Wear Now: Long Plaid Coat

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Whether we’d like to admit it or not, coat weather is upon us. Why not make the best of it? For years I’ve been eyeing this Saint Laurent plaid blazer, and now I want a long coat version of the grey topper. While the blazer would be more seasonless, the long plaid coat instantly adds print to a wardrobe mostly made up of solids. Your coat enters the room before you, it sets the tone for your outfit and in this case, it could even make your outfit. All you need to wear underneath are jeans a basic tee. This is simplified dressing at it’s finest. Wear whatever basics you want and throw on the topper of the season for an instant polished edge. No need to overthink it, just pick one…

Mango | Mango | Joseph | Calvin Klein | Topshop

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La Garçonne Gift Guide

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Leave it to La Garçonne to style some of my Christmas wish-list items in their latest edition of Atelier. These items read as a Best of Basics gift guide. Cozy classics include a cashmere cardigan by Modern and a Nepali pashmina shawl. Simple staples include pieces from The Row: the Medicine Pouch and aptly named Noelle slipper (both available in their Tribeca store). Must-have items for the home include pieces from Dutch interior decor brand Serax and French photographer Sarah Moon. Shop the rest of the La Garçonne gift guide here, you won’t be disappointed.

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All Blues Egg Jewels

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Looking for a style snack? Well I’m here to help. Let me introduce you to a very vegan friendly egg, one made into fine jewelry by Swedish brand All Blues. The Ruined Omelette mini collection is made up of four parts of one egg in sterling silver and 18 carat gold. The organic shape of each piece qualifies these pieces as modern heirlooms that will withstand the test of time and trend. The gold yolk earrings are the most classic of the collection, while the egg white earrings are a favorite statement piece that feel fresh to wear now.

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Read more about the history of All Blues on Vogue.com.

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You’re Invited: BF+DA Ethical Writer’s Holiday Shop

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DE SMET is pleased to announce our participation in the BF+DA Ethical Writer’s Holiday Gift Shop this year. The unique pop-up event will be bringing together some of the best brands in ethical and sustainable design that New York has to offer. Join us on December 10th for an exclusive glimpse at the entire DE SMET collection including styles that have yet to be released. We invite you to feel the fabrics, try on the styles, and learn about the process from the designer. RSVP here.

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No Knead Bread Recipe

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In our house, bread is king. We eat bread at almost every meal. After trying dozens of bread recipes, I realized we were better off with a no knead bread, because I’m lazy when it comes to baking and no knead recipes are much easier. I came across this super simple, four ingredient, no knead bread recipe from Humble Herbivore and now I make fresh bread every other day (or as needed, which is sometimes every day). I thought it was a perfect simple recipe to share with you for the weekend.

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Mix 1 1/2 cups of warm water with 1/2-1 tsp of active dry yeast and set aside for 10 minutes. Note: I only use 1/2 tsp of active dry yeast, I found it made for fluffier bread. Make sure the yeast has dissolved completely (it may take longer than 10 minutes).

Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients: 3 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 1/2 tsp salt. Note: You can use 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 cups all-purpose flour instead. I use organic all purpose flour. If you want to add any extra ingredients for a more artisanal loaf, this is when you should add them. Occasionally, I’ll add finely chopped fresh rosemary. For the holidays you could add dried cranberries and walnuts. But the plain loaf is delicious all on its own as well.

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Pour in yeast water. Stir until it combines into a cohesive, lumpy mess. Note: Less stirring makes for fluffier bread.  I found that using a wooden spoon works best for the mixing process.

Cover and let it sit for 8-12 hours. Note: Our apartment is cold, so I put the bowl in the oven or microwave (while turned off) to help keep a consistent, slightly warmer temperature for the dough to rise. I found that 10 hours was the perfect amount of time for the dough to fully rise. If you want to check if your dough has risen as much as it can (for fluffiest outcome) then wet your finger and poke the dough. If your finger hole stays without the dough filling in, then it is ready to go in the oven! If not, wait another hour or two and do the poke test again.

To cook, set your dutch oven/oven-safe dish and lid into the oven set at 450F. Wait for the dish to heat up for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, on a floured surface, use your hands to roll the dough into a ball. Place the dough into the dutch oven and place the lid on, cook for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for another 5-10 minutes to brown the top. We usually can’t wait to cut into the bread, but it is better if you can let it cool off before slicing it. Either way, it is delicious!

Be sure to visit the Humble Herbivore for more daily vegan recipe inspiration.

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