Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Floral Joggers & iPod Shuffle Giveaway

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Blouse: Nordstrom (old - love this pink t-shirt blouse)  |  Rose Print Joggers: Dorothy Perkins c/o  |  Shoes: Topshop  |  Clutch: Sole Society c/o  |  Necklace: Sole Society c/o

I've been a fan of the jogger style pants for awhile (see here and here) and always seem to gravitate towards them right before the fall season.  They are the perfect transition piece as they are lightweight for days that still feel like summer.

I am so pleased with my new clutch from Sole Society - the material looks like a saffiano leather, so it looks extremely high quality, for under $35.  My necklace is also from Sole Society, and is very Rachel Zoe if you ask me.  You can tie it yourself, or wear it untied, so it's extremely versatile.  I can't wait to experiment with new ways to wear it!

Hope you all have a happy Tuesday, and thanks for reading!






P.S. I am teaming up with Simon & Schuster to giveaway an iPod Shuffle and a copy of Ellen Hopkins' (NY Times Bestelling author of Crank) newest book RUMBLE.  Check out the offfical website here and enter below to win!
 
 


 
Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse,Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Smoke, and Rumble, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Entryway Reveal

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Well, it's time to celebrate.  I can finally say that one part of our new home is "complete" - the entryway.  I originally got the Straus Wall Mirror from Kenroy Home to put above a desk for a vanity in the bedroom, but once it came in the mail and I pulled it out of the box, I knew it deserved to be somewhere that will be seen by everyone who enters the home.

The quality is amazing and it's very detailed.  You can't find great mirrors like this just anywhere.  Trust me - I've scoured Craigslist for the past year in search of a good mirror and have had no luck.

I did however, have good luck on Craigslist with the console table.  Console tables can get pretty pricey if you buy them new, and to be honest, none of the new tables I saw really struck my fancy.  I found this one on Craigslist for $30.  I love mixed metals, and it was a nice way to break up the plethora of brass we have going on.

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The brass lotus bowl was a vintage etsy find, and it holds our keys.  The faux fur stool was a DIY ikea hack that I highly recommend doing if you are in need of extra seating.  It's so easy, cute, and functional.  Of course every entry needs some fresh flowers in an oh-so cute vase.  (P.S. JC Penney, if you want to bring this vase back, I won't be mad about it).

A big thanks to Kenroy Home for sponsoring this post.  All opinions stated are 100% my own. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wild Side

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Dress: Sheinside (under $15!)  |  Necklace: Forever21 - on sale!  |  Shoes: Via Spiga (old - love these black lace-up pumps)  |  Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (almost exact)  |  Sunglasses: Prada
 
I've always been a huge fan of leopard, and I love how this dress is a mix of a fun print & color with a classic shift dress silhouette.  Pairing it with a simple black bag and shoes tone it down a bit and make it more appropriate for everyday wear.
 
Hope you all have a great Wednesday!  Things are moving on on the house front, I promise to update you all soon!  Yesterday we had a certain dining room addition installed (If you follow me on instagram, you know what I'm talking about).  It is beyond amazing and I can't wait to share with you guys.
 
 P.S. I'm featured over on Total Beauty and am sharing my 11 outfit essentials for the girl leading a busy life!  Be sure to check them out here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Printed Trousers

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Top: Marshall's (old - love this bright green blouse)  |  Trousers: Sheinside  |  Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (older version - almost identical)  |  Sunglasses: Prada  |  Shoes: TopShop  |  Earrings: Gorjana 

This weekend was a busy one - but I wouldn't change it for the world!  I got to meet my friends beautiful new baby on Friday, and spent the rest of the weekend with J's family.  We spent Sunday being productive as both of us worked all day.  When we finally do take a vacation, I think we will be able to really appreciate it since it's been so long since we've had one, and we both have worked hard this year.

Until then, we are being tourists in our own city!  Every time we discover a new little spot we get so excited.

Hope you all had a great weekend & have a fantastic Monday!
  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Easy Weeknight Meal - Cuban Rice & Bean Salad

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Ingredients:

1 tbsp. FRENCH'S® Classic Yellow® Mustard
3 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. chopped jalapenos
1 tbsp. chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. FRANK'S® REDHOT® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
2 cups cooked white rice
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup each julienne bell peppers and whole kernel corn

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Directions:

WHISK together mustard, vinegar, mayonnaise, jalapenos, cilantro, cumin and Frank's RedHot Sauce in large bowl.
STIR in rice, black beans, bell peppers and corn; toss to blend. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Garnish as desired.

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I am all about easy and lightweight meals in the summer time.  Ain't nobody got time to cook!  I love this recipe because you most likely already have most of this stuff in your fridge/pantry.  It only requires 3 fresh vegetable ingredients, and I think you could easily sub the peppers for carrots or another veggie if you don't have bell peppers.

When I think of French's mustard, I think of summer barbecues and hot dogs.  I love that this recipe gives me an excuse to use my mustard in something other than on an item off the grill - and it adds the perfect tang to the dressing.  I will definitely be serving this salad at my next summer dinner party for a hearty & healthy option.

We ate this salad cold, but I can't help but wonder how delicious it would be if it was heated up!  If any of you try it out, let me know!

#NaturallyAmazing

Disclosure: Thank you to French's for sponsoring this recipe.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Work Wednesday - Culottes In The Office

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Culottes are the latest trend on the streets.  You either love them or you hate them, kind of like Birkenstocks.  I'm actually really intrigued by culottes, and think they could make a fantastic addition to a workwear wardrobe.  I love the way Olivia from Corporate Catwalk styled her culottes with an abstract tank, and the way Mary from The Classy Cubicle styled hers with a silk cami and silk jacket.  I can see them looking great with a classic and crisp white button up as well.
 
What do you think of the trend?  Is it something you would wear to the office?