Festive Drink Idea: Infused Water Recipes for Fall

I know how much many of you love infused water as a healthy alternative to juices and soda – it can be amazing. But are you still drinking enough of it when cooler temps roll around? The fruity, refreshing taste of infused water is ideal for summer, meaning you probably reach for that glass a whole lot more. But we need water year-round, every single day, which is why I wanted to create some recipes that you could easily find yourself enjoying while cozying up on the couch or hosting a holiday party. Gotta have that water!

Here are two tasty combinations to get you started:

Infused Water Recipes for Fall - Tamera Mowry

Fall Infused Water Recipes

Apples + Cinnamon – You might think of this as the recipe for a great hot beverage, but you can infuse it into your 8 glasses a day too. If you’re making a whole pitcher, make sure you put enough apples in – at least two whole apples, thinly sliced. Add in 2+ cinnamon sticks, depending on how cinnamon-y you like it, and chill. This is one of your longer waters to infuse – it’s helpful to prep and throw in the fridge before bed so you can enjoy the full apple cinnamon taste the next day.

Orange + Pomegranate – Pomegranates are in tons of infused water recipes because they’re great detoxifiers thanks to their fiber, antioxidants and ability to reduce inflammation. They’re also super sweet, so it pairing it with orange makes for a refreshing burst of flavor that still looks beautiful on a fall table. For this combo, slice up a whole orange and add it to your pitcher. Add about ½ cup of pomegranate seeds and mix before storing. Let chill for at least a few hours before serving, and add more seeds if you’d like to up the intensity.

Infused Water Recipes for Fall - Tamera Mowry

My tip? Single servings look cute in mason jars. Garnish with fresh ingredients when ready to drink.

If you have trouble reaching your recommended daily intake of water, infused is the way to go. See more infused water recipes here.

Xx,
Tamera

Wear It: 10 Cute Cold Weather Sweater Dresses

If you couldn’t tell by my fashion posts on my blog and my outfits on The Real… I love, love wearing dresses. A good fitting dress is hard to come by, but when you find it you feel ready to take on the day—or night. It’s easy to think you have to put away the dresses when fall rolls around because after all, most dresses aren’t exactly warm enough to wear without having to hide it under a jacket. Not to mention how hard it is to find the right shoes!

Sweater dresses are an exception, however. If you get a sweater dress with the right cut and length on you, you won’t be buried in layers any longer. And they’ll go with all your fall boots. Win win!

Tips for Wearing Sweater Dresses:

Long Dresses – Long dresses are hard to pull off, but ones with side slits or ties usually add movement, which gives it a modern look. Many boots can look bulky with a long knit dress, but ankle booties and heeled boots can look refined.

Short Dresses – If it’s too cold to wear a short dress out where you live, get one that’s a length you can wear with leggings, tall socks, or tall boots. That way, you’ll show the right amount of skin without exposing yourself to the elements! Be sure to be on the lookout for short dresses in warm knits like the cable knit and gray patchwork dress above.

Party Dresses – Yup, a sweater dress isn’t just for casual occasions. There are surprisingly many ways to dress up a look as cozy as this! Two of the dresses above have glitter embellishments, and a little metallic sheen instantly ups the chic factor.

How do you wear dresses in the fall?

Xx,
Tamera

The Best Lipstick Colors for Fall 2016

The family get togethers? The yummy foods? The cozy sweaters? There are a lot of things to love about fall and I’ve got one more for you: gorgeous, romantic fall lip colors! As much as I love a girly bubblegum pink look and natural makeup any time of year, I can’t deny how fun it is to get all dolled up with some bold eyeliner, a little blush, and of course… that classic fall tip.

To name just a few of my faves…

Best Lipstick Colors for Fall 2016 - Tamera Mowry

Merlot / Metallic Raspberry / True red / Plum / Crème coral / Bronze shimmer / Dusty mauve

Gotta love how many of these are inspired by food and wine, lol.

Merlot. A deep red is a must-have this time of year. Whether it’s just a pop of color to pair with cozy fall fashion staples or later in the season when it’s time for holiday parties, this is a color that can amplify any look! 

Raspberry. For those who like a berry lip, this one has a bit of a shimmer that makes it a little flirtier than the other reds you see this season.

True red. Speaking of red… Do you guys all have your signature red lipstick? A vibrant true red is sure to turn heads.

Plum. This plum is the boldest of the bunch, but wouldn’t it look amazing with a sultry fitted dress? Try this when you’re in the mood for something new.

Crème coral. Alright, no worries if you’re not that bold. Makeup should only enhance your true beauty and personality, so if a more subtle hue is more your thing, go for it. This creamy coral is just the shade to wear with casual fall layers. So classic.

Bronze shimmer. An eye-catching shimmery bronze can go from day to night in an instant – it provides you with a subtle sparkle for work or errands and a sophisticated vibe during happy hour.

Dusty mauve. Fall doesn’t have to be all dark colors and mystery. This dusty shade of mauve is feminine and sweet. Try this one out if you normally gravitate toward light pinks and nudes during spring and summer.

Ah, fall. Got a favorite lipstick? Share it with me in the comments!

Xx,
Tamera

My Skincare Secrets: Switching Your Skincare for Fall

Whether temps drop drastically, the air gets more drying, you travel a lot during the holidays or you just can never seem to predict the weather, there are a lot of external changes to prep our skin this time of year for! Since changes in seasons are often gradual rather than abrupt, I wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t even thought about prepping your skin for cold weather woes. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to combat the effects of weather on skin this time of year, and you’ll be glad you did once things get really crazy in a few months.

My Skincare Secrets - Fall Skincare Tips - Tamera Mowry

So, what to do? Treat skin that’s stressed from summer with a moisturizing mask like Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask and continue to use once a week to maintain properly hydrated skin and stave off breakouts. If you feel your skin drying out, an effective moisturizer is a must! To find the perfect products, there are even apps you can use. Cast gives you personalized skin and hair recommendations based on your location, weather and skincare needs.

While you may be using an intense moisturizer when fall rolls around, you want to do the opposite with your cleanser – stick to a gentle product. If you normally exfoliate frequently, you might want to pull back, as this can make dry skin even worse. It’s truly all about the moisturizer when it comes to skincare transitions.

Another tip? Don’t forget the lips! Jouer has a lip treatment that nourishes dry lips while providing the subtlest sheen so that you don’t look like you applied balm, but rather a colorless gloss that gives the appearance of slightly fuller lips too. You also don’t want to overlook the neck area, so remember to apply your night creams and moisturizers there too.

Lastly, give skin a break! We tend to start piling on the makeup as the temperatures drop and we have to work a lot harder to give skin that natural looking glow. All that product can take a toll on skin, so when you don’t have plans or are just running errands – simply apply your skincare and skip the rest. Giving skin regular breaks will restore its vitality and make those made-over days a lot more successful in the end.

Have you experienced any changes in your skin this season yet? Now that you’ve got skincare locked down, see my classic fall beauty look here.

Xx,
Tamera

Homemade Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Are you ready for a season of hot drinks and comfort foods? Can’t wait to bring you as many recipes as I possibly can for you to share with friends and fam. That’s why I’m kicking things off with a classic hot apple cider recipe. This one is for all you that want to try your hand at homemade treats—it’s super easy! And for you more advanced hostesses, it’s easy to dress up gorgeously for serving to a crowd.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Tamera Mowry

Homemade Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon

The title says it all, here’s what you need…

Ingredients
4 cups apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon honey (more or less depending on whether juice is already sweetened)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (can warm up with a cinnamon stick if you don’t like the powder)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
Add juice/cider to a small pot over medium heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Serve warm.

Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple slice, if you’d like!

What’s your go-to fall drink?

Xx,
Tamera

Fall Home Décor Ideas (That Aren’t All Red & Orange)

Do you guys switch up your home décor based on the seasons? I don’t go too crazy but I absolutely love this time of year and I’m a firm believer in keeping a house a welcoming space that you feel truly excited to come home to. And if you want to think outside the box with unique fall home decor ideas, why not try something new inside and save the red, orange and yellows for the leaves?

Fall Home Decor Ideas - That Aren't All Red + Orange via Tamera Mowry

Fall Home Decor Ideas - That Aren't All Red + Orange via Tamera Mowry

Resin pumpkin sculptureSet of 4 gobletsCharcoal felt basket / Velvet pumpkin / Large speckled vase / Antler glass bowlBirch tea light holders / Pumpkin stoneware dining bowlBourbon Vanille candleFaux fur throw 

This look is definitely not as bright as your normal harvest décor,  but it’s not lacking in warmth. The cozy candles and silvery grays it a romantic vibe that can easily be paired with nice glassware for elegant entertaining. This style looks so pretty with white pumpkins too! And you can decorate with black and white accents like spiders and spooky bats for Halloween.

Fall Home Decor Ideas - That Aren't All Red + Orange via Tamera Mowry

Gather pillow / Cabin fever stool / Tall stoneware pumpkin / Tartan plaid blanketMagnolia leaf wreath / Pumpkin & spice candleCopper mug / Sandpiper log basket / Burlap wine bags

While that was a more modern look, this screams cozy and welcoming – perfect for intimate nights in with the fam! Since I recently talked about my love of rustic neutrals in another post, I decided to create a guide with a few accents to show how easy it is to give your year-round décor a seasonal upgrade. Here all you need are some candles, faux pumpkins and a hint of plaid. So cozy.

How do you decorate for fall? And, what other home décor topics would you like me to blog about next?

Xx,
Tamera