Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cutting It Close

You know what I hate about the midi dress/skirt length? Sometimes it comes off as dowdy or matronly. Just those extra few inches are enough to make you wonder if you should be attending a PTA meeting or if it's chic. So I've found a solution. Cutouts. The cutout trend is great for showing a touch of skin and making an entire outfit interesting. Let me show you what I mean with some cutout midi dresses.

See what I mean? Just a touch of skin completely changes this dress.

I love this dress. It's not bandage but its still eye catching. And the color!

Forever 21, Rise of Dawn Cutout Dress, $89
A crisp white dress with an unexpected torso cutout. Stunning.

Missguided, Cutout Bardot Midi Dress, $42
I love mint. It's a beautiful, feminine pastel that in this look just screams retro.

Try a cutout to spice up a midi length dress. It gives a little extra detail to an otherwise demure look. 

Be fabulous today!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

All In: May Flowers

Happy Monday lovebugs! Happy first Monday in May, which means it's All In Day. Let's put together a casual Saturday outfit for under $100.

Scarf/Jeans (40% off with code TREAT)/Tee/Clutch/Sandals

Be fabulous today!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday! Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Cosmo Slushy
c/o The Kitchn
4 1/2 ounces (135 ml) vodka or citrus vodka
1/2 cup (240 ml) cranberry juice cocktail
1/4 cup (60 ml) triple sec or Cointreau
1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice

In a large freezer-safe container, combine all of the ingredients and stir to mix evenly. Freeze them for 1 hour and then stir again. This will never freeze solid but you will get a great slushy mix.

Scoop the slushies into martini or wine glasses and enjoy.

Chipotle Lime Glazed Pork
Pork Roast ::
1 1/2 - 2 pound Pork Loin Roast
Sea Salt
Ground Pepper
1 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
For Chipotle Lime Glaze :: 
1-2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, minced
2 Large Limes, zested and juiced
1/2 cup Honey
3/4 tsp Cumin

Set roast on plate, and place on counter  for 1 hour prior to beginning to cook. Dry throughly with paper towels. Season heavily with salt, pepper, onion powder and red pepper flakes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 10" cast iron, or oven proof skillet, heat vegetable oil. Bring the oil to nearly smoking. Sear all sides of the roast until dark golden brown, approximately 2 minutes each side.
Place skillet in the oven. Roast for approximately 30 minutes, or once the thickest part of the roast reaches 145 degrees.
While the roast is in the oven, stir together the remaining ingredients for the glaze. Baste roast with glaze every five minutes.
When the roast is removed from the oven, tent with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

Pecan Pralines
  • 4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups pecan halves
  1. Line counter top with sheet of parchment paper.
  2. In a heavy French oven over medium heat, combine brown sugar, heavy cream, corn syrup and butter.
  3. Over medium heat, stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Boil for about 6 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 236°F (soft ball stage).
  4. Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool to 150°F. Stir in pecans and quickly, using two spoons, drop by spoonful onto parchment paper.
  5. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes. ENJOY!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Everything is Cyclical

Do you know what I love about circle skirts? Everything. They are figure flattering, ladylike, and so very versatile. You can dress them up for work with a bow blouse or you can pair it with a crop top for a Saturday night. They come in every color, pattern, and length you can imagine, but today we're looking at some knee length options so you can dress it up or down.

Modcloth, Just this Sway Skirt, $49
How pretty. Sweet and lovely. A cotton candy pink for summer.

Shoptiques, FewModa Circle Skirt, $99
Great waist pleating to disguise anything you're not pleased with that day. And you can eat a big meal.

This skirt has a pretty vintage feel to it. It's also machine washable - awesome.

Lord and Taylor, Stroke of Genius Skirt, $80 $48
Looking for something eye-catching and colorful? Oh and under $50?! Yeah, I've got you.

The circle skirt is so easy to wear and pairs perfectly with any top. Play with colors, patterns, and prints to really make a statement with this classic piece.

Be fabulous today!

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