5 Ways To Eat Figs this Fall

Confession: I didn’t eat a real fig until I was in my early twenties. Fig newtons, yes. That’s sort of a sad statement for the way the majority of my generation ate growing up—sugary treats rather than whole foods. Thankfully, I’ve been enjoying these little gems in their delicious whole form for the last eight years and I love getting creative with them. This fall especially, I’ve been seeing so many tasty looking recipes in blogland and rounded up a few I’ve added to my must-try list. Bon appétit, fig lovers!


Coconut Panna Cotta with Fig Syrup


Fresh Fig and Banana Smoothie


Dark Chocolate Honey and Fig Cupcakes


Autumn Fig Salad with Prosciutto and Bleu Cheese


Warm Camembert Tart with Figs, Pomegranate Syrup & Pistachio

M’s Weekly Love List


After a busy, rainy and gloomy week, I’m ready for the weekend and the gorgeous weather it’s going to bring. With Halloween right around the corner, Salem is buzzing with tourists and the annual Haunted Happenings. One of my bridesmaids and very good friends is coming to visit tomorrow for the day and I have a feeling it’s going to be filled with cider, pumpkin beer, a little bit of fall shopping and lots of much needed catching up. Wishing you all a cozy fall weekend! xo


These fruit and nut bars look so tasty.

So excited to finally share our engagement photos this week!

Fall in a jar.

When the house smells like Pumpkin Soufflé, life is good.

We’re hosting Thanksgiving again! And I might just have to use these adorable pie crust cutters for the apple pie.

I like this motto.

Our Engagement Photos

Today is the day! I finally get to share our lovely engagement captures from our AH-mazing photographer, Rebecca Yale. We’re sharing the whole gallery over on SMP today, yay!

We had so much fun playing in the sand and sea at Crane Beach. There are lots of beaches in our area that we could have chosen, but we thought it’d be special to have our photos done at Crane Beach, which is only a couple of miles from where Shawn’s parents were married. Plus, it’s a gorgeous beach! I made a sweet little bouquet to bring, because I love playing with flowers and it was a great excuse! We decided to go very casual since we were at the beach. We went barefoot and chose outfits that we were comfy in, rather than getting fancied up—who gets fancy at the beach anyway? I found a breezy light pink dress at Revolve Clothing that was perfect. I also found a short white dress with crochet detailing on sale at Nordstrom that I decided to bring as well to switch it up.

We had never been professionally photographed together before, but Rebecca made us feel so comfortable. She snapped some seriously dreamy shots that we’re both so grateful to have. My heart grows bigger every day with love for this guy, I’m truly lucky, and this little slice of pretty is such a sweet reminder of that. Take a peek below at some of our favorites and head over to SMP for the rest!

The conch shell below is the one that Shawn got for me during our first few months of dating. During a college trip for his marine biology class, he found it snorkeling and had a local chef cook up the conch inside to eat. He brought the shell home to me and was the very first ‘gift’ he ever gave me. It was so nice to include that little bit in our photos since it’s so special to us and tells a small part of our story. I highly recommend including those personal touches if you’re planning an engagement session!

Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Floral Design: Yours Truly | Blush Pink Dress: Revolve Clothing | White Sundress: Nordstrom | Hair & Makeup: LuxeBar | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Crane Beach | Print: Julie Song Ink

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