Tuesday, September 30, 2014

101 in 1001: September 2014

8. Watch all the Harry Potter movies. (7, Part 1)
Although I have not yet finished the seventh book, my fiance felt I had hit the point where I could watch the first movie without anything being given away. So, last Saturday night we watched it and I'm so glad that we did. Not only did I immensely enjoy it, I know it will force me to finish the book that much faster!

18. Photoshop all of my favorite photos from my trip to San Francisco.
I went to San Francisco a year and a half ago, but for some reason I never got around to editing some of my favorite photos. Once night a few weeks ago, I glued myself to my computer and forced myself to finish them up, so now I can get some prints made! Hopefully it won't take me anywhere as long to edit my photos from Michigan and Denver.

19. Go to DryBar and get a blowout.
I'm doing this today! Hopefully I'll remember to snap a photo or two afterwards.

26. Try 30 new Pinterest recipes. (Crunchwrap SupremeHatch Chile Queso,)

61. Learn how to make three of my favorite recipes my mom makes. (Mexican Rice)
One down, two to go! This is something my mom used to make all the time in high school, and one day she walked me through it over the phone because I was craving it so badly. Thankfully, it was so easy! The next time I make it, hopefully I'll remember to write up a little blog post.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Friday Attire

Jacket: DKNY
Dress: Tahari
Scarf: Delia*s Warehouse Sale
Shoes: Cole Haan

Okay, so I am still a little bit behind with my posting, but I am nearly all caught up at this point! I wore this to work last Friday, and I think this dress is going to be getting a lot of wear in the coming cooler months. Even though some might thing this would be better suited to the summer temperatures, I think paired with a scarf, some colored tights, and riding boots, this will be perfect casual dress. Pin It

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hidden Treasure

Sweater: Lacoste
Skirt: Target
Camisole: Gap
Shoes: Vera Wang

Here's another outfit from last week that I sported when it was quite a bit warmer. I like to consider this skirt to be a hidden treasure in my closet. It's something that ends up hidden behind all of my other longer and nicer skirts, and then once I find it again, I remember how much I love it. After I wore it here, I wore it once over the weekend, and the next week, too!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hatch Chile Queso

Two years ago, I had never heard of a hatch chile. Then, while wondering the aisles of Wegman's, one of the employees giving out samples of the fresh pepper had me try one, and I fell in love. After that, I felt like I saw hatch chiles in EVERYTHING. On the Border has a hatch chile burger that my fiance loves, and Alamo Drafthouse (our favorite local theater), serves their fries with the most perfect hatch chile queso. Despite that, I never was able to find any in stores, so I gave up the hope of ever making anything on my own with them.

While at work the other week, I walked into the kitchen, and found a bin overflowing with hatch chile peppers! Someone in my office had been growing them, and left the surplus for us to take home. I grabbed a couple, and knew instantly what I would be making: hatch chile queso. Here's how you can make some, too. (original recipe here).

-2 small vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
-3 tbsp minced white onion
-1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves
-1 tbsp unsalted butter
-2 hatch green chiles, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
-1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tbsp flour
-1 cup milk
-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
-1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese.

1. In a small bowl, lightly toss the tomatoes, 1 tbsp of the minced white onion, and half of the cilantro.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium-hi heat, melt butter. Add the remaining 2 tbsp of minced white onion, hatch chiles, jalapeno, and salt. Cook, stirring until the onion is softened, about 3 - 4 minutes.

3. Add flour, stir and cook 1 minute until fully combined. Stir in milk. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to thicken.

4. Stir in shredded cheese until smooth, remove from heat. Stir in remaining chopped cilantro.

5. Pour dip in a serving bowl, and top with tomato and onion mixture on top. Serve with chips.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Falling for Cashmere

Dress: Vertical Designs by Lord and Taylor
Jacket: DKNY
Shoes: Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan
Scarf: Kate Spade
Bracelet: Kate Spade

Remember that cool, crisp air I mentioned that rolls in with fall? Well, it's here today, and I think it's here to stay! Personally, it's hard for me to believe that it's nearly October, and now it's officially fall. Where did the summer go? I swear, having a job makes me completely lose track of time and the seasons.

To combat the first touch of a cool weather, I had to break out my cashmere dress. I know it seems early, but when it's cool outside and even cooler inside my office, these are a complete necessity. I contemplated wearing my comfortable Minnetonka boots too, but decided to hold out a little bit longer before breaking out my fall boot collection. To add a little more color to my look, I paired my berry dress with similar colored chunky bracelet, and a red and pink silk scarf.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Call Me Nautical

Jacket: J. Crew
Dress: J. Crew
Scarf: Victoria's Secret
Shoes: Tory Burch

Oh, hello! I am majorly behind on outfit posts and blogging in general. I have a ton of stuff that I've taken photos of, but none of it has made it up on the blog! I'm going to try hard this week to at least knock a couple of posts out.

Here's an outfit I wore early last week. Now, it's starting to really get pretty cool in the morning, so this wouldn't be as appropriate. This morning, it was in the low 60s, and tonight it's supposed to be in the 40s! I do love summer, but there's nothing quite like fall. Apple cider, basketball games at GMU, puffer vests and scarves, pumpkin everything, and the crisp air. Yes, fall is a wonderful season.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Maxi Monday

Dress: Rachel Pally
Shirt: Delia*s Warehouse Sale
Shoes: BCBG Max Azria
Earrings: Forever 21

I had a completely different outfit laid out to wear this morning, but changed my mind when I realized I hadn't worn my favorite maxi dress all summer! With the last official days of summer just around the corner, I realized it was now or never. Thankfully, the weather was perfect for this kind of dress - 75 degrees, cool, and a light breeze in the air.

I'm a little upset I neglected this dress nearly all summer. It can practically do no wrong: it hides all of my sins, acts like a blanket when I am cold, and makes my body look long and lean. I guess you could say that about any other maxi dress, but this one just feels different to me.
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

Taco Bell is one of my guilty pleasures. I rarely go (we're talking maybe once every three months or so), but every once in awhile I just can't resist. I just love the smooth queso sauce, caramel apple empanadas, and pretty much everything on the menu.

With that being said, I've never tried replicating anything from their menu. Then while browsing on Pinterest, I saw this pin, and decided I had to give the crunchwrap supreme a try on my own.

Ingredients (for one)
-1 large, 10" tortilla
-2 tbsps refried beans
-1 tbsp cheese sauce
-1/3 cup ground beef, cooked with seasoning
-1 hard taco shell
-1/3 cup shredded lettuce
-2 tbsps shredded taco blend cheese
-1 small, fajita sized tortilla

1. First, preheat a skillet over medium heat. Next, take your tortilla, and spread the refried beans in an even circle in the center. Leave plenty a room around the edges - probably about a 2 inch diameter, or so. Top refried beans with cheese sauce and ground beef as the next two layers.

2. Break a hard taco shell in half, and place on top of your first three layers. Top with shredded lettuce as the next layer, than shredded cheese. Finish with small tortilla.

3. Now, this is the tricky part. Start with the bottom tortilla, fold the edge up to meet the smaller tortilla in the center. Continue doing this is a clockwise direction until all of the edges meet in the middle, and your fingers are holding down a little bit of the tortilla.

4. Using a little bit of magic, pry off some of your fingers, and place a spatula on the top of your crunchwrap. Very, very carefully, flip it over, and place the crunchwrap seam side down on the skillet. 

5. Cook seam side down for about 4-5 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Flip over, and cook on the opposite side for an extra three minutes or so.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

White After Labor Day

Tank: Juicy Couture
Pants: J. Brand
Shoes: Marc by March Jacobs
Necklace: Erickson Beamon for Target

My feelings on white after Labor Day? Who cares! Especially for the first weeks after the holiday. While the unofficial days of summer may be over, it's still hot, humid, and sunny enough to justify bright white jeans. Plus, even as we go into the winter months, I love the look of white in the winter - so pretty, when done correctly.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

101 in 1001: August 2014

Surprisingly, August was a very busy month for me! Between reunions and other family obligations, there wasn't one weekend that I spent at home. With that being said, I'm pretty exhausted, and impressed that I was able to accomplish as much as I did on my list!

7. Finish all the Harry Potter books.
This month, I finished the sixth book, which I think is my favorite one to date!

8. Watch all the Harry Potter movies. 
Immediately after finishing the book, I had to watch the movie the next night. It didn't quite compare to the book (surprise, surprise), but I did enjoy it.

20. Go to the eye doctor, and get new glasses.
I kind of half did this one, but I'm going to cross it off anyway. Earlier this month, I finally went to the eye doctor after a two and a half year hiatus. Lucky for me, the doctor reported that my eyes were very healthy, and my prescription had not changed. Once I heard that, I decided to hold off on getting new glasses, since I didn't really need them.  

53. Fill out an address book with current contact information.
For the longest time, all of my addresses were in the back of my yearly calendar. So, at the end of every year I would have to copy the addresses into my new planner. I finally took a moment to buy a simple address book from Amazon, and it's already much easier.

99. For one week, turn off the morning news, and read for an hour.
I didn't really plan for this to happen, but I became so engrossed in Harry Potter this month, I read for an hour while eating my breakfast and before getting ready for work. I need to do this more often - it's much more relaxing than watching the news.

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