Free Desktop Background - November

It's all about pine cones this Fall! While searching for the perfect pine cone image for the November Wallpaper, I came across the simple & stunning photography blog - STILL - by Mary Jo Hoffman. She posts one image daily of gathered natural objects found near her home or in during her travels. 

Click the links below to download your free wallpaper for desktop or mobile. I hope you enjoy!

Cute Desktop Wallpaper Background for November




Pinecone: STILL  /  'Joy' Watercolor Handlettering: Andrea Peterson  /  'November' Handlettered Font: Northwell by Sam Parrett



Fall Style Trends - November

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Hello November! I like to call it LA's clearest month. Bring on the pine cones, puffer vests, and fuzzy blanket scarves. The rain + wind combo wipes away the smog, snow appears on the mountain range near Big Bear, and you can make out Downtown, the Hollywood sign and Catalina from nearly anywhere. It makes LA seem so much smaller! Here are a few cozy finds to warm you up, including a pair of Banana Republic skinny jeans (available in Tall, yes!), comfy-chic Nikes to go with any pair of leggings, and a DIY silver pine cone garland project for when you just want to stay in, make homemade chili, and have a New Girl marathon. 

Girl on a Budget: How to Make the Ultimate Homemade Latte

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When the Pumpkin Spice & Toasted Graham Lattes start to roll out, I’m in big trouble. Pretty soon my weekend-only Starbucks rule turns into every morning on my way to work. “It brightens up my day!”, I justify it to myself. I've found that the only way for me to stick to my coffee budget is to try to make even more fantastic lattes at home. The perfect mug, a cute yet cost-effective espresso machine, my favorite coffee beans, the right amount of foam – little splurges now that will save money in the long run. Here are a few cute finds to help you gear up at home before those Gingerbread and Chestnut Praline Lattes hit the streets, and your wallet!

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The Capresso machine from Sur La Table is what I use at home, for only $59 it’s a steal. I ordered the 49th Parallel espresso beans from my favorite Vancouver coffee shop, because serious change requires serious beans! For the foam, you can use the steamer on the Capresso machine but I prefer to use the Bodum Milk Frother most mornings. (I've tried generic brands, but Bodum is worth the extra penny, and also makes way better foam than the battery-operated wands.) 

How to make perfect latte foam

Pour about 1/3 cup cold milk into the glass Bodum beaker until it hits the line. (I use 2%, the higher the fat content the better the foam.) Move the plunger up and down for about 30 seconds until the milk turns into foam. Let it sit for about 20 seconds, and then warm it up in the microwave for another 20 seconds. Spoon over your espresso or coffee. Also delicious over iced coffee! 

Tip for the clumsy: If you break the glass beaker, you can replace it with a wide mouth mason jar and it works just as well.

Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte


  • 3/4 cups warm milk
  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1-2 tablespoons pumpkin spice latte syrup (try Torani brand available at World Market)
  • foam on top + whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired

Fall Style Trends - October

The color "Bright Pumpkin Orange" holds a special place in my heart – go Tennessee Vols! I proudly wore that Orange for 4 years straight while playing Volleyball at UT (Insert flashback of our team traveling in airports wearing bright orange adidas track suits from head to toe.) And this Fall I'll be waving that bright checkered flag every Saturday, it's our football team's best season yet since I went there (long ago) when we won the National Championship. All that said, I definitely prefer the warm, neutral & more subtle colors for October, paired with black & a bit of sparkle :) I came across the two pumpkin-painting DIY projects above on Pinterest, and they both happen to be from the uber-talented Amy of Homey Oh My. Can't wait to try my hand at these! At the Manhattan Hometown Fair this past weekend I fell in love with a few suede lariat choker necklaces at the Arts & Crafts booths, so I'm sharing a similar one here. Also I'm so excited about Slate & Stone's new women's collection, how cozy does that cream & black striped sweater above look! And if you're a tall girl like me, you'll appreciate these chic & comfy flats by Aldo that come in size 10 & 11 (I'm a not so perfect 10.5, an impossible size to find, and Aldo's size 10 actually fits me quite nicely). And finally, I came across a new brand "Blacktop" via Instagram who is in the midst of launching their Etsy shop filled with candles, bracelets & more to come. I have a total crush on their logo/branding, and especially their Instagram page! Hope you enjoy :)