LA CRESCENTA NURSURY

By now you've probably heard us mention the La Crescenta Nursury a few times -- simply because it is one of the best spots in Los Angeles to pick up fresh flowers and plants for your garden.  We headed up there to snap a few pictures to show off their amazing selection this season.  Between fluffy heads of lavender, rows and rows of cosmos blossoms, and Celene's all-time favorite champaka tree, there is always more to be seen (and sniff).

Cosmos bunches

Cosmos bunches

Champaka Blossom Larkspur Company
Wild Flowers Larkspur Company

DARK AND STORMY

Dark and Stormy

Colder winds and falling leaves have inspired us to turn to dark neutrals and oxblood red for a wintry fashion refresh--and we are seriously loving this more moody, tempestuous vibe.  Now, Dr. Marten's Flora Boots were definitely a step out of our comfort zone.  To tone down their severity and sharpness, we opted to style Annie with a sheer blouse and lacy black Huit bra underneath.  

Dark and Stormy

We love the balance between a feminine silhouette on top and more masculine edge on her toes.  To polish it off, we chose one of our all time favorites for her lip, Volga by NARS.  A bit biker-chic, a bit goth, and all sorts of tough-chick cool.

Dark and Stormy

NEUTRAL TERRITORY: FALL FASHIONS

Call us vanilla, but we tend to gravitate towards neutrals at all times of year. But this year, we're thrilled to have myriad shades to choose from other than black and navy blue. This season, we're loading up on creamy whites, ballet pinks, and light camels. What better way to liven up a predictably dreary time of year? 

ANAIS MITCHELL

I might be late to the game on this one but the power and beauty behind this artist's music is too big to keep to myself...

It was super late at night a few weeks ago, goofing around on youtube, when my little sis introduced me to Mitchell's song, Shepherd.  We watched NPR's Tiny Desk video of her performance live and I was moved.  The song is hauntingly beautiful and tearfully sad, that kind of sadness that works its way deep into your core.  Mitchell sings about life, loss and renewal in this piece.  And despite the tragedy, I feel a surprising sense of hope by the end of the song, which admittedly helps me dry my tears.  There is magic in her voice and in her ability to get me to feel so vulnerably human.  

Folk music usually has a way of stirring my soul this way but Shepherd just hasn't left me since.  

OIL OF OREGANO

We love oregano on nearly everything: pizza, pasta, chicken! But did you know that the oil distilled from this yummy herb's stem packs serious health benefits? Be warned: this oil is potent in flavor and effect! We recommend taking it in capsule form to avoid the harsh taste. Used internally, oil of oregano has incredible anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Recent studies even suggest that it may be effective in combatting a multitude of cancers including prostate, breast, and colon cancers. It also effectively kills off bad bacteria and yeast, making it a great supplement for those battling acne or chronic yeast infections. When mixed with a carrier oil, oil of oregano can be applied topically. Exercise caution and talk to your doctor if you aren't sure about interactions with other medicine you're taking: this is one seriously strong ingredient.