Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday Wishlist

I'm dying to shop for spring and summer weather clothing! My birthday is this month, so every year, I mentally (and on my blog) put together a wish list full of spring clothes and accessories that I am hoping for. I have been eyeing "mom jeans" for awhile and really want a pair of tried and true Levi's. I can't decide on jeans or jean shorts. I'm kind of obsessed with this embroidered clutch purse. I think it looks vintage and like something my mom would have in her collection of purses. I have a thing for colorful stripes and think this crochet top is adorable! I've been eyeing new sunglasses (see what I did there ;)) and like a rounded tortoise shell frame. I like the rose color of these lenses. I've already posted this dress, but I keep coming back to it and thinking of all the great accessories that would go with it. I really need some new flats for work and I really like the Kelly and Katie brand from DSW. I love these blush colored ones and know they will be comfortable as I have a few other pairs of shoes from that brand. They are a good deal for only $39. I'm also looking for a bright colored new statement necklace and floral cell phone case.

 
 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Embroidered

Embroidery is a big trend right now. Here are some of my favorite pieces. I love all the tops, but also wouldn't mind rocking a jean skirt again!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring Break

Hooray for March!!! I wish I was going on a Spring Break trip this year, but sadly I am not. That hasn't stopped me from wanting to update my closet to spring/summer clothes. If I were going somewhere, above are the items I'd have on my wish list. I am actually on the hunt for a new swimsuit and sunglasses this year and the ones above are my favorites. It feels a little early to purchase, but it doesn't hurt to look!

Swimsuits: Pink Scallop - Target, Stripes - ASOS, Black scoop - JCrew, Blue and white 2 piece- Target
Hat - Jcrew
Shorts: Printed - JCrew Factory, Denim - Madewell
Sandals: Tassel- DSW (Sam Edelman), Gold - Old Navy
Accessories: Necklace - JCrew Factory, SPF lip color - Fresh Sugar tinted, Earrings- Bauble Bar
Sunglasses: Pink - Diff Eyewear, Gold - Le Specs, Green Tortoise - Quay, Tortiose - Le Specs
Dress: ASOS



Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Favorites - Steals and Deals

I have been trying to watch what I spend lately and have only made a few clothing purchases this year. I always find winter to be a boring time to shop anyway and am always looking forward to spring. Over the last few weeks I have hit the jackpot with a few deals that I couldn't resist! I have seen several fashion bloggers wearing this ruffle top. It's adorable and can be found on Shopbop for $100, Chic Wish for $50 and Amazon for $25! So I promptly bought the Amazon prime version and plan to wear it for my birthday in March! Another Amazon purchase I made were these perforated peep toe booties. I love the gray color and I bought mine for $20! Amazon confuses me with their pricing because they are now $44, but still a good deal. They are super comfortable and I have worn them a few times since our weather has been unseasonably warm lately.

I mentioned last week that I needed a few new sweatshirts to replace my college ones. I bought this coral one from H&M a few weeks ago and I'm embarrassed to say how often I've already worn it! It comes in 7 colors and is only $12. It's perfect for winter or spring.

I also bought this IND hat for $17 on sale at South Boutique. It's sold out there, but you can find it at Fira Boutique or the Aviate website for $35. The Aviate site has several other cities and color options. They even have children's sizes.

Lastly, I got these silver mules for Christmas from Express. I haven't been able to wear them until recently and I LOVE them! They are so comfortable and look adorable for work.

Update! I just found the striped ruffle top in pink and red stripe too! $21 from A'GACI



Monday, February 20, 2017

Mexican Chicken Quinoa

I love this recipe so much! Mexican is my favorite food. We eat Mexican more than any other type of food, so this has been on heavy rotation. This recipe is a great mix of flavors and it's healthy!  But what I like most about this recipe is that it makes a 9x13" pan and will last us 3-4 days!

This recipe and photo are from Well Plated. I changed the ingredients to make it spicier. I will note my changes below.
 

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1lb of chicken cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 can of corn (and/or black beans)
  • 1 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheese (could use mix of mozz and cheddar, Mexican, or some type of spicy pepper cheese)
  • Fresh Cilantro (optional for serving)

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13" pan and set aside.
  2. Place 1 1/2 cups of water in pot with 1 cup of quinoa. Bring to a boil, once boiling lower heat to simmer and let simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Fluff with fork and set aside.
  3. In a large pan heat olive oil over medium high. Saute peppers and onions for about 5 minutes. Add chicken and seasonings. Cook through.
  4. Add garlic and Rotel.
  5. Remove from heat. Add corn, black beans, yogurt, quinoa and 1/2 of shredded cheese.
  6. Stir until combined. Transfer to baking dish and cover with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn heat to broil and broil until cheese is lightly browned. Keep a watchful eye, all ovens are different and this may take between 1-4 minutes.
  8. Top with cilantro.

Enjoy!
 
Notes: I use Rotel instead of roasted tomatoes. I sub a can of corn for black beans and sometimes use both. I usually use whatever cheese I have on hand, but spicy pepper cheese is really good!

 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Summer Sewing

Last summer I made two of the cutest dresses and for whatever reason, I never posted them. I love both of these dresses so much and can't wait for another opportunity to wear them. I made them both for a trip we took to Montauk for a good friend's wedding. My pictures aren't the best, but I still wanted to post.
 
Pink Gingham. You may remember I was obsessing over this style dress last year in this post. I ended up trying on the dress in Nordstrom and tracing the top onto a piece of paper in the dressing room. I knew I would never find a sewing pattern and needed a place to start. My mom helped me draft a pattern and I used a pattern I already had for the skirt.



This is the only picture I have from wearing it and it was too dark to edit the image properly.
 
Blue Stripe dress - I've had this fabric for a long time. It's really beautiful fabric! I even have a couple yards of black and white that I'm waiting on the right project to use. I decided to use the blue for this dress because I thought the pattern would be easy to match up the stripes. Matching patterns is harder than you may think. I used McCalls M7162 for the top, but had to add additional darts to make it fit correctly. Thank goodness for my mom, or I never would have been able to make it fit.






 
 I wore this to the wedding rehearsal.

 
So happy my mom came to the rescue and helped me finish both of these dresses, literally the day before we left. I couldn't have done it without her! Hopefully someday I'll have learned enough lessons to successfully sew and alter without having to ask her a million questions. Thanks mom!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I can make that!

I found myself stating "I can make that." as I looked through J.Crew's new arrivals for Spring and Summer. I love seersucker! I've made several dresses out of the material. This one shoulder with ruffle is right up my alley. I also really like the criss-cross back of this maxi. Both are adorable dresses that could be sewn very similarly to the J.Crew styles.