If you've bothered to pick up pretty much any fashion magazine this fall, you know that the color of the moment for accessories, bags, statement pieces (read: pretty much everything) is oxblood. Bold yet sophisticated, and flattering on almost any skin tone, the deep red shade has begun to trickle over - no pun intended - into beauty trends, too. 

My favorite iteration has been the plum, berry and deep wine lip colors that are slightly 90s-inspired, but also decidedly current. To avoid looking too washed out or vampire-y, be sure to pair these darker hues with a rosy, shimmer-free blush for a healthy flush of color. Here are some of my favorite lip colors this fall:
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Plum, $22.50, sephora.com
Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Black Tie, $30, sephora.com
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Grape Vine, $2.99, target.com
Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Scarlet, $26, sephora.com
Korres Lip Butter in Plum, $12, sephora.com
Sometimes I just need to bake things. And thanks to Pinterest, easy recipes are not hard to come by. I saw this recipe, which is possibly the easiest baking I've ever done without simply using a box mix or break and bakes. Just because they're easy doesn't mean they're not also extremely delicious.
Oreo-peanut butter-brownie cakes
1 box 8x8 size brownie mix
24 Oreos
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
12 cupcake liners

what it is: J.Crew Toni tassel loafers and Mona tassel heels

why I love it: Where do I start? I have a weakness for menswear-inspired pieces (just as I have a weakness for menswear), and both of these shoes strike the perfect balance between menswear elements and a feminine shoe. The black-on-brown color combination makes these shoes able to go with literally anything, and I love the oxford detailing and the tassels as a nice extra touch. I think what made these catch  my eye even more than other well-designed loafers, though, is the shape. Instead of a classic loafer or a trying-too-hard to make a feminine shape out of a classic loafer (read a shortened or too-rounded toe area), these take the shape of a smoking slipper, a shoe I also love. Sometimes hybrid styles can turn out less ideally than intended, but these are perfect. I wish I could stop staring.

where to get it: J.Crew (flat), $238; J.Crew (heel), $268
Last fall when I was here interning, I found out about Madison Square Eats, and visited it an embarrassing number of times over the month or so it was open. This year, I made sure to make the pilgrimage, and (not surprisingly) the food didn't disappoint and the atmosphere was just as pleasant. I brought my camera along to document... and tried to pretend like I was a legit photographer.
view from outside of the park.
Calexico, a Mexican food truck parked at the south entrance posts its usual whereabouts on its Twitter page. I tried this last year and it made for well-portioned and delicious Mexican, and a nice Chipotle to-go alternative!
Delicious food in a pretty downtown setting. (obligatory "atmosphere" shot
I beelined for AsiaDog, one of my food festival faves.
Maura opted for Roberta's, a delicious Brooklyn-based wood-oven pizza place. I also had this last year, and it is some quality pizza.
I went with 2 veggie dogs, the mel + steve topping and vinh topping (with veggie paté).
I shared one of these ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery last year at a Grub Street food fair, and after one bite, I knew sharing would take too much self control. So when I saw these here this year, I was happy to get a red velvet allllll to myself. mmmm.
red velvet perfection.
Maura went with snickerdoodle, also delish.
in which I try to be a photographer.
peace out, MSP.