Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Excellent Espadrille

Summer is for espadrilles. But let's mix things up with an espadrille sneaker. Yep. Blending sporty and summer to create the comfiest and chicest shoe!

See what I mean? So cute and comfy!

Nordstrom, Keds Trip Deck Espadrille, $79 $59
White shorts, chambray dress, pick whatever you want and add these.

Dillard's, Toms Palmera Shoes, $44
Love your chambray shift? This is that in a shoe. 

A great gold sneaker acts as a neutral. It's going to go with any print or pattern.

When fashionable meets comfy, everyone wins.

Be fabulous today!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Simply Special

Hey there lovebugs,
Happy Monday. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was gloomy and rainy here...shocking. Let's dress things up and brighten things up with some fancy frocks. It's getting closer to wedding season and what says fun and fancy quite like satin? Not stuffy, gramma satin. I'm talking sateen. That extra sheen on a fitted dress will make you feel stunning on the dance floor.

I mean, hello. Conservative, shimmery, fitted, perfect.

Nordstrom Rack, Anne Klein Polka Dot Sateen Dress, $119 $55
Think outdoor garden wedding. Pair with a straw or raffia clutch.

Shabby Apple, Nutcracker Dress, $64
I love this dress because its like a blank canvas. Wear it as is and look adorable or dress it up with a skinny belt, statement necklace, or espadrilles.

Modcloth, Wishing Pond Pretty Dress, $129 $77
What more do you need? It says pretty in title!

There is a quiet element of 'special occasion' with sateen. It is simple, eye-catching, and stunning!

Be fabulous today!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday! Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Sparkling Limencello Drop 
c/o Bit By A Fox
3/4 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Limoncello
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2-1 oz Sparkling Wine

lemon peel
superfine sugar and lemon wedge to rim glass
To sugar the rim of your cocktail glass, take a freshly cut lemon wedge and slice the middle. Slip the wedge over the rim of the glass where you’ve cut the lemon, and sweep around the entire top of the glass until it is well coated. Gently dip the glass upside down into a saucer filled with sugar until just the tip of the glass is coated.
Shake all ingredients except sparkling wine over ice until the outside tin is frosted over. Strain into a well chilled, sugar-rimmed cocktail glass, leaving room for the sparkling. Top with sparkling wine. Add a lemon twist.
Southwest Ranch Tortellini Salad
c/o Premeditated Leftovers
  • 2 - 9 ounce packages of cheese tortellini, cooked according to package directions and drained
  • 1¾ cups of cooked black beans (or a 15 ounce can, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut into half
  • ½ cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mild cheddar cheese

Dressing Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup ranch dressing
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1½ teaspoon cumin

  1. Cook the cheese tortellini according to package directions. Remove from the stove top, drain and rinse with cool water. Set aside.
  2. Combine the cooked tortellini, black beans, corn, tomatoes and shredded cheese.
  3. Gently stir the mixture to combine the ingredients.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the ranch dressing, salsa, and cumin.
  5. Add the southwest ranch dressing to taste, about ½ cup at a time. Stir to combine. Cover the extra dressing and store in the fridge.
  6. Place the salad in the fridge if not eating right away.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies with Pretzel Crust
5 cups tiny pretzel twists, crushed fine
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup Butter, melted and cooled
1 pkg (18.4 oz each) chocolate fudge brownie mix, prepared with Vegetable Oil, 1 Egg and Water (according to package directions)
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • In a small food processor, add in pretzels, and pulse until very fine crumbs form. Set aside.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. Combine crushed pretzels and granulated sugar in medium bowl. Add butter, and mix until blended. Firmly press mixture into baking pan. Bake 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • Meanwhile, stir together brownie mix according to package directions, using vegetable oil, egg and water. Carefully spread brownie batter over hot pretzel crust.

  • Combine Peter Pan Simply Ground peanut butter and confectioners' sugar in small microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH 30 seconds or until melted. Top brownie batter with spoonfuls of peanut butter mixture. Using a knife, swirl peanut butter mixture through brownie batter until it is marbled in appearance.

  • Bake 23 to 28 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool completely. Cut into 16 large squares.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cat's Got Style

Ok sun, so glad you've joined us. DC has tolerated weeks of rain and I recently had to find my sunglasses. Find! That's how long it's been! So it's time to spruce things up. Let's play with some cateye shades that are eye catching and classic.

I love this color contrast. It's simple and goes with everything but still stand out.

Not into colors? Try these clear shades on for size.

Urban Outfitters, Terrace Cateye Sunglasses, $18
An angular pair that would work for rounder face shapes.

Oh heck yes, ombre lenses? Sign me up.

So bring on the sunshine. I've got my sassy shades ready.

Be fabulous today!

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