Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday lovebugs, 

Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Campari Mojito
c/o The Kitchn
1/4 ounce (about 4 large sprigs) fresh mint, plus additional for garnish
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce white rum
1 1/2 ounce Campari
Crushed ice
2 lime wedges
2 to 4 ounces good tonic water

Place the mint sprigs in a large glass or cocktail shaker, and add the lime juice and rum. Muddle with a muddler or a wooden spoon for several minutes, crushing the mint and releasing its aroma. Add the Campari and a few cubes of ice, and shake or stir until well chilled. 
Fill a 12-ounce highball glass with crushed ice and squeeze a lime wedge over top. Pour in enough tonic water to fill the glass a quarter full, then pour in the strained Campari mixture. Garnish with a little more tonic water, the second lime wedge, and mint. Best with a straw! 
Southwestern Grilled Chicken Jalapeño Popper Salad
  • 4 small chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups romaine or other lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1 cup corn (~2 ears), preferably grilled or charred
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup green or red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled tortilla chips (optional)
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno popper dressing
  • fresh or pickled sliced jalapenos to taste
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and grill over medium-high heat until cooked, about 4-6 minutes per side, set aside, let cool and slice.
  2. Assemble salad and enjoy!

Bourbon Bacon Cookies
slices bacon
balls of frozen chocolate chip cookie dough, about 1 1/2 tablespoons each
tablespoon pure maple syrup
teaspoons bourbon
cup powdered sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • While the oven is heating, fry the bacon 1-2 minutes per side, just until the edges are starting to brown, but the bacon is not yet crisp.
  • Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Place cookie dough balls on the baking sheet about 3 inches apart.
  • Wrap 1 slice of bacon around each ball of dough, leaving space on the edges for the cookie to expand as it bakes.
  • Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown and set.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes.
  • While cooling, whisk together the maple syrup, bourbon, and powdered sugar in a small bowl.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cookies.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Casual Kicks

Sticking with shoes from yesterday, let's continue the trend and look at something warm and casual. The relaxed shoe/sneaker that is your go to for weekends from now until September.

The iconic print from Gary Malin just screams summer with the perfect summer shoe: Sperry.

I've been tracking these floral slip ons for some time. Now they're on sale, and it's time to purchase.

I really love this seashell color because I'd pair these with printed shorts or dress down a sundress.

Spring anyone? How adorable are these splatter paint sneakers? 

Casual, comfy, and ready for spring. I am loving the sneakers this season.

Be fabulous today!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It's a Shoe, It's a Boot, It's...

Fashion is weird. They always seem to come up with terms and phrases that at first we scoff at, but then we find ourselves using "arm party" and "ear cuff" like it's no big deal. Today I'm going to say something that you need to try to use because it's going to be a thing. Shootie. That's right. Shoo-Tee it's a shoe bootie. It's a shootie, let me educate you.

A great stacked heel makes these shooties easy to walk in and ready for a spring pedicure.

Anthropolgie, Farylrobin Tate Shooties, $79
I'm oddly obsessed with these. They're going to be perfect with jeans and shoes from Anthro under $100? Unheard of.

These shooties are a party. Chunky heel, fun laser cut pattern, it's a great spring option.

Dorothy Perkins, Black Peep Toe Black Shoe Boot, $59
Simple and bordering on rocker-chic. I am digging this black option.

I allow you to use the term 'shoe boot' if shootie gives you the giggles, but mark my word, it's going to be a thing.

Be fabulous today!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015


We all know I love some polka dots, but not everyone does. Those people are crazy, but they deserve love too. So let's look at some pin dots. Tiny, mini, however you'd like to say it, these dots are understated and as sweet as can be.

Saks off Fifth, Polka Dot Cashmere Cardigan, $45
Let me tell you something about this cardi, it's 83% off. That's right this cashmere beauty was originally $280, go buy now.

This is the mullet top. It's business in the front and party in the back.

A simple and chic layering piece that matches the feminine dots with a tuxedo stripe.

Ann Taylor, Pindot Flounce Skirt, $69
Yes, you can wear dots on the bottom. This pindot pattern is quiet and the flounce style is perfectly swingy.

Pindot, tiny dot, mini dot, you call it whatever, but no matter what you call it, it's girly without being loud. 

Be fabulous today!

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