Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gone Fishin'

It's summertime and you're going to the beach, vacation, or how Northeasterners say it "down the shore". Let's have some fun with jewelry that is great for vacation. What do I mean? Fish of course! Yes, fish. Trust me.

Modcloth, Oh Koi Necklace, $24
How great would this look with a maxi dress? Also, can we talk about the price?

Ann Taylor, Shore Charm Bracelet, $44
Leave it to my girl Ann to create a whimsical yet classic bracelet.

A downright artsy piece that is charming and great with a silk blouse or a dress.

How about some real fun. A true stand out piece. Look no further than Betsey.

I love the fish trend because it's such a quirky idea that can be done elegantly. 

Be fabulous today!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Don't Midi if I Do

Happy Monday lovebugs,
I hope you had a great weekend. We're back at it with the 9-5 life so I thought we would have some fun with workwear. The midi skirt has been all the rage this summer with crop tops but did you know you can continue to wear them into the fall and winter with a cropped sweater or a sleek oxford. So today let's look at some great midi skirts with pockets.

We're going to start with the ultimate. The standard, the versatile, the goes with absolutely anything. Oh and it's under $80.

Modcloth, B. Jones Style Skirt, $89
This skirt has a great large print that you can pair with a striped top, crop top, bow blouse, you name it. 

How can you not love peach? It's a bright but not neon-in-your-face color.

I'm a sucker for this purple, fuchsia color. I just love the saturated pop of color. Mix it with emerald, navy, yellow, just have fun with it.

The midi skirt works now with an ankle strap sandal and later with tights and booties, so stock up! And check out the new shop the post feature below to make it easy for you to find the pieces featured!

Be fabulous today!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday lovebugs,
Here are my favorite recipes for the week!

BLT Macaroni Salad
  • 8 oz uncooked elbows, low carb or whole grain
  • 4 slices 25% reduced fat center cut bacon
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, beefsteak or vine ripe, diced small
  • 4 tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise 
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 2 cups baby spinach

In a large skillet cook bacon on medium-low heat until crispy on both sides.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions.

Chop tomatoes and combine it along with any accumulated juice with mayonnaise and pepper in a medium bowl. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water to cool. Combine pasta with tomatoes and spinach mixing well. Toss in bacon right before serving.

15 Minute Creamy Avacado Pasta
  • 1 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced + lemon zest to garnish
  • 1-3 garlic cloves, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • ~1/4 cup Fresh Basil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 servings/6 oz of your choice of pasta 
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Directions
    1. Bring several cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Add in your pasta, reduce heat to medium, and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Now add in the pitted avocado, basil, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy.
    3. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in a strainer and place pasta into a large bowl. Pour on sauce and toss until fully combined. Garnish with lemon zest and black pepper. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

    Salted Fudge Brownies
    1 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
    2 ounces unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
    1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup light or dark brown sugar
    3 large eggs
    1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Line an 8x8 inch or 9x9 inch square baking pan with tinfoil, then generously butter or grease the foil.

    In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Stir occasionally until the mixture is uniform. Turn off the stove and remove the saucepan from the heat. 

    Whisk in the cocoa until it is fully incorporated. Do the same with both sugars, eggs, vanilla and flour. Be sure to add in each ingredient individually and fully mix them in before adding the next one.

    Transfer the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. Evenly sprinkle the sea salt over the top of the batter. Using a spatula or knife, swirl the salt into the brownie batter. 

    Bake the brownies in the center rack of your oven for about 35 minutes, or until the edges are done but the center is still slightly gooey. If you insert a toothpick into the center, it should come up with a little bit of the brownie batter.

    Remove the brownies and set on a wire rack to cool for at least 1 hour. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator to cool for an additional hour.

    After the brownies have been chilled, cut them into 16 squares and serve at room temperature.

    The brownies can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Follow Your Arrow

    Ok, one last print for this week. A while back we did arrow jewelry which is always fun and easy. Today let's take that one step further and look at the arrow print. It's a fun take on chevron thats a little more graphic.

    I am absolutely smitten with this cami. It is so adorable. I would pair it with denim shorts and a long necklace.

    Bloomingdale's, Two Tone Arrow Print Dress, $59
    This dress is downright cerebral. Maybe it's the two tone but the pattern reminds me of shooting stars or constellations.

    How sweet is this simple scoop neck tee? An easy way to go casual this summer.

    This dress will absolutely get you some whistles, and it should. If you put your heels on, some red lipstick and this little number, you should get everything. 

    The arrow print is a fun way to round out this week of patterns. It's graphic and busy, perfect to wear on its own.

    Be fabulous today!

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