Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Denim and Heather Gray



Shirt: Delia*s Warehouse Sale
Scarf: Calvin Klein
Pants: Michael Kors
Boot Covers: Nine West
Shoes: Hunters

As much as I wish I didn't have to work this week, unfortunately, it's pretty much mandatory. As one of my coworkers told me in my first week on the job, the news industry (or more specifically the daily deal industry) doesn't sleep. So, I've been schlepping to the office every morning, just counting down the hours until I can run out the doors on Wednesday.

It doesn't help that the weather was absolutely miserable today - freezing, rainy, and windy. But, I really shouldn't complain so much. I have a lot to be thankful for this year, including having a job to complain about periodically. So, I bundled up in denim, soft knits, my ever practical bubble gum pink rain boots, and headed out the door.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Pin Tested: Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken


I've seen this pin for Hawaiian crock pot chicken thousands of times. After a while, I ended up pinning it, thinking it would be a good dinner for some night in the future when I didn't feel like cooking.

So a couple of weeks ago, I made it. And by "made it," I threw everything in the crock pot, and I let it cook for about 8 hours on low while I was at work one Monday. I figured I would just do a quick review because I've seen this pinned countless times, but I've never seen a post where anyone said if it was tasty or not!

Obviously, it's fast and easy. When I came home that night, my apartment smelled delicious. Upon lifting the lid, it looked pretty good too. I found there to be a bit too much sauce than was really needed, and it was a little bit runny. I think thickening it up with a tablespoon or so of cornstarch could have really helped with the consistency.

The chicken was moist and cooked, although nothing truly special. I loved that it fell apart as my fiance and I were eating it; as it should have considering how long it was cooking. I served the chicken with my copycat Chipolte cilantro lime rice, which was the perfect savory and salty companion to this otherwise sweet dish. 

Overall, I'd give this dish a 7/10. I love how easy this was to do, and the final end result. However, I think this dish is too sweet on it's own, and really isn't anything super special.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cable knit and Sequins



Sweater: C. Wonder
Skirt: I.N.C
Shoes: BCBGeneration
Tights: Hue
I've never though about wearing a turtleneck with sequins. Normally, I like to wear thick cozy sweaters like these with broken in jeans, puffer vests, and knit wool socks. I love sequins, although I typically save them for nights out, or pair them with chambray or plain t-shirts. However, last night I completely changed my mind when I stumbled on this blog post from Pink Peonies.

Suddenly, it never seemed more right to pair a cable knit with sequins. The combination of something so cozy paired with something flashy and sparkly has a modern balance that is perfect for the office. I bundled up with thick tights (now mandatory that temperatures have been below 30 degrees when I leave), and my new favorite boots. Pin It

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Khaki Resurgence



Shirt: Ralph Lauren
Pants: Lilly Pulitzer
Bag: Kate Spade
Earrings: Charter Club
Shoes: Coach
Belt: Gap

While I worked in retail, I couldn't stand wearing khaki pants outside of going to work.  I mean, I was limited to about two days a week (sometimes less) that I was allowed to wear whatever I wanted, there was no way I would be caught dead something I had to wear all the time. After I quit two summers ago, I didn't wear khaki for months. 

Only recently have these pants had a resurgence in my daily wardrobe. Whenever I don't feel like wearing basic blue jeans or colored denim, khaki provides the perfect neutral backdrop for an otherwise colorful outfit. Like today, paired with a crisp aqua gingham button up and pops of pink accessories, khaki pants keep this look balanced. 

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Bacon Cheddar Drop Biscuits


The basis for this recipe is crispy bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and fresh green onion. How can these possibly not be delicious? Honestly, I'm not much of a bread baker (actually anything with yeast, count me out), so I was slightly intimidated by this recipe for drop biscuits. But, they sounded so delicious, and I had all the ingredients on hand, so last weekend I decided to make them. Thankfully, I was able to follow the recipe with no problems, and they turned out perfectly. Crumbly, salty, and delicious. Here's what you'll need to whip these up:

Ingredients
-2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
-2 1/2 tsp baking powder
-2 tsp sugar
-3/4 tsp of baking soda
-1 tsp salt
-6 tbsp cold unsalted butter
-1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
-2 green onions, chopped
-1 cup of milk
-3 tbsp butter, melted

1. Preheat your over to 450 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray, set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix in chunks of cold butter with your fingertips, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the cheddar cheese, green onions, and bacon. Add milk, and stir until combined.

3. Drop spoonfuls of dough, about two large tablespoons, onto the baking sheet. Brush the biscuits with melted butter. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
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Friday, November 15, 2013

You Only Live Twice



Now that the holiday season is right around the corner, I've been really getting into the spirit. "You Only Live Twice" from the OPI Skyfall is the perfect red for this time of the year. It's blue tinge and glitter flecks give this polish a lot of depth that sets it apart from most other reds that I've seen, and it goes on with no streaks.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Patterns and Plum



Dress: Muse
Tights: Hue
Shoes: Lucky Brand
Bracelets: Charming Charlies
Earrings: gift

I love wearing this dress with bare legs and my fringe boots, but it is just way too cold for that. My quick fall fix - tights! I have a love hate relationship with tights, and right now I'm loving them (the hate part comes when I feel like I can't breathe). 

Surprisingly, I've never worn these thick plum colored ones before. I was afraid that might be a bit much with this bright printed dress, but I think because they are a darker shade of purple, it works pretty well. To keep this outfit from being too overwhelming, I finished off my outfit with my standby brown leather boots, and a couple of skinny silver bangles.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Above the cut



Sweater: Lilly Pulitzer
Tank: J. Crew
Pants: J. Crew
Belt: Michael Kors
Shoes: Lucky Brand

I try to go through my clothes frequently, usually around two or three times a year. I donate anything that's just not my taste or ill fitting, trash anything with too many holes, and only keep pieces that I truly love. However, it seems like there are always a couple of pieces that are above the cut (kind of like this nail polish). It's a piece that fits well and has nothing visibly wrong with it, but I'm don't find myself wearing ever.  Like this sweater - I've had it for several years, and rarely found myself pulling it out of my cedar chest when it came to the winter months. I always thought about getting rid of it, but I just couldn't.

I don't know what changed this year, but I've been wearing it ALL the time. I love that it's a wrap sweater, which makes it perfect for snuggling at my desk. It has the cutest elbow patches, which are conveniently not pictured. It's become one of my go-to pieces this fall, and I'm am so glad that I didn't get rid of it.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Refried Bean Tostadas


I haven't gone grocery shopping in the last two weeks. I don't eat out very frequently, and like to cook a lot, so this presents a big problem when it comes to dinner time. Last night, I found myself scavenging the pantry and fridge yet again trying to think of what I could have for dinner, based on my limited selection. And then it hit me - refried bean tostadas! All you need is tortillas, cheese, refried beans, and green onions, and I already had all of the above on hand. Here's how you can make them:

Ingredients:
-tortillas
-shredded cheddar cheese
-1 can of refried beans
-1 chopped green onion

1. First, I cut small circles out of a tortilla using a sharp knife and a cup. With one tortilla, I can get about six of seven bite sized tortillas.

2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Top each mini tortilla with a tablespoon of refried beans and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet.

3. Bake for about six minutes. When finished, the cheese should be melted, and the bottoms of the tortillas should be golden brown. Top with a pinch of chopped green onion.

I'll admit that this isn't the most filling or nutritious dinner choice, but when you don't have much to work with, they are super delicious. Enjoy!

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Borrowing for keeps



Jacket: Romeo and Juliet Couture
Dress: Nanette Lepore
Earrings: Betsey Johnson
Tights: Hue
Shoes: BCBGeneration

Typically, I wear things until they are virtually threadbare. Like this dress, for instance. I think my mom bought it during my early high school years, or about seven or eight years ago. I always admired it whenever she wore it work, and couldn't wait until I could borrow it from her permanently.

Sometime in college, I managed to steal it from my mom on a rare weekend at home. Ever since then, I am constantly finding new ways to wear it, and I know it's going to be one of those pieces I wear until it's falling apart. Today, I decided to wear it basically the same way as yesterday - with layers.  The only real difference from yesterday is the addition of my biker style leather jacket. I love how it toughens up a such feminine piece, especially with the all the zippers. Also like yesterday, I completely overdressed for the weather, but at least I felt cute!
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Layers on layers



Dress: BCBG Max Azria
Camisole: Calvin Klein
Belt: Target
Tights: Hue
Shoes: BCBGeneration
Bracelets: Charming Charlie's
Ring: vintage

The past couple of weeks, I've been waking up absolutely freezing, despite the fact that I sleep under all the covers and a quilt. Unfortunately, my fiance won't turn the heat on in our apartment because he's stubborn and cheap. So, every morning I get up, drag my blanket to the couch with me, and try to think of what I'm going to wear to bundle up for the weather outside.

Here's the thing - it's not even cold outside! Today, I think it was 60 something degrees. In the spring, I would be pulling out a mini skirt and a tank, but now that it's fall, I'm pulling out heavy tights and layering. With that being said, I love the look of layers in the fall. This dress isn't much on it's own, but with the addition of bright tights, a simple camisole, and a thick belt, I think this outfit is really pulled together. For finishing touchings, I piled on a couple of skinny silver bracelets and a vintage cocktail ring. 
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bows and Stripes


Jacket: DKNY
Shirt: Forever 21
Pants: J. Crew
Earrings: Charter Club
Bracelets: Coach and Sergio Lub
Shoes: Maria Sharapova by Cole Haan

Usually, my Monday's are virtually stress-free. My office has a big push on Thursday and Friday to get the most amount of work done toward the end of week, so Monday's usually flow seamlessly. Unfortunately, this Monday was an exception - it was a disaster. Anything that could possibly go wrong, did. With that being said, I wanted my Tuesday to be excellent. 

For me, the best way to ensure my day is off to good start is by picking the perfect outfit! I started with this new t-shirt I purchased while in Kansas this past weekend visiting my college roommate. I love when such a simple piece as a cotton tee has smalls details that make it pop - like the silky sequin-bowed near my collarbone. To finish off my look, I pulled out some of my wardrobe favorites: minnie pants, glittery ballet flats, and my trusty denim jacket. And you know what? Today was a better day. A seriously better day. I know a good outfit doesn't solve everything, but it's the easiest way to put a big smile on my face as I walk out the door.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A week in Instagram





WOW. This last week has flown by. Can you believe it's November, already? I can't. But that means the holidays are around the corner, and I love the holiday season. Anyway, here's what the past week has looked like.

P.S - Stay up-to-date by following me on Instagram and Twitter!

1. My current iPhone case is this sweet little chicken that I got from my office (naturally, for free) #lovemyjob.

2. The metro is seriously quiet late on Wednesday night (not to mention, eerie).

3. Nomming on an Oreo cupcake a co-worker made for our office cupcake-bake off. See what I made here.

4. While waiting for my flight to Kansas, I read the most recent issue of my favorite local magazine, Washingtonian.

5. Looking down at beautiful blown glass at the Wichita Art Museum.

6. Fall foliage along the Arkansas River.

7. Another highlight spotted while walking down the river: the keeper of the plains.

8 When you're in Chicago, even if it's just for an hour, you get Garrett's popcorn.



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Friday, November 1, 2013

Concorde



You know how sometimes you keep something, and promise yourself that you're going to use it or wear it in the future? I think we both know how this story goes...as dedicated as you are to your commitment, you almost never use or wear the item. This little bottle of nail polish, is one of those things.

You probably have never seen a L'Oreal bottle like this, and that would because this bottle of polish is over 10 years. It could be older, but it's at least 10 years old. Anyway, I always held onto it, and I wasn't quite sure why. Every six months or so when I went through my bottles I also though about pitching it, but I just never could.

Last weekend, I saw The Counselor. The movie itself wasn't particularly memorable, actually, it was really pretty bad. But Cameron Diaz, one of the stars in the movie, was wearing the most beautiful chrome nail polish, and I couldn't take my eyes off it. I know this polish isn't really close to what hers looked like, but it was the closest substitute I had.

Honestly, I kind of love it. Considering just how old this polish is, it's amazing just how easily it goes on. The formula was a little streaky, but I really don't think it's too noticeable in these photos. Plus, nearly five days later when I'm getting around to writing this post, I don't have any chips, which is seriously impressive. 

As I mentioned early, I'm not quite sure what made me hold on to this bottle for so long. Gut feeling, I supposed. Regardless, I'm glad that I did.
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