Thursday, August 18, 2016
If you were excited about the Nordstrom anniversary sale, you should read this, because that is nothing compared to the sale I am about to tell you about. Rent the Runway is having an up to 90% off clearance.... Let's let that sink in. Gorgeous designer pieces at up to 90% off. If you have ever wanted a beautiful designer gown that costs more than your rent, this is your chance as most of them are going for under $300. I'm talking about big designer names: Alberta Ferretti, Cushnie et Ochs, Moschino, Reem Acra, Bibhu Mohapatra, BlueMarine and Vera Wang. September, October, and November are filled with fall weddings and most of the gowns and cocktail dresses on sale are beautiful fall gemstone colors that would be absolutely perfect. Beautiful bags and jewelry are also available at amazing prices. (This is NOT advertising, I just LOVE Rent the Runway!)
(moschino for $134!!)
(this $3400 Temperley London is under $400) (this $3000 dress is $270!)
(this $4200 dress is $345)
(Herve Leger) (this $6500 Reem Acra gown can be yours for $480)
They have more casual pieces as well, but the above are my absolute favorites. Check it out, you will find something you love! ( Click HERE to shop the sale)
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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Sometimes the fashion gods smile down on us and give us a blessing in disguise. For quite a few seasons a huge trend has been comfort! Loose clothing, flat loafers and sneakers are huge (some designers have even put full blown pajamas on the runway), and I don't think it is going to slow down for the fall and winter. Don't get me wrong, a killer stiletto, leather, and body con dresses aren't going anywhere and are having a moment of their own. But, if you are not into that type of thing, have no fear because the casual look is totally here to stay for a while so revel in it while you can. Embrace it!
Flat Mule Loafers:
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Thursday, August 4, 2016
I had always been scared of the culotte style pants that have been in style for a little bit. having a long torso and short little legs, I never thought it would look good on my body type. Then I found these. They were so pretty with this gorgeous print and great fabric and on sale($20 at H&M) that I had to try them on, lo and behold... They looked pretty great! I think it is because they are high waisted and generally have a flattering fit. I did have to go up a size from my usual size because they were hugging in all the WRONG places at first. While they may still have these in stores on sale, they are no longer online but I did link other styles in various price ranges below. My bag is a vintage Chanel camera bag, similar ones can be found here. I also plan to wear these into the fall with a turtle neck and pumps or ankle boots since we will still be in Virginia and I don't see it cooling down anytime soon. My next mission is to find a midi dress that doesn't make me look crazy.
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Sunday, July 31, 2016
If you are looking for life changing reads, these are not them. I purchased these to read while sitting at the pool or beach. While they are inspiring in their own ways, if you want something spiritually enlightening or life changing, do not go any further reading this post..
The first was Around the World in 80 Lays. It's exactly what it sounds like. Written by Melanie Curtain it's an insight into her real life dating and sexual adventures. She wrote this book to bring some positive attention to women's sexuality and to create less shame in talking about it. It is entertaining and there are a few good quotes and solid points, but don't expect much.
The second book was one I had been interested in reading for a while ever since learning of her success, and that is Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. I had held back because after all the rumors I had heard of the shady way she came to be successful I was a bit turned off about giving her more money. Well, I decided to give her a second chance and wanted to learn more about her and Nasty Gal. I have come to the conclusion that it was just that: rumors. I can understand that people will be jealous when someone succeeds so quickly and women are catty. It also turns out me and Sophia have a lot in common. This one was actually very inspiring, especially to those who do want to start their own business and have many nay-sayers. Her story is pretty incredible, and the crazy thing is they are still growing! So, I recommend this book. Although it is not superbly written and at times seems kind of all over the place, it was a very interesting and entertaining read.
It seemed to be all over the place because some thoughts and points were a bit repetitive and the different chapters at times seemed to be irrelevant. My favorite parts were when she talked about the initial start of the company, what she looks for in hiring employees, and resumes, cover letters and interviews. It also has some really great quotes (which I shamelessly highlighted).
What are some of your favorite books recently?
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Friday, July 29, 2016
I wore this romper for the stock the bar party over the weekend in South Carolina, but I played photographer for the party and didn't get a chance to photograph it. So I recreated it the way I wore it. Pictures don't really do this little play-suit justice, it's so pretty in person and the ruffles flow beautifully when you walk. The colors compliment pretty much any skin tone and the fabric does not feel cheap. It would look lovely with a stacked thicker heel sandal as well.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016
I am not by any definition a chef or a health nut. But I do, occasionally, get down in the kitchen. I like to cook and recently we have been trying to eat clean.. maybe not all the time, but more often than not. People generally have this idea that eating healthy and clean is expensive, I just don't agree with that! ONE meal at a fast food joint can cost around $6, so for two people let's say $12. You can easily get a bag of carrots or another veggie and a sweet potato (one half for each) plus two chicken breasts for the same price or less. I am totally not against indulging every once in a while in a In-n-Out double cheese animal style... But that's just once in a while.
Like I said, I am not a pro or even consider myself a FANTASTIC cook but there have been a few times when I got compliments and rave reviews from dinner guests or my husband on certain things. I want to share a few of my go-to recipes with you guys!
Sweet Potato, Kale and sausage-
I made this yesterday because I found the above chicken sausage with spinach and cheese at Whole Foods on a managers special for $4! I improvised my version from a recipe I previously found here. I scaled all the 'bad' stuff way down. I used just a splash of milk and a teeny bit chicken broth and grated up a baby bell red cheese thing and added a sprinkle of Parmesan. When pan cooking the sweet potato, I did add a sprinkle of onion powder, pepper and salt.This dish really does not need as much sauce as is called for in the original, but if you aren't trying to eat clean then GO FOR IT!
Collard Green Wraps-
This one uses ingredients most people will have in their fridge, minus the quinoa and collard green leaves. I have also added extra protein to this recipe like grilled chicken and I'm sure you can do it with fish as well. I owe this gem to this blog here. I usually make this once a week, partly because I love the peanut sauce and partly because the amount of collard greens I buy. Ooops. For this recipe you need:
-collard green leaves(big ones!)
-red and orange bell peppers
for the sauce you need
-soy(I use low sodium tamari)
-red wine vinegar
-natural peanut butter (no salt or any extra crap added)
-milk (recipe says almond, I use reg 2%)
-a chili paste( I use sriracha, but you could probably do anything with a kick)
Spicy Cauliflower Power Bowl-
I don't have a fancy picture for this one that I can claim, but you can get a visual here as well as the actual recipe. You know I had to throw in a cauliflower recipe being Polish and all, It's a very popular ingredient in the mother land. I follow this one pretty much precisely, so I don't have any side notes, except for this one; When I cook quinoa, I never put as much water as it calls for. It seems to get mushy with too much water. It's easier to add water if needed later on rather than take moisture away.
Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash-
A couple of my favorite cooking 'things' are spaghetti squash and cilantro. This recipe incorporates both ingredients so you know I'm all about that! If you have never tried making spaghetti squash, it sounds harder than it is. Cut that sucker in half length wise, brush with olive oil and lay it open side down in the oven for a bit. Once it's done roasting, take it out and shred the insides. Add whatever the heck you want. You can literally do whatever you want with it due to its delicate taste. I have made this south western dish, putanesca, chicken enchilada.. they're all great and so much healthier than pasta. Check it out here . I also add avocado on top to garnish, because .. avocado.
(excuse the phone pic)
So these are a few of our favorite recipes that we keep on repeat in our house. Try them out and let me know how you like them!
p.s looking this over I just realized how far I've come since 2007 when all I cooked was mac n-cheese and chicken cutlets. Ha!
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