Mix It Up This Season With These Five Delicious Cocktails

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Like clockwork, the air turns cool and crisp, and suddenly it feels like apples, cinnamon, pumpkin and cloves should be included in just about everything, from candles and fragrances, to pies and macchiatos.

Seasonal libations are an especially easy and fun way to make fall sing (and let your inner mixologist shine). When hosting your next get-together, think less pumpkin spice latte, and more spiked pumpkin scotchie, by stirring up these five seasonal spirits.

Honey Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail
10 oz. apple cider
4 oz. bourbon
1 lady apple, cut in thick slices
2 teaspoons organic, raw honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Place cider, apple slices, honey and cinnamon in a saucepot. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes to release the flavors. Strain the mixture (saving the apple slices for garnishing) and add bourbon. Pour into serving glasses. Sip warm.

Kahlúa Pumpkin Scotchie
1 1/2 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
1 1/2 parts butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 part heavy cream

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously to mix. Pour into martini glasses and serve.

Autumn Bellini
For the Mulled Cider Syrup (makes 1/2 cup)
1 cup apple cider
4 whole cloves
2 pods green cardamom
2 whole star anise
2 sticks cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

Bring apple cider to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally until cider is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add spices and remove from heat. Allow to cool, then strain. Chill.

For the Bellini
2 1⁄2 oz. mulled cider syrup
1 oz. Figenza (Mediterranean fig vodka)
12 oz. chilled prosecco

Combine syrup and vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into two champagne glasses; top with prosecco.

Mulled Wine
4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml.) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1/4 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 whole star anise
4 oranges, peeled (for garnish)

Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs; add an orange peel to each and serve.

The Harvest
1 1/2 oz. cognac
1/2 oz. cinnamon syrup
1 large spoonful of apple butter or apple syrup

Shake ingredients before pouring into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

If you would like to skip the mixing and get straight to the sipping, stop by The Grove to savor enticing fall flavors at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, and Bar Verde at Nordstrom. 

The New Day-to-Night Beauty Look to Master This Holiday Season

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The holiday lights won’t be the only things glowing this season thanks to a new take on day-to-night beauty that plays up features to shine in the best way possible.

Sure, a bold red lipstick always makes for a strong switch-up, but according to Gregory Arlt, M∙A∙C Cosmetics’ director of makeup artistry, it’s also about illuminating skin to really stand out.

Here, Arlt explains the most modern way to take makeup from day to night, thanks to some simple techniques and no-fail beauty products.

What is the most effective way to take makeup from day to night?
Strobing is a great way to illuminate the skin and make it pop in darker environments such as a restaurant, club, or bar. I love to put a bit of M∙A∙C Cream Colour Base in Pearl onto the ring finger and tap it onto the upper cheekbones, chin and bridge of the nose to bring the features out in a hyper-real way. Those with darker skin tones might like M∙A∙C Cream Colour Base in Bronze done in the same way. On the note of illumination, think gloss for lips. I recommend swiping one over your existing lip color (or on its own). The shinier, the better! Try M∙A∙C Dazzleglass in Steppin’ Out.

What is the best way for someone to freshen up her skin without piling on more or looking too cakey?
The secret weapon? M∙A∙C Prep + Prime Fix+! This is my desert island product. It’s a mineral spray that you can use before your moisturizer to set makeup after you apply it, and/or to freshen up after a long day. A few spritzes is all you need at the end of the day to rehydrate and refresh. If you’re looking a little cakey around the eyes, spray Fix+ onto a 252 Large Shader Brush and tap over the problem areas.

What are key products for a standout look for someone who is going from work to a holiday party and wants a statement feature?

Concentrate on your two areas of mobility: your eyes and lips. Keep a black waterproof pencil in your bag, and line around the lash line. I love M∙A∙C Pro Longwear Eye Liner in Definedly Black for its lasting power. Also, think lips! Of course, a matte red lip is the “little black dress” of makeup, so grab M∙A∙C Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Fashion Legacy for a true matte red. If red is a little intimidating, go for a lighter gloss. M∙A∙C Viva Glam Ariana Lipglass is my favorite for its sheerness and major bling!

All of Arlt’s makeup must-haves are now available at M∙A∙C Cosmetics at The Grove.

All of Arlt’s makeup must-haves are available now at M∙A∙C Cosmetics. Be sure to check out M∙A∙C Cosmetics’ eccentric Nutcracker ballet at The Grove on November 4th through 6th, showcasing more show-stopping looks from its Nutcracker Sweet collection!

Fall Into the Season With a New Fragrance Wardrobe


Temperatures in Southern California may not dip drastically this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few minor measures to make it feel more autumnal.

A great place to start is by switching up your fragrances. In the coming months, nudge those bottles of light, fruity and floral scents to the back of your vanity and opt for musky, Oriental, spicy, warm-vanilla notes instead. These fall-friendly aromas instantly transport you to a cozier place where a plaid wool coat, cashmere sweater and suede stack-heel boots make sense.

The new Nirvana fragrances from Elizabeth and James pretty much sum up the spicy, full-bodied scents synonymous with the season. Recently launched, Nirvana Bourbon has distinct notes of vanilla bourbon, oakwood and tuberose. This is a sexy, seductive vanilla go-to for those who love a hint of sweetness, but in a more mature version that works both day and night.

Another new addition to the Elizabeth and James fragrance family is Nirvana Rose, which is anything but your grandma’s rose perfume. With notes of geranium, vetiver and rose de mai, there is a depth to this blend that cuts the sometimes powdery and cloying characteristics of rose.

Another fall favorite is Jo Malone’s newest blend, Basil & Neroli, which fills the air with spice and flirty neroli. With notes of basil and white musk, it is perfect for the person who typically loves bright scents for summer, but wants a slightly bolder alternative in the cooler months.

And for anyone seeking seductive sophistication, Charlotte Tilbury’s recently launched fragrance, Scent of a Dream, is definitely worth a spritz or two. Bottom notes of patchouli, musk, amber and precious woods anchor flirty top notes of lemon, peach and mandarin. Middle notes are unabashedly feminine and floral, and include tuberose, jasmine and violet.

Whether floral or woodsy, musky or spicy, each of these scents is a decidedly decadent accessory for the velvet and shearling patiently waiting to be worn in the coming months.

Foodstirs’ Sarah Michelle Gellar on Her Favorite Fall Flavors and the Joy of Cooking With Kids


Actress, mother and entrepreneur, Sarah Michelle Gellar, has brought a new level of happiness (and healthfulness) to cooking with kids through the organic, non-GMO and stress-free baking kits created by her company, Foodstirs.

Each kit is designed to bring kids and adults together through a love of baking and, in turn, create deeper connections, new skills and smarter eating habits.

Here, Sarah Michelle shares her passion for cooking and the positive aspects of baking with children.

What is your favorite part about cooking with kids? What are the biggest benefits to the adult and child?
My favorite part of being in the kitchen is the experience of it all. I’ve realized now that it’s not even about the final product but the connections that are made when spending time in the kitchen. When it tastes great at the end, that’s the bonus!

We are so busy today that the moments when you are offline and really spending quality time together are crucial. For kids, being in the kitchen builds fine and gross motor skills, as well as math, science and language skills; it also lowers the rates of obesity and depression. As adults, it’s all about using the creative side of our brains, the side that leads to all great inventions. And for all ages, it’s about those quality memories that last a lifetime.

When it comes to baking, what are your favorite flavors for fall?
Fall baking is definitely one of my favorite times. Pumpkin and cinnamon are not only two of my favorite tastes and smells, but they instantly remind me of my East Coast childhood.

Are there any new recipes/kits Foodstirs is especially excited about this season?
Every time we come out with a new kit, mix or recipe, that one suddenly becomes my lucky patcher favorite. What I love about our mixes is their versatility. What starts as a great-tasting, vegan, organic, dye-free mix can become anything your imagination dreams up. Each week, we give recipes to transform our mixes, or you can do our kits for a guaranteed Pinterest success story.

Which key ingredients can parents try and always have on-hand to be ready for a fun, impromptu baking session?
With Foodstirs kits, we try and provide everything you need other than the staples most parents always have on hand (eggs, butter and yogurt). All of our kits are dye-free, non-GMO and include our organic mix.

If a parent is just starting to cook with his or her child, what is a simple recipe/kit that is good for beginners?
The most important thing when baking with young kids is to remember to embrace the mess. Not only is that part of the fun, it’s part of the learning process. You will be surprised how capable young children are in the kitchen, especially when there is a delicious treat at the end.

Join Sarah Michelle Gellar and Foodstirs at The Grove on October 2 for a special dessert edition of Kids in the Kitchen, where guests can enjoy dessert decorating, crafts, prizes and more! Learn more here.

5 Trends to Invest in This Fall

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From classic gold accessories and opulent fabrics to deep shades of wine, fall fashion is looking bold and beautiful.

Whatever your style plans are this season, consider these five trends to revamp your look and add a little luxe to your life.

Gold hoops are a timeless accessory that always comes back around. This season, hoops of all shapes and sizes are adding cool punctuation to any ensemble, be it casual or formal.

Celebrities and fashion girls are all sporting personalized pieces. The denim jacket is an ideal closet workhorse that you can customize with your name or initials. Get crafty and add vintage pins and patches to really make it your own.

Brocade, metallic and velvet are all major trends that give even a simple look a luxe, romantic touch. We’re seeing these fabrics worn both on and off the runway, from bed-coat jackets and slip dresses, to stack-heel boots and ballerina flats.

Rich, dark shades are the color palette for fall, and this deep-wine hue is showing up in sweaters, denim, shoes and coats.

Cozy feeling and edgy-cool looking, shearling is a classic style that will be lining plenty of denim and leather jackets now through winter.

DIY Denim: The Fall Trend That’s Already Sitting in Your Closet


From celebrity street style to designer runways, personalized denim jackets are fall’s most ubiquitous yet individualized trend.

Madewell recently emblazoned its classic denim jacket with actresses’ initials, while Gucci created embroidered toppers with floral motifs and entire names and phrases written out for the likes of Rihanna and Dakota Johnson.

But you don’t have to be famous to get your hands on one of your own. Just dig out that old denim jacket (the more vintage, the better) and bring it to a tailor or specialty embroidery shop to personalize with your initials or nickname à la the Pink Ladies from Grease.

Patches and pins placed on the front also make for chic customization. If you want to get really intricate, take a page out of Gucci’s playbook and sew floral appliqué along the back, sleeve and shoulder areas.

It’s an easy DIY denim project with items that are most likely already lying around your house. Plus, sifting through those old concert pins or vintage patches also promises a sentimental walk down memory lane while you’re crafting something fresh and modern.


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5 Ways to Edit Your Closet for Fall


In Southern California, where the weather can remain scorching well into September, it may be hard to get excited about cooler weather and the chic wardrobe that comes along with it.

But, rest assured, jacket weather will be here before we know it. Soon, knit sweaters will move to the front of the wardrobe rotation and ankle boots will begin replacing the tasseled sandals that saw us through summer.

To prep and edit your closet effectively, consider these five tips and tricks for creating an efficient working wardrobe this fall.


A daily uniform is not as monotonous as it sounds. It simply means recognizing your go-to styles for work, weekends and going out. Once those basic silhouettes and pieces are identified, you will have an easier time getting dressed day to day, especially during a harried morning.

Whether it’s a suit, jeans and a nice blouse, or a more fashion-forward ensemble, establish what is going to be appropriate for your daily environment throughout the changing season. Make tops such as long-sleeved button-downs, lightweight sweaters and wool suiting the focus of your closet so that such essentials are visible and easily accessible.


Many of the heavier items you rely on for fall and winter may have gotten a bit musty over the last few months. Whether they have pilled fabric or a distinguishable mothball scent, heavy sweaters, coats, scarves and hats may need to take a trip to the dry cleaner. That way, they’ll be ready to go as soon as the temperatures start to dip.


Identify the pieces that make sense splurging on this season. If you rely on a functional yet chic workbag to tote around daily, consider making this an investment piece. The same goes for your clothing. Make the timeless pieces teeter toward the higher end, while purchasing trendy items (namely a bomber jacket, a cape jacket, body suits or metallic items) at favorite street-style stops like TOPSHOP TOPMAN and XXI Forever, where trends are rampant and the quality still holds up.


Making room for heavier pieces may require boxing and shelving those lightweight rompers, denim shorts, off-the-shoulder blouses and mini dresses. Consider buying a few airtight containers to store hot-weather gear. Just be sure to label the boxes’ contents so that if you travel somewhere warm or L.A. has an all-too-common heat wave, you can easily grab those sandals and dresses.


Ankle boots (both heeled and flat) are the perfect transitional footwear. Wear them with kicky dresses while the weather is still warm; then, throw them on with jeans, a sweater and coat once fall really settles in. Stack heels are still really on trend with all footwear, but particularly with boots. Lace-up boots also feel very current and add a slightly casual touch to your look, making them more versatile for work and play.​

How to Celebrate Labor Day With a Stylish and Laid-Back BBQ


Once Labor Day rolls around, there’s an overwhelming sense that the long weekend is summer’s last hoorah. And while that’s really only true as far as the calendar is concerned, it’s still an ideal time to celebrate the changing of the seasons in style.

A classic backyard BBQ is the perfect get-together for friends and neighbors. When planning, consider rustic details, a neutral color palette and playful ideas for kids. And don’t forget, of course, aseenty of cocktails for the adults.


As we move away from the height of summer, think about colors and serving pieces that feel more transitional, just as you would with your wardrobe. Say so long to bright plates or gingham tablecloths, and try a simple piece of burlap as a table runner or an ivory cotton tablecloth punctuated by Mediterranean-blue plates or placemats.

Gather baskets in varying sizes and line them with a simple white linen napkin. Place pita chips, nuts and finger foods along the table for guests to nosh on before dinner is served. For a little table foliage, get green stems (the ones usually reserved for filler in a floral bouquet) and build small bunches of monochromatic arrangements through the center. Any old jars (labels removed) or mismatched vases will look elegantly undone.

Choose a signature cocktail to serve in addition to the several bottles of wine lining the table. An Aperol Spritz is a favorite warm-weather drink and is easy to make.

Aperol Spritz
Serves 1
Sparkling wine (such as prosecco or cava)
1 shot Aperol
1 shot club soda
1 slice orange

Fill a tumbler or large wine glass with ice. Fill the glass 2/3 full with sparkling wine. Add the shot of Aperol. Top with club soda. Stir well. Then add the orange slice.


Projecting a showbox movie that everyone can watch once dinner is done and the sun is setting is always a crowd pleaser. If you own or can borrow a projector, simply set it up and project a film onto a stretched white sheet. You can download showbox apk to watch movies.

Some chocolate-covered popcorn (or any variation thereof) serves as a welcome dessert during the film.

Chocolate Popcorn
2 quarts popped popcorn
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 cup peanuts

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Oil a 10×15-inch baking pan, including sides.

Place popcorn and peanuts into a large metal bowl and set aside. Stir together the sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powder and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla; then pour over the popcorn. Stir until the popcorn is well coated.

Spread the popcorn in the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring several times.

Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

Break into small clumps and serve. Keep napkins nearby!


Since it’s a casual affair, keep the attire cool and classic. A breezy peasant-style dress with a pair of gladiator sandals and some gorgeous gold bangles is a winning look. Top it off with a denim jacket as the sun goes down. And don’t forget to place some throw blankets around the backyard for guests to use to warm up should the temperatures dip.

Nordstrom at The Grove Debuts SPACE, Featuring Over 30 Fashion, Accessory and Beauty Brands


Nordstrom continues to redefine the look and feel of a traditional department store by collaborating with cutting-edge and under-the-radar brands, bringing an even more dynamic and modern shopping experience to customers.

Launching galaxy s8 today at The Grove, SPACE is a boutique for emerging and advanced designers, all curated by the department store’s Vice President of Special Projects, Olivia Kim.

A creative mastermind in the fashion/retail industry, Kim worked with the Nordstrom design team to create a framework that feels open and airy. Pops of color distinguish the shop from the rest of the retail floor (think pink mannequins, mixed materials and eclectic objets d’art). SPACE at Nordstrom at The Grove will also house art and décor from George J. Sowden, Masanori Umeda, Javier Mariscal and Ettore Sottsass.

“We want SPACE to serve as a platform to introduce our customers to the incredible brands that have been established for some time but can be found only in a few places in the world in boutique businesses,” says Kim, who selected over 30 brands from the fashion, accessory and fragrance categories to showcase.

“I’m so excited that we will be offering a handful of amazing brands that will be new to the L.A. market,” adds Kim, highlighting names such as Colovos, Koché, Paskal, and Sarah & Sebastian as a few of the labels heading our way.

With so much new and exciting product, Kim can’t pick just one piece she’s ready to start wearing for fall, but a few items definitely come to mind. “There is a leather wrap dress from Colovos that I’m dying for!” she says. “I also love Comme des Garçons, Ellery (which launches its denim collection this season) and Undercover. I can’t wait to see how our customers will mix these brands into their own style.”

SPACE at Nordstrom at The Grove will feature the following designers:




Accessories and Shoes

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How to Savor the Last Days of a Southern California Summer


SoCal weather may be temperate year-round, but there is still something particularly pleasant about the summer months. For starters, school’s out, the sun stays out longer and skin glows with a special sun-kissed radiance (no bronzer required).

So, in order to relish these last few days of coveted sunshine, we recommend spending them outdoors in some of the most idyllic locations in and around Los Angeles.

From a weekend jaunt by the ocean to an outdoor picnic under the stars, consider these spots for spending some quality time during this late-summer season.


Enjoy the pool, game room and various cultural events at the Annenberg Community Beach House along the beautiful coast of Santa Monica. There is no admission fee, but you should make a reservation ahead of time because seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. But, ask anyone who frequents the House and he or she will tell you that a short wait and a little advance planning are well worth it.

The pool is open only until the second week of September, so head there some time in the next couple of weeks to enjoy the very best of the L.A. lifestyle.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, 90402


Newly reopened after months of repair, L.A.’s famed Runyon Canyon is a regular spot for Hollywood’s hikers, yogis and celebrities.

Pack in a serious workout by climbing a steep, winding trail or bring the family (and fur babies) for a stroll up a more gradual, paved incline.

There are plenty of exercise options at Runyon Canyon for hikers of all levels and spectacular views of the entire city (and the Hollywood sign) that are second to none.

Runyon Canyon Park Entrance
2001 North Fuller Avenue
Los Angeles, 90046


Before the air turns cool, take the beautiful drive down to Laguna Beach for some real R&R. The Surf and Sand Resort is a great escape but still lies right in Los Angeles’ “backyard.” As a pristine beachfront property with a luxurious yet laid-back vibe, it’s a late-summer getaway that will allow everyone to recharge before heading into fall.

Surf and Sand Laguna Beach Luxury Resort
1555 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, 92651


Listen to jazz, dine and hang with friends and family under the setting sun over the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. These free jazz concerts attract families from the surrounding area, so it’s a great chance to mingle with new people, hear live music and bask in the glow of a late-summer sun.

This family-friendly event technically happens now through November, but realistically, once school and after-school activities kick into full gear, it will be harder to get the whole gang over there.

Admission to the jazz concert is free. Don’t forget to bring blankets and a delicious picnic to enjoy as the sun goes down.

5900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, 90036