Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekend Update

I had such a great weekend! We had the perfect hot summer weather in Indy this weekend. I took off a little early on Friday and hit the pool to read my fashion mags. September issues are the best, filled with all the fall trends. There is nothing I love more than being at a quiet pool laying out and reading. This is the best time for that since the kids are back in school. :)

You NEED to make these cookies!!! The little extra effort and mandatory 24 hour refrigerator wait is worthwhile! This recipe is all over the place, so I'm not going to post it. Follow the directions precisely and you will yield the best chocolate chip cookies. Perfectly crisp on the outside and chewy towards the center. Yum!

On Saturday we went canoeing with some friends for the day. We had such a great time!!!

On Sunday I ran some errands which included Target. I was thrilled to see some really fun new patterns for fall in the women's clothing. I reaaaaally want the pink hounds tooth skirt! They have some great work blouses and ankle length pants as well.

And what's a random post without a picture of this cutie?? My sister in law sent me this last week! Adorable!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fashion Finds this week

Whew! It's been a busy week. Busy at work, meeting up with friends, and a sick doggie haven't left me much time to sew or cook, much less to blog about it. No worries though, there's always time to online shop (or browse)! I suppose I am getting into the fall fashion. How can you not? It's everywhere! Here are a few items I'd like to have and/or might have ordered this week!

Fashion Finds this week

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cool Camo

Cool Camo

What are your thoughts on camo? I thought it was somewhat of a hipster trend last year that wouldn't last long, but it's definitely still around. I grew up with a brother that hunts and has a closet full of camo. In my mind camouflage is for hunters and country folk, but the girls above seem pretty cool! Camo has kind of come and gone in fashion over the years. We wore camo on spirit days in high school to get pumped up for football games and I even had a camo skirt in college. I like the looks above and think it looks good in small amounts, but maybe not a look for everyone. What do you think?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Silver Pumps

Silver Pumps

I've been eyeing some silver pumps. I'm not sure I want to join the Just Fab club quite yet, but I think that's the pair I like the best.


Project Clutch

My latest obsession is the clutch purse and trying to figure out how I can make leather ones. I've been wanting to sew with leather for awhile and I think a clutch purse is a good project to start on. I am super pumped about this project and trying to do all my research. I even found a Tandy Leather factory in Indianapolis and am dying to go there and look around. Hopefully I can make it there this week. I am going to Chicago on Friday to a few fabric stores so surely I can find some leather and advice to get this project started.

I'm planning to use the same pattern I used for this purse, which I previously promised a tutorial on. In case you were waiting on pins and needles I plan to post instructions within the next week!

Project Clutch
Wish me luck on this little leather adventure, I SO hope it works out!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Phillip Lim for Target

Did you guys see Phillip Lim has a line for Target?!?! I'm really excited about this because I have been searching for a new fall bag and I love the pashli style. The bags in the line are very close to that style. I also really like the navy and black leather dress! I'm looking forward to hitting Target on Sept. 15th with hopefully more luck than I had with the Prabal Gurung line.

Phillip Lim for Target
Some of my favorites! You can see the whole line here. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mood Fabrics

While we were in New York I made a stop at Mood Fabrics. Mood is a 3 story fabric store located in the Garment District. Mood is where Project Runway contestants choose their fabric. The store is almost overwhelming with more bolts of designer fabric than I have ever seen!
 Dan and our friend Cory left me to peruse the 3 levels of gorgeous designer fabric and notions

I really wanted this yellow Marc Jacobs, but didn't end up purchasing. I loved the retro feel of the yellow and gold shimmer.

I really liked the leather and fur section. I looked into buying leather, but felt like I didn't have enough experience to make anything quite yet. I am now doing some research and hope to experiment soon!

 I ended up buying two brocades. The pink is Marc Jacobs and the Blue and Black is Carolina Herrera. I'm not sure what I will make with them. That was the hardest part about shopping at Mood, trying to decide what to buy and what I would make. You have to at least have an idea in order to purchase the amount of yardage. I am thinking about making a mini skirt with the blue fabric for the fall and holidays. I'm not sure what to make with the pink. I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fiesta Chicken Salad

I made this recipe last week and took it to work all week for lunch. So good! And pretty good for you! This is a very versatile recipe that you can eat in a variety of ways. You could eat it on top of a bed of lettuce, heated up in tacos, on chips for nachos, or just by itself. Make this a day before your want to eat it. The flavors mix so well and it gets better and better every day.
Fiesta Chicken Salad
2-3 chicken breasts
salt to taste
1 Tbsp Cumin
2 fresh squeezed limes.
1 can mexicorn
3/4 can of black beans
1 tub of pre-made pico de gallo
1/2 chopped red pepper
1/2 chopped green pepper
1 chopped fresh jalapeno
cilantro to taste
Boil your chicken breasts. Once they are done shred the chicken while it is hot. Mix chicken with cumin, salt, and fresh squeezed lime juice. Add all other ingredients and toss to mix.
Nachos we made for dinner.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Busy week

We have been go, go, go since we returned from NYC last weekend. We celebrated our anniversary last Tuesday with a cake from One Eleven Cakery. It was excellent! I highly recommend the orange cake!

 Thursday we met up with friends for the Dr. Dog/Houndmouth show at the Rathskeller. Good show! Great weather.

On Friday we had about 10 people over to a cookout on our deck. We had make your own pizza and ice cream bar. I chopped up all kinds of fresh ingredients and Dan grilled all the pizzas. So good! For instructions on grilling pizza click here.

Saturday was the 9th Annual Friends Forever golf outing in memorial of our friends that passed away in a fire 9 years ago. It's always a good time to see people and catch up. Dan plays every year and I drive a beer cart with some other girls.

I'm actually ready for an uneventful week this week. The weather has been perfect in Indiana the last few days. I'm ready to soak up the rest of summer relaxing!

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Big Apple

Last week Dan and I went to New York City to celebrate our anniversary and see our friend Cory. I had never been to NYC before and loved every minute of it! Cory was an excellent host and gave us a full itinerary including all the hot spots and attractions we needed to see prior to coming.

Thursday we spent much of the day at the 9/11 memorial and site of the new world trade center. It was miserably cold for a summer day and we were not dressed for the weather, but it was a nice experience to see the memorial and construction for the new site.  

At the 9/11 Memorial

We stayed at The Standard hotel in the meatpacking district Thursday night. When asked about our favorite part of the trip, we both agreed the hotel. The Standard was amazing! Our room was upgraded to a corner room with windows floor to ceiling and a great view. We loved the biergarten on the first floor for German beers and pretzels and the Boom Boom Room bar for cocktails on the top floor.

The Standard

Room Views

We at dinner at Catch on Thursday, which was a really great seafood dinner. I wish more than anything we took pictures, but I suppose we were enjoying ourselves too much! 
On Friday we walked. And walked and walked and walked. Seriously, I had to change shoes and we calculated that we walked a full day from 9:30-5:30. Whew! But we saw everything!
First we started on The Highline a linear park that started under our hotel. Then we hit Times Square, Mood Fabrics in the Garment District, Central Park, 5th Avenue shops and the MOMA Design and Book Store.
Times Square
Central Park
Stop at Mood Fabrics. Full blog post coming soon!
Met up with my sorority sister and roommate Dana.
Saturday we spent in Brooklyn where Cory lives brunching, shopping the flea market and drinking the afternoon away. It was such a fun day!

Pizza dinner with the crew.

We stopped for a drink at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. Great drinks and great view! One of my favorite views of the city from the trip.

Overall we had a wonderful vacation and anniversary! Definitely a trip to remember. I am looking forward to visiting NYC again. I think I would really enjoy going during Christmas time for our next visit!