Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bombs Away

The bomber jacket is huge for spring. It's popular because it's such a cool girl look. Easy and effortless. The good news is there are about a zillion options to choose from, the bad news is they can be pricey. That's why I'm bringing you some options under $40.

American Eagle, Embroidered Bomber Jacket, $39
A muted blue with a beautiful design.

A great monochrome jacket that goes with just about anything.

Yeah, Target. I love this! So ready for spring.

H&M, Bomber Jacket, $19
Under $20! Pick from five colors.

So you want to try a new trend but you don't want to break the bank. I got you, girl.

Be fabulous today!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Soft Serve

Let's talk comfort and style. Soft pants. Love em? Hate em? I'm getting on board. Last year I was still on the 'these could be pjs, you guys' but now I'm all in. Styled with a crisp tee and dressed up with some fun jewelry, you've got a great look!

A great windowpane print that you can style for work with a great pair of block heel sandals.

What a stunning jewel toned pant. Add your own skinny metallic belt to dress it up.

Yeah, Old Navy. A great leg line that you can dress up or down with the right shoes.

A little paper bag waistline makes these pants fashion forward. Effortless.

A great soft pant is going to work for you now through the end of summer. Print or solid, these pants can be styled just for you.

Be fabulous today!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Roughed Up Ruffles

Happy Monday lovebugs!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I'm dealing with Monday with ruffles. I love ruffles for spring because you can style it however you'd like. Ruffles don' have to be girly, dress it with moto boots or bf jeans.

One of the reasons I don't love the cold shoulder trend is the strapless bra situation it requires. This top? Not so much! It's perfect.

Mango, Ruffle T-shirt, $39
This top is a steal for under 40 bucks. Wear it for work or play.

Anthropologie, Shadowsong Ruffle Tee, $49
A great long sleeve option for this transitional weather period.

Nordstrom, BP Ruffle Front Tee, $29
Simple, easy, playful.

Ruffles no longer fall into the bows and polka dots category. Ruffles can be girly but they can also be gritty.

Be fabulous today!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday! Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Pawley's Rum Punch
c/o Saveur
1 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. fresh orange juice
1 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. dark rum
1 oz. gold rum
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously and strain into a punch glass. Top with grated nutmeg.

Taco Chili
  • 1 package Hurst's 15 Bean Soup
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 packets taco seasoning
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 10 ounce can enchilada sauce
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Rinse and sort through the dried beans, removing any debris. Add beans to a large stock pot over high heat and pour in the water.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover the pot.
  3. Let cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring every 30 minutes.
  4. When beans are tender, brown the beef until cooked through and drain the fat. Add one packet of taco seasoning to the meat and stir to coat.
  5. Add the meat to the pot of beans, along with the second packet of taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, enchilada sauce, green chiles, onion, garlic, and salt. Add the packet of Ham Flavoring from the bag of beans to the pot. Stir well.
  6. Cover and continue cooking on low for 45 minutes.
  7. Serve with your favorite taco toppings, such as grated cheddar, avocado, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

Double Chocolate Nutella Toffee Skillet Brownie
  • 1/2 cup Butter, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup Nutella, or chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar or Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 2/3 cups Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Toffee Pieces, like Heath Bits o' Toffee
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl with a whisk or spatula, butter, Nutella, brown and white sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the flour, salt and baking soda until a batter forms.

  2. Stir in 3/4 of the chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of the toffee pieces.

  3. Spoon the batter into a oven proof skillet, cast iron or stainless steel that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Even the batter out and press to within 1/2" of the edges of the skillet - the brownie will spread out, but leave the room between the batter and the sides of the skillet so the edges don't over cook.

  4. Top with remaining chocolate chips and toffee bits. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are set and a toothpick placed in the middle of the brownie comes out clean. (Check - timing depends on the oven)

  5. Let the brownie cool on a wire rack in the skillet until just warm - about 45 minutes. It will still be very soft in the middle, but as it cools, the brownie will set entirely.

  6. Drizzle with additional softened Nutella if desired, or ice cream!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Bell Tolls

Almost there lovebugs, Friday eve. Let's continue our week of details and check out some beautiful bell sleeve blouses.

White House Black Market, Pink Off the Shoulder Bell Sleeve Top, $59
While I'm not crazy over the cold shoulder trend, I LOVE the shape of this top!

Great print mix, and a simple no collar look.

This top is a great base. Pair it with jeans, a pencil skirt, pearls, or tassel earrings.

Nordstrom, Soprano Bell Sleeve Top, $45
Great price for a solid spring top that goes with everything. Also comes in a crisp white.

How do you style a bell sleeve top? Dress it up or down?

Be fabulous today!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Swinging Good Time

Let's play with tassels today. Swingy, eye-catching, and fun earrings that make a statement. But, I'm putting another layer to this awesomeness - all of these picks are under $40.

I love the ombre blue mixed with the jewel stud!

Nordstrom, Madewell Tassel Earring, $28
Beautiful Aztec inspired metal with a pop of turquoise to finish.

BaubleBar, Piñata Tassel Drops, $36
These earrings come in a dozen colors, but I'm partial to the monochrome because they go with everything.

Sole Society, Stone Tassel Earring, $36
A beautiful pop of coral perfect to match with oranges and yellows.

Tassels are great accessories because they have movement. Swingy, playful, and just fun to wear. 

Be fabulous today!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mule Over I've Gotta a Bow to Pick

Last month we looked at mules for the first time this season. Today I thought we would step it up a notch and add my favorite detail: a bow.

40 bucks. I repeat 40 bucks.

French Connection, Kasen Suede Mules, $140 $84
A super high heel that make an entrance.

Famous Footwear, Fergie Noelle Black Mule, $69 with code FRESHSALE
Love this chunky heel. I'd make sure my pedicure popped underneath.

Are these heels ready for spring, or what? They also come in a light periwinkle.

Mules can sometimes look clunky, that's why I like to add a feminine touch with a bow to really dress them up.

Be fabulous today!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

All In the Details

Who else is bracing for snow right now? Cool. I thought we would think warm thoughts on this impending arctic storm, and look at some spring embroidered bags. They are chock full of detail and a perfect distraction to these frigid temps.

This bucket bag is a steal. I love the colors!

This bag needs to be on vacation. It needs sunshine and happy hours.

Asos, Park Lane Embroidered Bag, $110 $61
Looking for something for evening? This metallic embroidery has a vintage look and feel.

Forever 21, Raj LA Embroidered Bag, $58
A little weekender bag that won't be mistaken as another black tote bag.

So bundle up, stock up on milk, and batteries, and shop these bright and cheery bags!

Be fabulous today!

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Foodday

We made it! Here are some recipes to celebrate!

Rose Gummies
c/o The Kitchn
2 cups rosé wine, divided
1/4 cup unflavored powdered gelatin, about 5 (.25-ounce each) envelopes
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 drop pink or red food coloring

  1. Get the molds ready: Place the gummy bear molds on a rimmed baking sheet and make sure there is room in your refrigerator for the baking sheet to sit flat. 
  2. Concentrate 1 cup of the rosé: Bring 1 cup of the rosé to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool while blooming the gelatin. 
  3. Bloom the gelatin: Combine the gelatin and remaining cup of rosé in a 2-cup measuring cup. Stir to make sure all of the gelatin is wet, then leave the gelatin to "bloom" for 5 minutes. The gelatin should swell, thickening the mixture. 
  4. Combine the sugar, gelatin mixture, and rosé concentrate: Add the sugar to the saucepan with the concentrated rosé. Add the bloomed gelatin and rosé mixture to the pan as well and stir to combine. 
  5. Cook the gelatin mixture: Return the pan to medium-low heat and bring the mixture to a bare simmer, stirring constantly. Do not boil the gelatin mixture, but the gelatin and sugar should dissolve completely and the mixture should have the consistency of a thick syrup, like maple syrup. 
  6. Add the food coloring: Remove the pan from the heat and add the food coloring if using. Pour the mixture into squeeze bottles or a measuring cup with a spout. 
  7. Fill the molds: Squeeze a small amount of the gelatin mixture into each cavity of the molds, or pour using the spouted measure cup. Use an offset spatula to level the molds and wipe away excess gummy mixture. 
  8. Set the gummies: Refrigerate the gummies until set, about 90 minutes. 
  9. Store the gummies: Push the candies out from the bottom of the mold to remove. Store them in the refrigerator.

Baked Penne
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup finely diced green pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 can (28 oz.) tomatoes with liquid, cut up (or I often use petite diced tomatoes)
  • 1 can (4 oz.) mushrooms, drained & chopped
  • 1 can (2-1/4 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained & chopped
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1.5 lb. ground beef, browned and drained, optional
  • 16 oz. penne, cooked according to package and drained
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup milk or water
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. In a large skillet, sauté onion, green pepper, and garlic in oil until tender.
  2. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and oregano.
  3. Add (browned & drained) ground beef if desired.
  4. Simmer uncovered for at least 10 minutes (I’ve let it simmer up to an hour…your house will smell divine!).
  5. Place half of the penne in a greased 13x9x2 in. baking dish.
  6. Top with half the vegetable mixture.
  7. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
  8. Repeat layers.
  9. Mix the soup and milk until smooth; pour over casserole.
  10. Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.
  11. Bake uncovered at 350° F. for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.

Raspberry Cheesecake Cocktail Shots
  • 1/2 ounce cranberry vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Grenadine
  • 1 1/2 tbsp No-Bake Cheesecake (see below)
  • 1/2 tbsp Andes Mint Crumbles
  • 2 -3 Ripe Raspberries
1. Scoop no-bake cheesecake into a shot glass.
2. Drizzle with grenadine and cranberry vodka.
3. Sprinkle on Andes mint crumbles.
4. Garnish with ripe raspberries.
No Bake Cheesecake
  • 16 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese (two 8 oz packages) at room temperature
  • 14 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk (1 can) I prefer Borden’s
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the softened cream cheese on medium until smooth.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed in small amounts until it is completely incorporated into cream cheese.
  3. Mix in the fresh squeezed lemon juice and vanilla thoroughly.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator until mixture firms up, about 15 minutes.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Right to Bear Arms

Ok Friday, we're almost there. Friday eve and we're having some layering fun with a sleeveless coat. I love this look for spring because it can be loose or structure, suede or cotton, belted or open, so many options and so many styles.

Last Call Neiman Marcus, Line Sleeveless Trench Vest, $54
Classic trench style meets street style chic.

Talk about spring. I love this color!

A beautiful long blazer that exudes confidence.

One more from Last Call, such nice blend of military coat with sleeveless trench.

What do you think about this style? Love it for spring or leave it for a jean jacket?

Be fabulous today!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Nerd Out

Sometimes I ask my husband for blog ideas. Today it was 'go all nerd'. What? Yes. 'Just go all in with the geek...but know that's very different than a nerd...or a dork.' Ok, so let me try this.

How about it? Perfectly Jessica Day.

Spring, Winosaur Sweatshirt, $71
Paleontology meets wine.

Clearance nerd!

Forever 21, Rocket Print Tee, $9
Adorable print for space explorers.

There you have it, nerding out meets fashion.

Be fabulous today!

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