fall sportswear

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fall sportswear

fall sportswear

one of our favorite trends this season is fall sportswear. it’s fresh, it’s comfortable, and it speaks to our former b-girl stylin’ ways from our days growing up in the east bay area. as you can see from the upcoming alexander wang collection for h&m, the athletic-inspired trend we’ve been seeing this year is definitely here to stay throughout this transitional season. get ready to embrace it wholeheartedly, if you have not already (shame on you).

we picked up these faux leather sports inspired pants from zara in army green, and their comfortability and versatility have quickly made them our closet go-to. they are really easy to dress up for the office or a night on the town, but can also be paired with slip-ons or flats if you want to look extra cool while running your weekend errands. additionally, this crop top was a friggin’ epic h&m steal for $8 — we love the idea of mixing it with a high-waisted trouser or pencil skirt as another way to stretch the sportswear trend into evening wear.

whether you chose to go for a full sportswear look or mix it up a bit as we did here with a floral print and heels, you really can’t go wrong with this comfortably chic trend.

as an aside, both pieces of jewelry you see here came from a delightful LA store called le pink & co. beauty apothecary, which we recently visited for the first time. located on sunset in silver lake, it is our new happy place of beauty products & cool-yet-affordable costume jewelry gems like this. if you’re in LA, too, we highly recommend you check it out.

bomber: french connection (similar here); crop top: h&m; pants: zara; jewelry: le pink & co. beauty apothecary; sunglasses: quay australia (similar here); heels: nine west.

chocolate caramel stuffed apple cider cookies // fall cookie recipe

when it comes to fall, we’re just as excited about pumpkin spice as the next white girls. ok not really. we actually think some of us should calm down with our all pumpkin spice everything while it’s 90 degrees outside habits, but we’ll save that for another post. for now, let’s focus on some underrated fall flavorings with one of our favorite, decadence-bordering-on-ridiculous fall recipes: chocolate caramel apple cider cookies.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 packets instant apple cider drink mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 bag rolos

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • preheat oven to 350° and line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • in a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon
  • using electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar, salt and apple cider mix until fluffy
  • beat in eggs one at a time. add vanilla and mix well
  • gradually add flour mixture to butter/egg mixture, mixing unti just combined
  • refrigerate dough for 30 minutes. use this time to unwrap entire bag of rolos, trying your hardest to eat less than ⅓ of the bag
  • scoop out tablespoonfuls of dough and wrap around individual rolos, covering the rolo completely. place on cookie sheet 2″ apart
  • bake 13-15 minutes (you don’t want these to be browned on the edges, just barely golden – they are CHEWY cookies!)
  • let cool on parchment then transfer to wire wrack. stuff face and jump in piles of leaves and shit.

adapted from this original recipe

empires band

this week’s this is our jam post was a real struggle — not because we couldn’t find music to share, but rather because of the treasure trove we discovered in empires‘ new album, orphan, released last week. simply put, this album is too fucking good to pick a favorite. packed with soaring anthems that make you want to ride a motorcycle too fast through east los angeles (we’ve never driven one but damn it, do we want to now), lead singer sean van vleet’s low, powerful voice haunts you throughout.

though the first single, “how good does it feel,” might rank as our favorite on the orphan album, then again there’s “please don’t tell my lover,” “stay lonely,” “silverfire,” plus all the remaining tracks, and we just really can’t bear that kind of pressure. take a listen below, but make sure you check out empires’ whole orphan album to enjoy its dark beauty in its entirety.

remember way back when we teased you with the inspiration board for baby f-bomb’s vintage-modern music themed nursery? well we’ve been hard at work turning that bad boy into a realty ever since, and we are so excited today to finally reveal the full real-life nursery tour.

vintage modern baby boy nursery

boy nursery decor

vintage music nursery

the reading corner is one of our favorite parts of baby smith’s room. we painted ikea spice racks to hold our favorite childhood books and cozied up a moroccan pouf with a sheepskin rug, but our favorite DIY is this genuine 1946 westinghouse radio. we scored a broken one on ebay for $29, sprayed it baby yellow to match the room, and added gold striping tape to stay true to the radio’s original style.

 

baby boy music theme room

boy nursery inspiration

music theme nursery

music theme boy room

rock and roll nursery

we always think gallery walls are a great way to work in meaningful pieces. for smith’s we hung vinyl records painted in the room’s color palette, his dad’s acoustic guitar, artifacts from his parents’ favorite music (jackson 5 for mom, phish for dad), and the very best part – an ad from a 1954 michigan newspaper advertising smith’s great grandfather’s band playing at sophie’s tavern every friday & saturday night.

 

unisex music nursery

unisex music nursery

unisex music nursery

unisex music nursery

to fancy up this cube storage unit, we used faux leather drawers from target to hide some baby supplies, and stacked bobo the dinosaur atop of gold books leftover from smith’s parents’ wedding centerpieces. not to be forgotten are the totally rad custom name blocks and guitar teether from one of our favorite etsy sellers, little sapling toys.

 

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altuzarra for target striped sleeveless dress

altuzarra for target striped sleeveless dress

altuzarra for target striped sleeveless dress

when the altuzarra for target collection dropped, we were at our local store bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (by which we mean bleary-eyed, dazed, and disgruntled) the second it opened, ready to fight off the masses. one of the pieces we’d overlooked in the altuzarra for target collection lookbook, the striped collared sleeveless dress, turned out to be one of our favorites — the sharp, crisp look of the white collar and dropwaist pinstriped skirt spoke right to our hearts.

while we’re suckers for a simple, clean look and love the idea of this dress paired with white pumps and a slick pony, we also love to screw things up just a little.

as such, we changed it up a bit by styling this dress with our favorite shitkicker booties for a juxtaposition to the cleanliness of its look. next we added our tried and true prada sunnies, and, naturally, our favorite new street art addition in our LA ‘hood (please note our genuine glee in the second photo above). mean boots, a schoolgirl dress, and cynical-yet-charming asshole LA attitude: it was all so wrong that it felt so, so right.

dress: target; booties: zara; sunglasses: prada; handbag: zara.