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Scarves are the perfect accessory for fall. They’re stylish, they don’t mess up your hair, and they come in a huge range of cuts and fabrics, which means you can always find the perfect scarf for any weather and any occasion. We’ve selected six scarves in six styles that will put the finishing touch on your fall wardrobe and then carry it cozily into winter.

Half the fun of wearing a scarf is experimenting with ways to wear it, so read to the end for a sampling of some of our favorites!

10:18 pashminaPashmina Style Shawl $10

Available in a range of colors, and featuring a twill weave, this Pashmina Style Shawl is one of our most versatile picks. Simple enough to wear as a scarf during the day, and elegant enough to wear as a shrug or shawl with cocktail attire, you’ll find yourself reaching for this super-soft, fringed beauty again and again.

 

 

bigswoonHermes 36″x36″ Silk Scarf $395
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A true scarf enthusiast knows that nothing compares to a classic Hermes. These elegant silk squares have been iconic since the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly wore them. These are the most lovingly crafted scarves in the world; one takes 18 months to complete down to the last hand-stitched hem. If you’re going to spring for a luxury scarf, this is the one.

 

littleswoonFall Floral Silk Scarf $50
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For those not quite prepared to invest in the scarf preferred by Queen Elizabeth, there’s this beauty. The same iconic shape, made from 100% silk, and a pattern classic enough to make you feel as elegant as Grace Kelly, even without the royal budget.

 

 

 

10:18 wing shawlFeather Wing Shawl $56

A hand-painted shawl is a great way to give your look a bohemian vibe. These unique wearable art pieces are available in a range of fabrics, and feature digital printing of hand-painted designs. Wear strategically draped to show off your wings, or wrap as a scarf or turban for a compelling color pop.

 

10:18 infinity scarfWomen’s Infinity Scarf – Sylvia Alexander $20

If you love scarves but you find yourself constantly getting tangled or re-adjusting, it can cause some of the charm to wear off. The infinity scarf solves those problems; the ends are sewn together to give you one continuous loop that you can throw on and go. This one comes in an autumnal plaid that adds the perfect rustic touch.

 

 

10:18 chunky knitOversized Chunky Knit Tassel Scarf $25

Maximize coziness in this oversized scarf. The chunky knit gives you big, fluffy comfort without a ton of weight. Casual, fun, and irreverent, this scarf is ideal for your outdoor seasonal activities like apple picking and hayrides.

 

 

 

546c593c4c885c884271876383fc1fd8Leather Scarf – Leather Couture

From local A Magazine favorite Leather Couture, something completely different for the truly bold fashionista. These unique leather pieces will take even the simplest fall outfit to a totally new place.

 

 

 

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It’s squash season. Pumpkin, acorn, butternut, delicata, spaghetti, the varieties are endless, and so are the culinary possibilities! We’ve got three recipes to get you started. First, acorn squash stuffed with the best flavors from classic turkey stuffing with an Italian twist. Next, a simple pumpkin soup that’s a little sweet, a little savory, and a lot comforting. Finally, if you love putting cream cheese on your pumpkin bread, this recipe bakes it right into the center.

Two call for the use of canned pumpkin, but if you’re feeling especially ambitious then hit the nearest farmer’s market and chat up the vendors. They can get you started on choosing and preparing the perfect pumpkin from scratch. Plus, it always pays to make friends with your veggie vendor!

Sausage and Apple Stuffed Squash
Serves 6

Ingredients:
3 acorn squash
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
1 lb sweet Italian sausage
I small onion, finely chopped
2 large celery stalks, finely chopped
2 apples, peeled & diced
1/2 tsp dried sage
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 cup grated pecorino romano cheese

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400

Trim ends of squash just enough to make them sit flat. Cut in half cross-wise and scoop out the seeds.

Brush the flesh with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet skin-side down and roast 40 to 50 minutes, until fork tender but still holding their shape.

Saute sausage over medium heat until brown. Remove from the pan and set aside to drain.

With the fat remaining in the pan, saute the onions and celery until brown. Add apples and cook until softened. Return sausage to pan. Stir in sage, breadcrumbs, and cheese.

Spoon sausage mixture into squash halves and serve.

Apple-Bacon Pumpkin Soup
Serve 4-6

Ingredients:
15oz can pumpkin
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup diced apple
1-2 tbsp butter
3-4 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled

Directions:
Saute apple in butter until tender. Set aside.

Whisk together pumpkin, broth, cream, and pumpkin pie spice and simmer gently for about 5 minutes.

Add syrup and simmer another 2 minutes, until hot.

Serve topped with apple and bacon.

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients:

Cream Cheese Filling
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Bread
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 325. Grease a 9-by-5 loaf pan with nonstick spray.

Prepare the cream cheese filling: beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together vegetable oil, sugar, eggs, and pumpkin puree until well combined.

Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, and stir just until evenly combined.

Pour 1 1/2 cups of the bread batter into the prepared loaf pan. Spoon the cream cheese mixture in next, spreading evenly. Top with remaining batter.

Bake for 65 to 75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack until completely cool.

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Were you inspired by the A Magazine interview with Jennifer Paxson of Intuitive Solutions Home Staging in our fall issue? She gave us some key tips on how to rehab a space without going for a full renovation, and the essential role of accessories came up a lot.

If you’re feeling the urge to give your space a little seasonal face-lift for fall, we’ve got five essential accessories to help you get the job done.

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Riveted Velvet Throw Pillow $30.50
If you’ve taken Jennifer’s advice and opted for a neutral-colored couch, you’ve already got the perfect backdrop for bringing rich autumn hues into your living room. A few throw pillows may seem like a small adjustment, but they’re an easy and effective way to change your room’s palette.

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Stonebriar Industrial Wood Trays w/ Rustic Metal Handles $37.50
These wooden trays have a rustic look that feels perfect for fall, calling to mind crates of apples and hayride wagons. Great on their own, they’re also the perfect base for seasonal decorations that can be swapped out as fall turns to winter.

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Natural Ramie Table Runner $18
A natural fiber table runner continues that rustic feel, and provides a simple and flexible backdrop for seasonal and holiday centerpieces.

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Chunky Knit Throw $70
Even in Vegas, the temperature eventually drops and the evenings get chilly. When they do, you’ll be ready with a cozy throw that adds that inviting touch to your space. This chunky knit has the soft and fluffy feel that encourages you to snuggle up, without the weight of heavier blankets that might be too much for our mild climate.

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Copper Wire Round Basket $20
You’ll need somewhere to keep those lovely fall textiles. This wire basket will complement your autumn palette with its warm copper finish. Plus, a wire basket won’t cause any unsightly snags in your cozy new throw.

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Life balance wheel

Work/Life balance. It’s seems like the holy grail of modern life. How can we ration our time and energy to both succeed in our professional work and nurture our personal lives? We’re certain that there must be a precise formula out there that will enable us to find that absolutely perfect balance, like a quarter standing up on edge.

The truth, of course, is that we’ll never be in a state of perfect balance, at least not for more than a moment or two. Life isn’t about stasis, it’s about change. Like the ocean tides, life has an ebb and a flow. There will be times when we channel most of our energy into one particular area of our life. And that’s okay. We don’t need to keep ourselves in a perpetual state of balance. Rather we can allow the pendulum of life to swing and do our best to return to a balanced state as often as we can, without punishing ourselves when things become unbalanced again.

This is where a tool like the Life Balance Wheel comes in handy. This wheel is a visual tool to help you measure which areas of your life are bringing you the most or least satisfaction.

Each wedge of the wheel represents a different area of your life. This one from Apartment Therapy includes: wellness, style, relationships, homekeeping, career, money, me time, and outlook. There are a variety of versions of this tool available online with different labels for each section, so take the time to find or create a wheel that reflects what matters to you. You may want to devote one section to “community” to assess your relationship with friends, family, and the wider community, while reserving a separate section for “romance” to examine where you are in your love life. Parents may choose to include a section for the kids to help remind them to nurture themselves as much as they do their children. Devoting a section to your physical health and wellness is always a good idea. You might also choose to include sections for spiritual development, physical environment, or creative expression depending on your needs and lifestyle.

Once you’ve chosen a version of the wheel that resonates with you, give yourself a score of 1 to 10, with 10 representing the greatest satisfaction, in each area. These scores then allow you to visually compare the different areas of your life. If the sections are all relatively even and the wheel looks like it would turn pretty smoothly, then you’re likely in a fairly balanced state. In which case, take a moment to breathe and appreciate it! Is there a big gap in the wheel, or large difference between sections that would make for a bumpy ride? If so, maybe those lower-satisfaction sections of your life need some more time and attention.

The most important thing to remember about the Life Balance Wheel is that it’s a tool you can use again and again. Whenever life starts to feel overwhelming or out of control, you can come back to the wheel to re-examine things. It may allow you to see where you can make adjustments in order to bring things into a more balanced state, or simply provide you with some reassuring perspective.

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Cleaning is to spring what getting fat is to December. Seemingly out of nowhere, or simply due to peer pressure, spring brings with it the sudden urge to purge. I frantically roam the house with that crazed look in my eye – the one that dares my husband to challenge me. I fill trash bags to the brim while bursting out into what can only be explained as maniacal laughter. I feel powerful. I feel brave!

If you’re an OCD, type A, organizational enthusiast like me you normally categorize your clutter into one of three categories: throw away, donate, or keep. I think labeling your “crap” is a crucial part of the justification process. It makes the tossing part just a tad easier.

I’m going to safely assume there are other areas of your life that would benefit from the same approach (a little less maniacal laughter, of course). If you’re willing to invest a weekend to
de-clutter your house, you owe it to yourself to spend the same amount of time, or more,
de-cluttering your mind and your heart space. If you’re ready to lighten your load check out page 88 of the spring issue of A Magazine for our “Life Audit” checklist.

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The Energy Audit
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In the spring issue of A Magazine, we took spring cleaning to the next level with an energy audit. We purged the negative energies, habits, and people which were troubling our lives, and it felt great to shed all of that baggage!

Now that we’ve made some space in our lives it’s time to fill it with positive things! One of those positive things should be something you feel passionate about. For many of us, it’s been a long time since we gave any thought to our passions. So just like the spring audit we’ll walk you through a few steps to get you started.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?
It may not quite be possible to cultivate a hobby as a ninja-astronaut or princess-mermaid. But if you used to spend hours drawing and painting when you were little, why not take it up again? You’d don’t have to be the next great American artist or set the goal of having a gallery show by next summer. Pick up a notebook and some colored pencils, set aside an hour to two a week, and draw like you did when you were a child: just for the fun of it! Whatever the activity is, get in touch with what you enjoyed early in your life and try to approach it as if you were a child again. Don’t worry about doing the thing well or having a specific goal, just play!

Try something new
Have you always secretly wanted to learn French? Or maybe you think ballroom dancing sounds sort of fun. Take the time to try something completely new, and you might discover a whole new passion! Just like with the last exercise, the point is not to be brilliant at something right off the bat. Instead, you’re looking for something that sparks your creativity, and that you enjoy doing for it’s own sake. It’s easier now than ever to dip your toes in a new hobby without a big investment. Youtube how-to videos and Groupon deals can help you try on a few different hats until you find something that piques your interest.

Put that Vision Board/Pinterest Page/Journal to Work
If you’re the introspective or creative type, you might have already started this process. Do you keep a journal, vision board, or use Pinterest? Take a look at what you’ve been writing/pinning/saving and really examine what’s there. What are you attracted to? What interests you enough that you’ve made a board for it, or dedicated pages to writing about? If you’ve been spending hours scouring Pinterest for gardening tips or sewing patterns, maybe now is the moment to bring that fantasy hobby into reality. That vision that you’ve been too busy, too timid, to tired to try is already waiting for you. It’s time to give it a try!

Not quite ready to dive in yet? That’s okay! Start slow. Try filling out this questionnaire from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Choosing a College Major by Dr. Hanson. While it was originally designed for incoming college students, the principle of getting in touch with your passions is the same at any stage of life. With questions about what skills come easy to you, what your values are, and what type of volunteering you’ve done in the past, this is a great way to bring your inner voice to the surface.

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This summer, we wanted entertaining to be easy. So to capture that carefree summer feeling, we put together a simple snack menu to feed your friends at a low-key poolside hangout. For the complete guide, peep the You Got Served feature in the summer 2017 issue of A Magazine.
Here are the full recipes for the snacks on our menu. Recipes for the boozy ice pops also featured can be found here.

Guac (In a Pinapple) w/ Blue Corn Chips
Courtesy of All Recipes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 avocados, peeled and pitted
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
Salt & ground black pepper to taste
1 whole pineapple

Instructions:
Mash avocados in a bowl until creamy
Incorporate tomato, onion, cilantro, lemon juice, and jalapeno until well combined; season with salt and pepper.
Halve your pineapple lengthwise, leaving the greenery intact on one side. Hollow out the side with the greenery still attached just enough to make room for your guacamole.
Serve with a side of blue corn chips for a quirky and delicious centerpiece.

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Rainbow Fruit Skewers
Courtesy of BBC Good Food

Ingredients:
Strawberries
Cantaloupe melon chunks
Pineapple chunks
Kiwi chunks
Blueberries
Purple grapes
Wooden skewers

Instructions:
Thread each skewer with fruit in the following order: 1 strawberry, 1 cantaloupe chunk, 1 pineapple chunk, 1 kiwi chunk, 2 blueberries, 1 purple grape.

Crudite cups

Ingredients:
Carrots, julienned
Celery, julienned
Red pepper, julienned
Jicima, julienned
Mini Persian cucumbers, julienned
Sugar snap peas
Hummus, ranch dressing, or other dip
Small plastic cups

Instructions:
Place about a tablespoon of the dip of your choice at the bottom of each cup.
Arrange veggies upright in cup.
Serve on a dish of ice or from the cooler while outside for a refreshing, crunchy snack!
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Watermelon Agua Fresca
Courtesy of Whole Foods

Ingredients:
6 lbs seedless watermelon, chopped
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp honey
Ice cubes, for serving

Instructions:
In a blender, combine half of the watermelon and 1 cup cold water and blend until smooth.
Pour through a strainer into a pitch, discard solids.
Repeat with remaining watermelon and another cup of cold water.
Stir in lime juice and honey.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve over ice.

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