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Time Tested Bea…

Time Tested Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you’ll never walk alone.                                 We leave you a tradition with a future.                                                                      The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.                         People even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed, and redeemed, and redeemed.                                                              Never throw out anybody.                                                                                Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.      As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself,         the other for helping others.                                                                                     Your “good old days” are still ahead of you, may you have many of them.

― Sam Levenson

Audrey Hepburn is my inspiration and icon, so you will often see posts about her on this blog. I thought I would start with one of her favorite poems that I have also come to love. Audrey was not only one of the most beautiful women who ever lived, she was also known for being one the kindest and most self-sacrificing.

The author of this poem, Sam Levenson wrote it in a letter to his granddaughter when she was born. Audrey took selections from it and titled it “Time Tested Beauty Tips.”

In “Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit,” a book written by Audrey’s son Sean, he remembers how his “mummy” loved this poem. Just weeks before she died, she read it to her family on their last Christmas Eve together. Sean even recited it at her funeral service.

If you have not read much on Audrey Hepburn, I highly recommend this book. I dare you to attempt reading it through without a tear in your eye!

Click here to buy the book on Amazon.

Audrey Hepburn and her son Sean

Audrey Hepburn and her son Sean

One of Sean's last pictures with his "mummy"

One of Sean’s last pictures with his “mummy”

Pumpkin Brunch

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If you know anything about me, you know that I have a slight (ok, major) obsession with the fall season, and especially pumpkins. Anything pumpkin. Seriously. Pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, pumpkin custard from Shake Shack, pumpkin beer (my fav is Southern Tier’s Pumking), you name it, I’m obsessed. So this fall, I decided to host a “Pumpkin Brunch” at my apartment. It was AH-Mazing. I starting planning like 2 months in advance (binder with color coded tabs and all). I decked out our living room/dining room with all sorts of fall decorations and my roommates and I made all kinds of delicious pumpkin dishes to serve our friends including pumpkin pancakes and waffles, a pumpkin french toast bake, caramel apple dip, pumpkin chocolate chip bread, pumpkin oatmeal, and eggs and sausage for those who aren’t such pumpkin fanatics as me. Safe to say, pumpkin brunch was a major hit and will definitely become a yearly tradition!
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Here’s what the table looked like. I started out with a brown table runner with leaf cut outs. I then placed mum’s in a carved out pumpkin and added some pumpkin branches from Trader Joe’s. I found these amazing glasses with fall leaves around the rim from The Dollar Store (Such a deal!) I added some gold sequined pumpkins and beautiful bronze candles both from TJ Maxx to place on a table runner. I completed the look by wrapping a festive garland around the center of the table and sprinkled some table confetti around. (You never have enough sparkle!)

Here's my friend Joseph with homemade pumpkin pie oatmeal in a pumpkin. I saw this idea on Pinterest and had to try it! I used steel cut oats and mixed in some pumpkin puree and a little cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. Super simple, but so delicious!

Here’s my friend Joseph with homemade pumpkin pie oatmeal in a pumpkin. I saw this idea on Pinterest and had to try it out! I used steel cut oats and mixed in a can of pumpkin puree and added a little cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. Super simple, but so delicious!

For the silverware, I attached a fake leaf to a red napkin and tied a bow with twine around it.

To dress the silverware, I attached a leaf to a red napkin and tied a twine bow around it. All materials were bought at Michael’s.

I asked my friend, Joe , who used to be a bartender to create a special drink for the event, so he invented "The Pumpkin Patch."

I asked my friend Joe, who is our resident bartender to create a special drink for the event, so he put his own spin on “The Pumpkin Patch.” Click here for a similar recipe. This is a tricky drink to make and might not come out right the first time, so make sure you do a trial run if you are planning on serving it! It had the perfect hint of pumpkin to it and was the perfect compliment to the brunch.

This was one of my favorite parts of pumpkin brunch! I found the idea for pumpkin caramel apples on bakingdom.com and just had to try it! My roommates and I had gone apple picking a few days before, so I used our fresh apples and dipped the apples in the caramel sauce that I used orange food dye to get it a rich orange color. I then used a plastic bag filled with orange frosting to pipe out the lines of the pumpkin. I tied some green string around the stick and voila! Such a fun idea and they are delicious!

Making these was one of my favorite parts of pumpkin brunch! I found the idea for “Pumpkin Caramel Apples” on bakingdom.com and I just had to try it out! My roommates and I had just gone apple picking, so I used our fresh, farm-picked apples and dipped them in the homemade caramel sauce that I dyed orange with a few drops of food coloring. I then filled a plastic bag with orange frosting to pipe out the lines of the pumpkin. I tied some green string around the stick and voila! I brought these out at the end of brunch and everyone went wild! They were the perfect finishing touch to a our wonderful new tradition. Can’t wait til next fall!