Friday, January 31, 2014

101 in 1001: January 2014

I'm still really excited about my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. Already, I feel like I've accomplished more than I ever did with New Year's resolutions. However, plans like these are easy to fall behind on if you don't stay on track, so I decided I will do a monthly update with my progress.

Without further ado, here's what I have accomplished in the first two weeks or so of 101 things in 1001 days.

10. Get a library card.

Considering I permanently moved to Virginia more than six months ago, I can't believe it took me this long to get a library card. I'm still kind of embarrassed about it. But, now I have access to so many great books again (even though I am on hold for just about everything)! Plus, I have figured out how to use the e-book rental system too, which is really freaking awesome.

11. Read 20 new books.

Two down, 18 to go. Thanks to crossing off number 10, reading new books is going to be 10 times easier than it was for me last year. This month, I read Gone Girl, and Prep. I didn't originally think I would like Gone Girl, but I absolutely loved it! I'll admit, the first half of the book could be a little slow, but once I hit the 50 percent mark on my Kindle, I legitimately could not put the book down until it was done. At the dentist, while at long red lights, and even at work. It was dangerous! Unfortunately, the ending was not what I expected, and ended up being a little disappointing. On the other hand, I've been meaning to read Prep forever, and I thought I would really enjoy it. Not so much - the book was very slow, and kind of strange. 

26. Try 30 new Pinterest recipes.

One down, 29 to go. This month (really it's only been two weeks so far), I made creamy biscuit chicken pot pie. Definitely a winner to print out for my recipe binder.

32. Unsubscribe from 10 e-mail listings. (Williams Sonoma, LOFT, Kate Spade Saturday, Delia*s,Steez Promo,UNO's, Julep Maven, Active, American Idol,Live Nation)

I am determined to clean up my junk e-mail, and give it some sense of organization. I've already unsubscribed from 10 things, but I'm going to keep at it! Sometimes I wonder how I get on all these random listings...

35. Finish Lost.

It took Derrick and I nearly a year, but we finally finished! It's one of those shows where you really have to pay attention while watching, otherwise you might miss something crucial to the plot. I have to say, I really enjoyed the first three seasons the most. Although I am satisfied with the ending and think it was a great television series, I did find myself easily lost in the last few season. Thanks for saving me, Lostpedia.

43. Make two new Christmas ornaments.

One of two done. I could not be more pleased with how this ornament turned out! It's going to be a beautiful addition to our tree next year. Honestly, these things are so easy to make. Just pop in a movie, and get to work - before you know it, you're done! All it's made of is pins, sequins, beads, and some ribbon. You can find sequin ornament kits like this one here.

78. Try three new foods.

One of three. Kiwi! I've honestly never had a kiwi before - not sure why, really. It was delicious! Very sweet, and a little tart. Lots of seeds too, but that's okay.

Did you create your own list of 101 things to do in 1001 days? I want to know what you've accomplished so far!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I feel pretty

Blazer: L.K. Bennett
Shirt: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Skirt: I.N.C
Boots: Lucky Brand
Headband: Juicy Couture

While watching the Grammy's Sunday night (well, more specifically the red-carpet preshow), I couldn't help but admire all the gorgeous gowns the singers, actors, and presenters were wearing. Everyone looked just beautiful! My favorites dresses included Kacey Musgraves pale pink frock, Taylor Swift's shimmery chain-link dress, and Anna Kendrick's revealing cream colored sheath. Seeing all of them looking so fabulous really inspired me to get pretty on Monday morning, and at the very least, wear something other than my minnie pants and a well loved cardigan.

I started with my plaid shirt, which I feel like I've been wearing a lot recently, but it's just so versatile! From there, I grabbed this gold sequined skirt. Typically, I would never pair these two pieces together, but I felt like doing something different. Looking in the mirror though, my outfit didn't feel cohesive. Black blazer to the rescue! It easily pulls everything together, and makes my outfit a little more office appropriate. As I was saying earlier, I really wanted to feel my best, so I curled my hair and swiped on my new favorite red lipstick, Stila stay all day in Fiery. As I was walked out of my apartment, I felt quite pretty. I guess people at my office noticed too - I got compliments all day. Hello, confidence boost!
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A week in Instagram

The last few weeks have been very quiet - here's what it has looked like through my lens.

P.S. - Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with me!

1. The front of my new Sarah Pinto planner. I'm going to try and keep this in mind whenever I am feeling down!

2. Starting off the new year right by getting in a good workout.

3. A late birthday gift from the fiance - Naked2!

4. Silver line: coming soon! Yea, WMATA, I'll believe it when the cars start running.

5. Enjoying working from home while the snow falls.

6. Obligatory snow photo!

7. I started "growing" my own green onions because of this Pinterest photo. This is my result after about four days - I seriously can't believe this works!

8. A beautiful sunset as seen on my drive home from work.
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Creamy Biscuit Pot Pie

Sunday dinner is the only meal all week that I go out of my way to prepare a nice, sit-down style meal. The rest of the week, my fiance and I usually fend for ourselves by eating leftovers, ordering a pizza, or making sandwiches or soup. There's something about Sunday nights though; as a kid, I remember it was the only night that almost everyone sat down for dinner. So, it's something I am trying to my best to continue to with as an adult.

I'm constantly looking for new recipes, as my fiance is super picky and hard to please. As usual, while browsing Pinterest recently, I found this recipe for biscuit topped chicken pot pie. Suddenly, I felt ravenous. Chicken pot pie is the perfect comfort food for this cold weather, and so filling. Last weekend, I finally had all the ingredients I needed on hand, so I got to work. I was surprised to say that it turned out so well! Overall, it wasn't very hard to make, and it was absolutely delicious. Plus, my fiance loved it, so I know this recipe is a keeper! Here's what you'll need to make your own:


For the biscuits:
-2 cups flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 teaspoon sugar
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-4 tablespoons unsalted butter
-3/4 cup buttermilk

For the filling:
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 small onion, diced
-3 carrots, peeled and diced
-2 ribs celery, diced
-1/3 cup flour
-2 cups chicken broth
-1 1/2 cups milk
-1/2 teaspoon thyme
-kosher salt and pepper to taste
-3 1/2 cups shredded chicken
-1/2 cup frozen peas


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

2. For the biscuits, in a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add the cubes of the cold butter, and work in using your fingers until the mixture feels like coarse crumbs. Add buttermilk, and stir using a rubber spatula until dough forms.

3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it comes together. With a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 10 by 7 inch rectangle, about an inch thick. Cut out 6-8 rounds using a cookie cutter. Place biscuits on the baking sheet, and set aside in the fridge. 

4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

5. For the filling, melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the garlic, onion, carrots, and celery, and cook. Stir occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Whisk in the flour, until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Whisk in the broth, milk, and thyme. Cook, whisking constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken and peas, season with salt and pepper to taste.

6. Add the filling to prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, top with prepared biscuits, and bake until the tops are golden brown, an additional 12-13 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, and enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Inspired by Instagram, part deux

Jacket: J.Crew
Shirt: American Eagle
Skirt: J. Crew
Scarf: Target
Glasses: Kate Spade
Shoes: Lucky Brand

I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again: thank goodness for Pinterest and Instagram. It seriously makes it 100 times easier to get up and get dressed in the morning when I already have some kind of coherent plan of what I'm going to wear.

Today's outfit inspiration is courtesy of one of my new favorite bloggers, History in High Heels. She's one of those people who seems like they have it altogether, and her style is on point! Recently, she posted this photo, and I got excited because I knew it was something I could easily recreate. So, I decided to don this outfit before the temps dropped any lower. I love how simple it is, and I can never say no to a good red, white, and blue color ensemble. 
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Ultimate Driving Playlist

It seems like I'm always on the road - not only that, as I live right on the outskirts of D.C., I constantly find myself in bumper to bumper traffic, looking for ways to pass the time. I usually start by calling some of my friends from college, then transition to listening to whatever is on the radio. When that gets tired, I turn to my ultimate driving playlist filled with all my current favorite tunes. 

I try to have a good mix of everything: embarrassing boy-band pop (I swear, this is the only OD song I enjoy), oldies, show-tunes, and alternative rock. Listening to this kind of music certainly makes my commute more bearable, and loudly belting out my favorite songs is a much needed stress reliever after a particularly trying day in the office.

I'd love to hear what your favorite songs are right now - let me know in the comments! I'm always looking for new things to listen to. 
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Family Time

This weekend marked a joyous occasion - my little brother returned from his five month study abroad trip in China! His absence was especially more noticeable during the recent holiday festivities, as we opened presents by the fire on Christmas morning, and talked and laughed while sitting around the table during Thanksgiving dinner. Even though he wrote all of us hand-written letters for both occasions, it just wasn't the same.

So, I was beyond ecstatic to head home this weekend and catch up with both of my brothers, and some of our friends who are more like family. After a photo presentation about his travels (as we hadn't seen anything yet because Facebook, Twitter, and just about everything else is blocked), we watched some of the Olympic trials, took goofy photos, and enjoyed a delicious Mexican feast prepared by my mom. It's been such a long time since we've all been together in one place, and I've been really trying to embrace these moments that have become few and far between.  Here's to making more time for family family in this coming year, and cherishing past memories.
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For good luck

Blazer: L.K. Bennett
Dress: Nanette Lepore
Necklace: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Shoes: Coach

Do you have any pieces in your wardrobe that you turn to when you need good luck? I've heard people talk about a lucky old t-shirt, lucky socks, or even lucky underwear that they only pull out when they are counting on a miracle. I never really thought I had any clothing I'd consider lucky until recently, mostly because I guess I've never really thought about it before. 

A week or so ago, I was heading into a big meeting, and really felt like I needed some luck. Despite all my preparation in the coming nights and reassurance from my fiance that everything was going to be fine, I still felt like I needed a little extra insurance. So, as I was standing in front of my wall of dresses the evening before trying to find just the right thing to wear, my eyes settled on this floral print dress. Now, I realize it's not entirely appropriate for the season, but once I saw it, I knew it was the exactly the thing I needed to feel my best. It's the kind of piece that gives me confidence, is absolutely fuss free, and fits me like a glove - all the kind of traits I'm looking for when I need to dress to impress.

To make it more weather and business appropriate, I threw my new favorite black blazer on top. Then, the turquoise necklace and patent leather pumps, since I always seem to wear them when I wear this dress (as seen here and here).

I'd love to know - do you have a lucky piece of clothing? Let me know in the comments!
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

What's in my Make-Up Bag

Even though the holiday season is well over, it still feels like I've been doing a lot of travelling. Now, I've never really traveled with make-up before, but recently I've been more concerned with my appearance while on trips. Below, is a detailed list of all the products I can't go without. Everything fits neatly in the Betsey Johnson make-up that I received from a coworker, and can be stowed in my tote bag or suitcase. 

1. Almay oil-free make-up remover pads: I've been using these wipes for years to remove my make-up, and can't imagine using anything else. They are the perfect size for travelling, remove just about any kind of make-up, and don't leave an oily residue on your face.

2. Revlon lip butter in sweet tart: If you're looking for the perfect transition from lip balm to lipstick, this is it. All of the lip butters pack a punch of color, but still look glossy and moisturize. Plus, you can apply this without a mirror - it's pretty hard to mess up!

3. Maybelline great lash mascara in clear: If I could only bring one beauty item to a deserted island, this would be it. I hate the looked of untamed brows, and with one swipe, you'll have defined and tamed brows. Even on mornings when I don't feel like wearing make-up, I make sure I have enough time to apply some of this.

4.Philosophy lip gloss in caramel apple: Philosophy is pretty well known for their line of body wash, but I truly prefer their lip gloss. It's not sticky, and they have just the right amount of pigment. I like to layer this over Revlon's black cherry lipstick for a shiny vampire-esque pout.

5. EOS in lemon drop: My go-to lip balm for every occasion. Typically, I like to put a little on right after a shower in the morning, and just as I am heading to bed. It leaves my lips soft, smelling delicious, and is the perfect prepping product before applying lipstick.

6. Maybelline baby lips in cherry me: I have emptied so many tubes of baby lips since they first came out, it's kind of unbelievable. But I can't get enough of this balm! The product is actually pretty pigmented, considering it's a lip balm, but I think the shades are flattering on just about any skin tone. Plus, I love the easy twist up tube.

7. Illamasqua in box: I'll admit, this lipstick isn't hydrating. But, this is my perfect red lipstick. The color is so intense and highly-pigmented, and I love that it's matte. 

8. Urban Decay eye shadow primer potion in original: If you wear eye shadow constantly, you need to have this in your make-up arsenal. It's the only thing that keeps my eye make-up from creasing, and the nude base glides smoothly onto your skin. I can't imagine using eye shadow without it now!

9. Revlon lipstick in black cherry: I'll admit, this super dark plum colored red can be pretty hard to pull off. But, I still find myself reaching for this all the time. Unlike Illamasqua, Revlon's lipsticks are ultra-hydrating, and wear really evenly. As mentioned earlier, I love pairing this with a shiny glossy for a less intense pout.

10. CoverGirl lashblast in very black: For big, bold, look-at-me lashes, I love this mascara. The brush makes for an easy application, and never seems to clump. This is my choice for any evening make-up look.

11. Urban Decay eye shadow in last call and baked: Okay, so I am still using the Urban Decay "vintage" eye shadows. However, I think they are just as good as the new ones. You really only need a little on your brush for all-over color, and the colors stay put all day. I tend to use last call for my evening looks, and baked for any other occasion.

12. Maybelline one by one in blackest black: This is my current favorite everyday mascara. I love how it defines and separates lashes, and the plastic bristle brush seems to reach even the little baby lashes. Plus, you can easily build volume if you want to without a fear of clumping.

13. Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencils in lucky and crash: These are the only eye liners I will use. I will admit it, I have become a snob. They glide easily over your eyelids without tugging and pulling, and can be smudged well too. I like to pair lucky with my baked eye shadow, and crash with last call. 

What are the make-up products that you can't live without? Let me know in the comments!
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

101 in 1001

This year, I decided not to have any New Year's Resolutions. The common problem I have seen with New Year's resolutions is that there is no plan of attack set in place to accomplish those goals. Instead, inspired by an old post from Design Darling, I decide to write a list of 101 things to do in 1,001 days. That roughly translates to about 2.75 years, which I think is a reasonable time frame to cross off almost of all of these.

Some are kind of silly, while others are more serious. I plan to blog about as many of these as I can remember, and deposit $20 in my savings account for every goal that I accomplish. Honestly, I am really excited about doing this!

Start date: January 15, 2014
End date: October 12, 2016
(I used this calculator to figure this out!)

1. Travel to the Caribbean.
2. Visit a new state. (May 2014)
3. Have a fabulous wedding.
4. Move out of our current apartment.
5. Unplug completely for 24 hours (no iPhone, iPad, television, computer, etc.)
6. Complete three 5ks.
7. Finish all the Harry Potter books. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7) (October 2014)
8. Watch all the Harry Potter movies. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) (October 2014)
9. Make a family yearbook for 2013. (January 2015)
10. Get a library card.  (January 2014)
12. Wear Ralph Lauren black label gown somewhere.
13. Donate old prom and homecoming dresses to a worthwhile cause. (April 2014)
14. Lose five or more pounds.
15. Pay for someone else’s order.
16. Bring donuts in for my coworkers. (April 2014)
17. Get prints made of my favorite photos.
18. Photoshop all of my favorite photos from my trip to San Francisco. (September 2014)
19. Go to DryBar and get a blowout. (September 2014)
20. Go to the eye doctor, and get new glasses.  (August 2014)
21. Buy three photography coffee table books.
22. Find a new church where I feel at home. (April 2014)
23. Watch five classic movies I haven’t seen before.
24. Go horseback riding.
25. Get business cards. (April 2014)
27. Get a credit card. (November 2014)
28. Inspire someone else to write a list. (February 2014)
29. Take a free online class.
30. See Bruce Springsteen in concert (again). (April 2014)
31. Take a cooking class.
32. Unsubscribe from 10 e-mail listings. (Williams Sonoma, LOFT, Kate Spade Saturday, Delia*s,Steez Promo,UNO's, Julep Maven, Active, American Idol) (January 2014)
33. Create a momento of our first apartment.
34. Give up desserts for two weeks.
35. Finish Lost. (January 2014)
36. Watch two other TV series in full I have never seen before. (Scandal,)
37. Go on a trip with a friend.
38. Donate to my alma mater.
39. Use my vintage Pentax, and get the film developed.
40. Join a group on meetup, and attend at least one event. (April 2014)
41. Upgrade my DSLR.
42. Get my old DSLR repaired.
43. Make two new Christmas ornaments. (One,)
44. Buy a piece of art I love from a local artist.
45. Try five new restaurants. (The V Virginia Eatery and Brew House, T.J. Stones, Crepes-A-Go-Go,A la Lucia, Burger Tap and Shake) (April 2014)
47. Start growing my own herbs.
48. Go one month without buying anything non-essential. (January 2015)
49. Go one month without going out to eat.
50. Pick fruit at an orchard.
51. Adopt a puppy.
52. Leave a 100 percent tip. (February 2014)
53. Fill out an address book with current contact information. (August 2014)
54. Upload old photos to Snapfish from the last two years. (March 2014)
55. Finish paying off my student loans. (November 2014)
56. Purge my closet, and donate anything I don’t wear.  (January 2015)
57. Go to a local estate sale.
58. Photograph a scene in all four seasons.
59. Swim in the ocean.
60. Have my family over for a sit down dinner.
61. Learn how to make three of my favorite recipes my mom makes. (1,)
62. Watch the sunrise.
63. Travel to visit my college roommate, wherever she may be.
64. Create a birthday book with all of my friends and family’s birthdays.
65. Attend an alumni event at my college.
66. Actively attend the same fitness class at the gym for one month.
67. Print off my favorite Pinterest recipes, and compile in a binder.
68. Get my Netflix DVD queue down to less than 10 movies.
69. Go to Sephora and get a makeover.
70. Take a class at a craft store.
71. Write five hand written letters, just because. (1,)
72. Go through my iTunes library, and purge anything I don’t listen to.
73. Splurge on something for myself.
74. Update my online portfolio.
75. Try meatless Monday for one month. (January 2015)
76. Contribute dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
77. Write my 1,000th blog post.
78. Try three new foods. (Kiwi, Radishes)
79. Explore two new museums.
80. Create a system to organize our mail.
81. Find a new job. (March 2014)
82. Create a signature drink. Always have the ingredients on hand.
83. Buy a piece of furniture that I don’t have to build.
84. Wear bold lipstick every day for a week.  (July 2014)
85. Have family VHS tapes converted to DVD’s for my Dad.
86. Treat my mom to a Broadway show.
87. Buy a new statement necklace.
88. Watch some tutorials on YouTube, and get the most out of my Naked2 palette.
89. Convince my fiance to get a passport. (November 2014)
90. Enjoy a wonderful honeymoon with my fiance, and not worry about work while I’m away.
91. Go to a concert.
92. Take a day off from work, just because.
93. Be the interviewer, not the interviewee.
94. Make a piece of art.
95. Find a go-to tailor in northern Virginia.
96. Attend a friend’s wedding.
97. Go to an amusement park. (May 2014)
98. Go one month without straightening my hair.
99. For one week, turn off the morning news, and read for an hour. (August 2014)
100. Make a friend at work who I would hang out with outside of the office.
101. Write a new list!
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Remember early last week I was talking about needing some insurance for my cookie exchange in the event my original choice failed? Well, these were my first pick: cinnamon bun cookies. I love anything with cinnamon, so I knew these would be a hit as long as I didn't mess up. Thankfully, while these did take quite some time to come together, they turned out perfectly. Read below to make them for yourself!


Cookie Dough
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-3/4 cup unsalted butter
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

-1 egg white
-1 tbsp water
-1/4 cup white sugar
-1 1/2 tsps cinnamon

-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-2 tbsps heavy whipping cream
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp cinnamon


1. In a stand mixer, cream together sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla. Gradually add the flour, mixing until the dough comes together. Remove dough from the mixer, flatten into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until ready to use (note, I would not do any longer than a couple of hours - the dough will become really hard).

2. Transfer chilled dough to a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a large rectangle (approximately 9x12 inch). In a small dish, quickly whisk egg white and water until foamy. In another small disk, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Brush liquid mixture all over the dough, and sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly. Starting with the long edge, carefully roll the dough into a log. Wrap in parchment paper, and freeze until firm.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the freezer and unwrap it. Using a sharp knife, gently cut the log into 1/2 inch slices. Transfer to baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cookies are just slightly golden on the top. Remove from the oven, and transfer to baking racks.

4. Add powdered sugar into a medium sized bowl. Whisk in the cream, vanilla, and cinnamon until icing is smooth. I chose to spread on my cookies, but the icing can be set aside for dipping as well. Enjoy! Pin It

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A little bit of everything

Sweater: Tommy Bahama
Shirt: Ralph Lauren
Pants: Mavi
Shoes: C. Wonder
Bracelet: vintage

When it comes time to get dressed in the morning, I typically gravitate toward pieces that match perfectly. Ideally, something along the lines of a printed dress, a coordinating cardigan or blazer, minimalist jewelry, and a pair of matching pumps. It makes getting dressed in the morning so easy, and when it's cold, outfits like those are especially ideal.

Some mornings though, I find myself pulling a little bit of everything out of the closet. It always seems like it's not going to come together up until the last minute, but somehow, it all works out. That's kind of what getting dressed this morning was like - I started with the sequin sweater just because, and added a plain white oxford for warmth. Although I was initially going to wear plain blue jeans, I threw on army green khakis because, well, why not?  Then, instead of opting for simple black pumps, I went with chunky calf-hair pumps. As I looked in the mirror, I kind of felt like Serena van der Woodsen: effortless, and beautiful. As I stated earlier, I rarely find myself getting dressed in this kind of fashion, but the outfits that come out of these kinds of mornings always end up being some of my favorites.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sweater Weather

Sweater: C. Wonder
Vest: Eileen Fisher
Scarf: Jones New York
Pants: Lilly Pulitzer
Shoes: Lucky Brand

Unless you're in Hawaii, you're probably experiencing temperatures below freezing today. Now, while I hate to just go on about the weather, it influences how you get dressed in the morning. So, when I heard the high for today was going to be about 10 degrees, I knew I had to bundled up in my warmest pieces.

Considering I live in a state with a pretty chilly winter season (it's no Minnesota, but still), I don't have a very large winter wardrobe. Typically, I'm fine in long-sleeve shirts, thick wool socks, and trusty jeans. But today, I knew that just wasn't going to cut it. So, I started with my cream turtleneck. It's become an essential piece in my winter wardrobe this past year - I don't know how I went so long thinking that turtlenecks weren't cute. For my next layer, I buttoned up my gray tweed vest, and tossed on this turquoise scarf. You know, while this isn't the most creative outfit, at least I'm warm!
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Magenta and Navy

Sweater: Kate Spade
Pants: J. Crew
Camisole: Gap
Shoes: Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan
Necklace: Charter Club

Recently, it seems like I am always discovering a new favorite color combination - whether it's aquamarine and coral, soft pink and red, and now, navy and magenta. Swapping basic black for navy is such an easy fix that really changes the feel of the outfit. Especially at a young age, I think wearing too much black can look dowdy and old (and not in a good way), so I try to make this switch whenever it works.

Now that everyone is back in the office again, I've started dressing a little more professionally (at least for the time being). While traditional cardigan and dress pants combinations can get pretty stale quickly, I think a hot pink sweater with cutesy little stud buttons keeps things interesting. 
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Golden Grahams Bars

This past weekend, I got together with my college friends for a holiday cookie exchange. It's been months since we have been able to get together, and I always look forward to catching up on gossip, playing board games, and trying out new recipes. Now, I know these are not really considered a cookie, but I was afraid that what I was planning on making was going to fail. So, I needed to have some insurance - I would absolutely hate to show up empty handed!

These Golden Graham bars (originally found here) are so simple so make, and they come together in less than 10 minutes. What's not to love about that? Here's all you'll need:

-6 cups mini marshmallows (set 1 cup aside)
-1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
-1/4 cup light corn syrup
-5 tbsp butter
-1 teaspoon of vanilla
-8 cups of Golden Grahams

1. Butter a 13x9 baking pan, set aside.

2. Add 5 cups of mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, corn syrup, and butter to a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the mixture has melted. Add vanilla, and stir in the Golden Grahams cereal to coat. Stir in the remaining cup of marshmallows.

3. Empty the cereal mixture into the buttered pan. Let stand for about an hour before cutting into bars.
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Inspired by Instagram

Jacket: J.Crew
Shirt: Theory
Scarf: Lilly Pulitzer
Pants: Michael Kors
Shoes: Vera Wang

I swear, I derive inspiration from the strangest of places. In this case, I had been searching on Instagram under #LillyPulitzer, when I stumbled upon an outfit very similar to this one. As with most of my outfits, this wasn't something difficult to recreate, but I love when I am able to see my clothing in a different light. Thank you social media, yet again, for making it that much easier to get dressed in the morning. How did we ever do it without you?

P.S. - I know this is the second day in a row I'm wearing my new field jacket. What can I say? I just can't get enough!
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Prep Essentials

Jacket: J. Crew
Shirt: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Necklace: Charter Club
Pants: Eileen Fisher
Glasses: Kate Spade
Barrette: Kate Spade
Shoes: Minnetonka
Let me let you in on a little secret: I actually wore this exact same outfit just last week, but I liked it so much, I decided to wear it again today. Plus, it never made an appearance on the blog, so it practically didn't count. Which, kind of made me think of this pin. But, I digress. 

Today's plans included a lot of errand running: Target, Sam's Club, and Ulta, in addition to a trip to the movies to see American Hustle. Although I was tempted to be lazy, and just throw on a pair of yoga pants and a sweatshirt, I decided to get pretty just for the heck of it. I have such a beautiful wardrobe, I don't know why sometimes I don't take advantage of it. Anyway, I got the J.Crew field jacket as a Christmas gift, and I was excited about wearing it. It's a great preppy wardrobe staple, and will go with just about everything you already own. In this case, my favorite plaid shirt. I added a few accessories, like this adorable gift bow bobby pin, a pearl necklace, and my trusty brown leather belt (not seen) for a quintessential preppy look.
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