Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pumped Up for Polka Dots

It's Tuesday and I'm in love with polka dots, but just any polka dots, polka dots that make a statement. They say wow, I'm here and I look fantastic. Wide leg polka pants. Yep.

Effortless. Cropped mixed with palazzo.

Has getting dressed for work ever been more fun?

NY & Company, Polka Dot Print Palazzo Pant, $59
I mean come on, it just keeps getting better!

Had to throw in a jumpsuit. I just love this with a neon skinny belt!

So how about it? Wide leg pants that make a statement!

Be fabulous today!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring into Action

Happy Monday lovebugs,
I hope you had a great weekend. The weather in DC is really feeling spring-like and I think it might stick. We're talking 70s and sunshine, perfect for skirts and denim jackets. So let's look at some April and May friendly skirts that make it easy to put away your sweaters and embrace the sun!

This skirt screams spring. I love it because you can dress it up for work with a blazer or dress it down with a tee.

Joe Fresh, Tulip Hem Skirt, $34
I really love this drawstring waist mixed with a dressier fabric and hem.

Lavender with scallops. What else does a girl need? Oh a sale price. Done.

Madewell, Ruffle Wrap Midi Skirt, $98
Floral and feminine. 

Before we get to blistering temps this summer, let's enjoy this beautiful weather and some springy skirts that show off our legs!

Be fabulous today!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday! Here are my favorite recipes this week.

c/o Fogged in Lounge
  • 2 1/2 oz gold Barbados rum
  • 3/4 oz white crème de cacao
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 – 3 dashes grapefruit bitters
Shake with ice cubes and strain into a double old fashioned. Fresh ice to fill. Grapefruit twist.

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells
c/o Shugary Sweets
  • 1 box (12 oz) jumbo pasta shells, cooked (about 40 shells)
  • 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, diced
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 jars alfredo sauce

  1. Cook pasta shells according to package to al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked, shredded chicken with broccoli, cream cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Using a 2 Tbsp cookie scoop, fill each pasta shell with a scoop of chicken mixture.
  4. In a large baking dish, pour one jar of alfredo sauce in the bottom of the dish. Add a single layer of pasta shells. Drizzle remaining jar of alfredo sauce over the top and sprinkle with parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Cover dish with foil.
  5. Bake in a 350°F oven for 40 minutes. Remove foil and return to oven for an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted on top!

Easy Glazed Chocolate Cake Donuts
Chocolate Cake Donuts:
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Vanilla Bean Glaze:
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Pinch Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the water, egg, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, folding together until just combined and smooth.
Spray a doughnuts baking pan with non-stick spray. Fill the donut cavities with batter. Bake the donuts for about 11-12 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the donuts comes out clean. Let them rest in the pan for one minute, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the glaze, whisk together all the glaze ingredients into a small bowl. Dip the tops of each cooled chocolate cake donut into the glaze. Once the glaze is set, serve.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Get Into a Keruffle

Here we are, Friday eve and I don't know about you but sweater weather is over and I need to restock my spring tops. Something eye-catching but versatile for chic. One style I'm really loving is the ruffle shoulder, ever with...yes, I'll say it, a cold shoulder detail.

These colors pop but without needing neon. Oh and it's half off.

So this one might be a pain to iron, but think of the statement it makes. With a pair of white jeans? Yes.

Ridiculously soft. Wear it with jeans or tuck it into a pencil skirt with a statement necklace for work.

I really love this print. It's cool yet feminine. 

When looking at your warm weather wardrobe, think about adding a versatile but statement piece or two. These tops fill the void.

Be fabulous today!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Point Me in the Right Direction

Happy humpday!

I hope you are having a great week. I thought we would spend today in comfort but style (per usual) and look at some pointy toe loafers. These beauties are easy to wear to work and dress up a pair of jeans for the weekend.

Obsessed would be an understatement. These look like Midas slippers.

A spring loafer that is not going to break the bank!

Love this navy, but it also comes in a variety of other colors!

Modern, yet girly. Also comes in gold.

A simple and elegant flat that is inspired by menswear but is styled just for you. 

Be fabulous today!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bell of the Ball

Last month we looked at some pretty fantastic bell sleeve tops. Today let's look at some dress options.  I love these sleeves because they have a bit of drama to them without going crazy.

Hello LWD. You will do just fine.

How about a short sleeve option? I love this simple shift.

Hello wedding season. This is your dress.

You know I'm a sucker for polka dots. Match it with a ruffle bell sleeve? Sold.

A beautiful detail like the bell sleeve is fantastic because it doesn't need to match anything. It's not a pattern or solid you need to compliment, it's an extra that has personality.

Be fabulous today!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons

Happy Monday, lovebugs. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Here we are mid-April and the weather is pointing towards warm with a side of happy. And even though it's Monday, I thought we would make lemonade out of it. That's right, how about a lemon print on this sweet Monday?

A great allover print with some special details like a scoop neckline, keyhole peek, and cap sleeves.

This would look amazing with a denim jacket or a white eyelet dress.

For under $20, you're going to get a ton of wear out of this top. Work or play, it's a great option.

Nordstrom, JCrew Lemon Tree Earrings, $58
So fun and colorful. Ok, even tropical.

Sure, it's Monday, and maybe you've got some lemons. So make lemonade, or buy something with lemons on it. Either way, smile.

Be fabulous today!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday! Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Bee's Breakfast
c/o Imbibe Magazine
2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. honey syrup (3:1)
5 fresh raspberries
1 tsp. Greek yogurt (2%)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and muddle. Add ice and shake to chill, then strain into a glass filled with crushed ice and garnish.

Creamy Salsa Verde Skillet
  • 1 pound tomatillos, peeled and washed
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced in half and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or heavy cream)
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Roast the tomatillos and jalapenos under the broiler (or medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet) until charred, about 10 minutes, before pureeing in a blender or food processor.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat, add the chicken and cook until lightly golden brown on both sides, about 3-5 minutes per side, before setting aside.
  3. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes before adding the garlic and cooking until fragrant, about minute.
  4. Add the chicken broth and deglaze the pan by scraping up the brown bits form the bottom of the pan with a spoon.
  5. Add the pureed tomatillos and jalapenos and chicken and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the sour cream, lime juice and cilantro before seasoning with salt and pepper to taste, removing from heat and enjoying.

Five Ingredient Chocolate Cheesecake Cups
  • 1 oz (1 square) semisweet baking chocolate, plus 1/8 oz shavings (Bakers) 
  • 4 oz Philly 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1 large egg, room temperature

  • Directions
  • Preheat oen to 225F. Line a mini muffin pan with mini cups or mini muffin liners.
  • Melt 1 oz chocolate in the microwave in 30 seconds increments, stirring in between until chocolate has melted, about 1 1/2 minutes total.
  • In a bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar, then add the sour cream and beat until smooth.
  • With a spoon, fold in egg (always folding under) and the melted chocolate and stir until smooth.
  • Spoon 2 tbsp in each cup. Bake 50 minutes, then turn the oven off and let the cheesecakes sit in the oven 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving (2 hours or overnight in the fridge).
  • Shave the remaining chocolate and sprinkle over the top before serving.

  • Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Tiny Dancer

    Let's have some fun on a Friday eve. Show some leg. It's mini skirt tine. Not just any mini skirt, a printed mini that has some personality.

    You can't beat this price, and look at the pipe detailing!

    Topshop, Tie Mini Skirt, $60
    How much FUN is this skirt?! I love the stripe, ruffle, tie, everything!

    How stunning is this embroidery? The colors, the pattern, beautiful.

    Major sale and great print. I love this with a denim jacket or a blazer.

    Remember to know your length when wearing a mini skirt. Do the sit test in the dressing room. Sure a daring hemline is great, a full moon, not so much.

    Be fabulous today!

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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    A Word of Advice

    It's Wednesday, we're getting there. It's been a long week already, and sometimes I need a little reminder to be nice. Luckily, there are some lovely mantra-foused fashion that helps us be kind.

    Mindy Mae Market, Just Be Nice Tee, $45
    Soft, simple, easy.

    What a fun workout top. The font is even Nike-ish.

    A personal motto of mine. Just do it.

    I had to throw in a necklace. A great nameplate option, lovely for layering.

    On those tough days, those long days, those is it Friday yet days, remember to be nice and be kind. 

    Be fabulous today!

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    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Fierce and Fringe

    I'm not much for festival style, but there are pieces of this trend that get me excited. For instance: fringe. It's casual and cool in an effortless sort of way. I'm not going to try to pull it off in a vest or even a top, but a bag? I can rock a fringe bag.

    Shoptiques, Large Fringed Clutch Arizona, $69 $49
    Different and great for a night out.

    Charming Charlie, On the Fringe Crossbody Bag, $25 $14
    How great is this bag for summer? Picture it with shorts and a tee.

    Express, Genuine Suede Fringe Clutch, $59 $40
    Maybe the wild card of the bunch, but how cool is this bag?

    Hello drama. I also read this as 'friggin' clutch bag. 

    Have you tried fringe for spring? So dramatic but in a cool girl kind of way.

    Be fabulous today!

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