck boxy pullover sweater, all from JJill. Since on a typical day of site-seeing we walk 6-7 miles (!), I chose black Brook’s sneakers as my shoes. Sadly they’re not very fashionable, but I still have many miles of walking ahead of me this trip and tender feet won’t cut it for me. My usual fashion concession is to wear sneakers or other very comfortable shoes by day (when most of the walking occurs) and then switch into booties or other heeled shoes for our dinner destinations.

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The Market attracts six million visitors per year. It was originally built in the 1890’s. It was redeveloped into its a retail format in the 1990’s. It’s a fun spot to visit in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

Here are a few more images from our day trip to this treasure.

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The next time you’re looking for an enjoyable spot to check out, head to the Chelsea Market. You won’t be disappointed.

The BEST Ginger Cookies Ever

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Fall as far as I’m concerned is ginger cookie season. I will eat them all year but my favorite time to eat ginger cookies is in the fall. So for my fall party the other night I made these. As the Barefoot Contessa suggests I made the dough several days earlier and kept that in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Then on the morning of the party I baked them.

Here’s how I made them.

Recipe for the Ultimate Ginger Cookie. I LOVE most every recipe from the Barefoot Contessa. This one comes from Barefoot Contessa at Home. Her recipes are delicious. And available on line. But her cookbooks are sublime! Every cookbook of hers is gorgeous with photos for every single recipe. My birthday is in December and her latest cookbook is ALWAYS on my requested gift list.

Note: The recipe calls for chopped crystallized ginger. The best I’ve found is from Whole Foods. It’s evenly chopped, soft and fresh. It was $9.99 per pound. Some grocery stores carry it and it’s too hard to chop. Go for the softer type. It’s worth hunting for.

Also the recipe calls for baking them for exactly 13 minutes. Do this too as it results in a soft centered but slightly crisp outer texture. Truly perfect!

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Here I am baking these cookies several days before my party. It was a warm evening so I wore a cute pair of JJill cream and black gingham pants with a Talbots chambray shirt. I added a silver multiple strand beaded necklace from Evereve that nicely fills in my open neckline. My shoes were black leather flat Stuart Weitzman sandals with a burnished silver chain detail. And of course my apron with roosters on it came from William Sonoma.

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I displayed these gorgeous cookies in a large ceramic pumpkin bowl that I purchased on line several years ago. Here’s a cute one for the fall season I loved the brown cookies with the orange background, don’t you? Make these cookies this weekend. You won’t be disappointed! Happy first official fall weekend.🍁🎃🍂! Stay tuned for my fall blog party final post hopefully tomorrow!

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What to Wear on a Hot Fall Day

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Here in Chicago we’ve been lucky this summer with respect to the weather. It’s been unusually cool all spring and summer. So we’ve never gotten used to our usual hot spells this year. Well today it reached 87 and it felt HOT!

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So I broke out this cute lime green gingham sundress (Tulip is the brand) with pockets and a bit of center tucks. I added a neat blue and green scarf tied in a simple knot. If I needed to be in air conditioning I would have either added a jean jacket or retied the big scarf as a shawl.

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The foulard patterned scarf is from Lands End. It’s an oldie but goodie and the deep blue and green really made the otherwise comfy but a bit washed out dress work, don’t you agree? I also wore silver and green-blue earrings that were from a friend.

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For bracelets I wore multiple light weight silver beaded bracelets (Evereve) with my stainless steel watch. My sandals were nude Stuart Weitzman block heeled sandals.

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As you can see the scarf is a big square. I folded in half into a triangle and tied it in a simple knot in front. I love scarves because they really complete many of my outfits. (I only tie easy knots because the complex knots are too hard to remember!) In this case the deeper blue and green colors add a hint of fall to an otherwise summery dress.

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Now if the warm weather continues that gorgeous yellow goldenrod plant behind me will be the real show stopper. Stay tuned for my fall blooming garden🍁🍂🎃!

Jean Jacket, Chinos, and a Fun Boho Top

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Tonight in Chicago a cold front came through. So I trotted out my dark wash AG denim jacket. I wore it with sand colored girlfriend chinos from The Loft.

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To punch up these basics I added a colorful boho top by Raga that I purchased from Evereve last summer. I like how well this type of top transitions from summer to fall with the addition of the jacket layer. I added an old silver beaded necklace also from Evereve that goes with many different outfits.

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I also wore a sparkly bracelet that picks up all the colors of my top (and my garden!).

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My shoes are Stuart Weitzman suede block heeled shoes which are almost substantial enough to be considered booties. Wearing a bootie definitely helps transition clothing from summer to fall. Stay tuned for more looks that will bring you all the way into autumn 🍂 🍁 🎃.

Animal Prints are Big this Fall!

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One trend this Fall is animal prints. Take my grey denim jacket. It actually has a subtle leopard print on it. I think it’s fun with my grey hair and I think I’ll be able to style it several ways this season. The jacket is from Kut from the Kloth and I bought it at Evereve this season.

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This time I put it over a white cotton v-neck tee from Chico’s on the Rack and paired it with a dark wash skinny jean from White House Black Market. For a neat accessory I wore a silver, chunky statement necklace that I found in an antique store in Seattle!

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I wore tiny silver heart earrings that were a gift from a very close, very sick friend. Lastly I wore black suede Aquatalia boots with a block heel and cute little suede tassels on the zippers. Aquatalia is one of my favorite brands because the suede is so soft, and incredibly water-proof.

The cool flowers I’m standing by are actually flowering vines that I planted several years ago named sweet autumn clematis. These plants are aggressive growers but are perfectly placed on this split rail fence. They bloom every fall for a few weeks with a bright white, fragrant blossom. They do their big show when every one else is looking kind of scraggly. If you have a place that’s begging for a great vine, sweet autumn clematis is your girl! Happy Fall shopping!