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

Best Bags For Fall 2016

Now that it’s August, it’s time to start transitioning to fall with fashion. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to replace your wardrobe with sweaters and rain boots, but it does give you the chance to try some new accessories that channel the cooler weather ahead! Speaking of, here are the best bags for fall…

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abera crossbody tote in pewter, sole society foldover tote in camel, Rebecca Minkoff mini leo tote, cracked print satchelwillow quilted satchel, pink tassel flap bag, olina small satchel, Madewell mini transport crossbody

Totes. Fall is the time to go big with accessories – with layers to wear and unpredictable weather to deal with, you want something that will carry everything you need on those days stopping by the house isn’t possible. Enter, the tote! Use it for lugging your fall beauty essentials, carrying a good book or even stashing baby necessities… It all fits in here. Isn’t that first one stunning?

Satchels. Satchels can be as roomy as totes, but often they’re a bit more robust: with pockets, zips pouches, and a few different handling options, satchels can make more of a bold statement, so it’s really all about the style you prefer.

Crossbody Bags. A good crossbody is essential for on the go (#momlife) use because you can carry JUST what you need and toss it to the side of you. But for those of you that just can’t commit to a small bag, Madewell has a crossbody that’s like a tote but more functional.

Each season brings with it events that require different bags for different occasions, you might want to go with with one larger bag and a smaller size too. In that case, my tip is to invest in the one you’ll use the most, and look for a deal when it comes to the one that will have occasional use – you won’t be as reliant on it and can get away with a cheaper version.


Is there a back-to-school shopping list for grownups? Lol. Let me know which bag is your fave!

Xx,
Tamera

Summer to Fall Style

It’s pretty tough to gear up for a new season when we’re busy trying to stay cool in the hot sun, but fall fashion is one of my absolute faves! Boots, layers, hats – it’s all about mix ‘n match and experimenting with autumn tones. And since you’re about to see fall style everywhere, I figured it was about time I shared one of my favorite outfits for transitioning into the new season.

Tamera Mowry Summer to fall style

Must-have #1: A short swing dress! It’s lightweight for warm days but the mustard color and long sleeves scream fall. This one is sold out but I found some similar ones:

 

Summer to Fall Style - Tamera Mowry Transitional Style

Next up, a long statement necklace. Fall layering isn’t just about sweaters, but jewelry too.

Summer to Fall Style - Tamera Mowry Transitional Style

But the most important part of the look? Fall boots of course – Steve Madden has a great pair of classic black, over the knee boots. Stay tuned for more of my faves!

Summer to Fall Style - Tamera Mowry Transitional Style

Lastly, to top it all off: a felt fedora.

 

Now you’ve seen my style… Share yours!

Xx,
Tamera

Fall Wine Pairing Guide

Now that it’s *officially* November, I’m realizing just how much I’ve missed Napa in the fall. Everything about it is perfect, but obviously one of the best things about wine country is, well, the wine. Lately seasonal pairings have been on my mind, like how to make the most of not only the abundance of fall wines, but the incredible seasonal foods and all the opportunities for entertaining November and December bring. The world of wine is straight up enormous, so if you haven’t read my wine 101 post, you might want to before checking out these pairings!

Fall Wine Pairing Guide via Tamera Mowry

Red Wine

Reds generally scream fall because they are often richer and more robust than white wine, and pair well with hearty meals and comfort foods you see this time of year. Even so, there are a few types that really make the most of the complex, warm flavors that seasonal dinners often come with. A few choices:

Pinot Noir with pumpkin, squash, carrots, and other veggie-focused dishes, because it’s a mild red that’s well suited to bring out these flavors without over powering them.

Zinfandel with hearty and creamy pasta dishes, even those mushroom and fall vegetable dishes above. Again, not quite as rich as red meat, but full enough for a light red.

Cabernet, Merlot, or blend with roasts, steaks, meat-heavy dishes. This can vary quite a bit, but you essentially want to match up the richness of the meat with that of the wine so that one taste isn’t overpowering the other. A pork roast for example will pair well with a red blend, while steak might be better for merlot. Also, if you’re pairing with sweet sides like a cranberry on Thanksgiving, keep in mind that you may want something a little more mild like a Zinfandel to work with both.

Fall Whites

If you’re a white wine drinker, don’t fret! Don’t overlook the power of a good white this time of year! There’s actually a surprising amount of seasonal pairings to put on your shopping list, and you don’t have to wait until warmer weather rolls around again. My suggestions:

Chardonnay with mushroom dishes and classic chicken-based meals. The more robust the meal is, the more full-bodied you want your white to be, so an oaky or buttery Chardonnay can be amazing. If you prefer white to red, you might try this instead of Pinot Noir with the vegetable ideas above.

Sauvignon Blanc goes well with many spring dishes but for the fall it can be paired with poultry and fish as well as cheese and charcuterie boards if you are looking for a crisper, fruitier taste than Chardonnay.

Try a Gewürztraminer, a fruity Chardonnay OR a Pinot Noir or Zinfandel for meals that contain varying levels of sweet and savory – such as those big family spreads like the ones served on turkey day. Or, opt for sparkling.

Dessert Pairings

Pinot Gris with pumpkin pie

Sparkling wine with pear dishes like tarts and pies

Riesling with apple pie (or if you’d like a red, Pinot Noir, depending on the recipe!)

And as for sparkling – we all know there are plenty of things to celebrate this time of year. Don’t forget to break out the bubbly when a celebration calls for it!

Are you doing any entertaining this fall? And, what other fall topics should I cover here on my site? I’m all ears!

Xx,
Tamera