Monday, November 24, 2014

What the Heck Do I Wear: Thanksgiving

Hey there lovebugs,
Happy Thanksgiving week. I am going to wait until next week to start gift guides because I am of the belief that all things holiday start the day after Thanksgiving. Sorry I'm not sorry. Today let's look at some last minute Thanksgiving outfit ideas.

This is what I call comfortable Thanksgiving. For the family that values comfort and style. 

And for the dressier dinner, how about some navy, black, and velvet with a little bling? Pretty obsessed with this feminine print on the dress.

Whatever you wear on Thanksgiving I hope you enjoy good food and great time with family. Need last minute outfit help? Shoot me an email, I'd love to help.

Be fabulous today!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday lovebugs,
Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Ginger Cranberry Cocktail
c/o Food Network
For Ginger syrup:
4 -inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped1/2 cup sugar1 1/2 cups waterPlace all syrup ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves and the ginger is infused in the syrup, about 20 minutes. Strain and allow to cool fully before use.

For the drink:1 cup frozen cranberries1 lime, juiced2 cups vodka or gin2 cups cranberry juiceSplash club sodaShaved ginger
1 cup ginger syrup, or to taste


Crush the frozen cranberries in a large glass pitcher. Add the lime juice and their juiced wedges to the pitcher. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, and ginger syrup. Put ice in low-ball glasses and fill glasses about 2/3 full. Top off with club soda and garnish with a shaving of fresh ginger.
Note: Can be made without soda for a martini.

Herb and Bacon Corn Bread Stuffing
c/o Epicurious
  • 2 loaves Corn Bread
  • 6 large celery ribs
  • 1 pound onions 
  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs such as thyme, sage, rosemary, and/or marjoram or 2 tablespoons mixed dried herbs, crumbled
  • 1 cup Turkey Giblet Stock or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup reserved fat from roast turkey or melted butter
Preheat oven to 325° F. and butter a 4-quart baking dish.
Cut corn bread into 1/2-inch cubes and dry in 2 large shallow baking pans in oven 20 minutes. Remove corn bread from oven and leave oven at 325° F. Coarsely chop separately celery, onions, and bacon.
In a large, deep skillet sauté bacon over moderately high heat, stirring, until browned, about 10 minutes. Add celery and onions and cook, stirring, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add herbs and salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
In a large bowl toss together corn bread and bacon mixture and transfer to baking dish. Stuffing may be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead and cooled completely before being chilled, covered.
Drizzle stock or broth over stuffing and bake, covered, 1 hour. Drizzle reserved fat or butter over stuffing and bake, uncovered, in upper third of oven 30 minutes more, or until top is golden.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels
1 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup bourbon or water
4 large eggs
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 teaspoons cornmeal
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fit piecrust into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate according to package directions; fold edges under, and crimp.
Sprinkle pecans and chocolate evenly onto bottom of piecrust; set aside.
Combine corn syrup and next 3 ingredients in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Whisk together eggs and next 4 ingredients. Gradually whisk about one-fourth hot mixture into egg mixture; add to remaining hot mixture, whisking constantly. Pour filling into prepared piecrust.
Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until set; cool on wire rack.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Howdy Lady

Let's talk jewelry. Let's talk long, elegant, simple jewelry. With me? Ok, stay with me. Let's talk lariat. Still there? Excellent. The lariat style necklace is sleek and chic and with sweater weather, it's a great accessory.

Neiman Marcus, Jules Smith Keep Me Lariat $69
So simple. Gold square, silver oval. I love it.

A nice vintage twist on the lariat style. I love the pearl tassel.

A heavier yet thin braided chain with a bit of sparkle at the end.

Gorjana, Honeycomb Lariat, $80
How genius is this simple honeycomb shape? 

The lariat style can be worn ironically for Halloween but when it comes to feminine, understated style, this is just perfect.

Be fabulous today!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Square One

Today we are going back to basics. Black leather pumps. Yep. Major shoe 101 and we're going to run the entire price range because sometimes you need a quick pair of wear into the ground heels and sometimes you want to invest. Don't worry, investing still means under $100.

No, but seriously on this price tag. There is absolutely no reason why these should not be in your closet.

Sole Society, Isani, $69
Simple elegance. These can be your go to work shoes or dress up your denim.

Zappos, Nine West Austin, $69
You've got to love Zappos because the hundreds of reviews will tell you exactly what you need to know about these shoes. And the 294 reviews on this shoe say, buy.

Nordstrom, Ivanka Trump Carra Pump, $99
A bit of a higher heel but with a cushioned footbed, you will be just fine.

I love embellishment, bling, patterns, you name it; but sometimes you have to peel away all of those extra layers and start fresh. The black leather stiletto is square one and a beautiful one at that.

Be fabulous today!

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